See these online commentaries and interventions on the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on Love in the Family “Amoris laetitia”. Note that this list is a work in progress and may be expanded further.
I. Interventions on the Synod on the Family
- Communio: International Catholic Review, Volume 41.2, Marriage: Theological and Pastoral Considerations (Summer 2014). Available (on this page) at Communio: International Catholic Review, including the following articles: “Marriage and the Family Between Anthropology and the Eucharist, by Cardinal Angelo Scola (in PDF format); “The Merciful Gift of Indissolubility and the Question of Pastoral Care for Civilly Divorced and Remarried Catholics”, by Nicholas J. Healy, Jr. (in PDF format); and “God’s Gift of Life and Love: On Marriage and the Eucharist”, by Pope St. John Paul II (in PDF format).
- Marriage: Theological and Pastoral Considerations (Washington, D.C.: Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage & Family and Communio International Catholic Review, 2015), which is available in PDF format (on this page) at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America.
II. Documents implementing “Amoris laetitia”
- Guidelines for the Pastoral Accompaniment of Christ’s Faithful who are Divorced and Remarried without a Decree of Nullity, by the Catholic Bishops of Alberta & the Northwest Territories. Available in pdf format on this page of the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton; on this page of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Paul (with link from this page); and on this page of the Archdiocese of Ottawa (in which the Archbishop of Ottawa expresses his endorsement of the text). May be read online on this page of Catholic Culture.
- See also the article “Ottawa archbishop upholds tradition: No Communion for Catholics living in adultery” at Life Site.
- [The authors of the Guidelines are Richard W. Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton, Gregory J. Bittman, Auxiliary Bishop of Edmonton, Frederick Henry, Bishop of Calgary, Gerard Pettipas C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Grouard-McLennan, Paul Terrio, Bishop of St. Paul, and Mark Hagemoen, Bishop of Mackenzie-Fort Smith].
- Pastoral Guidelines for Implementing Amoris Laetitia, by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, July 1, 2016. Available in pdf format (on this page) at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (linked by this page of Saint Norbert Parish, and this page of the Diocese of Lancaster), and at Google Drive. See also the articles “Archbishop Chaput’s Guidelines for Amoris Laetitia Can Serve as Model for US Church”, 7 July 2016, at the National Catholic Register; “Archbishop Chaput: Pope Francis shows continuity on divorce, remarriage”, 7 July 2016 at Catholic News Agency.
- Pastoral Guidelines for Implementing Amoris Laetitia in the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, by Archbishop Alexander K. Sample, May 4, 2017. Available in pdf format (here) linked from this page of the Diocese of Lancaster. May be read online on this page at Catholic Culture.
- See this article: “Archbishop Sample’s guidelines on family and marriage urge truth, mercy”, July 05, 2017 at Catholic Sentinel; “Portland archbishop: active gays must repent and change before receiving Communion”, July 11, 2017, at the California Catholic Daily.
- Pastoral Letter on the Reading of Amoris Laetitia in Light of Church Teaching: “A True and Living Icon”, by Archbishop Alexander K. Sample, October 7, 2016. May be read online on this page at Catholic Culture; and available in pdf format (on this page) at Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon.
- See also the following articles: “Abp. Alexander Sample Discusses His Pastoral Letter about ‘Amoris Laetitia’”, October 17, 2016, at Catholic World Report; “Another bishop says “Amoris” doesn’t change practice on Communion” at Crux Now; “Archbishop Sample corrects ‘troublesome misuses’ of Amoris Laetitia”, October 11, 2016, at Life Site.
- Pastoral Message about the Apostolic Exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia’ (‘The Joy of Love’), Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England, 24 April 2016. Available in pdf format (on this page) at the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth.
- A Pledged Troth: A Pastoral Letter on Amoris Laetitia, by Bishop Steven J. Lopes. May be read online on this page at the National Catholic Register; on this page of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter (linked by this page of Ordinariate News, and at Yumpu.
III. Interventions and petitions on “Amoris laetitia”
- El Abuso de Amoris Laetitia para Apoyar Errores Contra la Fe Católica: Carta al Sumo Pontífice Francisco, a Todos los Obispos en Comunión con Él, y al Resto de los Fieles Cristianos, por John Finnis y Germain Grisez. Disponible en formato PDF en esta pagina de The Way of the Lord Jesus.
