February 16, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich tweeted Tuesday that Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia document was in full fidelity with the Catholic Church and absolutely clear in the expression of its teaching on marriage, but users of the social media platform weren’t buying it.
The cardinal has received countless responses, calling him out on the disagreement among the world’s bishops on the document and disputing in myriad creative ways his characterization of Amoris Laetitia as misleading.
— Cardinal Cupich (@CardinalBCupich) February 14, 2017
Ignatius Insight, the online magazine of Ignatius Press, tweeted in response, “I have known absolute clarity, and you, “Amoris Laetitia”, are not clear, absolutely or otherwise.”
— Ignatius Insight (@ignatiusinsight) February 14, 2017
The Ignatius tweet was a cultural reference on the 1988 shot that Democratic Senator Lloyd Bentsen took at GOP rival Senator Dan Quayle during a vice-presidential debate after Quayle compared himself in an earlier answer to John F. Kennedy.
Cardinal Cupich’s use of the term “absolute clarity” in quotation marks opened the door to many humorous responses.
— Cas Monti (@cas_monti) February 14, 2017
Others employed simple math to illustrate the logic employed in the cardinal’s tweet.
@CardinalBCupich It's about as clear as 2 + 2 = 5;
— Ben Yanke (@musicasacra62) February 15, 2017
And another offered:
@CardinalBCupich lol! Also sky is green, fish breathe air, and 2+2 =5
— brendan (@brendan1836) February 15, 2017
— Michael Sproule (@msproule1) February 15, 2017
@CardinalBCupich This is the single most compactly contrary-to-fact statement I have ever seen attributed to a bishop. Congratulations.
— Bob Holden (@profbobholden) February 15, 2017
Others referred to the tweet as “Rubbish” and “absolute papolatry.” Some respondents were more detailed in pointing out the issues with his premise.
— pgepps (@pgepps) February 14, 2017
And another stated,
@CardinalBCupich Sorry, Your Eminence, but I don't know anywhere in Catholic/Biblical teaching that it allows, sacrilege and unrepentance.
— Philip Murrell (@FelipeMurrelli) February 15, 2017
Yet another said:
@CardinalBCupich Your Eminence, clarity cannot simply be announced. If the faithful are not clear on the meaning, the meaning IS NOT clear.
— David Meyer (@New_Christendom) February 15, 2017
One tweet pointed to Pope Francis’ silence on the dubia as part the cause of confusion on his document.
— Michael Ticich (@miketicich) February 15, 2017
Several users were unafraid to point the focus back on the cardinal himself.
— James Fee (@jr_fee) February 14, 2017
An exchange between two users employed concepts used by many advancing the cause of allowing individuals living in objective sin to receive Communion — the “principle of gradualness” and “accompaniment,” with one tweet asking why the “principle of gradualness” wasn’t applied universally and only to the sin at hand, to which the responding tweet said, “excellent point, racism, rampant greed, and worse will now be accompanied by +Cupich right?”
In some tweets, Cardinal Cupich was told he was embarrassing himself or should be ashamed to wear the martyrs' red. Others said he was living in an alternate reality, and still others called him a liar.
One slightly less blunt tweet pondered,
@CardinalBCupich How can a Catholic accept a declaration of “absolute clarity” from a Cardinal who has spent his career in the moral gray?
— Mark Nowakowski (@Nowakowski_Mark) February 15, 2017
Cardinal Cupich’s Twitter post linked to Vatican Radio’s report from a February 14 press conference on the new book released by Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legal Texts, in which the cardinal shares his thoughts on chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia.
Events around the press conference mirrored the ongoing confusion surrounding Pope Francis’ document.
Internet and blog rumors Monday had Cardinal Coccopalmerio set to present a surrogate response for the pope to the dubia at the Tuesday press conference via his interpretation in his book “The Eighth Chapter of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia.”
Cardinal Coccopalmerio, however, did not appear at the press conference for his book, which was written, Rorate Caeli reports, at the request of Pope Francis. The pope’s chief canonist instead sent last-minute notification of a scheduling conflict.
The book was presented by Father Maurizio Gronchi, a Pontifical Urbaniana University professor and consultant for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), along with journalist Orazio La Rocca.
The press conference presenters told those in attendance that “Coccopalmerio's book on Amoris Laetitia is not a response to the dubia, just his own pastoral reflections.”
Cardinal Coccopalmerio had written in his book that divorced and remarried couples and those cohabiting “must be given” Communion “despite living in situations not in line with traditional matrimonial canons,” if they “express the sincere desire to approach the sacraments after an appropriate period of discernment.”