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Church must clarify papal teaching, Cardinal Burke says

August 17, 2017

Cardinal Raymond Burke insisted that a clarification of Church teaching on divorce, remarriage, and the Eucharist is “now necessary,” in an interview with the weekly The Wanderer.

Cardinal Burke said that since the publication of Amoris Laetitia, there is evident confusion among the faithful, with some Catholics “practically in desperation” over the lack of clear teaching. Consequently, he said, “it is now necessary simply to state what the Church teaches about marriage, the family, acts that are intrinsically evil, and so forth.”

Because Pope Francis has declined to respond to the dubia which he and other cardinals submitted in a “very respectful” plea, Cardinal Burke said that a formal correction of the Pope’s statements may be required. He explained that this would entail a clear presentation of the Church’s constant teaching, which would be compared with “what is actually being taught by the Roman Pontiff.” He continued: “If there is a contradiction, the Roman Pontiff is called to conform his own teaching in obedience to Christ and the magisterium of the Church.”


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  • Posted by: brenda22890 - Aug. 18, 2017 5:58 AM ET USA

    More and more it appears that correction will be necessary.

  • Posted by: MatJohn - Aug. 17, 2017 11:22 PM ET USA

    The courage of Cardinal Burke cannot be stressed enough. The silence of his brother teachers is deafening. The timidity of his detractors is painful.

  • Posted by: ALC - Aug. 17, 2017 5:54 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Burke is exactly right about this. Too much time has gone by and too many people have used Amoris Laetitia to justify errors. This has to be corrected and soon before it's too late. I pray that it's not already too late.