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Friday, April 8, 2016

Pope Francis, the Apostolic Exhortation and the Age of Individual Conscience Featured

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Our Lord says "whoever puts away his wife and marries another commits adultery (Lk 16:18)."

But in Chapter 8 of “The Joy of Love” Francis says: Well, really, it depends on the circumstances.

In keeping with Our Lord’s divine admonition, the Church has constantly affirmed her “practice, which is based upon Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried” unless, if they "cannot satisfy the obligation to separate, they take on themselves the duty to live in complete continence, that is, by abstinence from the acts proper to married couples.” (Familiaris consortio, 84)


But in Chapter 8 of “The Joy of Love,’ Francis says: That’s a bit much, isn’t? How can people live without “intimacy”? 

Our Lord says: “For my yoke is sweet and my burden light (Mt. 11:30).”

But in Chapter 8  of “The Joy of Love,’ Francis says: Not really.  Often it’s just too heavy for people, so we have to make allowances for those who cannot follow the "general rule." 

Saint Paul teaches infallibly the revealed truth that “God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able: but will make also with temptation issue, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor. 10:13) 

But in Chapter 8 of “The Joy of Love” Francis says: Well, people just can’t help themselves, even if they know they’re sinning.  So we have to accept the "most generous response" they can offer at a given point in their “spiritual growth."

Chapter Eight of this ridiculous document, which overall is a haphazard jumble of the good, the bad and the merely incomprehensible (“time is greater than space”?), attempts to institutionalize situation ethics as “pastoral mercy.”  This is a mockery of the Magisterium and should be treated as such: with mockery, derision and calls for rejection by the entire Church.

Drudge Report declares that Francis has launched “The Age of Individual Conscience.”  Any Catholic commentator who, having read the document, dismisses this claim as “media spin” is engaging in deception.  That is precisely what Francis is attempting to do, if it were possible.

Much more later. Meanwhile, let the resistance begin.

For Chris Ferrara's extensive commentary on the Exhortation, please see the next print-edition of The Remnant.


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Christopher A. Ferrara

Christopher A. Ferrara: President and lead counsel for the American Catholic Lawyers Inc., Mr. Ferrara has been at the forefront of the legal defense of pro-lifers for the better part of a quarter century. Having served with the legal team for high profile victims of the culture of death such as Terri Schiavo, he has long since distinguished him a premier civil rights Catholic lawyer.  Mr. Ferrara has been a lead columnist for The Remnant since 2000 and has authored several books published by The Remnant Press, including the bestseller The Great Façade. Together with his children and wife, Wendy, he lives in Richmond, Virginia.