According to an unashamedly biased article in the “Times of Malta”, entitled: Bishops’ guidelines on divorced Catholics stir ire of conservatives, but support elsewhere
Guidelines issued for priests to understand Amoris Laetitia, we read:
The bishops have stirred the ire of conservatives within the Church for their guidelines dealing with divorced and remarried Catholics, but they have won praise from a LGBTIQ support group.
Note how naming faithful Catholics as “conservatives”, the article is intending to imply that this group is unbending and intolerant! (In fact, is there anything negative in desiring to conserve what is beautiful and true?)
Yet the journalist trips himself up in the second half of the sentence! Would any sane Catholic want to be “praised” by the advocates of the sordid LGBTIQ support group? Doesn’t say much for these Maltese bishops choice of allies! The article continues:
The guidelines were released last Friday to enable priests to understand Pope Francis’s exhortation Amoris Laetitia, which provides an opening for Catholics in family relationships deemed irregular by the Church.
Look at the can of worms you have opened up, Pope Francis!
But according to American Canon law expert Edward Peters, holder of the Edmund Cardinal Szoka Chair at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, the bishops concocted a “Maltese disaster”.
Indeed! A “disaster” and a betrayal of all Maltese Catholics placed in their care.
Sharing the view of the four conservative cardinals who have taken the Pope to task over the confusion they claim Amoris Laetitia causes, Dr Peters said the Maltese bishops went beyond what it permitted and accused them of inviting Catholics to commit “a number of gravely evil acts”.
It evidently does. That’s what the four Cardinals’ dubia asking the Pope for clarification and a restatement of Catholic doctrine is all about. The Maltese bishops have gone one step even further! With no correction forthcoming from either the Pope or the CDF so far – is it no more than wishful thinking that any “correction” will ever appear? – the bishops have produced some so-called “guidelines” that permit this sacrilege with only the feeble, subjective condition that the adulterous couple be “at peace with God”. (How can anyone truly be at peace with God when they disobey His Commandments?) The bishops have willfully chosen to completely ignore the Encyclicals of Pope St John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI that deny any such “condition” exists.
Have these Maltese bishops forgotten Our Lord’s strong words condemning such scandal to “these little ones who believe in Me”?
The rest of the article is HERE.
Deploring this situation, Mundabor opines:
“Tellingly enough, AL is the only “basis” of the apostate bishops’ reasoning, without any regards to (real) Catholic doctrine. It is as if a Catholic Bishop in Nazi Germany had justified the Nuremberg Laws with a reference to… Mein Kampf.
There is no other way to put it: the two Maltese Bishops have renounced the faith, and have officially repudiated it in the name of something that – in reality or in interpretation – goes head on against it.”
The Maltese bishops’ have bowed to the secular agenda, in their denial of the Catholic Church’s instructions in Canon Law, the Catechism, Magisterial documents of holy Popes, theologians and scholars: altogether the wisdom of 2000 years of Church teaching. Unless there is a prompt correction of Amoris Laetitia, they will not, we fear, be the last to succumb to a heterodox interpretation of AL’s obscure meaning.