Cardinal Mueller seeks to clarify the situation around Amoris Laetitia and proceeds to… make things even more confusing? HERE
“In the German cardinal’s eyes “Amoris Laetitia is very clear in its doctrine and [in it] we can interpret [sic] the whole doctrine of Jesus concerning marriage, the whole doctrine of the Church of 2000 years history.” Moreover, for Pope Francis, it is all about “discerning the situation of those people who live in irregular [sic] unions” and thus about helping them to “find a new integration into the Church according to the conditions of the Sacraments and according to the Christian message on marriage.” Cardinal Müller adds that he does “not see any contradiction: on the one side we have the clear doctrine on marriage, on the other the obligation of the Church to help those persons in difficulties.””
Well… of course! Why didn’t you say it like this before?! Now I see it is perfectly understandable!
If you read through the whole thing, I think +Mueller’s strategy here (the clear part, anyway) is somewhat along the lines of what +Chaput and +Olmsted have proclaimed. That is, Amoris Laetitia cannot possibly have changed doctrine because Amoris Laetitia cannot possibly have changed doctrine. Which is a demonstrably true statement, since doctrine cannot be changed. But of course the issue here is whether it attempted to change doctrine or otherwise change disciplines in a way that radically departs from sound doctrine, or even inverts it. And we all know the answer to that.
As I have been writing in recent weeks, the final appeal of Francis will be an appeal to Heaven, to a false transcendence that supersedes doctrine for the sake of (false) mercy, with the added benefit of declaring those who hold to the true doctrines as devils and heretics.
The almost daily back and forth among prelates as this accelerates toward whatever it’s accelerating towards is truly breathtaking, even as it has suddenly become commonplace. Avoid the temptation to ignore them just because at times it’s hard to keep up. These volleys and sorties will be, unless this really is the final chastisement, replayed by historians for a thousand years. We are living through the brick by brick final act of nuChurch, and you have a front row seat.
They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”
So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth. Gen 11:3-9 (NIV)
That was then, this is now. We shall see.