- The Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia: A Theological Critique, by 45 theologians, including Dr. Aidan Nichols O.P. The critique is available in pdf format on this page of One Peter Five, and at Internet Archive (21 October 2016 snapshot of this defunct page); and it may be read online at Society of Saint Pius X. A summary may be read online on this page at Life Site. The 29 June 2016 letter transmitting it to Cardinal Sodano is available in pdf format at Internet Archive (21 October 2016 snapshot of this defunct page) and may be read online at Society of Saint Pius X. [N.B., Due to the irregular canonical status of SSPX, readers are counseled to approach any other texts on its website with prayerful caution.]
- “Appeal to prayer: ‘That Pope Francis may confirm the unchanging praxis of the Church with regard to the truth of the indissolubility of marriage'”, by Tomash Peta, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana; Jan Pawel Lenga, Archbishop-Bishop Emeritus of Karaganda; and Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana, 18 January 2017. May be read online on this page at Rorate Coeli, and on this page of Regina; and reproduced in “Three bishops launch ‘spiritual crusade’ urging Pope to rebuke Communion for adulterers” at Life Site.
- Correctio Filialis de Haeresibus Propagates (Filial Correction), 16 July 2017. Available in pdf format on this page of Correctio filialis de haeresibus propagates.
- Declaration of Fidelity to the Church’s Unchangeable Teaching on Marriage and to Her Uninterrupted Discipline, 29 August 2016. May be read online (on this page) at Filial Appeal. See also: “Three cardinals sign statement defending magisterial teaching on the sacraments”, 3 Oct 2016, at Catholic Herald.
- The Misuse of Amoris Laetitia to Support Errors against the Catholic Faith: A Letter to the Supreme Pontiff Francis, to All Bishops in Communion with Him, and to the Rest of the Christian Faithful, by John Finnis and Germain Grisez. Available in pdf format through this page of The Way of the Lord Jesus.
- A Pastoral Appeal to the Bishops for an Apostolic Reaffirmation of the Gospel (Official Text), 22 April 2018. Available in pdf format and may be read on this page at Cura Pastoralis.
- See also: “Priests Appeal to World’s Bishops to Address ‘Pastoral Crisis’ in the Church”, by Edward Pentin, May 2, 2018, at National Catholic Register; Raymond Arroyo’s interview of Raymond Cardinal Burke concerning the Pastoral Appeal, in the 3 May 2018 episode of World Over, published on 4 May 2018 by EWTN.
- Pledge of fidelity to the authentic teaching of the Church, by pro-life and pro-family leaders, 12 December 2017. May be read online at Pledge of Fidelity; and republished in the article “Pro-Life Leaders: Faithful To True Doctrine, Not To Erring Pastors”, December 12, 2017, at Voice of the Family. See also the article: “Pro-Life Leaders Pledge To Be Faithful To Catholic Doctrine”, December 11, 2017, at Church Militant.
- Profession of the Immutable Truths about Sacramental Marriage, by Tomash Peta, Archbishop Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana; Jan Pawel Lenga, Archbishop-Bishop of Karaganda; and Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana, 31 December 2017. May be read online at Scribd, and on this page of Life Site; and through the article Three Bishops Issue Profession of Truth About Sacramental Marriage at the National Catholic Register, which summarises the document.
- Other signatories as of February 6, 2018 are Cardinal Janis Pujats, Emeritus Archbishop Metropolitan of Riga, Latvia; Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò of Italy and former apostolic nuncio to the United States; Luigi Negri, Archbishop emeritus of Ferrara-Comacchio, Italy; Bishop Andreas Laun, Emeritus Auxiliary of Salzburg, Austria; Rene Gracida, Bishop emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas, USA; Marian Eleganti, auxiliary bishop of Chur, Switzerland; and Elmar Fischer, Bishop emeritus of Feldkirch, Austria.
- See also these articles: “Three notes on Kazakhstan ‘Profession of the immutable truths about sacramental marriage’”, by Edward N. Peters, 2 January 2018 at the Catholic World Report; “Tenth bishop signs ‘Profession of Immutable Truths’ in defense of marriage” at Catholic Citizens of Illinois; and “A Second Look at the Kazakh Bishops’ ‘Profession’”, by Fr. Gerald Murray, 27 January 2018, at The Catholic Thing.
- “Seeking Clarity: A Plea to Untie the Knots in Amoris Laetitia” (Dubia), by Cardinals Walter Brandmüller, Raymond L. Burke, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, and Joachim Meiser, September 19, 2016. May be read online on this page at the National Catholic Register.
