Pro Domine et Ecclesia et Pontifice contra #AmorisLaetitia; Petitions: To the Pope; To all Catholic Cardinals; To all Catholic Bishops; and Corrections

Pro Domine et Ecclesia contra Amoris Laetitia



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AL has no escape

1. Pro Domine et Ecclesia contra Amoris Laetitia



Carlo Cardinal Caffarra, Archbishop Emeritus of Bologna, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Prefect Emeritus of the Apostolic Signatura, Walter Cardinal Brandmüller, President Emeritus of the Roman Curia – Other, and Joachim Cardinal Meisner, Archbishop Emeritus of Köln {Cologne}
Exclusive Interview: Cardinal Burke Explains Plea to Pope for Clarity, November 14, 2016 | Catholic Action for Faith and Family
VATICAN | NOV. 13, 2016 Four Cardinals Formally Ask Pope for Clarity on Amoris Laetitia – The senior Church leaders have referenced the controversial aspects of the Holy Father’s apostolic exhortation, relating to reception of Communion. | Edward Pentin | NCR and “Seeking Clarity.” The Appeal of Four Cardinals To the Pope by Sandro Magister | WWW.CHIESA – One letter. Five questions on the most controversial points of “Amoris Laetitia.” To which Francis has not replied. One more reason, they say, to “inform the people of God about our initiative” and VATICAN | NOV. 15, 2016 Cardinal Burke on Amoris Laetitia Dubia: ‘Tremendous Division’ Warrants Action – In an exclusive Register interview, he elaborates about why four cardinals were impelled to seek clarity about the papal exhortation’s controversial elements. | Edward Pentin | NCR
JUN. 19, 2017 Full Text of Dubia Cardinals’ Letter Asking Pope for an Audience The April 25 missive was hand-delivered to the Pope on May 6 but has received no response. | Edward Pentin | NCR
Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal-Deacon of San Giovanni Bosco in via Tuscolana
God or Nothing (Excerpts)

Cf. 2/12/16 11:06 AM El Cardenal Sarah manifiesta su preocupación por la gran confusión que reina en el catolicismo | InfoCatólica – En una entrevista concedida el semanario francés Homme Nouveau el cardenal Robert Sarah exterioriza su preocupación por la gran confusión que reina en el mundo católico, incluso entre los obispos, acerca de la doctrina de la Iglesia. And Catholic World News | Cardinal Sarah: Pope cannot change divine law on marriage, November 21, 2016 | Catholic Culture and Card. Sarah preoccupato per la confusione sulla dottrina della Chiesa | Sinodo 2015 Blog

Four objections, four responses, and one conclusion by Robert Sarah in Overrated Synod. Before All Else in the Church There Is a Crisis of Faith | WWW.CHIESA by Sandro Magister – This is what African cardinal Robert Sarah maintains in his book “God or Nothing” and in the discussion that has followed. An exclusive preview of his remarks in the next issue of “L’Homme Nouveau” and Exclusif: Le cardinal Sarah répond à des contradicteurs | “L’Homme Nouveau” – Rédigé par Cardinal Robert Sarah, Préfet de la Congrégation pour le Culte divin le 19 novembre 2015
Gerhard Ludwig Cardinal Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Cardinal Mueller . . . Corrects Idea Of Allowing Holy Communion For “Remarried” Divorced Persons Dr. Maike Hickson | The Wanderer.
Manifesto of Faith | PDF
Carlo Cardinal Caffarra
Cardinal Caffarra on Marriage, Family, Amoris Laetitia, & Confusion in the Church  – Exclusive interview with Cardinal Carlo Caffara, conducted by OnePeterFive’s Dr. Maike Hickson.

Cardinal Caffarra Expresses Serious Concerns About Family Synod Debates, MARCH 24, 2014 | ZENIT
  – Astonished that John Paul II’s Extensive Catecheses on Marriage and Family Are Being Ignored

The possibility of allowing the divorced and remarried to receive communion is spoken about. One of Cardinal Kasper’s suggestions was that they should undergo a period of penance that would bring them into a full readmission to Communion. Is this now an inevitable necessity, or is it the accommodation of Christian teaching to contemporary circumstances?

Those who make these suggestions have not, at least up until now, answered one simple question: what happens to the first valid and consummated marriage? If the Church admits them to the Eucharist, she must render a judgment on the legitimacy of the second marriage. It’s logical. But, as I said, what about the first marriage? The second marriage, if we can call it that, cannot be a true second marriage because bigamy is against the teaching of Christ. So the first marriage, is it dissolved? But all the popes have always taught that the Pope has no authority over this. The Pope does not have the power to dissolve a valid and consummated marriage. The proposed solution seems to imply that although the first marriage continues, the Church can somehow legitimate a second relationship. But in doing this, the proposal demolishes the foundations of the Church’s teaching on sexuality. At this point we have to ask: why, then, can we not approve of unmarried couples living together? Or why not homosexual unions? The question is simple: what about the first marriage? No one has yet answered that question. In 2000, John Paul II speaking to the Roman Rota said: “It is clear that the Roman Pontiff’s power does not extend to valid and consummated marriages and this is taught by the Magisterium of the Church as a doctrine to be definitively held even if it has not been solemnly declared through a definitive act.” It is a technical formula, “a doctrine to be definitively held”, and it means that on this point there is no further discussion to be had among theologians nor doubts among the faithful.

