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Robert Spaemann on Josef Seifert, Amoris Laetitia and the Witness to Truth

Editor’s Note: the following is an interview with Professor Robert Spaemann, conducted by OnePeterFive’s Dr. Maike Hickson. Professor Spaemann is a prominent German Catholic philosopher and a former member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. Maike Hickson (MH): Professor Josef Seifert is a student of yours who wrote his habilitation thesis under your guidance. Thus … Read more

The Church After Amoris Laetitia: An Interview With Josef Seifert

In light of Josef Seifert’s recent essay examining some of the dangerous logical consequences of Amoris Laetitia — an essay for which he was dismissed from his teaching position by the Archbishop of Granada — 1P5’s Dr. Maike Hickson reached out to the Austrian philosopher to ask him some additional questions about not just the … Read more

Spanish Archbishop Fires Professor Seifert for Amoris Laetitia Critique

To the joy and encouragement of many faithful Catholics, Professor Josef Seifert, a prominent Catholic philosopher, defender of life and a former member of the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAL), has published two essays containing a charitable and clear critique of the papal document Amoris Laetitia. Professor Seifert published his first, more detailed critique in … Read more

Did Amoris Laetitia’s Ghostwriter Just Respond to the Dubia?

Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernández is a man close to the pope — and his mission. The relationship between these two men can be traced back to their native Argentina, where, nearly a decade ago, then-Cardinal Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio “fought tooth and nail to clear the way for the promotion of his protege” to the … Read more

Amoris Laetitia Criticism, Chapter & Verse

In a recent exchange about Amoris Laetitia on Twitter, Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, OFM, of Durban, South Africa, leveled the charge that critics “misrepresent” and “vilify” Pope Francis by “ascribing errors to” AL “without actually identifying them.” He went on: With all due respect, it’s Pope’s critics who persist in making vague accusations, while steadfastly resisting … Read more

Does Paragraph 298 of Amoris Laetitia Promote Adultery?

Among the more controversial paragraphs from Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia (AL), 298 seems to be a real ideological Rorschach test. Some people see the problem with it, and some don’t (or choose not to). Since it has come up several times in various online discussion, I’d like to try to break it down in the hopes … Read more

Is Amoris Laetitia an Expression of the Ordinary and Universal Magisterium?

Earlier this week, papal biographer and Crux contributing editor Austen Ivereigh fired off a bravado-laden tweet about Amoris Laetitia (AL) and the corresponding dubia: Naturally, the pope won’t answer the so-called dubia; they seek to overthrow the fruit of the HS in two synods & a major papal document. — Austen Ivereigh (@austeni) June 20, … Read more

Re-Intepreting Humanae Vitae, Amoris Laetitia Style

On May 17th, Maike Hickson reported a rather shocking revelation from Italian journalist and Vatican expert Marco Tosatti: In the Vatican, unconfirmed reports from good sources have leaked that the Pontiff is on the verge of appointing – or even might have already formed – a secret commission to examine and potentially study changes to … Read more

Amoris Laetitia, Fully Implemented

In the 14 months since the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia was published, countless pixels have been spilled discussing it, dissecting it, breaking it down, and lamenting its clearly heterodox intent. We’ve seen its ambiguous provisions allowing Holy Communion for the divorced and “remarried” implemented in more concrete fashion in the Philippines, in Argentina, in Malta, … Read more

The Pope, the Hypocrisy, the Yes Yes, No No, Amoris Laetitia, the Dubia, and the Synod of Bishops with a Pre-cooked ending

Translation by Andrew Guernsey Two days ago [on June 6th] in Santa Marta, the Pontiff addressed the issue of hypocrisy. Vatican Radio reported all his words*, of which we here offer some excerpts: We know how much hypocrisy can be a defect of ecclesiastical circles, of those who “speak and judge” [one way] but think something else. This is hypocrisy. “And hypocrisy is not the … Read more

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