Chilean Bishops say that Francis says “No to Communion for Remarried Divorced and Abortion Politicians”
(Rome) As it appears, Pope Francis has no longer any “doubts”, according to the reports of the Chilean bishops who recently made their ad limina visit to Rome. The papal statements reported by them are a radical turn-around. “Since it is unacceptable that the President of the Chilean Episcopal Conference and his Secretary General have invented the words of the Pope, the news is of the utmost importance,” said the Spanish columnist, Francisco Fernandez de la Cigoña. “As Fernandez de la Cigoña says,” some of the statements sound as if Cardinal Burke had spoken. “What happened?
The allusion to the “doubts” refers to the “Dubia” (doubt), which gave the four cardinals addressed to the pope against controversial parts of the Post-Synodal letter Amoris laetitia to the Pope. For more than five months, the head of the Catholic Church has refused to respond to the five questions on central themes of the faith and morality. Shortly before Christmas, one of the four signatories, Cardinal Burke, spoke of a reprimand in camera caritatis. If this did not come to anything, the Pope would be subject to a public reprimand.
Now, the leaders of the Chilean Episcopal Conference reported that Pope Francis had explained the doctrine of the Church with “clear words”.
“The Pope!” says Fernandez de la Cigoña.
Cancellation of situational ethics – Only voluntary celibacy not on the papal agenda
The Chilean daily El Mercurio conducted a joint interview with the President and Secretary General of the Chilean Bishops’ Conference. One focus was the ad limina visit to Rome and the question of the remarried and divorced. Both confirmed that Pope Francis instilled to them a clear “no to the Communion for remarried divorced persons and for politicians who pronounce for abortion.”
The Secretary-General, Monsignor Fernando Ramos, also disagreed with the statement that Pope Francis had spoken in an interview with the weekly newspaper Die Zeit for the abolition of priestly celibacy. The Pope has made it clear “that a more voluntary celibacy is not in his agenda”.
On the question of the Communion for remarried and divorced, Francis had rejected a “situational ethic” and told an anecdote from his family to clarify the matter.
The distinct “no” to the communion for remarried divorced persons told to the Chilean bishops upon their visit to Rome led Fernandez de la Cigoña to the question:
“What happened? I don’t know. Something has happened, for what Francis has told the Chilean bishops is not what can be read out from Amoris laetitia and read out by two cretins on Malta and most of the German bishops, and certainly not what Francis told the Argentine bishops in a letter.
So what happened?
I dont know. But it may be that Francis saw the situation in which he had ridden the Church, but he did not want to enter into history causing a schism with incalculable consequences. His popularity among those who really count in the Church has declined sharply. Not a few have sussed out the not infrequently meaningless verbal chaos and have convinced themselves of the arguments of their opponents.
Perhaps he himself has realized that the arguments of his opponents have a great weight, for if all the popes before him have taught something else, it seems quite obvious that all the others may not have been wrong, but he is wrong. Everyone who wants to hear what he wants to hear is applauded in the short term, but in the medium term the voice of the pope falls into disrepute because different interpretations, which can be called upon, devalue his voice.
Now it is time to wait to see if the statements of the Chilean bishops or the contrary are confirmed. Everything is possible. Their statements are excellent, including the personal anecdote about his niece, who is married to a divorced man. The divorced, a Catholic, goes to the confessional and says to the confessor: “I know you can not absolve me, but bless me.” The married nephew is clearly aware of his situation. And apparently this also applies to the papal uncle.
I think these are very important statements about which we can look forward. All Catholic. I know, of course, that it is still difficult to assess its real significance and scope in comparison to other statements to the contrary: What will tomorrow bring?”
Also important is the papal “no” to the communion for politicians who pronounce in favor of or use abortion. How does this attitude fit in with the latest testimony of the pope confidant Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo? Sorondo had explained in an interview with Jan Bentz for Arrangements that he talks to the abortion promoters because that will “do more”. Specifically, he addressed “more” in the fight against the “new slavery” to the UN agenda. At the same time, Sanchez Sorondo frontally attacked the Pro-Life movement and accused them of “achieving nothing”.
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