The Church is "very far" from a situation in which the Pope is in need of "fraternal correction" because he has not put the faith and church teaching in danger, according to Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
- Catholic News Service
Interviewed last week on the Italian all-news channel TGCom24, Cardinal Müller said Pope Francis' document on the family, Amoris Laetitia, was "very clear" in its teaching.
In the document, the Cardinal said, Pope Francis asks priests "to discern the situation of these persons living in an irregular union - that is, not in accordance with the doctrine of the Church on marriage - and asks for help for these people to find a path for a new integration into the Church according to the condition of the sacraments (and) the Christian message on matrimony.
"I do not see any opposition: On one side we have the clear doctrine on matrimony, and on the other the obligation of the Church to care for these people in difficulty," he said of the document.
The Cardinal was interviewed about a formal request to Pope Francis for clarification about Amoris Laetitia and particularly its call for the pastoral accompaniment of people who are divorced and civilly remarried or who are living together without marriage.
The request, called a "dubia", was written in September by Cardinal Raymond Burke, patron of the Knights of Malta, and three other cardinals. They published the letter in November after Pope Francis did not respond.
In an interview later, Cardinal Burke said the Pope must respond to the "dubia" because they directly impact the faith and the teaching of the Church. If there is no response, he said, a formal "correction of the pope" would be in order.
Vatican doctrinal chief: ‘No need to correct Pope Francis on divorce’ (Catholic Herald)