[FrankenPope’s evasive silence]
In the meantime, Pope Francis continues not to respond to the requests – addressed to him in primis by four cardinals – to “bring clarity” on the doubts raised by some passages of his post-synodal exhortation “Amoris Laetitia.”
He has spoken out, so far, with only a few allusive, resentful words. Or by approving what has been said and written in a lenient vein by the Argentine bishops of the region of Buenos Aires and by his vicar for the diocese of Rome.
The pope has chosen to remain silent even when by force of circumstance he has run up against liturgical texts that could have constrained him to speak out.
For example, on October 4, 2015 Francis was careful not to cite or comment on the passage from the Gospel of Mark (10:2-12) that was read in all the Catholic churches of the world at Mass on that Sunday that marked the beginning of the 2015 synod on the family, the passage in which Jesus strictly rules out the divorce allowed by the law of Moses.
And the same thing happened last Sunday, with the parallel passage of the Gospel of Matthew (5:17-37) read at Mass in all the churches. At the Angelus, Francis steered clear of citing both that passage and the other a few lines further on in which Jesus says: “Let your speech be yes, yes, no, no.”