“It’s Chaos Made into a Principle with the Stroke of a Pen”

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“Such a step splits the Church” and “leads her toward schism” Robert Spaemann is a professor emeritus of philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Monaco of Bavaria. He is one of the leading Catholic philosophers and theologians in Germany.   This following is my own translation of the interview on Amoris Laetitia, extensively excerpted, that […]

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Amoris Laetitia Is “Totally Consistent” with Past Teachings

“Does the Pope say the divorced and civilly remarried may now be readmitted to Holy Communion? No.” The Bishop of Portsmouth, England, Philip Egan, has described the Pope’s exhortation Amoris Laetitia as a “magnificent” document, “breathtaking in scope,” and has urged everyone, “clergy and people,” to read and study it. Below we reprint excerpts from […]

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“We Must Respectfully Request an Authoritative Interpretation”

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The official response of Bishop Athanasius Schneider to Amoris Laetitia Following are excerpts from the text published on April 24, by His Excellency Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St Mary in Astana, Kazakhstan, on the Italian website Corrispondenza Romana. It was the first public statement by a Catholic bishop calling for an […]

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Understanding Francis and the “Internal Forum”

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The Pope sees it “not as a place to solve every problem,” but to “discover first that there is a problem to be solved” The ink of the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”) is not even dry, and already various commentators, particularly in the secular press, have decreed that Pope Francis […]

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Pope Francis vs. 2000 Years of Tradition?

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Fr. Harrison: “May we believe Francis alone is right, and all his predecessors wrong?” A proper understanding, appreciation and evaluation of Amoris Laetitia will require considerable time, study and prayerful reflection. But it is already quite clear from certain key passages that, with carefully crafted language, plausible arguments and persuasive rhetoric, the Holy Father is […]

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Amoris Laetitia: The Church is the “Ark” that Shelters the Family

Pope Francis, seated next to Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, discusses preservation of the family in Synod Hall at the Vatican Nov. 17 during the opening of a three-day interreligious conference on traditional marriage. (CNS photo/Chris Warde-Jones, courtesy Humanum.it) See POPE-MARRIAGE Nov. 17, 2014.

As Apostolic Exhortations go, Amoris Laetitia has been one of the most widely read – and furiously commented upon – in recent memory. Issued following the October 2014 Extraordinary and October 2015 Ordinary Synods on the Family, the document given to the world by Pope Francis is an eloquent meditation on love, marriage and family […]

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Capovilla’s Passing

The passing of the personal secretary of Pope John XXIII on May 26 at the age of 100 brings a period of Church history, the period of Pope John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council, to a close. What next? “There was a second envelope.” —The late Cardinal Loris Capovilla, speaking to me in his […]

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Treason, or Infiltration from the Very Beginning? Lucifer’s Unceasing Attacks on the Church

The devil is portrayed in this stained-glass church window. The Legionaries of Christ inaugurated a new course on Satanism and exorcism Feb. 17 at Regina Apostolorum university in Rome. (CNS photo from Crosiers) (Feb. 17, 2005) See SATANISM-COURSE Feb. 17, 2005

“He knows that he is running out of time” From its very beginning, the holy Bride of Christ has been the butt of devilish attacks. In fact, Lucifer is paying her a compliment: he knows that to direct his poisonous arrows at sects which, born today, will be buried tomorrow, would waste his ammunition. The […]

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“Deep Dissonance” Between Exhortation and Papal Documents of Predecessors?

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Excerpts from a talk given by Dr. Anna Silvas in which she argues that parts of Amoris Laetitia are “subtly treacherous” I am aware that Amoris Laetitia, as an apostolic exhortation, does not come under any rubric of infallibility. Still it is a document of the Papal Ordinary Magisterium, and thus it makes the idea […]

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Amoris Laetitia’s Language of “Accompaniment” Is Nothing New

Pope Francis greets a couple at the end of his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Jan. 8. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Jan. 8, 2014) See POPE-AUDIENCE Jan. 8, 2014.

