Pope Francis ‘Boiling with Rage’
Remember Edward Pentin? He’s the reporter who proved conclusively, using his tape recorder, that Cardinal Walter Kasper was not only a liar but a racist as well. Thanks to Mr Pentin we know that Kasper doesn’t like African prelates: they tend to be far too orthodox.
It now appears that Ed Pentin has got another scoop. His sources within the papal residence Santa Marta have told him the Holy Father is “boiling with rage” about the questions on Amoris Laetitia put to him by four Cardinals, including Cardinal Raymond Burke.
After the cardinals went public with their yes-or-no questions, or dubia, Pope Francis seems to have been shamed into giving some kind of evasive non-answer in La Stampa, without mentioning the four cardinals, but criticising “a certain legalism”. “Some people”, he said, thought issues were “black and white”, but in the course of life we were called upon to “discern”. Which reminds me of the pro-aborts during the original Eighth Amendment debate, who kept on telling us that abortion was not “a black and white issue”.
At the consistory this weekend, the Holy Father cancelled a preliminary session, where cardinals are accustomed to raise issues of concern. No reason was given, but you won’t be surprised to learn there is speculation that other cardinals besides the Four may have wanted to ask Pope Francis about the dubia.