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Four cardinals ask pope to clarify teaching on Communion for divorced

Four cardinals said they formally asked Pope Francis to clarify his teaching on Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and, not receiving a response after two months, they released their letter to the press.

“We have noted a grave disorientation and great confusion of many faithful regarding extremely important matters for the life of the Church,” the cardinals said. “Even within the episcopal college, there are contrasting interpretations of Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia,” the chapter dealing with ministry to the divorced in his exhortation on the family.

The four who signed the letter are: Cardinals Walter Brandmuller, a German and former president of the Pontifical Commission for Historical Sciences; Raymond L. Burke, a US cardinal and patron of the Knights of Malta; Carlo Caffarra, retired archbishop of Bologna, Italy; and Joachim Meisner, retired archbishop of Cologne, Germany.

In releasing their letter and accompanying explanations on 14th November, the cardinals said, “The Holy Father has decided not to respond. We have interpreted his sovereign decision as an invitation to continue the reflection and the discussion, calmly and with respect. And so we are informing the entire people of God about our initiative, offering all of the documentation.”

Picture: Faithful receive Communion in Bangkok on 25th December 2015. Four cardinals said they formally asked Pope Francis to clarify his teaching on Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and have not received a response in two months. (CNS photo/Diego Azubel, EPA).