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March 14, 2017
THE GRAVE CRISIS DIVIDING THE CHURCH

Reading Amoris Laetitia in Light of Trent - "In the debate over Amoris Laetitia, many people have made reference back to Familiaris Consortio 84 where John Paul II commands that for Communion, the divorced and civilly remarried “take on themselves the duty to live in complete continence, that is, by abstinence from the acts proper to married couples.”  It is important to review what this statement is based upon so that we can understand why it cannot be changed...The teaching that there is no sacramental absolution or Communion for those who are divorced, civilly remarried, and not trying to live his brother and sister is based on several fundamental truths: basic catechesis and two doctrines defined in Trent."

Commentary:  Pope Francis ignored Church doctrine and traditional teachings regarding adultery as stated by JESUS CHRIST and confirmed by Saint Pope John Paul II and the Council of Trent.  To "pastorally recommend" changes be made to a Church doctrine without quoting any Scripture to back up your opinions, is not the action of a good spiritual leader or pope.  

A question not being addressed by bishops or cardinals is: Is this sinful?  The answer is a definite YES!  We can judge this by the confusion and divisions resulting from this action and examining the reactions of those in the Church who agree with Francis and their cruel and at times vicious attacks against the "opposition" (Cardinal Burke and others).

Contrary to those attacks, those who agree with Cardinal Burke have responded with wisdom and charity to their critics.  Add to this the lack of charity coming from Pope Francis in removing Burke from some key positions, and it becomes easy to see why the Church is in a state of confusion. The liberal Pope Francis has a habit of attacking conservatives and traditionalists whenever they voice disapproval of his spiritually strange actions.  Although he says he wants to "decentralize" the Church and give more power back to the bishops, he routinely exerts his "authority" whenever it suits his objective.  

Therefore, he contradicts himself.  Lacking moral courage due to him being on the wrong path on the issue of adultery, Francis fails to state publicly a clear pronouncement as to exactly where his position is on the subject of allowing the divorced and remarried who have not received an annulment to receive Holy Communion.  In addition, although Francis realizes he is dividing the Church, he fails to do anything about it.  These are without question, sinful actions on the part of Pope Francis that should be made public because he is bringing scandal not only to the Church, but to his Holy Office.  vtb 

Also see:

MIRARI VOS (On Liberalism and Religious Indifferentism) by Pope Gregory XVI- Encyclical of Pope Gregory SVI promulgated on 15 August 1832.

Commentary:  Pope Gregory XVI was a great reformer and spoke with authority on a number of subjects - a true spiritual leader of the Church.  vtb

The ‘Francis effect’ is silencing Catholic bishops, priests, and laity - "In the sixteenth century, Melchior Cano, a Spanish theologian at the Council of Trent, warned against obsequiousness regarding the pope:

'Now it can be said briefly that those who defend blindly and indiscriminately any judgment whatsoever of the Supreme Pontiff concerning every matter weaken the authority of the Apostolic See; they do not support it; they subvert it; they do not fortify it."Peter" has no need of our lies; he has no need of our adulation.'  

In our time, the 1983 Code of Canon Law also recognizes the right of the faithful in this regard where it states that 'according to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess… the faithful have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful…'" (§ 212:3). 

Pope Benedict XVI's Warning  

"The sufferings of the Church come precisely from within the Church, from the sin that is in the Church.  This has always been known, but today we see it in a really terrifying way

The greatest persecution of the Church does not come from external enemies, but is born from the sin in the Church.  
The Church, therefore, has the profound need to learn penance again, to accept purification, to learn on one hand forgiveness, as well as the need for justice.  Forgiveness does not replace justice."  

Commentary:  Of course, Pope Benedict also mentions the attacks on the papacy, but these attacks by lay people have not hurt Pope Francis to date.  However, the concern here is the false "compassion" of Pope Francis under the heading of "Mercy" and his neglect to tie in the necessary subject of Almighty God's "Justice" for the good of our souls.  When JESUS had Mercy on sinners as shown in the Gospels, He also told them to "sin no more."  In addition, the Holy Spirit has told us through St. John that God is Just (1 John 1:9). Therefore, we cannot receive "Mercy" from the Lord unless we are truly sorry for our sins and seek to avoid those sins in the future, if not, we will be punished.  Sadly, this is not being taught by Pope Francis to practicing homosexuals or to those who murder their unborn child through a deliberate abortion.  vtb

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