Amoris Laetitia: Some Movement At Last



After months of cowardly, unjustifiable silence (I write this in case some Pollyanna begins to write we Catholic bloggers were too hasty in the condemnation of our prelates’ silence after Amoris Laetitia), finally, some timid reaction begins to appear from a handful of Cardinals. 

I had read some months ago a hint of Cardinal Burke at a letter received by the Pope, to which (he said in his naivete) the Pope would have to answer. This is, mind, the same Cardinal who accused us of being the sowers of discord when Amoris Laetitia was first published, and who (thank God) must have seen with his own eyes how wrong his position was.

The facts are here.  Several Cardinals write to the Evil Clown in September (this is, if memory serves, five long months after the publication of AL; in the age of Twitter, this is still worse than inexcusable), and pose him five dubia. The Evil Clown has it known he does not intend to answer. Four of the Cardinals publish the letter, together with the information that the Pope has refused to answer and that the original signatories were more than the published four. 

The good of all this: something, at last, is moving, and it is thinkable that these cardinals will, if no answer is forthcoming, draw the consequences and denounce the documents as heretical. In my eyes, the decision of the four to go public could mean (but you never know) that they are going to escalate this. Many months after all of us, of course; but they, nowadays you can’t expect a Prince of the Church to guide anyone; you are happy enough if they follow the laity one step or two, after months of uninterrupted outrage. 

The bad of all this: the method of officially asking the Pope could be, in fact, a first step towards declaring the document a heretical one. However, it could also be an attempt to save face with the (real) Catholics all over the world in the face of continuing opposition, asking the Pope to give some vague “clarification” which allows said Cardinals to bend over backwards and reassure us that hey, everything is fine, whilst the real message of Amoris Laetitia is confidently pushed on the (fake) Catholics all over the world.

Think this: Francis never had a problem with contradicting himself. Even if he were to officially declare that actually, in a way, in general, adulterers are not allowed to receive communion, this would be worth very little as long as the document stays as it is. The document itself is formulated in such a way that one can always hide behind a finger. Cardinal Burke was the very first to do it himself! Nor is it reasonable to assume that willingly vaguely formulated texts will now be clarified in an extremely explicit, black and white, clear cut way.   You just can’t ask a heretical Pope to clarify heresy, and think you will receive a Catholic answer. 

Which leads us to the crux of the matter: whilst the method of the dubia may be a first necessary step in an escalation to come, in the end and after all letters have been written and (not) answered Amoris Laetitia cannot be fought with clarifications.

The text must be, at the very least, amended; but as the parts to be amended are so many, and the document is so perverted, the document must be retracted in its entirety, and substituted for a Catholic one. 

Everything else will be way short of the mark. Nor can the pathological optimists now lull themselves in the illusion that as a handful of Cardinals have spoken, things will end well in the end. Remember that hundreds of Bishops reacted to the attempt to water down doctrine at the first Synod, and all of them but one shut up when Amoris Laetitia was released. 

The harsh reality is this: the document is clearly heretical, and it must go. Nothing less will suffice. The dubia and the ping-pong with the Vatican only have value if they lead to the end result of the complete obliteration of Amoris Laetitia. Already the choice to raise dubia raises eyebrows. The text is openly heretical. No Catholic can have any doubt about it. 

And by the way: there will no word of praise for the Cardinals here. They are merely doing their own duty, after many months of culpable silence, after leaving Catholics all over the world confused and disoriented; and one of them, after accusing the voices of reason to be the ones who throw oil on the fire. 

But again: in this disgraceful time of ours, one is glad for every meowing. 


Posted on November 15, 2016, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. International Communism is reeling from Brexit and the US election. Now is the time to take the fight hard to the remaining socialist world leaders, particularly the Holy Father and his Saint Gallen Mafia. They have eliminated any pretense of concern for Christ or the hereafter in favor of communist syncretism and a mordent focus on things of this world. Of course, since communism is Satanic, its promises for this world are illusory, but these dupes have fallen for the lie of the “preferential option for the poor” that makes them feel oh so self-righteous.

  2. I’m not as pessimistic about these events as you appear to be.

    I agree about Burke’s earlier lame attempts to categorize the documented, etc, but the Cardinals have given us a clue to the future in citing Mt 18.

    Here’s the text:

    15 But if thy brother shall offend against thee, go, and rebuke him between thee and him alone. If he shall hear thee, thou shalt gain thy brother.
    16 And if he will not hear thee, take with thee one or two more: that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may stand.
    17 And if he will not hear them: tell the church. And if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican.

    This and other similar texts provide, in fact, the basis for ancient discussions of how to deal with an heretical Pope. I do NOT believe the Cardinals 1} do not know that and 2} are not signalling to the world that this is very grave stuff.

    The text they chose also does not call for a cessation of activity at this the public disclosure point. It goes on, and though I have been very critical of the Cardinals in the past I do believe they intended to proceed as guided by the pattern they cites in Sacred Scripture.

    This promises to be very interesting indeed.

    • Oh, I understood the implications of Mt 18. Burke gave an interview in which he said the same. Whether he will do what he says and denounce the Pope as heretic is the question.

  3. “it could also be an attempt to save face with the (real) Catholics all over the world in the face of continuing opposition, asking the Pope to give some vague “clarification”…”

    No. They did not ask Bergoglio to give some “vague clarification.” That may very well be what he does, if he does anything at all. But the dubia require yes or no. The Cardinals thus asked for clarity in simple yes or no terms.

    • The dubia does require a yes or no answer. However, you can’t flog the Pope until he gives one. And when he does give a vague answer (or no answer at all; already seen many times) Burke & Co. could simply shut up. Remember, this is the same Cardinal who could initially not see the heresy in Amoris Laetitia.

  4. Excellent choice of the 4 kittens. T’was my feeling exactly. 🙂
    It’s late, but better late than never. Steve put up a neat excerpt of ++Burke’s interview and joined it to M. Davies take on an heretical pope:

  5. Deus in adjutorium meum intende!

  6. I believe you misunderstood Cardinal Burke’s comments way back when. He was speaking of the “progressives” — NOT us — as the sowers of discord.

  7. In another place, ++Burke’s purring may give way to growls. But you & other bloggers are to be given credit for just like the widow & the judge, “Everywhere I go I hear it.” (concern of confusion). And further, “…if there is no response to these questions, then I would say that it would be a question of taking a formal act of correction of a serious error.”
    Hey, Trump won… with God all things are possible.

    • I am a very, very little ant in the great scheme of things. However, Burke initially accused *us* of being those who sow discord. The compact wall of criticism he met must have prompted him to reflect a tad better on what his role is. I think he is a good man, but it is clear to me he struggles a lot to put his beautiful Roman life on the line.
      Next time you are in Rome, I suggest you visit the Aventino hill. This is where the SMOM (Sovrano Militare Ordine di Malta) has its headquarters.
      You may think you have died and are now in paradise.

  8. Seems to me that we can consider Pope Francis de facto excommunicated due to his holding of heretical positions and especially his obstinate resistance to clarification. Consequently we have no obligation to listen to him or support him. Our only obligation is to resist him, proclaim his doctrinal dissidence and pray for him.

  9. Yeah, a little ol’ ant.

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