This past June 25, a conference of Veri Catholici (consisting of lay faithful) took place in Italy to denounce the errors in the papal Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. Among those participating with a presentation submitted through e-mail, was an admin of this blog. The result has been the compilation of the Libellus of Condemned Errors regarding ‘Amoris Laetitia’ which is to be hand-delivered to the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, tomorrow, June 28, 2016.
Presented here is the paper submitted by Kankakee TLM:
This will be a short commentary on three of the opening paragraphs of the 264-page Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. I will leave it to others to delve into a more critical analysis of its dangers to the faith, including in its appropriated and heretical key elements from the works of Fr. Victor Manuel Fernandez, one of Francis’ top theological advisors.
(paragraph 2) “The complexity of the issues that arose revealed the need for continued open discussion of a number of doctrinal, moral, spiritual, and pastoral questions. The thinking of pastors and theologians, if faithful to the Church, honest, realistic and creative, will help us to achieve greater clarity.”
Well, the verbose document employs novel terminology, so that in the end, its proposal to “achieve greater clarity” fails miserably. The verbosity (52,500 words) and the usage of new terms are implemented in an attempt to present as true teaching, dangerous theological poisons which obfuscate and undermine infallible teaching of the Magisterium on the subject of Catholic marriage and the family. This is not the kind of document that will be helpful to souls when the highest good is at stake, i.e., the salvation of their souls from the danger of eternal damnation!
The Church already possesses a clear, authoritative answer to the problem of the world’s and Satan’s attacks on God’s design for the family. The Church on earth would consist of a multitude of couples honoring their vows of holy Matrimony, if only the Catholics of our day would imitate the zeal of the early Church which had but one heart and one soul. The early Christians regulated their lives by the simplest maxims of the Gospel, first and foremost, complying with our Lord’s mandate to his disciples. “If you love me, you will keep my Commandments.” Our hierarchy must adhere to Christ’s commands, preaching the Word of God and standing with diligence “in season, out of season, to reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine”, 2 Timothy 4:2.
Our Holy doctrine has been likened to a net, which though composed of many meshes is knit of one string. If one of the threads is cut, the entire net will be useless for its purpose of catching fish. A strong pull against a broken mesh will rip out more, and the entire catch could be lost. Likewise one, small cut, i.e., a compromise, in the doctrinal teaching of Marriage, will inevitably tear into the entire fabric of Divine Revelation delivered once and for always. The foundation of Christendom is the family composed of one man and one woman, united in the bonds of Holy Matrimony until death and open to new life. Destroy the family, whose model is the home of Nazareth, and everything that is godly, collapses. We are already well on the way, and the Exhortation would give the collapse its more rapid acceleration should it be implemented according to the mind of Francis.
We know that when our Lord told Peter to cast out his net into the right side of the boat, Peter obeyed, and “although there were so many [fish], the net was not broken”, John 21:11. This is a lesson to the Church that in obeying Our Lord, He will make it possible to keep the “hard sayings” without a “tear” in doctrine, all the while reaping a large catch of souls for heaven!
( paragraph 3) “Unity of teaching and practice is certainly necessary in the Church, but this does not preclude various ways of interpreting some aspects of that teaching or drawing certain consequences from it. This will always be the case as the Spirit guides us towards the entire truth (cf.Jn 16:13).
The entirety of revealed Truth ended with the death of the last Apostle. The idea that the Holy Spirit is still trying to impart “new” revelations which contradict previous truths is a heretical notion already condemned, for as Vatican 1 taught, “[T]he doctrine of faith which God revealed has not been handed down as a philosophic invention to the human mind to be perfected” and, “God cannot deny Himself, nor ever contradict truth with truth. But, a vain appearance of such a contradiction arises chiefly from this, that either the dogmas of faith have not been understood and interpreted according to the mind of the Church, or deceitful opinions are considered as the determinations of reason. Therefore, “every assertion contrary to the truth illuminated by faith, we define to be altogether false”. – Vatican Council 1 (See also, Lateran Council V, session 8.)
The theologian Anton Günther, who scorned Scholastic theology, (1783-1863) taught “that the meaning to be attached to revealed doctrines is undergoing constant change as human knowledge grows and man’s mind develops; so that the dogmatic formulæ which are now true will gradually cease to be so. His writings were put on the Index in 1857, and his erroneous propositions definitively condemned in the decrees of the Vatican Council I”. –New Advent, Catholic Encyclopedia
After the formal condemnation of Günther’s heretical theology, most of his followers went on to join the movement of the Old Catholic sect. Those who embrace the erosion of doctrine, a tear in the fabric of the Church’s perennial net of doctrine, will find themselves outside the church just like the followers of Günther and all those who prefer their own thinking to immutable truth.
(Par. 3 ) “Each country or region, moreover, can seek solutions better suited to its culture and sensitive to its traditions and local needs. For “cultures are in fact quite diverse and every general principle…needs to be inculturated, if it is to be respected and applied”.
