Vatican City, 05 October, 2023 / 11:18 am (ACI Africa).
Cardinal Raymond Burke has spoken out on the reactions raised by the “dubia” he and four other cardinals submitted to Pope Francis on the eve of the opening of the plenary assembly of the Synod on Synodality, asserting that the move was aimed neither at the pope’s person nor his agenda, but merely at safeguarding the Church’s perennial doctrine.
The cardinal was speaking at a conference organized in Rome on Oct. 3 by the Italian Catholic newspaper Nuova Bussola Quotidiana on the theme “the synodal Babel,” designed to discuss the main points of contention raised by the synod, which opened at the Vatican on Oct. 4.
The work of this first session convened by the pope, titled “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission,” will run until Oct. 29. A second session of the Synod on Synodality is expected in October 2024 to “continue discernment.”
In his address at the Ghione Theater, located less than a mile from St. Peter’s Square, the prefect emeritus of the Apostolic Signatura reaffirmed his concern over the “philosophical, canonical, and theological errors that are widespread today regarding the Synod of Bishops and its [first] session.”
The main stumbling blocks cited by the cardinal and his fellow cardinals in the questions addressed to the Holy Father in August and made public on Oct. 2 concern doctrinal development, the blessing of same-sex unions, the authority of the Synod on Synodality, women’s ordination, and sacramental absolution.