Cardinal Coccopalmerio on Amoris Laetitia:
Keep committing that old mortal sin if you
would otherwise commit a new one!
by Christopher A. Ferrara
February 15, 2017
The raging controversy over Amoris Laetita (AL) has just reached the level of a diabolical farce. Yesterday (February 14), Cardinal Franceso Coccopalmerio, President of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts, was supposed to appear at a Vatican press conference for the introduction of his “book” — actually little more than a hastily written pamphlet — concerning the “true meaning” of AL. The event was being billed as an indirect “official” response to the dubia of the four cardinals by yet another surrogate for Francis, who maintains a stony silence as he watches the Church descend into chaos thanks to his document.
At the appointed time, however, Coccopalmerio failed to show up at his own press conference, citing a “diary clash.” Philip Lawler, who has joined the ranks of mainstream Catholic commentators who have had quite enough of the Bergoglian circus, rightly scoffs at this feeble excuse for running away from the press:
“If you are a publisher, planning the launch of a new book, the very first thing you do is make sure the author will be available for the press conference. If you are the author, and a date is suggested, the very first thing you do is check for potential conflicts. Are we really expected to believe that neither the author nor the publisher did the very first thing to ensure that the press conference would be a success? If this book (a booklet, really) was considered so important, why couldn’t the cardinal rearrange his schedule to attend the press conference, even if he did have a conflict?”
The answer seems clear enough: Coccopalmerio wanted to drop his bomb while avoiding the blast zone. And a bomb it is, as these passages from the “book” demonstrate:
“The divorced and remarried, de facto couples, those cohabiting, are certainly not models of unions in sync with Catholic Doctrine, but the Church cannot look the other way. Therefore, the sacraments of Reconciliation and of Communion must be given even to those so-called wounded families and to however many who, despite living in situations not in line with traditional matrimonial canons, express the sincere desire to approach the sacraments after an appropriate period of discernment...
“Yes, therefore, to admission to the sacraments for those who, despite living in irregular situations, sincerely ask for admission into the fullness of ecclesial life, it is a gesture of openness and profound mercy on the part of Mother Church, who does not leave behind any of her children, aware that absolute perfection is a precious gift, but one which cannot be reached by everyone.
“[I]f the commitment to live as brother and sister proves possible without difficulty for the couple’s relationship, then the two cohabiting may accept it willingly; if, however, the commitment creates difficulties, the two partners seem to not be obligated in and of themselves, because they will meet the case of the subject spoken of in [AL] n. 301 with this clear expression: ‘[a subject] can be in a concrete situation which does not allow him or her to act differently and decide otherwise without further sin….’”
So, according to Coccopalmerio’s pamphlet, which is based solely on Chapter VIII of AL, not only the divorced and “remarried” but also “de facto couples” and “those cohabiting” must be given absolution in Confession and Holy Communion despite “situations not in line with traditional matrimonial canons” — meaning adultery and fornication — if (a) they “sincerely ask” for the Sacraments after (b) a period of “discernment” — whatever that means — and (c) they are “sincerely” convinced they cannot change their “irregular” situations.
The teaching of John Paul II in line with all of Tradition is simply overthrown: people living in adultery need not cease their adultery by living as brother and sister (for the sake of any children) when this would “create difficulty for the couple’s relationship.” What relationship? Partners in adultery do not have a relationship that needs to avoid “difficulty” but rather a relationship that needs to end!
By “difficulty,” Coccopalmerio means — citing AL, ¶ 301 — “a concrete situation which does not allow him or her to act differently and decide otherwise without further sin…” And what does Coccopalmerio mean by “further sin”? As reported by Crux magazine in its story on the pamphlet: “According to Coccopalmerio, the couples who can [live as brother and sister], should, but there’s also the reality that without sexual intimacy between a couple, the temptation to be unfaithful and find intimacy elsewhere grows.”
So, incredibly enough, Coccopalmerio declares in essence that someone living in adultery can continue to commit adultery with his/her partner in adultery while receiving Holy Communion if it is the case that otherwise he/she would end up fornicating with someone else!
The Catholic mind staggers before such a ludicrous total capitulation to the sexual zeitgeist by a Vatican cardinal, who, like the other Bergoglian surrogates participating in this diabolical farce, suggests — but dares not state explicitly — that Francis adheres to such heretical nonsense.
But God will draw a great good from this continuing debacle. The desperate attempt to defend the pernicious document Francis has propounded will produce ever-greater prodigies of false teaching, revealing to Catholics of good will that something is wrong in the Vatican, something of unprecedented magnitude. They will come to see, as those devoted to the Message of Fatima see, that we are in the midst of an apostasy that “begins at the top.” That apostasy, fearful though it is, can only be the final stage of the ecclesial crisis foretold in the Third Secret, and thus the beginning of dramatic events for the Church and the world that will lead, finally, to the Consecration of Russia and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart.