Breaking: Five Cardinals Submit New Dubia to Pope Francis, Ahead of Synod, And Receive No Clear Response

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October 2, 2023: Concerned Cardinals sent a “Notification to Christ’s Faithful” revealing that, on July 10, 2023, five Cardinals submitted a new Dubia (questions) to Pope Francis ahead of the Synod, and did not receive a clear response.


July 10, 2023 – 5 Cardinals Submit New Dubia Ahead of Synod

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, along with Walter Cardinal Brandmüller, Juan Cardinal Sandoval Íñiguez, Robert Cardinal Sarah, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, and Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, privately submitted a new Dubia to Pope Francis, ahead of the Synod.

Here is the initial Dubia they submitted on July 10, 2023.

July 11, 2023 – Pope Francis Responds

Pope Francis responded to the July letter, but did not follow the age-old practice of responsa ad dubia. He did not respond to each dubia

August 21, 2023 – Cardinals Send a Reformulated Dubia

The Cardinals sent a reformulated Dubia in August 2023. They did not get a response.

October 2, 2023 – Cardinals Send a Notification to the Faithful

Therefore, the Cardinals thought it prudent to notify the faithful that they did not get a response, so that the faithful do not fall into error, confusion or discouragement.

Thank you Lord, for these brave bishops!

The official text of the notification is below.

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Notification to Christ’s Faithful (can. 212 § 3) Regarding Dubia Submitted to Pope Francis

October 2, 2023

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We, members of the Sacred College of Cardinals, in accord with the duty of all the faithful “to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church” (can. 212 § 3) and, above all, in accord with the responsibility of Cardinals “to assist the Roman Pontiff … individually … especially in the daily care of the universal Church” (can. 349), in view of various declarations of highly-placed Prelates, pertaining to the celebration of the next Synod of Bishops, that are openly contrary to the constant doctrine and discipline of the Church, and that have generated and continue to generate great confusion and the falling into error among the faithful and other persons of good will, have manifested our deepest concern to the Roman Pontiff. By our letter of July 10, 2023, employing the proven practice of the submission of dubia [questions] to a superior to provide the superior the occasion to make clear, by his responsa [responses], the doctrine and discipline of the Church, we have submitted five dubia to Pope Francis, a copy of which is attached. By his letter of July 11, 2023, Pope Francis responded to our letter.

Having studied his letter which did not follow the practice of responsa ad dubia [responses to questions], we reformulated the dubia to elicit a clear response based on the perennial doctrine and discipline of the Church. By our letter of August 21, 2023, we submitted the reformulated dubia, a copy of which is attached, to the Roman Pontiff. Up to the present, we have not received a response to the reformulated dubia.

Given the gravity of the matter of the dubia, especially in view of the imminent session of the Synod of Bishops, we judge it our duty to inform you, the faithful (can. 212 § 3), so that you may not be subject to confusion, error, and discouragement but rather may pray for the universal Church and, in particular, the Roman Pontiff, that the Gospel may be taught ever more clearly and followed ever more faithfully.

Yours in Christ,

Walter Cardinal Brandmüller

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

Juan Cardinal Sandoval Íñiguez

Robert Cardinal Sarah

Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun

Rome, 2 October 2023

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