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Does Pope Francis read his mail?

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Jun 20, 2018

Speaking about the dubia in his latest interview, Pope Francis told the Reuters news service that he learned about the four cardinals’ questions “from the newspapers.”

When they released the dubia to the public, in November 2016, the four cardinals reported that they had sent their questions to the Pontiff in a private message two months earlier, and received no response.

To put this story in context, recall that in January of this year, the Pope told reporters that as of that time he had never received complaints about Chilean Bishop Barros. But Cardinal Sean O’Malley had hand-delivered just such a complaint in 2015.

Either Pope Francis is not reading his mail, or we have a more serious problem.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Jun. 22, 2018 10:50 PM ET USA

    But that was so many years ago you can't expect a man of his age to remember those things.

  • Posted by: Retired01 - Jun. 22, 2018 4:13 PM ET USA

    Yes, we have a more serious problem: Pope Francis.

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Jun. 22, 2018 3:03 AM ET USA

    We have a more serious problem, in fact, three serious problems. First, the Pope is evidently satisfied that there was, in fact, no other communication to him regarding the dubia. Second, the Pope is dismissive of the dubia as a result. Third, the Pope obviously does not intend to follow through and contact the cardinals.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jun. 21, 2018 7:46 PM ET USA

    3 words - "Return Receipt Requested"

  • Posted by: feedback - Jun. 20, 2018 6:32 PM ET USA

    It seems to me that Pope Francis surrounded himself with dishonest and manipulative individuals who filter out his correspondence according to their own agenda. Case in point: the "Lettergate" - Benedict XVI's letter of February 7 to the head of Vatican communications, Msgr. Dario Vigano and the self-contradicting stages of its infamous presentation to the public.