The "Athanasian" Cardinals and Historicity of Correcting Pontiffs
It is a bit unnerving and not a little uncomfortable for the Church to be in the position it finds itself now. We have a situation where 4 cardinals have submitted questions to the Pope in the form of five "yes or no" questions. You hear these referred to as "dubia" - which is latin for "doubts". These questions are largely in response to Pope Francis' recent encyclical, Amoris Laetitia. There is precedent for this sort of format and questions put to the pope for clarification. Even saints in Church history have been persecuted and punished when they charitably questioned and challenged certain statements and teachings of the pope ... only later to be vindicated ... (click "Read More")
The Pope Will Never Answer the Dubia
The Pope's Council of 9 Cardinals met this week in the Vatican, from Monday, December 12th, to Wednesday, December 14th, according to the Vatican. Their report also noted there was no discussion of the dubia submitted by the four cardinals. This seems astonishing to me, as it is a matter of great division and question in the Church.
NCR reported: "Greg Burke, the head of the Holy See press office, said the nine-member Council of Cardinals focused particularly on the roles of the Secretariat of State, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the Congregation for Bishops, and the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.Burke said the Council of Cardinals did not speak about a controversial November letter from four semi-retired cardinals challenging Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on family life, Amoris Laetitia.
Our Modern Day Athanasius of Alexandria: Bishop Athanasius Schneider Is A Voice Crying Out In the Wilderness...
Bishop Athanasius of Astana has spoken with charity, eloquence and charity regarding the four cardinals who have submitted dubia to Pope Francis for clarification. LifeSite News has posted an excellent article you can find here.
Bishop Athanasius stated: "An ecclesiastical authority that issues norms or pastoral guidance that provides for such admission, arrogates to itself a right that God has not given it. A pastoral accompaniment and discernment that does not communicate to the adulterous person, the so-called divorced and remarried, the divinely-established obligation to live in continence as a sine qua non condition for admission to the sacraments, exposes itself in reality as an arrogant clericalism, as there does not exist any clericalism so pharisaical as that which arrogates to itself rights reserved to God."
Let us pray for our Holy Father and our bishops and cardinals, that they may be docile to the Holy Spirit and uphold the Church's unchangeable teaching, entrusted to it by Christ Himself. Peace + DDG
Deacon Dan Gannon JD, MA
Welcome! I am a Catholic deacon ordained for the Diocese of La Crosse. I am Director of The Saint Paul Seminary Institute for Ongoing Clergy Formation and adjunct professor of theology. I am an instructor with the SPS Catechetical Institute and in diaconal formation programs for three dioceses. I am a retreat and spiritual director and serve the Church as a biomedical ethicist, certified by the NCBC. I am also an attorney. Find more info about this site and my background. The views expressed on this site are my own and always in accord with the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.