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Vatican Canon Law Official Explains ‘Amoris Laetitia’

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  1. Piers Forrester says:

    According to the cardinal, a person who is in an objectively adulterous relationship can “access the Eucharist as long as there is the impossibility of immediately changing the situation of sin”. By making this claim he is saying that sometimes the commandments are impossible for a Catholic to observe and it is impossible to avoid sinning. I don’t see any reason why this new development shouldn’t be seen as an opening not only for adulterers but also hitmen, human traffickers, abortionists, etc. For people who rely on such professions to provide for their family (which could very well be broken up were they to be left without financial security) it may well seem “impossible” to repent and “change their situation of sin”.

    Yet the Council of Trent declared that “if anyone says that the commandments of God are, even for one that is justified and constituted in grace, impossible to observe, let him be anathema.” Likewise Scripture teaches that “no temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Cor 10:13).

    If the cardinal is right, the obvious theological and pastoral consequence is that sometimes God’s grace is not enough to enable us to obey Him, and that we sometimes are tempted beyond our strength. Grave sins that potential involve even murder might not be a hindrance to partaking of the sacramental life of the Church. It would also mean that Ecumenical Councils are not infallible in their declarations.

    Or perhaps Sacred Scripture and the Church’s infallible teaching are right, and the cardinal and Amoris Laetitia are wrong. The idea that people sleeping with other people’s wives can sometimes receive Holy Communion has never been taught by the Church ever before, after all.