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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1. Pro Domine et Ecclesia contra Amoris Laetitia

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Cardinals

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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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 | cnsnews.com
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

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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?

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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.

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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
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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 | www.chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it and AMORIS LAETITIA: FOR ITS INTERPRETATION AND ACTUATION, October 2016
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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].

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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
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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
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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 | lafedequotidiana.it and Cardinal: Amoris Laetitia Needs Clarification |
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Archbishops & Bishops

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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
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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
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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?
Absolutely.
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.
– CRUX

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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.)

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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
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Bishop Thomas Joseph Tobin
The Intentional Ambiguity of “Amoris Laetitia”
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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.

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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 (nacion.com)
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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)
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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.

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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.
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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
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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
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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

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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
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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
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Fr. George W. Rutler
The Curate’s Egg: A Reflection on Amoris Laetitia, April 13, 2016 | Crisis magazine
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Fr. Regis Scanlon, OFMCap
Amoris Laetitia: A Deceptive Joy
The Flawed Strategy Behind Amoris Laetitia
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Fr. George Woodall
“Amoris laetitia”, conscience, and discernment  | CWR
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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
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Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
In Amoris Laetitia, who is admonishing whom?, April 08, 2016 | CWR
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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
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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
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Fr. Robert Fromageot, FSSP
Those Ambiguous Parts of Amoris Laetitia
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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
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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
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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.
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Anonymous Priest
Priest explains how Amoris Laetitia was really written to ‘normalize’ homosexuality, Mon May 14, 2018 – 12:07 pm EST | LifeSiteNews

Religious

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

Laity

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Veri Catholici
Libellus of Condemned Errors regarding ‘Amoris Laetitia’
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Dr. Anna Silvas
Some Concerns about Amoris Laetitia (Source: http://newmanparish.org/Response-to-Amoris-Laetitia.pdf (404 Not Found) | PDF
– Cf. Alice in “Amoris Laetitia” Land by Sandro Magister, ROME, June 7, 2016
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F M Shyanguya, HI, USA
Pope Francis & The Synod on the Family 2015 STAND CONDEMNED! | THE WAR
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Luiz Sérgio Solimeo
Because of Its Grave Errors Amoris Laetitia Should Be Rejected | TFP
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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 
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Robert Spaemann
Full text: Interview with Robert Spaemann on Amoris Laetitia | CNA
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EWTN
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
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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
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Prof. Richard A. Spinello
Does Amoris Laetitia Retreat from Absolute Moral Norms? | Crisis Magazine

 

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Donald R. McClarey
Amoris Laetitia and Lets Pretend | The American Catholic
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Antonio Socci
 Antonio Socci: There has been a coup in the Church | RORATE CÆLI
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Roberto de Mattei
De Mattei – The Post-Synod Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia: First reflections on a catastrophic document | RORATE CÆLI
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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
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RORATE CÆLI
‘Amoris laetitia’ in conflict with the Catholic Faith
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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 | Gloria.tv
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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
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Prof. Eduardo Echeverria
Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia and St. John Paul II, April 09, 2016 | CWR
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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
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CWR Staff
Some in Amoris Laetitia: A CWR Symposium, April 09, 2016
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Phil Lawler
Is Pope Francis deliberately subverting papal teaching authority?, Sep 15, 2016 | Catholic Culture
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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
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Prof. Jude P. Dougherty
Deliberate Ambiguity, June 1, 2016 | The Wanderer
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Elliot Milco, deputy editor of First Things.
Francis’s Argentine Letter and the Proper Response | Elliot Milco | First Things | 9.14.16
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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.

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Dr. Jessica M. Murdoch, Associate Professor of Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology at Villanova University.
Creeping Infallibility | Jessica M. Murdoch | First Things | 9.27.16
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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
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Prof. Dr. Helmut Hoping – Universität Freiburg, Theologische Fakultät, AB Dogmatik und Liturgiewissenschaft
21 November 2016, 10:45, Freiburger Theologe Hoping kritisiert ‘Amoris laetitia’ | kath.net 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
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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
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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
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Nicolas Bellord
The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma: Amoris Laetitia: The Explosive Chapter 8
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Dan Hitchens
The Church is now in a full-blown civil war over doctrine, by Dan Hitchens posted Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 | Catholic Herald
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Paolo Pasqualucci
venerdì 17 febbraio 2017, Rel 2 – L’apertura al peccato di AL prefigurata dalla ‘Pastorale di Cambrai’ del 2003 | ITER
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Thomas Mulcahy, M.A., J.D.
AMORIS LAETITIA, ST. THOMAS AQUINAS AND THE PROPER RECEPTION OF HOLY COMMUNION | CATHOLIC STRENGTH
THE DARK CLOUDS OF EUCHARISTIC AMBIGUITY | CATHOLIC STRENGTH
THREE QUOTES FROM SAINT JOHN PAUL II THAT SHOULD HAVE PREVENTED THE AMORIS LAETITIA TRAIN WRECK | CATHOLIC STRENGTH
THE HUGE “MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES” MISTAKE IN AMORIS LAETITIA | CATHOLIC STRENGTH
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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
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Steven O’Reilly
Answering Mr. Walford’s Questions on Amoris Laetitia – Really, Posted on March 28, 2017 by Steven O’Reilly | Roma Locuta Est
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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”?

