Francis to “Archbishop” Forte:
“If we speak explicitly of Communion for the Divorced-and-Remarried, we don’t know what a mess will result. So let’s not mention it directly. Make sure the premises are there, and I will draw the conclusions”!
For those who have been denying the obvious about Francis’ post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia, this latest revelation probably won’t make a difference either, but this won’t keep us from laying the facts on the table:
Just as “Cardinal” Gerhard Muller of the Vatican’s Congregation for the
Destruction Doctrine of the Faith went out of his way to argue that Amoris Laetitia does not permit public adulterers to approach the Novus Ordo sacraments, “Archbishop” Bruno Forte, one of the more notorious Modernists in the Italian Novus Ordo hierarchy and author of the infamous mid-term report (Relatio Post Disceptationem) that caused the first wave of chaos after the 2014 Synod, has revealed that Francis told him personally that while he would indeed allow the reception of “Communion” by public adulterers, he wanted to do so only very discreetly — through the back door, so to speak — in order to prevent a “mess”!
The following is our translation of a report from the Italian local news site Zona Locale:
“No one should feel excluded from the Church”
“It’s not a new doctrine, but a merciful application of the ‘old wine’, which, as you know, is always the best.” Thus spoke Mgr. Bruno Forte, archbishop of the diocese of Chieti-Vasto, during a meeting at Rossetti Theatre, on Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris laetitia”, which marked a crucial step with regard to the family, “between crisis and desire”. Crisis, for what the same Archbishop Forte noted was a decrease in marriages and an increase in cohabitation, but also the desire for the family that would be the “womb and school of humanity”. Present at the meeting were Don Nicola Del Bianco, Director of Office for the Family of the Archdiocese of Chieti-Vasto, and the married couple Maria Antoinetta and Franco Silvestri, who gave testimony of their own life, as a family, and as collaboraters of the Office for the Family.
In Mgr. Forte’s reflection, the causes of the “crisis of the family” ranged from a lack of jobs to housing problems, from migration, to the difficulties relating to “material and human misery”. In this context, the meaning of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation is: “Do not judge, but reach all with the gaze of mercy, but without giving up the truth of God. It is easy to say ‘this family has failed’, but it is more difficult to help it not to fail. No one should feel excluded from the Church”.
This approach, naturally, also has direct “practical” repercussions with regard to the guidelines given to pastors and the ecclesial community. Archbishop Forte in fact gave a special “behind-the-scenes” look at [what Francis said at] the Synod: “If we speak explicitly of Communion for the divorced-and-remarried — Archbishop Forte said, quoting Pope Francis joking(*) — we don’t know what a mess [casino] will result. So let’s not mention it directly. Make sure the premises are there, and I will draw the conclusions”. “Typical for a Jesuit”, Archbishop Forte joked, attributing to this guideline a wisdom that has allowed for the maturing necessary that resulted in “Amoris laetitia”, which, as stated by Monsignor Bruno Forte, does not represent new doctrine but rather a “merciful application” of what has always been [believed].
After the presentation of the exhortation came a “blueprint for the family” in the testimony of the Silvestri spouses, [their] four children plus seven foster children: “We raised our family with great sacrifices, because we did not want to delegate to anyone the upbringing of our children, but of course we also had the distraction of work [to deal with]. It was a difficult choice, but the Lord helped us. We are not better than others, we simply took into account the most important person, the one to whom we said yes: our Lord. And the fact that we have the Lord at the center of our lives has given us the strength to go on”. The “basis”, then, on which we solidly built the “practice” of forgiveness is the key words “thank you, sorry, excuse me”, as mentioned by Pope Francis, the importance of prayer, as well as family time and time alone together as a couple.
At the end of the testimony, there was a chance for remarks and questions from the large audience that attended the meeting.
(*) Translator’s Note: The “joke” is merely in Francis’ colloquial use of the term casino, which literally translates as “brothel”.
(“Nessuno si deve sentire escluso dalla Chiesa”, Zonalocale.it, May 3, 2016; our translation; underlining added.)
And there we have it.
Anyone who is surprised at this revelation has been spending too much time on the wrong web sites. We recommend the following links as a refreshing reality check:
- Chronicling the fallout: Amoris Laetitia Chaos Watch
- Podcast discussing Amoris Laetitia and reactions: TRADCAST 013
Bruno Forte, by the way, was a student of the old apostate Walter Kasper. Like him, Forte too denies the Bodily Resurrection of Christ. Perhaps it is for this reason that Forte was “consecrated a bishop” by none other than then-“Cardinal” Joseph Ratzinger in 2004, who likewise does not believe in the dogma of the Resurrection.
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