Pope personally thanks Portuguese cardinal for Amoris guidelines

Pope Francis has written to the Patriarch of Lisbon, thanking him personally for a note to priests on the application of Amoris Laetitia, which borrowed heavily from controversial Argentinian guidelines. The Patriarch’s note was made public in February, and essentially replicates the guidelines of Buenos Aires and for the diocese of Rome. The Patriarch, Cardinal Manuel Clemente, was heavily criticised for the note, first from conservatives who accused him of betraying the faith, and then from the secular press who condemned him for telling divorced-and-remarried couples to live in continence.…

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