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Thursday 14 April 2016

This Francis revolution breaks with "2000 years of tradition!"

I wrote an email to a priest friend with something I read on social media: “Mommy, what does pastoral mean? Oh sweetie, that is when daddy shows up at Mass with his new wife and Father pretends that I am dead.” My friend wrote back, “or with the other daddy!”

Let us recall for a moment what the Catechism of the Catholic Church 1650 states, 
“Today there are numerous Catholics in many countries who have recourse to civil divorce and contract new civil unions. In fidelity to the words of Jesus Christ—‘Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery’—the Church maintains that a new union cannot be recognized as valid, if the first marriage was. If the divorced are remarried civilly, they find themselves in a situation that objectively contravenes God’s law. Consequently, they cannot receive Eucharistic communion as long as this situation persists. For the same reason, they cannot exercise certain ecclesial responsibilities. Reconciliation through the sacrament of Penance can be granted only to those who have repented for having violated the sign of the covenant and of fidelity to Christ, and who are committed to living in complete continence.”
At least, he can keep his sense of humour in this insanity.
The Rev. Brian W. Harrison, O.S., M.A., S.T.D., a priest of the Society of the Oblates of Wisdom, is an Associate Professor of Theology in the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce, P.R.. He is also parochial vicar of the parish of Saint Joseph the Worker in the city of Ponce, and a ‘Defender of the Bond’ for the island’s marriage tribunals. He was born in Australia and, after being raised as a Presbyterian, converted to the Catholic faith in 1972. In 1979 he began studies for the priesthood in the major seminary of Sydney, and after completing his Licentiate in Theology at Rome’s Angelicum university was ordained as a priest in Saint Peter’s Basilica in 1985 by His Holiness Pope John Paul II. In 1997 he gained his doctorate in Systematic Theology, summa cum laude, from the Pontifical Athenæum of the Holy Cross in Rome. Fr. Harrison, who has lived in Puerto Rico since 1989, is well-known as a speaker and writer. He is the author of two books and over 120 articles in Catholic magazines and journals in the U.S.A., Australia, Britain, France, Spain and Puerto Rico. His special interest in theological and liturgical matters, in keeping with the charism of the Oblates of Wisdom, is upholding a ‘hermeneutic of continuity’ between the teachings of Vatican Council II and the bimillennial heritage of Catholic Tradition.
Father Harrison, more than a little qualified to comment, has written at LifeSiteNews:

Fr. Brian Harrison, O.S.The most troubling aspect of AL, however, is its treatment in Chapter 8 of those living in irregular sexual relationships. Not a few stalwart champions of the magisterium are reassuring us that, basically, all is well. Canonist Ed Peters insists that the exhortation effects no change in church law. That is true, but it misses the point. For in paragraphs 302 (last section), 304 and 305 Francis has sent a clear message to priests that in individual cases they can and should bypass, rather than apply, the law, making ‘pastoral’ exceptions to it according to their own ‘merciful’ discretion. Robert Moynihan and George Weigel assure us that there is no change of doctrine embodied in the new document. But that’s only half true. Moral doctrine (i.e., teaching proposed as divine law) will be effectively changed not only if the Pope directly contradicts it, but also if he undermines it by relaxing disciplinary measures needed to protect it. Lamentably, like a tiny mustard seed full of massive potential, this kind of change has now been carefully planted in the fertile soil of two footnotes to an Apostolic Exhortation. 
Remember, when does doctrine change?
"Doctrine changes when pastoral contexts shift and new insights emerge such that particularly doctrinal formulations no longer mediate the saving message of God's transforming love. Doctrine changes when the Church has leaders and teachers who are not afraid to take note of new contexts and emerging insights. It changes when the Church has pastors who do what Francis has been insisting: leave the securities of your chanceries, of your rectories, of your safe places, of your episcopal residences go set aside the small minded rules that often keep you locked up and shielded from the world." Thomas J. Rosica from Richard Gaillardetz
Returning to Father Harrison: 
In notes 336 and 351 to paragraphs 300 and 305 respectively, the Holy Father breaks with the teaching and discipline of all his predecessors in the See of Peter by allowing at least some divorced and civilly remarried Catholics (with no decree of nullity and no commitment to continence) to receive the sacraments. Since “discernment can recognize that in a particular situation no grave fault exists" owing to a variety of mitigating psychological and other factors, Francis affirms in n. 351 that the Church’s “help” to these Catholics living in objectively illicit relationships can “in certain cases . . . include the help of the sacraments”. The context indicates that this means mainly Penance and Eucharist. Commentators of all beliefs and none have almost universally interpreted the footnote in that sense, and their widely trumpeted claims have been confirmed by eloquent silence from the See of Peter.
It would seem to me then that Father Harrison, who's article is in harmony with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, doctrinally infallible and magisterial document is correct and Jorge Bergoglio, neither a theologian or a philosopher but not much more than a simple modernist pastor, is quite wrong.

The Bishop of Rome has set himself against the Catechism because Amoris Laetitia grants permission in its pastoral footnotes to provide the sacraments to those in adultery and other "irregular" situations. Of this, there can be no doubt.

