There is no doubt that the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia is principally surprising in the field of matrimonial morality, in its veiled contradiction to the principles always defended by the Church. But readers may find many other worrisome points for reflection within this document; they perhaps appear inoffensive, at first sight, but are very decisive points, in reality.
Let us analyze number 278, found in the seventh chapter. This part is dedicated to the education of children, and stands out for its lack of true religious spirit. It could easily pass for an ethical manual that goes around in any secular institution. The scriptural passages that appear smack of mere formality, for the text has no theological depth whatsoever, and is irrelevant in face of the aggressive question of sex education, presented further on in numbers 280-286. If someone is able to discover, within these six paragraphs, something that could be taken as an incentive toward the fulfillment of the law of God, please let the writers of the Denzinger-Bergoglio know. Our theologians were unable to find anything after exhaustive evaluation.
But the topic at hand concerns the use of technology in child education. Without ever mentioning the non-negotiable precedence of Catholic education, Francis proposes “creative alternatives” for the utilization of electronic devices and the mass media, considered by him as an important part of modern life. It is supposedly necessary to know how to take due advantage of these assets so that the members of a family may unite, love one another and share experiences. And this would signify a true success story in the field of education.
Have we forgotten the incessant waves of immorality that enter the family circle through the Internet, television and the like? And what about the immorality and satanic practices to with children fall prey under the negligent gaze of parents? Who can convince us that it is impossible to undergo grave danger, but rather auspicious to be an unsullied Christian with navigating on any of these universally touted devices?
The Denzinger-Bergoglio presents its readers with a very necessary study about what Amoris Laetitia omits in its seventh chapter. Here’s what the Magisterium of the Church has to say…