HERE /// More to come.


Filed under Amoris laetitia, Pope Francis, Synod on the Family


  1. elizdelphi

    Serene theology, for real.

  2. sanfelipe007

    “Even though their suffering would be clear to any compassionate soul, I have seen ever more clearly over the years that the first sign of respect and love for them is to speak the truth to them with love. In that way, the Church’s teaching is not something which further wounds them but, in truth, frees them for the love of God and their neighbor.”

    That’s right.

    My take (I’m only up to chapter 6) is that there is nothing new in this document but the Holy Father’s personal suggestions. I like that The Holy Father takes the attitude that not every matter needs a magisterial solution. Our (the laity) confusion should send us straight to our parish priest. The fear, of confusion occurring, among the laity should be understood by the Clergy) as being fostered by “the adversary” and tackled straight on at every opportunity. This is the Pope calling on his brother priests to “step up.” Does not the same Holy Spirit that enlightens Francis’ eye, enlighten theirs?

    I have the faith of a child, so I speak, think, and trust as a child.

    I think that we have learned from Moses and his allowing divorce, that any “accommodation” due to the hardness of hearts will only create (what I will call) a “protected class” with new “rights.” Let us not fool ourselves into thinking that creating an accommodation by a “softening of hearts” will obtain a different result. The Pope is wise not to mess with Marriage.

    I believe every Priest should “see” those that attend Mass but deny themselves the Eucharist, and leave the ninety sheep and go after them! As shepherds, Priest should “call them” and the sheep will know His voice.

  3. “more to come” – from you or Cardinal Burke?

    • Father George David Byers

      I’m still alive. I’m agonizing. I think the answer is Jesus. I want to do this right.

  4. SognPlaci

    Nobody will prevent Cardinal Burke from interpreting Amoris Laetitia in a Catholic way. But this will not be the way, Amoris Laetitia will influence (undermine) Catholic moral theology and the teaching of Christ.

  5. I’ve just finished reading the essay by Willem Jacobus Cardinal Ejik entitled “Can Divorced and Civilly Remarried Persons Receive Communion?” This is from the book “Eleven Cardinals Speak on Marriage and the Family, Essays from a Pastoral Viewpoint”. This book was published in anticipation of the second Synod of the Family of 2015.

    I think it is a wonderful, SHORT, essay of 9 pages and clearly explains why the Catholic Church cannot allow people in ‘irregular’ situations to receive the Eucharist, showing the doctrinal, theological and pastoral perspectives and reasons why not. It makes so much sense!

  6. elizdelphi

    I attended a prayer evening tonight led by some (habit wearing) religious sisters this evening on the theme of Mercy. It included Adoration, songs, and readings from the Bible, St Faustina, and Pope Francis. I found myself getting disturbed thinking about the ways Cardinal Schonborn and Fr Spadaro have been interpreting AL, and that Pope Francis seems to have intentionally left it open to those interpretations, and how this seems to be causing so much suffering to priests (and must deeply unnerve some seminarians, and we so need them not to give up on their vocation), and how it seems like Pope Francis has taken a real step back from the idea of the universal call to holiness. So in light of that I was disturbed by the Francis quotes on mercy from the sisters and now skeptical of what he means by “mercy.” God has showed me mercy by separating me from my sins!!! Yes He can be patient but His mercy wants to separate us from sin! I also have a hard time praying if there is music and when they started a praisenworship type piece (I am really allergic) I genuflected on both knees and left but went to the church closer to me where there is a perpetual Adoration chapel, and prayed more calmly there including for priests, and of course for Pope Francis.

  7. elizdelphi

    I was feeling like Francis is kind of allowing the idea of mercy to be poisoned.

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