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I herewith intend to get out of the way that agit- provocative tactical psywar session in Boston last week on ramming AL through the already wide-open doors of the secularized Church in the USA.

That Jesuit-run Boston College conference on AL

Oct. 6, 2017

[Fr Z's comments in red]

The Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) has a post about a conference on Amoris Laetitia held at Jesuit-run Boston College. The report has an aggressively tendentious title: “Conference weighs how ‘Amoris Laetitia’ rejects ‘infantilization of laity’.” Infantaiization?

First, consider some of the speakers: [bCardinal Blase Cupich, Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory, Malta Archbishop Charles Scicluna and San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy, Natalia Imperatori-Lee, a theologian at Manhattan College, Jesuit Fr. James Keenan, Jesuit Antonio “2+2=5” Spadaro, C. Vanessa White, a theologian at Catholic Theological Union, etc.

Great, right? What could go wrong? Everything, apparently.

It is hard to assess the usefulness of conference from a news piece written by someone with a clear agenda, but we can glean a few things from the quotes.

One thing that emerged is that they are pushing the primacy of “experience”. This means that if your experience prompts you to do X, well, that must be okay even though the Church teaches that X might even be intrinsically evil. Your “experience” authorizes you to do X. Furthermore, the clergy’s role must then be to affirm your choice and accompany you as you pursue it. I think I got that right.
Leaving aside completely Cupich’s talk, for now… Natalia Imperatori-Lee, a theologian at Manhattan College, said Latino reception of Amoris Laetitia “cannot be understood” outside the historical legacy of the colonial system in the Americas. “ Oh, Sure. Right!

Imperatori-Lee said that in Francis’s call for better respect of decisions that laypeople make in their lives, Latinos see the pope “pointing to the infantilization of laypeople and families that is so commonly a feature of colonization.” [colonization?]

“The infantilization of the laity has its historical roots in a view of laypeople as objects of clerical control: pay, pray and obey, or as Pius X notes in [the 1906 encyclical] Vehementer Nos, “the protagonist of its own destiny.”

“Couples become the subjects of their history, even as pastors and confessors retain a role of accompaniment and listening,” she said.

I’m pretty sure that this is code for: [You don’t have to listen to the Church if you don’t want to.

“The replacement of conscience is an act of domination, again colonization,” she said, paraphrasing Peruvian theologian Gregorio Pérez. [I wonder what theological school he could be aligned with.] “It is an abuse of power. The formation of conscience, on the other hand, is life-giving ministry.” [I’m not quite sure who that Gregorio Pérez is, but I suspect it could be this guy.] [Fr Z links to some biodata that identifies Perez as a passionate ‘liberation theologian].

I think this means that if a priest or bishop teaches something clear about what the Church teaches on faith and morsals, that would constitute an attempt to “replace” the conscience and is, therefore, a symptom of domination, like colonization (which must, I guess, be really bad… colonization must be evil). I’ll bet that the speaker thinks that “formation” of conscience means something like affirming whatever people think, with your fingers crossed that they’ll get it right on their own… but if they don’t, affirm them anyway. You don’t, after all, want to be a colonizer.

And this….
C. Vanessa White, a theologian at Catholic Theological Union, focused on how the black Catholic community has understood the exhortation. To prepare for her talk, she sought input from other black Catholic theologians and lay ministers on how the document had affected their parishes.

“Sad to say, most of those who responded say there has been little impact,” said White. One lay minister told her: “When Amoris Laetitia first came out it was discussed briefly … but there wasn’t an overall interest from the parish to read the document in its entirety. That’s more like it!

And what to make of this? Cathleen Kaveny, a theologian and civil lawyer at Boston College, spoke about how the church considers people who have been divorced and remarried without first obtaining annulments.

Kaveny used her dual professional background to examine how the church might turn to U.S. civil law as a resource for a re-evaluation of how it sees remarriage as a continuing kind of adultery. [US civil law as resource… Does that mean theological locus? What about laws that permit abortion? Aren’t there still some sodomy laws on the books? What about the Ohio law that it is illegal for five women to live in the same house?]

She cited a case in which the Supreme Court decided that prosecutors pursuing a case gainst polygamists could not charge them with separate counts for each year they were married because the crime had to align with the “lived experience” of the people at question. [There it is. “lived experience”. But wait! The good stuff is coming up!]

“Jesus clearly disfavored adultery,” Kaveny concluded. Disfavored. Interesting word choice. I can picture Christ now, biting his lower lip like Bill Clinton and then accompanying the adulterers with a hug and smile.] “It’s clear that he rejects divorce and remarriage as contrary to the original will of God. [Get ready for the poison…] But nothing in Jesus’s words or conduct demand that the sin involved in divorce and remarriage must be conceptualized as a sin that continues indefinitely, without the possibility of effective repentance.” [What she means, I think, is that at a certain point the adulterous union ceases to be a sin without any changes or amendment of life. ]

“To impose such a requirement in every case is not merciful,” she said. “And mercy is the ultimate touchstone for the divine lawgiver.” [Mercy means never having to say “I’m sorry".]

