He Pope Francisco has responded to the “doubts” of five conservative cardinals about his position on issues such as homosexual couples or the role of women in the Church: “We cannot be judges who only deny.”
The questions from the American Raymond Leo Burke, the German Walter Brandmüller, the Mexican Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, the Guinean Robert Sarah and the Chinese Joseph Zen Ze-kiun have been leaked two days before a Synod of Bishops that will address these issues.
The Argentine pontiff has responded to their doubts in a document dated September 25 and signed by him and his new prefect for the Doctrine of the Faith, Víctor Manuel Fernández.
In one of their doubts, the cardinals wondered if the Church could accept situations as “a possible good.” objectively sinful such as unions between people of the same sex”.
Francis clarifies in his language, Spanish, that “the Church has a very clear conception of marriage,” which is “an exclusive, stable and indissoluble union between a man and a woman, naturally open to begetting children,” so ” “Avoid any type of rite or sacrament that could contradict this conviction and imply that something is recognized as marriage that is not.”