Dr. Josef Seifert: The Pope must revoke parts of Amoris Laetitia

Speaking to Gloria.tv the Austrian philosopher Josef Seifert stated that different statements in Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia are “objectively heretical”. Seifert makes clear that he does not believe that Pope Francis is heretical, “I think he made certain statements which are heretical.“

Francis writes in Amoris Laetitia: “No one can be condemned for ever, because that is not the logic of the Gospel!“ According to Seifert this claim can hardly be interpreted in any other way than as a denial of hell. Seifert adds: “But Christ himself warns in the Gospel of the reality of hell.”

Furthermore Seifert criticizes Francis’ claim that in certain circumstances adultery can be allowed and can even be considered as God’s will. A partner in a second illegitimate relationship should – according to Francis – not refuse sexual intercourse if the other partner would otherwise seek a third illegitimate relationship in order to attain sex. Seifert points out that this statement contradicts however the dogmas of the council of Trent and other solemn Church teachings.

He thanks Bishop Athanasius Schneider who asked Pope Francis in a letter for clarifications regarding Amoris Laetitia. Seifert goes one step further: He solicits Francis to revoke certain statements made in this document.


Please do not miss this most recent news report from Gloria TV that refers to the Liber issued by The Remnant and Catholic Family News that we published here last week.

In this essay Dr Seifert outlines some of his concerns with the exhortation, Amoris Laetitia.

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5 Responses to Dr. Josef Seifert: The Pope must revoke parts of Amoris Laetitia

  1. These statements by Dr. Seifert and The Remnant’s “With Burning Concern” are absolute stunners.

    Will Bergoglio react?


    He’ll go on and on with his destruction of the Church. What we can do is simply hope and pray that future popes and councils will correct the damage as quickly as possible.

    Of course, “quickly” in the Church can mean decades, even centuries. In the meantime, there will be much to suffer and many souls may be lost.

  2. johnhenrycn says:

    Hilary White jokes on her blog: “Next time someone accuses you of being “more Catholic than the pope” tell them that the Missouri Synod Lutherans are more Catholic than the pope.”

    At least I think she was joking.

  3. JabbaPapa says:

    the Austrian philosopher Josef Seifert stated that different statements in Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia are “objectively heretical”.

    These temeritous, imprudent, subjective, willful, and rebellious comments (which I have seen before, so that he is also persistent in his proclamations of these extraordinarily dubious claims) appear to have no basis in actual reality, but only a basis in a false Hermeneutic of Rupture.

  4. Magdalene says:

    I think revision of this flawed document will have to wait for another pope to repudiate it.

  5. JabbaPapa says:


    Pope Francis has not changed Catholic practice on Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried. Rather, his goal is to help welcome them to the Church, Phoenix’s Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted has said.

    The Pope gives “special attention to those who walk on the edge of despair” because of personal failures, family problems, and “the complex and contradictory situations in which they find themselves now,” Bishop Olmsted said in his Sept. 18 column for The Catholic Sun.

    The bishop considered Pope Francis’ 2016 apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia,” especially as it concerns couples in irregular situations like the divorced and remarried.

    The exhortation does not advocate the reception of Holy Communion for those who are divorced and remarried, he said.

    “Pope Francis specifically calls those in this situation ‘to seek the grace of conversion’,” the Phoenix bishop said, citing the 78th paragraph of the exhortation.

    Pope Francis “calls for deeper and sustained pastoral accompaniment of these suffering families, assuring them that they are welcome in the Church family, and that we are eager to seek ways to integrate them more fully into our local communities,” Bishop Olmsted added.

    Couples who cannot receive Holy Communion are not excommunicated from the Church, he said, adding: “Accompaniment is possible and should be the case in our parishes.”

    People in complex family situations “should be encouraged to pray, attend Mass, and rectify the situation in communication with their pastor, who remains their pastor despite the case of objective sin.”

    For Bishop Olmsted, Pope Francis continues Catholic practice on marriage.

    “Throughout ‘Amoris Laetitia’ we see a continuity with the Church’s Magisterium especially that of Blessed Paul VI, St. John Paul II, and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI which reaffirm the constant tradition of the Church,” the bishop said.

    He cited previous teaching documents like St. John Paul II’s 1981 exhortation “Familiaris Consortio.” That exhortation asked the Church to encourage the divorced to ensure they don’t feel separated from the Church, while also affirming Church practice, based on Sacred Scripture, of not admitting the divorced and remarried to Holy Communion.

    Benedict XVI reaffirmed this practice in his 2007 exhortation “Sacramentum Caritatis.”

    Bishop Olmsted, citing the Catechism of the Catholic Church, said that formation of conscience “guarantees freedom and engenders peace of heart.”

    For this task, God has given “the light of God’s word and the authoritative teaching of the Church,” he said. “For good reason, then, Pope Francis affirms both of these as the primary foundation for his document.”

    The bishop stressed that Pope Francis’ exhortation “seeks the grace of conversion” for married couples and “encourages them to have confidence that forgiveness is always within their reach.”

    The Catechism teaches Catholics that they must examine their consciences before the cross of Jesus Christ.

    “Without embracing the Cross of Christ, we cannot have life in Him,” Bishop Olmsted commented. “Only when we ‘take up our cross each day’ and follow Him can we be His disciples. The Lord gives us the command and also the grace to do this, every day, beginning within the family in which by God’s grace we live.”

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