“We do not need to disturb Jesus’s teaching in order to refine and develop it in these ways, in ways that moral theologians and canon lawyers have always done,” she said. [‘To refine and develop Jesus’s teaching indeed! Bergoglio’s hubris has infected his minions!]

Look. This is a biased report in the worst excuse for a catholic source you can find. It is hard to know what really happened there from this mishmash of quotes. However, I’ll bet you all the money in your pocket that it was held to promote a specific agenda, and that no one walked out wondering what it was.

The AL agitprop workshop in Boston
and Schrödinger’s cat

Oct. 7, 2017

I wrote about the first installment of coverage of the agitprop workshop going on at Boston College about issues concerning Amoris Laetitia. It seems to me, having read something about the second round (including the talk about Jesuit Fr. Antonio “2+2=5” Spadaro) that this is a practical workshop for [Bergoglian] agents where they are giving marching orders and talking points for how to attack those who disagree with their interpretations.

I just had a great conversation with a fellow who is a physicist. We were talking about the work of another physicist who was part of the gravity team which was awarded the Nobel Prize... In the course of our chat the classic case of Schrödinger’s Cat came up. And in reference to the BC agitprop workshop, I observed that, right now, those who are undermining Catholic teaching with ambiguity and chatter about “lived experience” have jettisoned the principle of non-contradiction.

Something hit me. The people who are saying, in effect, that people who are in the state of sin can go to Communion without confession and a firm purpose of amendment, are like those who stand in front of the box containing Schrödinger’s Cat. Except, they refuse to open it in order to find out what’s inside. So long as they never have to open the box, the cat is both alive and dead at the same time.

When questions are asked (“Is the cat dead or alive inside that box, Prof. Schrödinger?”), instead of opening the box to find out, the key is simply squirreled away in a place no one can access. Hence, you can have one bishops’ conference interpreting ALs one way while another conference goes another way, in blatant violation of the principle of non-contradiction.

Refuse to look and you can have it anyway you want. That’s fine when it’s just a cat in a box. It’s not fine when we are talking about the salvation of souls.

More on the AL workshop in Boston
By John-Henry Westen

BOSTON, Massachusetts, October 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Two cardinals and a dozen bishops attended a conference this week at Boston College where they met with a number of dissident Catholics to discuss strategies for implementing Pope Francis’ controversial teachings on marriage and family in dioceses across the United States.

Jesuit Fr. James Keenan, a theologian at Boston College and one of the main organizers of the October 5-6 event, said the conference will “fortify and further the ongoing reception of Amoris in the U.S." He said that the event is about “setting an agenda for the future of the Church” in the U.S.

Keenan had testified in 2003 against a Massachusetts amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. He argued that “as a priest and as a moral theologian, I cannot see how anyone could use the Roman Catholic tradition to support [the amendment].” He said the bill would deny “gays and lesbians” the “full range of human and civil rights.”

The dissident news service National Catholic Reporter (NCR) appears to have been given the exclusive privilege of covering the conference. Links about the event on Boston College’s website refer to articles on NCR’s website. On its website, NCR states that a “handful of press outlets have been invited to report on the proceedings, including NCR.” It remains unclear, however, if any faithful [orthodox] Catholic news outlets covered the event.

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago is co-hosting the conference. In June, the cardinal interpreted Amoris Laetitia as a call for Catholics to graduate from “an adolescent spirituality into an adult spirituality” where they will be able to use their “freedom of conscience” to “discern truth” in their life. [Chicago has had the great misfortune to go from the most Ratzingerian of US cardinals in the late Cardinal George, a genuine intellectual and holy man, to the most Bergoglian of robots in Cupich (in my mind, I think of him as ‘Cup-yechhh’!)]

During the 2015 Synod of the Family, which Cupich attended at Pope Francis’s personal invitation, the then-archbishop said that active homosexuals should be able to receive Holy Communion. He later defended his view in an ABC interview, stating that if “gay people” in “good conscience” discern that they should receive Holy Communion, then “they have to follow their conscience.”

The Boston College conference consisted of panel discussions between prelates, theologians, and canon lawyers, many of whom hold positions contrary to perennial Catholic teaching on marriage, the sacraments, conscience, and the existence of absolute moral norms.

[Westen proceeds to report the same things Fr. Z picked up in his Oct. 6 blog from the Fishwrap, so I shall not repeat them.

