The Editor
The Examiner
Mumbai 400001
April 18, 2016

Subject: Amoris Laetitiae  –  for favour of publication

Respected Italian journalist Antonio Socci wrote: “The Apostolic Exhortation is an open act challenging two thousand years of Catholic teaching. And in Catholic circles people are shocked and struck dumb in bewilderment.”
John Vennari, Catholic lawyer of international repute and editor of Catholic Family News, USA, now writes: “Amidst great drifts of verbiage – some not bad, some remarkably tedious – Francis effectively canonizes situation ethics. He furtively opens the door for Communion to the divorced and remarried on a ‘case-by-case’ basis, which destroys key elements of Catholic Moral Theology. In particular, his approach undermines recognition of intrinsically disordered acts, and once this is undermined in one area, it is undermined in all areas.
Was the exercise of two Synods on the Family and the expenditure of several million Euros on them by  a “to-be poor Church”  engineered to dispense mercy in the Novus Ordo “communion” particularly to Pope Francis’s sister, Maria Elena, who has divorced her husband and to the pope’s nephew, Jose Ignacio Bergoglio, and his live-in lover, Marina Muro?
John Menezes
7 Esperanca, S. Bhagatsingh Road, Mumbai 400001

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Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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  1. ARE WE ALL forgetting that the very essence and spirit of CHRISTIANITY is LOVE — FORGIVENESS and charity to those who are in difficult situations ????

  2. John Menezes says:

    From the Society of St. Pius X online newsletter DICI No.334:
    Put into practice before the ink is dry

    The ink is not yet dry on the exhortation Amoris Laetitia, which allows “pastoral exceptions” that authorize divorced and civilly remarried persons to receive communion, but it has already been put into practice as a matter of urgency. In the Philippines, Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas of Lingayen Daupan, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, wrote on April 9: “After discernment as a group, our bishops will develop more concrete guidelines on the application of the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. But mercy cannot wait. Mercy must not wait. From now on, bishops and priests must open welcoming arms to those who have been kept away from the Church by feelings of guilt and shame….This is an arrangement of mercy, an opening of heart and mind that needs no law, awaits no guideline. This can and must be done immediately.”

    In Italy, Msgr. Alberto Carrara, editor of the diocesan bulletin of Bergamo, wrote on April 14: “Divorced and separated persons who have remarried can be readmitted to the sacraments. This is one of the innovations of Amoris Laetitia, the apostolic exhortation Pope Francis wrote following the two synods on the family.”

    Theological and canonical critics of this exhortation may be legion; its pastoral applications are above such analyses, considered antiquated. Only one idea is retained: what was formerly forbidden by doctrinal rigidity is now permitted by pastoral mercy.

    It must be remembered that since the Council, doctrine is not directly contradicted, nor openly attacked: it is simply circumvented, as one gets around an obstacle, in the name of pastoral practice. Opposing the traditional doctrine to conciliar praxis, attempting to argue on theological grounds against a practice that follows the mentality of the moment and adapts to the customs of the day, is as useless as trying to grasp a slippery bar of soap with scholarly concepts. The conciliar praxis can only be responded to with the traditional discipline, founded on bimillenial doctrine—a discipline that is not an opposed praxis, but rather the opposite of conciliar praxis.

  3. James Kottoor says:

    THIS LETTER WILL NEVER BE PUBLISHED which you sent is already published in our CCV today 23/4/13 under the title: *Received from Bombay Laity*

    Situation Ecthics of Francis Pappa?

    and an editorial note from me. Visit to see.

    I had sent a very important and informative and controversial article which is my commentary on a very critical and forthright article by *Clifford Longley * in the Catholic Weekly Tablet UK.

    It is an eye-opening and educative article for both the laity and bishops. See it in the attachment. I have already sent it to all Indian Bishops. You also must take time to read it. Please publish it in your Bombay Laity and request readers to tear it to pieces giving their reasons, if they don’t agree either with my opinion piece or with the main columnist Clifford, to provoke reaction.

    Let us see if we can drag in some bishops in a public discussion on Pope’s “Amoris Laetitia.” With all good wishes, james kottoor

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