Monday, October 2, 2023



Crux is reported that five cardinals, two from the original batch, have submitted a dubia to Pope Francis. I wonder if the Holy Father will write a hand written note to them answering their questions or making a correction like he did for Fr. James Martin, SJ? Time will tell. 

“I was simply referring to Catholic moral teaching, which says that every sexual act outside of marriage is a sin.”

Pope Francis penned those words in response to a letter from Father James Martin, SJ, who carries out his apostolate among the LGBTQ community in the United States.

Press title:

Five conservative cardinals submit new dubia to Pope ahead of synod

The signatories to the new dubia are German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, American Cardinal Raymond Burke, Mexican Cardinal Sandoval Íñiguez, Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, and Cardinal Joseph Zen, the former Bishop of Hong Kong.

ROME – Five cardinals perceived as representing the conservative wing of the Catholic Church have submitted a new set of dubia, or doubts, to Pope Francis regarding his Synod of Bishops on synodality which opens Wednesday, focusing on women’s ordination, the blessing of same-sex unions and the authority of the synod to issue binding teaching.

The new dubia follow a similar set of doubts presented to Francis by a small group of cardinals in 2016 in the wake of his document Amoris Laetitia and its provisions regarding communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics.

My comments: It is interesting that Crux speaks of the 2016 dubia about Amoris Laetitia allowing communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. The “civilly remarried Catholics” would apply to LGBTQ Catholics who claim to be in a “civil marriage” and seek a blessing from the Church, which then is the little “footnote” that will lead to their sacramental marriage in the Church. It will lead to a new anthropology of sexuality and who can be admitted to Holy Orders. Of course, it isn’t any longer the question of females in Holy Orders, but the various genders of the LGBTQ+++ claims about various and no genders being ordained. 

My other concern is with Crux or any Catholic official using the terms conservative or liberal/progressive to describe any Catholic let alone cardinals. It is better to describe them as orthodox or heterodox, relgious categories rather than pure political categories as though there can be political lobbies in the Magisterium demanding this, that and the other, not based upon Scripture and Tradition and the 2000 year magisterium of the Church. 

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