The language of accompaniment is nothing new to the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, released to the public April 10, nor even to the pontificate of Pope Francis. In his own apostolic exhortation, Sacramentum Caritatis, Pope Benedict XVI used the same term in the same context of the pastoral care of the divorced and remarried. […]

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No Real Mercy Can Exist Unmoored From Truth

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“It would be a mistake to misread the compassionate spirit of Amoris Laetitia as a license to ignore Christian truth” We live in an age when people’s nerves are rubbed raw by information they don’t like, don’t trust and very often don’t need. We drown in ads, lobbying and a politics of malice. Meanwhile, really vital, life-giving […]

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How to Interpret Amoris Laetitia

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A moral theologian sets forth a closely reasoned guide to the development of moral doctrine In the exhortation Amoris Lætitia, the most controversial question is the one concerning Communion for the divorced and remarried, which however is never expressly mentioned. It must be noted that above all, in the eighth chapter the language is at […]

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The Law Before Amoris Is the Law After

Pope Francis blesses a family Sept. 19 during a special audience with participants at a meeting for the new evangelization in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters) See POPE-EVANGELIZATION Sept. 19, 2014.

Holy Communion is to be withheld from divorced-and-remarried Ca­tho­lics in virtue of Canon 915 which, as has been explained countless times, does not require Catholic ministers to read the souls of would-be communicants, but rather, directs ministers to withhold holy Communion from those who, as an external and observable matter, “obstinately persevere in manifest grave […]

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The Debate Intensifies

Throughout the Church, there is intense debate over the new Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”). Some see it as a “rupture” with the Church’s doctrinal tradition, while others say that isn’t true… “My great joy as a result of this document resides in the fact that it coherently overcomes […]

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The Mystery of Man

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Human beings are a composite of mortal body and immortal soul. At the moment of death, that composite is torn asunder… and yet we remain ourselves. Part two of a reflection on human nature by the great Belgian philosopher Dr. Alice von Hildebrand Let us now turn to an historic fact that had an enormous […]

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Unspinning Amoris Laetitia

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The “received wisdom” is that the Pope’s document is about Communion for the divorced and remarried, but is it really so? You could be forgiven for having decided that Amoris Laetitia is a failed document. If you accept, as it seems to be the received wisdom to do, that its purpose is to resolve the […]

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Door Is Open for Those Who Want Healing…

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…but not for those who want to “circumvent Church teaching” As I started to sift through the coverage of Amoris Laetitia, it became apparent that some selective reading and reporting had taken place, even in direct opposition to the Pope’s specific guideline: “[I]f someone flaunts an objective sin as if it were part of the […]

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“Without Putting Limits on Integration…”

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Reading Amoris Laetitia: The Structure and Meaning of the Post-Synod Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis The exhortation incorporates from the synodal document the path of discernment of individual cases without putting limits on integration, as appeared in the past. It declares, moreover, that it cannot be denied that in some circumstances “imputability and responsibility for […]

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“A Constant Teaching and Practice of the Church”

U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke stands with his crosier as he celebrates a Mass of thanksgiving at the Pontifical North American College in Rome Nov. 22. (CNS photo/Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo) (Nov. 22, 2010) See CARDINALS-CONSISTORY (UPDATED) Nov. 22, 2010.

Cardinal Burke says a post-synodal apostolic exhortation, by its very nature, does not propose new doctrine and discipline, but applies the perennial doctrine and discipline of the Church to the situation of the world at the present time The secular media and even some Catholic media are describing the recently-issued post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, “Love […]

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“True Innovations but Not Ruptures” Cardinal Christoph Schönborn Presents Amoris Laetitia

Cardinal John Henry Newman, who was one of the great intellectual minds of the Catholic Church in the 19th century, is seen in a portrait in a church in Rome. Deacon John Sullivan, 70, of Marshfield, Mass., says his healing from a debilitating spinal condition was due to the miraculous intercession of Cardinal Newman. (CNS photo from Crosiers) (April 30, 2009) See DEACON-NEWMAN April 30, 2009.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has said that Pope Francis’ summary document of the synods on the family, Amoris Laetitia, does not change the Church’s teaching but represents a development of doctrine, in continuity with previous Popes and the Church’s magisterium. Asked by Aleteia at today’s press conference whether the entirety of John Paul II’s teaching on […]

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