Cardinal Caffarra is a good man. He is one of the five Cardinals who authored the book which another Cardinal, Baldisseri, prevented Cardinals and Bishops from receiving at the Synod by interfering with the Postal service - a crime, no?
He has recently said that the Pope cannot change doctrine in a footnote.
But that isn't how doctrine changes, is it?
"Will this Pope re-write controversial Church doctrines? No. But that isn't how doctrine changes. Doctrine changes when pastoral contexts shift and new insights emerge such that particularly doctrinal formulations no longer mediate the saving message of God's transforming love. Doctrine changes when the Church has leaders and teachers who are not afraid to take note of new contexts and emerging insights. It changes when the Church has pastors who do what Francis has been insisting: leave the securities of your chanceries, of your rectories, of your safe places, of your episcopal residences go set aside the small minded rules that often keep you locked up and shielded from the world."
This often stated quote, which is in print and video by Father Thomas J. Rosica, CSB, originated from Richard Gaillardetz in the National Catholic Reporter.
You see, a footnote can indeed, change doctrine.