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LarryD at Acts of the Apostasy has given the benefit of every possible doubt to Pope Francis through this purgatory of a Pontificate.  PopeWatch was thus struck by this post:

 

I’ve read some reviews, synopses, and commentaries of Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio’s recently published booklet, “The Eighth Chapter of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia,” and I gotta tell you, I never knew Episcopalians had cardinals. I knew they had bishops, but not cardinals.

Here’s the pertinent pernicious paragraph:

“The divorced and remarried, de facto couples, those cohabiting, are certainly not models of unions in sync with Catholic Doctrine, but the Church cannot look the other way. Therefore, the sacraments of Reconciliation and of Communion must be given even to those so-called wounded families and to however many who, despite living in situations not in line with traditional matrimonial canons, express the sincere desire to approach the sacraments after an appropriate period of discernment… Yes, therefore, to admission to the sacraments for those who, despite living in irregular situations, sincerely ask for admission into the fullness of ecclesial life, it is a gesture of openness and profound mercy on the part of Mother Church, who does not leave behind any of her children, aware that absolute perfection is a precious gift, but one which cannot be reached by everyone.” 

In other words, R.I.P. heroic virtue. Take the wide road. Don’t rely on God’s power to sanctify you each day – through prayer, through courageously bearing one’s cross, through sacrifice, through baptismal graces, through reception of the graces one receives worshiping at Mass – because gosh darn it, God doesn’t want you to be unhappy. God doesn’t want you to feel left out because you haz sincere desires. You can even be a cohabiting couple – simply express a sincere desire to approach the sacraments, and the Church won’t look the other way.

Imagine parents treating their children this way, giving them what they wanted because they felt they deserved it, and didn’t want to feel left out.

Oh…wait. Bad example.

That excerpt is more appropriate for inspirational posters one sees hanging in corporate meeting rooms and business corridors. This is Holy Mother Church we’re talking about, though, not Google headquarters.

The Church, though, doesn’t demand absolute perfection. She helps us become perfected and ultimately reach heaven, not hand out the Eucharist like it’s a participation trophy. None of us deserve the Eucharist – it’s an incredible gift from Jesus Christ of himself. All of us must meet requirements to be worthy of reception – one of which is to be in a state of grace. Remember the parable of the marriage feast in Mt 22?

“And those servants went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good; so the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who has no wedding garment; and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding a garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”

This is serious business. What the cardinal is recommending, is that one can do evil in order to bring about a good. Since when, in all the history of the Catholic Church?

 

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12 Comments

  1. Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ, yesterday today, and the same forever. 9 Be not lead away with various and strange doctrines. For it is best that the heart be established with grace, not with meats; which has not profited those that walk in them.”

    The meats found in Amoris Laetitia are not fit for the sojourner who seeks his final destination. One who eats of this meat will find it difficult to journey on since his bowels will dictate his progress or lack there of.

  2. Despair is the devil’s tool. Go ahead be as bad as you will, you cannot reach perfection. The Sacrament of Reconciliation may not be used to annul first marriages since two witnesses establish a judicial fact. There is only one testimony in the Sacrament of Penance. Penance, by the way, is for the penitent, not his ex-spouse. Undoing of the Sacrament of Reconciliation will help no one.

  3. A picture is worth a thousand words. The brief caption adds 10,000 words. I don’t take away “epciscopalian” cardinals. I say they are shallow thinkers cardinals. I am being charitable and nonjudgmental, here.

  4. There is no question that the Church, under Pope Francis and those sychophants who cling to him, is in a de facto – not formal – schism. The SSPX is looking better all the time, and their canonical regularisation is only months away. I guess that is one good thing, at least, that we can thank Pope Francis for. Of course, their situation was perfectly regular in 1970, until in 1975 the jealous liberal bunch conned the CDF and Pope Paul into removing their canonical status under false pretences.

  5. Phillip.

    From “Disrupters” come the greatest bunch of pro-aborts the Catholic Church can muster…And from where? Chicago and San Diego. Great. At the very least I can feel comfortable knowing that the liberial Catholic Church is leading in the anarchy.

  6. This justification by the cardinal is provably false, because he says sacrament of Reconciliation. This requires from purpose of amendment, which those divorced remarried not living as brother and sister cannot offer.

  7. ” after an appropriate period of discernment…” Saint Thomas More could have kept his head. Apparently he thought it better to enter the Kingdom of Heaven with his head under his arm than risk to going to Hell with it on his shoulders.

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