Amoris Laetitia has evolved into a message of confusion. Fault of it’s author!

The Pope’s exhortation, Amoris Laetitia has evolved into a message of confusion. The confusion from the Holy Father gives supremacy to “conscience” and this is the most destructive part of Amoris – far more concerning than the wrongful taking of communion. If we all have the “right” to define truth as we see fit in our own (self-formed) conscience, all moral truth is up for grabs and all teachings are mere opinions from the Vatican. If confusion was unintended, the Holy Father would surely remove anything which has resulted in confusion of the faithful. Instead, he insists that what has been written is basically infallible teaching.
The Pope defines “conscience” (as I understand it) as the careful determination of morality – first based on objective Catholic teaching – but foremost based upon the individual’s personal evaluation of Catholic teaching. I think this is current understanding of the vast majority of Catholics and others who are concerned about Amoris teaching. This understanding – ignored by the Pope – is a cruel wrong and it keeps spreading, unstopped. So far no expert has taken the time to explain how he/she has defined what Pope Francis has said in Amoris.
I feel certain Francis knows knows exactly what he has said and he affirms such. He seems to wish to make it easy for anyone, who cares, to translate God’s word and all Church teaching as he/she seems fit. He seems to believe that morality has become misunderstood and too rigid. Moral “ideals” may be considered as the best alternative to ways of living but in the end, no more than that. If true, Scripture and tradition need to be re-understood, if they are to be the new paradigm open to wider interpretation.
Christian heretics down through the centuries, since Jesus lived with us, have often been extremely loving and caring people – even as they re-explain God’s truth into something less but more in line with their idea of God’s meaning. As such, the Church needs to ease off from truths that are too hard to live out. Some heretics seek church purification by establishing a new set of even harder rules. (Jesus accused the Pharisees of both of these errors.) This heresy is relaxed morality.
This deliberate alteration has understandably caused mass confusion around the Church and the world and deserves to be labeled “Heresy.” Astute theologians across the continents are disagreeing with each other and the Holy Father as to the full meaning of what he has written. Why would anyone blame the rest of us for our confusion or expect us to follow what they can’t agree upon? It is an invitation to live as one sees fit – ignore the fight within the church – with this excuse that Jesus never demands anything that is too hard. Taking this position is a grave wrong to the faithful that the Pope seems willing to tolerate for the greater good of showing “mercy” to sinners and hurt people. All the time, Francis loudly claims that there is no alteration to church teaching in what he has written. This sounds like an assurance from the Pope that his teaching is not a change while we believe there is a fundamental change in Amoris as do many theologians.
Personally, I think our Holy Father’s love for people has been affected by experiencing so much damage done to people he loves, that he has lost the ability to recognize the hardest words of Our Lord as the full truth – words which encourage us to take up our crosses – crosses which line the path of freedom. Anything less is cruel deception. Jesus says He is the truth and the truth will set you free. Amoris is “truth” distorted.
I believe that the author who wishes to send any message, has a strong obligation to insure that his message is clear enough to be understood by all who are supposed to follow it. Yet confusion is self-evident here – the message is either deliberately confusing or was meant to be clear. Pope Francis refuses to clarify the confusion saying: “what I have written, I have written.”
I think our Holy Father is a holy – saintly – Pope whose love for the flock is obvious but like a loving father, he is vulnerable to this heresy and has begun to promote it. May the Holy Spirit shine His true light upon the Church and our Holy Father to hear the fullness of God and insure that we all clearly understand every aspect of it. Meanwhile, most of us will do best to follow clearly what has always been taught.

About Michael Donnelly Sr

Born in 1936; married to Nancy in 1966l 2 children who have given us 5 grandchildren, 2 dogs, and a cat. Lifelong Catholic with a long career in computing and networks. Conservative, constitutionalist who strongly supports our God-given rights enshrined in the US Declaration of Independence and our Constitution. [WPCHRG.COM]
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