Some defenders of Amoris have been decidedly heated in their response to these developments. Fr. Pio Vito Pinto, Dean of the Roman Rota, alleges that the cardinals have caused “a very grave scandal, which could even lead the Holy Father to take away their red hats.” Retired Bishop Frangiskos Papamanolis accuses the cardinals of “sin,” “apostasy” and “sacrilege.” Papal advisor Fr. Antonio Spadaro opines that Amoris is “very clear” and that “a questioning conscience can easily find all the responses it is seeking, if it is seeking sincerely” and criticizes those who “pose questions in order to place another in difficulty, provoking divisions.”
UPDATE 12/11: Regina interviews influential Vatican-watcher Edward Pentin about what is going on in Rome. I will add further new links as the occasion arises.
UPDATE 12/15: An Australian archbishop denounces “absolutism” and the four cardinals’ “false clarity.” At Crux, Austen Ivereigh accuses defenders of the four cardinals of being “dissenters” comparable to those who argue for “women priests, an end to mandatory celibacy and an opening in areas such as contraception.”
Meanwhile, back on planet Earth, another cardinal comes to the defense of the four. Bishop Schneider defends Christ’s teaching on marriage. And at First Things, Prof. Joseph Shaw explains why Catholic academics are supporting the four cardinals.
UPDATE 12/16: Canon lawyer Edward Peters on popes and heresy. Cardinal Burke is interviewed. Historical parallels to the four cardinals.
Some commentary of my own forthcoming soon.