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke
“We can’t understand this document to be magisterium in the way other documents have been because Pope Francis simply has a different approach to the papacy,” the cardinal said. “In his documents he mixes his own
thoughts and approaches, which are personal, with questions of doctrine.”
Burke says he knows some disagree with him, but he said that he and “many serious-minded people” in the church hierarchy are calling for Francis to issue a follow-up document.
“I trust that something will have to happen also because some very formal calls for clarification are in process and they simply will demand a response,” Burke said, “not in any kind of hostile or aggressive way, but simply for the sake of souls because people are getting confused.” – Cardinal Burke insists he is serving Francis, not opposing him by David Gibson | RNS
Cardinal Burke: Francis ‘Cannot Change’ What JPII Wrote–No Communion For Divorced/Remarried By Michael W. Chapman | January 4, 2017 | 5:59 PM EST |
Episode 12: Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke | TWTC By CHRISTOPHER R. ALTIERI | APRIL 2, 2017 and Cardinal Burke says he is “sympathetic” to marriage difficulties | CRUX By Charles Collins, MANAGING EDITOR | April 2, 2017


In the whole history of the Church, it’s never been possible that someone who was living publicly in a state of sin, for example a person who is bound in matrimony to one person, is living in a marital way with another person. It has never been permitted that such a person could approach to receive Holy Communion. Now, suddenly, there are those, who are saying, “Oh, yes, but it is possible in certain cases,” and so forth – but if this is something that is always and everywhere wrong, how is it possible that someone who is living this way can receive the Sacraments?


RLCB: Yes, well. I travel a great deal now to different parts of the Church, and what I find everywhere is a great confusion about these matters, and division: between priests, and between bishops, and even between conferences of bishops, and this is the difficulty when people try to make change without respect for the doctrine – the constant doctrine and discipline of the Church – and so you end up with sometimes radically different practices [from] one part of the Church to another, and this cannot possibly be, because marriage and the Holy Eucharist are the same in every time and every place of the Church. So, we need to deal – right now – with all this confusion and put an end to it.

That’s one of the reasons why, together with three other Cardinals, we proposed these questions, or dubia, to the Pope: so that he could set this forth, and dispel a great deal of this confusion, because confusion is never helpful – and I don’t know what it means to say that changes neither doctrine nor discipline. Change has to follow doctrine and discipline. If it doesn’t, then, in fact, it is either weakening doctrine or even contradicting doctrine and discipline. Reason itself teaches us this.


RLCB: And that can’t be. In other words, doctrinal development means that we have come to a deeper understanding of what is the constant teaching of the Church, and are able to give fuller expression to it, but it does not mean that we change the doctrine or that we go away from it, and that’s the difficulty with the people who call this interpretation of the famous chapter 8 a “doctrinal development”. If the doctrinal development means that now, in the Church, those who are living in irregular matrimonial situations may receive the Sacraments, then this isn’t doctrinal development: this is a change in the Church’s teaching.

In fact, there is a commentator in the United States, Ross Douthat – [Do-that] I think – is how you pronounce his name, but I could be pronouncing it incorrectly – and a certain bishop in the United States gave an interpretation [to Amoris 8], which was radically contrary to what the Church has always taught and practiced, and this commentator – I believe he is a convert to Catholicism, but – he just simply said [that] from the point of view of reason, this is the end of the Church’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage – and I believe that he’s correct.

Cardinal Burke Addresses the ‘Dubia’ One Year After Their Publication by Edward Pentin | NCR
Ennio Cardinal Antonelli, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for the Family in full agreement with the local archbishop Giuseppe Cardinal Betori, Archbishop of Firenze {Florence}
Section Instructions for confessors, in the footsteps of the Catholic tradition by Ennio Antonelli in In Rome Yes, In Florence No. Here’s How “Amoris Laetitia” Is Dividing the Church by Sandro Magister | and AMORIS LAETITIA: FOR ITS INTERPRETATION AND ACTUATION, October 2016
Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
A synod conversation with Catholic Africa’s lion in winter by John L. Allen Jr., EDITOR, October 16, 2015 | CRUX

You are convinced it’s not possible to invite divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to Communion?

That is correct, in the sense that Christ has said, “What God has joined, let no man put asunder,” and the Catholic Church traditionally has interpreted it to mean that a consummated marriage sanctified by the sacrament cannot be broken by any authority.

Including the authority of the Church?

Yes, not even the authority of the Church can break it. That being so, if a man leaves a woman or asks her to go away, or she does the same, and they get a fresh partner, that can’t be approved. Christ has one word for a person who does that: “Adultery.” We cannot improve on what Christ has said. We cannot be wiser than him, or say that “there is a circumstance he did not foresee.” We cannot be more merciful than Christ.
We must look for a way to help the divorced who are remarried, [but] we don’t help them by saying, “Come and receive Holy Communion.”
The Eucharist is not something we possess, and we can give to our friends and those with whom we sympathize …. The idea of sin is not something new invented by modern conservative people in the Church. It is Christ himself who called it a sin, and he used that word “adultery.” He knows what he’s talking about. Without departing from Christ, how can we backpedal?
Remember, only God will conduct the last judgment, not us, not even half a dozen cardinals from the Vatican. God will judge each person’s circumstances, but objectively we cannot approve [divorce and remarriage].


Some at the synod have talked about allowing decisions on the divorced and remarried or on homosexuality to be decentralized, made at the level of regional or national bishops’ conferences or by individual bishops. How do you feel about that?

Are you going to tell me that we can have a national bishops’ conference in one country that would approve something which, in another conference, would be seen as sin? Is sin going to change according to national borders? We’d become national churches. Have there not been other religious affiliations in the world that came dangerously near to that?
National bishops’ conferences are important and should have a clear role, but I don’t think it should include these areas. It looks dangerously like nationalizing right and wrong.

