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Monday, April 18, 2016

Great Discussion on Amoris Laetitia: Ambiguous and Problematic

Doesn't she mean Rome?
Fr. Gerald Murray and Robert Royal engage in an intelligent discussion on this "problematic" document. There is "always an excuse. There's no limit on the excuses."

I totally agree with Fr. Murray in the video below. He's a canon lawyer and is concerned about the language and the "excuse cards" that give people a free pass to sin. And that is the implication of Amoris Laetitia. Those people making excuses need their consciences stirred up because their very salvation may be at stake:

The language here [in Amoris Laetitia]...deprives people of responsibility for their moral actions....Decisions that have a public impact are regulated by Canon Law precisely because the good of others is at stake.....Christian marriage is not an ideal, it's a norm....Once you get married God has made it very possible for human beings to be faithful and live that marriage fruitfully....I don't consider the teaching of the Church rigid or harsh or in any way an offense against the dignity of people who are sinning. For me it's the liberating truth. We have to shake consciences up. In other fields the pope does it very clearly...immigration or poverty. He's out there making very strong statements about moral responsibility of people acting for the benefit of the downtrodden. For people in invalid marriages, the best thing they can hear from the Lord and the Church is "Stop the sinning Figure out how to live in a way that's gonna please the Lord and God will reward you for  any sacrifices you make in that process.
If you want to understand the problems with Amoris Laetitia listen to this dialogue. And then pray for those who will be scandalized by it. To give scandal means to lead people into sin. There is no doubt that this document will do that. The speakers don't say that directly, but the implication is clear. This pope, who is certainly harsh and rigid when he speaks on immigration and poverty (and on those rigid, fundamentalist Catholics), is willing to affirm people in sin endangering their very salvation.

Watch it. Sad situation. Pray for the Church.

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