150 – “Unity of teaching and practice is certainly necessary in the Church, but this does not preclude various ways of interpreting some aspects of that teaching or drawing certain consequences from it”

In the first paragraphs of Amoris Laetitia we encounter an affirmation that sets the entire gist of what Francis wishes to convey in this document: it is time to develop ‘various ways of interpreting some aspects of that teaching’ to ‘seek solutions better suited to its culture’ in family ministry.

This hypothesis attempts to justify the crucial affirmations made in the chapters that follow, opening the doors to all kinds of subjectivism regarding the most serious issues. As a result, it is virtually impossible to recognize, in all of this, the sacred doctrine left by Christ to his Church.

What Francis wants to make us believe is really farfetched: that the entire Catholic concept of the family is debatable, because alternate models and new adaptations are required for the good of the family today.

Getting to the bottom of the problem, we will see that the inspiration is nothing new. The Bergoglian doctrine is modernism applied to our present historic moment, with significant advancements, some of which not even Saint Pius X, who condemned that doctrine, would have imagined possible.

It is of utmost importance to understand the type of error behind affirmations that apparently offer something good, while camouflaging the most harmful ideas existent in the History of the Church.

Francis

kasper and Bergoglio

Quote AQuote B

Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter the various parts of our study

ContentsAuthors
I – Is it legitimate to interpret Catholic doctrine and its consequences in a way different from that of the Magisterium?
II – What is the limit between obedience to the Magisterium and adapted pastoral interpretations? To what point is obedience required, and in what matters are innovations appropriate?
III – What are ‘inculturated’ solutions? Can local traditions and challenges substitute general principles?
IV – On a certain ‘evolution’ and ‘interpretation’: The inspired words of Pius X condemning modernism


I – Is it legitimate to interpret Catholic doctrine and its consequences in a way different from that of the Magisterium?


Pius XII

Incite a more determined resistance of the ever-increasing host of Christ’s enemies who tendencies deny or in practice neglect the vivifying truths of God

Saint Irenaeus of Lyon

It is not necessary to seek among others the truth, which is so easy to obtain from the Church

Paul VI

Preserve unaltered the content of the Catholic faith which the Lord entrusted to the Apostles

Leo XIII

Christ the Lord appointed an unfailing teaching authority, the Magisterium, to train minds to faith and preserve men by the truth

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Magisterium assures that the People of God abide in the truth that liberates, and guarantees the profession of the true faith without error

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Magisterial interventions are an expression of obedience to the Word of God and guarantee the Church’s unity in the truth of the Lord

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

The Magisterium holds fast to the traditions received from the Apostles

Benedict XVI

In the Magisterium, Christ’s voice rings out

Pontifical Biblical Commission

Those who instruct the Christian people have the sacred duty to never depart in the slightest degree from the common doctrine and tradition of the Church

Paul VI

The Church professes and teaches a sure and stable doctrine that emanates from God himself

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Catholic doctrine is to be presented and explained whole and entire, without ambiguous terms

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

It is the Church’s duty to authoritatively teach that truth which is Christ Himself
The light of the Gospel must illuminate the signs of the times …and not the contrary
It is only right that, at all times and in all places, the Church should have true freedom to pass moral judgment

Pius X

Disordered by the stain of the first sin, human will cannot be upright nor the conduct good without the true doctrine of Jesus Christ

Code of Canon Law

It belongs to the Church always and everywhere to announce moral principles

Pius XII

The Church may not abstain from reminding the faithful of concrete moral obligations
The Church has the right to proclaim to the whole world the unchanging basic laws

Paul VI

The Church indicates the sure way to distance oneself from deceitful illusions

John Paul II

In obedience to Christ, the Church interprets the moral norm and proposes it to all people

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

The relativism prevalent today is no valid reason for failing to proclaim the Gospel

Pius XI

Amidst the awful corruptions of the world, the Church rises like a bright lighthouse showing the way of truth

John Paul II

The Church today, despite all of the difficulties that surround it, cannot speak differently than how Christ spoke
As shepherds of souls, you must be Christ’s voice today, encouraging your people to rediscover the beauty of truth
The mission of the Bishop of Rome consists precisely in ‘keeping watch’ so that the true voice of Christ the Shepherd may be heard

Pius X

The Pope’s mission is to watch over the purity of the Faith and the integrity of Catholic discipline, and protect the faithful from evil and error

John Paul II

Christian moral teaching must be one of the chief areas in which bishops exercise their pastoral vigilance
Above all, the bishop must have the courage to announce and defend sound doctrine

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

The bishops are teachers endowed with the authority of Christ, who preach to the people committed to them, vigilantly warding off any errors that threaten their flock

Pius XI

Incoherence and discontinuity in Christian life are avoided by the sure light of Catholic teaching

II – What is the limit between obedience to the Magisterium and adapted pastoral interpretations? To what point is obedience required, and in what matters are innovations appropriate?