Communion for divorced-and-remarried is a rejection of Divine law: Cardinal Arinze, Published on Oct 20, 2015 | LifeSiteNews
Cardinal Arinze: we cannot share Communion with non-Catholics like beer or cake, by Simon Caldwell, posted Friday, 25 May 2018 | CATHOLIC HERALD and Cardinal Arinze: Communion cannot be shared with friends like beer or cake by SIMON CALDWELL, Catholic News Service, MAY 25, 2018 | Archdiocese of Baltimore
Camillo Cardinal Ruini, Vicar General Emeritus of Roma {Rome}, Italy
Italian Cardinal Defends Traditional Catholic Teaching on Marriage | Maike Hickson | February 16, 2017 | 1P5 and RUINI: LA COMUNIONE AI DIVORZIATI RISPOSATI NON È POSSIBILE. IL MAGISTERO È CHIARO E NON MODIFICABILE | di Camillo Ruini
Kardinal Ruini: „Kommunion für wiederverheiratete Geschiedene objektiv unmöglich“ – Nein zu „hinterlistiger“ Einführung der Scheidung, 27 February 2017 | KATHOLISCHES
Jānis Cardinal Pujats, Archbishop Emeritus of Riga, Cardinal-Priest of Santa Silvia
Il cardinale Pujats: “Amoris Laetitia? Nessuno è autorizzato a cambiare la dottrina” by Michele M. Ippolito, 19 novembre 2017 | and Cardinal: Amoris Laetitia Needs Clarification |

Archbishops & Bishops

Archbishop Georg Gänswein
“Important magisterial tenets cannot be changed by half sentences or somewhat ambiguous footnotes,” the German archbishop said, alluding to the controversy over the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. He further warned, “Statements that can be interpreted in different ways are a risky thing.”Archbishop Ganswein calls German Church Tax ‘a serious problem’ | CNA
Archbishop Gądecki
Archbishop Gądecki after Pope’s private meeting with Polish Bishops: (paraphrasing) “Post #AmorisLaetitia, for us who want to keep the truth of the Gospel, no communion for the divorced + civilly remarried if prior marriage valid, which is an expression of full communion with Christ”Abp Gądecki: papież Franciszek rozmawiał z nami jak ojciec z dziećmi
Archbishop Charles Joseph Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Philly’s Chaput on a post-Christian culture, ‘Amoris’, and more by John L. Allen Jr., March 2, 2017 | CRUX and Archbishop Chaput: Pope Francis cannot contradict John Paul II on Communion by Staff Reporter, Friday, 3 Mar 2017 | Catholic Herald

One of the leitmotifs that runs through the book is your concern for marriage and the institution of marriage. Today’s debate over Amoris Laetitia pivots on that subject. What do you think is at stake?
St. Francis of Assisi encouraged the brothers, the Franciscan brothers, to accept the Gospel without gloss. And glosses were convoluted efforts to make the Gospel say something that it didn’t say, or Jesus didn’t really mean what he said. So it seems to me we ought to take Jesus at his word, and his words about divorce and remarriage, about it being adultery, are very clear. I mean, there’s just no doubt about what Jesus said in the Gospels.
It seems to me that it’s impossible for us to contradict the words of Jesus, and it’s also impossible for a teaching to be true 20 years ago not to be true today when it’s the teachings of the pope. The teachings of Pope Francis can’t contradict the teachings of John Paul II when it is a matter of official teaching.
So, it seems to me we have to interpret Amoris Laetitia in the light of what’s gone before it, primarily the words of Jesus, but secondarily the teachings of the pope, the Magisterium of the Church. And so how can it be true that people can receive Communion when they’re living in an adulterous union today. How is that possible, when the Church says it’s not possible?
Do you want the pope to answer the dubia? [Note: The term refers to questions put to Pope Francis by four cardinals, including American Cardinal Raymond Burke, about the meaning of Amoris.]
Yes. I think it’s always good to answer questions, clearly.
Even if the answer doesn’t go in the direction you might want?
Do you think he will?
I don’t know. He certainly has opportunities to do that. [But] I don’t really know what he’ll do. He hasn’t told me.

Pastoral Guidelines for Implementing Amoris Laetitia, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, July 1, 2016 by Archbishop Charles Joseph Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. on a collision course with Amoris Laetitia.

 That explains why, in just the last couple of days, we’ve had very different interpretations of the document from two prominent leaders of the Church – Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna. And from many other commentators as well.The good news is, that because of this ambiguity, people can do just about whatever they want. The bad news is, that because of this ambiguity, people can do just about whatever they want.Go figure! – Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, July 7 at 4:54pm

Abp. Chaput even though not condemning AL, has shown up. God bless him and God has blessed his flock and shown them mercy. This of course sets him on a collision course with Pope Francis and his Exhortation. “May he stand courageously and tend the LORD’s flock in his sublime name, and to be brave to oppose Pope Francis to his face for his condemnable Amoris Laetitia and other acts.” – @FMShyanguya comment below Pope Francis on Benedict’s Abdication and “Ultra-Conservatives” | 1P5

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia also issued a new set of pastoral guidelines that took effect July 1 wherein he called on divorced and remarried Catholics to abstain from sex and instead to live just as a brother and a sister would.
A senior analyst for the National Catholic Reporter, Rev. Thomas Reese, believes the pontifical document “Amoris Laetitia” also known as “The Joy of Love” released in April, allows bishops to make their own interpretation on the doctrine. – UK bishop announces pastoral support for married couples after Pope’s Amoris Laetitia | Chiqui Guyjoco, 12 JULY, 2016 | The Christian Times

Buttiglione’s argument, featured on the front page, marked a shift in the Vatican’s defense of Francis’ document, confronting the criticisms head-on rather than just praising the pope’s text.
The initiative could signal a more concerted campaign by the Vatican to ensure that the “The Joy of Love” is interpreted as Francis intended. Already, conservative Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has said that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics can only receive Communion in his archdiocese if they abstain from sex and live as “brother and sister.” – Vatican Ramps Up Family Document Defense by Nicole Winfield (AP) | U.S. News (The Vatican is striking back at conservative critics of Pope Francis’ landmark document on family life.)

