Monday, May 2, 2016

Interview of Cardinal Brandmüller on "Amoris laetitia": "Exceptions Are a Dead End"

Vatican City ( Many commentators believe that after the Pope's Letter on Marriage and Family "Amoris laetitia," there was a possible admission of remarried divorcees to communion in individual cases. In the interview with the Katholischen Nachrichten-Agentur (KNA), Cardinal Walter Brandmüller (87) explained how he thinks this is a misinterpretation, for example, how the footnote number  351 is read and that  "Amoris laetitia" can be  a "wake-up call" for the Catholic Church in Germany.

KNA: your Eminence, you were described by the newspaper "Bild" as a critic of the post-synodal letter "Amoris laetitia" of Pope Francis. What do you not like about this document on marriage and family?

Brandmüller: On that I must disagree. This is a misrepresentation of the facts. I have not yet publicly expressed myself after the publication of the letter. I have published an aid to interpreting the expected document only before publication. So to talk about a criticism is also incorrect. 

KNA: In your guide to interpretation you speak against any exceptions for the admission of those divorced and remarried in individual cases. But many commentators have understood "Amoris laetitia" exactly as this. Are your fears justified then? 

Brandmüller: Yes, some interpretations in fact go wrong. To allow exceptions in individual cases is a dead end. I made ​​that clear in my aid to interpretation. What is fundamentally impossible for reasons of faith, it is also in the individual case. This was prior to the appearance of "Amoris laetitia" as well as afterwards. It is Catholic doctrine that a validly concluded and consummated marriage can not be dissolved by any power on earth -  certainly not by the Church. Jesus says: "What God has joined together, man must not separate." And: Whoever divorces his wife from the marriage and marries another, commits adultery against her. Even a woman commits adultery when she divorces her husband and marries another." So now the question: Can I really receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ, that is, Himself, being aware what He said and yet disregarding  it?

KNA: Pope Francis himself answered the question in the affirmative, if through his writing, where "specific new possibilities" for the divorced and remarried have been created.  What are these then?

 Brandmüller: There are parts of the letter "Amoris Laetitia" that are very beautiful and leading spiritually  into the depths and has more significant things to offer than answers to the marginal problems of the so-called  remarried divorcees.  Anyone who thinks there is an opportunity to receive absolution and communion  in "Amoris laetitia",  they would have to seek it  in the footnote 351 in Chapter 8. There is talk that such believers in the Church could be provided the means to the Sacraments, in certain cases. This was interpreted in fact in the said sense. 

But: the nature of specific cases which might be, remains unsaid. Also, it must be asked whether a footnote of about three lines is sufficient to overthrow the entire teachings of popes and Councils on this subject. Certainly not! Rather  this footnote should be interpreted even more strictly in accordance with the constant teaching of the Church. The Church can not contradict itself. 

KNA: What does this writing mean for the Catholic Church in Germany?

Brandmüller "Amoris laetitia" should really serve as a wake up call in Germany. It is now at last insists not only upon focusing in the marriage preparation on sociology and psychology, but to convey the profound teaching of the Church on the sanctity and beauty of authentic marriage and helps young people  to  succeed in marriage and a hand at building a family.

The Regensburg Bishop, Rudolf Voderholzer recently made this insightfully important point: especially  the pastorally unilateral acts should cease that negate the Church's credibility and bring about disagreement and confusion.  "Amoris laetitia" could be the new start to an ecclesial pastoral care of marriage, if one choses to align pastoral practice clearly with the doctrine of the faith. Everything else would fail from its own inner untruthfulness. (C) 2016 CBA Catholic News Agency. All rights reserved. Photo: (c)
Trans: Tancred


Williams said...

Well now the big question has been answered by the Cardinal. Amoris Laetitia say no communion for divorced, remarried people in the Catholic Church.

Ed Williams

Anonymous said... be realist, every decision is in Bishops' hands, the BoR will never decide, he lets them act just the way they's the new field church, more dead than blessed men, one god for all and all for one god......till the Master comes.

C.J. said...

It may be a Dead End but how many will ignore the sign and turn down that road anyway? It isn't as though anyone is going to put up a roadblock. Ignoring the rules and having no one in authority to challenge it is how the United States got an illegal alien for a "president".

With or without the statements about this "dead end" the result will be the same. Those with a lust for their sins will hear what they want to hear from their bishops who also hear what they want to hear from the pope. Isn't this exactly what the second Vatican Council was all about with their collegiality crap?The problem is Francis and until the call goes up from their ranks for his removal from the papal throne they are just whistling in the wind.

Anonymous said...

It's a confusing, insidious, deceptive mess. Typical Heresy of Modernism but so slippery to nail down. St. Pius X, pray for us!

Tancred said...

And yet it can't change Church teaching, and Christ's words.

Williams said...

Congratulations to you. Searching the internet has turned up that in the English-speaking world, only you have the story about Cardinal Brandmüller saying Amoris Laetitia is good Catholic teaching. It looks like only two other blogs even know about the story and they've linked to you.

So Cardinal Brandmüller has said Amoris Laetitia is good for the Church and doesn't let Catholics that are divorced and remarried have Communion.

Ed Williams

Aged parent said...

The reason, Cardinal Brandmuller, that there are conflicting interpretations is because the letter is vague, ambiguous ad unclear.

Casey B said...

It doesn't matter what Cardinal Brandmuller states. It matters what Pope Francis states and he was evasive. On the plane interview on the return trip from the island of Lesbos, Journalist Jean-Marie Guenois of Le Figaro (see link asked Pope Francis point blank about the footnote. Pope Francis gives an evasive answer. There was the opportunity right there to clear things up. Draw your own conclusions.

Anonymous said...

All the ambiguity and equivocation are designed for one end: to change in the Church's praxis what they cannot change directly in her doctrine. It is vintage modernism---and vintage Francis. It is the orthodox Catholics who must now do all kinds of gymnastics, verbal and otherwise, to make it appear that the Church still upholds the sacrament of matrimony. The Francis farce continues, therefore, apace. Edmund

Tancred said...

It doesn't matter what Francis says.

Anonymous said...

Pope Saint Pius X proclaimed Eternal Truth. Our present day shepherds (with exception of Bishop Athanasius Schneider) are spineless cowards.