Like there’s anything left to clarify…
Four “Cardinals” officially ask “Pope” to Clarify Amoris Laetitia — Francis Refuses to Answer!
[UPDATE 15-NOV-16: Interview with “Cardinal” Burke on Challenge to Francis]
One may say it’s an Ottaviani Intervention for Novus Ordos: “Cardinals” Raymond Burke, Joachim Meisner, Walter Brandmüller, and Carlo Caffarra have taken the formal step of submitting an official set of dubia (“doubts”) to the “Pope”, presenting him with five specific questions pertaining to the disastrous and controversial “Apostolic” Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, which he released in April of this year. These five clear questions demand five clear answers: yes or no. The document, which is addressed to Francis and entitled, “Seeking Clarity: A Plea to Untie the Knots in Amoris Laetitia“, was originally submitted on September 19, 2016 (a carbon copy was sent to CDF head “Cardinal” Gerhard Muller). It has been made public only now because at this point it is clear that, no answering having been received in almost two months, Francis simply refuses to respond to the questions.
The following links give the full text of the dubia submitted, including a foreword and an explanatory note of the “cardinals”, as well as some additional information:
- “Seeking Clarity.” The Appeal of Four Cardinals To the Pope (Sandro Magister)
- Four Cardinals Formally Ask Pope for Clarity on Amoris Laetitia (Edward Pentin)
- 4 Cardinals OFFICIALLY ask Pope Francis to Clarify Amoris Laetitia (Rorate Caeli)
- Pope fails to reply to 4 cardinals’ urgent plea for clarification so they go public (Life Site)
Submitting dubia to the Pope or to the Holy Office is nothing unusual in the real Catholic Church. The Magisterium has long clarified Church teaching in this manner, and many such examples of the Holy Office before Vatican II (then headed by the Pope himself) answering in the affirmative or in the negative, sometimes with further elaboration, can be found in the collection of magisterial documents known as “Denzinger” (Henry Denzinger’s The Sources of Catholic Dogma).
So, in a way, this is standard procedure. The big story here is not that some “cardinals” have asked the “Holy See” for clarification on a specific issue — the big story is that Francis won’t respond. A number of other petitions on Amoris Laetitia had been submitted to Francis before, but never had any Novus Ordo cardinals been involved. Here are some of the previous pleas to the “Pope”, which likewise, of course, fell on deaf ears:
- “Plea to the Pope”: VIPs ask Francis to get his Act together
- 45 Novus Ordo Scholars Condemn Amoris Laetitia as Heretical
Why does Francis refuse to answer not only laymen or lower clerics but even now his very own “cardinals”, when at the same time he writes personal letters to all sorts of people, including an Italian Lesbian educator and hell’s apostle himself, Hans Kung? The reason is simple: He can only lose by answering — he has absolutely nothing to gain. Sound familiar (see Lk 14:6)? His position thrives precisely on ambiguity, on vagueness, on not being clear about what is or isn’t permitted, so as to cause the greatest possible confusion among his adherents and permitting chaos to ensue, while always leaving for himself a convenient loophole of plausible deniability in case he should be challenged on it. Thus, being pinned down on the matter is something he refuses to do — it would undermine his entire modus operandi and tear the mask off his deceptive strategy.
Keep in mind: Francis could very easily have been clear and straightforward in his exhortation to begin with. There was no need to be ambiguous or vague about anything in Amoris Laetitia. But he wrote it in such confusing fashion on purpose, and he didn’t do so only to now give it all up by answering direct questions with a clear yes or no. Not going to happen. These “cardinals” want to spoil his game, and he won’t fall for it. He wants to have it both ways; he wants people to be in doubt about what Amoris Laetitia does and doesn’t permit.
Remember, too, that it is Francis who said that to insist on “yes” or “no” is a black-and-white morality that is “not Christian”, so he is actually being consistent here:
- No More Black and White: Francis’ 50 Shades of Grey
- Francis: Those who say “This or Nothing” are Heretics, not Catholics
Against this mumbo-jumbo, our Blessed Lord had rather straightforward Words: “But let your speech be yea, yea: no, no: and that which is over and above these, is of evil” (Mt 5:37).
But really, all this talk about a “clarification” of Amoris Laetitia still being necessary is silly. Francis has long clarified, more or less explicitly, that his exhortation is meant to grant unrepentant adulterers access to the Novus Ordo sacraments, at least where the local clergy deem it appropriate. Here’s a quick review of where and how Francis has already given that much-sought-after “clarification”:
- Francis confirms: Amoris Laetitia permits Adulterers to receive ‘Communion’
- Francis to “Archbishop” Forte: Communion for Adulterers through the Back Door!
- Francis confirms: “YES”, Sacraments for Adulterers now an Option
It is abundantly clear why Francis, when confronted directly and challenged to give a clear yes-or-no answer, refuses to do so, instead retreating into his corner and pouting, like a little child who says, “I’m not talking to you.” We can only pray that those who have still not woken up to the fact that Francis is an Antipope, will finally figure it out, become real Catholics, and denounce him for the dangerous charlatan and spiritual criminal he is.