Jorge and a Pregnant Bride
THERE IS still much to say about Amoris Laetitia, the “apostolic exhortation,” or sexhortation, of Jorge Bergoglio — you know, that big-time celebrity who goes by the stage name of “Pope Francis.” Released on April 8, after months of anticipation, the long-winded document on marriage and family, has since resulted in an outpouring of commentaries.
You have to read Amoris, or read those worthy commentators who have read it, to appreciate how extensive its attack on the family and Christian civilization is. Francis goes so far in this staggering, pseudo-pontifical document as to say that God sometimes approves of mortal sin and that His divine laws need not be obeyed by people who don’t understand their “inherent value.” The implications for all of morality, not just sexual morality, are immense.
Imagine a murder suspect going to court and saying to the judge, “Look, I understand there are laws against murder, but I don’t understand their inherent value,” and the judge saying, “Well, if your conscience is uneasy about this law, it need not apply to you.” That’s the type of situation ethics promoted by Frank the Faker.
Granting those in “irregular situations” — the new code term for fornication and adultery — full access to the sacraments at the discretion of pastors and bishops is supposedly the worst of Amoris’s content. But the document is literally stuffed with heresies, blasphemies and pseudo-psychological garbage, most of it in code language. The Argentine Bomber is now into nuclear weaponry.
It could take a long time for all Amoris’s assaults on moral theology to be appreciated and brought to light, but hard-working, self-sacrificing analysts have accomplished a lot already. I note here some of the best critiques. Be forewarned. Delving into Amoris is like mental root canal. You might only be able to keep your mind open to it for a few minutes at a time. Novocain can’t help you as you make your way through the deceptions and gooey, sentimental doublespeak. Most people won’t have the stamina to read it or to realize just how radical it is. But even those who do read it will be thrown off guard and confused by its blasts of hot air and crafty ambiguity.
Ross Douthat in The New York Times writes: Read More »