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The amoris laetitia dissenters
the murky world of distorting facts, creating false arguments and sowing confusion
the exhortation amoris laetitia
stephen walford* 04/01/2018
if loyal catholics around the world had hoped that the news of pope francis’ decision to raise the buenos aires bishops’ amoris laetitia guidelines to the level of “authentic magisterium” would bring to an end the dissent, then they were sadly mistaken.
if anything, the dissenters have dug their heels in even more. whereas at one time it was traditionalists and certain conservatives who looked accusingly at liberals for allowing the “smoke of satan” to enter the church, the finger is firmly pointing in the opposite direction now.
the most poisonous aspect of this dissent– causing us to question where exactly it originates from– is that it chooses to ignore what the pope has clearly taught and seeks to create confusion by making claims that are without any foundation. it also appears to be moving the goalposts on what constitutes the ordinary magisterium, tradition and the dogma of the indefectible nature of the church.
what is more, there is an arrogance and condescending clericalism from certain priests, theologians and canon lawyers toward ordinary catholics who dare to defend the holy father.
if we look at various examples of this dissent, a clear picture emerges that does not seem interested in the entire truth of what the church teaches.
take for instance the correctio filialis. the signatories claimed the pope (through words deeds or omissions) denied trent’s teaching that god always offers sufficient grace to keep the commandments. of course the pope never said any such thing; in fact francis actually teaches “for the law is itself a gift of god which points out the way, a gift for everyone without exception; it can be followed with the help of grace” (al 295). continued in comment section.