Amoris Laetitia as it actually is IV: Obligations, Conversions, Abortion & School Choice

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Amoris Laetitia as it actually is IV: Obligations, Conversions, Abortion & School Choice

The lat­est in a series of post look­ing at Amoris Laeti­tia as it’s actu­ally writ­ten as opposed to how it’s spun.

Did you know that mar­riage has oblig­a­tions in terms of par­ent­hood? This pope does

68. “Blessed Paul VI, in the wake of the Sec­ond Vat­i­can Coun­cil, fur­ther devel­oped the Church’s teach­ing on mar­riage and the fam­ily. In a par­tic­u­lar way, with the Encycli­cal Humanae Vitae he brought out the intrin­sic bond between con­ju­gal love and the gen­er­a­tion of life: ‘Mar­ried love requires of hus­band and wife the full aware­ness of their oblig­a­tions in the mat­ter of respon­si­ble par­ent­hood, which today, rightly enough, is much insisted upon, but which at the same time must be rightly under­stood… The exer­cise of respon­si­ble par­ent­hood requires that hus­band and wife, keep­ing a right order of pri­or­i­ties, rec­og­nize their own duties towards God, them­selves, their fam­i­lies and human soci­ety’ (No. 10). In the Apos­tolic Exhor­ta­tion Evan­gelii Nun­tiandi, Paul VI high­lighted the rela­tion­ship between the fam­ily and the Church”.

I can see Amanda Mar­cotte pulling out her hair now.

And did you know that min­is­ter­ing to those in “imper­fect rela­tion­ships” is about lead­ing them to matrimony?

78. “The light of Christ enlight­ens every per­son (cf. Jn 1:9; Gaudium et Spes, 22). See­ing things with the eyes of Christ inspires the Church’s pas­toral care for the faith­ful who are liv­ing together, or are only mar­ried civilly, or are divorced and remar­ried. Fol­low­ing this divine ped­a­gogy, the Church turns with love to those who par­tic­i­pate in her life in an imper­fect man­ner: she seeks the grace of con­ver­sion for them; she encour­ages them to do good, to take lov­ing care of each other and to serve the com­mu­nity in which they live and work… When a cou­ple in an irreg­u­lar union attains a note­wor­thy sta­bil­ity through a pub­lic bond – and is char­ac­ter­ized by deep affec­tion, respon­si­bil­ity towards the chil­dren and the abil­ity to over­come tri­als – this can be seen as an oppor­tu­nity, where pos­si­ble, to lead them to cel­e­brate the sacra­ment of Matrimony”.

And if not pos­si­ble to get mat­ri­mony to seek con­ver­sion, and remem­ber seek­ing con­ver­sion implies some­thing is wrong.

Oddly enough the media that has been so anx­ious to cheer Amoris Laeti­tia seems to have skipped this part on abor­tion. (empha­sis mine)

83. Here I feel it urgent to state that, if the fam­ily is the sanc­tu­ary of life, the place where life is con­ceived and cared for, it is a hor­ren­dous con­tra­dic­tion when it becomes a place where life is rejected and destroyed. So great is the value of a human life, and so inalien­able the right to life of an inno­cent child grow­ing in the mother’s womb, that no alleged right to one’s own body can jus­tify a deci­sion to ter­mi­nate that life, which is an end in itself and which can never be con­sid­ered the “prop­erty” of another human being. The fam­ily pro­tects human life in all its stages, includ­ing its last. Con­se­quently, “those who work in health­care facil­i­ties are reminded of the moral duty of con­sci­en­tious objec­tion. Sim­i­larly, the Church not only feels the urgency to assert the right to a nat­ural death, with­out aggres­sive treat­ment and euthana­sia”, but like­wise “firmly rejects the death penalty”.

This was not just stated, but URGENTLY stated and note the prop­erty ref­er­ence draw­ing the par­al­lel to slavery.

And here is one para­graph that should be shouted from the rafters. empha­sis mine again

84. The Synod Fathers also wished to empha­size that “one of the fun­da­men­tal chal­lenges fac­ing fam­i­lies today is undoubt­edly that of rais­ing chil­dren, made all the more dif­fi­cult and com­plex by today’s cul­tural real­ity and the pow­er­ful influ­ence of the media”. “The Church assumes a valu­able role in sup­port­ing fam­i­lies, start­ing with Chris­t­ian ini­ti­a­tion, through wel­com­ing com­mu­ni­ties”. At the same time I feel it impor­tant to reit­er­ate that the over­all edu­ca­tion of chil­dren is a “most seri­ous duty” and at the same time a “pri­mary right” of par­ents. This is not just a task or a bur­den, but an essen­tial and inalien­able right that par­ents are called to defend and of which no one may claim to deprive them. The State offers edu­ca­tional pro­grammes in a sub­sidiary way, sup­port­ing the par­ents in their indec­lin­able role; par­ents them­selves enjoy the right to choose freely the kind of edu­ca­tion – acces­si­ble and of good qual­ity – which they wish to give their chil­dren in accor­dance with their con­vic­tions. Schools do not replace par­ents, but com­ple­ment them. This is a basic prin­ci­ple: “all other par­tic­i­pants in the process of edu­ca­tion are only able to carry out their respon­si­bil­i­ties in the name of the par­ents, with their con­sent and, to a cer­tain degree, with their autho­riza­tion”. Still, “a rift has opened up between the fam­ily and soci­ety, between fam­ily and the school; the edu­ca­tional pact today has been bro­ken and thus the edu­ca­tional alliance between soci­ety and the fam­ily is in crisis”

