Leftist Prelates Meet in Boston to Push Heterodox Agenda of Amoris Laetitia

Leftist Prelates Meet in Boston to Push Heterodox Agenda [of Amoris Laetitia]

Along with a cross-section of “centrist” AmChurch bishops or their representatives:

Those in attendance are to include Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester; Indianapolis Archbishop Charles Thompson; San Bernardino, California, Bishop Gerald Barnes; Cheyenne, Wyoming, Bishop Steven Biegler; and Burlington, Vermont, Bishop Christopher Coyne … while Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley and Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput are unable to attend, both are sending representatives to take part. – National un-Catholic Reporter

by Stephen Wynne • ChurchMilitant • October 4, 2017

Conference to discuss U.S. implementation of Amoris Laetitia

BOSTON – A major conference opens in Massachusetts Thursday to discuss the implementation of Amoris Laetitia in the United States, and its members are well-known liberals in the Church.

Organized by Cdl. Blase Cupich of Chicago and Boston College theologian Fr. James Keenan, the two-day gathering will bring together two cardinals, 12 bishops and 24 other prominent theologians and clergy.

“Amoris Laetitia: A New Momentum for Moral Formation and Pastoral Practice” will feature five panel discussions examining how U.S. bishops might harness — and channel — the “new momentum” Amoris Laetitia promises to provide diocesan pastoral programs.

The purpose of the conference, Jesuit Fr. Keenan has announced, is to “fortify and further the ongoing reception of Amoris” in the United States.

The conference features prominent figures from the Catholic Left. In addition to Cdl. Cupich and Fr. Keenan — both endorsers of homosexualist Fr. James Martin — attendees include:

Malta Abp. Charles Scicluna — He approved Holy Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. Scicluna has threatened to expel seminarians who disagree with his interpretation of Amoris Laetitia. He is known for ambiguous statements on contraception and for suggesting he would have no objections to teaching Catholic students Islam. Scicluna offered weak resistance in the lead-up to Malta’s legalization of same-sex “marriage” in July and even endorsed “civil unions” as “a service to the dignity” of same-sex couples.

San Diego Bp. Robert McElroy — Pro-gay prelate who in defiance of Church teaching was the first bishop to publicly state that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics can receive Holy Communion. In September, McElroy blasted faithful Catholics as a “cancer” in the Church. In 2016, he called for the Church to drop the terms “intrinsically disordered” and “intrinsic evil” from its vocabulary, arguing they’re “judgmental.”

Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro — Vatican advisor and editor of La Civiltà Cattolica, who in July penned an article attacking Church Militant and faithful Catholics for our muscular defense of Church teaching, arguing such are a component in a growing “ecumenism of hate.”

Richard Gaillardetz — Boston College professor of Catholic Systematic Theology who denounces new media defense of authentic Catholic teaching as “digitally manufactured rage.” Gaillardetz also laments the recent disinvitation of homosexualist Fr. James Martin and Dr. M. Shawn Copeland (who has written “Jesus is queer”) from speaking engagements at Catholic universities owing to faithful Catholics rallying to protest these scandals.

Additionally, the dissident “Catholic” publication National Catholic Reporter has been selected to cover the event — one of only a handful of outlets allowed to do so.

“Amoris Laetitia: A New Momentum for Moral Formation and Pastoral Practice” is being funded by a $10,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, a New York philanthropy that devotes particular attention “to work that rethinks what theology is and reimagines its contemporary significance.”

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