Wednesday, January 18, 2017

On Amoris Laetitiae...'s a Bishop talking sense.

While the Maltese Bishops are allinamuddleandgoingnowhere, here's a voice of wisdom with a practical way ahead: Read here

And while you're about it, here's some more common sense on a related topic:

1 comment:

Savonarola said...

You may be interested in a statement of 1968 by the future Pope Benedict: 'For Newman conscience represents the inner complement and limit of the Church principle. Over the pope as an expression of the binding claim of ecclesiastical authority there still stands one’s own conscience, which must be obeyed before all else, if necessary even against the requirement of ecclesiastical authority. This emphasis on the individual, whose conscience confronts him with a supreme and ultimate tribunal, and one which in the last resort is beyond the claim of external social groups, even of the official Church, also establishes a principle in opposition to increasing totalitarianism. Genuine ecclesiastical obedience is distinguished from any totalitarian claim which cannot accept any ultimate obligation of this kind beyond the reach of its dominating will.’

The Maltese bishops, in referring to the conscience of divorced and remarried people who feel it right under God to receive holy communion, are fully in accord with Pope Benedict's restatement of classic Catholic doctrine. It is those who berate them who are abandoning the Church's teaching by perverting it into a new form of totalitarian legalism.