“If, as a result of the process of discernment, undertaken with “humility, discretion and love for the Church and her teaching, in a sincere search for God’s will and a desire to make a more perfect response to it” (AL 300), a separated or divorced person who is living in a new relationship manages, with an informed and enlightened conscience, to acknowledge and believe that he or she are at peace with God, he or she cannot be precluded from participating in the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist (see AL, notes 336 and 351).” HERE
So much for Nemo iudex in causa sua. If you believe you are “at peace with God”, you’re good to go. Like John Lennon singing “All we are saying is, Give Peace a Chance.” Because hey, the idea that what makes a thing true is if you believe it to be true is SO CATHOLIC.
Ed Peters has the wrap HERE:
“The bishops of Malta, in a document that can only be called disastrous, repeatedly invoking Pope Francis’ Amoris laetitia, have directly approved divorced and remarried Catholics taking holy Communion provided they feel “at peace with God”. Unlike, say, the Argentine document on Amoris which, one could argue, left just enough room for an orthodox reading, however widely it also left the doors open for abuse by others, the Maltese bishops in their document come straight out and say it: holy Communion is for any Catholic who feels “at peace with God” and the Church’s ministers may not say No to such requests. In my view the Maltese bishops have effectively invited the Catholics entrusted to them (lay faithful and clergy alike!) to commit a number of objectively gravely evil acts. That their document was, moreover, published in L’Osservatore Romano, exacerbates matters for it deprives Vatican representatives of the ‘plausible deniability’ that they could have claimed (and might soon enough wish they could claim), as it becomes known that the Maltese bishops went beyond what even Amoris, if interpreted narrowly, seemed to permit.”
He gets into a couple of the finer points you should go read about. A couple of my own:
- “The Maltese bishops have effectively invited Catholics…to commit a number of gravely evil acts…” There is nothing “effectively” about it. For the laity in these situations, it’s an open invitation to do just that. It would be more accurate to say that it turns the implicit instruction of AL into an explicit invitation.
- Worse, for the clergy involved, it will be a command – a command to knowingly desecrate at least three sacraments, which will be enforced with an iron fist. It doesn’t simply abrogate Canon 915, it inverts it. Think about it. The penitent adjudicates the matter and then demands the sacraments be administered.
- That the document was published in L’Osservatore Romano was most certainly by design; an open endorsement from the Holy See.
I have been thinking a lot about reblogging my posts leading up to the release of AL and in its immediate aftermath. With a lot more people now waking up to what is going on, I think it might be beneficial. This concrete action by the Maltese bishops reminded me of something I wrote the day before AL came out, which is really beginning to ring true HERE:
“On Friday morning, each and every Catholic bishop in the world will need to rise, put on a strong pot of coffee, read the Exhortation, and make a series of decisions which will directly affect the vector of many, many souls, foremost his own.
He must decide whether or not his diocese will endorse the sacrilege, which presumably would entail erecting structures and programs to circumvent the reality of Matthew 19:9. If he chooses to not overtly endorse it, but rather stay quiet and do nothing, well, that’s nearly the same thing as endorsing it. Inaction is action.
Or he could publicly denounce the document and call out its authors and endorsers. How many will?
Beyond the particular issue at hand, Communion for those guilty of obstinate unrepentant mortal sin, and the horrific sacrilege being demanded from bishops and priests, we have another problem. Leaving the solutions up to each individual diocese isn’t collegiality, it’s anarchy. Have these people learned nothing from the Anglicans?
Matters of Faith and Morals are the Truth itself. Truth cannot vary from diocese to diocese. This is third grade catechism.
Pray intensely for your bishop. Pray for your priests. War is coming.”
On the bright side, at least the pretenses of the last 50 years are now out of the way and the war is finally here.