Saturday, 16 April 2016

"Same-sex unions" are not "marriage" but they are a "family situation?"

Well, not in the Christian sense to be sure; but to Francis and the malefactors that wrote the apostolic expectoration; sure, why not?

"We need to acknowledge the great variety of family situations that can offer a certain stability, but de facto or same-sex unions, may not simply be equated with marriage."

Bergoglio has enacted what the Synod Fathers rejected!

They may go to Hell for this.


Amateur Brain Surgeon said...


Voice of the family has been pithing this frog that others think can be salvaged by kissing it.

Anonymous said...

Simply unbelievable... I will oppose this pope. I can't accept his heretical doctrine. Simple as that.

Ana Milan said...

This is becoming a One Man Show. Those who remember Nikita Khruschev might also remember his "secret speech" - On The Cult of Personality And Its Consequences. It could be applied to PF in this present time.

Anonymous said...

Do you have a link for that speech? I'd like to read it.

Greg J Ben said...

Diversifying and increasing money resources requires that you welcome everybody, no discrimination between sinners or not, therefore sin shouldn't exist because it is divisive and it's not good for increasing and keeping the bank accounts. The Catholic Church nowadays is more like a magician who promises you Heaven just to get you to buy tickets to see his show.

Mark Thomas said...

Vox, in regard to Pope Francis' press conference from today:

Francis: 'New concrete possibilities' for remarried after family exhortation

by Joshua J. McElwee | Apr. 16, 2016

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE TO ROME -- Pope Francis has affirmed that his recent apostolic exhortation on family life has opened up "new concrete possibilities" for Catholics who divorce and remarry without first obtaining annulments.

In a press conference on his way back from a one-day visit to Lesbos, Greece, a reporter told the pontiff that some had interpreted the language in his exhortation to mean that there were no specific changes to the church's pastoral practice for remarried Catholics while others thought there were.

"Are there new concrete possibilities that did not exist before the publication of the exhortation, or no?" asked the journalist.

"I can say yes," responded Francis. "Period."

The pontiff then suggested that people looking for more information consult the presentation given by Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn at the Vatican April 8, the day the new exhortation, titled Amoris Laetitia ("The Joy of Love"), was released.


Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas said...

Excerpts from Catholic News Agency's Full Text of Pope Francis' in-flight interview from Lesbos to Rome:

Frank Rocca (Wall Street Journal): Thanks, Holy Father. I see that the questions on immigration that I had thought to ask you have been asked and answered by you very well. If you permit me, I’d like to ask you another question about an event of recent days, which was your apostolic exhortation. As you well know, there has been much discussion about on one of the many, I know that we’ve focused on this a lot…there has been much discussion after the publication. Some sustain that nothing has changed with respect to the discipline that regulates access to the sacraments for the divorced and remarried, that the Law, the pastoral praxis and obviously the doctrine remain the same. Others sustain that much has changed and that there are new openings and possibilities. For a Catholic who wants to know: are there new, concrete possibilities that didn’t exist before the publication of the exhortation or not?

Pope Francis: I can say yes, many. But it would be an answer that is too small. I recommend that you read the presentation of Cardinal Schonborn, who is a great theologian. He was the secretary for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, and he knows the doctrine of the faith well. In that presentation, your question will find an answer.

Jean-Marie Guenois (Le Figaro): I had the same question, but it’s a complementary question because you wrote this famous ‘Amoris Laetitia’ on the problems of the divorced and remarried (footnote 351). Why put something so important in a little note? Did you foresee the opposition or did you mean to say that this point isn’t that important?

Pope Francis: One of the recent popes, speaking of the Council, said that there were two councils: the Second Vatican Council in the Basilica of St. Peter, and the other, the council of the media. When I convoked the first synod, the great concern of the majority of the media was communion for the divorced and remarried, and, since I am not a saint, this bothered me, and then made me sad. Because, thinking of those media who said, this, this and that, do you not realize that that is not the important problem?

Don’t you realize that instead the family throughout the world is in crisis? Don’t we realize that the falling birth rate in Europe is enough to make one cry? And the family is the basis of society. Do you not realize that the youth don’t want to marry? Don’t you realize that the fall of the birth rate in Europe is to cry about? Don’t you realize that the lack of work or the little work (available) means that a mother has to get two jobs and the children grow up alone? These are the big problems. I don’t remember the footnote, but for sure if it’s something general in a footnote it’s because I spoke about it, I think, in ‘Evangelii Gaudium.’


Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas said...

His Holiness Pope Francis said that we must look to Cardinal Schönborn's presentation of Amoris Laetitia. Well, the Cardinal said..."no break"..."no change" to the Church's teachings on family and marriage may be found in the Exhortation.

The Church's teachings on Communion for Catholics who have divorced and entered into new unions stand. Church teaching remains unchanged in that regard.

The footnote that had supposedly admitted to Holy Communion unrepentant Catholics in "irregular unions" referred to the Holy Sacrament of Penance, as Cardinal Schönborn last week declared.

Familiaris Consortio remains in place.

I have to acknowledged that conservative Catholics were correct last week when they insisted that Amoris Laetitia routed revolutionaries who had called for radical changes to the Church's teachings in regard to marriage and sodomy.

The radicals indeed lost last week. Orthodox Catholics won last week...and continue to win in regard to Amoris Laetitia.

My anxiety over Amoris Laetitia was unnecessary. That is on me. I should have heeded Cardinal Schönborn as well as Cardinal Burke when they made it clear that Amoris Laetitia was orthodox.

Now, it is time to mine Amoris Laetitia for the overwhelming amount of beautiful teachings that even Pope Francis' fiercest critics, such as Rorate Caeli, acknowledged are contained within.

Deo gratias, we can calm down as we join with Pope Francis to strengthen Catholic family life.


Mark Thomas