- Dec 8, 2019
Cardinal Raymond Burke said Thursday that the Catholic Church is facing “a very grave crisis” due to the “grievous failure” on the part of certain bishops and that “a serious loss of confidence in our shepherds” needs to be restored after sexual abuse scandals in the United States.
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.
Participants in an April 7 summit of opposition figures to Pope Francis’s “Amoris Laetitia” finished by asking the “pope and the bishops to confirm us in the faith.”
A major Rome summit on Saturday is hardly the first time the Church has seen a rift between the pope and some of his bishops.
Waiting for a Vatican verdict on allegations that he sexually abused several boys in the 1970s, Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron of Agana, Guam, attended one of Pope Francis’s weekly general audiences in February.
Nearly six weeks ago, a 25-page letter, signed by 62 theologians and clergy, accused Pope Francis of promoting heresy in ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ his 2016 document on the family. In a statement, the organizers called this ‘filial correction’ an epoch-making act, and it made a huge splash in the press. Why, then, haven’t more of the pope’s critics added their name to it?