Cdl. Farrell’s Super-Dicastery Sidelines CDF on ‘Amoris Laetitia’

Cdl. Farrell’s Super-Dicastery Sidelines CDF on ‘Amoris Laetitia’

New prefect speaks as if doctrine is a matter of opinion while Cdl. Müller is muted

[Again ChurchMilitant overlooks the 800-lb. gorilla who created the super-dicastery (apparently above the CDF in rank), made Bp. Farrell its prefect (and also a cardinal), and muted Cdl. Muller’s comments on the issue]

by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. • ChurchMilitant • December 6, 2016

VATICAN – The prefect of the newly established super-dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life is critical of those who oppose his liberal interpretation of “Amoris Laetitia” (AL), while sidelining the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) by brushing off doctrinal objections to AL as mere differences of opinion.

Cardinal Kevin Farrell in comments he made recently in the liberal U.K paper The Tablet “criticized opponents of the papal exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia’ for closing their minds to ‘certain nuances that exist in the life of people.'” He added that such critics “wished the world were ‘more perfect then [sic] it truly is.'”

The new cardinal of the recently formed super-dicastery, which began operating in September, further downplayed the doctrinal concerns voiced by prelates who insist that interpreting AL so as to allow sexually active divorcees to receive Holy Communion would contradict Church teaching.

“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,'” he said, “there are differences of opinion as to how we celebrate the Mass and which language we use.”

In October, Cdl. Farrell professed that AL “is faithful to the doctrine and to the teaching of the Church.” Referring to Pope St. John Paul II’s 1981 papal exhortation “Familiaris Consortio” the cardinal proclaimed of AL, “It is carrying on the doctrine of ‘Familiaris Consortio’ of John Paul II. I believe that passionately.”

But Cdl. Gerhard Müller, prefect of the CDF, seems to disagree. He was asked last week to weigh in on the doctrinal questions contained in the official questions, or “dubia,” on AL sent in a recent letter submitted by Cdl. Raymond Burke and three cardinals to Pope Francis, asking specifically whether AL allows civilly remarried adulterers to receive Holy Communion.

It was then that Cdl. Müller brought up the CDF’s 1994 rejection written by Cdl. Joseph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) of such “pastoral” proposals. Cardinal Müller affirmed that AL “should not be interpreted as if the teachings of earlier Popes and the CDF on the subject were no longer binding.”

In this 1994 letter cited by Cdl. Müller, Cdl. Ratzinger’s reasoning disagrees with that of Cdl. Farrell, declaring:

If the divorced are remarried civilly, they find themselves in a situation that objectively contravenes God’s law. Consequently, they cannot receive Holy Communion as long as this situation persists. … The faithful who persist in such a situation may receive Holy Communion only after obtaining sacramental absolution … when for serious reasons, for example, for the children’s upbringing, a man and a woman cannot satisfy the obligation to separate, they take on themselves the duty to live in complete continence, that is, by abstinence from the acts proper to married couples.

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3 comments on “Cdl. Farrell’s Super-Dicastery Sidelines CDF on ‘Amoris Laetitia’

  1. Interestingly, regarding AQ’s description of the article above, another recent article by Church Militant actually includes the comment that Cardinal Burke has corrected Pope Francis’ comments on the Tridentine Mass:
    www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/burke-to-celebrate-wi-shrines-first-pontifical-high-mass
    “Cardinal Burke has been an outspoken advocate of the Traditional Mass, recently correcting the Holy Father in his claims about the Usus antiquior.”

    • Cdl. Burke did not correct Pope Francis on the TLM; His Eminence correctly contradicted His Humbleness in this matter!

      How can one “correct” Francis’ statements that the traditional Latin Mass is something “exceptional” and “nostalgic” and that those who may desire it may have a “rigid,” “defensive,” “insecure,” and/or “fundamentalist” mentality.

      ChurchMilitant is again “covering” for this pope.

  2. Tom said: ChurchMilitant is again “covering” for this pope.

    Thank you Tom. The only way around this is for all of the Traditional groups operating “outside of” the now mostly, near totally morally and faithlessly bankrupt is to unite and grow organically over a few generations until the Romans themselves are again converted.

    The great Archbishop, and one day Canonized St Marcel LeFebvre had the right idea: Preach to them, but don’t make deals with them until the time comes when they have the Faith again.

    Christ’s flock will find these groups, as those of us not born intoTraditional families have found them, and their numbers will continue to grow exponentially, as they have these last decades, especially this last decade.

    Our Chapel, 1 year ago half filled, is getting close to full capacity each Sunday. The True Faith is gaining a new life here in S Florida.

    And as Rome continues to show its animosity to Jesus and Our Father and to the Holy Ghost, more and more will be shocked into wakefulness. They will begin to see how evil is now being called good, and Good being called bad. Jesus said the poor we’ll always have with us. After all, he’m continue to strike at Her heel, and She will crush his head.

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