[“Second time around” for another Francis-sycophant]
DEC 3RD 2016 BY DEACON NICK DONNELLY
Cardinal Kevin Farrell, the prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, has again blasted critics of Pope Francis and his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Previously Cardinal Farrell has publicly criticised Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia for issuing guidelines implementing Amoris Laetitia in continuity with the Magisterium. Cardinal Farrell made his latest comments to the “progressive” Catholic newspaper The Tablet.
The Prefect for Laity, the Family and Life “criticised opponents of Amoris Laetitia for closing their minds to ‘certain nuances that exist in the life of people’. He went on to observe that its critics “wished the world were ‘more perfect then it truly is'”.
Responding to The Tablet’s question, has Pope Francis “made enemies”?, Cardinal Farrell responded that that “could be a correct observation”. He went on to describe those who oppose the Pope as people who “have their own point of view and vision and their own misunderstandings.”
Cardinal Farrell dismisses the controversy over Amoris Laetitia as just another “difference of opinion” in the Church:
The cardinal adds that he had “never known a document in the Catholic Church where there wasn’t some criticism by some people. It doesn’t surprise me in the least that there would be differences of opinion — there are differences of opinion as to which way you say the Hail Mary; there are differences of opinion as to how we celebrate the Mass and which language we use”.
In a previous interview Cardinal Farrell has described Amoris Laetitia as the work of the Holy Spirit:
I think that’s very important that they have discussion. But at the same time I think it’s very important that we all understand that this is the Holy Spirit speaking. I think that the document Amoris Laetitia is faithful to the doctrine and to the teaching of the church. It is carrying on the doctrine of Familiaris Consortio of John Paul II. I believe that passionately. Basically this is the Holy Spirit speaking to us. Do we believe that the Holy Spirit wasn’t there in the first synod? Do we believe he wasn’t in the second synod? Do we believe that he didn’t inspire our Holy Father Pope Francis in writing this document?
The Prefect for Laity, the Family and Life has also been an outspoken critic of Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia guidelines implementing Amoris Laetitia authentically interpret Pope Francis’ post synodal apostolic exhortation in continuity with Familiaris Consortio of John Paul II. Cardinal Farrell objects to Archbishop Chaput upholding Familiaris Consortio, section 84, that reiterates the Church’s doctrine that in order to receive Holy Communion the divorced and civilly remarried couple “take on themselves the duty to live in complete continence, that is, by abstinence from the acts proper to married couples.”
Cardinal Farrell strongly objected to Archbishop Charles Chaput’s guidelines unequivocally stating that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics may not receive Holy Communion unless they “refrain from sexual intimacy.” He told Catholic News Service:
I don’t share the view of what Archbishop Chaput did, no. I think there are all kinds of different circumstances and situations that we have to look at — each case as it is presented to us. I think that is what our Holy Father is speaking about, is when we talk about accompanying, it is not a decision that is made irrespective of the couple.
It is a matter of concern that the cardinal charged with oversight of the Church’s doctrine and pastoral practice regarding marriage and the family is characterising fundamental questions raised by serious errors contained in Amoris Laetitia as “differences of opinion”. The cardinals’ dubia identifies five areas of fundamental moral doctrine that they identify in Amoris Laetitia as discontinuous with the Magisterium of the Church — indissolubility of marriage, the binding character of God’s commands as absolute moral norms, the universality of the notion of intrinsic moral evil, and the absolute primacy of God’s commands over individual conscience. There can be no “differences of opinion” over such fundamental moral doctrines.
It is also a matter of concern that Cardinal Farrell appears to be able to hold two contradictory truths together at the same time — on the one hand he passionately believe that Amoris Laetitia “is carrying on the doctrine of Familiaris Consortio of John Paul II” while on the other hand he strongly objects to Archbishop Chaput upholding that section of Familiaris Consortio that insists divorced and remarried must refrain from sexual intimacy in order to receive Holy Communion. How can Cardinal Farrell object to Archbishop Chaput’s implementation of Amoris Laetitia if he passionately believes that Amoris Laetitia upholds the doctrine of Familiaris Consortio?
Cardinal Farrell’s confusing and contradictory statements prove the point made by the Four Cardinals in the dubia they submitted to Pope Francis:
We have noted a grave disorientation and great confusion of many faithful regarding extremely important matters for the life of the Church. We have noted that even within the episcopal college there are contrasting interpretations of Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia.