Showing posts with label Don Alfredo Morselli. Show all posts
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Connection Between Amoris Laetitia and Intercommunion



Blondel's "Philosophy of Action" as a common thread between Amoris laetitia and inter-communion for Protestants.

(Rome) The fundamental theologian Alfredo Morselli, pastor of the Archdiocese of Bologna, who since his ordination in 1986, celebrates only in the immemorial Roman rite, wondered whether the admission of remarried divorcees who are in the state of serious sin because of their concubinage is in effect, a"Trojan Horse" to introduce inter-communion with the Protestants. The theologian is convinced of an inner connection between the controversial post-synodal writing Amoris laetitia and the now discussed inter-communion with the Protestants.

At the center of the current discussion is a decision by the German Bishops' Conference last February to grant communion to Lutheran spouses of Catholics as they share the Church's understanding of the Eucharist. This decision was reflected in the DBK guideline "Going with Christ - Tracking Unity. Confessional Marriages and Joint Participation in the Eucharist."

A minority of thirteen bishops voted against. Seven of them turned to Rome for clarification as to whether such a move was compatible with ecclesiastical doctrines and sacramental ordinances.

Since 2015 it became "obvious in which direction the Pope is pushing"

Last Thursday, May 3, Pope Francis invited representatives of the majority and minority to Rome to discuss the outstanding issues with the responsible Roman dicastery chiefs. According to Don Morselli, the decisive factor in this is the Pope's answer that the German bishops should reassemble themselves and speak about the question until they find a "possibly unanimous" position. Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk, archbishop of Utrecht, has already found fault with this papal response as "completely incomprehensible." Although the Catholic doctrine is "very clear" in the matter, Pope Francis did not fulfill his duty to clearly affirm the doctrine.

The Pope's recommendation, according to Don Morselli, should be read in the light of his response to a Lutheran woman in Rome on 15 November 2015, asking Francis if and when she could receive communion with her Catholic husband.

The most important part of the long papal answer was:

"But a pastor's friend told me, 'We believe that the Lord is here. He is present. You believe that the Lord is present. What is the difference?' - 'Well, it's the explanations, the interpretations ... 'Life is bigger than explanations and interpretations. Always refer to baptism: 'One faith, one baptism, one Lord,' Paul tells us, and so draws the conclusions. I will never dare to give permission to do so, because it is not my competence. One baptism, one Lord, one faith. Talk to the Lord and go ahead. I dare not say more."
It was "obvious in which direction the Pope is pushing," says Don Morselli. The decision should be left to the conscience of the individual. Francis gave the impression that the difference between Catholics and Lutherans was only a question of formulation ("We believe that the Lord is present here, you believe that the Lord is present"). The rest is only a question of "explanations and interpretations" : "Life is greater than explanations and interpretations."

Blondel's philosophy of action

The theologian Morselli sees behind this and other formulations of Francis, the thinking of the Frenchman Maurice Blondel and his philosophy of action. The truth no longer corresponds to the objective nature of existence, but to the lifeworld that man "makes" himself.

Morselli recalls that St. Thomas Aquinas teaches the exact opposite, and the Congregation condemned such theses of a pragmatic relativism that claims that "truth is a progressive adaptation of intellect and life according to the experiences and needs of action", in 1924.

Don Alfredo Morselli

Against this background, it is clear that there is a red thread connecting inter-communion with Amoris laetitia. On the one hand, in dogmatic questions, a primacy of life over doctrine is asserted and, at the same time, in moral questions a primacy of life over the object of action. In fact, the true life of faith needs clear instruction and moral life clear guidance as to whether an action is good or bad in itself. Otherwise, "a false primacy of a false life will result," says Don Morselli.

It follows automatically that life can never be a lie. The lack of agreement of one's own life with the truth, which can be seen from the objective nature of things, leads to "life lies." It is true that life is greater and more than the principles of the councils. But it is equally true that without these "explanations and interpretations" no real Christian life is possible.

Therefore, there is no possible "communion" (society) with Jesus and the Church possible if communion is lacking in faith because of the lack of the necessary approval for doctrine. Don Morselli in reference to the words of Pope Francis:

"A gesture that expresses something false is not a, 'life that is greater than explanations and interpretations,' but a lie."
Papal clerical for German bishops

"The Pope's response to the German Protestant was, in order to pick up an illustration from football, a rough draft for the German bishops, so they shoot the ball of inter-communion into an unprotected goal. The Pope even provided a double aid, as there is also a paragraph in the Joint Declaration on the Common Catholic-Lutheran Reformation Commemoration, which was signed on 31 October 2016 in Lund, Sweden," Don Morselli said. It says:
"Many members of our communities yearn to receive the Eucharist in a meal as a concrete expression of full unity. We experience the pain of all those who share their whole lives but can not share God's saving presence in the Eucharistic meal. We recognize our shared pastoral responsibility to meet the spiritual hunger and thirst of our people to be one in Christ. We long for this wound to be healed in the body of Christ. This is the goal of our ecumenical efforts. We wish them to progress even as we renew our commitment to theological dialogue. "
It attracts attention to the unusual pathos, said the fundamental theologian. Pope Francis employs a pathos when he wants to initiate innovations ("Listen to the people's cry"). But then something unexpected happened. The team, in whose goal the ball should have passed, kicked the ball, although the goalkeeper had been set off the field, to the defenders in between.

