Amoris Laetitia Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test

Original Article

By James Todd

For 2000 years, the Church’s teaching on the reception of communion for divorced and remarried has been crystal clear. Without a declaration of nullity, the answer was NO. Sadly, Amoris Laetitia has obscured this clarity. The answer now seems to be sometimes yes and sometimes no. For example, in some dioceses like Rome, Malta, and Gozo, the answer can sometimes be yes. How can that be? How can Philadelphia be no and Rome yes? How can there be disunity on this fundamental moral issue, when unity is one of the marks of the Church?

You can parse this topic all you want: you can talk about an internal forum, or the primacy of the conscience, or you can claim it is not a change of dogma, rather it is a change in discipline, but none of these change the facts.They may obscure the facts, but they do not change the facts. Christ’s words are clear when it comes to divorce; they are unambiguous. They cannot be interpreted to mean anything other than what they say and what the church has taught for two millenia.

And so Amoris Laetitia has brought confusion to what had been 2000 years of clarity. Because Amoris Laetitia is fracturing the unity of the Church whereby one diocese teaches differently than another on this fundamental tenant of the faith, something must be done.  In fact, within the last month Cardinal Caffarra stated, ‘We are no longer witnesses, but deserters, if we do not speak openly and publicly.’

Please sign the petition to Pope Francis to clarify Amoris Laetitia! 

Get AQ Email Updates

Leave a Reply