Bishop Egan: "Growing Problems" Because of Amoris Laetitia -- "Pray for the Church"
(London) While some Church representatives declare that everything is in order, others call for prayer because of "growing problems" because of Amoris laetitia .
The Archbishop Emeritus of Barcelona, Cardinal Sistach, declared a few days ago that everything was in order. The controversial post-synodal letter Amoris laetitia of Pope Francis was "clear" and "not ambiguous," which is why he could not understand why other Cardinals had Dubia (doubts).
The English bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth is of a different opinion. He notes "growing problems" in the Church. The reason for this is Amoris laetitia . Because of the interpretation of this papal document, which accuses the critic of ambiguity in the decisive passages, there is growing disagreement and "discord" in the diocese and the parishes.
As Bishop Egan announced, the priesthood of his diocese raised the question of whether the priests should follow the pope or the bishop. Behind it lies the Interpretation-chaos (New York Times), which has split the church since the publication of Amoris laetitia . With reference to ecclesiastical marriage and the ordinance of the sacraments, Bishop Egan had declared that once again married divorced persons would be denied admission to the sacraments if they were not abstinent in the new union.
This interpretation of the pastoral guidelines is in open conflict with other bishops, decidedly calling for their new doctrine and practice on Amoris laetitia .
Because of the growing conflict in the Church, which has been created by Amoris laetitia , Bishop Egan has called upon the faithful to "pray for the Church" on Wednesday.
Literally, the bishop wrote after the meeting of the priests of his diocese:
"Council of Priests yesterday: Whom do we obey, the bishop or the pope? I'd say Both! But there's a growing problem: let's pray 4 the Church. "