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Monday, 18 April 2016

Fr. Gerald Murray: Amoris Laetitia contains "..a dangerous statement..." regarding administration of the Sacraments

Fr. Gerald Murray of the Archdiocese of New York
There have been, and will continue to be, hysterical outbursts from nascent schismatics pertaining to the non Magisterial pronouncements contained within the Papal document, known as Amoris Laetitia. A number of over-zealous self-styled theologians have even gone so far as to denounce Cardinal Burke for not himself denouncing the Pope in a fit of hate and rage. Without love for - even one's enemies - all the orthodoxy in the world will not stop the hater from becoming a "hireling". No doubt, we will not have to wait long for Bishop Athanasius Schneider to be pilloried by those whose ignorance is only outdone by their arrogance. 

One sane voice in this hellish din (being encouraged by Satan and his minions) is the voice of Fr. Gerald Murray of the Archdiocese of New York. I thank Vox Cantoris for drawing our attention to the very serious interview conducted by Raymond Arroyo with Fr. Murray (and Robert Royal) on the strengths and weaknesses of the Exhortation. 

One grave weakness in the document is the Pope's seeming attempt in one part of AL to download doctrinal decisions to geographic location. This is, really, when one thinks about it, a variation of the old hopelessly illogical and untenable Anglican "Branch Theory". The Church of Christ is one, but different according to national region. Hence, in England one is an Anglican, in Italy a Catholic, in Russia an Orthodox. This becomes doctrinal relativism. 

Fr. Murray has this to say about this "branch theory" attempt: "well, I think this is a dangerous statement precisely because we are talking about the universal law of the Church regarding the administration of the Sacraments... that is very disturbing..."

The entire video can be watched at Vox Cantoris.