From The Trumpet-
Cardinal Robert Sarah warned that the Roman Catholic Church is facing a “grave risk” of schism. The Guinean cardinal stated that church officials who insist regional episcopal conferences have authority to make their own doctrines are threatening Catholic unity.
“Without a common faith, the Church is threatened by confusion and then, progressively, she can slide into dispersion and schism,” he said in an April 18 interview. “Today there is a grave risk of the fragmentation of the Church, of breaking up the Mystical Body of Christ by insisting on the national identities of the Churches and thus on their capacity to decide for themselves, above all in the so-crucial domain of doctrine and morals.”
Many Vatican watchers view Cardinal Sarah’s comments as criticisms of Pope Francis. In his 2016 exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, Francis wrote, “I would make it clear that not all discussions, moral or pastoral issues need to be settled by interventions of the magisterium.” Rather, the pontiff noted, “Each country or region … can seek solutions better suited to its culture and sensitive to its traditions and local needs.”