Since the release of the papal document Amoris Laetitia there has been worldwide confusion regarding communion for the divorced and remarried. For those who have been following the escalation of the debacle with Pope Francis' elevation of the document and its accompanying letter, I have kept a small log of significant events on this post. The New Year however appears to have more in store for us! It appears that the Church's teaching on contraception is now in the cross hairs.
You may have remembered that last year the pope authorized a "study" on Pope Paul VI's document Humanae Vitae. This is the 50th year since its release and it seems that this will be the occasion to desecrate it. The New Academy for Life put together by Pope Francis is now beginning to show their cards on where this "study" will lead. A newly appointed member of this Pontifical Academy for Life is now putting forth a novel interpretation of Humane Vitae, basing his new theory on, you guessed it, Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. This document seems to be the document that just keeps turning up like a bad penny.
According to Life Site News, "Italian moral theologian Father Maurizio Chiodi said at a December 14 public lecture at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome that there are “circumstances — I refer to Amoris Laetitia, Chapter 8 — that precisely for the sake of responsibility, require contraception... He says, When “natural methods are impossible or unfeasible, other forms of responsibility need to be found,” argued Fr. Chiodi in his lecture entitled: Re-reading Humanae Vitae (1968) in light of Amoris Laetitia (2016). You can read the entire article here.
There was a time when this type of lecture would have never been allowed to take place without a stern condemnation from the pope and the hierarchy. Those days have passed, and we no longer need to condemn error any longer right? We see how well that stance has worked. Brace yourselves, we are in for another wild ride in 2018. I hate to say it but, it ain't gonna be pretty.