Bishop Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C.
Amoris Laetitia: A Call for Clarification to Avoid Confusion by Bishop Athanasius Schneider, April 27, 2016 | Crisis Magazine
RORATE EXCLUSIVE: Bishop Athanasius Schneider reaction to Synod Door to communion for divorced & remarried officially kicked open
RORATE EXCLUSIVE: Bishop Athanasius Schneider, in defense of the Four Cardinals and Bishop Athanasius Schneider Issues Statement Supporting the Four Cardinals by Bishop Athanasius, November 23, 2016 | 1P5
Bishop Schneider has spoken the final word on Amoris Laetitia (FULL TEXT), Fri Dec 9, 2016 – 9:16 am EST | LifeSiteNews
Bishop Thomas Joseph Tobin
The Intentional Ambiguity of “Amoris Laetitia”
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki
“There are no changes to canon law or church doctrine introduced in Amoris Laetitia.”Bishop Thomas John Paprocki: Catholics, marriage and Holy Communion

… With divorced and civilly-remarried persons, Church teaching requires them to refrain from sexual intimacy. This applies even if they must (for the care of their children) continue to live under one roof. Undertaking to live as brother and sister is necessary for the divorced and civilly-remarried to receive reconciliation in the Sacrament of Penance, which could then open the way to the Eucharist.”

This applies not only in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, but also here in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, as it does elsewhere in the Church.

Monseñor José Francisco Ulloa Rojas, Obispo Diocesano de Cartago
Obispo Monseñor José Francisco Ulloa Rojas: No se habla de que divorciados vueltos a casar comulguen (There is no talk of divorced and remarried to receive Communion) | La Nación (
Catholic Bishops of Alberta & the NW Territories: Most Reverend Richard W. Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton, Most Reverend Gregory J. Bittman, Auxiliary Bishop of Edmonton, Most Reverend Mark Hagemoen, Bishop of Mackenzie-Fort Smith, Most Reverend Frederick Henry, Bishop of Calgary, Most Reverend Gerard Pettipas CSsR, Archbishop of Grouard-McLennan, Most Reverend Paul Terrio, Bishop of St. Paul
Guideline for the Pastoral Accompaniment of Christ’s Faithful Who Are Divorced and Remarried without a Decree of Nullity, September 14, 2016, Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and Ottawa’s Archbishop Terrence Prendergast’s endorsement of the said guidelines [here and here | LifeSiteNews)
Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix: Bishops: Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, Fourth Bishop of Phoenix and Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares, Auxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix
Cf. Amoris Laetitia Questions and Answers (EN)

5. What about people who are divorced and remarried? Can they receive the Sacraments?

All Catholics must sacramentally confess all serious sins of which he or she is aware, with a firm purpose to change, before receiving the Eucharist. With divorced and civilly-remarried couples, the truth about marriage as the Church understands it requires abstinence from sexual intimacy in order to be eligible to receive the Sacraments, and as long as there is no scandal or an implication that the Church’s teaching can be set aside. Divorced and remarried persons should not hold positions of responsibility in a parish or carry out liturgical functions. This is a difficult teaching for many, but anything less misleads people about the nature of the Eucharist and the Church. The grace of Jesus Christ is more than a pious cliché: it is a real and powerful seed of change in the believing heart.

Archbishop Tomash Peta, Metropolitan Archbishop of the archdiocese of Saint Mary, Archbishop Jan Paweł Lenga, Archbishop-Bishop emeritus of Karaganda, and Bishop Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C., Auxiliary Bishop of the archdiocese of Saint Mary
Cf. Appeal to prayer: That Pope Francis may confirm the unchanging praxis of the Church with regard to the truth of the indissolubility of marriage.
Bishop Rigoberto Corredor Bermúdez, Bishop of Pereira
Cf. Colombian Bishop of Reinstated Priest Now Defends Traditional Teaching on Marriage by Maike Hickson, March 3, 2017 | 1P5
Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Pla, Bishop of Alcalá de Henares
Cf. Mons. Reig Pla publica unos criterios y disposiciones para acompañar a los bautizados que se han divorciado y viven en otra unión, 24/03/2017 and Il vescovo Reig Pla: comunione ai divorziati risposati solo per chi vive in continenza | Sinodo 2015 Blog and Spanish bishop interprets Amoris Laetitia through ‘the preceding Magisterium’ | CNA and Accompanying the baptized who are divorced and in a different union, 04 Apr | Settimo Cielo di Sandro Magister – Criteria and regulations for the Diocese of Alcalá de Henares as suggested by the Diocesan Bishop Msgr. Juan Antonio Reig Pla
Bishops calling for clarification of Amoris Laetitia
Cf. Arch. Chaput joins bishops calling for clarification of Amoris Laetitia, NOV 28TH 2016 BY DEACON NICK DONNELLY | EWTN News | St. Clare Media (EWTN) | The EWTN Foundation in Great Britain

