"Dubia" Cardinals Burke and Brandmüller spoke at the event under the title "Catholic Church, where are you going?" - Conference Participants: Debate on the Admission of the Sacraments to the Divorced, its Danger to Faith, and Unity of the Church
Rome (kath.net/KAP) Cardinals and conservative Catholics have expressed concern over the Church's course at a meeting in Rome. At the event titled "Catholic Church, where are you going?" On Saturday, alongside Cardinals Raymond Leo Burke and Walter Brandmüller, others included Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider from Astana, Kazakhstan, and Italian philosopher and politician Marcello Pera.
At the conclusion, they issued a statement calling the debate on allowing remarried divorced people to the sacraments a threat to the faith and unity of the church. Anyone who enters into a new civil marriage in an existing church marriage bond is "in objective contradiction to the law of God" and can not participate in communion.
In his contribution Cardinal Brandmüller warned against equating public opinion with the "sense of the faithful.” To truly be considered a Catholic voice, a call for holiness. In the history of Christianity, true believers were often a minority, according to the emeritus president of the Pontifical Committee for the Study of History.
Cardinal Burke, former Prefect of the Supreme Church Court of the Apostolic Signature, emphasized that the Pope's teaching authority derived from his obedience to Christ. The Pope could only interpret the law of the Church to the extent of its actual meaning but not to undermine it.
Auxiliary Bishop Schneider identified ignorance or contempt for the truth as the cause of numerous grievances. Throughout history, the devil has even darkened the papal magisterium temporarily and created confusion in the Church. Every Pope must be aware that he is not the "owner of the Institute of Truth" but only its servant.
Brandmüller and Burke had in November 2016 together with the deceased Cardinals Joachim Meisner and Carlo Caffarra published the so-called "Dubia" ("Doubt"); In it they asked Pope Francis to clarify some points in his letter "Amoris laetitia" on marriage and family. This request, which is supported by one million Catholics, was "not heard yet today," it said in the statement distributed on Saturday.
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