Doctors of the Law
'Hi, I'm a Lutheran who wants to receive Holy Communion in a Catholic Church. May I do so?'
Pope Francis: 'Basically do what you feel, don't ask me, ask God and move forward. I best say no more, if you catch my drift.'
'Hi, I'm divorced and remarried. May I receive Holy Communion? I hear that the teaching may be relaxed.'
Pope Francis: 'I can say yes, basically, things have changed. Talk to Cardinal Schonborn. He's such a great theologian.'
'Hi, did you alter the Church's law on this by virtue of a single footnote?'
Pope Francis: 'Footnote? What footnote?'
'Hi, what's the situation about how politicians should vote in Italy regarding the same-sex unions? Didn't the CDF say something about that? In a document?'
Pope Francis: 'Well, I heard the something but...I must have missed that. These politicians should just follow their conscience.'
Cardinal Sarah: 'Dear clergy, have you ever considered celebrating Mass facing East, towards the Lord who will come again at the Last Day?'
Pope Francis: 'I'd like to refer you to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, a useful guide to Church law and practise, custom and jurisprudence. I refer you to page...'
Doctors of the law and the GIRM:
So useful when you suddenly need them in a bout of massive control freakery!
Amazing how quickly and efficiently the Vatican clear up confusion at the bidding of the Pope
when the Pope wants confusion cleared up and the message to get through, isn't it?