- Jan 18, 2020
Msgr. Gilfredo Marengo, a theologian who led important research on the drafting of St. Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae, has been appointed vice president of Rome’s Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences.
One of Pope Francis’s leading critics said Thursday he was “deeply shaken” by accusations of a sex abuse cover-up against the pontiff and wants an investigation, but is still pressing Francis to respond to an earlier set of questions about his views on marriage.
At a major Rome summit on Saturday, leaders of the opposition to Pope Francis’s document “Amoris Laetitia” insisted “we cannot be ignored,” but it’s not clear they jarred Pope Francis out of his “Just don’t look!” strategy.
Although some accounts have framed the Sept. 6 death of Italian Cardinal Carlo Caffarra almost entirely in terms of his final act as one of the “dubia cardinals” challenging Pope Francis’s document “Amoris Laetita,” he was a much bigger figure than that, and he illustrated Catholicism’s perennial genius for embracing strong and divergent views on important questions all at once.
Italian Cardinal Carlo Caffarra has died at the age of 79. He was one of the four ‘dubia cardinals’ who asked Pope Francis to clarify his position on communion for the divorced-and-remarried after the release of the his apostolic exortation ‘Amoris Laetitia.’
The fact that guidelines from bishops for the pastoral application of chapter 8 of Pope Francis’s ‘Amoris Laetitia’ present opposite interpretations on the issue of access to the sacraments for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics confirms one truth: the argument is not yet settled.