What is the difference between the family and the ‘Amoris Laetitia family’? Until now it had naively been thought that the Amoris Laetitia Family Year, promoted by Pope Francis, was merely a way of addressing family issues in light of the post-synodal exhortation that insists on the need for pastoral priority. But the press conference on 31 May, organised by the Holy See to present the Tenth World Meeting of Families, to be held in Rome from 22 to 26 June and which will also close the Amoris Laetitia Family Year, instead made it clear that we are facing an attempt to rewrite the very concept of family.
The issue was evident in the reply that Professor Gabriella Gambino, Under-Secretary of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, gave to journalist Giuseppe Rusconi (rossoporpora.org), who asked “whether this meeting would take place under the banner of ‘Love is Love’, whether the phrase ‘rainbow families’ would be accepted, whether there would be LGBT flags, and whether the ‘rainbow’ ones are families, according to you, or are they aggregations of another kind?” (here you can see the video, minute 56:50). The question was not far-fetched, given what is going on in the Church (see the claims of the German Synod, the ambiguities of the Synod on Synodality, and the new appointment as Cardinal of the Bishop of San Diego, California, Robert W. McElroy, an open supporter of the LGBT cause in the Church) and after what happened at the previous World Meeting of Families in Dublin (2018), when among the speakers featured the American Jesuit Father James Martin to explain what the Church should do to welcome LGBT people.
Even if Professor Gambino did not want to answer the questions directly, her words are nonetheless very significant. She begins: “The meeting, as we know, is dedicated to the Amoris Laetitia family”, which already suggests that it is something different from the family as we know it: founded on marriage between a man and a woman and open to generating life. And indeed immediately afterwards she speaks of “promoting (…) a truly inclusive pastoral approach towards all”. She then goes on to emphasise the importance of “a pastoral approach that knows how to accompany everyone”, obviously with “an attitude of mercy” that is “an attitude of welcoming and accompaniment towards the Father’s love”. And: “Beyond the themes that will be addressed, the idea is to promote processes of spiritual welcome and discernment”. And: “There are no recipes for all situations (…), the Church’s task is to accompany so that each one of us learns to put Christ at the centre of our lives, in whatever situation we find ourselves”.
The Translation of this clerical jargon: “Yes, the meeting will be under the banner of ‘Love is Love’, there are many different forms of family and the Church provides some spiritual comfort to all, confirming each one on the path they have chosen. Then, for the time being, in order not to create strong reactions, we cannot state everything explicitly; we are starting a process; but it is clear that at the end of the process we expect the recognition of all possible forms of family”.
It is therefore clear that the neologism ‘Amoris Laetitia family’is a concept in direct opposition to the known concept of ‘family’. And confirmation also comes from Gambino’s second reply to Rusconi’s response: intervening again, he asked for a more precise answer to his question: “I repeat,” was her reply, “the theme of the family is addressed in the light of Amoris Laetitia”. In other words, let’s give up defining what is and what is not family, what is true and what is false, what is right and good and what is wrong and evil: every road has some good in it.
Here we are faced with the announcement of an anthropological revolution in the Church. One cannot imagine anything more contradictory to the Magisterium of previous pontificates.
Let’s recall, for example, the great catecheses on the family given by St John Paul II in 1994, also through the Sunday Angelus, to counter culturally the war on the family that had been unleashed at the UN Cairo International Conference on Population and Development. One of the most debated points at the time was precisely the attempt to introduce the concept of ‘families’ as opposed to ‘family’, with the clear aim of having homosexual unions recognised as a family. An ambiguous formula emerged then, but there too we were at the beginning of a process that has led to the concept of ‘families’ being taken for granted in our societies today.
The clear impression given by Professor Gambino is that the ‘Amoris Laetitia family’ is the ecclesial equivalent of ‘families’, all the more so since this intervention takes place in a context in which homosexual unions have already been widely accepted in the Church, albeit not equal to marriage between a man and a woman. It was Pope Francis himself, in an interview broadcast on Tv2000 last 15 September, who pleaded the case of civil unions, while maintaining that they are “nothing to do with marriage as a sacrament, which is between a man and a woman”. And in Italy, let us recall how on the occasion of the approval of the Cirinnà law, exactly six years ago, the newspaper owned by the Italian bishops, Avvenire, had already several times expressed that it was in favour of the recognition of civil unions, although not equating them to the family as defined by our Constitution.
