Bishop Schneider: Pope’s exhortation will lead to practice that ‘trivializes and profanes … three sacraments’
June 7, 2016 (Voice of the Family) -- Bishop Athanasius Schneider has made his strongest comments yet on the “real spiritual danger” posed by the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The bishop said that the document contains expressions that are “objectively erroneous” and which “one can hardly interpret… according to the holy immutable Tradition of the Church.”
Bishop Schneider’s remarks were made in a letter to the Catholic newspaper The Remnant in response to an open letter by contributor Chris Ferrara, which asked the bishop “to do everything in his power to persuade his brethren in the episcopacy… to mount concerted and decisive public opposition to the destructive novelties of Amoris Laetitia.”
Among the many important points made by Bishop Schneider in his reply, we wish to draw attention to the following:
(i) that the “the natural and logical consequences” of Amoris Laetitia will include “doctrinal confusion, a fast and easy spreading of heterodox doctrines” and “the adoption and consolidation of the praxis of admitting divorced and remarried to Holy Communion, a praxis which will trivialize and profane, as to say, at one blow three sacraments: the sacrament of Marriage, of Penance, and of the Most Holy Eucharist”
(ii) that all Catholics “who still take seriously their baptismal vows, should with one voice make a profession of fidelity, enunciating concretely and clearly all those Catholic truths, which are in some expressions in AL undermined or ambiguously disfigured”
(iii) that exaggerated views of papal infallibility are “contrary to the teaching of Jesus and of the whole Tradition of the Church. Such a totalitarian understanding and application of Papal infallibility is not Catholic, is ultimately worldly, like in a dictatorship; it is against the spirit of the Gospel and of the Fathers of the Church.”
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(iv) that future popes “will be grateful to those bishops, theologians and lay people” who raised their voices in this time of “great confusion.”
The full letter can be read at The Remnant.
Further analysis of Amoris Laetitia
Key Doctrinal Errors and Ambiguities of Amoris Laetitia, Matthew McCusker,
Building a Catholic Resistance Movement, John Smeaton
The Current Crisis in the Context of Church History, Professor Roberto de Mattei