We’re always told to not be afraid to ask a question. I guess it’s different if you’re a Cardinal.
Australian Cardinal George Pell called the four cardinals’ letter to Pope Francis asking for moral clarification on Amoris Laetitia “significant” in an interview suggesting he isn’t bothered by it.
“How can you disagree with a question?” Pell said in reply to an inquiry about whether he agreed with the cardinals’ questions.
Pell was speaking at St. Patrick’s Church in London, where he addressed the current state of Catholicism and a proper understanding of conscience.
“A number of regularly worshipping Catholics” are “unnerved by the turn of events” within the Church, Pell said, like the notion that individual conscience can trump moral law.
This question about the role of conscience is one of the many concerns theologians, bishops, and others have expressed in the wake of the papal exhortation Amoris Laetitia, which critics say contains passages that undermine or can be interpreted to undermine Catholic moral teaching. Four cardinals sent Pope Francis a dubia, or formal request, asking him to clarify whether parts of Amoris Laetitia are at odds with Catholic moral teaching. The pope has not yet responded.
What happened to the importance of dialogue?