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Greek prelate accuses four cardinals of heresy, scandal

November 22, 2016

A retired Greek bishop has denounced the four cardinals who made public their questions about Amoris Laetitia, accusing them of heresy and scandal.

Bishop Fragkisko Papamanolis, the retired Bishop of Syros and president of the Greek bishops’ conference, accuses the four cardinals of rejecting papal authority and risking schism by raising questions about the interpretation of the papal document. He insists that before making their questions public they should have “asked to be removed from the list of the College of Cardinals.”


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  • Posted by: feedback - Nov. 23, 2016 12:26 PM ET USA

    This exchange of opposing opinions is a great reminder that all clergy: from deacons to popes, are to guard and to proclaim the Deposit of Faith in its unadulterated (pun intended) integrity.

  • Posted by: Mirabilis - Nov. 22, 2016 11:03 PM ET USA

    This is such an odd response. As far as I understand it, all the cardinals did was ask for clarification. The pope ignored them, so they took it public to be sure that their question was addressed. Unless there is some intentional effort to undermine Church teaching on the part of some of the hierarchy, it doesn't make sense that they don't just answer the question. Clarify it. Explain it. Why all the vagueness? "Let your Yes be Yes and your No be No. Anything else is from the evil one."

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Nov. 22, 2016 9:59 PM ET USA

    The 4 cardinals do not reject papal authority and there is no heresy or schism. Jesus' teaching on the indissolubility of marriage binds the entire Church. The cardinals are reminding the Pope about this. Fraternal correction is not heresy for heaven's sake. Roman Pontiffs are servants of the deposit of Faith and not its source. Bishop Papamanolis needs to rethink his remarks.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Nov. 22, 2016 8:21 PM ET USA

    As usual the liberal bishops resort to accusations to shut down communication. These four Cardinals only want clarification. They are not rejecting papal authority. We all need clarification and it is shameful that it is not forthcoming.

  • Posted by: stpetric - Nov. 22, 2016 7:07 PM ET USA

    I wonder if Bishop Papamanolis had the courtesy to write the four cardinals in private and allow them an opportunity to reply -- as they did Pope Francis -- before making his letter public.

  • Posted by: skladach - Nov. 22, 2016 6:12 PM ET USA

    Talk about shooting the messengers!

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Nov. 22, 2016 6:06 PM ET USA

    Every one is entitled to their opinion no matter how off the mark it is is the proof!

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Nov. 22, 2016 5:16 PM ET USA

    I'm sure His Holiness doesn't regard Bp. Papamanolis as rigid.

  • Posted by: MWCooney - Nov. 22, 2016 4:49 PM ET USA

    And the intolerance of those in the Church who demand tolerance (under their terms only) exactly parallels that of those in our secular, political world in the US. This is the Francis effect, I'm sad to say.