Some Catholics might be tempted to breathe a sigh of relief that the demands of the Gospel can now all be read in the light of Amoris Laetitia.
These include (forgive me if I slightly paraphrase some of Our Lord's direct teachings out of sheer laziness in looking them up on Bible website)...
'I say to you that anyone who puts away his wife and marries another commits adultery.'
'If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off, it is better to enter into life mutilated, than to have your whole body thrown into hell.'
As above, replacing 'hand' with 'eyes'.
'Anyone who looks at another's wife with lust in his heart commits adultery.'
'It would be better for anyone who causes one of these little ones to stumble to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck.'
'What God has joined together let no man put asunder.'
'Do not give what is holy to the dogs.'
'If any man should come after me let him take up his cross, deny himself and follow me.'
Apparently, these words, these teachings of Jesus must be read in the light of Amoris Laetitia! That would be far more preferable to Cardinal Schonborn, than reading the Exhortation in the light of Christ! I am sure there are many more words of Our Lord and Saviour which would embarrass the theology presented to Catholics in Amoris Laetitia. For charitable reasons, I believe that most bloggers and Catholic commentators - most Cardinals and Bishops and priests who believe the document is riddled with strange doctrines - do not promote the document or highlight it because the light of the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ reveals its inadequacies.
Of course, I am sure that there are more words of Our Blessed Lord which can be read in the light of Amoris Laetitia. Unfortunately, it is doubtful that that light will illuminate the message of the Gospel.
The question is, can Amoris Laetitia be read in the Light of the Lord...
..and still be called Catholic?
It might be that with some mental gymnastics and a degree of mental reservation, Amoris Laetitia can be read 'in the light of the Church's tradition', but I don't think the words of Jesus Christ are so easily read 'in the light of Amoris Laetitia.' They oppose Amoris Laetitia. For this reason, Cardinal Schonborn's words this week are, quite frankly, as hilarious as they are ill-judged.
Most would say that Catholic Church began in the Year of Our Lord 33AD at Pentecost. Some theologians would argue that the Catholic Church was born at the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God, who was chosen before all time to bear the Son of the Eternal Father. But just what kind of 'theologian' would suggest the Catholic Church was born in 2016?
|'In the dazzling light of Amoris Laetitia, please just forget more or less everything I did, said and taught'|
I've long argued (with several others) that the vanguard have opted for a scorched earth policy. With Cardinal Schonborn, we can see that Year Zero is upon us. May the Lord preserve us from this insanity and restore a sense of the sacred to those who have, in the Catholic Hierarchy, lost it, abandoned it, or rejected it, in favour of something that - in the light of the Gospel and the teachings of Pope Francis's venerable predecessors - is completely incoherent, potentially schismatic and dangerous to souls.
In layman's terms the whole tone of Amoris Laetitia is: 'Follow Jesus Christ? Listen mate, it's not worth it!'
Restoring the sacred to the Liturgy of the Church says: 'Follow Jesus Christ? Yes, He is worth it. For worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive glory, honour, power and worship!