"The Neomodernists did not manage the goal."

And further:
"The papal invitation to the German bishops to find a unanimous agreement could be understood as an invitation not only to find some common solution, but a solution sought by the pope. But it could also be interpreted in the sense that the Domradio in Cologne did: 'Roma non locuta - causa non finita!'
The Bergoglian Roma, "did not manage to score the decisive goal. The game is still open. With prayer and sacrifice we support the little remnant, the few German bishops, whose numbers are small, but whose hearts are all the greater for this ... and we always remain in the trusting expectation of the promised triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary."
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Vatican.News/Church Militant (Screenshots)
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Don Alfredo: "It Can Not be Ruled out, That Pope Francis is Surrounded by People, Who Are in Heresy"

(Rome) Don Alfredo Morselli, a priest in the archdiocese of Bologna, well-known in Italy, has just explained in an interview why he signed the Correctio filialis because of the spread of heresiesPope Francis visited Bologna last SundayDon Morselli is one of the first signatories who sent the correction to the Pope on the 11th of August. 
Born in Bologna in 1958, he became an apprentice during his studies and joined the priest's seminary in 1980. He was ordained a priest in the diocese of Massa in 1986 and celebrated in the traditional form of the Roman Rite, although there was no Motu proprio Ecclesia Dei and certainly not Summorum Pontificum. On the Silver Jubilee of his Priesthood, he said:
"When I came to serve in the parish, the priests immediately protested even to the bishop."
He was then sent to Rome for study. Back in his diocese, he was "banished" to two "remote and very poor mountain parishes with dilapidated churches." "Saint Joseph made it possible for both churches and the two bell towers to be renovated and a nursery to be built." There, too, he celebrated Holy Mass every Sunday in the traditional rite and built a church choir. 

In parallel he taught fundamental theology, exegetics and Greek. After the Motu proprio, Ecclesia Dei, he sought to be admitted to the newly founded Priestly Society of St. Peter, but was refused "illegitimately" by a superior authority. He was made to understand that he was denied an appeal in Rome, in order not to impose an additional burden on the Society of Saint Peter, which was already in the crossfire. Instead, he was "gracefully" dismissed from teaching activities.


Don Morselli

Then the situation in his diocese became increasingly oppressive, in 2001 he moved to the Archdiocese of Bologna under Cardinal Giacomo Biffi. The parishes entrusted to him were indebted and the churches were in a miserable condition. Here too, St. Joseph had conceded to him the reconstruction of the church and the coffers. Every day, on Sundays and Labor Day, he celebrates the Holy Mass in the traditional form. He also sought an official place for Mass in the traditional rite in the Archdiocese and was able to win three young priests. At least five priestly and religious orders have emerged from the church. According to the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum , his new Archbishop, Carlo Cardinal Caffarra, was the first resident Cardinal of Italy to celebrate Holy Mass in the traditional rite. 

"For all of this, the Archbishopric of Bologna, the diocese of Lercaro and Dossetti is not the most favorable environment," as Don Morselli said in the 25th anniversary of the priesthood in 2011. Don Morselli is author of several books.
The interview was conducted by Bruno Volpe of La Fede quotidiana (FQ)

"There is an objective confusion"

Q: Don Morselli, what motivated you to sign?
Don Morselli: The confusion that prevails in the Church, in which false and also heretical ideas and ideas are circulating and spread. To make it clear, as anyone who can read our document unreservedly and unconditionally, the object of the Correctio filialis is not the person of the pope whom no one accuses of heresy.
Q. What are you complaining about?
Don Morselli: The problem has arisen because the Dubia of the four Cardinals to Amoris laetitia did not receive the answer they deserved, as did our letter of August 11th. Because the silence continues, we have made it public. We think that a final clarification is urgently necessary for Amoris laetitia, considering you can see what is happening.
Q. What happens now?
Don Morselli: There is an objective confusion. It is the Church that experiences this confusion both in pastoral care and in teaching. What happens to Amoris laetitia is proof of this. I myself have said in a previous interview that the Church is experiencing her Hell, as the Mother of God announced in Fatima. But I remain an optimist because the Church will endure. The powers of darkness will not overcome Her.
Q: Amoris laetitia spreads heresies?
Don Morselli: The document is against the magisterium and the tradition of the Church and it contradicts what John Paul II has said. This is the concern of our Correctio filialis: to avoid that this document spreads ideas that are objectively heretical. To give Communion once again to married divorced persons is a serious sin. It is heretical. This yielding to situational ethics and circumstances seems to me dangerous. On the contrary, it is rather to be reminded that there are acts which in themselves are bad which can not make any circumstance good. To allow one to the sacraments, who is in the state of serious sin, destroys the Catholic doctrine of Marriage, the Eucharist, and Confession. It is possible that I can not exclude the fact that the pope is surrounded by collaborators who are in heresy and who do not want to be well, but are actually his enemies. I think he's badly advised. I repeat, however, that we are not against the person of the pope whom we do not accuse. It is not an action hostile to him.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi 
Photo: MiL
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
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