Archbishop Emeritus Héctor Aguer of La Plata, Argentina, criticized two cardinals who expressed support for the Vatican declaration Fiducia Supplicans.
The new document signed by Pope Francis and Cardinal Victor Fernández is titled “Gestis Verbisque,” or “Deeds and Words.”
Pope Francis suggested that the opposition to the Vatican’s approval of nonliturgical blessings for same-sex couples mostly comes from “small ideological groups.”
Pope Francis on Friday offered guidance to members of the Vatican’s doctrinal office for dealing with matters of faith.
In a statement published Jan. 23 on his blog, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun said the declaration contains numerous passages in need of clarification.
Some Catholics have raised concerns over both the tone and theology of a recently resurfaced sexually explicit book written by Cardinal Víctor Fernández.
A 1998 book by Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández featuring provocative, sexually-charged themes has resurfaced, likely adding further scrutiny to the already embattled prefect of the Vatican’s doctrine office.
The Vatican’s doctrine office issued a response on Thursday to “clarify the reception of Fiducia Supplicans” amid widespread international backlash to the Vatican’s recent declaration on same-sex blessings.
More than two weeks after the Vatican issued a declaration on blessings of same-sex couples, bishops remain divided over the controversial document.
The Vatican has issued new guidance on the topic of blessings of same-sex attracted people, stating that Catholic priests can bless same-sex couples as an expression of pastoral closeness without condoning their sexual relations.
The Vatican’s doctrine office published a letter on Thursday confirming that single mothers can receive Communion after going to confession.
The guidance came from a letter written by Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, who serves as the prefect for the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The Vatican recently reaffirmed that active membership in Freemasonry by Catholics is not permissible.
The new document signed by Pope Francis and DDF Prefect Cardinal Victor Fernández was written in response to a bishop from the Philippines.
The Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith issued the document in response to questions from a Brazilian bishop.
Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández predicts that “those who expect big changes” to come out of this month’s Synod of Bishops will be “disappointed.”
Cardinal-elect Víctor Manuel Fernández, who is poised to take up his position as the head of the Vatican’s chief doctrinal office in the coming days, has signaled an openness to theological debates, saying they help deepen the Church’s understanding of the Gospel.
Pope Francis met with Cardinal Luis Ladaria on Tuesday morning to thank him for his six years as head of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith.
When asked about the controversy surrounding his recent appointment as the Vatican’s doctrinal chief, Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández responded: “I will do it ‘my way.’”