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Will No One Defend Us?

by Christopher A. Ferrara
March 16, 2017

What ever happened to the "formal correction" of the errors of Amoris Laetitia (AL), particularly Chapter 8 nos. 300-305, that was to follow the five dubia published by Cardinals Brandmüller, Burke, Caffarra and Meisner?  Press accounts after the publication of the dubia reported that the "formal correction" had been downgraded to a private remonstrance with Pope Bergoglio. This is a manifest absurdity as the dubia themselves were made public precisely because the Pope had already ignored their private submission. What good would another private intervention do?

The magnitude of the errors in AL which the dubia address is shown by the fourth and fifth dubium alone:

After the affirmations of Amoris Laetitia (n. 302) on “circumstances which mitigate moral responsibility,” does one still need to regard as valid the teaching of St. John Paul II’s encyclical Veritatis Splendor, n. 81, based on sacred Scripture and on the Tradition of the Church, according to which “circumstances or intentions can never transform an act intrinsically evil by virtue of its object into an act ‘subjectively’ good or defensible as a choice”?

After Amoris Laetitia (n. 303) does one still need to regard as valid the teaching of St. John Paul II’s encyclical Veritatis Splendor, n. 56, based on sacred Scripture and on the Tradition of the Church, that excludes a creative interpretation of the role of conscience and that emphasizes that conscience can never be authorized to legitimate exceptions to absolute moral norms that prohibit intrinsically evil acts by virtue of their object?

In essence the cardinals inquire of Pope Bergoglio: Do you mean to overturn the entire moral order in the realm of human sexuality by reducing exceptionless moral absolutes to mere rules to which there can be “exceptions” according to one’s “conscience?” An error of this gravity, promulgated to the whole Church in a papal document, demands public correction.

Yet, as Canon212.com reports, it has been 177 days since the Pope received the dubia, and there is still no sign that the four cardinals ever intend to honor their commitment to correct the errors of AL in an effective way.

And now we read on the Anonimo della Croce blogsite, authored by “Fra Cristoforo,” a priest with a reputed source in Casa Santa Marta, that the four cardinals “will no longer make the public correction they had preannounced” and that “they had met again some twenty days ago and opted for this choice.” The apparent motive is that “they did not feel supported by other Cardinals at the official level and have decided to throw in the towel.”

I make “Fra Cristoforo’s” plea my own, along with my translation: “Do not leave us alone.  Do not abandon us.  You cannot leave the Church in such confusion.  Many souls will thus be lost. And what will you say then to God?”

Help is not on the way.  Humanly speaking, we are on our own. As even cardinals quail, only the most dramatic intervention from on high can rescue us from the Bergoglian tumult, which is clearly a chastisement of the Church.  Our Lady of Fatima, intercede for us!