Attending the conference is Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro, papal confidant and editor of the Italian magazine La Civiltà Cattolica. Spadaro has defended Amoris Laetitia as opening the door for divorced and remarried Catholics to access the Sacraments. He stirred controversy in January when he tweeted in reference to the backlash caused by the Pope’s teaching that “2 + 2 in #Theology can make 5” because “it has to do with #God and real #life of #people.”

Spadaro told attendees at the conference that after Amoris Laetitia, the Catholic Church can no longer set down general rules that apply to entire groups of people.

"We must conclude that the pope realizes that one can no longer speak of an abstract category of persons and ... [a] praxis of integration in a rule that is absolutely to be followed in every instance," he said.

"Since the degree of responsibility is not equal in all cases, the consequences or effects of a rule need not necessarily always be the same,"
[colore] he added.

"It is no longer possible to judge people on the basis of a norm that stands above all," he concluded.

[The above statements by Spadaro are what PewSitter headlined as “Pope Francis thinks the Ten Commandments are optional”, which is the sense of what Spadaro said, but still, the headline PS went for suggests Spadaro said so literally.]

Also attending the conference was Cardinal Kevin Farrell, head of the Vatican's new Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. Farrell has said that Communion for [unqualified] remarried divorcees is the outcome of a “process of discernment and of conscience” that is arrived at after a “journey” where the couple is accompanied by a priest. He has criticized a fellow U.S. bishop’s guidelines that refuses Communion to the remarried as causing “division.”

He has also praised Jesuit Fr. James Martin’s book ‘Building A Brid ge’ which has been criticized by other bishops, and even a cardinal, for its failure to speak about the sinfulness of homosexual acts and its tendency to normalize homosexuality.

Farrell spoke yesterday on a panel about Amoris Laetitia’s message to Catholics who have become disaffected by authority structures, according to National Catholic Reporter.

Speakers also included Malta Archbishop Charles Scicluna, who co-wrote guidelines for implementing Amoris Laetitia in January that allow civilly-divorced-and-remarried Catholics living in adultery to receive Communion if they are “at peace with God.”

The Malta archbishop told Malta Indep in a 2016 interview that homosexual civil unions are a "service to the dignity of these people.” “I think that we should support legislation that gives same-sex partners their dignity and their social protection,” he said. Malta legalized homosexual “marriage” in July with little opposition from Scicluna or his brother bishop, Mario Grech.

Also attending the conference is San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy. He called on priests in his diocese last November to allow divorced and remarried Catholics living in adultery to “utilize the internal forum of conscience in order to discern if God is calling them to return to the Eucharist." He has also told priests to embrace "LGBT families" in their parishes.

The conference took place about two weeks after 60 Catholic clergy and lay scholars from around the world issued a “Filial Correction” to Pope Francis for “propagating heresy,” asserting that Pope Francis has supported heretical positions about marriage, the moral life, and the Eucharist that are causing a host of “heresies and other errors” to spread throughout the Catholic Church.

Finally, a wrap-up from Fr. Z….

The Boston AL conference as a 'how-to’
in the Bergoglian ‘Cultural Revolution’

Oct. 9, 2017

The recent Jesuit-run Boston College conference on the reception of Amoris Laetitia in these USA seems to have been intended as a closed workshop on how to “struggle” (in the Cultural Revolution sense) against the Four Olds (in this case, Familiaris Consortio, Veritatis splendor, Humanae vitae, and the Principle of Non-Contradiction). As a confirmation of same, I noted at LifeSite‘s article about it:

The dissident news service National Catholic Reporter (NCR) [aka Fishwrap aka National Schismatic Reporter] appears to have been given the exclusive privilege of covering the conference. Links about the event on Boston College’s website refer to articles on NCR’s website. On its website, NCR states that a “handful of press outlets have been invited to report on the proceedings, including NCR.”

Look at the line up of cadres and commissars who spoke. Look at the Jesuit-run location. Look at the planned and controlled coverage. What could go wrong?

Now we see the lib catholic equivalent of Big Letter Posters from Fishwrap. They have received their caps and booklets. It’ll be a constant harangue now of “Down with the Cow Demons! Down with the Snake Spirits! Down with Dubia Askers!” Soon we will see their version of the Four Pests Campaign rev up against “Converts who Have Opinions, Lovers of Tradition, Signers of Filial Letters, Upholders of Law”. Let us go Down To The Countryside of “Lived Experience”.

We must now force the legalist Cow Demons to learn the wisdom of El Pueblo and their “lived experience” which overcomes the Four Olds. Criticize! RECTIFY!

(I suppose some will question my choice of imagery.)

How many people attended this workshop? Here is a photo from Fishwrap of the “participants”.

Tens of people! Perhaps these were just the speakers and organizers? Wait…. that was the attendance! According to Fishwrap: “These panel presentations were stimulating and prompted an extraordinary amount of discourse among all 40 participants”.
[Edited by TERESA BENEDETTA 10/27/2017 11:10 PM]
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