Friday, November 25, 2016

Amoris Laetitia, the Cardinals, and this missing word

Way back last April, on my 2nd reading of Amoris Laetitia, I had the idea to try to find out what the simple message of the document was, by using word frequency tables and generating a Word Cloud:

Church Family Can Love Life. That simple phrase, I believe, sums up what Pope Francis was really trying to say with Amoris Laetitia. But as in any family, the devil lies in trying to communicate, communicate a Truth much larger than just our human love- the Truth of Christ. The Truth of Christ doesn't always feel good. It is not the easy way out.
Mercy can't be allowed to destroy justice.
Four Prophets who claim that due to errornous interpretations of Amoris Laetitia, confusion has been created. Four Prophets who say that with Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia, in certain diocese and certain countries in the world, Mercy has been allowed to destroy Justice, and that Error has overcome Truth.
I do not know the answers to the Dubia. I do know that by refusing to answer the Dubia, Pope Francis is giving the impression that he *agrees with the error* rather than wishes to teach the Truth and bring Justice to those harmed by the sin of divorce and the scandal of remarriage.
I've been told I'm being a Pharisee to even question this. Yet question it I did last April, long before the Dubia. Last April is when I noticed tht the words Confession, Repentance, Absolution, and Penance were mising from this document.
They are somewhat replaced with the more liberal, post Vatican II words of Reconciliation, Sacrifice, Justice and Injustice. These concepts DO exist in Amoris Laetitia.
And that is why there is NO good reason for the Pope not to answer the Dubia, not to clear up the confustion. Amoris Laetitia may not use the traditional words. Amoris Laetitia may have even been intended, by this Jesuit Pope, to groom the world for a day when the liberal form of clerical abuse will be rampant. But the Holy Spirit is stronger than the Pope.
And in the end, Church Family Can Love Life- but only if we are honest about divorce being a sin. Only if we are honest that our sins, no matter how minor or venial, harm not only our relationship with God, but also our relationship with each other.

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