I have had notes from priests and from personnel in tribunals saying that people are saying, in effect, “Forget about our annulment case. Pope Francis says what we are doing is okay.” Some report as well that even in confession they are getting this sort of thing (without revealing anything specific about any confession, of course, quod Deus avertat).
As I wrote before, Amoris laetitia, the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation that has such a troubling 8th chapter, will be misapplied by those who were already inclined to heterodoxy and antinomianism. I’m afraid that, in many cases, it may be accelerating and helpful to proliferate problems. Without strong leadership, we will have some real problems which I doubt we will solve in the lifetimes of those who could be putting their souls in peril.
From the SSPX news and events email:
Fr. Alain Lorans, Editor of DICI comments on a “celebration” inspired by Amoris Laetitia happening in Chicoutimi, Canada.
In a bulletin from St. Anne Chicoutimi parish in Canada this past April we can see the real effects of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The Celebration of Fidelity, which up to now celebrated the silver and gold anniversaries of couples in this formerly Catholic parish in Quebec, was replaced by a “Celebration of Love” announced as follows:
We now wish to welcome all couples who want to celebrate their love and renew their commitment to each other, regardless of the type of their commitment (Catholic marriage, civil marriage, common-law or same-sex partners) and regardless of how many years (1 year, 8 years, 25 years, 57 years, 62 years). We consider any couple’s commitment important.”
Let’s be clear: this is not a celebration of love, but rather the egalitarian celebration of sacramental marriage, legal cohabitation, free unions and homosexual relationships. All couples are put on the same level, all presumably having the same exemplary value.
This is not a celebration of love, it is the love of celebration in itself and for its own sake, devoid of all objective content. All that matters is personal commitment, subjective feeling, and sincerity liberated from the Gospel truth of marriage.
This is how the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia is put into practice in real life. No longer “The Joy of Love”, but the love of joy, emancipated from the Gospel truth of marriage. A sad joy.
Source: DICI no. 336, 27/05/16
Next, the SSPX raised enough money to be able to buy the former convent in Winona, MN, which they have been using as a seminary for many years… without a mortgage.
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