Saturday, 10 December 2016


Two preeminent Catholic Scholars send an Open Letter to the Bishop of Rome and all bishops in communion with him. The eight positions are highlighted below; the full letter at the link can also be found below. It is long. It is heavy. It is a must read and share.

If I can use a less than academic expression, it demolishes Amoris Laetitia and those behind it for issuing it. It is a condemnation of the heresy contained therein and a rallying cry to the faithful.

John Finnis
Emeritus Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy, University of Oxford
Fellow of the British Academy (Law and Philosophy sections)
Biolchini Family Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Member of the International Theological Commission
of the Holy See 1986–91

Germain Grisez
Emeritus Professor of Christian Ethics, Mount St. Mary’s University
Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown University 1957–72 and
Campion College, University of Regina 1972–79
Most Rev. Harry J. Flynn Professor of Christian Ethics,

Mount St. Mary’s University 1979–2009

A letter to the Supreme Pontiff Francis, to all bishops in communion with him, and to the rest of the Christian faithful 
John Finnis and Germain Grisez
Your Holiness, Pope Francis;
Your Excellencies, all Bishops in communion with him; andall of our other Brothers and Sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ:We are convinced that certain statements in the ApostolicExhortation Amoris Laetitia, and certain omissions from it, have beenmisused and/or, unless prevented, will be misused to support positionsthat are or include errors against the Catholic faith. We shall identify eight such positions, explain how AL is used to support each of them,and show how each either is or includes error against the Catholic faith.Proponents of the erroneous positions may respond that their readings of AL are accurate, and that the Exhortation overrides and supersedes the sources we quote from or cite to show that the positions they defend are errors against the Catholic faith. But in making such a response, as in holding their positions, they would neglect what it is for bishops of the Catholic Church to teach. (continued at this link)

Position A: A priest administering the Sacrament of Reconciliation may sometimes absolve a penitent who lacks a purpose of amendment with respect to a sin in grave matter that either pertains to his or her ongoing form of life or is habitually repetitive.
Position B: Some of the faithful are too weak to keep God’s commandments; though resigned to committing ongoing and habitual sins in grave matter, they can live in grace.
Position C: No general moral rule is exceptionless. Even divine commandments forbidding specific kinds of actions are subject to exceptions in some situations.
Position D: While some of God’s commandments or precepts seem to require that one never choose an act of one of the kinds to which they refer, those commandments and precepts actually are rules that express ideals and identify goods that one should always serve and strive after as best one can, given one’s weaknesses and one’s complex, concrete situation, which may require one to choose an act at odds with the letter of the rule.
Position E: If one bears in mind one’s concrete situation and personal limitations, one’s conscience may at times discern that doing an act of a kind contrary even to divine commandment will be doing one’s best to respond to God, which is all that he asks, and then one ought to choose to do that act but also be ready to conform fully to the divine commandment if and when one can do so.
Position F: Choosing to bring about one’s own, another’s, or others’ sexual arousal and/or satisfaction is morally acceptable provided only that (1) no adult has bodily contact with a child; (2) no participant’s body is contacted without his or her free and clear consent to both the mode and the extent of contact; (3) nothing done knowingly brings about or unduly risks significant physical harm, disease transmission, or unwanted pregnancy; and (4) no moral norm governing behavior in general is violated.
Position G: A consummated, sacramental marriage is indissoluble in the sense that spouses ought always to foster marital love and ought never to choose to dissolve their marriage. But by causes beyond the spouses’ control and/or by grave faults of at least one of them, their human relationship as a married couple sometimes deteriorates until it ceases to exist. When a couple’s marriage relationship no longer exists, their marriage has dissolved, and at least one of the parties may rightly obtain a divorce and remarry.
Position H: A Catholic need not believe that many human beings will end in hell.

Permission is hereby given to everyone to publish electronically or
otherwise this entire booklet as a unit or the entire treatment of any one
or more of the eight positions dealt within it provided this copyright
notice is included in the publication; all other rights reserved.
Copyright © John Finnis and Germain Grisez
Notre Dame, Indiana — 21 November 2016


Anonymous said...

This Amoris Laetitia (joy of adultery) is a wicked invention of Mr Jorge Bergoglio,I did read this and it was horrible. Its a guideline by Bergoglio and his minion about how to maintain adulterous relationship and stay "holy" on the very eyes of modernist church.

I know the Ten Commandments and it teaches clearly "THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY.

I don't known why even this conservative "cardinals" and "bishops" expect an "answer" from this wretched Bergoglio? Seriously !

Ana Milan said...

This is a thorough exposé of AL which most Traditional Catholics have already discerned & have earnestly petitioned PF to correct, in addition to the public Dubia & supporting public letters from academics & religious. It is most important that those Catholics still sitting on the fence in this regard (mainly through blind obedience to an errant Pope & insufficient catechesis to recognise such error) wipe the scales from their eyes & join with the rest of Catholic opinion to demand the removal of Martin Luther II who, in communion with all the popes since VII, has followed in this Protestant's footsteps.

