TILL DEATH DO US PART, ANOTHER WAY TO USE THIS HERMENEUTIC: DECLARE THE SACRAMENT DEAD DUE TO CORRUPTION!
UP IN SMOKE AND IRREVOCABLY DIVIDED!
Can a valid Sacrament die? As far as I know, although our sins and outright rejection of what our Lord does for us in all of the Sacraments can be corrupted, those who are validly baptized and Confirmed as Catholics are always Catholics even though they might renounce their Catholicism. In such a case the Sacrament is corrupted but not made null and void. The same thing is true of valid ordination to Holy Orders and the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.
But it is not true of the Most Blessed Sacrament--the on-going Real and Substantial Presence of Christ under the form of bread and wine. If the outward accidents of the valid Sacrament become corrupted and no longer resemble bread or wine, the Sacrament ceases in those elements, in other words corruption leads to the the death of those elements conveying the reality of the Substance of the Real Presence of Christ.
Currently, a little ole footnote in Amoris Laetitia, an otherwise wonderful document of marriage and the family (but who would know that as the footnote consumes commentaries) gives into the current ideology in many cultures that the individual takes precedence over the common good.
Thus a person in a valid sacramental marriage that has ended in a civil divorce (or is that even necessary?) lives with another person to whom they have no sacramental marriage but nonetheless engage in the marital act. If this person can justify their situation in their own conscience, it appear Amoris Laetitia allows for this fierce individualism rather than the common good of upholding sacramental marriages which because of sin have become corrupted by the infidelity of the Catholic breaking his marital vows with someone who is not their sacramental spouse.
The common good of the Sacrament of Matrimony is preserved in the external form of the Annulment procedure, which allows the Church for good cause and based on objective evidence to declare what was presumed to be a sacrament as never having been one. Thus the Catholic could enter another marriage in the Church or have an adulterous union validated in the Church.
But Amoris Laetitia undoes this solemn tradition by allowing an individual to make a decision of conscience. But the Church cannot endorse the conscience of that person by blessing their adulterous union. But the Church, it appears, is allowing a public sinner to receive Holy Communion without ending the adultery (as well as the other sacraments of the Church, but excluding Holy Matrimony which is illogical given the false logic of Amoris Laetitia).
But what if the Church was involved in the process and had a canonical procedure to declare a marriage dead, not null and void, but spiritually dead because of corruption that had rendered it dead like the bread and wine of Holy Communion which no longer resembles bread and wine due to the corruption of the accidents?
Can a sacrament die? Yes in some cases as in the case of Holy Communion. Extend it to Holy Matrimony and Holy Orders and allow a person in an illicit adulterous situation to have that union blessed as a Sacrament once the Church's canonical process declares their previous marriage dead!
This removes it from the flawed conscience of fierce individualism and brings back the ecclesial dimension of the decision which leads to the validation of what was once considered objectively adulterous.