- Jun 4, 2020
Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano, Italy, who’s the secretary of Pope Francis’s Council of cardinal advisers, told his priests Friday that “fitting” divorced and remarried Catholics can play roles such as being godfathers and godmothers, religion teachers and lectors at Mass.
“If a country decides not to have children, it’s like committing suicide,” expert says.
‘Amoris Laetitia’ has caused a shift in moral theology — but no innovation: As many have pointed out, it’s wholly consonant even with recent papal teaching, and is rooted in an ancient pastoral tradition. To walk with people living in objective states of sin but with diminished subjective culpability, helping them to do God’s will in their concrete state with the help of the sacraments, doesn’t undermine teaching on sin, but puts into practice the merciful pedagogy of God.
Most Catholics uncomfortable with ‘Amoris Laetitia’ aren’t dissenters or people with an ax to grind against the pope, but rather people who simply want their children to know and follow the Church’s call to sexual integrity and marital fidelity — and, to be clear, that’s not only possible, but life-giving.
In guidelines for the application of Pope Francis’s “Amoris Laetitia”, the bishops of Malta say that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics who, with “an informed and enlightened conscience,” believe they’re at peace with God,”cannot be precluded from participating in the sacraments.”
Typical pastors reading ‘Amoris’ are likely to stumble into accepting its central flaw, namely, assuming that an individual Catholic’s assessment of his or her own conscience is the sole criterion that governs a minister’s decision to give holy Communion to a member of the faithful.