- “Statement of the Confraternities of Catholic Clergy”, reproduced in “‘Clarification is gravely needed’: international priests’ association gives support to dubia”, 1 February 2017, at the Catholic Herald.
IV. Other Commentaries on “Amoris laetitia”
- “Amoris Laetitia Joy, Sadness and Hopes”, by Professor Josef Seifert, Aemaet: Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie, vol. 5, no. 2 (2016): pp. 160-249. Available in pdf format (here) at may be read (on this page) at Aemaet, with the abstract on this page.
- “Doctrine, Law and Practice in Light of Mitis Iudex and Amoris Laetitia”, by Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki. (Diocese of Springfield, IL, May 2, 2017). Keynote Address at the North West Regional Canon Law Convention held in Portland, Oregon on May 2, 2017. May be read online (on this page) at Catholic Culture; and available in pdf format on this page of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.
- “Does Pure Logic Threaten to Destroy the Entire Moral Doctrine of the Catholic Church?”, by Josef Seifert, Aemaet: Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie, vol. 6, no. 2 (2017): pp. 2-9. Available in pdf format (here) through this page at Aemaet; and may be read online (on this page) at Rorate Coeli.
- [Reflections on Questions of Present Importance in the Life of the Church], by Gerhard Ludwig Cardinal Müller. Available at First Things: “What Does It Mean to Say ‘I Absolve You’?” (December 15, 2017); “By What Authority? On the Teaching Office of the Pope” (January 16, 2018); “Development, or Corruption?” (February 20, 2018); “Is There a Saving Truth? The Salvific Relevance of the Rule of Faith” (March 13, 2018); “Who May Receive Communion?” (April. 20, 2018).
V. Other Texts on Worthy Reception of Holy Communion
- “Abortion, Bishops, Eucharist, and Politicians: A Question of Communion”, by Professor Gregory C. Sisk and Professor Charles J. Reid, Jr., The Catholic Lawyer, Vol. 43, No. 2, p.255-288 (Fall 2004). Available in pdf format on this page and on this page of the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), and on this page of the University of St. Thomas. What appears to be a November 2017 electronic reprint is available in pdf format on this page of the St. John’s Law Scholarship Repository.
- “Canon 915: The Discipline Regarding the Denial of Holy Communion to Those Obstinately Persevering in Manifest Grave Sin”, by the Most Rev. [now Cardinal] Raymond L. Burke, Archbishop of St. Louis, Periodica de Re Canonica, Vol. 96 (2007) pp. 3-58. May be read online on this page of the EWTN Library; and on this page of the Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association, linked to from In the Light of the Law (blogspot)and In the Light of the Law (wordpress).
- “Happy Are Those Who Are Called to His Supper”: On Preparing to Receive Christ Worthily in the Eucharist, by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, November 14, 2006. Available in PDF format on this page of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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“When I say to the wicked: O wicked man, thou shalt surely die: if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked man from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but I will require his blood at thy hand… And if I shall say to the wicked: Thou shalt surely die: and he do penance for his sin and do judgment and justice; And if that wicked man restore the pledge, and render what he had robbed, and walk in the commandments of life, and do no unjust thing, he shall surely live, and shall not die.” (Ezechiel xxxiii, 8, 14-15)
“Wherefore, whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.” (I Corinthians xi, 27-29)
“‘Neither will I condemn you.’ What is this, O Lord? Do You therefore favor sins? Not so, evidently. Mark what follows: ‘Go, henceforth sin no more’. Therefore the Lord did also condemn, but condemned sins, not man… The Lord is gentle, the Lord is long-suffering, the Lord is pitiful; but the Lord is also just, the Lord is also true. He bestows on you space for correction; but you love the delay of judgment more than the amendment of your ways… Thus therefore said He to the woman… ‘Neither will I condemn you’: I have blotted out what you have done; keep what I have commanded you, that you may find what I have promised.” (St. Augustine, Tractate xxxiii on the Gospel of John, 6-8.)
“How many there are who have the temerity to come to the Holy Table with sins unconfessed or disguised in Confession. How many have not the contrition that the good God demands of them, and keep a secret will to commit sin again and not to make every effort to correct themselves… If ever you have been in these dispositions when going to Holy Communion, you have been guilty of sacrilege… The unworthy communicant is a traitor and a hypocrite… The unworthy communicant is an ungrateful person… The unworthy communicant is a parricide.” (St. John Baptist Mary Vianney, Eucharistic Meditations of the Curé d’Ars)