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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?]

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Reid J Turner
Amoris Laetitia and the ‘Humpty Dumpty Effect’ | The Five Beasts
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Dr. John R. T. Lamont
The meaning of Amoris laetitia according to Pope Francis | RORATE CÆLI, 2/23/2018
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Julia Meloni
Is Amoris Laetitia really too ambiguous to be evidence of heresy? | Julia Meloni | Wed May 8, 2019 – 7:46 pm EST | LifeSiteNews
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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.
AN OPEN LETTER TO POPE FRANCIS | FIRST THINGS 12 . 9 . 16
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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

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2. Petitions

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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 | TFP.org; 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 | TFP.org
 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
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Publications
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

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International group of 45 Catholic theologians, pastors, historians, and scholars
The Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia: a theological
critique
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 | NCRegister.com by these signatories

To all Catholic Bishops

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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 
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Veri Catholici
#ALConf – Petition to all Catholic Bishops
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Open Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church, Easter Week, 2019
Summary and Select Bibliography
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Deacon Nick Donnelly
Appeal to the bishops to investigate Pope Francis for heresy | change.org

Declarations

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© 2016 FilialAppeal.org
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.

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3. Corrections

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Corrections of the Pope

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

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Pope Francis: “extraordinary” form must not take the place of the “ordinary” one.

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Holy See Press Office Communiqué, 11.07.2016


Pope Francis, for his part, on the occasion of his visit to the Dicastery for Divine Worship, expressly mentioned that the “ordinary” form of the celebration of the Mass is that expressed in the Missal promulgated by Paul VI, while the “extraordinary” form, which was permitted by Pope Benedict XVI for the purposes and in the ways explained in his Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, must not take the place of the “ordinary” one.

Cardinal Caffarra: “Your Holiness, how I wish to tell you to clarify #AmorisLaetitia”

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Cardinal Carlo Caffarra

Cardinal Caffarra on Marriage, Family, Amoris Laetitia, & Confusion in the Church, BY MAIKE HICKSON ON JULY 11, 2016 | 1P5

Cardinal Caffarra (CC): In Amoris Laetitia [308] the Holy Father Francis writes: “I understand those who prefer a more rigorous pastoral care which leaves no room for confusion.” I infer from these words that His Holiness realizes that the teachings of the Exhortation could give rise to confusion in the Church. Personally, I wish – and that is how so many of my brothers in Christ (cardinals, bishops, and the lay faithful alike) also think – that the confusion should be removed, but not because I prefer a more rigorous pastoral care, but because, rather, I simply prefer a clearer and less ambiguous pastoral care. That said –  with all due respect, affection, and devotion that I feel the need to nourish toward the Holy Father –  I would tell him: “Your Holiness, please clarify these points. a) How much of what Your Holiness has said in footnote 351 of paragraph 305 is also applicable to the divorced and remarried couples who wish still anyway to continue to live as husband and wife; and thus how much of what was taught by Familiaris Consortio No. 84, byReconciliatio Poenitentia No. 34, by Sacramenttum unitatis No. 29, by the Catechism of the Catholic Church No. 1650, and by the common theological doctrine, is to be considered now to be abrogated? b) The constant teaching of the Church – as it has also been recently reiterated in Veritatis splendor, No. 79 – is that there are negative moral norms which allow of no exceptions, because they prohibit acts which are intrinsically dishonorable and dishonest – such as, for example, adultery. Is this traditional teaching still believed to be true, even after Amoris Laetitia?” This is what I would say to the Holy Father.

If the Holy Father, in his supreme judgment, would have the intention to intervene publicly in order to remove this confusion, he has at his disposition many different means to do so.

Cardinal Caffarra: Bishops and many theologians faithful to the Church and to the Magisterium argue that there is not a continuity, but, rather, an opposition between #AmorisLaetitia and the previous Magisterium.

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Cardinal Carlo Caffarra

Cardinal Caffarra on Marriage, Family, Amoris Laetitia, & Confusion in the Church BY MAIKE HICKSON ON JULY 11, 2016 | 1P5

MH: Would you like to make a comment about Cardinal Christoph Schönborn’s recent remark that Amoris Laetitia is binding doctrine and that all the previous magisterial documents concerning marriage and the family have now to be read in the light of Amoris Laetitia?

