A mess-age in a bottle.
"They wrote a speech for me to give you. But speeches are boring," the Argentine pontiff said to loud cheers, casting aside his script. "Make a mess, but then also help to tidy it up. A mess which gives us a free heart, a mess which gives us solidarity, a mess which gives us hope."
Saint John Paul II proposed the so-called “law of gradualness” in the knowledge that the human being “knows, loves 320 Cf. ibid. 321 Relatio Synodi 2014, 42. 322 Ibid., 43. 225 and accomplishes moral good by different stages of growth”.323 This is not a “gradualness of law” but rather a gradualness in the prudential exercise of free acts on the part of subjects who are not in a position to understand, appreciate, or fully carry out the objective demands of the law. For the law is itself a gift of God which points out the way, a gift for everyone without exception; it can be followed with the help of grace, even though each human being “advances gradually with the progressive integration of the gifts of God and the demands of God’s definitive and absolute love in his or her entire personal and social life”.324—AL
So then, what may appear to be a blessing of sinful relationships in earlier paragraphs (Amoris Lætitia sections 293-295, pp.222-224) is actually a nuanced invitation to sinners who desperately need the healing balm which the Church offers to come home. Let's be clear, just as the document also makes very clear: a 'gradualness of law' is rejected.
This we know: the Church is in serious trouble, pastorally speaking. Many souls in the West have been lost due to false interpretations of the Second Vatican Council being implemented as policy. There should be no surprise, in light of the continuing devastation unleashed by the Council of the Media, as Pope Benedict called the hijacked version of the Council, that the regressive liberal mindset responsible for distorting the teaching of the Second Vatican Council is still at work in the Church. Relativism, so perfectly identified by Papa Benedetto XVI, is a virus, a cancer still eating away at people's faith even within the Vatican walls, the sacred precincts of the Church herself. That so many laymen and laywomen have allowed the spirit of the age to contaminate their hearts and minds with the rebellion of the left or right is shockingly obvious and simply shocking.
(T)he account usually given of Apostolic Exhortations (such as Amoris Lætitia) is that they are not doctrinally constitutive or juridically legislative.—Fr. John Hunwicke
The name of God is love. Mercy is something which God extends to man because man has sinned and falls short of the life intended for man by God. To propose that mercy could be extended by one Divine Person in the Holy Trinity to another Divine Person is to propose heresy. Mercy implies that there is sin which requires forgiveness. There is no need for forgiveness in the Holy Trinity between the Three Divine Persons. A Divine Person cannot sin. Love is Who God is. The Trinity is communion-of-love: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, One God. God has mercy (upon His creatures) because God is love and sinners need His mercy.
He who does not love does not know God; for God is love.—1 John 4:8
So we know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.—1 John 4:16
We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. We have come to believe in God's love: in these words the Christian can express the fundamental decision of his life. Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction. Saint John's Gospel describes that event in these words: "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should … have eternal life" (3:16). In acknowledging the centrality of love, Christian faith has retained the core of Israel's faith, while at the same time giving it new depth and breadth. The pious Jew prayed daily the words of the Book of Deuteronomy which expressed the heart of his existence: "Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord, and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your might" (6:4–5). Jesus united into a single precept this commandment of love for God and the commandment of love for neighbour found in the Book of Leviticus: "You shall love your neighbour as yourself" (19:18; cf. Mk 12:29–31). Since God has first loved us (cf. 1 Jn 4:10), love is now no longer a mere "command"; it is the response to the gift of love with which God draws near to us.