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Not the Clarification for Which Many Were Waiting



Last year the Buenos Aires bishops interpreted the pope’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia so as to permit those sexually active in invalid unions to receive Holy Communion (in certain cases). The Holy Father praised their interpretation in a private letter (September 5, 2016) to Bishop Sergio Alfredo Fenoy, the Delegate of the Buenos Aires Pastoral Region of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina. He wrote, “El escrito es muy bueno y explicita cabalmente el sentido del capitulo VIII de Amoris laetitia. No hay otras interpretaciones.” (Translation: The document is very good and clearly explains the meaning of Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia. There are no other interpretations). On June 5, 2017 by order of a papal rescript, both the Criteria or Interpretation of the Buenos Aires bishops and the papal letter were published in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis, purportedly making this the position of the Church’s “authentic Magisterium.” This seems to conflict with the teaching of Pope John Paul II and with the current Code of Canon Law (canon 752). It would affect our discipline about Holy Communion and even Confessional Absolution. Cardinal Wuerl insists that the doctrine has not changed, just the pastoral discipline. I think I will go back to praying on my knees for awhile on this one.

4 Responses

  1. Canon 752 would require “religious submission of the intellect and will” from believers.

  2. Well, what do you expect? The Church, since Vatican II, is NOT the Church I can identify with anymore. New church buildings look like auditoriums, old , beautiful sanctuary’s gutted. nuns running around in make up, stylish clothes, priests wearing secular clothing. The Church completely lost its identity. Pope Benedict tried to stem the tide; now we have gone 180 degrees in the other direction. I have been traumatized by the profanations inflicted upon HMC by iconoclastic innovations. A Protestant ethos has infected Catholic worship, ( the Novus Ordo.) I am opposed to any change that threatens my firm foundation of faith, any change that threatens historic and traditional values. High Church Anglican service is much closer to the Holy Sacrifice of the Traditional Roman Rite Mass but not valid by Pope Leo XIII since 1896 when they broke the Apostolic Succession line by abrogating the sacrificial aspect in the Anglican Rite. Too bad; I would probably attend Anglican services but, thank Almighty God, there is one very active Traditional parish under the auspices the local ordinary. So, you folks keep your guitar Masses, with your drums, cymbals, and the priest “official” conducting the liturgy with his own innovations and interpretations.Keep desecrating the Sacred Host by allowing lay people to touch the Body of Christ by distributing it into lay hand, (what would Sister Agnes say to this?) When I attend a Latin Mass anywhere in the world, I am at home; it is the same everywhere. When I lived in Florida, the local Novus Ordo was in Spanish; I do not speak Spanish. The liturgy was different from one church to the next. One of the four marks of the Church I learned in parochial school was”one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic.” This certainly does not apply today!

    FATHER JOE: I believe the Church is the Church, regardless of accidentals. The Mass is still the oblation of Jesus and the Eucharist is the real presence of Christ, regardless what anaphora is employed. Indeed, we must be careful not to blaspheme the Holy Spirit as we express and live out our personal preferences.

  3. I pray every day that Mary will actually visit the Pope and Cardinals to bring Unity, to be of one accord on the Teachings of the Church, especially in regard to abortion. I ask her to make them better shepherds. The Pope apparently does not like doctrine but most people do need some lines drawn in the sand.

  4. Is this leaving them in their sin. What about the wronged spouce? Prayer and fasting is needed for sure.


    I also share many questions and misgivings…

    1. What about the wronged spouse and his or her rights to the support and intimacy given another?

    2. What about leaving or enabling others to remain within their sins?

    3. What about the priest making himself an accomplice to the sin of another?

    4. What about the scandal caused to those who are living in good faith?

    5. What about the deception of absolution for couples living in sin without sorrow or firm purpose of amendment of life?

    6. What about the mortal sin of sacrilege in unworthy reception of the Eucharist?

    7. How is it that this change in pastoral discipline does not touch the doctrinal teaching?

    8. Given the teachings from Scripture and Tradition, how can even a Pope “invent” something contrary and new?

    I am praying overtime. I want to understand. I want to assent to the “authentic Magisterium.”

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