What everyone probably knows already, or will soon learn, about the Pope’s new Apostolic Exhortation, is written in a clearer form, as noted by Chiesa.
The pope has in Fr. Antonio Spadaro, a Jesuit like him, his authorized translator. Here is how “La Civiltà Cattolica” restates in clearer words what “Amoris lætitia” presents in allusive form
ROME, April 12, 2016 – It was an easy prediction to make when the Jesuit Antonio Spadaro, (in the center of the photo, next to the superior general of the Society of Jesus) pontificated last November that “on access to the sacraments the ordinary synod has effectively laid the foundations, opening a door that at the previous synod had instead remained closed.” And this in spite of the fact that in the “Relatio finalis” of the synod the words “communion” and “access to the sacraments” do not appear even once:
In presenting the post-synodal exhortation “Amoris Lætitia” today, in the latest issue of “La Civiltà Cattolica” – promptly released in conjunction with the publication of the papal document – Fr. Spadaro shows no hesitation in declaring that prophecy to have been fulfilled.
Francis – he writes confidently – has removed all the “limits” of the past, even in “sacramental discipline,” for “so-called irregular” couples: a “so-called” that is not Spadaro’s but the pope’s, and that in the judgment of Church historian Alberto Melloni “is worth the whole exhortation,” because all by itself it absolves such couples and makes them “eligible for the Eucharist.”
And this in spite of the fact that this time as well in the 264 pages and 325 paragraphs of the papal exhortation there is not even a single word in favor of communion for the divorced and remarried, but only a couple of allusions in two minuscule footnotes, numbers 351 and 336, this latter promptly defined by Melloni as “crucial.”
Fr. Spadaro is not just any Jesuit. He is director of “La Civiltà Cattolica,” which historically has always been “the pope’s magazine” and is so now more than ever, “because of the interest that Pope Francis shows concerning some statements of the magazine that accompany his magisterium,” as attested to last March by a witness of sure reliability, Fr. GianPaolo Salvini, its former director:
For Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Fr. Spadaro is everything. Adviser, interpreter, confidant, scribe. There is no counting the books, articles, tweets that he incessantly writes about him. Not to mention the pontifical texts that bear the imprint of his hand.
He was part of the circle that worked on the drafting of “Amoris Lætitia” in the closest contact with the pope.
And as procedure would have it, the presentation that Spadaro made of it in “La Civiltà Cattolica” was given to Francis to read before it was sent to press. One more reason to take this exegesis of the document as authorized by him, and therefore revealing of his real intentions.
Reproduced below are some of the passages of the 12 pages, out of 24 in all, that Fr. Spadaro dedicates to the question of “so-called irregular” couples and their access to Eucharistic communion.
With striking craftiness even John Paul II and Benedict XVI are made a part of the same “journey of healing” that Francis is now bringing to the point of Eucharistic communion for the divorced and remarried, with no more impediments as before.