CC: I reply with two simple observations. The first observation is: one should not only read the previous Magisterium on marriage in the light of Amoris laetitia (AL), but one should also read Amoris laetitia in the light of the previous Magisterium. The logic of the Living Tradition of the Church is bipolar: it has two directions, not one. The second part is more important. In his [recent] interview with Corriere della Sera, my dear friend Cardinal Schönborn does not take into account what has happened in the Church since the publication of Amoris Laetitia. Bishops and many theologians faithful to the Church and to the Magisterium argue that, especially on one specific – but very important – point, there is not a continuity, but, rather, an opposition between AL and the previous Magisterium. Moreover, these theologians and philosophers do not say this with a demeaning or revolting spirit toward the Holy Father himself. And the point is, as follows: AL says that, under some circumstances, sexual intercourse between the divorced and civilly remarried is morally legitimate. Even moreso, it says that, what the Second Vatican Council has said about spouses – with regard to sexual intimacy – also applies to them (see footnote 329). Therefore: when one says that a sexual relationship outside of marriage is legitimate, it is therefore a claim contrary to the Church’s doctrine on sexuality; and when one says that adultery is not an intrinsically dishonest act – and that therefore there might be circumstances which render it not to be dishonest – that, too, is a claim contrary to the Tradition and Doctrine of the Church. In such a situation like this, the Holy Father, in my opinion – and as I have already written – thus has to clarify the matter. For, when I say “S is P,” and then say “S is not P,” the second proposition is not a development of the first proposition, rather, but its negation. When someone says: the doctrine remains, but it is only about taking care of some few cases, I answer: the moral norm “Do not commit adultery” is an ABSOLUTELY NEGATIVE norm which does not allow of any exceptions. There are many ways to do good, but there is only one way not to do evil: not to do evil.

What changed from Card. Sarah’s Speech at SACRA LITURGIA UK 2016 to Fr. Lombardi’s communiqué? 😕

Photograph • Robert Cardinal Sarah “Ad Orientem” published 15 July 2016 by Corpus Christi Watershed
Photograph • Robert Cardinal Sarah “Ad Orientem”
published 15 July 2016 by Corpus Christi Watershed

“TOWARDS AN AUTHENTIC IMPLEMENTATION OF SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM” – ADDRESS OF HIS EMINENCE, ROBERT CARDINAL SARAH PREFECT OF THE CONGREGATION FOR DIVINE WORSHIP AND DISCIPLINE OF THE SACRAMENTS TO THE CONFERENCE “SACRA LITURGIA UK 2016” LONDON, ENGLAND, 5 JULY 2016

Indeed, I can say that when I was received in audience by the Holy Father last April, Pope Francis asked me to study the question of a reform of a reform and the way in which the two forms of the Roman rite could enrich each other. This will be a long and delicate work and I ask for your patience and prayers. But if we are to implement Sacrosanctum Concilium more faithfully, if we are to achieve what the Council desired, this is a serious question which must be carefully studied and acted on with the necessary clarity and prudence in prayer and total submission to God.

And

At this point I repeat what I have said elsewhere, that Pope Francis has asked me to continue the extraordinary liturgical work Pope Benedict began (see: Message to Sacra Liturgia USA 2015, New York City). Just because we have a new pope does not mean that his predecessor’s vision is now invalid. On the contrary, as we know, our Holy Father Pope Francis has the greatest respect for the liturgical vision and measures Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI implemented in utter fidelity to the intentions and aims of the Council Fathers.


Father Lombardi added:

There are therefore no new liturgical directives foreseen from next Advent, as some have wrongly inferred from some of the words of Cardinal Sarah, and it is best to avoid using the expression ‘reform of the reform’ when referring to the liturgy, as it’s sometimes been a source of misunderstandings.
– Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/father-lombardi-cardinal-sarahs-ad-orientem-suggestion-misinterpreted/#ixzz4E9pfPKGo


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USCCB Committee on Divine Worship

Letter from USCCB Committee on Divine Worship on “Ad Orientem” published 15 July 2016 by Richard J. Clark

FSSP German-speaking District Superior Pater Bernhard Gerstle: #AmorisLaetitia a novelty on divorved + civilly remarried

FSSP German-speaking District Superior Pater Bernhard Gerstle
Pater Gerstle

Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter Publishes a Critique of Amoris Laetitia by Maike Hickson | The Wanderer

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Father Gerstle continues:

The Church has up to now always had a clear attitude [Haltung] in this question [of the “remarried” divorcees], even if there has developed, already for quite a while now, a practice of receiving Holy Communion that is in opposition to the objective norms of the Church.”

