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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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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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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“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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The Sorrow at the Heart of “The Joy of Love”

20.11.2012 Roma. Presentazione del libro "L'infanzia di Gesù", scritto da Benedetto XVI, nella Sala San Pio X. Il card. Gianfranco Ravasi, Presidente del Pontificio Consiglio della Cultura.

Francis in Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”) has written a hymn to the joy that the lasting love between a man and a woman in marriage brings. But this love can grow cold, and sorrow over this failure is at the heart of The Joy of Love. And this has led to controversy The […]

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Exorcism and Spiritual Deliverance

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An exorcist talks about the spiritual battle with the devil and what the strategy of the devil is to conquer our souls — and what we should do in response Catholics once recited, after every Mass, Pope Leo XIII’s Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, which asked protection from “the wickedness and snares of the […]

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