Some fanboys and girls of the Pope are taking the Filial Correction of the Pope as a joke. It is not:
To resolve the impasse between Pope Francis and those who have grave reservations about his teaching, Cardinal Gerhard Müller has proposed that one solution to this “serious situation” could be for the Holy Father to appoint a group of cardinals that would begin a “theological disputation” with his critics.
In comments to the Register Sept. 26, the prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said such an initiative could be conducted with “some prominent representatives” of the dubia, as well as the filial correction which was made public on Sunday.
Cardinal Müller said a theological disputation, a formalized method of debate designed to uncover and establish truths in theology, would be specifically about “the different and sometimes controversial interpretations of some statements in Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia” — Francis’ apostolic exhortation on marriage and the family.
The Church needs “more dialogue and reciprocal confidence” rather than “polarization and polemics,” he continued, adding that the Successor of St. Peter “deserves full respect for his person and divine mandate, and on the other hand his honest critics deserve a convincing answer.”
“We must avoid a new schism and separations from the one Catholic Church, whose permanent principle and foundation of its unity and communion in Jesus Christ is the current pope, Francis, and all bishops in full communion with him,” he said.
Go here to read the rest. Of course the Pope will not take the advice of Mueller. He has a bad case and he knows it. He will maintain his contemptuous silence and do as he pleases. The Pope’s attitude towards all of Church history prior to his papacy recalls this statement from proto-robber baron Cornelius Vanderbilt in the 19th century:
“What do I care about the law? Hain’t I got the power?”
However, the Filial Correction is not aimed at the Pope, but what comes after him.