Thus, says Gerstle, this current discussion is finally about receiving a “retrospective blessing” for a practice of disobedience about something that has heretofore been gravely forbidden by the Church. With regard to Amoris Laetitia, the German priest says: “In Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis now gives permission to the individual priests and pastors to examine each individual case with regard to the possibility of receiving the Sacraments (Penance and Holy Communion).” Thus, Pope Francis does not anymore, “in a general way, exclude those couples who live in an irregular situation (to include cohabiting couples) from the reception of the Sacraments.” Gerstle stresses that Pope Francis does not anymore demand from these couples the binding requirement to live in continence. He adds: “This is indeed a novelty and is thus being celebrated by the representatives of the liberal direction as being revolutionary and as constituting a landmark decision.” However, in Gerstle’s eyes, those who “feel bound to the valid teaching of the Church, and who fear the watering down of the indissolubility of marriage,” see a “justified reason for the great concern that now there will follow a complete breech of the levée.”

With this new approach, Gerstle says, “the Church’s teaching – according to which the validity of the Sacrament of Confession is dependent upon a penitent’s true contrition and his firm purpose to avoid the near occasion of sin if possible – would be taken off the hinges.” [emphasis added] This would mean “a serious breech with the elementary principles of the Church’s moral teaching, as it had last been confirmed to be the irreformable teaching of the Church by St. John Paul II himself in his encyclical Veritatis Splendor, as well as in his apostolic exhortation Familiaris Consortio.

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

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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

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

PF & Synod 2015 Stand Condemned!

The great and saintly Supreme Pontiff Pope St. John Paul II of august and happy memory reaffirmed and taught perennial Church practice and doctrine[i] deriving from and belonging to respectively to the Divinely revealed unchanging Sacred Deposit of the Faith [=Sacred Scripture + Holy Tradition] and is therefore, irreformable[ii], that:

However, the Church reaffirms her practice, which is based upon Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried. They are unable to be admitted thereto from the fact that their state and condition of life objectively contradict that union of love between Christ and the Church which is signified and effected by the Eucharist. Besides this, there is another special pastoral reason: if these people were admitted to the Eucharist, the faithful would be led into error and confusion regarding the Church’s teaching about the indissolubility of marriage.

Reconciliation in the sacrament of Penance which would open the way to the Eucharist, can only be granted to those who, repenting of having broken the sign of the Covenant and of fidelity to Christ, are sincerely ready to undertake a way of life that is no longer in contradiction to the indissolubility of marriage. This means, in practice, that when, for serious reasons, such as for example the children’s upbringing, a man and a woman cannot satisfy the obligation to separate, they “take on themselves the duty to live in complete continence, that is, by abstinence from the acts proper to married couples.”[iii]

By excising this section out from wherever they reference No. 84 in Familiaris Consortio (November 22, 1981) of the great and saintly Supreme Pontiff Pope St. John Paul II of august and happy memory, Pope Francis & The Synod on the Family 2015 STAND CONDEMNED! by that act alone and because in addition :

1. Pope Francis & The Synod on the Family 2015 failed to reaffirm and teach perennial Church practice and teaching deriving from and belonging to respectively to the Divinely revealed unchanging Sacred Deposit of the Faith [=Sacred Scripture + Holy Tradition] and is therefore, irreformable.

2. Pope Francis & The Synod on the Family 2015 failed to imitate the great and saintly Supreme Pontiff Pope St. John Paul II of august and happy memory who reaffirmed and taught the perennial Church practice and teaching deriving from and belonging to respectively to the Divinely revealed unchanging Sacred Deposit of the Faith [=Sacred Scripture + Holy Tradition] and therefore is irreformable.

3. The Synod on the Family 2015 failed in their function and duty to provide effective assistance to Pope Francis by failing to reaffirm and teach perennial Church practice and teaching deriving from and belonging to respectively to the Divinely revealed unchanging Sacred Deposit of the Faith [=Sacred Scripture + Holy Tradition] and is therefore, irreformable. [Cf. OCT. 12, 2015 | Cardinal Burke: Synods Originally Meant to Preserve and Strengthen Doctrine and Discipline by Edward Pentin | National Catholic Register]

4. Pope Francis failed to condemn, admonish, and correct the Synod on the Family 2015 which had failed in their function and duty to provide effective assistance to him as pope by failing to reaffirm and teach perennial Church practice and teaching deriving from and belonging to respectively to the Divinely revealed unchanging Sacred Deposit of the Faith [=Sacred Scripture + Holy Tradition] and is therefore irreformable.

5. Pope Francis failed to condemn and reject the Final Report of the Synod of Bishops to the Holy Father, Pope Francis, which failed to reaffirm and teach perennial Church practice and teaching deriving from and belonging to respectively to the Divinely revealed unchanging Sacred Deposit of the Faith [=Sacred Scripture + Holy Tradition] and is therefore irreformable. [Cf. RORATE EXCLUSIVE: Bishop Athanasius Schneider reaction to Synod Door to communion for divorced & remarried officially kicked open]

6. Pope Francis alone stands condemned in issuing his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia which fails to reaffirm and teach perennial Church practice and teaching deriving from and belonging to respectively to the Divinely revealed unchanging Sacred Deposit of the Faith [=Sacred Scripture + Holy Tradition] and is therefore, irreformable.

