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Theologians Propose to Re-Write Catechism & Canon Law in Light of Amoris Laetitia
By Maike Hickson on June 17, 2016

An article published on 12 June by — the Catholic news agency partly funded by the Austrian bishops — has received a great deal of attention in Europe. Two Italian websites — La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana and Il Timone — have both reported on it. So has the Austrian Catholic website The reason for all the attention is that the article at includes several important statements from progressive Catholic theologians who have unmistakably read Amoris Laetitia in a very lax and sentimentally liberal way.

Vox Wrote:But of course.

One statement is taken from the Swiss theologian Eva-Maria Faber, who, in a paper written together with a colleague (Martin Lintner), proposes to adapt the Catholic Catechism to the new developments as proposed by the papal exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Additionally, Rainer Bucher — another theologian from Graz, Austria — proposes now to “re-contextualize moral theology and canon law” in light of Amoris Laetitia. According to kathpress, another theologian, Stephan Goertz — a strong defender of homosexuality — sees that Amoris Laetitia has “made free [sic]the path for different interpretations in the local dioceses.”

Vox Wrote:How can a Catholic theologian consider himself a "strong defender of homosexuality"? "Homosexuals," I understand -- and would hope that any such defenses of those suffering from SSA is coupled with the recognition of Catholic teaching about homosexual acts. But defending "homosexuality" is like defending manic depression. Makes no sense.

Of course, we all know what's meant here. This cat wants to make homosexual acts moral in the eyes of Catholics.

According to kathpress, another German theologian with a well-known progressive background, Klaus Lüdicke, stresses that Pope Francis has now re-defined “irregular relationships” in general, saying that they cannot per se be any longer regarded as gravely sinful. He has therefore come to the conclusion that all these couples – to include the “remarried” divorcees – should now be permitted access to the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Faber and Lintner reached a similar conclusion, claiming that no “irregular situation” can per se be described as being gravely sinful – according to Amoris Laetitia itself.

Vox Wrote:It's one thing to share a roof; it's another to engage in fornication. And putting oneself in a near occasion of sin is always a bad idea. No amount of jiggling around is going to change that.

Why don't these people give up, move on,  become Episcopalians or Satanists or whatever matches their real premises?

Important to remember in this context is that Professor Faber of Chur, Switzerland, was one of the speakers at the controversial May 2015 “Shadow Council” at the Gregorian University in Rome. As German Catholic author Mathias von Gersdorff says, Professor Faber had previously written a book where she puts in doubt the indissolubility of marriage. Martin Lintner had also caused a stir when he was interviewed last summer by the German branch of Vatican Radio, which first published the interview accompanied by a picture showing two women kissing. It was Rome Correspondent Edward Pentin who first reported on the story to the English-speaking world. In the interview, Lintner proposed that it was time to “rethink the Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality.”

The Austrian Catholic news agency’s editorial tone on these issues is noticeably neutral, concluding with these words: “To sum it up: after Amoris Laetitia, it is now up to the local churches and Bishops’ Conferences to draw their own pastoral conclusions from the document.” By way of contrast, La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana offers commentary that is more faithful to the Catholic Church’s own traditional moral teaching. The latter publication questions whether the “novelty of Amoris Laetitia” – which seems to be pastoral, but might also actually lead to a doctrinal “revision of the Catechism” – has, after all, anything to do with a “harmonious development.”

Vox Wrote:
That's how all this will work out, of course. Bishop after Bishop making "pastoral" decisions that lead onlookers to come to the conclusion that fornication, remarrying after a valid marriage that "ended" in civil divorce, homosexual acts, using artificial birth control, and all the rest of the rot is OK-fine.

But, please God, don't let these jokers write a new Catechism! I can't imagine anything more horrible!
Quote:Why don't these people give up, move on,  become Episcopalians or Satanists or whatever matches their real premises?

I have two answers to this:

1.  Despite all their dissent and belly-aching, these people recognize that the Church teaches the Truth and they hunger for it (this is for my more charitable days).

2.  It's more fun to throw rocks through the stained glass windows when you are insde the cathedral (this is my usual answer  :().
Well, that's a horrifying thought.
That article just made my colon cringe.
I think we should read and interpret Amoris Laetitia in light of the Catechism that we already have.