Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia is far too long to treat thoroughly in one article. For a summary, see the Bear's earlier recent article, which is a summary of the official Vatican summary. "Part 1" means the Bear's Part 1 of how many he knows not. This article will treat the beginning, and one remarkable paragraph.
Very early (in paragraph 3) we find a remarkable statement.
3. Since “time is greater than space”, I would make it clear that not all discussions of doctrinal, moral or pastoral issues need to be settled by interventions of the magisterium. Unity of teaching and practice is certainly necessary in the Church, but this does not preclude various ways of interpreting some aspects of that teaching or drawing certain consequences from it. This will always be the case as the Spirit guides us towards the entire truth (cf. Jn 16:13), until he leads us fully into the mystery of Christ and enables us to see all things as he does. Each country or region, moreover, can seek solutions better suited to its culture and sensitive to its traditions and local needs. For “cultures are in fact quite diverse and every general principle… needs to be inculturated, if it is to be respected and applied.”
It is essential to really digest this short paragraph in order to understand the worldwide shell game that's being played by your Pope. If you read it again, the Bear will wait. (Hums the Jeopardy music to himself.)
Pope Francis has given a gift that will keep on giving long after he has departed the scene. He seems -- to the Bear, who does, after all, know something about forest fires -- to have set out cans of gasoline and matches and given a wink to any arsonists on the scene. This way he changes nothing, nor does he dirty his hands. We've seen this transparent act throughout his whole, sorry dog-whistle pontificate.
His special brand of Pneumatic Catholicism seems to envision a decentralized Church (at least with regard to doctrine and morals stemming from the sacrament of Holy Matrimony, and necessarily impacting the doctrine of The Precious Body and Blood of Our Lord) that is operated by the direct influence of the Holy Spirit on countless individuals, rather than hierarchically.
It's also a big, wet, kiss to the German bishops.
Not bad for paragraph 3 of 300.
Maybe decisions will be limited to official pronouncements by national conferences. But what is a "region?" Big, like a collection of nations? Or small, like one diocese? In any case, one does not get the impression that FrancisMercy is meant to be tied up in a bunch of red tape. Priests will be the ones that will be dealing with these issues. The Bear envisions a parish-by-parish patchwork of No-Communion and Communion Zones for "divorced and remarried Catholics."
Not to beat a dead horse, but the Bear notes that these issues Pope Francis has just tossed to the crowd like parade candy are not exactly trivial. He makes the point that, "Unity of teaching and practice is certainly necessary in the Church, BUT..." FrancisMercy trumps everything.
And with all his speaking, and all his writing, he has never once bothered to explain exactly how FrancisMercy is supposed to work. Has the Holy Spirit ever acted in the Church in such a sloppy and eccentric manner, without careful thought and explanations?
The Bear could sure use a fish after a full day with his sensitive black nose buried in this wretched mess so he can bring the best (or worst) of it to his friends.
To everyone who has already sent fish, whether it's a single salmon, a refrigerator full, or a fish-of-the-month club, it all sustains and encourages the Bear in his solitary pursuit of truth. And entertainment. The Bear hopes he has caught up on his thank-yous. He did his best, so if you didn't get one, it was entirely the fault of... somebody else. (Bears are terrible liars.)
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