- Dec 7, 2019
After the first round of voting in the Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops, it’s become clear that this is Pope Francis’s event — his people, his rules, his approach.
Prelates in Germany and Austria have united to support Pope Francis in response to a former papal nuncio’s demand for his resignation.
Once again, bishops and bishops’ conferences in various parts of the world seem to be offering differing interpretations of Pope Francis’s document on the family, “Amoris Laetitia.”
A nonagenarian retired Texas bishop has added his name to a “filial correction” of Pope Francis submitted to the pontiff last month. The signatories have accused the pope of promoting heretical propositions in ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ his document on marriage. Bishop René Henry Gracida, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, says if Francis doesn’t respond to the petition, he would like to see the pope resign.
Three professors from the John Paul II Institute in Rome have produced a handbook explaining how to apply ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ which was just published in English. They argue discernment should help find ways to live spousal fidelity, and not ways to be excused from the Church’s moral law.
In a pastoral handbook for the implementation of “Amoris Laetitia,” three professors from Rome’s John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family say the document does not permit Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, only a less complete participation in the sacraments.