Vatican City, Jan 9, 2017 / 12:16 pm
The Vatican's doctrinal head has challenged several cardinals' public questioning of the doctrinal validity of Amoris laetitia, saying the document is "very clear" on doctrine, and that making the discussion public is harmful to the Church.
"Everyone, above all the cardinals of the Roman Church, have a right to write a letter to the Pope. However, I was amazed because this was made public, almost forcing the Pope to say yes or no," Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said in a Jan. 8 interview with Italian TV channel Tgcom24.
"I don't like this," he said, adding that "it does damage to the Church to discuss these things publicly."
The interview took place just two months after a letter signed by four prominent cardinals requesting that Pope Francis "resolve the uncertainties and bring clarity" was made public.