Lest anyone be tempted to soften the demands of the Holy Gospel and foist upon the faithful "sterile assumptions" that are the real source of rigidity in the current debate between Catholics and look-a-likes, the rigidity of heterodox people and prelates which demands the faithful accept cockeyed pastoral practices that permit obstinate adulterers and fornicators to receive and thus profane the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, a word from the initiator of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council.
GRATA RECORDATIO (Sept. 26, 1959)
Encyclical of Pope John XXIII on the Rosary: Prayer for the Church, missions, international and social problems.
17. It must also be remarked that there are current today certain schools of thought and philosophy and certain attitudes toward the practical conduct of life which cannot possibly be reconciled with the teachings of Christianity. This impossibility We shall never cease from asserting in firm (rigid?) and unambiguous, though also calm terms. But God wishes the welfare of men and of nations! (10) (Will man respond to God's call to holiness, or will man persist in sophistry that leads to a false mercy?)
18. And so We hope that men will set aside those sterile postulates and assumptions (e.g., those liberal-trending assumptions derived from Amoris Laetitia footnote 351 which they choose to read out of context, that is, without reference to footnote 329, Familiaris Consortio 84 and the Church's constant embrace of Christ's teaching), hard as rock and just as inflexible, which rise from a way of thinking and acting that is infected with laicism and materialism, and that they will find a complete cure in that sound doctrine which experience makes more certain with every day that passes. We mean that doctrine which attests that God is the author of life and its laws, that He is guarantor of the rights and dignity of the human person. God then is "our refuge and our Redemption." (11)
- (10) Cf. Wisd. 1, 14. There is a play on words in this sentence and the following paragraph which is difficult to render in English. The Holy Father uses language which can apply to physical health or to salvation.—Translator's note.
- (11) Sacred Liturgy.
An essay at Rorate Caeli: