Daniel 11:32 He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant; but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.
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Clemente follows the heterodox Buenos Aires guidelines approved by Francis.
Francis’ June 26 letter to the "beloved Brother Cardinal" was published by Clemente on July 12 on Patriarcado-Lisboa.pt.
Francis calls Clemente's controversial text a "profound reflexion" which "fills me with joy".
Although Clemente promotes sin, Francis calls him a "shepherd who accompanies the faithful" [into the abyss] and encourages Clemente "to integrate the fragility [adultery] which shows itself in many forms in couples”.
At the end of the letter Francis does not impart his apostolic blessing.