Cardinal Raymond Burke once again has promised to “correct the situation” over confusion surrounding Pope Francis’s controversial 2016 document on marriage and the family, Amoris Laetitia.
The American cardinal was speaking March 24 during a Q&A session after a presentation at Saint Raymond of Peñafort parish in Springfield, Virginia.
Burke, formerly the head of the Vatican’s highest appellate court until removed by Francis, currently serves as the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, although that position is largely nominal at the moment given the pope’s appointment of a personal delegate to the order.
In Virginia, Burke reiterated he “sincerely hoped” the pope would eventually respond to the dubia.
Burke reiterated that if an answer does not come, he and the other cardinals “simply will have to correct the situation.”
“Again, in a respectful way, that simply can say that, to draw the response to the questions from the constant teachings of the Church, and to make that known for the good of souls,” he said.
Francis himself, soon after the dubia were published, said critics of Amoris Laetitia suffered from “a certain legalism, which can be ideological.”
During his talk in Virginia on March 24, Burke insisted the publication of the dubia was done with “great respect,” and happened only because of the questions he and other cardinals were receiving from ordinary laypeople.
“Many people because of this confusion are becoming very upset, and understandably so,” Burke said, “I have become upset myself at times, but must always remember that Christ…has promised us that forces of evil will not prevail over the Church.”
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