From LifeSite comes a piece by John Henry Weston about how the new US Cardinals reacted to questions about the Five Dubia submitted by the Four Cardinals. HERE
Card. Farrell roughly pushed away a reporters hand with a recorder.
Cardinal Joseph Tobin, however, was ready with answers for The Tablet on the same question. In remarks very similar to those of new Cardinal Blase Cupich, [coordination?] Tobin called the Dubia to the Pope by the four Cardinals “troublesome” and said, “The Holy Father is capturing the work of two synods, so if four cardinals say that two synods were wrong, or that somehow the Holy Father didn’t reflect what was said in those synods, I think that should be questioned.” [Okay… let’s question that for a moment. First, it is interesting that the argument offered so closely connects Amoris laetitia to the Synod, rather than just the Holy Father. I think a couple critics of AL made that point when they wondered whether or not it was a Magisterial document. Also, just because a Synod offers items to the Roman Pontiff for his consideration, the Roman Pontiff is in no way bound to accept them as they were offered. If he wants to write an Apostolic Exhortation, he can say in it anything it pleases him to say. He can follow the Synod’s lead or not. It should also be remarked that the Synod itself seems not to know what the Synod was saying, given the way that the first Synod was jacked around. Confusion reigned over the Synod. Confusion is in Amoris laetitia. A reasonable and fair reading of AL reveals confusing points.]
Adding that the matters dealt with in Amoris Laetitia were complex, Tobin quipped, “just to simply reduce it to a ‘dubium,’ I think it is at best naive.” [Well… when one reads the dubia there is nothing naive or simplistic about them. They are thoughtful, pointed, deep.]
Cardinal Cupich answered the National Catholic Register’s Edward Pentin on the matter, saying of Amoris Laetitia: “The document that they are having doubts about are the fruits of two synods, and the fruit of propositions that were voted on by two-thirds of the bishops who were there.” [So? This is a Synod, not a Council. Synods have no authority. 2/3 majority? So? This is an advisory body. Also, if I recall an advisory body created by Paul VI recommended by a majority something that the Pope rejected, and rightly so. The Five Dubia are not about the work of the Synod. The Five Dubia are about questionable points in Amoris laetitia. However, please note that it is hard to convey complete thoughts in a press conference to directly to a reported when placed on the spot.]
Cupich added, “I think that if you begin to question the legitimacy or what is being said in such a document, do you throw into question then all the other documents that have been issued before by the other popes. [I don’t see why that should be so. It is one thing to read a document with clearly taught doctrine and, as a dissenter, disagree with it. It is another to read a document that is hard to understand and, as a faithful Catholic, desire to know the Truth.] So I think it’s not for the pope to respond to that, it’s a moment for anyone who has doubts to examine how they got to that position because it is a magisterial document of the Catholic Church.”
If it is document of the Magisterium, then people should have a right to ask questions about it.
Or is this: “NO QUESTIONS ALLOWED!”