Canon lawyer Edward Peters writes a devastating rebuttal, first on his blog and then in CruxNews, of an argument for loosening the Church’s (and Christ’s) teaching on marriage and the reception of Holy Communion based on Francis’s “controverted” document Amoris Laetitia. Here’s the … crux of it:

First mistake: Keller writes, ‘As I respond [to Irma’s request for Communion], I must follow the guidelines that Pope Francis described in Amoris Laetitia, issued after the discussions and discernment of two Synods of Bishops on family life.’

Wrong. In administering holy Communion to a member of the faithful, Roman Catholic ministers are bound not by ‘guidelines’ supposedly fashioned from a single, ambiguous, and highly controverted papal document, but instead by the plain and dispositive text of another papal document, one called the Code of Canon Law, and by the common and constant interpretation accorded such norms over many centuries.”

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