The Pope himself is responsible for this confusion. He must clarify what he meant or Cardinals and Bishops must meet together and demand that he clarify the errors inherent in the Joy of Whatever you call Love.

Perhaps the Archbishop of Los Angeles would like to explain this? 

It is perfectly in keeping with the Apostolic Exhortation. Notwithstanding what the document says to uphold Catholic faith and doctrine, there are more holes in it than a slice of Swiss cheese and what you see below is well within the pastoral initiatives of this document. After all, Edward Beck, Blase Cupich, Anthony Spadaro and James Martin have told us so.

The question is, what does Jorge Bergoglio think and who will get the answer out of him?


GMUA said...

Spielberg is making another "historical" movie.

Sybok said...

So have the gnostics won? what will happen to the orthodox catholic faith?

Point of Order said...

Catechisms are not infallible in themselves. They usually reiterate infallible doctrines but they can contain errors -- the "Dutch Catechism" being a recent notorious example. This is an important distinction. Of course, the doctrines Fr. Harrison references are infallible.

Mark Thomas said...

Damian Thompson wrote the following the other day:

"In a landmark papal document entitled Amoris Laetitia (Joy of Love), Francis outlined his vision for the church on family issues, urging priests to respond to their communities without mercilessly enforcing church rules: “Each country or region, moreover, can seek solutions better suited to its culture and sensitive to its traditions and local needs,” he wrote.

"Can you spot what’s missing? Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics. That’s because the document doesn’t mention it – except in a confusing footnote referring to how the Church can help such Catholics grow in grace:

"This exhortation encourages priests to reach spiritual accommodation with repentant divorcees – but the only hint that this may include admitting them to Holy Communion is banished to the above footnote.

"'But the devil is in the footnote,’ conservatives are wailing already. Oh, please. If the ‘devil’ (i.e. liberals) has achieved his aim, why are the proponents of ‘reform’ in such despair today?"

What on earth made Damian Thompson believe that liberals were in "despair" in regard to the Exhortation? How wrong he was. His claim about liberals was a billion miles off course.


Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas said...

Vox, you have summed up well the situation at hand. His Holiness Pope Francis "must clarify what he meant or Cardinals and Bishops must meet together and demand that he clarify the errors inherent in the Joy of Whatever you call Love."
It is that simple.

Pope Francis alone must inform the Church as to the meaning of his Exhortation. Perhaps this weekend he will speak to that issue during his press conference (if reports are correct about the pending press conference). Pope Francis must level with us. Please, Holy Father, tell us the truth.


Mark Thomas

Matthew said...

Dear Vox - my thanks firstly for your work here - and like Mark Thomas I agree with your sentiments re a demand to clarify. Unfortunately, the very fact that such a demand must be made gives us our answer. In any case, we know who Bergoglio is. Of interest to me is who our Bishops are. One by one, they are showing their cards - and that may be the great hidden blessing from this. Silence from Archbishop Schneider and certain others is encouraging. My hope is that artillery is being carefully moved into position. A nice opening shot from Fr Harrison.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm... I wonder how accurate and orthodox it will be. Thanks for the heads-up.

Our Lady of Good Success-pray for us. said...

Bergoglio isn't the revolution, he's just riding the revolution train which is VII. It is VII and the Novus Ordo Institution that has broken with 2000 years of tradition.


Felix M said...

More background on Father Harrison.

He initially studied for the priesthood in Sydney, Australia. One of the professors publicly taught that the Lord did not physically rise from the dead, and Brian Harrison (then a seminarian) wrote to the Vatican about it. When Vatican sent the letter back to Sydney, Brian was of course dismissed from the Seminary.

Thankfully, Father Harrison is a determined individual, and the modernists were ultimately unable to prevent his ordination.

GMUA said...

We are seeing the abomination of desolation.

Catholic bishops of the Philippine state that the Church must welcome those in irregular unions to “the table of sinners at which the All-Holy Lord offers himself as food for the wretched.”

The parish priests of Biella, Italy have already accepted to offer the blessed sacrament to divorced and remarried.


Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago said the same:
"I think that by and large, the average Catholic is going to find that what the pope is saying here is very arresting and new and creative and imaginative...
..It can no longer be said, according to Pope Francis, that all those living in an 'irregular situation' are living in a state of mortal sin and are deprived of sanctifying grace," Archbishop Cupich said.


And now Cardinal Lehmann:
Cardinal Lehmann stresses in his statement – which has been posted on the website of the Diocese of Mainz, where he is the bishop – that the pope says now, with regard to those couples who live in “irregular situations” that one cannot simply any more say that they live in “the state of mortal sin” and that they have thus lost the “sanctifying grace.” Lehmann stresses the importance to discern and differentiate each case individually, and he then proceeds to claim that there is no explicit change of the Church’s norm, because of that enhanced need for differentiation.

So what objectively has been considered (and known to be) a state of mortal sin, is no longer.

Eirene said...

I agree with Mark Thomas. The Bishop of Rome must clarify this exhortation. The sooner the better. May he listen to his saner advisors.