Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus. One may disregard Abp. Fernández’s entire defense of #AmorisLaetita’s Ch. VIII

Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernández, Titular Archbishop of Tiburnia, Rector de la Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina Santa Maria de los Buenos Aires [EN]

In his defense of Ch. VIII of Amoris Laetitia [translated in English: Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia: What is left after the storm | Victor Manuel Fernández], Abp. Fernández claimed that there have been recent changes [in] discipline regarding the divorced in new unions and went to state that:

1) “[T]he prohibition against funerals and any public funeral service” has changed without all the beliefs that supported that praxis falling away.

2) (Canon 2336[sic]) in the Code of Canon Law (1917): “If, spurning the admonition of the Ordinary, they stay in the illicit relationship, they are to be excommunicated according to the gravity of the deed or struck with personal interdict” is no longer in the current Code (1983).

Can 2356. Bigami, idest qui, obstante coniugali vinculo, aliud matrimonium, etsi tantum civile, ut aiunt, attentaverint, sunt ipso facto infames; et si, spreta Ordinarii monitione, in illicito contubernio persistant, pro diversa reatus gravitate excommunicentur vel personali interdicto plectantur.

In his article Clarifying what we can | In the Light of the Law A Canon Lawyer’s Blog, August 23, 2017, Dr. Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap. disputes these factual claims by Abp. Fernández and argues that:

1) [D]ivorced and ‘remarried’ Catholics are still recognized as figuring among those to whom ecclesiastical burial may be denied.

2) Catholics were not excommunicated under the 1917 Code for being divorced and remarried.

From the plain reading of the Canon 2336 2356 referenced by the Archbishop, it deals specifically with bigamy and the one twice married, and infamous for that very fact, faced the ecclesiastical sanctions of either excommunication or personal interdict only after disregarding the admonitions of the Ordinary and persisting in their bigamy.

This is very significant for the Archbishop to be just confused or mistaken when his truncated English profile reads [compared to the extensive one in Spanish]:

Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez holds a Doctorate Degree in Theology and has been the President of the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina [UCA] since 2009. He was previously Dean of the School of Theology of UCA (2008-2009) and Chairman of the Argentine Theological Society (2007-2009). He is also member of the Pontifical Council for Culture since 2014.

Rev. Fernandez’s service to Higher Education and the Catholic Church is extensive and broader. He was in charge of a parish in Rio Cuarto, Cordoba, where he founded the Seminary, the Sacred Science Institute for Teachers, and the Lay Centre for continued faith formation. He also advised local movements and lay institutions, while providing support to catechetical and ecumenical education programs.

He participated in the 5th General Conference of the Episcopate of Latin America (2007) and was member of its Editorial Committee. He has been an expert in several commissions of the Argentine Conference of Catholic Bishops (Comision Espiscopal Argentina-CEA) and, since 2014, is member of the Commission for Faith and Culture. On that same year, for the 3rd Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis appointed Rev. Fernandez as Vice-president for the Message and member of the Editorial Commission in charge of the Report of the Synod entitled Relatio Synodi, on “Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization”. On September 2015, for the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, he was also member of the Editorial Commission in charge of the Report of the Synod on the topic of “Vocation and mission of families in the Church and the Contemporary World.”

Since July 2016, Rev. Fernandez is advisor of the Congregation for Catholic Education. He has more than 350 publications in books and articles both in international and national journals from Argentina, Latin American and Europe.

Since we are dealing with Canon Law and Archbishop Fernández – Rector of a Catholic University and with such extensive relevant educational background – has made false factual claims on which his defense is based, by invoking the venerable legal principle Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus, one may disregard his entire defense of Ch. 8. of Amoris Laetitia.


For those still wanting to consider the rest of the Archbishop’s defense, be warned that together with the false factual claims, the Archbishop will draw you into his  labyrinth by first questioning what the Church has never taught to be exceptions to the 5th and 7th Commandments [cf. CCC 2263 – 2267 and Catholic Encyclopedia > Theft] and proposing that they be considered as exceptions.


Abp. Fernández’s defense of Ch. 8. of Amoris Laetitia and his arguments contained therein are a non-starter.

It is clear that the Archbishop’s defense supports an agenda which is opposed to the Truth.

Cf. @Pontifex & Collaborators Moving to Render Can. 915 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law Irrelevant? Posted on October 7, 2017 by thewarourtime

#AmorisLaetitia Explained. Card. Schönborn on Communion for the Divorced & Civilly Remarried

Doch was geht? Geht es, dass wiederverheiratete Geschiedene die Kommunion empfangen? Eine klare Ansage gab es von Schönborn dazu nicht, in Hinblick auf Papst Franziskus Äußerungen sagte er, die Teilnahme wiederverheirateter Geschiedener an der Kommunion sei im Einzelfall zu prüfen – die Priester müssten die Entscheidung je nach spezifischer Situation abwägen. Damit seien aber, so Schönborn, weder Willkür noch Überforderung der Seelsorger verbunden, aber „eine Herausforderung eines Weges der Begleitung und Entscheidung“.
„Keine Familie ist vollkommen“

North America Conferences of Catholic Bishops on #AmorisLaetitia

Conférence des Evêques Catholiques du Canada / Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Bishops of Canada welcome Post-Synodal Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, Friday, April 08 2016
Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation “The Joy of Love” is welcomed throughout Canada, Wednesday, April 13 2016

United States Catholic Conference of Bishop

Pope Francis’s Love Letter Invites Deeper Reflection on the Beauty of Marriage and Christ’s Teaching, USCCB President Says, April 8, 2016

– Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation On Love In The Family Welcomed By USCCB Family Life Committee Chairman, April 7, 2016

– USCCB President: Amoris Laetitia, A Tremendous Gift For Church And Families In The U.S., September 27, 2016

– Report on Reception and Implementation of Amoris Laetitia in the United States September 2016

Conferencia del Episcopado Mexicano (CEM)

Amoris Laetitia de Rodrigo Aguilar Martínez Obispo de Tehuacán, 2016-Abril-27

Le vicariat apostolique des îles Saint-Pierre et Miquelon/Vicariate Apostolic of Iles Saint-Pierre et Miquelon

L’ Exhortation Apoatolique du Pape François, Vendredi, 15 Avril 2016

2. Qu’en est-il de la communion aux divorcés remariés ?
Dans l’exhortation, le Pape souligne que chaque cas est unique et mérite une attention personnelle et rigoureuse. Les divorcés et les couples remariés qui vivent ensembles sont invités à entamer un dialogue à l’église avec un prêtre et un évêque. Le but premier est de prendre conscience du cas par cas.

5. Est-ce que cela signifie qu’il y a des changements dans la doctrine ?
La tradition de l’Église ne change pas. Elle a l’intention de présenter la vérité et la charité de l’Évangile. Jésus a toujours instauré la miséricorde avec les personnes qu’il rencontrait, Il partageait son repas avec les pécheurs.

Cf. Quotes from leaders, observers on papal exhortation – Bishops, Catholic organizations share thoughts on pope’s “The Joy of Love” document