7. Pope Francis alone stands condemned for the following footnotes that are in the place of, stand in contrast to , distort, misuse and contradict the teaching of the great and saintly Supreme Pontiff Pope St. John Paul II and the aforementioned excised section in No. 84 in Familiaris Consortio (November 22, 1981):

In certain cases, this can include the help of the sacraments. Hence, “I want to remind priests that the confessional must not be a torture chamber, but rather an encounter with the Lord’s mercy” (Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium [24 November 2013], 44: AAS 105 [2013], 1038). I would also point out that the Eucharist “is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak” (ibid., 47: 1039). – Cf. Footnote 351 [paragraph 305],Amoris Laetitia (March 19, 2016).

and

John Paul II, Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris
Consortio (22 November 1981), 84: AAS 74 (1982), 186. In such situations, many people, knowing and accepting the possibility of living “as brothers and sisters” which the Church offers them, point out that if certain expressions of intimacy are lacking, “it often happens that faithfulness is endangered and the good of the children suffers” (Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World Gaudium et Spes, 51)
– Cf. Footnote 329 [paragraph 298], Amoris Laetitia (March 19, 2016).

8. Pope Francis alone stands condemned in distorting and misusing Gaudium et Spes, 51 in footnote 329 [paragraph 298], Amoris Laetitia (March 19, 2016).

9. Pope Francis alone stands condemned in exhorting Bishops, priests,deacons, consecrated persons, Christian married couples and all the lay faithful, an exhortation and teaching that deliberately  omits to mention a pertinent perennial Church practice and teaching deriving from and belonging to respectively to the Divinely revealed unchanging Sacred Deposit of the Faith [=Sacred Scripture + Holy Tradition] and is therefore irreformable, and thereby presents an exhortation and teaching that is lacking, distorted, misleading, and that is not faithful to perennial Church practice and teaching which derives from and belongs to respectively to the Divinely revealed unchanging Sacred Deposit of the Faith [=Sacred Scripture + Holy Tradition] and is therefore irreformable, and therefore has performed a magisterial act solely his own and not the Church’s, that is inimical to all orthodox believers who keep the catholic and apostolic faith and which simultaneously is also foreign and inimical to the catholic and apostolic faith.

10. Pope Francis alone stands condemned for endorsing Argentine bishops’ document on Amoris Laetitia | Vatican Radio, 12/09/2016

Expressing his appreciation for the ‘pastoral charity’ contained in the bishops’ document, Pope Francis insists “there are no other interpretations” of the apostolic exhortation which he wrote at the conclusion of the two synods on the family in 2014 and 2015. (My emphasis)

Cf. Francisco > Cartas > 2016 > Carta del Santo Padre Francisco a los Obispos de la Región Pastoral de Buenos Aires en Respuesta al Documento “Criterios Básicos para la Aplicación del Capítulo VIII de la Amoris Laetitia” (5 de Septiembre de 2016)

El escrito es muy bueno y explícita cabalmente el sentido del capitulo VIII de Amoris laetitia. No hay otras interpretaciones. Y estoy seguro de que hará mucho bien. Que el Señor les retribuya este esfuerzo de caridad pastoral. (My emphasis)

11. Pope Francis alone stands condemned in thanking instead of condemning and correcting the Maltese Bishops for their Amoris Laetitia Guidelines. Cf. Pope Francis Thanks Maltese Bishops for ‘Amoris Laetitia’ Guidelines by Edward Pentin | NCRegister, April 6, 2017
Gratitude sent through a letter from Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops.


  1. [i] Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith > Letter to Bishops of the Catholic Church Concerning the Reception of Holy Communion by the Divorced and Remarried Members of the Faithful, 5. | Joseph Card. Ratzinger, Prefect, + Alberto Bovone Titular Archbishop of Caesarea in Numidia, Secretary | 14 September 1994, Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. 5. The doctrine and discipline of the Church in this matter, are amply presented in the post-conciliar period in the Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio. […]

    [ii] CCC 2035 The supreme degree of participation in the authority of Christ is ensured by the charism of infallibility. This infallibility extends as far as does the deposit of divine Revelation; it also extends to all those elements of doctrine, including morals, without which the saving truths of the faith cannot be preserved, explained, or observed. [Cf. LG 25; CDF, declaration, Mysterium Ecclesiae 3.]

