(Rome) As it appears, Pope Francis has no longer any “doubts”, according to the reports of the Chilean bishops who recently made their ad limina visit to Rome. The papal statements reported by them are a radical turn-around. “Since it is unacceptable that the President of the Chilean Episcopal Conference and his Secretary General have invented the words of the Pope, the news is of the utmost importance,” said the Spanish columnist, Francisco Fernandez de la Cigoña. “As Fernandez de la Cigoña says,” some of the statements sound as if Cardinal Burke had spoken.
The Chilean daily El Mercurio conducted a joint interview with the President and Secretary General of the Chilean Bishops’ Conference. One focus was the ad limina visit to Rome and the question of the remarried and divorced. Both confirmed that Pope Francis instilled to them a clear “no to the Communion for remarried divorced persons and for politicians who pronounce for abortion.”
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