Adultery is a moral evil in itself, and even diverse circumstances or different cultures, cannot make an intrinsic evil, a good. Adultery is the appropriation to oneself of somebody else’s spouse, and under no circumstance has the Church ever given Her blessing to this moral evil. We recall that St. John the Baptist reproved Herod for putting away his wife and taking his brother’s, and subsequently, being beheaded; this for defending Christ’s teaching against adultery. It is insidious to even hint that God could change His mind to “better suit” the Herod’s and Herodias’s of this world!
(Par. 6) “I will then examine the actual situation of families, in order to keep firmly grounded in reality….. “Finally, I will offer an invitation to mercy and the pastoral discernment of those situations that fall short of what the Lord demands of us..”
The true Church in her dogma is always the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow, never yielding to the fluctuating tempests of the world, in season and out of season, and His Word is for always: “Marriage honorable in all, and the bed undefiled. For fornicators and adulterers, God will judge”, Hebrews 13:4; and “Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, 1 Corinthians 6:9.
The crisis in the family in this age of apostasy is evinced in the proliferation of the dysfunctional family. The sad part of this reality is that it need not have happened in the proportions we are seeing. People have lost the sense of sin. They no longer have the Scriptures and Holy Tradition preached to them as it should be. They walk in darkness and consequently fall into sin. God, from all eternity had planned the remedy for the weakness of his creatures, and He still supplies the particular graces and necessary assistance for the fulfillment of His will in marriage. In the lawful and proper celebration of the sacrament of Holy Matrimony, and through a devout life, the couple is enabled to faithfully support, in Charity, all the crosses and sorrows incident to that state in life. God never commands the impossible!
That the Exhortation lauds mixed marriages by speaking of their “intrinsic value” and “the contribution they can make to the ecumenical movement” (par. 247) is nonsense and is also dangerous to the Catholic spouse and to the souls of any children. To those now suffering the consequences of a mixed marriage, and perhaps who are alienated from the Catholic Church and her sacraments, true hope must be offered to them. The first remedy of infallible assistance that I would suggest is the praying of the daily rosary. Regardless of the most difficult circumstances, our Blessed Mother will begin to open doors, once a penitent has started praying the rosary. Our Lady has promised that there is no problem whatsoever that cannot be fixed, with her Psalter of the153 beads!
The dysfunctional family is a plague. It is not the norm; it is at odds with the Gospel; it is not good for society; it is not something a Pope must even consider accommodating into the life of the Church. Instead, the Church must lead the good fight against this plague which brings so much misery and sorrow into the home. The remedy is already known. It just has to be dusted off and put to use: 1.) The clear, honest, and simple teaching of the Gospel; 2.) Devotion to our Lady and her Rosary;3.) The Church’s past encyclicals such as Casti Connubii – which, incidentally , consists of thirty-three thousand, nine hundred ninety-three FEWER words than AL, and yet is rich in doctrine and pastoral guidance.
Those who find themselves in complicated situations to which sin has led them – and honestly, that is the only reason for the existence of the dysfunctional family – sin; they should remember that God is able to bring good from evil if one is truly repentant. That means leaving behind a life of sin and willingly endeavoring to satisfy God’s justice by bearing patiently the consequences of past sinful deeds. God does not countenance, encourage, or regard with indulgence any sin from His creatures whom He redeemed at the cost of blood. Reparation for every sin must be made even when the sin is already forgiven. The yoke of His justice, however, is light and sweet, with the reparation He asks, always being something which in its accomplishment will bring the greatest advantage to the soul.
I can think of no better way to conclude than to echo the recent call of Bishop Athanasius Schneider that “all Catholics, beginning from the bishops…to the simplest faithful, who still take seriously their baptismal vows, should with one voice…make a profession of fidelity, enunciating concretely and clearly all those Catholic truths, which are in some expressions of AL undermined or ambiguously disfigured.” Bishop Schneider also said “…there should be made to my opinion, by competent scholars of dogmatic and moral theology, also a solid analysis of all ambiguous and objectively erroneous expressions in AL.”
Being one of those simple faithful who take seriously my baptismal vows, I am participating in this conference, not as a competent authority on dogma and moral theology, but as a laywoman who feels duty-bound to make an outcry of protest against the travesty of divine truth found in AL. Moreover, I do publicly appeal to competent authority, to manfully defend the correct, orthodox dogma of faith as it pertains to marriage and the family, and to denounce the errors found in the Exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
Viva Cristo Rey! Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!
“We the members of Veri Catholici wish to express our loyalty to the faith which we have received from the lips of Christ through the preaching of the Apostles, as handed down in the Catholic Church and fortified by the infallible Magisterium of the Church…..” (Follow the link for the Veri Catholici blog with the complete Libellus, as it is to be delivered to Cardinal Pietro Parolin.)