Pope Francis on Amoris Laetitia

From Fr. Z’s blog:

I am waiting for the whole, official transcript of the airplane presser granted by Pope Francis on the way back to Rome from Lesbos. But, in absence of a transcript, here is the video.  Ipsissimis verbis

Meanwhile, Crux 2.0 has this.  Skip past the rubbish about Bernie Sanders… blah blah blah:

Amoris Laetitia

Two of the nine questions Francis answered in 30 minutes were about his apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia. One journalist asked the pope point-blank if the document changed anything for divorced and remarried couples, who currently can’t receive Communion.

The pope said “Yes, and that’s it.” [!]

“I could leave it there, but this would be a simplistic answer. What I ask you is to read the presentation of the document made by Cardinal [Christoph] Schonborn.”  [That sounds like an endorsement of what Schönborn said.  Right?]

A second journalist asked Francis about [infamous] footnote 351 of the document, which, for many, is where Francis actually opened the door for divorced and remarried Catholics to access Communion, asking why the pontiff put such an important point in a footnote.

“When I called for the first synod, most in the media were worried about this issue, and I, who am not a saint, got frustrated and then sad,” he said. “Why is it that the media who focus on this don’t see that this is not the big issue?”  [I think it could actually be a big issue. I don’t think that answered the question.  But he seems irritated.  Gosh!  Who would ever be irritated by newsies?]


Pause here and breathe deeply.  Going on…


He listed what he believes those real issues are.

“Why is it that they don’t see that the family, around the world, is in crisis?” he said. “That despite the family being the foundation of society, the youth today doesn’t want to get married? That the birth rates in Europe make you want to cry?”  [Yes, Your Holiness.  I agree.  However, does the solution depend on clarity, a clarion call?  Or does it depend on ambiguity?]

Se we are back to square one.

The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation is still only what it is, but now Pope Francis says that Schönborn got it right.

Time to digest.

And to pray the Litany for the Church in our time.


Further reading: Vatican Radio article


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4 Responses to Pope Francis on Amoris Laetitia

  1. toadspittle says:

    “Why is it that they don’t see that the family, around the world, is in crisis?” he said. “That despite the family being the foundation of society, the youth today doesn’t want to get married? That the birth rates in Europe make you want to cry?”

    It strikes me that what Francis is saying, in essence, is “…any sort of marriage is better than none.” …Nonsense, of course. The only marriages that have any sort of value are happy ones.

    Nor do the birth rates in Europe make me want to cry. Africa and Asia alone will soon make up the numbers – to everyone’s dissatisfaction.

    “Gosh! Who would ever be irritated by newsies?”
    Only everyone on CP&S for starters. Oops! That’s irony, at work here – innit?


  2. Robert says:

    Marriage is so deep and profound it isn’t the foundation of Society. This is entirely the wrong perspective. Man is a family but sadly because of hardness of heart (self centred). This family is divided in Eternity between Heaven and Hell.
    Taking the Public Revelation (Gospel) of the New and everlasting Covenant that replaced the Old Covenant. Creation and Adam and Eve (one flesh). Divorce and Adultery. But notice “What God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” The judge of Marriage is GOD NOT the State!

    Marriage? there is NO mention of Happiness.
    Toad mentions happiness as a value for marriage!! That statement has no merit really.
    St Bernadette was not promised happiness in this world BUT the next. Human happiness? what does this mean? self satisfaction perhaps? That serial Adultery Henry VIII, was that Man ever capable of Love other than Self Love?

    St Mark 10
    [2] And the Pharisees coming to him asked him: Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.
    [3] But he answering, saith to them: What did Moses command you?
    [4] Who said: Moses permitted to write a bill of divorce, and to put her away.
    [5] To whom Jesus answering, said: Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you that precept.
    [6] But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female.
    [7] For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother; and shall cleave to his wife.
    [8] And they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh.
    [9] What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
    [10] And in the house again his disciples asked him concerning the same thing.
    [11] And he saith to them: Whosoever shall put away his wife and marry another, committeth adultery against her.
    [12] And if the wife shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.


  3. Tberk says:

    Comprising God’s word is the first step to apostasy.


  4. Robert says:

    When Our Lord came 2000 years ago its was in humility and poverty to suffer. The mistake is to think of Our Lord as weak! Our Lord always placed His Heavenly Father First! When He returns He will come as Judge!
    Divorce was permitted under the Old Covenant for the reasons given by Our Lord. But under the New Covenant we have the Sacraments to fortify Us. The Life of reconciliation to God and Grace. Of course it is not easy, especially in a secular Society. But we do not belong to a secular Society! We are Sons and Daughters of the Most High! God first!


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