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Four Cardinals Combat Pope Francis

Written by Joe Scudder

The four Cardinals are trying to get the Pope to meet with them to make plain where he stands on traditional teaching about the family.

Four cardinals in the Roman Catholic Church have allowed their dispute with Pope Francis to become public. Conservatives can easily see why there might be a conflict over the Pope’s seeming desire to change Roman Catholic teaching. In this case the specific issue is that status of those who have been divorced. Many Protestants won’t agree with traditional Roman Catholic teaching, but it will be interesting to see if this effort to insist on a personal meeting with the Pope will be successful.

AFP reports, “Conservative cardinals step up pope challenge.

The red-hatted “Princes of the Church” had sent a first letter to the Argentine pontiff at the end of last year in which they questioned the head of the Roman Catholic Church over his teachings on the family.

The ringleader, American Raymond Burke, publicly warned Francis it may be necessary to make a highly rare “formal act of correction” if he did not answer the letter — a bold and almost unheard of challenge to the pope’s authority.

On Tuesday Vatican watcher Sandro Magister published a second letter written by the four cardinals — Carlo Caffarra, Walter Brandmueller, Joachim Meisner and Burke — which called on Francis to meet them face to face.

Read the rest of the AFP story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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