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Cardinal Parolin calls for ‘dialogue’ after filial correction

Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin (AP/Sergei Grits)

Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said it is “important to dialogue even within the Church” in response to the ‘filial correction’ issued on Sunday.

According to Italian news agency ANSA, the cardinal made the comments while speaking at a conference on Iraqi Christians.

“People who disagree express their dissent, but on these things we have to reason, to try to understand one another,” he said.

The intervention makes Cardinal Parolin the most senior Vatican official to comment on the document so far.

The correction, initially signed by 62 priests and academics, accuses Pope Francis of propagating heresy with his 2016 document Amoris Laetitia.

Although it does not accuse the Pope himself of being a heretic, it does argue that Amoris Laetitia, combined with certain actions and omissions may lead Catholics into heresy.

The initial signatories were later joined by many others, including a retired bishop and the research director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University.