    [iii] e) Divorced Persons Who Have Remarried

    84. Daily experience unfortunately shows that people who have obtained a divorce usually intend to enter into a new union, obviously not with a Catholic religious ceremony. Since this is an evil that, like the others, is affecting more and more Catholics as well, the problem must be faced with resolution and without delay. The Synod Fathers studied it expressly. The Church, which was set up to lead to salvation all people and especially the baptized, cannot abandon to their own devices those who have been previously bound by sacramental marriage and who have attempted a second marriage. The Church will therefore make untiring efforts to put at their disposal her means of salvation.

    Pastors must know that, for the sake of truth, they are obliged to exercise careful discernment of situations. There is in fact a difference between those who have sincerely tried to save their first marriage and have been unjustly abandoned, and those who through their own grave fault have destroyed a canonically valid marriage. Finally, there are those who have entered into a second union for the sake of the children’s upbringing, and who are sometimes subjectively certain in conscience that their previous and irreparably destroyed marriage had never been valid.

    Together with the Synod, I earnestly call upon pastors and the whole community of the faithful to help the divorced, and with solicitous care to make sure that they do not consider themselves as separated from the Church, for as baptized persons they can, and indeed must, share in her life. They should be encouraged to listen to the word of God, to attend the Sacrifice of the Mass, to persevere in prayer, to contribute to works of charity and to community efforts in favor of justice, to bring up their children in the Christian faith, to cultivate the spirit and practice of penance and thus implore, day by day, God’s grace. Let the Church pray for them, encourage them and show herself a merciful mother, and thus sustain them in faith and hope.

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    Similarly, the respect due to the sacrament of Matrimony, to the couples themselves and their families, and also to the community of the faithful, forbids any pastor, for whatever reason or pretext even of a pastoral nature, to perform ceremonies of any kind for divorced people who remarry. Such ceremonies would give the impression of the celebration of a new sacramentally valid marriage, and would thus lead people into error concerning the indissolubility of a validly contracted marriage.

    By acting in this way, the Church professes her own fidelity to Christ and to His truth. At the same time she shows motherly concern for these children of hers, especially those who, through no fault of their own, have been abandoned by their legitimate partner.

    With firm confidence she believes that those who have rejected the Lord’s command and are still living in this state will be able to obtain from God the grace of conversion and salvation, provided that they have persevered in prayer, penance and charity. – Familiaris Consortio (November 22, 1981) of the great and saintly Supreme Pontiff Pope St. John Paul II (Sans references. My emphasis)


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


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


    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”


    Libellus of Condemned Errors regarding ‘Amoris Laetitia’ | Veri Catholici


    Further Reference

    Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts | II. CONCERNING THE ADMISSION TO HOLY COMMUNION OF FAITHFUL WHO ARE DIVORCED AND REMARRIED

    #AmorisLaetitia: Finally the Vatican Enters the Modern World into the Digital Age with a New Genre of Papal Documents

    Amoris Laetitia: A Call for Clarification to Avoid Confusion by BISHOP ATHANASIUS SCHNEIDER, APRIL 27, 2016 | Crisis Magazine

    If we analyze certain statements of AL with intellectual honesty within their proper context, we find ourselves faced with difficulties when trying to interpret them in accordance with the traditional doctrine of the Church. This is due to the absence of the concrete and explicit affirmation of the doctrine and constant practice of the Church, founded on the Word of God and reiterated by Pope John Paul II, who said,

    However the Church reaffirms her practice, which is based upon Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried. They are unable to be admitted thereto from the fact that their state and condition of life objectively contradict that union of love between Christ and the Church which is signified and effected by the Eucharist. Besides this, there is another special pastoral reason: if these people were admitted to the Eucharist, the faithful would be led into error and confusion regarding the Church’s teaching about the indissolubility of marriage. Reconciliation in the sacrament of Penance which would open the way to the Eucharist, can only be granted to those who … are sincerely ready to undertake a way of life that is no longer in contradiction to the indissolubility of marriage. This means, in practice, that … they take on themselves the duty to live in complete continence, that is, by abstinence from the acts proper to married couples (Familiaris Consortio, 84).

    (My emphasis)

    Full text: Interview with Robert Spaemann on Amoris Laetitia | CNA

    Professor Spaemann, you have accompanied the papacies of John Paul II and Benedict XVI with your philosophy. Many believers are now asking, whether and how Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia should be read in continuity with the teachings of the Church and these previous Popes. How do you see this?

    For the most part, it is possible, although the direction allows for consequences which cannot be made compatible with the teaching of the Church. Article 305 together with footnote 351 – in which it is stated that believers can be allowed to the sacraments “in an objective situation of sin” “because of mitigating factors” – directly contradicts article 84 of Pope John Paul II’s exhortation Familiaris consortio.

    What then is Pope John Paul II’s exhortation about?

