A senior Vatican judge said today (November 30, 2016) that four cardinals who recently published a letter asking Pope Francis to clarify "Amoris Laetitia" (or allowing remarried divorced Catholics to receive communion) could lose their red hats over the "very grave scandal" they've caused, according to the Catholic News website.
"What Church do these cardinals defend? The Pope is faithful to the doctrine of Christ," said Fr. Pio Vito Pinto. (The four ultra-conservative cardinals -- led by U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke -- have asserted that allowing remarried divorced Catholics to receive communion is a violation of Catholic doctrine.)
"What they have done is a very grave scandal, which could even lead the Holy Father to take away their red hats, as it's happened already in some other times in the Church," Fr. Pinto added.
The Vatican judge appointed in 2012 by emeritus Pope Benedict XVI as head of the Vatican's main working court -- also known as the Roman Rota -- was quick to clarify that his words don't mean Francis has made such a decision. They simply mean that he could.