But where a union between persons of the same sex is considered a good thing to promote, it is not clear why then it should not be fully recognised as a family; which is why sooner or later we will necessarily arrive at the full acceptance in the Church of all forms of union. Germany is simply the most advanced point in this process, a little impatient for Rome’s slowness, but nevertheless the path is the same.
The process has therefore been underway for some time and the ‘Amoris Laetitia family’ represents the breaking point with the Church’s traditional teaching, which – it is right to remember, vis-à-vis a certain current narrative – is not about excluding people from the Church, but about clarifying the goal of the path of accompaniment.
The above comes from a June 2 story on the Daily Compass.
“A pastoral approach that knows how to accompany everyone.” Does that include those who attend the TLM, lawful owners of firearms, those who may’ve voted for Trump, those living chastely (whether gay or straight), Chinese Catholics, bishops who “think” Holy Communion should not be a free for all and those who adhere to the Scriptures and Tradition of the Church?
Is this really an all-inclusive trip?
Does “everyone” really mean everyone?
(“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”)
Or, are some more “accompanied” and included than others?
Yes…let’s bring it on. It is time for the Amoris Laetitia concept of the “family” to be infused throughout the Whole Church. All are welcome!
“Yes…let’s bring it on. It is time for the Amoris Laetitia concept of the “family” to be infused throughout the Whole Church. All are welcome!” I think Betty that in fact all are not welcome, as proven by P. Francis’ contempt expressed many times for Catholics drawn to the TLM. And judging from the actions of Francis bishops Cupich and McElroy those holding fast to the Church’s teaching on homosexual acts will not be welcome either. In other words the Jesuit takeover leaves some new winners and new losers. The slogans are new but the reality remains unchanged. All are not welcome.
All have always been welcome in the Catholic Church. All persons are welcome. Not all behaviors are welcome. There is a difference.
None of our sins, sexual or otherwise, are “welcome” in Church. Yet, we and all may repent, find forgiveness and receive the sacraments.
If this wins, the church is false. I’m sorry. I will quit going to Mass if this wins. I haven’t been Catholic my whole life just to watch it turn into a rainbow church and the Democrat party. God needs to do something to prove himself. He can’t let this continue in his church, if it really is his church.
When clearly misguided and wicked people control the church, it’s not God’s church.
The church is a battleship. Sounds like you signed up under cruise ship fantasies. Stay onboard or the battle will sink you. There is no other boat available
Well if you leave, there will be one less sinner in the Church, so….there’s that.
The writing is on the wall, people. They are going to try to get gay sex morally approved. It’s always about gay gay gay with them. Why gay gay gay all the time. We see through their obfuscating talk. They want to approve of gay sex. That’s all and only what this is about.
Actually, they cannot get gay sex morally approved. That’s impossible. We can commit adultery and insist that it’s okay. But, that doesn’t make it so.
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:7-8)
The word “pastoral” is being misused to approve of sin, but they only apply it to gay or adulterous sex. Never to something like stealing or lying.
Say I am a dedicated husband, providing well for my family. There’s a lot of good in that. But suppose I provide that good in part by stealing from the company… embezzling money. Oh, let’s not overlook the good in my life in its totality. Let’s not focus rigidly on my theft. I should be accompanied in my real situation and supported and affirmed. It’s my “Amoris Laetitia occupation” after all. To say stealing is wrong or against the commandments? That would be sinful and unpastoral.
They’d never do that. They would never support that nor talk that way about stealing. But if I want to divorce my wife and kids and take up with a young hottie without getting an annulment, Pope Francis would say amen to that. Or if I want to turn gay, God forbid, and leave my family to form a new “Amoris Laetitia family” with a stud, the pope apparently would say that’s not something he can judge.
So he can judge stealing and climate change and capital punishment and border security and gun ownership, but he can’t judge gay or adulterous sex. Got it.
These people are totally crazy.
How many more years, months or days of Francis?
