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Cardinals dissatisfied by Pope Francis’ answers on LGBT blessings and ordination of women, demand ‘yes or no’

A group of cardinals is concerned about the development of Catholic doctrine ahead of the upcoming Synod on Synodality.

Cardinals Raymond Burke, Walter Brandmüller, Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Juan Sandoval Íñiguez and Robert Sarah submitted a set of dubia, formal requests to the pope and Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith for clarification on doctrine, in July.

The dubia requested clarification on five specific issues the cardinals believe have lacked clarity from the Holy See: the inability to reinterpret divine revelation, the inadmissibility of blessings for same-sex couples, the hierarchical authority of bishops, the ordination of women to the priesthood and the necessity for repentance for sacramental absolution.

“The pope has said it over and over and over again in the lead up to the Synod — that the Synod is not a parliament, not a democratic process. We’re not voting on doctrine,” Bishop Robert Barron told Fox News Digital in July.

“It’s much more about strategy,” the bishop added. “A lot of people, at least in the West, I think, feel alienated from the church for different reasons. And are there better strategies we can adopt to reach out to them and reengage them and so on? I think that’s what we’ll be talking about. So, I’ll take the pope at his word. I don’t think we’re discussing doctrine.”

Timothy Nerozzi is a writer for Fox News Digital. You can follow him on Twitter @timothynerozzi and can email him at


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