    John Paul II explains human sexuality as a “real symbol for the giving of the whole person,” and namely, “without every temporal or other limitation.” He thus formulates very clearly in article 84 that remarried divorcés must refrain from sex if they want to go to communion. A change in the practice of the administration of the sacraments would therefore be no “further development of Familiaris consortio,” as Cardinal Kasper said, but rather a breach in her essential anthropological and theological teaching on marriage and human sexuality. The Church has no authority, without prior conversion, to approve disordered sexual relationships through the administration of the sacraments, thereby anticipating God’s mercy – regardless of how these situations are to be judged on a human and moral level. The door here – as with the ordination of women to the priesthood – is closed.

    And Top Catholic Philosopher: Amoris Laetitia Will “Split the Church”, by Maike Hickson, April 28, 2016 | 1P5

    Vs. Spaemann: “Anche nella Chiesa c’è un limite di sopportabilità”

    Amoris Laetitia’s Approach to same-sex unions already rejected by Synod Fathers, April 14, 2016 | Voice of the Family

    Because of Its Grave Errors Amoris Laetitia Should Be Rejected Written by Luiz Sérgio Solimeo | Created: 03 May 2016

    The German Option of the Argentine Pope

    And a few days later, during the flight from Lesbos to Rome, Francis once again proposed Schönborn as the main exegete of the post-synodal exhortation, he being a “great theologian [who] knows well the doctrine of the faith,” as the pope described him. To the question of whether for the divorced or remarried there now is or is not the possibility, formerly precluded, of receiving communion, the pope responded with a peremptory and for once unmistakable: “Yes. Period.” But he recommended that none other than Schönborn be consulted for a more detailed reply.

    (My emphasis)

    And cf. also Pope Francis’ Plane Comments on Divorce & Remarriage | 1P5 and Full Text of Pope Francis’ in-flight interview from Lesbos to Rome – Catholic News Agency (CNA) vs. IN-FLIGHT PRESS CONFERENCE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FROM LESVOS TO ROME, Papal Flight, Saturday, 16 April 2016

    Presentation of the post-Synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia: the logic of pastoral mercy, 08.04.2016

    “Naturally this poses the question: what does the Pope say in relation to access to the sacraments for people who live in ‘irregular’ situations?”, continued the cardinal. “Pope Francis reiterates the need to discern carefully the situation in keeping with St. John Paul II’s Familiaris consortio. ‘Discernment must help to find possible ways of responding to God and growing in the midst of limits. By thinking that everything is black and white, we sometimes close off the way of grace and of growth, and discourage paths of sanctification which give glory to God’. … In the sense of this ‘via caritatis’, the Pope affirms, in a humble and simple manner, in a note that the help of the sacraments may also be given in ‘certain cases’. But for this purpose he does not offer us case studies or recipes, but instead simply reminds us of two of his famous phrases: ‘I want to remind priests that the confessional should not be a torture chamber but rather an encounter with the Lord’s mercy’ and the Eucharist ‘is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak'”.

    (My emphasis)

    And Müller Out, Schönborn In. The Pope Has Changed Doctrine Teachers by Sandro Magister

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

    Cardinal Caffarra on Marriage, Family, Amoris Laetitia, & Confusion in the Church | 1P5


    What others are saying and doing

    RORATE CÆLI: Antonio Socci: There has been a coup in the Church

    RORATE CÆLI: De Mattei – The Post-Synod Exhortation, Amoris laetitia: First reflections on a catastrophic document

    Key doctrinal errors and ambiguities of Amoris Laetitia – Voice of the Family

    The Current Crisis in the Context of Church History, Prof. Roberto de Mattei, Rome Life Forum– 6th May 2016 – – Voice of the Family

    Amoris Laetitia and Lets Pretend | The American Catholic, Thursday, April 14, A.D. 2016 | By Donald R. McClarey

    World Over – 2016-04-14 – Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on the Family with Raymond Arroyo

    Five Serious Problems with Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia, April 22, 2016, by Dr. E. Christian Brugger | CWR

    “Amoris laetitia”, conscience, and discernment, May 31, 2016, by Fr. George Woodall | CWR

    Amoris Lætitia read in light of Saint Pius X’s Pascendi | The Denzinger-Bergoglio

    #ALConf — International Conference to condemn ‘Amoris Laetitia’: June 25th

    “Amoris Laetitia” Has a Ghostwriter. His Name Is Víctor Manuel Fernández by Sandro Magister

    Francis confirms: The Denzinger-Bergoglio was right

    Some Concerns about Amoris Laetitia by Dr. Anna Silvas

    Does Amoris Laetitia Retreat from Absolute Moral Norms? by RICHARD A. SPINELLO, MAY 10, 2016 | Crisis Magazine

    Alice in “Amoris Laetitia” Land by Sandro Magister

    Amoris Laetitia: A Deceptive Joy by Fr. Regis Scanlon, OFMCap

    Sulla Amoris laetitia di Papa Francesco: gioie, domande, tristezze, 08 giugno 2016, di Josef Seifert

    Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter Publishes a Critique of Amoris Laetitia by Maike Hickson | The Wanderer

    Father Gerstle continues:

    The Church has up to now always had a clear attitude [Haltung] in this question [of the “remarried” divorcees], even if there has developed, already for quite a while now, a practice of receiving Holy Communion that is in opposition to the objective norms of the Church.”

