Amoris laetitia, footnote 351, is a kind of resurrection of the German Catholic bishops policy regarding their government’s idea, some years ago, which was that if a woman wants to have an abortion, she has to get some sort of counseling first, even religious counseling, at the completion of which, if she still wants to have an abortion, she is to be given a certificate, an admission ticket, if you will, to be handed in to the ticket master at the local abortion mill. So, the bishops, incredibly, jumped on the idea, and had “counselors” all lined up ready to hand a woman her abortion admission ticket, thus formally participating in her abortion instead of actually seriously trying to make the rescue. And they did formally cooperate. And the image of Jesus was put to death. The Holy See finally put a stop to this abuse of the German bishops amidst the protests for and against in the highest levels of the Roman Curia.
But here we are again, with Amoris laetitia, footnote 351, in paraphrase: if you really can’t stop yourself, go ahead and go to Communion, and use that as a kind of admission ticket to do whatever it is that “forces” you to be unrepentant and not to have a firm purpose of amendment, regardless of which I’ll just go ahead and absolve you of your sin, which, anyway, isn’t really sin, but just the sign of a worthy life which just needs to be, you know, more worthy, but we’ll work on that.
Or is it all just ambiguous and I’m reading into it? If that were the case, it would certainly be deadly ambiguity. Deadly ambiguity, as deadly as it is, is deadly, and that’s not good, is it? It basically says amidst all the ambiguity, and, indeed, because of the ambiguity, that people are stupid, have no moral capacity, are determined by their circumstances, and that the person of our Lord, His grace, has no power to save, no power to bring someone into love, no power to convert the most hardened sinner.
But, be of good cheer. There is also this:
I love that. Whatever is going on, there is one constant, it’s all about Jesus.
We want Jesus! Because Jesus wants us!