The other day I wryly wrote about what may take place in the wake of the now Post-Synodal Apostolic Letter Amoris laetitia (aka Familiaris divortio):
Benedict, in Summorum, emancipated both the older form of Mass and priests who say it!
With Amoris laetitia, Francis too has done something to emancipate priests from their bishops!
If by Summorum Pontificum the Pope laid down that priests can do something and their bishops have no say about it, then so too the Pope laid down something in Amoris laetitia and, again, bishops can’t do anything about it.
In the case of Summorum, priests can say the traditional Roman Rite’s Mass, etc., and bishops can’t stop them because the Pope said so.
In the case of Amoris, priests can now, it seems, tell people in the confessional that they can do whatever the hell they want, and bishops can’t stop them because the Pope said so.
What game changer. Now and in the future, sooooo many bishops try rein in their errant liberal priests as they hear confessions …. right? But, “NO!”, the priests will say, “Pope Francis says I can!”
As libs are reasoning now, Amoris is the huge game changer. Rules are out! Mercy is in! Who needs the laws of God and the perennial teaching of Holy Church? Priests can now affirm everyone’s conscience just as they are in the internal forum and no bishop can stop them!
Here are some things I have spotted as the division is rapidly growing.
First, there is a horrid piece in the LA Times about the Letter, filled with half-truths. Note:
So do remarried divorcees now get Communion or not?
Yes. And then again no. It is going to depend on your priest. [See what I mean?]
Francis states in The Joy of Love that he is not tearing up any rules, or writing any new ones, but says a little wiggle room is in order if people deserve it, [?] and that will be down to the good judgment of priests.
“It is possible that in an objective situation of sin,” he writes, a person can be helped to live in God’s grace, and in certain cases, “this can include the help of the sacraments.” [This is from the Imfamous Footnote 351.]
Explaining who priests will give the nod to, [how condescending] Francis lists “unjustly abandoned” spouses, people remarrying for the sake of their children and anyone who is really sure their “previous and irreparably broken marriage had never been valid.” [THEY don’t get to be the judges of that!]
See what’s happening here? Doctrine and discipline effectively mean nothing and people can do whatever the hell they want. Bishops aren’t any longer able to make an impact on what their priests do.
Today I received this from a priest friend who works in a Tribunal:
I’ll bet he’s not the only one.
Again, I choose to read Amoris as a two-fold exhortation to even greater compassion than the great compassion which faithful priests have been and are showing to couples in scare-quotes situations (“irregular”), and to dissidents to conform their minds and pastoral practice to the teachings and laws of the Church as they still stand.
Friends, it is going to take immense resolve to stand strong in the face of the onslaught that is coming. Begin to think about your spiritual lives in a new way and plan to include mortifications and acts of reparation for the sacrileges that will increase. If you are confirmed, ponder deeply the effects of the sacrament. If you are not confirmed, think about asking to be confirmed.
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