In addition to the ones that I've already highlighted in previous posts, I'll call to your attention some other excellent commentary on AL: one from my blogging colleague at Les Femmes and two other highlighted by another blogging colleague at Tenth Crusade.
Thanks to Gloria.tv, I present to you now an interview of Cardinal Wuerl, as he gushes about Amoris Lamentia. Bear in mind that this document is one of the rotten fruits of the two sin-nods held these past two Octobers: events at which Wuerl wielded a disproportionate measure of influence (see here and here).
I'll point out some highlights of this interview and put them into some historical context.
- Cardinal Wuerl is conducting this interview with Susan Timoney, an Assistant Secretary for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns for the Archdiocese of Washington. She's on Cardinal Wuerl's payroll. It might be reasonable to opine that this dialogue is scripted and probably rehearsed.
- Right off the bat, at the 0:25 mark, the Cardinal calls AL the "consensus exhortation". He mentions all the "talking" and "engaging" with clerics and lay, along with the two sin-nods, and says that AL came from "all that". As pointed out in one of the earlier links, Cardinal Wuerl himself had quite a hand in developing the final reports from the two sin-nods.
- So Amoris Lamentia "reflects the consensus of bishops from all over the world". So what? Does it reflect the timeless Teaching of Jesus Christ, reflected in Sacred Tradition and Magisterium? That's what really counts, not all this "consensus".
- At 1:30 he stated "we all know what the teaching of the Church is". I wish that were true but thanks to katholik "education" that is in reality brainwashing in heresy and fluffy-puff homilies, the average Catholic in the pews is often quite ignorant of basic Catholic teachings on faith and morals. Catholics of the Archdiocese of Washington! When did you last hear a homily that preached against the mortal sin of contraception? When did you last hear from the pulpit that homosexual relations are mortal sins? I can't remember, either!
- He continues, "but today as we face the challenges of the current moment..what is it that we (bishops) bring that we all agree we want to say?" Hey! If you have to ask that question, maybe your seminary classes weren't all that swift! "What you should be bringing" is the timeless teachings of Jesus regarding marriage. These would be the same teachings that have been promulgated for over a thousand years. They do not change because the origin of these teachings, God Himself, is perfect and immutable.
If time permits, I'll elaborate more on this. But for now, I'll let you see and hear the drivel for yourselves. However, here's a big "take away" in all of this. All this garbage about "consensus" is absolute nonsense. We Catholics are about truth, the kind of truth mentioned by Jesus when He said, "I am the way, the truth and the life". Truth is NOT found in consensus. Consensus has absolutely no value in determining objective and eternal truth, for consensus has its origins in human opinion, not the Word of God.