Under the assumed premise of a false ecumenism they have destroyed the Rite of Ages & replaced it with a Protestant Meal. They binned catechesis of the young & evangelisation of the ignorant as this would go against their form of ecumenism. The Sacraments left to us by Christ have been reduced in stature - Last Rites practically impossible to get for a dying person, hardly any Marriages/Baptisms due to cohabiting couples, Confirmation limited to adults (in Spain), Confession hard to access, no devotions, retreats, & Holy Hours again hard to come by. They have snubbed Our Blessed Lady's request to have Russia consecrated to Her Immaculate Heart & the Third Secret of Fatima to be revealed in 1960. Martin Luther II has publicly made known his respect for MartinLuther I & has partaken in the celebrations of the destruction his schism caused to the Catholic faith in Europe & the world. By attending such celebrations he has besmirched the One Holy Catholic & Apostolic Church of Christ on earth & put the schism of dissenters on high ground.

AL now promotes the Protestant view on marriage making it possible (after accompaniment) to access Holy Communion while continuing in an adulteress state. This will also have profound effect on those cohabiting couples (heterosexual & homosexual) who will now feel vindicated by such 'binding teaching' as pronounced by Cardinal Schönborn, so commitment & fidelity from now on will not be seen as a requirement for Holy Matrimony as it would be asking too much of human beings. This is the voice of Protestantism which has now accepted women priests, married gay clergymen, sodomite ministers & bishops (it would be insulting not to). Such 'Christians' lost Apostolic succession with Luther's (Calvin, Knox etc.) mistaken idea that God loved us to sin as it somehow worshipped His dominance over us - be a sinner & sin boldly.

There is no justification for waiting any longer to issue the formal correction- PF must be removed promptly & the inappropriate appointments he has made nullified. Let 2017 be our year for restoring the Catholic faith to its former glory, wiping out the Satanists who have taken over the Vatican & the start of true evangelisation of mankind.

Michael Dowd said...

Thanks Vox for keeping us up to date. It is good more respected sources are pointing out the heretical nakedness of the Pope's position.

Dan said...

Anonymous, I don't believe that they expect an answer. Perhaps not even support from fellow clergy. They may be sounding a call to resistance for faithful lay Catholics, calling for US to demand fidelity to the magisterium.

Anonymous said...

Blessed are these men that are in union with the Cardinals defending the truth for Christ. It is clear that Bergoglio does not and will not bend his knee to the lord, for Bergoglio it is "not" God's will be done, it is his "own" will, just like a demon, he will not serve. We are all suffering in these end times both for the church, the world and our own personal lives.. We have gone back to paganism, the church is on the cross, all we can do is what our mother and St John did, pray and mourn at the foot of the cross until our lord arises.Let us pray that this will be soon as it seems the devils hour has indeed arrived. Thank you Vox for all you do for the lord, You have been a witness to the truth during these dark days, let no one be fooled Bergoglio's fake papacy is anti-catholic and will go down in history as the worse heretic Pope ever..

Dorota Mosiewicz-Patalas said...

So much pain in the comments!

The "pastoral accompaniment" activist does not show any interest in reaching out to the bleeding, beating heart of the Church.

He forbids sadness as unchristian. We are ordered to be joyous at this time of mass apostasy and heresy, There is also wide-spread, systemic murder of Christians, of which Bergoglio dares not speak as bluntly as he condemns the mere questioning of propaganda.

He promotes the easy-going, low-expectations, lukewarm conformity with Sodom - so lukewarm, the gullible and misled don't care to look up to Jesus our Saviour, while enjoying what they believe is the meaning and purpose of life - sex, beach and pizza. (I know I am repeating myself, but I really think this is Bergoglio's shameful contribution to the hermeneutics of continuity - mindless hedonism, lack of interest in holiness, possibly denial of free will.)

Dan said...

Dorota you are right. This is leading to a dumbed-down no sacrifice no effort feel good social club with even more upbeat pop-Christian tunes kind of religion.... which recycles!

N.D. said...

While it is true that Truth is, and error is not, and it is true that error can sometimes help to illuminate that which is true; there are viewpoints that are simply not worthy of respect because they deny the inherent Dignity of the human person as a beloved son or daughter, and thus, to give legitimacy to such viewpoints, making it appear as if they are worthy of respect, is, in fact, cooperation with evil.

Sometimes error can illuminate that which is true by illuminating an antithesis to God's Truth.

"3. Since “time is greater than space”, I would make it clear that not all discussions of doctrinal, moral or pastoral issues need to be settled by interventions of the magisterium. Unity of teaching and practice is certainly necessary in the Church, but this does not preclude various ways of interpreting some aspects of that teaching or drawing certain consequences from it. This will always be the case as the Spirit guides us towards the entire truth (cf. Jn 16:13), until he leads us fully into the mystery of Christ and enables us to see all things as he does. Each country or region, moreover, can seek solutions better suited to its culture and sensitive to its traditions and local needs. For “cultures are in fact quite diverse and every general principle... needs to be inculturated, if it is to be respected and applied”.3
(Ths Spirit of Relativity is not of The Holy Spirit)

We can know through both Faith and reason that Time exists in relationship with Space; this moment in Time is the same moment in Time, on every point of Space in God's Universe.