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Some maintain that nothing has changed with respect to the discipline that governs the access to the Sacraments for the divorced and remarried, and that the law and the pastoral practice and obviously the doctrine remains the same; others maintain instead that much has changed and that there are many new openings and possibilities. The question is for one person, a Catholic, that wants to know: Are there new concrete possibilities, that did not exist before the publication of the Exhortation or not.The pope's answer? “Io posso dire sì. Punto.” In English: “I can say yes. Period.” (Source)
The pope refers to Cardinal Schonborn's statement found here. Schonborn's gushing review of Amoris Laetitia is far from my experience in reading the exhortation and I haven't even reached the infamous Chapter 8 yet. I found this statement absolute nonsense:
Pope Francis is convinced that the Christian vision of marriage and the family also has an unchanged force of attraction. But it demands “a healthy dose of self-criticism”: “We also need to be humble and realistic, acknowledging that at times the way we present our Christian beliefs and treat other people has helped contribute to today’s problematic situation” “We have also proposed a far too abstract and almost artificial theological ideal of marriage, far removed from the concrete situations and practical possibilities of real families. This excessive idealization, especially when we have failed to inspire trust in God’s grace, has not helped to make marriage more desirable and attractive, but quite the opposite” (AL 36).That's ridiculous. Back in the '50s when I was a child families were much more intact and happy. Father Knows Best, Ozzie and Harriet, Make Room for Daddy, Leave it to Beaver, etc. may have been somewhat idealistic, but they were also realistic. I could identify with those families, because they looked like my family with a stay-at-home mom and a dad who went to work every day. They ate dinner together and engaged in family activities shared by all the members of the family. Those TV families also had struggles and problems, but they loved each other and worked through them. And they didn't live in a country that was sending Dad's job overseas and making it impossible to live on one income.
Co-habitation and divorce were rare. The culture supported families especially the authority of parents. You didn't have schools teaching children to be little unbridled sex-pots who treated their parents with contempt. School administrators didn't have parents arrested if they opposed the LGBTQXYZ agenda being promoted to Kindergarteners and had highschoolers reading pornography.
And our family was by no means unique. Most families were intact, even among the poor and minorities. It took liberals with their welfare programs that rewarded teenagers for having babies and set them up in their own households with Uncle Sammy as Daddy to devastate so many families. And did the Church stand up to proclaim the truth and fight the prevalent evils that entered the culture during the next generation (feminism, abortion, contraception, pornography, etc.)? No, in many cases the Church actively enabled evil by silence or complicity. Liberal bishops and priests along with dissenting laity helped bring us to the situations we face today.
The pope would have us believe that the Church has never been merciful, that the confessional up until now was a "torture chamber" with the penitent kneeling before Torquemada, that somehow "regular" families are composed of saints and expecting real-life couples to live up to that "idealistic" vision is impossible. Sorry, but that is just plain baloney!
It is true that the last few generations have been coddled and trained (I mean that word deliberately) to be narcissistic, selfish, and immature. They don't keep promises because they've been taught that there is no truth and everything is relative, so when situations change they can pick a new reality, a new truth. Like Pilate, they sneer. How many times have I heard, "That's your truth."
Is the solution to affirm those irresponsible traits? I don't think so.
If anyone has failed to "inspire trust in God's grace" it is this pope and his clique of liberals. Yes, God's grace is sufficient to help couples live in an indissoluble marriage until death. They can live with a spouse "in good times and bad" when their partner gets cancer, is disfigured in an accident, has Alzheimers, becomes impotent, or just no longer attracts. God's grace can help couples who are "promise-keepers" to keep their promises when times are challenging.
Is this document part of the solution? Or is it one more excuse setting up Church doctrine on marriage and the family as an unrealistic ideal that God couldn't possibly expect anyone to meet, that must be changed, not formally, but by "pastoral" practice, an act of hypocrisy to make Caiaphas blush.
In the first century after Christ, we were a Church of martyrs -- martyrs who went singing to their gruesome deaths. Today what are we? A Church of crybabies whining that life is "just too hard" and the Church needs to change its doctrines, because who can possibly keep those rigid commandments that call us to forego adultery, fornication, same-sex sodomy, and other evils.
Somebody accused me the other day of being angry. I am! I'm angry at Church leaders who are robbing my grandchildren of the one, true faith and are setting them up to be eaten by the wolves. These false shepherds talk about love and mercy, but their actions show neither. May God forgive them and rescue us soon from their reptilian grip!