44PrintPDFVATICAN CITY Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl has questioned why some choose to vocally criticize Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation on family life, saying the document reflects the tradition of the Roman Catholic church and the consensus opinion of its highest-ranking prelates.Speaking in an NCR interview Thursday, the cardinal said Francis’ Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”) was the result of a two-year process of consultation and fits appropriately amid the teaching of the church since the 1962-65 Second Vatican Council.”If someone has a concern about something they should say specifically what that concern is,” said Wuerl. “However, the starting point for me is we just went through a two-year process and it arrived at a document that is clearly a consensus document and clearly rooted in the tradition of the church.””I find it not all together clear why someone would put their judgment up against the judgment that comes out of all of this magisterial endeavor,” said the cardinal. “This was a work of consensus and this was a work that’s deeply rooted in the magisterial tradition of the church.”Referencing 13th-century theologian St. Thomas Aquinas, Wuerl added: “What it’s calling for is something that’s a great part — and those of us that are Thomists recognize St. Thomas in this — a calling for clarity in teaching but pastoral accompaniment with people who are trying to appropriate the teaching.”

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