A public “Amoris Laetitia” celebration of getting around adultery

It has been some time since we’ve looked into issues arising from the ambiguity laden Ch. 8 of Amoris laetitia.  Remember that those who wish to distort the words of the Lord and Catholic moral theology will read it one way, while those who want to be true to the same will read it another way.  I suspect very few people changed positions.

I read at the ultra-liberal La Croix edited by the ultra-lib Robert Mickens, about now “happy” divorced and remarried couple joyously receiving Communion after some “accompaniment” by a French priests. The piece was originally from a French outlet, Le Pèlerin.

Divorced and remarried, they receive communion once again This is one of the first concrete outcomes of the apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia

“This couple, deprived of the sacraments for many years, will receive communion once again today,” proclaimed the priest at the beginning of the celebration.

On Pentecost 2018, Benoît and Chantal walked down the nave alongside other members of the congregation in their Church in Eu, Normandy to receive the Eucharist. Neither of them made a “great fuss,” but all were well aware of the day’s significance.

This is one of the first concrete outcomes of the apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia, published three years ago. In Chapter 8 there is a footnote (no. 351) that encourages pastors to accompany divorced and remarried couples if they want to return to the sacraments.

Benoît was a widower and Chantal a divorcee when they married in a civil ceremony seventeen years ago. As members of the Church, they knew that this meant renouncing the sacraments.

In the eyes of the Church, the indissoluble marriage bond between man and woman is a reflection of the union between Christ and the Church. It therefore does not recognize Chantal Vivant’s second marriage with another man, which left her and Benoît in an “irregular situation.”

With the publication of Amoris laetitia in 2016, the Church’s approach shifted, placing greater emphasis on the notion of mercy.

It didn’t go as far as fully reinstating the right to communion or reconciliation, but as Pope Francis noted, encouraged us to remember that the Eucharist “is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.”

It is up to priests to interpret the text as they see fit, and so far, most have been reluctant to champion it. But Chantal and Benoît live in the diocese of Rouen, which is particularly keen to explore the topic, as are those of Lyon, Évreux and Annecy.


This is the definition of scandal, by the way. The priest even announced it.

A public celebration of getting around adultery.

Nobody wants people to be perpetually sad and cast down.  However, false mercy is not the way to avoid sadness.

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  1. DavidJ says:

    Is there a way I can register my state of being officially scandalized? I’m not being satirical, I’m being serious. What do we, the faithful, do when confronted with these situations?

  2. Hawkwood says:

    So, apparently it is ok to “discern” our way around the teaching authority of the Church (“Mortal Sin?! Pffft! I might be sad if you tell me I can’t do that! Besides, it’s not like anyone ever goes to hell, knowaddamean? “), tradition is stupid and archaic (We went from a Holy, reverent sacrifice of the Mass, to the J.C. Buffet and Meet-N-Greet. “A little bread and wine never hurt anyone, YOU RIGID PHARISEES!”), and sacred scripture is the unerring word of God, except when it isn’t.

    So, exactly what is left of the Catholic faith,then?

    I mourn for the souls that are lost as a result of the words and actions of this dumpster fire of a papacy. Those who are encouraged into mortal sin, and those who are driven away from it or no longer consider converting into the faith.

  3. The Astronomer says:

    Wish we had a Pope who wasn’t a fan of Peronist ambiguity, but rather Matthew 5:37 (But let your speech be yea, yea: no, no: and that which is over and above these, is of evil.)

    Guess emulating Our Blessed Lord is asking too much.

  4. Midwest St. Michael says:

    After reading this one wonders how much longer the Church will take to allow folks like this man (and his “spouse”) to be admitted to Holy Communion… via discernment, accompaniment and reaching out to the peripheries?


  5. richdel says:

    “In the great confusion of opinions, however, which day by day is spreading more and more widely, it should further be known that no power can dissolve the bond of Christian marriage whenever this has been ratified and consummated; and that, of a consequence, those husbands and wives are guilty of a manifest crime who plan, for whatever reason, to be united in a second marriage before the first one has been ended by death.” – Pope Leo XIII,Arcanum Divinae, 41

  6. Danteewoo says:

    I’m sure that when Pope Francis hears about this, he will clarify what he meant in Amoris Laetitiae, and let the faithful know that remarriage after divorce is a mortal sin, and that a sacrilege is committed if one in that state receives Holy Communion. Or maybe he won’t and he will continue to confirm my conclusion that he is an antipope.

  7. Priests and laity would do well to reread St. John Paul II’s Holy Thursday Letter to Priests. It is all important but this one small part near the end has always stuck with me.

    ” Likewise, a failure to speak the truth because of a misconceived sense of compassion should not be taken for love. We do not have a right to minimize matters of our own accord, even with the best of intentions. Our task is to be God’s witnesses, to be spokesmen of a mercy that saves even when it shows itself as judgment on man’s sin. “Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord’, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Mt 7:21).

  8. That is the 2002 letter

  9. maryelangdon says:

    Emotion obscures Truth. St. Bernard teaches that there is no emotion in Heaven. Objective teaching, like that of the supernatural state of grace or a 2nd marriage being mortal sin should be plain and simple. Go for an annulment. And yet, there are too many libs on the boards. So, go the total abstain route, or become Catholic. But only in the true sense of the word. (My sorry 2 cents worth. )

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