- Sep 19, 2020
The discussion of Chapter 8 of ‘Amoris Laetitia’ regarding divorced and civilly remarried Catholics should be about its application to concrete cases. Yet its critics cannot see this talk as anything but endorsing divorce, and the chasm between those two approaches is real.
Amidst controversy surrounding ‘Amores Laetitia,’ Pope Francis himself has thus far declined to engage his foes directly, preferring to let his writings, periodic interviews and daily sermons speak for themselves. But Rev. Antonio Spadaro defends Francis against criticism happily.
By rejecting the process of the synod and its fruits, the critics of Amoris Laetitia, led by four protesting cardinals, have crossed a line, and look increasingly like the dissenting lobbies under John Paul II who accused him of betraying Vatican II. Meanwhile, the Church is moving on.
St. Paul was on fire for Christ. Totally converted and traveling tirelessly, he evangelized, fought, wrote and preached. Peter was no less passionate for Christ, but his ministry became one of founding churches and taking the leadership role. If you like, Paul was the prophet, Peter the priest and pope.
In an exclusive interview with Crux, Jesuit papal confidant and director of the journal La Civiltà Cattolica, Father Antonio Spadaro SJ, takes issue with the tone and tactics of social media critiques of the pope and directly responds to the four cardinals who have publicly criticized Amoris Laetitia.