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Pope voices frustration with criticism of apostolic exhortation

February 14, 2020

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CWN Editor's Note: During a February 13 meeting with American bishops, Pope Francis expressed some frustration with criticism of his apostolic exhortation, Querida Amazonia. In particular the Pope was dismayed that reactions have centered on the question of married priests, to the exclusion of broader questions about the Amazon region. The Pontiff was meeting with a group of American bishops making their ad limina visits.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 15, 2020 4:37 PM ET USA

    I think it was either Jeff or Phil (or both) who said that the Holy Ghost will not allow the pope to err in matters of faith and morals. Although Francis offers opinions in Amoris Laetitia, for example, that seem contrary to the Catholic faith, it is clear that these are his personal _pastoral_ opinions, and not matters binding on Catholics as issued from the Chair of St. Peter. In keeping this perspective on Francis' papacy, we can be comforted that the Holy Ghost is still guiding the Church.

  • Posted by: wenner1687 - Feb. 14, 2020 6:59 PM ET USA

    I don't know why the pope is surprised at criticism. He flirts with the notion of changing an ancient tradition of the Latin Church, raises expectations of the Modernists, and is then surprised when they react with outrage that he has teased but not satisfied their desire to change magisterium. He shouldn't open cans of worms, glance inside, and put the lid back on. It causes needless discord.