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German Cardinal Brandmüller: papal exhortation cannot contradict Catechism

April 07, 2016

Speaking out just prior to the release of a papal exhortation concluding the work of the Synod on the Family, a German cardinal has said that the document must be interpreted in accordance with the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Cardinal Walter Brandmüller said that any new teaching that did not take into account the permanence of marriage would cause confusion among the faithful and undermine the integrity of the faith. Any attempt to reconcile a second marriage with the truths of the faith is "bound to fail," he said.

The papal document, Amoris Laetitia, should therefore be interpreted in ways that are in keeping with existing Church teaching, Cardinal Brandmüller said, "especially since a contradiction between a papal document and the Catechism of the Catholic Church would not be imaginable."


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  • Posted by: Gil125 - Apr. 07, 2016 5:48 PM ET USA

    If a contradiction between a papal document and the Catechism were not imaginable, nobody would say it was not imaginable.