Cardinal Burke Makes "Urgent" Plea For Amoris Laetitia Clarification

  1. IRVING, TX - OCTOBER 6: Cardinal Raymond Burke consecrates the Eucharist during Friday mass at St. Monica Catholic Church on October 6, 2017. (Anthony Mazur/AM News Net)
    IRVING, TX - OCTOBER 6: Cardinal Raymond Burke consecrates the Eucharist during Friday mass at St. Monica Catholic Church on October 6, 2017. (Anthony Mazur/AM News Net)
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Posted 11/15/17, 12:55 PM CST | By: Anthony Mazur
(AM News Net)  –  One year has passed since four Cardinals have publically questioned Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, Aemoris Laetitia, and still with no answer, one of them has just made an urgent request for clarity.

The exhortation, which has become a source of controversy due to a footnote that gave more ambiguous leeway for divorced and remarried Catholics to receive communion, was called into question by Cardinal Raymond Burke, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, and the now deceased Cardinals Joachim Meisner and Carlo Caffarra in a document that went unanswered by the pope.

Receiving no response, the cardinals went public one year ago, and now, Cardinal Burke, who has also hinted that there may need to be a “formal act of correction of a serious error,”  has made an urgent plea in an interview with the National Catholic Register on Tuesday.

"One year after the publication of the dubia on Amoris Laetitia, which have not received any response from the Holy Father, we observe an increasing confusion about the ways of interpreting the apostolic exhortation," Cardinal Raymond Burke said in an interview with the National Catholic Register.

The Cardinal expressed concern that various interprations by various bishops may put matters of the faith into danger.

"It seems that the goal of the interpreters [of the bishop conferences] is to arrive, in whatever way, at a change in discipline, while the reasons they adduce to this end are of no importance, nor do they show any concern about how much they put into danger essential matters of the deposit of faith," Burke said.

Pope Francis did say in a letter leaked to the press that an interpretation of the exhortation by bishops in Argentina is the correct one, but Burke explains this is not sufficient for various reasons.

"Contrary to what some have claimed, we cannot consider the Pope’s letter to the bishops of the region of Buenos Aires, written shortly before receiving the dubia and containing comments on the bishops’ pastoral guidelines, an adequate response to the questions posed," Burke said. 

The belief that the Argentian interpretion can also be interpreted different ways and because of how the response was released are reaons why Burke says the response is not adequate.

"The fact that the letter first became known because it had been leaked to the press — and was only later made public by the Holy See — raises a reasonable doubt about the Holy Father’s intention to direct it to the universal Church," Burke said.

As a way to honor the deceased cardinals and for another push for clarity, the cardinals asked again for a response.
"Yes, for these grave reasons, one year after rendering public the dubia, I again turn to the Holy Father and to the whole Church, emphasizing how urgent it is that, in exercising the ministry he has received from the Lord, the Pope should confirm his brothers in the faith with a clear expression of the teaching regarding both Christian morality and the meaning of the Church’s sacramental practice," Burke said.

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