We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, he draws us to himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Dead Letter—Amoris Laetitia and the end of faux-mercy.

"Far from breathing new life into the Kasper proposal, the Buenos Aires guidelines may well be where the proposal definitively died — and the Holy Father finally accepted it."
Fr. Raymond J. De Souza provides much needed clarity and relief to observers of the war of competing narratives.

No matter how convoluted the trial becomes, no matter how confused the actions of the man Francis may appear, we can trust that the Magisterial teaching of the Church has not and can not be sullied by ghostwriters and even a pope whose personal agenda has been, on several occasions, smacked down by the Holy Spirit.

Sure, there are brush fires that need putting out, and they will be extinguished in time by good and faithful men and women who are docile to the holy Spirit and who understand and are entirely capable of communicating that a pope's personal thought or agenda does not rise to the level of ex-cathedra teaching.

Succinctly put, Pope Francis' Amoris Laetitia cannot diminish the Magisterial work of a true giant, Pope Saint John Paul II (the Great). Papa Wojtyła's Familiaris Consortio, for one.

Fr. Raymond parses the current crisis as follows.

What Argentina’s ‘Amoris Laetitia’ Guidelines Really Mean
ANALYSIS: Contrary to widespread media reports, the new guidelines that Pope Francis has endorsed are not a ratification of the Kasper proposal regarding reception of Communion.
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The guidelines of the Buenos Aires bishops would not permit the approach of the Holy Father himself in the April 2014 phone call to Argentina. They would not permit the Kasper proposal. They, in fact, may not permit anything new at all, despite the clear desire to frame such things in such a way as not to hand their former archbishop another apparent defeat, this time is his own city.

The real news from Buenos Aires is that, in the very city where one presumes Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio had been privately advising such couples to go to Communion during his years as archbishop, the bishops did not endorse the Kasper proposal and offered guidelines that are far less permissive than reported.
Indeed, it is possible to read the Buenos Aires guidelines as consistent with the Church’s traditional teaching — not without some difficulty, to be sure, but that is true about Amoris Laetitia as a whole.

Far from breathing new life into the Kasper proposal, the Buenos Aires guidelines may well be where the proposal definitively died — and the Holy Father finally accepted it.
Do take the time to read the entire blurb at the link below. You may find, as this blogger did, the necessary insight to provide a measure of peace amidst the intra-Church culture war. 
http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/what-argentinas-amoris-laetitia-guidelines-really-mean
You may also want to sign a petition, the title of which says enough:
Declaration of fidelity to the Church’s Unchangeable Teaching on Marriage and to Her Uninterrupted Discipline
Please God, may Amoris Laetitia be purged of its ambiguous and therefore problematic content as soon as possible. Amen.

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