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Are the Dubia Cardinals Sinning if they don't Correct Pope Francis?

-Update August 15, 2017- Are the Dubia Cardinals sinning if they don't correct Pope Francis? St. Thomas Aquinas in the Summa Theologiae said: "If the faith were endangered a subject ought to rebuke his prelate even publicly. Hence Paul, who was Peter's subject,  rebuked in public, on account of the imminent danger of scandal concerning faith." (Summa Theologiae II-IIae, 33,4,2) Ought means it is a moral obligation. Has Amoris Laetitia become a imminent danger of scandal concerning the faith? Cardinal Gerhard Muller's attempt to take control of the narrative of Amoris Laetitia without correcting Pope Francis has failed. Francis's firing of Muller is apparently saying he thinks he can change the Divine Law. Muller has said, over and over again, even a Pope could not change Divine Law by allowing those in adultery to receive Communion. The message of the firing appears to be: Those in adultery who are divorced and "remarried" can re

Pope Francis' Vatican Blacks Out Cardinal Müller's Orthodox Narrative of Amoris Laetitia

       At the Chiesa website on May 11, Vatican expert Sandro Magister showed that  Cardinal Gerhard L. Müller, former bishop of Regensburg, editor of Joseph Ratzinger’s opera omnia, and since 2012 prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith was blacked out by Pope Francis' Vatican news establishment: "But the crucial element of the entire talk is its doctrinal and theological architecture. The cardinal says: '"The basic principle is that no one can truly desire a sacrament, that of the Eucharist, without also desiring to live in accord with the other sacraments, including that of marriage. [. . .] Changing the discipline on this concrete point, admitting a contradiction between the Eucharist and marriage, would necessarily mean changing the profession of faith of the Church, which teaches and realizes the harmony among all the sacraments, just as she has received it from Jesus. On this faith in indissoluble marriage, not as distant ideal but as

Pope's Close Advisor Says Francis Probably Wouldn't be Reelected

On May 11, Maike Hickson at the onepeterfive website said on May 10, 2015, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera had published an interview with one of Pope Francis closest advisors Archbishop Victor Fernández.   Hickson in the article "On Exhortation, Müller Resists and Fernández Reveals" stated:      "In spite of his denial of a larger opposition against some of Pope Francis’ attempts to change the Church, Archbishop Fernández admits that, today, probably a Conclave would not re-elect Pope Francis. He said, when asked about a possible re-election: 'I don’t know, possibly not. But it happened.'  "Here we have it. The majority – and the majority of the public media! – are behind the pope. 'His opponents are weaker than what you think.' This is exactly what we are witnessing right now. Almost nobody reports on Cardinal Müller’s resistance."     Muller resistance was to take away the narrative of Amoris Laetitia from the German

Is Pope Francis Backing the Kasperites?

Both Fr Z and Pope Francis' chosen Special Secretary for the synods on marriage and family Archbishop Bruno Forte think that the Pope is backing the Kasperites. On May 3, the website Zonoalocale reported Forte quoting Francis saying: "If we speak explicitly about communion for the divorced and remarried you do not know the terrible mess we will make. So we won't speak plainly. In a way that the premises are there, then I will draw out the conclusions."(As reported on onepeterfive, translation from the Italian by Roberto Tommaso.) Fr Zuhlsdord on Apri 16 posted: "Pope Francis made it clear to everyone that he was backing the Kasper Proposal and Pope Francis knows how to use his absolute power!" In the "battle between the Kasperites and Catholics," Fr Z in the same post showed the ultimate battle: "The Trojan Horse " Forte "stealthily snuck into the Synod's Interim Report...of the 2014 Synod...was the moment when man

Is Francis' Greatest Fear that Benedict Move Against Amoris Laetitia?

On May 6, the international Charlemagne Prize in Rome. The whole ceremony can be watched here . After the Rome Correspondent of the National Catholic Reporter , Joshua McElwee, tweeted out"that Pope Francis expresses a more open cordiality with Cardinal Kasper than with Cardinal Müller. Both of these cardinals sat in the first row close to the pope during the event." I'm glad to see Cardinal Muller sitting in the front row with Pope Francis. I think he got the message from Benedict's intimate friends Robert Spaemann and Muller that they were going to take control of the narrative of Amoris Laetitia not the German bishops. Francis is a politician. As Fr Z said he used ambiguity because he is afraid of schism, but wanted to see how far he can push the Kasperites agenda against the Catholics. We need to pray for Muller and Spaemann. They are in the eye of the storm or better still in a battle with the dragon. I suspect Benedict is behind the scenes on these

Cardinal Müller States Pope Francis Can't and Didn't Change Divine Law on Divorced and Remarried Receiving Communion on May 5, 2016 reported "Cardinal Gerhard Müller is saying 'Amoris Laetitia' (AL) does not say divorced and remarried can receive Holy Communion." Muller Said: "Without going into details, it is enough to point out that this footnote refers to objective situations of sin in general, not to the specific case of civilly remarried divorcees. The situation of the latter has peculiar features which distinguishes it from other situations. The footnote does not apply to the previous discipline. The standard of "Familiaris Consortio" 84 and " Sacramentum Caritatis" 29 and their application in all cases is still valid." The Cardinal put those on notice, even some close to the Pope, that they are misreading what the document did and can do. The report said the Cardinal added:  "At no point has Pope Francis called the arguments of his predecessors into question." Cardinal Müller reiterated  the key point to