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Thursday, November 25, 2010

The most authoritative clarifications (so far) of the Pope's words on condoms

I hope to be able to compile by Saturday a comprehensive set of links to the best orthodox Catholic commentaries and clarifications on the Pope's words on condoms. In the meantime, I would like to call everyone's attention to the following interview with Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, and therefore the Church's highest-ranking legal officer after the Pope himself. He is sometimes referred to as the "Chief Justice of the Catholic Church".

Cardinal Burke: What the Pope Really Meant

For those looking for something more succinct, LifeSite News has published a short explanation by Bishop Anthony Fisher OP that has been approved by the Archbishop of Sydney, George Cardinal Pell:

Australian bishop explains Pope condom flap

I am not including Fr. Federico Lombardi's statements of clarification in this post, despite his being the Pope's official spokesman, because these statements are currently causing even more controversy, and have already been challenged as inaccurately conveying the Pope's actual thinking.

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