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Cardinal Raymond Burke, shown listening in the audience during the book presentation of Christus Vincit in Rome on Oct. 14, 2019, says of the post-synodal document: ‘I find the document troubling, in that it’s subject to so many different interpretations.’ (Daniel Ibáñez/CNA)

While he expressed gratitude that the document itself did not call into question clerical celibacy or recommend ordaining women deacons, he identifies a number of aspects that are problematic.

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News, 3/6/20

VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Raymond Burke is “very grateful” that Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia (The Beloved Amazon) did not explicitly call into question clerical celibacy or directly address the issue of women deacons, but he nevertheless finds the document “troubling” and does not expect these issues to now be left alone.

In a Feb. 26 interview with the Register, the prefect emeritus of the Apostolic Signatura takes issue with passages in the document that he says “gravely contradict theological truths.” He also takes certain prelates close to the Holy Father at their word when they say the door is still open for married priests in the Latin Church and women deacons.

And as this pontificate approaches its seventh anniversary, the U.S. cardinal says that internal Church strife is causing the faithful to look inward, sapping the Church’s energy to evangelize.

“We’re weaker than ever in our witness,” he says. “What’s at stake right now is a fundamental misunderstanding about the Church herself and about the papacy, about the College of Bishops and Tradition.” Cardinals and bishops express their concerns directly to the Holy Father in private, he stresses, but he calls on the laity to also do their part, beginning with studying and knowing the faith.  ….

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