Friday, June 24, 2016

Harm and confusion coming out of Amoris Laetitia

Evidence of how Amoris Laetitia is being used to aid and abet dissent is crystal clear in an article published by Maike Hickson, "Theologians Propose to Re-Write Catechism & Canon Law in Light of Amoris Laetitia" (1P5, June 17, 2016), coming, as one might expect, from the Rhineland divisions of postmodern dissent.

Can we anticipate that Pope Francis will say "No" to these proposals? Highly improbable. The more conservative bishops can be expected at present to still continue following Familiaris Consortio in their dioceses on the pretext that Amoris Laetitia should be interpreted in harmony with earlier Church teaching. But once the Catechism and Code are 'modernized' in conformity with the revisionist direction taken by Amoris Laetitia, this pretext will be removed. "Obedience to Peter" will then mean capitulating to revisionism, and the alternative of keeping faith with the magisterial tradition will mean standing against Francis.

It has been said by many that no doctrine or law of the Church is changed by Amoris Laetitia. Now we see that things are quite otherwise. The changes are not introduced, initially, as overt revisions of doctrine, but only as a seemingly-innocuous shift in emphasis and a stress on pastoral provisions of mercy. Then come the German-speaking cohort with recommended changes to the Catechism and Code of Canon Law, and muffled laughter about their strategy of "Confuse and conquer!" This is war.