One of the four cardinals who have asked the Pope to clarify his apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia has said that it matters because people’s eternal salvation is at stake.

Speaking to the Italian newspaper Il Foglio, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra said: “We are talking about questions that are not secondary.

It is not a discussion of whether [eating] fish violates or does not violate abstinence. These are most serious questions for the life of the Church and for the eternal salvation of the faithful.”

He continued: “Never forget, this is the supreme law of the Church: the eternal salvation of the faithful, not other concerns. Jesus founded His Church so that the faithful would have eternal life and have it in abundance.”

In the interview, Cardinal Caffarra said that the confusion and anxiety in the Church in the aftermath of Amoris Laetitia was so obvious that “only a blind man” could miss it.

“On these fundamental questions regarding the sacramental economy [matrimony, Confession and Eucharist] and the Christian life, some bishops have said A, others have said the contrary of A, with the intention of interpreting well the same texts,” he said.

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