Priests & Deacons

Pater Bernhard Gerstle, FSSP German-speaking District Superior
Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter Publishes a Critique of Amoris Laetitia by Maike Hickson | The Wanderer
Über das nachsynodale chreiben Amoris lætitia Wigratzbad, 19. Mai 2016 P. Bernhard Gerstle FSSP
The Denzinger-Bergoglio
Amoris Lætitia read in light of Saint Pius X’s Pascendi
Amoris Laetitia… Does Francis have affinity with the Jovinian heresy?
Francis’ untruthful citations of John Paul II in Amoris Laetitia – the ‘law of gradualness’ again
Amoris Lætitia Search Results
Fr. George W. Rutler
The Curate’s Egg: A Reflection on Amoris Laetitia, April 13, 2016 | Crisis magazine
Fr. Regis Scanlon, OFMCap
Amoris Laetitia: A Deceptive Joy
The Flawed Strategy Behind Amoris Laetitia
Fr. George Woodall
“Amoris laetitia”, conscience, and discernment  | CWR
Fr. Gerald E. Murray
Reflections on “Amoris Laetitia”, Sat, April 23, 2016 | The Catholic Thing
When Cardinals Clash | Fr. Gerald E. Murray | THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017 | The Catholic Thing
Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
In Amoris Laetitia, who is admonishing whom?, April 08, 2016 | CWR
Father Louis-Marie de Blignières (one of the 45 signatories of the Critique on Amoris Laetitia)
Reflections on Chapter 8 of the Post-synodal Exhortation by Pope Francis of 19 March 2016 | RORATE CÆLI
Father Basil B. Cole, O.P.
A Brief Note on Thomism and Moral Claims in DEC. 16, 2016 | Is ‘Amoris Laetitia’ Really Thomistic? – Leading Dominican theologian expresses serious doubts in exclusive contribution for the Register. By Edward Pentin | National Catholic Register
Fr. Robert Fromageot, FSSP
Those Ambiguous Parts of Amoris Laetitia
Fr. John Hunwicke, a priest of the personal ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham
PETER SAYS NO by Fr. John Hunwicke, 2 . 7 . 17 | First Things
The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy from confraternity of catholic clergy (usa), australian confraternity of catholic clergy, confraternity of catholic clergy: british province, and irish confraternity of catholic clergy
Joint Statement on Amoris Laetitia from confraternity of catholic clergy (usa), australian confraternity of catholic clergy, confraternity of catholic clergy: british province, irish confraternity of catholic clergy and ONE THOUSAND CLERGY CALL ON POPE FRANCIS TO ANSWER FOUR CARDINALS’ DUBIA, February 2, 2017 | Voice of the Family and Thousands of Priests Worldwide Call for Clarification of Amoris Laetitia, FEB. 1, 2017 | NCR
Father Thomas Weinandy O.F.M. Cap.
Full Text of Father Weinandy’s Letter to Pope Francis | Edward Pentin | NCR BLOGS | NOV. 1, 2017
Former U.S. Bishops’ head of doctrine lays out his deep concerns about this pontificate in a letter to the Holy Father.
Anonymous Priest
Priest explains how Amoris Laetitia was really written to ‘normalize’ homosexuality, Mon May 14, 2018 – 12:07 pm EST | LifeSiteNews


Giovanna Riccobaldi, Eremitin
Amoris laetitia: „Man will die Sünde abschaffen, weil sie lästig ist“, 27. September 2016


Veri Catholici
Libellus of Condemned Errors regarding ‘Amoris Laetitia’
Dr. Anna Silvas
Some Concerns about Amoris Laetitia (Source: (404 Not Found) | PDF
– Cf. Alice in “Amoris Laetitia” Land by Sandro Magister, ROME, June 7, 2016
F M Shyanguya, HI, USA
Pope Francis & The Synod on the Family 2015 STAND CONDEMNED! | THE WAR
Luiz Sérgio Solimeo
Because of Its Grave Errors Amoris Laetitia Should Be Rejected | TFP
Voice of the Family
Amoris Laetitia’s Approach to same-sex unions already rejected by Synod Fathers
Key doctrinal errors and ambiguities of Amoris Laetitia in the light of Catholic teaching on the family
The Current Crisis in the Context of Church History, Prof. Roberto de Mattei, Rome Life Forum– 6th May 2016 
Robert Spaemann
Full text: Interview with Robert Spaemann on Amoris Laetitia | CNA
World Over – 2016-04-14 – Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on the Family with Raymond Arroyo
Full transcript of EWTN World Over Live program on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on the Family by Steve Jalsevac | LifeSite
Dr. E. Christian Brugger
Five Serious Problems with Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia | CWR
The Catholic Conscience, the Argentine Bishops, and “Amoris Laetitia”, September 20, 2016 | CWR
Prof. Richard A. Spinello
Does Amoris Laetitia Retreat from Absolute Moral Norms? | Crisis Magazine


