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Another Comment about the “Filial Correction” Letter

Here is one of the better comments I’ve read about the “Filial Correction Letter”.   It analyzes in detail why there are heresies in Amoris Laetitia concerning reception of Holy Communion by divorced and remarried persons.   It all stems from the elastic, casuistical, Jesuitical interpretation of Catholic doctrine stated in the Encyclical.   And the author is not optimistic about “Filial Correction” having an effect on Pope Francis and his followers.   So, as the author suggests, we have to pray that Jesus Christ, the bridegroom of the Church, intervenes.

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

Retired, cranky, old physicist. Convert to Catholicism in 1995. Trying to show that there is no contradiction between what science tells us about the world and our Catholic faith. Intermittent blogs and adult education classes to achieve this end (see http://rationalcatholic.blogspot.com/ and http://home.ptd.net/~rkurland). Extraordinary Minister of Communion, volunteer to federal prison and hospital; lector, EOMC.
Sometime player of bass clarinet, alto clarinet, clarinet, bass, tenor bowed psaltery for parish instrumental group and local folk group.

4 Comments

  1. I neglected to mention the article is from National Review Online, a secular publication, but with a strong Catholic bias. Kathryn Jean Lopez is a senior editor.

  2. Pope Francis repeats in principle error in Amoris Laetitia : believes we humans can judge exceptions to moral and salvation teachings of the Church
    Francis argues that Catholics in a new union after a divorce should not be “pigeonholed.”
    Lionel:
    The norm is set by Jesus in the Bible.
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    Rather, he prefers that they and their pastors undergo a process of discernment. After discernment, he says, some of the divorced and civilly remarried can more fully integrate into Christian communities.
    Lionel: He is saying that we can tell when someone in manifest mortal sin is not a mortal sin.This is false.
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    Francis rejects uniform enforcement of rules because he says that not all persons in irregular unions are equally culpable.
    Lionel: He is again saying that there are known exceptions of Catholics in mortal sin who will not be going to Hell.
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    “Discernment can recognize that in a particular situation no grave fault exist,” he argues, adding that “it cannot be said” that all persons in irregular unions are “living in a state of mortal sin and are deprived of sanctifying grace.”
    Lionel:Again he is saying that we can judge in particular cases exceptions to Jesus’ teachings on morals, when really it is only Jesus who can know who will be saved or not.The Church guided by the Holy Spirit has always said that those living in adultery are on the way to Hell. They are in mortal sin.
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    In some complex situations, he maintains, such persons will recognize in good conscience, along with their pastor, that they are doing what they can even without fully meeting the gospel’s demands.
    Lionel: Again this is false there is no way of saying that any particular Catholic living in mortal sin is not going to Hell if he dies immediately without absolution in the Confessional.A divorced and remarried Catholic has also to change his lifestyle.
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    Francis goes on to offer that acceptance of their situation may be what God is asking of them at the time. Francis concludes that sacraments, including the Eucharist, or Holy Communion, may aid people in some irregular situations
    Lionel: Again he is saying that we can judge exceptions to the general rule on morals and mortal sin. This is false.We humans cannot judge exceptions.
    The same error is made by Pope Francis is salvation theology. He assumed that we can judge in personal cases non Catholics saved outside the Church with the baptism of desire etc. This is false.We do not know of any practical exception to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus.
    This was the mistake made in the Letter of the Holy Office 1949. It was repeated in Vatican Council II and the Catechism of the Catholic Church and now Pope Francis has used the in principle error in Amoris Laetitia.
    With similar reasoning thousands of marriages have been broken up with superficial annulment theories.-Lionel Andrades

  3. POPES AND CARDINALS HAVE MADE AN IN PRINCIPLE MISTAKE IN FAITH AND MORALS.
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    Pope Francis and Cardinal Burke have made an in principle mistake in faith and morals since we cannot judge exceptions to the general rule on mortal sin and exclusive salvation.

    MORALS/MORTAL SIN

    We cannot say that any particular couple who is living in concubinage is living as a brother and sister. This is something only God can know.
    We cannot tell a couple who are divorced and remarried that they are not in mortal sin since they are following their conscience.
    In principle we cannot physically know of any exception to the general teaching on mortal sin.

    SALVATION/FAITH
    Similarly we cannot say that every one in the USA or Italy does not need to be a member of the Catholic Church since there could be exceptions of the baptism of desire and blood and being saved in invincible ignorance.None of us can know of someone who will be saved or is saved outside the Church in invincible ignorance etc and without the baptism of water. So there can be no physical exceptions known to us to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus which says every one needs to be incorporated into the Church as a member to avoid Hell ( for salvation).

    However for the two popes and Cardinal Burke ( and all the other cardinals) in principle what is unknown is known, in principle what is physically invisible is visible, in principle what is only known to God in Heaven is also known in personal cases to us human beings on earth. This is philosophical cheating.
    No where does St. Thomas Aquinas state that we know of people who are going to be saved in mortal sin. There could be diverse cases and different situations but only God can say that someone will be an exception and will not be going to Hell.-Lionel Andrades

  4. I am reluctant to comment since I have not studied this topic sufficiently, so I will simply ask a question:

    Is it not true that the annulment process also requires a human discernment that is inevitably imperfect?

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