How many, too many.
These people should be forced to answer specific, direct questions. No beating around the bush. Start with the unanswered dubia about Amoris Laetitia.
See that pic? That’s the face of the new church. Doctrine will now be decided by professors. Might as well have the LMU theology department become the new Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith.
I have to say, this is ominous news. This is really happening? How can people so high up in the church be so wrong and confused?
If this passes, it will be worse than a mass shooting because it will be killing the faith.
Killing faith, re ” is this really happening”, I looked up the credentials of the author, Ricardo Cascioli, and saw that he is a professional journalist who among other things wrote for Avvenire, the Italian Catholic Bishops’ conference ( the CEI) official organ that usually reflects or previews Vatican thinking
I too am beginning to think it’s all over. Soon there may be a line crossed that will be a bridge too far, a bridge crossed showing the church is not what she claims to be, not of God, not protected by the Holy Spirit. I never thought I’d be saying these words. I’ve begun contemplating what life without adhering to Catholicism might be like. Please, God, if you are real and love your church, do not let that line be crossed.
I’m hearing more and more that Amoris Laetitia is being used to usher in a complete revolution in the Church’s moral theology. It was like a stealth weapon that is now being activated.
I’m hearing that Amoris Laetitia will be used to justify anything: divorce and remarriage, gay marriage, throuples or other types of polygamous arrangements, adultery, pedophilia (or minor attraction, as they call it), incest, priests breaking their promise of celibacy, transgenderism, basically everything that anyone wants to do can be justified using Amoris Laetitia.
One commentator at the time said Amoris Laetitia could be translated into English as The Joy of Sex. Seems he was right.
So stealth by that same line of thinking one could call FRATELLI TUTTI “The Joy of Sects” then? ?
I predict this story will receive over 80 comments.
It is a story worthy of 80 comments, and more.
The comments section for this article has a lot less uproar than usual. There is also a conspicuous absence of divisive and inflammatory personalities at this moment. If this trend continues, then perhaps this website will see a lot more peace. For the edification of those who read the comments at this website, divisive and inflammatory personalities should be banned.
The professor is wrong on many counts and contradicts the Pope.
1) The Church does not want to promote …”a truly inclusive pastoral approach towards all”. The Church does not want to include those who attend Latin Masses. The Church wishes to exclude them.
2) The Church does not want “a pastoral approach that knows how to accompany everyone”. The Church does not want to accompany those who attend Latin Masses.
3) The Church does not have “an attitude of mercy” or “an attitude of welcoming and accompaniment towards the Father’s love” for those who attend Latin Masses. They are not welcome in the Church.
4) The professor says …”the Church’s task is to accompany so that each one of us learns to put Christ at the centre of our lives, in whatever situation we find ourselves”. The Church does not want us to find Christ at the center of the Latin Mass. That situation is one situation that the Church does not want us to find ourselves in.
Dishonest. The pope is seriously not interested in doing his job, of supporting authentic Catholic marriage and family life, and the virtue of chastity for the ummarried. Many badly-needed heavenly graces are daily being lost tragically in this post-modernist era in the Church.
Christ did not preach “Love is Love.” Real love requires a lot of maturity, a good moral conscience, and self-sacrifice, to “die to self” and serve God. What is God’s Will? God has many graces waiting, for dedicated, chaste, obedient LGBTs, to help them lead a good life, and prepare for Heaven.
Rome the eternal city is now the seat of Globalists and the Anti-Christ…
When the Son of Man returns, will He find faith?
I think He will, but not in the widespread wreckage left by this disastrous pontificate.
He will find it in those little pockets that held fast to Tradition.
I find it interested that the church is more interested in who you sleep with (Love is Love)hat creating and maintaining a relationship with God (Latin Mass)
The Latin Mass is not necessary to have a relationship with God. It’s not even desirable now, because Vatican II said that Mass needed to be reformed. And it was.
Most Catholics now believe that there is nothing wrong with murdering babies and that Jesus is not present in the Blessed Sacrament. What a great reform of the Church we have here! An atheist can be more Catholic than the average Catholic. An atheist can be more Catholic than the Pope.
Pimps form families too. They even call him “Daddy.”