So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Saturday, December 10, 2016

He said, he said. The Amoris Laetitia quagmire.

An article at the Catholic Herald says enough:
Since being issued in April, Amoris Laetitia has generated several conflicting interpretations. In particular, it has been claimed that the document signalled Pope Francis’s openness to allowing some divorced and remarried people to receive Communion even if they are not living “as brother and sister”.
John Paul II and Benedict XVI had taught that the Church’s existing discipline – that the remarried can only receive Communion if they undertake to live “in complete continence” – cannot change.
The Pope’s latest comments echo those of the recently-appointed Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago. Cardinal Cupich said last month that the document was “the fruit of two synods, and the fruit of propositions that were voted on by two-thirds of the bishops who were there”. He added: “this isn’t just a document out of just the Pope by himself, it stands as part of a synodal process that has been going on for a number of years.” (The last time this Catholic blogger checked, Roman pope's are not bound by synods. Unless we've adopted a model foreign to the Gospel, which is to say a way of doing things contrary to the constant Tradition of the Catholic Church, synods are consultative bodies whereby the pope can affirm or reject the content of discussions. The pope is not bound by or to councils and/or synods, save those that have already been affirmed as orthodox by a Roman pontiff. The pope is bound by and to Sacred Tradition. cf. St. Peter at the Council of Jerusalem and at Antioch)
Cardinal Cupich is one of the bishops who believe the document authorizes Communion for the remarried. Others, such as Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, have said that Amoris Laetitia upholds Church teaching. (Chaput would be the one to whom a faithful Catholic should listen.)
The journalist Edward Pentin, author of a book on the synod, rejected Cardinal Cupich’s (erroneous) claim. He said that while the synod organizers had tried “to manipulate and jostle the synod fathers into accepting the most controversial propositions”, including Communion for the remarried, these proposals had not passed the first vote.
Is the problem with Amoris Laetitia, or are misguided people merely exploiting its teaching to their own twisted ends?
Perhaps all the fallout resulting from the Synod is reason enough to not have synods, especially in a day and age when some folk think that a mob of Christians can vote on doctrine as if the truth of the Lord's teaching should be subject to a vote.

As Catholics, we are by nature conservatives. I.e., we are or should be conservers of Tradition. The hallmark of being Catholic is an unfailing obedience to the Magisterium protected by the Holy Spirit according to the promise of Jesus Christ to Saint Peter upon whom Jesus established His Church. We are not innovators like Luther or Pope King Henry VIII. To think that one can finagle a work around the Lord's teaching on marriage (and continue to call oneself a faithful Catholic) is the height of arrogance.

Despite what dissidents and heretics might think, the Church is not nor ever has been a democracy.

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