If I was the school choice move­ment I would embla­zon those excepts of this para­graph at the head of every sin­gle doc­u­ment and press release put out.

You would think that this com­ing from an offi­cial doc­u­ment authored by the MSM’s favorite Pope would be news, but noth­ing the Vat­i­can does that oppose the left’s memes is con­sid­ered news.

The latest in a series of post looking at Amoris Laetitia as it’s actually written as opposed to how it’s spun.

Did you know that marriage has obligations in terms of parenthood? This pope does

68. “Blessed Paul VI, in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, further developed the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family. In a particular way, with the Encyclical Humanae Vitae he brought out the intrinsic bond between conjugal love and the generation of life: ‘Married love requires of husband and wife the full awareness of their obligations in the matter of responsible parenthood, which today, rightly enough, is much insisted upon, but which at the same time must be rightly understood… The exercise of responsible parenthood requires that husband and wife, keeping a right order of priorities, recognize their own duties towards God, themselves, their families and human society’ (No. 10). In the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi, Paul VI highlighted the relationship between the family and the Church”.

I can see Amanda Marcotte pulling out her hair now.

And did you know that ministering to those in “imperfect relationships” is about leading them to matrimony?

78. “The light of Christ enlightens every person (cf. Jn 1:9; Gaudium et Spes, 22). Seeing things with the eyes of Christ inspires the Church’s pastoral care for the faithful who are living together, or are only married civilly, or are divorced and remarried. Following this divine pedagogy, the Church turns with love to those who participate in her life in an imperfect manner: she seeks the grace of conversion for them; she encourages them to do good, to take loving care of each other and to serve the community in which they live and work… When a couple in an irregular union attains a noteworthy stability through a public bond – and is characterized by deep affection, responsibility towards the children and the ability to overcome trials – this can be seen as an opportunity, where possible, to lead them to celebrate the sacrament of Matrimony”.

And if not possible to get matrimony to seek conversion, and remember seeking conversion implies something is wrong.

Oddly enough the media that has been so anxious to cheer Amoris Laetitia seems to have skipped this part on abortion. (emphasis mine)

83. Here I feel it urgent to state that, if the family is the sanctuary of life, the place where life is conceived and cared for, it is a horrendous contradiction when it becomes a place where life is rejected and destroyed. So great is the value of a human life, and so inalienable the right to life of an innocent child growing in the mother’s womb, that no alleged right to one’s own body can justify a decision to terminate that life, which is an end in itself and which can never be considered the “property” of another human being. The family protects human life in all its stages, including its last. Consequently, “those who work in healthcare facilities are reminded of the moral duty of conscientious objection. Similarly, the Church not only feels the urgency to assert the right to a natural death, without aggressive treatment and euthanasia”, but likewise “firmly rejects the death penalty”.

This was not just stated, but URGENTLY stated and note the property reference drawing the parallel to slavery.

And here is one paragraph that should be shouted from the rafters. emphasis mine again

84. The Synod Fathers also wished to emphasize that “one of the fundamental challenges facing families today is undoubtedly that of raising children, made all the more difficult and complex by today’s cultural reality and the powerful influence of the media”. “The Church assumes a valuable role in supporting families, starting with Christian initiation, through welcoming communities”. At the same time I feel it important to reiterate that the overall education of children is a “most serious duty” and at the same time a “primary right” of parents. This is not just a task or a burden, but an essential and inalienable right that parents are called to defend and of which no one may claim to deprive them. The State offers educational programmes in a subsidiary way, supporting the parents in their indeclinable role; parents themselves enjoy the right to choose freely the kind of education – accessible and of good quality – which they wish to give their children in accordance with their convictions. Schools do not replace parents, but complement them. This is a basic principle: “all other participants in the process of education are only able to carry out their responsibilities in the name of the parents, with their consent and, to a certain degree, with their authorization”. Still, “a rift has opened up between the family and society, between family and the school; the educational pact today has been broken and thus the educational alliance between society and the family is in crisis”

If I was the school choice movement I would emblazon those excepts of this paragraph at the head of every single document and press release put out.

You would think that this coming from an official document authored by the MSM’s favorite Pope would be news, but nothing the Vatican does that oppose the left’s memes is considered news.