    Thus, says Gerstle, this current discussion is finally about receiving a “retrospective blessing” for a practice of disobedience about something that has heretofore been gravely forbidden by the Church. With regard to Amoris Laetitia, the German priest says: “In Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis now gives permission to the individual priests and pastors to examine each individual case with regard to the possibility of receiving the Sacraments (Penance and Holy Communion).” Thus, Pope Francis does not anymore, “in a general way, exclude those couples who live in an irregular situation (to include cohabiting couples) from the reception of the Sacraments.” Gerstle stresses that Pope Francis does not anymore demand from these couples the binding requirement to live in continence. He adds: “This is indeed a novelty and is thus being celebrated by the representatives of the liberal direction as being revolutionary and as constituting a landmark decision.” However, in Gerstle’s eyes, those who “feel bound to the valid teaching of the Church, and who fear the watering down of the indissolubility of marriage,” see a “justified reason for the great concern that now there will follow a complete breech of the levée.”

    With this new approach, Gerstle says, “the Church’s teaching – according to which the validity of the Sacrament of Confession is dependent upon a penitent’s true contrition and his firm purpose to avoid the near occasion of sin if possible – would be taken off the hinges.” [emphasis added] This would mean “a serious breech with the elementary principles of the Church’s moral teaching, as it had last been confirmed to be the irreformable teaching of the Church by St. John Paul II himself in his encyclical Veritatis Splendor, as well as in his apostolic exhortation Familiaris Consortio.

    Catholic Scholars Appeal to Pope Francis to Repudiate ‘Errors’ in Amoris Laetitia by Edward Pentin 07/11/2016

    Top adviser to Pope JPII warns of a cabal undermining Church with backing from within by John-Henry Westen | LifeSite

    Plea to the Pope | LifeSiteNews

    Amoris Laetitia: A CWR Symposium, April 09, 2016, CWR Staff

    Abp Gänswein: Pope’s way of talking can lead to bizarre interpretations; “Francis Effect” appears not to have transpired; Uncertainties have certainly increased

    “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.”



Pope Counsels Lutheran Woman About Receiving the Eucharist

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Cf. Pope Tells Lutheran to ‘Talk to the Lord’ About Receiving the Eucharist. by Edward Pentin 11/16/2015 


The hitherto unsurpassed proof of this approach of his was, last November 15 during his visit to the Lutherans of Rome, the response that he gave to a Protestant woman who asked him if she could receive communion at Mass together with her Catholic husband.

The response from Francis was a phantasmagorical whirlygig of yes, no, I don’t know, you figure it out. But not because the pope didn’t know what to say. His expressive “fluidity” was intentional. It was his way of bringing everything back into discussion, making everything thinkable and therefore practicable:

Right on cue, in fact, came “La Civiltà Cattolica,” the magazine of the Rome Jesuits that has now become the grapevine of the Casa Santa Marta, to confirm that yes, Francis had wanted to convey precisely this: that even Protestants can receive communion at a Catholic Mass[.] – A Pope Like None Before. Somewhat Protestant by Sandro Magister (The idyll between Francis and the followers of Luther. The alarm of cardinals and bishops against the “Protestantization” of the Catholic Church. But also the distrust of authoritative Lutheran theologians)


[Update: 10/12/2016]
Kardinal Kasper hofft auf Fortschritte in der Abendmahlsfrage | Radio Vatikan


[Update: 10/14/2016]
Cardinal Kasper: Pope’s ‘next declaration’ should allow ‘shared Eucharistic communion’ with Protestants by Jan Bentz | LifeSiteNews


[Update: 02/08/2017]
Kasper: ‘In sommige gevallen intercommunie’


[Update: 02/16/2017]
Communion For All, Catholics and Protestants. Words of Kasper, Or Rather of the Pope | 16 Feb | Settimo Cielo di Sandro Magister


[Update: May 24, 2018]

Pope Francis Needed to Give Clarity on Intercommunion by Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk | NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER > BLOGS | MAY. 7, 2018
COMMENTARY: Failure to give German bishops proper directives, based on the clear doctrine and practice of the Church, points to a drift towards apostasy from the truth.

Church Alarm At Full Blast. But Francis Is Letting It Sound In Vain di Sandro Magister Settimo Cielo | May 11, 2018

One Cardinal, Seven Bishops, and Four New “Dubia.” This Time on Intercommunion di Sandro Magister Settimo Cielo | May 02, 2018