The Vatican Press has now published a booklet by the head of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts—not writing in his official capacity—which argues that Amoris Laetitia is perfectly clear and then proposes yet another interpretation.
It is no wonder that Phil Lawler has had to write another installment: Vatican follies, continued.
Phil also comments briefly on two related matters: Theologians’ conflicts of interest, featuring that stalwart opponent of Humanae Vitae, Gregory Baum; and a timely reflection on Judging God’s law by human standards.
Perhaps the biggest problem created in this pontificate is that faithful Catholics no longer really know if they are welcome in Rome. I have pulled out all the stops to answer that question: Warning: Our strengths are often our weaknesses. Same with the Pope.
Despite problems, though, much of what Pope Francis says is worth hearing. Here are three recent addresses:
Devotés of Our Lady of Fatima will be happy to know that Monday is, in Portugal, the feast of Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto.
Finally, please note again that Lent begins on March 1st, and the Lenten volume of our Liturgical Year eBook Series has just been released.
Once again, I invite you to visit our Lenten Workshop.