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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Pope Francis, It's Sin, Not Climate Change or Other Progressive Fads, that Endanger Us!

The world fawns over this pope!
As we continue to reflect on Amoris Laetitia, consider these wise voices:

Female Doctor tells Pope to his Face: “Evil, in this world, comes from sin. Not from income disparity or “climate change”.

Reflections on “Amoris Laetitia” by Fr. Gerald Murray

Pope Francis' "pastoral" approach flies in the face of Church teaching. And the fact that the world loves him is more than troubling; it's alarming. Here are several paragraphs from Fr. Murray's long reflections. Keep in mind that he is a canon lawyer. He knows what he's talking about:
The publication of Amoris Laetitia brought an end to this discipline. [Denying Communion to the divorced and invalidly remarried] Now, the Church’s help and accompaniment of people publicly known to be living in “an objective state of sin” [305] has changed, as set forth in footnote 351 (and somewhat obscurely in footnote 336): “In certain cases, this can include the help of the sacraments.” The footnote refers to two statements Pope Francis made previously encouraging pastors to act with mildness and wide latitude when administering the sacraments of penance and the Holy Eucharist.
It's strange that such a momentous change is effected in two footnotes, but much stranger is the change itself, which is manifestly a contradiction of the previous discipline. It makes no real difference that Holy Communion will now be given in “only certain cases” of adulterous second unions. Once some people living in adultery are allowed to receive the Holy Eucharist, while continuing to commit acts of adultery, the principles that upheld the previous discipline have been undermined. We are about to see creative ways in which the gravity of adultery and the obligation of Christians to conform their lives to the demands of the Gospel [102] will be minimized, if not largely denied, in matters related to the 6thCommandment....
Some have argued that AL is not an act of the Papal Magisterium. Pope Francis says there: “I would make it clear that not all discussions of doctrinal, moral or pastoral issues need to be settled by interventions of the magisterium. Unity of teaching and practice is certainly necessary in the Church, but this does not preclude various ways of interpreting some aspects of that teaching or drawing certain consequences from it.” [3] He does not say here that this long exhortation is a private act reflecting his private opinions. Clearly, as pope, he introduces a radical change in sacramental practice, which he sees to be simply a “way of interpreting” or “drawing certain consequences.”

It’s regrettable. The new “interpretation” will have far reaching consequences and will produce much sorrow and division in the life of the Church.
No matter what this pope does, keep the faith. Study the catechism; know the doctrine and follow the authentic voices. Test the spirits. The Church has had bad popes throughout history. Pray for Pope Francis. The Church will still be here when he is long gone.

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