“I learned it in the press.” Even FrankenPope’s memory raises dubia

“I learned it in the press.” Even FrankenPope’s memory raises dubia

[Google translation of « Je l’ai appris dans la presse ». Même la mémoire du pape soulève des « dubia »]

Sandro Magister – 6/22/18

On 17 June, during his meeting with Philip Pullella of Reuters, Pope Francis said something about the “dubia” that was submitted to him in 2016 by four cardinals.

Here is what Pullella reports:

“Francois said he heard about the letter from the Cardinals who criticized him ‘in the newspapers … a way of doing things that is, let me say it, not very ecclesial, but we all make mistakes” ».

Nothing less. But enough to provoke an answer from American cardinal Raymnond Leo Burke, one of the four signatures of “dubia” who made this answer to a question from John-Henry Westen in LifeSiteNews  :

“The proposal of ‘dubia’ to the Holy Father was made according to the usual procedure in use in the Church, that is to say that they were submitted to the Holy Father without giving them the slightest publicity. so that he can respond for the good of the Church. The late Cardinal Carlo Caffarra personally presented the letter containing ‘dubia’ at the Pope’s residence and at the same time to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on September 16, 2016, just as he did for the following letters from the four cardinals concerning ‘dubia’. It’s only weeks later,

It may be added that it was the site www.chiesa – with the agreement of the four cardinals – which public in six languages, on November 14, 2016, not only the text of the “dubia” but also a preamble signed by them four and the letter by which they submitted the “dubia” to the Pope and the ample explanatory note which accompanied it:

> “Make clarity”. The call of four cardinals to the pope

In the preamble, the four cardinals – who in addition to Cardinal Burke included the Italian Carlo Caffarra and the Germans Walter Brandmüller and Joachim Meisner – motivated their decision to make the “dubia” public:

“The Holy Father has decided not to answer. We interpreted this sovereign decision as an invitation to continue this reflection and this calm and respectful discussion. And therefore we inform all the people of God of our initiative, offering them all the documentation. ”

This is exactly what Jesus suggests in Matthew 18: 16-17: “If your brother does not listen to you, take with you one or two more people so that the whole thing is settled on the word of two. or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell him to the church assembly. ”

The “Witness” was in this case Cardinal Gerhard L. Müller, at the time prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to which, in addition to the Pope, had been handed the “dubia”.

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