|What would Padre Pio say? What would JESUS say?|
The bishops have essentially annulled the doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage and they did it in the name of Amoris Laetitia. NOW will the pope respond to the dubia?
Canon lawyer Ed Peters calls it a "disaster." And, of course, it is.
After all if a person's feelings determine his state before God no one can ever be refused Communion or even be called to account for grievous sins. It is no longer the descendants of the apostles who "loose and bind" but sinners themselves. Might as well board up the confessionals. (Oh well, not many were using the sacrament anyway.) And by what possible logic can this feeling of peace with God be limited to only one grave sin, adultery. According to the logic of the Maltese bishops others can also excuse themselves and receive Communion based on their feelings.The abortionist who coddles his conscience by saying he's "helping women," the fornicators singing, "It can't be wrong when it feels so right," the couple practicing contraception, even the murderer.... They can all just sit humming until they "feel at peace with God." Is there any sin that can exclude the sinner from Communion? Certainly doesn't seem so.
I'll just list one of Dr. Peters' points:
The Maltese bishops have fallen completely for the canonically and ecclesiologically false view that an individual’s assessment of his or her own readiness to receive holy Communion (see c. 916) controls a minister’s decision to administer the sacrament (see c. 915). In Malta now, anyone who approaches for the sacraments should be recognized as being “at peace with God”. Objective evidence to the contrary is simply no longer relevant. Canon 916 is thus eviscerated, Canon 915 is effectively repudiated.The chaos in the Church continues. Why does Pope Francis remind me so much of Barack Obama? In old westerns you could tell who the good guys were because they had on the white hats. Guess that's one more symbol down the tubes.