Three ways to not deal with Canon 915 Or, three ways in which the “pro-Amoris” wing is trying to get around the Church’s clear teachings about admitting divorced-and-remarried Catholics to holy Communion.
There is a clear question in this article that like the dubia canon law is being ignored by the “proAmoris-wing” of the Church who are storming our faith for what’s now being called the “new horizon”. The question is, how do we get around the clear directives of canon 915? Read the article and you will see the author has identified exactly what we see happening today.
Here’s canon 915 [and 916 on the effect of conscience] from the section of canon law on the reception of Holy Eucharist:
Can 915 Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion.
Can. 916 A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to celebrate Mass or receive the body of the Lord without previous sacramental confession unless there is a grave reason and there is no opportunity to confess; in this case the person is to remember the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition which includes the resolution of confessing as soon as possible.
As you can see, the manipulation of the understanding of “conscience” in canon 916 is being slyly used to overcome canon 915 because the person in question now feels “at peace with God.” A canon law house divided cannot stand and many might say shouldn’t stand in the way of pastoral care concerns. It wouldn’t be surprising if this year we begin to see steps taken to change canon law based on a sloppy understanding of Amoris Laetitia and conscience. Maybe even a muto proprio declaring a change to both canons. We know that the Maltese bishops need this now to support their letter directing all priest to offer the Eucharist to the civilly remarried (pray for those poor priests being disciplined and removed for upholding scripture and canon law). As we saw with marriage, the understanding of conscience and mortal sin is being changed and will have significant Protestantizing effects on our theology and canon law in the near future. This is the “new horizons” being promoted. A minimalistic ecumenism.
Also a very interesting “ism” was mentioned. It raises the shadow of our Church courting extremes of Protestant theology: Antinomianism.
The term antinomianism emerged soon after the Protestant Reformation (c.1517) and has been used as a pejorative against Christian thinkers and sects who carried their belief in justification by faith [alone] further than was customary. Theologically, antinomianism is the belief that there are no moral laws God expects Christians to obey. This makes antinomianism an exaggeration of justification by faith alone.
The sloppy and slippery slope is quickly becoming a progressive avalanche. Isn’t the dubia a clear example of St. Paul raising awareness to St Peter of the same slippery slope of easing up to cultural norms in Galatians 2:11-21? How Protestants must be laughing?
Pray for our Church!