He was referring specifically to Cdls. Raymond Burke, Carlo Caffarra, Joachim Meisner and Walter Brandmüller, who submitted a set of dubia, or questions, to Pope Francis last year seeking clarity on Amoris Laetitia, the pope's apostolic exhortation on marriage and the family.
"Follow them," Socci insisted. "FOLLOW THEM."
The dubia came in light of confusion from Chapter 8 of the papal exhortation, particularly paragraphs 300–305, used by liberal bishops to promote opening up the sacraments to the divorced and civilly remarried, among other things, contrary to longstanding Church teaching and practice.
Titled "Seeking Clarity: A Plea to Untie the Knots in Amoris Laetitia," the cardinals' letter notes "a grave disorientation and great confusion" among the faithful over "contrasting interpretations" of the exhortation.
Socci caused a stir in early March when he claimed a number of liberal bishops who elected Pope Francis are now experiencing "buyer's remorse."
"A large part of the cardinals who voted for him is very worried, and the curia ... that organized his election and has accompanied him thus far, without ever disassociating itself from him, is cultivating the idea of a moral suasion to convince him to retire," he claimed in the Italian paper Libero.
"Four years after Benedict XVI's renunciation and Bergoglio's arrival on the scene, the situation of the Catholic Church has become explosive, perhaps really on the edge of a schism, which could be even more disastrous than Luther's," Socci observed.
"The cardinals are worried that the Church could be shattered as an institution," he added.
Socci acknowledged the climate of confusion in his Thursday blog post.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written,
"For thy sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered."
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35–39)
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