Pope Francis is unusually not convening a meeting of cardinals ahead of Saturday’s consistory for the creation of 17 new cardinals.
The traditional pre-consistory meeting is an opportunity for the Pope to consult with his cardinals, most of whom will be in Rome for the creation of new princes of the Church. Their role is to act as his closest advisors as well as elect his successor….
Vaticanist Marco Tosatti of La Stampa believes that the submission of five questions or “doubts” about Amoris Laetitia that four cardinals sent to the Pope in September and which he has declined to answer, may be a motivating factor behind Francis’ decision this year.
Tosatti asserts that the dubia, although not made public when the Pope decided against holding such a meeting, were going to be “resubmitted” during the pre-consistory gathering, “not only by the signatories of the request for clarification, but also perhaps by other cardinals, eager for a decisive word from the Pope.” It’s a situation, he added, the Pope probably “preferred to avoid.”
Posted by: frroberts | November 19, 2016
Pope declines to meet with Cardinals after questions regarding his orthodoxy
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