- Jan 20, 2021
On Palm Sunday, Pope Francis came as close as he ever may to explaining the spiritual logic for his refusal to engage his critics.
When British author Stephen Walford released a book in August defending the pope’s 2016 apostolic exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ he scored what few Catholic authors could only dream of: A personal preface by Pope Francis himself.
In a series of letters leaked to the press, retired Pope Benedict XVI chastised a German cardinal for criticizing his decision to resign from the papacy, saying an understandable pain as a result of the move has turned into “anger” against him, and has devalued his papacy.
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.
German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, former president of the Pontifical Commission for Historical Sciences, and one of four cardinals who formally asked Pope Francis to clarify his teaching on Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, said Blessed Pope Paul VI’s ‘Humanae Vitae’ proves that ultimately, it is the Holy Spirit that “ensures that the faith of the church develops in the course of time” while remaining faithful to Christ’s teachings.
A nonagenarian retired Texas bishop has added his name to a “filial correction” of Pope Francis submitted to the pontiff last month. The signatories have accused the pope of promoting heretical propositions in ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ his document on marriage. Bishop René Henry Gracida, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, says if Francis doesn’t respond to the petition, he would like to see the pope resign.