At the Extraordinary Synods on the family last year, the liberal cardinals invited to attend unashamedly put their sinister plans to distort Catholic teaching on the indissolubility of Holy Matrimony into action. They were opposed by the conservative cardinals. The world held its breath – what would be the outcome of all this?
October 2015, Pope Francis thanked all the cardinals in his closing speech after the second and final Synod gathering, but his little digs at the traditional (a.k.a. orthodox) cardinals led all true Catholics to fear the worst for his coming Apostolic Exhortation.
Then on 8th April 2016 the Vatican finally released Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. A bombshell! Already it is scandalising the world – not for its discarding of unchangeable dogma and doctrine (which it does not) but for its cowardly obfuscation of the truth. Henry VIII would have been delighted with this document!
And yet Our Lord’s teaching on the wrongness of divorce and the sacredness and permanence of marriage was clear and direct, sans ambiguity or loopholes!
The Bones states: “[T]alking about love and marriage and family while dispensing with the Church’s traditional language and preferring instead the use of the world’s ‘terms and conditions’ has serious consequences and can create even casualties. As Orwell said of war, the first casualty of this approach is truth.”
When a person living in what the Pope refers to as an “irregular” situation – but which the Church has always identified as “objective mortal sin” – recognises his offence, sincerely repents, and turns to the sacrament of Confession to receive God’s forgiveness, he will be embraced by the Loving Mercy of God.
To be restored to receiving Holy Communion we must be in a state of grace. Receiving communion in a state of sin is a sacrilege. Amoris Laetitia does not state this clearly. The document has instead mixed together genuine Catholic teaching in passages that are good and others that ramble, with a drop of the ‘poison’ of confusion, or, as Michael Brendan Dougherty puts it, “by loquacity and evasiveness in trying to dignify and disguise moral cowardice borne from a lack of faith”.
“Credo, domine; adjuva incredulitatem mean” – (Mark 9:19).
[H/T to The Bones for some of the above memes.]