Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation to be released on April 8th

According to La Stampa, Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on “love in the family”, is to be released on April 8. Titled “Amoris Laetitia”, the joy of love, it comes following the Extraordinary and Ordinary Synods held in the Vatican in October 2014 and October 2015 respectively.

Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, said the document will be presented in the Vatican newsroom at 11:30 am by Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the Synod’s secretary, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna and a married couple, Francesco and Giuseppina Miano who participated in the Synod discussions. The text is to be published in Italian, French, English, German, Spanish and Portuguese. A live stream of the press conference can be viewed on (Vatican Radio’s Vatican Player) but it will also be available on demand for later viewing.

Accredited journalists will have access to the embargoed text – in Italian, French, English, German, Spanish and Portuguese – as of 8 am on the date of publication.

Maike Hickson, writing for OnePeterFive, fears that this eagerly anticipated document may bring the Church to a point of conflict:

Giuseppe Nardi, a well-informed Rome expert, reports on the German website that all bishops have now received a letter from Rome, instructing them that they should prepare the faithful around the world for the upcoming Apostolic Exhortation. As Nardi writes:

As reported by La Croix, the daily newspaper of the French Bishops’ Conference, the electronic notification comes from Curial Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family. He urged all bishops to convene a press conference – if possible everywhere at the same time, that is to say, simultaneously, with the press conference in Rome – to present the post-synodal letter of Pope Francis about the family.

Readers might remember that Archbishop Paglia was among the “Kasperites” during the two Synods. His Pontifical Council for the Family had earlier published a book promoting the idea of allowing “remarried” divorcees to receive Holy Communion.

In preparation for the upcoming Apostolic Exhortation, Thomas Sternberg, the head of the prominent German lay organization, Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), has told the Catholic News Agency KNA on Thursday that he expects reforms to be made with regard to the relationship between the “pastoral practice, which anyway already follows other paths,” and the doctrinal Magisterium. The official website of the German Bishops,, sums up Sternberg’s words:

Concretely, Sternberg spoke in favor of admitting remarried divorcees to Holy Communion. This question could also be decided upon by national bishops’ conferences since it is not about a dogmatic problem which can only be decided upon by Rome. The unity of the Church, according to Sternberg, will be preserved even if there is a greater autonomy on the regional level.

While the progressives are preparing the atmosphere (and the battlefield) for a more liberalizing interpretation of the Apostolic Exhortation, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has just made several statements in defense of the traditional teaching on marriage, especially about the indissolubility of marriage.

As we reported on March 1, Mueller referred to John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation“Familiaris Consortio”  and said that “remarried” couples can only be admitted to Holy Communion if they “live together as brother and sister.”

On March 29, the Vatican expert Sandro Magister published several important statements from the German Cardinal which were just published in Müller’s new book. One of these statements pertains to the decisive importance of being in the state of sanctifying grace in order to be able to receive Holy Communion:

jpg_1351261When someone has lost sanctifying grace, he needs the sacrament of reconciliation [penance]to recover this state, not as his own merit but as a gift, as a gift that God offers him in the sacramental form. Access to Eucharistic communion certainly presupposes the life of grace, it presupposes communion in the ecclesial body, it also presupposes an ordered life in keeping with the ecclesial body in order to be able to say “Amen.”

It seems that the Catholic Church is coming to a point of conflict; these two approaches are not reconcilable. One is either following God’s Commandments, or not. It will be up to each individual Catholic to resist any falsification or undermining of God’s Laws which are themselves acts of love. It will also be a test of fidelity and courage for the prelates of the Church – especially those with a symbolic red hat of martyrdom – whether they will wholeheartedly defend Christ and His teaching.


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6 Responses to Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation to be released on April 8th

  1. A friend of mine said the other day, “I don’t read or listen to anything this pope says any more, because I know he’ll say something that is either insulting to faithful Catholics (‘pharisees,’ ‘doctors of the law’), confusing (‘Who am I to judge?’), or simply heretical (‘all the divorced who ask will be admitted [to Communion]’).”

  2. Robert says:

    Why do they always prevaricate something very simply. Present that Last Supper was also Judas. Judas also was a communicant. Judas was also raised to the priesthood by Our Lord.
    His Communion and considering the State of His Soul is a warning and example of sacrilege because He committed suicide and is Damned.

  3. alohalady14 says:

    Robert John Bennett…………thanks for writing what your friend said. It sums up exactly what this pope is like. I’m going to make sure to remember it, so I can simplify my explanation to someone of my feelings of this pope.

  4. Thomas Sternberg, the head of the prominent German lay organization, Central Committee of German Catholics, said in relation to “admitting remarried divorcees to Holy Communion”: “This question could also be decided upon by national bishops’ conferences since it is not about a dogmatic problem which can only be decided upon by Rome.” NOT ABOUT A DOGMATIC PROBLEM? One can but conclude that this guy is a Lutheran infiltrator into Germany’s Catholic organisations. Like many of their bishops, really.

  5. kathleen says:

    Hugh @ 9:22 yesterday

    Well said!
    These “Kasperites”‘ are indeed either infiltrated Masons, or closet Protestants, protesting in typical fashion for who knows what sinister ulterior motives, against the Church’s clear teaching on the indissolubility of marriage (a teaching which comes directly from the words of Our Blessed Lord). Who but a servant of Satan could try to twist, with this sort of double-talk, the Church’s timeless doctrines? That these are members of the Church hierarchy who have sworn alliegance to the Faith in the Sacrament of Holy Orders, only makes their betrayal all the more scandalous!

    I am dreading the appearance of this ‘Apostolic Exhortation’ of Pope Francis’ on 8th April – as I believe we all are – and wonder what we should do if it is really as ‘bad’ as we fear it will be.

  6. Harry says:

    In our house it is me who’s the one who always goes crazy about the endless stream of nonsense we have to put up with as Catholics. I have been defending the indefensible for decades. All of our children have lapsed. All of our family members have lapsed. My wife and I are the only two left. My wife, God bless her, is like a saint. She is silent and longsuffering, always keeping me on an even keel. She prays long and hard in reparation for all of the blasphemies and atrocities and assaults on the sacred and on the faith that is being trodden underfoot, no matter how much it hurts her, and no matter how deep the betrayal.

    And yet…

    When it was revealed that Christoph Schonborn would be presenting the document on Friday – and all that that suggests concerning its contents – my wife looked at me as if she were going out to the garage to fetch a concealed weapon and said, ‘If this document takes one more step away from the faith handed on by the Fathers, then we are gone! So get used to the idea by Friday!’

    I must admit, I couldn’t stop laughing for about twenty minutes, in spite of just how serious this all is!
    I think perhaps I have finally just gone insane!?

    In many ways, I’m hoping that it is that bad. Any belief I had in papal infallibility is long, long, long gone, and if I have to worship in an imperfect Church (which we always do to some degree, of course) I at least want to do it in a liturgical form as received from the Fathers and in accord with Tradition, and that rules out the Catholic Church straight away.

    I’d better start learning Russian or Greek!

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