Wednesday, February 15, 2017


 Has Holy Mother Church, through the Holy Father, become the great enabler????A field-hospital where germs and the infections they produce are not treated but only sentimental touchy-feely symptoms leading to"I'm okay; you're okay of the 1970's?"

'Amoris Laetitia' Chap. 8 explained by Cardinal Coccopalmerio

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14/02/2017 15:55

(Vatican Radio) A newly published book dedicated to Chapter 8 of Pope Francis’s Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” was presented on Tuesday in the Vatican.

Written by Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, the 30-page booklet, is published by LEV, the Vatican publishing house.

Presenting the book, Father Maurizio Gronchi, theologian, professor at Rome’s Pontifical Urbaniana University and consultant at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and veteran journalist Orazio La Rocca, expert in Vatican affairs.

La Rocca explained the publication aims to provide clear and simple guidelines for all readers who are interested in better understanding the Apostolic Exhortation’s chapter dedicated to the Church’s ministry of those who find themselves living outside the traditional boundaries of marriage.

“I had asked myself whether the doubts that had been raised regarding a possible violation of the Church’s doctrine could be founded; after reading this book it is clear that this is not so” he said.

La Rocca pointed out that Chapter 8 offers us a new perspective on how the Church views society that changes, and that it is imbued in the Pope’s call for mercy and his appeal to reach out to those who are most wounded, most excluded, most in need of God’s message of love and salvation.

He recalled some of the points of the original Papal document saying that Saint Pope John Paul II proposed the so-called “law of gradualness” in the knowledge that the human being “knows, loves and accomplishes moral good by different stages of growth”.

La Rocca highlighted the document’s admonition to men of the Church not to condemn anyone forever, but to consider a pastoral approach towards people who have contracted a civil marriage, who are divorced and remarried, or simply living together but who are seeking to have their situation transformed into the full reality of marriage and family in conformity with the Gospel.

And he quoted the Pope’s words “never to forget that the Church’s task is often like that of a field hospital”.

All this, he said, is part of Pope Francis’ reiterated call to enter into dialogue with the other and to enter into other people’s lives with the power of tenderness.

Coccopalmiero does this, La Rocca said, using a simple and direct language which is accessible to all, “so much so, he continued, I will personally give copies of it to two ‘good Catholic’ friends of mine who are suffering the consequences of “irregular” situations but would like to feel more included in the life of the Church.

Father Gronchi observed that the backbone of Cardinal Coccopalmiero’s book is provided by excerpts from the Apostolic Exhortation itself that have been selected, introduced and eventually elaborated upon by the author himself.

He pointed out that Coccopalmiero, who is a top Vatican canonist, has used a pastoral approach in the writing of this book, effectively breaking down any barriers that may exist between doctrine and pastoral ministry.


Anonymous said...

“It must be the answer!”

Let’s assume not, lest the pope be considered a formal heretic.

It had been announced that the presentation would feature Cardinal Coccopalmerio himself. However:

Cardinal Coccopalmerio failed to show up, pleading a “diary clash.” This was later explained as a conflict with a meeting at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. [ Sure it was. -:) ]

A short question and answer session occurred anyway in which Don Giuseppe Costa, the director of the publishing house, explained that the Cardinal’s book was not an official response from the Vatican and that on Amoris Laetitia, “the debate is still open, we encourage it.”

Tom Makin said...

In my continuing quest for clarity, I believe it is now clear! The Holy Father, through is conduits, is "telling" the faithful that the Church, as it is led by him, will simply "run out the clock" on the question of divorce and remarriage. If the Holy Father "slow walks" this and stays behind the scenes while continuing to push a liberated approach to the practice of our faith, one grounded in his liberation theology background, all while stacking the College of Cardinals, he will accomplish what he could not while Jesuit Provincial in Argentina; a liberal legacy that cannot be subdued. I'm connecting the dots that the blog author is laying out. Absent a "Berlin Wall" of opposition which is still, to some extent in his way, he will succeed. He is employing the "boiling frog approach"; turn up the heat slowly enough, in the shadows, and the faithful, "low information voters" will never marshal enough opposition. The Holy Father's Evangelical Protestant leanings will become practice and the Church Militant will become Catholic in name only.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Lordy. More irrational fear of germs......

Anonymous said...

"the Church Militant will become Catholic in name only."

Does not the silence in the face of Evil on high in the Church, of the vast majority of our bishops and cardinals, indicate that they already have? And where the appointed shepherds lead, the sheep naturally follow.