FEB 10th 2017 By Deacon Nick Donnelly GB
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Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, former Master of the Dominicans, has said that Pope Francis should "engage" with the four cardinals who submitted the dubia. He said it was "important to recognise that they speak honestly... we have to understand they are expressing genuine doubts ... felt by many young people."

Fr. Radcliffe OP made his recommendation even though he disagrees with the dubia cardinals, "I disagree with [the cardinals], I agree with the Pope’s position." Fr Radcliffe is a prominent "progressive" known for questioning the Church's doctrine on homosexuality and supporting divorced and civilly remarried receiving Holy Communion. Many faithful Catholics boycotted Dublin's 2014 International Conference on Divine Mercy due to Fr. Radcliffe presence as a keynote speaker. Pope Francis appointed Fr Radcliffe a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in 2015.

The Tablet reports:

The Pope should engage with the four cardinals who penned the “dubia”, or doubts, about contentious issues in his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, theologian Timothy Radcliffe has said, writes Filipe Avillez. Speaking in Portugal, where he was attending conferences on Catholic ethics, the ex-head of the Dominicans said that it was important to recognise that the four cardinals were “speaking honestly”. He said they were expressing doubts felt by many about Francis’ teaching that divorced and remarried Catholics could, in some circumstances, be allowed to receive Communion. [...] Asked if the Pope should reply, Fr Timothy said: “I think it would be good to engage more closely with the four cardinals. I think it is important to recognise that they speak honestly.”

Fr. Timothy Radcliffe OP supports Pope Francis's Amoris Laetitia, expressing the opinion that it "did not change doctrine", but an attempt "to understand more deeply how people travel towards God. It is a very profound meditation on what it means to be a moral being … I disagree with [the cardinals], I agree with the Pope’s position."