All the Reasons of Professor Seifert, Fired For Too Much Fidelity to the Churc

Sandro Magister

All the Reasons of Professor Seifert, Fired For Too Much Fidelity to the Church


The recent removal, by the archbishop of Granada, of the eminent 72-year old Austrian Catholic philosopher Professor Josef Seifert from the Spanish branch of the International Academy of Philosophy founded by Seifert himself in the Principality of Liechtenstein is perhaps the most dramatic legacy of “Amoris Laetitia.”

Because it is precisely for having dared to criticize a passage from this document of Pope Francis in the light of “pure logic” that Seifert has been banished.

The passage is the following, taken from paragraph 303 of the post-synodal exhortation:

“Conscience can do more than recognize that a given situation does not correspond objectively to the overall demands of the Gospel. It can also recognize with sincerity and honesty what for now is the most generous response which can be given to God, and come to see with a certain moral security that it is what God himself is asking amid the concrete complexity of one’s limits, while yet not fully the objective ideal.”

Seifert’s thesis is that according to the rigor of logic “Amoris Laetitia” here ends up maintaining that God can ask, in some circumstances, for any kind of evil action, like adultery, contradicting his own commandments.

With the result that such a “theological atom bomb” “threatens to topple the entire edifice of Catholic moral teaching.”

Seifert has published his critique in the German magazine of philosophy and theology “Aemaet”:

> Does Pure Logic Threaten to Destroy the Entire Moral Doctrine of the Catholic Church?

And it was also in this magazine that Professor Claudio Pierantoni, a professor of philosophy at the University of Chile in Santiago, recently published a biting commentary on the defenestration of Seifert, who in his judgment represents “the beginning of the official persecution of orthodoxy within the Church.”

Pierantoni is one of the six lay scholars gathered in Rome from every continent last April 22 for a study seminar on “Amoris Laetitia” with the significant title “To bring clarity,” recalled by Cardinal Carlo Caffarra in his last – and unheeded – letter to Pope Francis.

The complete text of his essay is available to all on “Aemaet” in English:

> Josef Seifert, Pure Logic, and the Beginning of the Official Persecution of Orthodoxy within the Church

The central and final parts and final parts are available at

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