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Penetrating analysis by Dr. Robert Moynihan.

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

“Such a step splits the Church” and “leads her toward schism” Robert Spaemann 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 [...]

By |2018-03-24T05:16:16+00:00Jun 1st, 2016|Categories: Dossier|Tags: , , |

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 his [...]

By |2016-06-01T21:10:11+00:00Jun 1st, 2016|Categories: Dossier|Tags: , , , , |

“We Must Respectfully Request an Authoritative Interpretation”

8/04/2016 Vatican City. Press conference presenting Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Amoris laetitia", on love in the family, in the Holy See Press Office. From left, Bishop Fabio Fabene, Under-Secretary of the Synod of Bishops; Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops; Cardinal Christoph Schonborn O.P., Archbishop of Vienna; Father Federico Lombardi, [...]

Understanding Francis and the “Internal Forum”

A depiction of the institution of the Church and the mission entrusted to her, entitled "Feed My Sheep" by the great Raffaello Sanzio, now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England The Pope sees it “not as a place to solve every problem,” but to “discover first that there is a problem to [...]

By |2018-03-22T06:20:44+00:00Jun 1st, 2016|Categories: Dossier|

Pope Francis vs. 2000 Years of Tradition?

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 [...]

By |2018-03-26T03:46:49+00:00Jun 1st, 2016|Categories: Dossier|Tags: , , , , , |

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

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 life. [...]

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

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 of [...]

By |2018-03-26T03:54:52+00:00Jun 1st, 2016|Categories: Dossier|Tags: , , , , |

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 January 8 (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 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 [...]

By |2016-06-01T15:26:39+00:00Jun 1st, 2016|Categories: Dossier|Tags: , , , , , |

No Real Mercy Can Exist Unmoored From Truth

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput shows Pope Francis the material prepared for the Diocese of Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families that took place in Pennsylvania in September 2015 “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 [...]

How to Interpret Amoris Laetitia

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 times [...]

By |2016-06-01T14:53:30+00:00Jun 1st, 2016|Categories: Dossier|Tags: , , , , , , , |
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