Donald R. McClarey
Amoris Laetitia and Lets Pretend | The American Catholic
Antonio Socci
 Antonio Socci: There has been a coup in the Church | RORATE CÆLI
Roberto de Mattei
De Mattei – The Post-Synod Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia: First reflections on a catastrophic document | RORATE CÆLI
Veronica A. Arntz
Guest Op-Ed: Amoris Laetitia and Cardinal Kasper’s Ordinary Christian Model | RORATE CÆLI
Amoris Laetitia and the new church of Francis | RORATE CÆLI Rejecting False Teachings on Marriage: An Analysis of Rocco Buttiglione’s Article
Guest Op-Ed: Ecclesiological problems with communion for adulterers | RORATE CÆLI
‘Amoris laetitia’ in conflict with the Catholic Faith
Josef Seifert
Sulla Amoris laetitia di Papa Francesco: gioie, domande, tristezze
Freuden, Betrübnisse und Hoffnungen – Josef Seiferts umfassende Analyse zu Amoris Laetitia – Amoris Laetitia – Analyse und Kritik von Josef Seifert Cf. Professor Josef Seifert Now Presents Detailed Critique of Amoris Laetitia – and Calls upon Pope Francis to Rescind Its Heretical Statements by Maike Hickson, August 8, 2016 | The Wanderer
Amoris Laetitia: Joy, Sadness and Hopes | Josef Seifert | AEMAET | 2016
Josef Seifert: The Pope must revoke parts of Amoris Laetitia |
Professor Michael Pakaluk
The Other Footnote in Amoris Laetitia, 5.26.16 | FIRST THINGS
Ethicist says ghostwriter’s role in ‘Amoris’ is troubling by Michael Pakaluk, January 15, 2017 | CRUX
Prof. Eduardo Echeverria
Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia and St. John Paul II, April 09, 2016 | CWR
Dr. Edward N. Peters, JD, JCD
Dr. Edward Peters: First thoughts on the English version of Pope Francis’ Amoris laetitia, April 08, 2016 | CWR
The Maltese directive makes answering the ‘dubia’ urgent by Dr. Edward Peters, January 15, 2017 | CWR
Three ways to not deal with Canon 915 by Dr. Edward Peters, January 24, 2017 | CWR and Resources for Understanding and Applying Canon 915 by Dr. Edward Peters
Maybe ‘adjusting’ Canon 915 is not such a good idea after all by Dr. Edward Peters, January 25, 2017 | In the Light of the Law A Canon Lawyer’s Blog
CWR Staff
Some in Amoris Laetitia: A CWR Symposium, April 09, 2016
Phil Lawler
Is Pope Francis deliberately subverting papal teaching authority?, Sep 15, 2016 | Catholic Culture
Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira Institute
Amoris Laetitia’ Opens the Gates of the Church and Society for a Programmed Demolition of Marriage and the Family | September 29, 2016 | Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira Institute and Amoris laetitia: Pronunciamento do Instituto Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira – Apelo aos bispos, aos sacerdotes e movimentos de leigos silenciosos | Por Instituto Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira em 16 de julho de 2016
Prof. Jude P. Dougherty
Deliberate Ambiguity, June 1, 2016 | The Wanderer
Elliot Milco, deputy editor of First Things.
Francis’s Argentine Letter and the Proper Response | Elliot Milco | First Things | 9.14.16
Matthew Schmitz, literary editor of First Things.
Catholics Face a Choice | Matthew Schmitz | First Things | 9.19.16

Perhaps you don’t believe that marriage really is indissoluble, that communion must be made in a state of grace, or that humans are eternally answerable for their actions. If so, you will find nothing objectionable in the course that Francis has taken. But if you believe otherwise, then the only possible response to Francis’s effort is opposition. Because Christian teaching on marriage is true, it cannot change; because it is beautiful, it must not be obscured.

Dr. Jessica M. Murdoch, Associate Professor of Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology at Villanova University.
Creeping Infallibility | Jessica M. Murdoch | First Things | 9.27.16
Dr. Claudio Pierantoni, Universidad de Chile – Facultad de Filosofía.
The Arian crisis and the current controversy about Amoris laetitia: a parallel | Claudio Pierantoni | AEMAET | 2016 and Claudio Pierantoni on parallels between the Arian crisis and the current controversy about Amoris Laetitia | RORATE CÆLI and A New Council, Like Sixteen Centuries Ago | WWW.CHIESA by Sandro Magister – The conflicts set into motion today by “Amoris Laetitia” have a precedent in the Christological controversies of the late Roman empire. They were resolved by the ecumenical council of Chalcedon. From Chile, one scholar proposes that the same journey be made again
Prof. Dr. Helmut Hoping – Universität Freiburg, Theologische Fakultät, AB Dogmatik und Liturgiewissenschaft
21 November 2016, 10:45, Freiburger Theologe Hoping kritisiert ‘Amoris laetitia’ | Freiburg theologian Hoping criticizes ‘Amoris laetitia’ – Dogmatic professor: “Can marriages be married in two valid marriages at the same time?” Cf. Confusion, Conflict, and Chaos Increase in the Wake of the Dubia by Maike Hickson November 29, 2016 | 1P5
Compiled by Andrew Guernsey
Denzinger Timeline of the Controversy over Communion for the Divorced and Civilly “Remarried” in Adultery in Church History and the Pontificate of Pope Francis
James Larson
– Part XVIII: Amoris Laetitia: Heresy Unveiled | The War Against Being
– Part XIX: Amoris Laetitia, Part II: Seeking the Ruin of Souls | The War Against Being
– Part XX: Amoris Laetitia, Part III: Modernism Invades the Catholic Heart | The War Against Being
– Part XXI: Amoris Laetitia, Part IV: The War Against Being | The War Against Being
Nicolas Bellord
The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma: Amoris Laetitia: The Explosive Chapter 8
Dan Hitchens
The Church is now in a full-blown civil war over doctrine, by Dan Hitchens posted Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 | Catholic Herald
Paolo Pasqualucci
venerdì 17 febbraio 2017, Rel 2 – L’apertura al peccato di AL prefigurata dalla ‘Pastorale di Cambrai’ del 2003 | ITER
Thomas Mulcahy, M.A., J.D.
Maltese Catholics
Open Letter to the Bishops of Malta BY VC EDITORS | JANUARY 24, 2017 and Maltese Catholics rebuke ‘abominable’ Communion guidelines in stinging full-page ad | Mon Jan 30, 2017 | Jan Bentz | LifeSiteNews and PDF of ad
– Cf. CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH > LETTER TO THE BISHOPS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH CONCERNING THE RECEPTION OF HOLY COMMUNION BY THE DIVORCED AND REMARRIED MEMBERS OF THE FAITHFUL | Joseph Card. Ratzinger, Prefect, + Alberto Bovone, Titular Archbishop of Caesarea in Numidia, Secretary | 14 September 1994, Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Steven O’Reilly
Answering Mr. Walford’s Questions on Amoris Laetitia – Really, Posted on March 28, 2017 by Steven O’Reilly | Roma Locuta Est
Douglas Farrow, Professor of Christian thought, McGill University (Canada)
Discernment of situation, March 2017 | First Things – we must not forget the sacramental nature of the church

