The People Think the Pope is Teaching that Divorce is OK
This is what is really going on at grass roots. This is some reaction to Amoris Laetitia from a discussion on a Catholic Goup page I belong to.
Are these men "carefully discerning very rare circumstances" in which the words of Christ in the Gospel can be ignored and Marriage becomes dissoluble? Or are they interpreting Amoris Laetitia as an abolition of divorce? Whatever the careful wording that seeks to find a middle ground between pastoral care and rigid legalist interpretation, we have to recognise the essential contribution of objective truth, as emphasised in Veritatis Splendor. If we fail to do this, we end up with what you see here. Why? Well the truth is that popular piety seldom follows the mainstream of theology and for many Catholics, there are fundamental contradictions in their lives that have never been addressed.
The greatest of these for gentlemen of a certain age is their children. There seems to be a social situation prevalent at the moment where we can only condone our children's actions. We never can criticise or say they are wrong. Therefore it doesn't really matter what they get up to, we can accept all kinds of heresy and sacrilege and justify it with an emotional appeal to love.
But real love cares about what happens to people. It doesn't simply condone, it has the courage to act in the best interests of the person you care about.
This is what happens when state law is put above church law. We forget we are citizens of God & bound to a much older constitution. We are bound by two sets of laws, Church & State. Church laws, which are based on the laws of God, we seem to have forgotten about. Ideally Church & state should be in harmony. It's the oldest system of law continuously in existence in the world.
The OP on this thread is only thinking about state law. His Daughter-in-Law is still married.
What is going on here is an attack on the fundamental roots of the faith. The attack is on marriage itself and tries to justify that attack by saying "the pope said.."
I strongly feel that this common attitude among a laity starved of the true power of the Gospel (i.e. kerygma, catachesis) and NEVER called to metanoia (change/ repentance) from the pulpit for fear of 'upsetting' them, coupled with the fact they are all still dealing with the aftermath of the sexual revolution- which we have all been trying so hard to reconcile with what the Church teaches, will be hard to reverse. Now it seems to all (as demonstrated by this conversation above) that a Pope has said that Christ's words can be ignored, how are we going to get that jack back in the box??
The massive problem is that Jesus gave so few moral imperatives in the Gospel, but the ones he did give are about Marriage. So this attack is at the very core of the faith.
Those who are defending this relativist interpretation of Amoris Laetitia are leading souls down the wide road:
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.
This is why I keep blogging about this and will continue to keep blogging about it. We can't just keep silent and leave it up to the Holy Spirit, we have to walk our Catholic talk.