In AL Francis exercises the “divinely granted Petrine power of loosening and binding”

Cupich: In AL Francis exercises the “divinely granted Petrine power of loosening and binding”

[If so, only loosening the bonds (from “binding”) of marriage – and morality!]

Posted by Andrew Guernsey at 6/02/2017

Cardinal Cupich has written the forward to a new English translation of Cardinal Coccopalmerio’s pro-adultery booklet “A Commentary on Chapter Eight of Amoris Laetitia”, previously published here on Rorate in full in April.

In his endorsement of Coccopalmerio’s book-long defense of adultery for the divorced and civilly remarried, Cupich cites an article by Rocco Buttiglione calling Amoris Laetitia a “development of doctrine and what it means for Popes to exercise their divinely granted Petrine power of loosening and binding in different ways and in different historical circumstances.”

Cupich suggests Francis’ new teaching on sex and the sacraments marks “new opportunities to retrieve certain truths that have become dormant,” namely about the Church’s teaching on conscience and mitigating circumstances, such that “when it comes to dealing with certain so-called irregular situations, what is required is a pastoral approach that takes into consideration both the general and the individual aspects of a person’s life.”

To understand Amoris Laetitia’s treatment of conscience, Cardinal Cupich also recommends an article on the subject by Fr. James Keenan, an LGBT activist and supporter of condoms, who even testified publicly against a Massachusetts bill defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman as “contrary to the Catholic Church’s teaching on social justice.” Given that Cupich is on the record also supporting Holy Communion for some living active homosexual lifestyles, this all should come as no surprise.

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