The regionalism that we are currently witnessing in the West, under the rubric of “discernment of situations,” is the result of a failure to discern both the nature of the sacraments and the situation of the Church. The old gods, sex, mammon, and death, are reviving and reasserting themselves as the gods of autonomy. They are beginning to press their hands on the faithless and the faithful alike. They are groping even for the holy sacraments, that they might defile them. In this situation, do we really need more talk about the internal forum and “the sacred ground of the other”?

My emphasis

One-day April 22 Rome Conference of Laity to Call for Clarity on ‘Amoris Laetitia’ by the Italian publication La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana and the monthly magazine Il TimoneAfter Four Cardinals, Six Laymen Speak. Who Knows If the Pope May At Least Listen To Them di Sandro Magister | Settimo Cielo, 22 apr
Speakers from five continents will address the conference:

Anna Silvas, Senior Research Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, University of New England (Australia)

“A year since Amoris Laetitia: a word at the right moment.”

Claudio Pierantoni, Professor of Medieval Philosophy, University of Chile (Chile)

“The need for consistency of the Magisterium with Tradition: examples from history.” [La necessaria coerenza del magistero con la Tradizione. Gli esempi della storia]

Jurgen Liminski, Journalist, Intellectual, Director of the Institute for Demography, Welfare and Family (Germany)

“The indissolubility of marriage, a good for society.” [“Co-créé avec l’Homme”. Pourquoi l’indissolubilité du mariage est une bonne chose pour la société]

Douglas Farrow, Professor of Christian Philosophy, McGill University, Montreal (Canada)

“The roots of the current crisis.” [The Roots of the Present Crisis]

Jean Paul Messina, Professor of the History of Christianity and Religious Studies, Theological Faculty of the Catholic University of Central Africa, Yaoundé (Cameroon)

“The universality of doctrine and local contexts: the case of the African churches.” [Lecture d’”Amoris Laetitia” de l’horizon universel aux déclinaisons contextuelles. Quelle pertinence pour l’Afrique et les Églises d’Afrique?]

Thibaud Collin, Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy, Collège Stanislas, Paris (France)

“A matter of conscience.” [Discerner en conscience?]

Reid J Turner
Amoris Laetitia and the ‘Humpty Dumpty Effect’ | The Five Beasts
Dr. John R. T. Lamont
The meaning of Amoris laetitia according to Pope Francis | RORATE CÆLI, 2/23/2018
Julia Meloni
Is Amoris Laetitia really too ambiguous to be evidence of heresy? | Julia Meloni | Wed May 8, 2019 – 7:46 pm EST | LifeSiteNews
John Finnis, emeritus professor of law and legal philosophy at the University of Oxford and Biolchini Family Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame and Germain Grisez, emeritus professor of Christian ethics at Mount St. Mary’s University.
Aldo Maria Valli
“Amoris laetitia” e la fine della verità. Ma quanto è vecchia questa Neochiesa! 13 AG0 Cf. Esortazione o rivoluzione? Autore: Stefano Fontana | Fede & Cultura


2. Petitions


To the Pope

1 Exclusive Interview: Cardinal Burke Explains Plea to Pope for Clarity, November 14, 2016 | Catholic Action for Faith and Family – Carlo Cardinal Caffarra, Archbishop Emeritus of Bologna, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Prefect Emeritus of the Apostolic Signatura, Walter Cardinal Brandmüller, President Emeritus of the Roman Curia – Other, and Joachim Cardinal Meisner, Archbishop Emeritus of Köln {Cologne}
2 #ALConf – Petition to Pope Francis to withdraw ‘Amoris Laetitia’ | Members and friends of Veri Catholici
3 Plea to the Pope–full length | LifeSiteNews

To Pope Francis prior to the Synod on the Family 2015

 1 Filial Appeal to His Holiness Pope Francis on the Future of the Family | PDF (Eng); Final result of the “Filial Appeal to His Holiness Pope Francis On the Future of the Family” | September 29, 2015 |; Aug 20, 2015 | List of dignitaries who signed the Filial Appeal to Pope Francis on the Future of the Family | By TFP Student Action and 405,000 Send Filial Appeal to the Pope, Created: 04 August 2015 and Filial Appeal to Pope Francis for Marriage & Family
Final result of the “Filial Appeal to His Holiness Pope Francis On the Future of the Family” | September 29, 2015 |
 2 Thirteen Cardinals Have Written to the Pope. Here’s the Letter. By Sandro Magister But Francis has rejected their requests en bloc. And Leading cardinals confront Pope Francis over manipulation of Synod | LifeSiteNews
Remaining in the Truth of Christ – Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church, Editor: Fr. Robert Dodaro O.S.D. | Ignatius Press
Filial Appeal Association Releases New Book on Synod Written by Three Bishops | The American TFP
Cf. [SYNOD ON THE FAMILY] Testimony To The Power Of Grace: On The Indissolubility Of Marriage And The Debate Concerning The Civilly Remarried And The Saraments | Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith | The WAR

