Permission for Adulterers to receive “Communion” is Only Authentic Interpretation of Amoris Laetitia
[UDPATE 29-AUG-17: Francis’ Letter to the Buenos Aires clergy has now been published on the Vatican web site in the original Spanish.]
[UDPATE 12-SEP-16: The Vatican has confirmed the authenticity of the leaked documents and their controversial contents. The matter has now been reported by Vatican Radio, by News.va, and by Osservatore Romano.]
[UPDATE 10-SEP-16: InfoCatólica.com has removed the posts referenced below; according to journalist Jeanne Smits, the information was apparently not meant for public consumption. Novus Ordo Watch has saved copies of the originals posted. In addition, a scan of Francis’ letter and the Argentinian document to which he was responding are now available here.]
In a letter dated September 5, 2016 to the delegate of the Buenos Aires pastoral region of Argentina, “Pope” Francis has explicitly confirmed that the only correct reading of Amoris Laetitia is that which permits unrepentant adulterers to receive “Holy Communion” under certain circumstances.
The Spanish web site InfoCatólica.com reports that Francis sent his letter in response to a document from the Buenos Aires “bishops”, entitled “Basic Criteria for the Application of Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetita” (available in Spanish here and in English here), of which he had received a copy. In his letter, the papal pretender commends the clergy for their interpretation and intended application of Chapter 8 of his exhortation, which bears the title “Accompanying, Discerning, and Integrating Weakness”. It is the most explosive and controversial of all the chapters of the scandalous document, as it deals with the issue of permitting people who live in an adulterous relationship to receive “Holy Communion” without repenting of their adultery.
InfoCatólica.com provides the following summary of some of the points made in the pastoral document issued by the Novus Ordo authorities in Buenos Aires, which Francis has now endorsed fully:
When the concrete circumstances of a couple allow for it [make it feasible], especially when both are Christians in a journey of faith, the commitment to live in continence can be proposed. Amoris Laetitia does not ignore the difficulties of this option (cf. footnote 329) and leaves open the possibility of access to the sacrament of reconciliation when they fail in this commitment (cf. footnote 364, according to the teaching of St. John Paul II to Cardinal W. Baum of 03/22/1996).
In more complex circumstances, and when there is no possibility of obtaining a declaration of nullity, the option mentioned may not be feasible. Nevertheless, the path of discernment is another possibility. If you realize that in a particular case there are limitations that mitigate responsibility and guilt (cf. footnote 301-302), particularly when a person considers that he would fall into subsequent sin that hurts the children of the new (adulterous) union, Amoris Laetitia opens up the possibility of access to the sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist (cf. footnotes 336 and 351). These in turn will dispose the person to mature and grow with the help of grace.
It may be appropriate that an eventual access to the sacraments be given in a reserved manner, especially when situations of conflict are foreseen. But at the same time, you should not stop accompanying the community so that it may grow in the spirit of understanding and acceptance, without this implicitly creating confusion regarding the Church’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage. The community is the instrument of mercy which is “unmerited, unconditional, and free” (297).
(“El Papa avala una interpretación de los obispos de Buenos Aires sobre la Amoris Laetitia como la única posible”, infoCatólica; Sep. 8, 2016; our translation; bold print removed; italics added.)
These are three of the ten points laid out in the document of the Buenos Aires bishops, and Francis has left no doubt that he is in full agreement with them, as you will now see.
InfoCatólica.com has published Francis’ response to the official guide to interpreting and implementing Amoris Laetitia in its entirety. We have translated it here for your convenience:
Vatican, September 5, 2016
Bp. Sergio Alfredo Fenoy
Delegate to the Buenos Aires Pastoral Region
I hereby acknowledge having received the document “Basic criteria for the application of Amoris Laetitia chapter VIII” from the Buenos Aires Pastoral Region. Thank you very much for sending it; and I congratulate you for the work done, a true example of accompaniment to the priests… and we all know how this closeness between the bishop and his clergy is necessary. The “closest” neighbor to the bishop is the priest, and for us bishops the commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves begins precisely with our priests.
The document is very good and fully expresses the meaning of Amoris Laetitia chapter VIII. There are no other interpretations. And I am sure that it will do much good. May the Lord reward them for this effort of pastoral charity.
And it is precisely this pastoral charity that moves us to seek out those who are most distant, and once we have found them, to begin a journey of acceptance, accompaniment, discernment, and integration into the ecclesial community. We know this is exhausting, it is a pastoral “melee” that is not content with programmatic, organizational, or legal mediation, but it is necessary. Simply embrace, accompany, discern, integrate. Of these four pastoral attitudes, the least cultivated and practiced is discernment; and I consider the formation in personal and communal discernment in our seminaries and presbyteries to be an urgent task.
Finally I would like to remind you that Amoris Laetitia was the result of the work and prayer of the whole Church, with the mediation of two Synods and the Pope. Therefore I recommend a complete catechesis of the Exhortation, which will certainly assist in the growth, consolidation, and sanctification of the family.
Once again I thank you for the work done and I encourage you to continue forward, in the diverse communities of the diocese, with the study and catechesis of Amoris Laetitia.
Please, do not forget to pray and to pray for me.
May Jesus bless you and the Holy Virgin look after you.
(Source in original Spanish; underlining and italics added; bold print removed.)
That settles it: Francis explicitly approves of unrepentant adulterers’ reception of “Holy Communion”. Game over.
A lot could, ought to be, and has already been said concerning the abominable exhortation Amoris Laetitia and how it cleverly undermines the very foundations of Catholic morality. We need not repeat all the criticism here; instead, we simply refer you to our coverage of the errors in the document, the various critiques of it, and the chaos that has ensued since:
- The Errors of Amoris Laetitia — TRADCAST 013
- Chaos Watch: The Fallout from Amoris Laetitia
- 45 Novus Ordo Scholars Condemn Amoris Laetitia as Heretical
- “A Plea to the Pope”: VIPs ask Francis to change course on Amoris Laetitia
- The Jorge Whisperer: Key Texts in Amoris Laetitia found in Theological Articles from 10 Years Ago
- Restoration Radio: Bp. Sanborn destroys Amoris Laetitia, Part 1 (free preview)
- Restoration Radio: Bp. Sanborn destroys Amoris Laetitia, Part 2 (free preview)
- Restoration Radio: Bp. Sanborn destroys Amoris Laetitia, Part 3 (free preview)
Francis leaves no doubt that there is no other possible interpretation of Amoris Laetitia than the one just mentioned, which permits some unrepentant adulterers to approach (the Novus Ordo version of) the Holy Eucharist without giving up their adulterous relations. This is antichrist: “For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord” (1 Cor 11:29).
Now it is time to realize that there is no other possible conclusion but that Francis is a false pope: “For such false apostles are deceitful workmen, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no wonder: for Satan himself transformeth himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers be transformed as the ministers of justice, whose end shall be according to their works” (2 Cor 11:13-15).