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, January 14, 2017

Enough is enough is enough. "Maltese bishops have effectively invited the Catholics entrusted to them... to commit... objectively gravely evil acts."

H/T Vox Cantoris, et al.

Are we in serious trouble? Rhetorical question?

Apostasy will almost certainly increase exponentially now that bishops are endorsing communion for impenitent adulterers and fornicators. And how shall the faithful respond? With outrage? sorrow? charity? How many more souls will now be lost because of the foolishness of bishops?

The madness of Amoris Laetitia is spreading: Malta’s bishops tell the remarried: take Communion if you feel at peace with God.

Canonist extraordinaire Dr. Ed Peters has the following to say about the Maltese maneuver.
The bishops of Malta, in a document that can only be called disastrous, repeatedly invoking Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia, have directly approved divorced and remarried Catholics taking holy Communion provided they feel “at peace with God”. Unlike, say, the Argentine document on Amoris which, one could argue, left just enough room for an orthodox reading, however widely it also left the doors open for abuse by others, the Maltese bishops in their document come straight out and say it: holy Communion is for any Catholic who feels “at peace with God” and the Church’s ministers may not say No to such requests.

In my view the Maltese bishops have effectively invited the Catholics entrusted to them (lay faithful and clergy alike!) to commit a number of objectively gravely evil acts. That their document was, moreover, published in L’Osservatore Romano, exacerbates matters for it deprives Vatican representatives of the ‘plausible deniability’ that they could have claimed (and might soon enough wish they could claim), as it becomes known that the Maltese bishops went beyond what even Amoris, if interpreted narrowly, seemed to permit.
If the Holy Father Pope Francis does not now realize the damage his dubious exhortation is causing and act to retract Amoris Laetitia wholly or in part, and at the same time affirm in no uncertain terms the Apostolic Faith, the Divine Protector of the Office of Peter will surely intervene in a manner that many might find extraordinarily painful, and more than a few clergy, Pope Francis included, may very well find themselves removed and/or excluded from the Church to dwell in a darkness of their own making.

V. Cor Jesu Sacratissimum.
R. Miserere nobis.

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