Livi: 'Amoris Laetitia' Is Vulnerable to 'Every Malevolent Interpretation'

Italian priest philosopher Antonio Livi reflects on Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the family.

04/14/2016 Comments (53)

Professor Antonio Livi.

Father Antonio Livi is a well known philosophy professor, a former lecturer at the Pontifical Lateran University and a prolific author known for his original “philosophy of common sense”.

In this reflection on Amoris Laetitia, published below, Father Livi takes the same line as Cardinal Raymond Burke by saying the exhortation “is not, and does not try to be, a magisterial act with which new doctrines are taught, providing the faithful with new authoritative interpretations of dogma.”

But without questioning the Pope’s pastoral intentions, which he has no doubt are “all holy and for the advantage and common good” of the Church, Father Livi nevertheless notes “the uneasiness” of the...READ MORE

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The Law Before Amoris Is The Law After, My Experience at a Pro-life Rally, and More!

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04/14/2016 Comment

Click on The Law Before ‘Amoris’ Is The Law After by Edward N. Peters, J.C.D. J.D. of In the Light of the Law a Canon Law Blog link to read.

The Law Before ‘Amoris’ Is The Law After - Edward N. Peters J.C.D. J.D., In the Light of the Law a Canon Law Blog

My Experience at a Pro-life Rally – Colleen McCrum, Catholic Stand

Fr. Z Reviews Robert Royal on Amoris Laetitia: Chaos and Conflict, Not Catholicity – Fr. Z’s Blog

Human Devices as Reminders of God’s Presence – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

The Distinctiveness of Christianity – Howard Kainz, The Catholic Thing

Precious: A Grandfather’s Lesson – Guy McClung J.D. Ph.D., Catholic Stand

Some Various Writing Flaws, But No Doctrinal Change – Edward N. Peters J.C.D. J.D., The Catholic World Report

Four Keys to Unlock the Riches of Amoris Laetitia – Austen Ivereigh, Catholic...READ MORE

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Government Concedes That HHS Contraceptive Accommodation “Could Be Modified”

04/13/2016 Comments (6)

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After years of litigation over the Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate, the Obama administration signaled yesterday that it could make further changes to the controversial accommodation it provided the Little Sisters of the Poor and many other religious nonprofits.

Could this new admission undermine the government's case? That's the question now.

When March 23 oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell revealed weaknesses in the government's case, the justices unexpectedly issued a March 29 order that directed the both sides to offer fresh solutions to the impasse.

The plaintiffs and the government were each told to provide a formal response to  the following question:

Whether and...READ MORE

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How to Trick Yourself Into Daily Prayer

04/13/2016 Comments (10)

Do you have that "Easter Sunday's gone . . . now what?" feeling? After the Lord is risen, but before He ascends again is a great time to get in the habit of talking to Him regularly. We all know we need to pray daily, but it's horribly easy to get out of the habit.  St. Peter's list has a great little feature: 16 Practical Tips for Creating and Maintaining Your Daily Prayer Habit. "Practical tips" are my love language! These are achievable ideas that takes in to account all kinds of personalities and all kinds of lifestyles. 

I'm an idiot, and will avoid prayer if I can get away with it, even though I know it will make me miserable and weak. I'm extremely resistant to change; so for me,...READ MORE

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Why Is Marriage Indissoluble?

“The first natural tie of human society is man and wife.” St. Augustine

04/13/2016 Comments (13)
(Musée du Louvre, WikiMedia Commons)

Byzantine wedding ring, depicting Christ uniting the bride and groom, 7th century.

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When examining the roots of Catholic teaching on marriage on it's permanent character, it’s not enough to quote Matthew 19: 3-9 (Mark 10:11–12, Luke 16:18), then sit back and ponder a job well done. Too much is going on not only in these passages, but in the subsequent actions and writings of the Church and Church Fathers, to reduce it to a mere scriptural imperative. We need to go beyond these familiar words.

The first question is why did Jesus do this.

And he didn’t just do it, but he did it in the boldest and most symbolic way possible. In Luke, he changes the law on divorce in sentence following his claim that not “one dot of the law” shall become void.

In Matthew (the longest...READ MORE

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Hey, Let's Force Bryan Adams to Play Mississippi

04/13/2016 Comments (22)

Hey, how about we force Bryan Adams to play in Mississippi the same way he would have Christian bakers and florists forced to take part in same sex marriages?

Bryan Adams, whom I always thought to be a bit of a Springsteen wannabe, confirmed my theory by mimicking the Boss in a rather pathetic fashion by announcing he would not play a concert in Mississippi due to their freedom of conscience laws. Springsteen believes that adult men should be able to use little girls' bathrooms. Adams feels so strongly that Christians should be forced to take part in same sex marriage that's he willing to not perform. I could think of many reasons Bryan Adams should not perform but I digress.

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Catholics: What Should Our Political Stance Be; Jane Austen Prays and More!

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04/13/2016 Comment

Click onCatholics: What Should Our Political Stance Be? by David Roney of Catholic Stand link to read.

There Will Be Those Who Will Contort Amoris Laetitia Into the Kasper Proposal – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

Catholics: What Should Our Political Stance Be? - David Roney, Catholic Stand

Amoris Laetitia Leads Us To Conclude That No Sin Has Ever Occurred – Fr. James V. Schall S.J., The Catholic World Report

Good Deed by Two (2) Boys for a Stranger Three (3) Years Ago Brings an Unexpected Surprise – Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic

It’s Very Easy To Slide Into the Naturalist Trap – Scott Woltze, Urban Missionaries of the Heart of Christ

Jane Austen Prays – Guy McClung J.D. Ph.D., Catholic Stand

How God-Incidence Brought Me to Alabama – Roseanne Sullivan, Catholic...READ MORE

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“Miracles from Heaven” and the Problem of Theodicy

04/12/2016 Comments (2)

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As any apologist worth his/her salt will tell you, the great objection to the proposition that God exists is the fact of innocent suffering. If you want a particularly vivid presentation of this complaint, go on YouTube and look up Stephen Fry's disquisition on why he doesn't believe in God. (Then right afterward, please, do look at my answer to Fry). But the anguished question of an army of non-believers remains: how could an all-loving and all-powerful God possibly allow the horrific suffering endured by those who simply don't deserve it? Say all you want, these critics hold, about God's plan and good coming from evil, but the disproportion between evil and the benefits that might flow...READ MORE

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