3. Jan, 2018

Three Wise Men

Latest Doctrinal Opposition to Amoris Laetitia

Three Kazakh bishops Tomash Peta, Jan Pawel Lenga, Athanasius Schneider have written a document that raises further criticism of "Amoris Laetitia". It is titled “Profession of the immutable truths about sacramental marriage” (https://www.scribd.com/document/368208359/Profession-of-the-Immutable-Truths-about-Sacramental-Marriage). Hence, the doctrinal opposition to Amoris Laetitisa continues.


Bishops against the Pope on Amoris Laetitia. Here is the new document

http://www.ilgiornale.it/news/cronache/vescovi-conto-papa-su-amoris-laetitia-ecco-documento-1479320.html by Francesco Boezi 

The bishops Tomash Peta, Jan Pawel Lenga, Athanasius Schneider wrote a document aimed at reiterating the indissolubility of marriage and the opposition to the access to the sacraments by the divorced and remarried: "It is not licit (not licet) to justify, approve or legitimize neither directly nor indirectly divorce and a non-conjugal stable sexual relationship through the sacramental discipline of the admission of so-called "divorced and remarried" to Holy Communion, in this case of an alien discipline with respect to the whole Tradition of the Catholic and Apostolic faith " , the men of the Church in question write, all belonging to the diocese of Astana, in Kazakhstan.

The text, which is titled "Profession of immutable truths regarding sacramental marriage", has an objective not too hidden: to criticize "Amoris Laetitia" of Pope Francis , reiterating some fixed points of Catholic doctrine. Bergoglio had "closed" the practice last December when, by publishing in the official documents of the pontificate a letter to the Argentine episcopate, he had confirmed the "extensive" interpretation of the controversial apostolic exhortation. Burke, Brandmueller, Caffarra and Meinser, that is, the cardinals who had raised the "doubts" on the pope's text, received no response from the Holy See. The "controversy", in short,

The three representatives of the Kazakh episcopate , however, re-launched on the theme and declared: "As Catholic bishops, who - according to the teaching of the Second Vatican Council - must defend the unity of faith and the common discipline of the Church, and procure that the light of the full truth should arise for all men, we are compelled in conscience to profess, in the face of the present pervasive confusion, the immutable truth and the equally immutable sacramental discipline concerning the indissolubility of marriage according to the bimillennial teaching and unchanged of the Magisterium of the Church ... ". Also Peta, Legna and Schneider, therefore, have sided with those who claim that Amoris Laetitia generates "confusion".

Among the points that emerge from the document, the most relevant one concerns the "scourge of divorce". They have specified, in fact, the three: "The mentioned pastoral norms (referring to the discussed eighth chapter of Amoris Laetitia ed) prove in fact and in time as a means of spreading the" scourge of divorce ", an expression used by the Vatican Council Second (see Gaudium et Spes, 47) It is a question of spreading the "scourge of divorce" even in the life of the Church, when the Church, on the other hand, ought to be a bulwark because of her unconditional loyalty to the doctrine of Christ. and an unmistakable sign of contradiction against the plague every day more rampant than divorce in civil society ". Cardinal Mueller, former prefect of the Congregation for the doctor of the faith, had returned to "dubia" only a few days ago. In an interview with La Stampa , the German popor had praised Professor Rocco Buttiglione's book on Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation: "I am convinced that he has dispelled the doubts of the cardinals and of many Catholics who feared that in" Amoris Laetitia "a substantial alteration of the doctrine of the faith was realized both on the valid and fruitful way of receiving holy communion as well as on the indissolubility of a marriage validly contracted among baptized persons", the cardinal had said. The document of the Kazakh bishops, however, seems to suggest that the story is not completely closed.

Finally, the main "problem" is not so much represented by interpretation as by application. Not all episcopates, as the text of the Kazakhs test, have approved the pontiff's line on "Amoris Laetita". And even the diocese of Rome would not respect the interpretation of the eighth chapter given by Bergoglio. 2018, for the Catholic Church, opened under the banner of the now customary doctrinal contraposition.