The Holy Father has the prerogative to close off discussion by declaring his judgments of the crisis as definite Church teaching. He might also welcome Catholic theological and philosophical discussions. But declaring his own undiscussed ideas as definitive is to close off discussion as if even discussion is dangerous for Catholics.
What a strange position to take by any Pope, who has already admitted having made mistakes himself in dealing with this crisis – mistakes on his own decisions and those of some Cardinals, Archbishops, Bishops, and others who have been his closest advisors.
Why would some our Church leaders want to “shut off” all the discussion,as if one’s own positions are sort of “infallible.” And of course, why are to fear allowing and encouraging free discussion if one is completely sure that his own decisions are the “absolute truth anyway.”