156 – Amoris Laetitia versus the Magisterium of the Church

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THIRD PART AND THE TEACHINGS OF THE MAGISTERIUM

Regarding the confusion caused by the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, and after having shown in two recent studies the lamentable incoherencies and falsities in the document (see here and here), The Denzinger-Bergoglio would like to remind its readers of the teachings that the Church has always conveyed to the ‘remarried divorced’ and to sinners in general.

Let us not forget that the Church is a Mother and, as such, She has always looked out for her children, especially those in situations of risk to their eternal salvation. Her maternal care has never deceived them about their real situation of departure from Catholic teaching. She has always been able to indicate the path of salvation and provide the necessary means to rescue whoever accepts her help.

An efficacious medicine is often bitter; but when dosed by a mother’s hand, the child is grateful for it. Many of us have fond memories of the care our mothers gave during illnesses, and the tireless efforts they devoted to our speedy recovery.

Failure to administer an unpleasant medicine is not true love; love requires that the dose be accompanied by assuring words on the medicine’s wonderful effects. Let us be faithful to the enduring doctrine of the Magisterium of the Church and bear in mind that God doesn’t abandon his Church even when assailed by contrary winds.

Francis

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Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter the various parts of our study

ContentsI – How has the Church consistently considered the situation of the divorced who remarry? In her loving concern, the Church has never deceived nor failed to warn regarding the reality of irregular situationsII – Considerations regarding the Church’s zeal for her children who find themselves in sinful situations with no easy way outIII – Two thousand years of the true ‘law of graduality’, or the pastoral care employed by the saints: one without harshness, but also without misleading concessions
I – How has the Church consistently considered the situation of the divorced who remarry? Out of loving concern, it has never deceived nor failed to alert all regarding the reality of irregular situations
II – Considerations regarding the Church’s zeal for her children who find themselves in sinful situations with no easy way out
III – Two thousand years of the true ‘law of graduality’, or the pastoral care employed by the saints: one without harshness, but also without misleading concessions

I – How has the Church consistently considered the situation of the divorced who remarry? In her loving concern, the Church has never deceived nor failed to warn regarding the reality of irregular situations


Catechism of the Catholic Church

The catechism clearly states that Christ condemns adultery
The catechism does not hide the fact that divorce is a grave offense
The Church declares: if the divorced are remarried civilly, they find themselves in a situation that objectively contravenes God’s law

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Pastors and confessors have the serious duty to admonish the divorced for openly contradicting Church teaching

Pius VII

Divorce is so grave that even the judge who applies it commits a mortal sin

Pius IX

Pius IX recalls the admonitions of St. John Chrysostom regarding the sin of contracting prohibited marriage

Leo XIII

All of the pastors should proclaim the paternal warnings of the Pope against divorce

John Paul II

Pastoral help implies recognizing the Church’s doctrine, just as it is clearly expressed in the Catechism

Benedict XVI

The Synod of Bishops confirms the Church’s practice of not admitting the divorced and remarried to the sacraments

II – Considerations regarding the Church’s zeal for her children who find themselves in sinful situations with no easy way out


John Paul II

The Church cannot be indifferent to distressing problems which involve so many of her children

Pius V

The missionaries attempted to make the natives feel that the yolk of Christ is easy and light

John Paul II

The missionaries are men in whom concern for the weak pulsates

Saint Alphonsus Liguori

The Church so wishes to help sinners that priests and religious are bound to offer sacrifices to appease God on their behalf

III – Two thousand years of the true ‘law of graduality’, or the pastoral care employed by the saints: one without harshness, but also without misleading concessions


Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Not to go forward in the way of God is to go backward

Alonso Rodríguez, SJ

To reach perfection it is necessary to not commit faults on purpose
To advance in the spiritual life, do not pause along the path of virtue

Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, OP

The interior life presupposes the state of grace and is a struggle against what makes us fall back into sin
The true ‘law of graduality’ of the interior life: man gradually frees himself from egoism, self-love, sensuality, and pride

Saint Augustine of Hippo

The universal way for delivering the soul, the royal way which alone leads to the kingdom
Due to their impenitent heart some treasure up wrath against the day of wrath

Saint Thomas Aquinas

One who submits to Christ’s sacraments obtains grace unless they enslaved themselves to sin through their own fault

Sacred Scripture

God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble’
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