To all Catholic Cardinals

International group of 45 Catholic theologians, pastors, historians, and scholars
The Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia: a theological
by an International group of 45 Catholic theologians, pastors, historians, and scholars
Letter to Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals, 29th June, 2016
Catholic Scholars Appeal to Pope Francis to Repudiate ‘Errors’ in Amoris Laetitia by Edward Pentin, 07/11/2016 | by these signatories

To all Catholic Bishops

F M Shyanguya, HI, USA
Bishops: Be Brave before Pope Francis as Paul before Peter
Bishops: Be brave before Pope Francis as Paul before Peter and courageously tend your flock 
Veri Catholici
#ALConf – Petition to all Catholic Bishops
Open Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church, Easter Week, 2019
Summary and Select Bibliography
Deacon Nick Donnelly
Appeal to the bishops to investigate Pope Francis for heresy |


© 2016
Declaration of Fidelity to the Church’s Unchangeable Teaching on Marriage and to Her Uninterrupted Discipline. Cf. also Cardinal Caffarra Among Signatories of Declaration Upholding Church’s Teaching on Marriage by Edward Pentin 09/28/2016
Declaration drawn up in response to what signatories see as continued confusion over the Church’s moral teaching following the Synods on the Family and Amoris Laetitia.


3. Corrections


Corrections of the Pope

Correctio Filialis De Haeresibus Propagatis []
The Document (EN) | PDF
Support by the Catholic Laity for the Filial Correction of Pope Francis | Steve Skojec, Scottsdale, AZ


Bishops: Be Brave before Pope Francis as Paul before Peter | Online Petitions

Bishops: Be Brave before Pope Francis as Paul before Peter | Online Petition

Bishops: Be brave before Pope Francis as Paul before Peter and courageously tend your flock | ipetitions

Bishops: Be Brave before Pope Francis as Paul before Peter | GoPetition
El Greco – Apostles Peter and Paul

Since the presentation of Pope Francis’ post-Synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia on Friday, April 8, 2016, perhaps with the exception of Bishop Athanasius Schneider, it appears that there isn’t any other Bishop in the whole world performing the duty incumbent upon them as regards the troubling exhortation. How can it be that as regards an exhortation that ought to be condemned that there is such a deafening silence from those who are the successors of the Apostles, the ones appointed to be shepherds of the LORD’s flock, the ones called to preach the Word they received in season and out of season?

The oft repeated line being offered is, ‘Doctrine has not changed’. This is a red herring, a party line, a misdirection. Given the troubling nature of the pope’s exhortation and the consternation it is has created, the first step of any good shepherd is to ensure that none of his sheep is attacked, consumed or carried away by false doctrine/teaching. Pope Francis’ exhortation needs to be examined under the pure and untarnished light of the Sacred Deposit of Faith [=Sacred Scripture + Holy Tradition] – this is what does not change! – and if found wanting, the document needs to be repudiated and it and Pope Francis be condemned because that’s precisely what the Sacred Deposit of Faith says ought to be done and the one who says this is Apostle St. Paul, whom you succeed in office. The same Apostle Paul has given the example of being brave to oppose Peter to his face should Peter stand condemned.

The LORD taught that even evil fathers know how to give good gifts to their children and it common sense that a good father will not lay before his children food that he knows is laced with fatal poison or even contaminated enough to make them sick. How is it then the successors to the Apostles can be so silent about Amoris Laetitia when the duty incumbent upon such a successor is to be brave as Paul before Peter and call out Pope Francis on his exhortation which is but just one among many of his condemnable actions since he ascended the papal chair?

In many cultures around the world, among many peoples, the glory of men is brave victors in battle. And so the Spartan mothers said to their sons departing for war, ‘Son, either with this or on this’ (pointing to their son’s shield). God foresaw us at this moment which has revealed in our time the War that broke out in heaven. It appears we are faced with that which is almost inconceivable to the mind of an orthodox Catholic, that the enemy in this battle is an enemy from within with the pope as its leader. The whole of Pope Francis’ pontificate has been troubling and now we have a document Amoris Laetitia that is very problematic and replete with many errors on so many levels.[i],[ii], [iii], [iv]

We have even a better Mother, Our Lady, Refugium peccatorum, Consolatrix afflictorum, Auxilium Christianorum to support us than did those Spartans have as they went off to do battle.  May she, the destroyer of all heresies, obtain for you all the graces and help you require to stand courageously and tend the LORD’s flock in his sublime name and to be brave to oppose Pope Francis to his face for his condemnable Amoris Laetitia and other acts.

Your Excellencies, your Apostolic blessing for us and our families.

[i] Exclusive Interview: Cardinal Burke Explains Plea to Pope for Clarity, November 14, 2016 | Catholic Action for Faith and Family

[ii] Pope Francis & The Synod on the Family 2015 STAND CONDEMNED!

[iii] Libellus of Condemned Errors regarding ‘#AmorisLaetitia’

[iv] Pro Domine et Ecclesia et Pontifice contra #AmorisLaetitia; Petitions: To the Pope; To all Catholic Cardinals; To all Catholic Bishops

De Mattei: When public correction of a pope is urgent and necessary by Roberto de Mattei, Corrispondenza Romana, February 22, 2017, Translation: Contributor Francesca Romana | RORATE CÆLI