Benedict XVI

Vigilance is needed to not replace faith with a praxis that seeks to ‘better the world’, a moralism without deep foundations

Pius XII

The advocates of novelty present the Magisterium of the Church as a hindrance to progress

Paul VI

Those who are not deeply rooted in faith and the observance of Church laws readily seek to adjust themselves to worldly standards of living

Sacred Scripture

Those who know the truth do not need novelties

Pius X

Far, far from the clergy be the love of novelty!

Pius XII

Novelty is never in itself a criterion of truth – it can be worthy of praise only when it confirms the truth and leads to righteousness and virtue

Saint John of the Cross

To seek novelties or anything outside of Christ is an offence against God

Saint Vincent of Lerins

To receive and follow profane novelties of words was never the part of Catholics, but rather of heretics
There should be real progress in the Church, but not alteration of the faith

Benedict XV

Those infected by the spirit of modernism develop a keen dislike for all that savors of antiquity and become eager searchers after novelties

Pius X

It is the Pope’s duty to guard, with the greatest vigilance, the Deposit of the Faith, rejecting the profane novelties

Paul VI

When we speak about reform we are not concerned to change things, but to preserve all the more resolutely the characteristic features which Christ has impressed on His Church
Apostolate must not weaken our attachment to our faith

Pius XI

The divinely revealed truth cannot be made a subject for compromise

Saint Vincent of Lerins

The Deposit of the Faith: we are not authors but keepers of what the Son of Man sowed - ‘You have received gold; give gold in turn; do not impudently substitute it with lead or brass’

Pius X

The truth is one, it lasts forever, and is not subject to the vicissitudes of the times

Leo XIII

The doctrine of the Church is not to be shaped in accord with the spirit of the age, nor concessions made to new opinions

Paul VI

The presentation of the Gospel message does not permit either indifference, syncretism or accommodation

Cardinal Josef Ratzinger

Do not be led by the dictatorship of relativism

Benedict XVI

We cannot preach a Gospel to suit our own favorite theological ideas, but rather the will of God in its entirety

John Paul II

One may not invent the faith according to the circumstances or individual tastes

Gregory XVI

It is injurious to propose a certain ‘restoration and regeneration’ for the Church

III – What are ‘inculturated’ solutions? Can local traditions and challenges substitute general principles?


Leo XIII

The Church, by spreading the Gospel throughout the nations, has civilized the human race and trained it to live as befits the dignity of man

CELAM

The Gospel illuminates the temporal sphere, and not vice-versa
We cannot forget the transcendence of the Gospel in relation to all human cultures. Inculturation cannot in any way pledge itself to syncretism

John Paul II

In face of Neopaganism, the Church must respond with a determined evangelizing effort capable of creating a new cultural synthesis, able to transform with the power of the Gospel
Saints Cyril and Methodius were especially meritorious for incarnating the Gospel in the native culture of the peoples which they were evangelizing

Paul VI

Cultures must be regenerated by an encounter with the Gospel

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

The Church has used the discoveries of different cultures so that, in her preaching, she might spread and explain the message of Christ to all nations
Culture can do much to elevate the human family to a more sublime understanding of truth, goodness, and beauty

John Paul II

Deep-rooted faith in God has successfully impregnated the cultures of every Catholic people

Pontifical Council for Culture

There is a rupture in the handing on of the faith, intimately linked to the process of abandonment of a popular culture impregnated by Christianity
Today it is necessary not only to graft the faith into the cultures, but also restore life to a dechristianized world

IV – On a certain ‘evolution’ and ‘interpretation’: The inspired words of Pius X condemning modernism


Pius X

Modernists teach that ecclesiastical Magisterium is subordinate to individual consciences and must bend to their impulses as ‘necessary evolutions’
Modernists affirm that the Church should submit to the laws of evolution, accommodating itself to historical conditions and existing forms of society
Modernists affirm that changes and advances take place by a compromise between authority and individual consciences
For the Modernists, there is to be nothing stable, nothing immutable in the Church

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

The truths which the Church intends to teach through her dogmatic formulas are distinct from the changeable conceptions of a given epoch
The dogmatic formulas of the Church’s Magisterium are always suitable for communicating revealed truth
The meaning of dogmatic formulas remains ever true and constant in the Church
Print Friendly, PDF & Email