18. Dec, 2016

Clarifying doubts about Amoris Laetitia

‘Seeking Clarity: A Plea to Untie the Knots in Amoris Laetitia.’

An article by Edward Pentin (follow the link to read the full article) http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/full-text-and-explanatory-notes-of-cardinals-questions-on-amoris-laetitia

Four cardinals have turned to what they call an “age-old” process of posing a series of questions to Pope Francis in the hope that his clarification will help clear up “grave disorientation and great confusion” caused by key parts of his summary document on the synod on the family, Amoris Laetitia.

A portion of the letter is below: 

“Most Holy Father,

Following the publication of your apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, theologians and scholars have proposed interpretations that are not only divergent, but also conflicting, above all in regard to Chapter VIII. Moreover, the media have emphasized this dispute, thereby provoking uncertainty, confusion and disorientation among many of the faithful.

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The Dubia

  1. It is asked whether, following the affirmations of Amoris Laetitia (300-305), it has now become possible to grant absolution in the sacrament of penance and thus to admit to holy Communion a person who, while bound by a valid marital bond, lives together with a different person more uxorio without fulfilling the conditions provided for by Familiaris Consortio, 84, and subsequently reaffirmed by Reconciliatio et Paenitentia, 34, and Sacramentum Caritatis, 29. Can the expression “in certain cases” found in Note 351 (305) of the exhortation Amoris Laetitia be applied to divorced persons who are in a new union and who continue to live more uxorio?
  2. After the publication of the post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia (304), does one still need to regard as valid the teaching of St. John Paul II’s encyclical Veritatis Splendor, 79, based on sacred Scripture and on the Tradition of the Church, on the existence of absolute moral norms that prohibit intrinsically evil acts and that are binding without exceptions?
  3. After Amoris Laetitia (301) is it still possible to affirm that a person who habitually lives in contradiction to a commandment of God’s law, as for instance the one that prohibits adultery (Matthew 19:3-9), finds him or herself in an objective situation of grave habitual sin (Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, “Declaration,” June 24, 2000)?
  4. After the affirmations of Amoris Laetitia (302) on “circumstances which mitigate moral responsibility,” does one still need to regard as valid the teaching of St. John Paul II’s encyclical Veritatis Splendor, 81, based on sacred Scripture and on the Tradition of the Church, according to which “circumstances or intentions can never transform an act intrinsically evil by virtue of its object into an act ‘subjectively’ good or defensible as a choice”?
  5. After Amoris Laetitia (303) does one still need to regard as valid the teaching of St. John Paul II’s encyclical Veritatis Splendor, 56, based on sacred Scripture and on the Tradition of the Church, that excludes a creative interpretation of the role of conscience and that emphasizes that conscience can never be authorized to legitimate exceptions to absolute moral norms that prohibit intrinsically evil acts by virtue of their object?

More Information

Further details are given by Cardinal Raymond Burke. Follow the link to watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG1_zmn-Ryc 

For more reading visit the National Catholic Register. In Edward Pentin's article there are some comments from Cardinal Burke concerning specific texts http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/cardinal-burke-final-report-lacks-clarity-on-indissolubility-of-marriage    

To read what Archbishop Costelloe thinks about the exhortation http://www.therecord.com.au/news/local/amoris-laetitia-a-remarkable-gift-for-the-church-says-archbishop-costelloe/ 

Contrast Archbishop Costello's comment with those contained in https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/priest-pope-francis-pastoral-revolution-goes-against-2000-years-of-traditio 

Read "Is Pope Francis a Heretic? Part I" http://www.catholic.com/blog/tim-staples/is-pope-francis-a-heretic-part-i 

To read Amoris Laetitia, follow the link https://w2.vatican.va/content/dam/francesco/pdf/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20160319_amoris-laetitia_en.pdf

To read Veritatis Splendor, follow the link http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_06081993_veritatis-splendor.html 

Possible Schism within the Catholic Church?

Some people are saying that a schism is upon the Catholic Church. For example, The Conservative Catholic Schism will definitely happen soon 

Some point to the prophesies of Fatima and Akita, saying they are unfolding because of the opposition between cardinals and bishops. “The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, and bishops against other bishops” http://www.fatimaperspectives.com/fe/perspective908.asp

Some have commented that Pope Francis is "Boiling with Rage" over requests for clarification over Amoris Laetitia http://novusordowatch.org/2016/11/francis-boiling-with-rage-reacts-to-dubia/ 

Doubts Exist

I support a clarification on these issues. They are complex and have been brewing for years. For example, I still remember being alarmed at the clashing perspectives whilst studying moral theology. These arguments are for experts, however they tended to be for or against the position outlined by JPII in Veritatis Splendor. For those who have studied moral theology this may be familiar http://www.hprweb.com/2009/03/currans-attack-on-john-paul-ii-rebutted/

To argue the point, have this page translated by your browser http://adelantelafe.com/escandalo-la-diocesis-del-papa-autoriza-la-comunion-los-adulteros/ and then read this http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_14091994_rec-holy-comm-by-divorced_en.html. I think this all needs clarification.

To end, hopefully this article may provide some balance  http://saltandlighttv.org/blogfeed/getpost.php?id=73120&language=en&radio=. On twitter @CardinalNapier remarks "This article makes good sense, & reflects accurately what was the view & feeling of many who participated in the Synod."