Fr. Raymond de Souza has written a thorough history of and “look ahead” to the controversy surrounding Francis’s deceptive and divisive exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia. In it he lays the blame for the crisis squarely where it belongs: at the feet of our worldly pope. Kudos to Fr. de Souza for writing it and to the Nat’l Catholic Register for publishing it. Here are the closing paragraphs:
To date, the defenders of Amoris Laetitia have not offered arguments as much as undemonstrated assertions and appeals to authority. Without a convincing argument to demonstrate why Amoris Laetitia does not run afoul of Veritatis Splendor, which it prima facie does, attacking those who raise questions remains only a short-term political tactic.
The magisterium is not, over the long term, shaped by such tactics.
We live, though, in the immediate term, where such tactics have their impact.
The year after the year of Amoris Laetitia will thus be one of greater acrimony and division, with those close to the Pope questioning the integrity of those who insist that, indeed, the cross of Christ has not lost its power and, in fact, remains that which makes possible the joy of love — even in the 21st century.