Saturday, January 14, 2017

Malta Bishops in Heresy?

The signs of the times are showing.  Malta's bishops recently said something which contradicts Church teaching.  In a newly issued document (see: Guidelines For Communion/Divorce), the Maltan bishops say, “a separated or divorced person who is living in a new relationship manages, with an informed and enlightened conscience, to acknowledge and believe that he or she are [sic] at peace with God, he or she cannot be precluded from participating in the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist." This interpretation of Amoris Laetitia is based on footnote 351 which has caused debate within the Church and has led for some Cardinals to issue a dubia to the pope. Pope Francis has yet to answer the dubia.

The Malta bishop's document is causing concern throughout the rest of the Church.  Though the document is centered towards mercy and "meeting people where they are at" or their personal situation, it fails to acknowledge the Church's teachings.  St. Pope John Paul II wrote in Familiaris Consortio (84): "However, the Church reaffirms her practice, which is based upon Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried. They are unable to be admitted thereto from the fact that their state and condition of life objectively contradict that union of love between Christ and the Church which is signified and effected by the Eucharist. Besides this, there is another special pastoral reason: if these people were admitted to the Eucharist, the faithful would be led into error and confusion regarding the Church's teaching about the indissolubility of marriage."   (http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_jp-ii_exh_19811122_familiaris-consortio.html)

The Church's teaching is clear.  I do not understand how Malta's bishops came up with another interpretation.  Let us pray for these bishops.  








Source:

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2017/01/13/maltas-bishops-tell-the-remarried-take-communion-if-you-feel-at-peace-with-god/?utm_content=buffer20d19&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

https://www.lifesitenews.com/all/today#article-breaking-maltas-bishops-to-allow-civilly-remarried-divorcees-to-receive-com

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-published-guidelines-suggest-pope-francis-support-for-communion-fo

http://ms.maltadiocese.org/WEBSITE/2017/PRESS%20RELEASES/Norms%20for%20the%20Application%20of%20Chapter%20VIII%20of%20AL.pdf



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