Second of four ‘dubia cardinals’ has died

Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Archbishop Emeritus of Bologna, dead at 79; Vatican provides no details

On Tuesday the Vatican announced that Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Archbishop Emeritus of Bologna, has died at the age of 79.  He was known for pastoral and academic work in support of marriage and families, especially through the founding of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family. No details regarding the late prelate's death were included in the Sept. 6 … [Read more...]

One of four “dubia cardinals” has died

Cardinal Joachim Meisner, former Archbishop of Cologne, Germany, was 83

Senior German cardinal and former Archbishop of Cologne Cardinal Joachim Meisner has died at the age of 83. The cardinal was one of four – along with Cardinals Carlo Caffarra, Walter Brandmüller and Raymond Leo Burke – who presented the ‘dubia’ to Pope Francis asking him to clear up controversies surrounding Amoris Laetitia. Last month, it was revealed the four cardinals had … [Read more...]

‘Dubia cardinals’ make public plea for audience with Pope Francis

Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, one of the four cardinals who submitted the original dubia, has publicly released the text of a letter in which he again requests an audience with the pontiff

The four cardinals who last year submitted dubia requesting clarification of Amoris Laetitia have now made public a letter pleading for an audience with Pope Francis. In a clear sign of frustration with the Pope’s failure to respond to their request for a meeting, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, one of the four cardinals who submitted the original dubia, has released the text of a … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke promises to correct situation over Amoris Laetitia confusion

Tells crowd that forces of evil will not prevail over the Church

Cardinal Raymond Burke once again has promised to “correct the situation” over confusion surrounding Pope Francis’s controversial 2016 document on marriage and the family, Amoris Laetitia. The American cardinal was speaking March 24 during a Q&A session after a presentation at Saint Raymond of Peñafort parish in Springfield, Virginia. Burke, formerly the head of the … [Read more...]

Archbishop Charles Chaput: Pope should answer the Dubia

Philadelphia archbishop cautions that one pope’s instruction cannot contradict that of another

Philadelphia’s archbishop wants Pope Francis to answer the dubia submitted to him months ago for clarification on whether his apostolic exhortation on marriage is intended to circumvent Church teaching. Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. cautioned that Amoris Laetitia has to be interpreted primarily through the teaching of Christ, which cannot be contradicted, and that one … [Read more...]

Another formal request for Amoris Laetitia clarification sent to Pope Francis

International Confraternity of Catholic Clergy say divisions are caused by misunderstanding

The following request for clarification is from the  International Confraternity of Catholic Clergy of the United States, Australia, Ireland, and Great Britain: As members of the International Confraternities of Catholic Clergy, we believe there would be great value in an authoritative interpretation of the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia in line with the constant … [Read more...]

No one has accused Pope Francis of heresy

A canonical primer on popes and heresy

The following comes from a December 16 In the Light of the Law blog post by Edward Peters: No one in a position of ecclesial responsibility—not the Four Cardinals posing dubia, not Grisez & Finnis cautioning about misuses, and not the 45 Catholics appealing to the College, among others—has, despite the bizarre accusations made about some of them, accused Pope Francis of … [Read more...]

Climate of fear at the Vatican

LifeSiteNews editor travels to Rome in wake of Dubia backlash, reports a police-state like environment

The following comes from a December 16 LifeSiteNews article by Steve Jalsevac: Our Nov. 16-23 visit to Rome was the most dramatic of many such twice-per-year work trips we have taken there during the past 10 years. After meeting with cardinals, bishops and other Vatican agency and dicastery staff, John-Henry Westen, our new Rome reporter, Jan Bentz, and I saw a consistent … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke responds to ‘dubia’ critics

"That we’re very deeply concerned about the truth of the doctrine of the faith is not a sign of illness." The following comes from a December 16 LifeSiteNews article by Claire Chretien: On Thursday's "The World Over with Raymond Arroyo," Cardinal Raymond Burke responded to those within the Church who are criticizing him and three other cardinals for asking for moral clarification on Amoris Laetitia. He said the cardinals are not … [Read more...]