Pope Leo XIII – Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae:
“The underlying principle of these new opinions is that, in order to more easily attract those who differ from her, the Church should shape her teachings more in accord with the spirit of the age and relax some of her ancient severity and make some concessions to new opinions. Many think that these concessions should be made not only in regard to ways of living, but even in regard to doctrines which belong to the deposit of the faith. They contend that it would be opportune, in order to gain those who differ from us, to omit certain points of her teaching which are of lesser importance, and to tone down the meaning which the Church has always attached to them. It does not need many words, beloved son, to prove the falsity of these ideas”
The Catholic world has become a beehive of communicative activity since the Pope Francis’ release yesterday of his Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. Many might have initially concentrated solely on its better parts, but as the Voice of the Family wisely observes:
“There are many passages that faithfully reflect Catholic teaching but this cannot, and does not, lessen the gravity of those passages which undermine the teaching and practice of the Catholic Church.”
Before going on to state where the errors lie, this good blog dedicated to true Catholic family values, explains how the Catholic laity actually have a duty to point these things out:
“Voice of the Family expresses the following initial concerns with the greatest reverence for the papal office and solely out of a sincere desire to assist the hierarchy in its proclamation of Catholic teaching on life, marriage and the family and to further the authentic good of the family and its most vulnerable members.
We consider that in raising the following concerns we fulfil our duty as clearly laid out in the Code of Canon Law, which states:
“According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, they [the Christian faithful] have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.” (Canon 212 §3)”
On his blog, akaCatholic.com (formerly HarvestingTheFruit.com), Louie Verrechio hits the nail firmly and squarely on the head!
“A hasty reading of the document might leave one to believe that it fails to meet the “revolutionary” standard as predicted by Cardinal Kasper.
Ah, but the Devil’s in the details; more specifically, his hand is clearly present in the footnotes.”
In fact, after quoting the dangerous paragraph in question no.305 in full, plus the “revolutionary” footnotes, Louie goes on adroitly to conclude that:
“There you have it folks. Stealthily planted in the footnotes amid some 58,000 words, the majority of which sound more like relationship advice from Dr. Phil than anything else, is Walter Kasper’s dream come true.
Thus have the doors been thrown open wide for priests to admit to the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion, those who are living in mortal sin.”
Was it any wonder that Walter Kasper, who must have known at least the gist (if not the whole text) of what this controversial Apostolic Exhortation contained, was so cheerful and grinning weeks before it was made public? We noticed this and feared the worst, and we were right to do so.
It really makes no difference if the document speaks eloquently on marriage and family life, whilst reaffirming Catholic teaching only in part. (Remember: even the devil can quote Scripture, God’s Holy Word, if to do so he may twist it, poison it, in order to achieve his own evil end!)* If, despite Amoris Laetitia‘s “good parts” within its rambling verbosity, it has opened the door to anything that contradicts Catholic teaching on Faith and Morals, and allowing what is none other than flagrant mortal sin to be renamed, a “weakness”, it can only be described as anathema.
This is a terrible time for all true Catholics. Is our own pope condoning heresies? As an author on Rorate Caeli (who calls the Exhortation, “a catastrophe!”) states with great sorrow on a post entitled, ‘Amoris Laetitia’ in conflict with the Catholic Church:
“So, on the one hand, we have the Church’s doctrine as expressed in documents such as Familiaris consortio and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. On the other hand, we have Pope Francis’ teaching in Amoris laetitia.
The exhortation is effectively a sustained and wholesale assault on the Faith. With tears, I must say that Holy Mother Church has reproved and even condemned some of her popes for this sort of thing.
God have mercy on His Holy Church.”
* “The worst kind of heretic is the one who, while teaching mostly true Catholic doctrine, add a word of heresy, like a drop of poison in a cup of water.” – Pope Leo XIII.