Yesterday we all read about the Bombshell. HERE Four Cardinals presented formal “Yes/No” questions (dubia) to Pope Francis and to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith about confusing points which were stirred up by the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia. The dubia were originally submitted privately. When, after a congruent time of waiting, the dubia received no response, The Four went public with the dubia, including some explanatory paragraphs. This they did in the spirit of Matthew 18:16-17 (“If your brother will not listen to you, take with you two or three witnesses. If then he will not listen even to them, tell it to the assembly.”)
Today I see at LifeSite an interview with one of The Four Cardinals, His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke. Card. Burke explains what The Four did and why they did it. He explains their motivations and their attitudes.
Burke describes the difficulties roused up by Amoria laetitia like…
knots that cannot be easily untied and are causing great confusion. Sharing the Pope’s devotion to Our Lady, Untier of Knots, we are asking him to clarify these ambiguous statements and, with the help of God, to untie some of the knotty statements of the document for the good of souls.
In the interview Card. Burke provides a bit of a time-line of what lead up to the crafting of the dubia and their submission. In this way he provides some context. He also puts to rest direct questions from the interviewer about their motives, whether or not they are being defiant towards the Roman Pontiff. He also explains and doubles down on his view that Amoris laetitia isn’t a Magisterial document:
My position is that Amoris Laetitia is not Magisterial because it contains serious ambiguities that confuse people and can lead them into error and grave sin. A document with these defects cannot be part of the Church’s perennial teaching. Because that is the case, the Church needs absolute clarity regarding what Pope Francis is teaching and encouraging.
It is important to understand that The Four are seeking clarity from Pope Francis not only about the thorny issue of whether or not the divorced and civilly remarried can be admitted to Holy Communion. What is at stake are far deeper, more fundamental moral and doctrinal positions which had been explained carefully in the Magisterium of St John Paul II, especially in Familiaris consortio but also in Veritatis splendor. Burke says in the interview:
I would also like to point out that only the first of our questions to the Holy Father focuses on Holy Matrimony and the Holy Eucharist. Questions two, three, and four are about fundamental issues regarding the moral life: whether intrinsically evil acts exist, whether a person who habitually commits grave evil is in a state of “grave sin”, and whether a grave sin can ever become a good choice because of circumstances or intentions.
If the answer to that question is No, there are consequences for how we are to read the rest of Amoris laetitia. If Yes…
Also, Card. Burke delves a bit into what is truly “pastoral” (a word tossed about often and casually these days). As you might imagine, Card. Burke does not omit connecting what is truly “pastoral” to “truth spoken with charity”.
Take a little time with your morning coffee and toast to read the interview. It isn’t overly long. It will dispel in advance the Smear Machine’s approach from lib catholics who will attack The Four and try to discredit them. The last thing that lib catholics want is clarity (or charity). For lib catholics, ambiguity and fog is advantageous: all the better to continue in immoral behavior and in doctrinal error.
ANOTHER interview at National Catholic Register: