So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Never elect a Jesuit to do a pope's job? Concern over the implementation of Amoris Laetitia.

That's Amoris!

The web is abuzz with what many are calling the consequence(s) of the implementation of Amoris Laetitia by clergy who are offering Holy Communion to couples living in adulterous unions.

Take, for instance, Steve Skojec's post at 1Peter5 which reads in part:
It appears that one bishop in Argentina — elevated to the episcopacy in 2013 by Pope Francis himself — has decided to go all in on this interpretation, of which the pope insists there is no other: 
This past Sunday at the Parish Church of San Roque, Reconquista, Santa Fe (Argentina), the local bishop, Msgr. Macín, appointed by Pope Francis in 2013, carried out a monumental and sacrilegious scandal that clearly shows what’s behind Amoris laetitia.
In this church he organized a solemn Mass, in which he publicly announced that according to the norms sent in a letter more than 6 months ago by Pope Francis, and within the framework of the integration of Christians who are “marginalized” because of their irregular situation of being divorced and remarried or in an irregular situation (the divorced in a new union), after having completed a period of 6 months of meetings on Saturdays called the “path of discernment”, it was determined in accordance with what was previously stated (by order of the Pope) TO INCLUDE THEM IN FULL AND SACRAMENTAL COMMUNION, which would happen in the ceremony. At no point was mention made that those people had taken some vow of chastity or of living “as brothers [and sisters].”
In the same way, communion was given to all those mentioned (some 30 couples) accompanied by their relatives who took photos in a festive atmosphere. At no point was reference ever made to the Scriptures which condemn adultery, and again and again the excerpts of Amoris laetitia are mentioned where it is said that the divorced and remarried ought to be included in full communion.
Photos of the ceremony can be found at Rorate Caeli blog:
Blood pressure rising.

Let's reference a comment by the distinguished cardinal that speaks to any man's attempt to condone mortal sin and thereby contradict the Lord's teaching.
Catholic Cardinal Gerhard Muller, who heads the Vatican's office for the Doctrine of the Faith, said divorced and remarried couples must live in continence, as brother and sister, if they want to receive Communion at Mass and this teaching cannot change -- not by a Pope, an angel, a council of bishops, "no power on Heaven or on Earth."
Cardinal Muller explained this point in an interview with the Italian magazine Il Timone, portions of which were translated into English in the newspaper L'Espresso and re-published in the Catholic Herald. The topic is controversial now because of Pope Francis's letter Amoris Laetitia, which not a few bishops have proclaimed permits the divorced/remarried, who are living as man and wife, to receive Communion, although they are objectively in a state of adultery, a grievous sin.
Stand with Muller because he is with the Lord Jesus Christ.

If the couples mentioned in the first article are living in sin, then Lord have mercy. If they are living in sin, they are certainly risking the wrath of God by persisting in manifest grave sin. By receiving Holy Communion, they exacerbate their defiance and compound their culpability. As Catholics they all should know better than to attempt to remake the Church's teachings in their own image. Woe to any priest or bishop who enables an obstinate sinner to defy the Lord.

Catholics living in sin need a clear and gentle call to embrace the life God wants for us all, a life of grace and love. We must remind vulnerable people that grace is available if they ask God for it—the grace and courage to change their lives and embrace the Gospel.

Enabling adulterous unions is tantamount to joining a mob and yelling 'Jump!' to someone standing at the edge of a bridge.

To be sure, Pope Francis has his mess; the mess he has called for repeatedly!

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