Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Official Response from Bp. Schneider regarding Amoris Laetitia

Originally posted on Rorate Caeli, this is the official response to the disgraceful "Joy of Sex" document issued by Pope Francis from His Excellency, The Most Reverend Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Mary in Astona, Khazakstan. Bishop Schneider wants his response posted on every website possible, so here it is:

"Amoris laetitia": a need for clarification in order to avoid a general confusion

The paradox of the contradictory interpretations of "Amoris laetitia"

The recently published Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia (AL), which contains a plethora of spiritual and pastoral riches with regard to life within marriage and the Christian family in our times, has unfortunately, within a very short time, led to very contradictory interpretations even among the episcopate. 

There are bishops and priests who publicly and openly declare that AL represents a very clear opening-up to communion for the divorced and remarried, without requiring them to practice continence. In their opinion, it is this aspect of sacramental practice, which, according to them, is now to undergo a significant change that gives AL its truly revolutionary character. Interpreting AL with reference to irregular couples, a president of a Bishops’ Conference has stated, in a text published on the website of the same Bishops’ Conference: “This is a disposition of mercy, an openness of heart and of spirit that needs no law, awaits no guideline, nor bides on prompting. It can and should happen immediately”.

This opinion was further confirmed by the recent declarations of Father Antonio Spadaro S.J., after the Synod of Bishops in 2015, that the Synod had established the “foundations” for the access of divorced and remarried couples to communion by “opening a door” that had still been closed during the previous Synod in 2014. Now, as Father Spadaro alleges in his commentary on AL, his prediction has been confirmed. There are rumours that Father Spadaro was a member of the editorial group behind AL.

The way to abusive interpretations appears to have been paved by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn himself, who said, during the official presentation of AL in Rome, with regard to irregular unions, that: “My great joy as a result of this document resides in the fact that it coherently overcomes that artificial, superficial, clear division between 'regular' and 'irregular'“. Such a statement suggests that there is no clear difference between a valid, sacramental marriage and an irregular union, between venial and mortal sin. 

On the other hand, there are bishops who claim that AL ought to be read in the light of the perennial magisterium of the Church and that AL does not permit access to communion for divorced and remarried couples, not even in exceptional cases. This statement is fundamentally correct and desirable. In fact, the content of every Magisterial text must, as a rule, be in its content consistent with the former teachings of the Magisterium of the Church, without any break. 

It is no secret, however, that divorced and remarried couples are admitted to Holy Communion in a number of churches, without their being required to practice continence. It must be admitted that certain statements in AL could be used to justify an abusive practice that has already been going on for some time in various places and circumstances in the life of the Church. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Report: Norwegian bishop says "No" to signing civil marriage licenses

Here it goes: Catholics in Norway will no longer be able to legally marry, thanks to the state-run Norwegian Lutheran Church's governing body voted to allow same-sex marriages. The Bishop of Oslo and three other Protestant leaders have ordered their clergy not to sign civil marriage licenses because of this vote. (News item here)

Catholics have been a small minority in Scandinavia since the Reformation. Before that several canonized saints were produced. Now it is all lost for good. 

The few Norwegian Catholics who wish to marry now have to leave the country just to do so. 

Martin Luther invented civil marriage because he did not consider matrimony a sacrament. This heresy spread worldwide. In states (or countries) where you need a license to marry, you need a license to marry, period. For the past twelve years newlyweds in Massachusetts have been filling-out the blasphemous Romney Marriage License, which must be filled-out and signed by clergy if they are to officiate. 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

DO NOT take Amoris Laetitiae seriously; Ignore it!

The Latin title of the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation to be released this Friday is Amoris Laetitiae, which literally translates to "The Joy of Sex." The unholy see is insisting that the official English title is "The Joy of Love." 

Don't expect anything good out of this. This document is expected to not only open the door to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive the sacraments (officially), but the implications could be much worse for anyone who is under the direct jurisdiction of the bishops. For example, this document could include:
  • The recognition of gay and lesbian couples as Catholics in good standing;
  • The requirement that priests officiate at weddings of cohabitating couples, interfaith couples, and gay and lesbian couples;
  • The requirement that priests and deacons baptize all infants regardless of the religious or marital situation of the parents;
  • The universal requirement that Catholic schools admit all children regardless of religion or sexual orientation of the students or parents/guardians;
  • The mandate of sex education in all Catholic schools;
  • The mandate that no one be denied the right to serve as a godparent, Confirmation sponsor, or bridesmaid or groomsman on account of gender, religion, or sexual orientation;
  • The mandate that everyone who requests Christian burial gets it. 
This is scary! 

Thank God Benedict XVI is still (barely) hanging on. Once he passes away I hope it is after Bergoglio. 

I did not remain a Catholic to accept modernist errors. 

I am the only Catholic in New England who publicly (via this blog) defends the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and who can receive it. 


If you want to learn from a real theologian from relatively modern times about Holy Matrimony, read Three To Get Married by Bishop Sheen. I read it recently, and this belongs in every Pre-Cana class. The third person is God. 

UPDATE 4/8/2016:

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