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Vatican doctrine chief: No need to correct pope on divorce

The Vatican's doctrine chief has said there is no need to correct Pope Francis over his outreach to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics because "there is no danger to the faith" in what he has said.

Cardinal Gerhard Mueller responded to a public request from four conservative cardinals for the pope to clarify his position in the controversial document "The Joy of Love."

Conservatives have expressed concern that Francis' opening to letting divorced and civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion has sown confusion about church teaching on the indissolubility of marriage.

In an interview Sunday with Mediaset's TGCom24, Mueller said church doctrine and the pope's document are clear. He said the cardinals were free to write the pope, but that it was "damaging" for them to have made their complaints public.