George Pell Backs Cardinals in Marriage Row with Pope Francis

By Tess Livingstone
The Australian
December 2, 2016

Australian cardinal George Pell has waded into the row at the top of the Vatican, backing four cardinals who have questioned the Pope over efforts to shift church teaching on marriage, divorce and Holy Communion.

At a speech in London this week, Cardinal Pell admitted that while his boss enjoyed “a prestige and popularity outside the church”, some Catholics were uneasy.

Asked whether he agreed with the four cardinals, who wrote to the Pope two months ago asking for clarification over his document ­Amoris Laetitia, Cardinal Pell said: “How can you disagree with a question?” It was “significant’’ the four had asked the questions.

Cardinal Pell said the unease related to false theories of conscience. “The idea that you can somehow discern that moral truths should not be followed or should not be recognised is ­absurd,’’ he said. “We all stand under the truth.”








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