In April, we reported to you that Robert Spaemann, the most well-known Catholic philosopher in Germany and a close friend of Pope Benedict XVI, said that Amoris Laetitia would have disastrous consequences for Catholicism:
The chaos has been turned into a principle – with one stroke of a pen. The pope should have known that he will split the Church with such a step and that he leads her into the direction of a schism – a schism that would be not at the periphery, but in the middle of the Church. May God help us to avoid this.
Each individual cardinal, as well as each bishop and each priest is now called to preserve in his field of authority the Catholic Sacramental Order and to confess it publicly. If the pope is not willing to make a correction, it is up to another pontificate to officially put things back into order.
Now another famous philosopher from the German-speaking world — and another papal friend — has stepped forward with equally damning criticism. Austrian-born Catholic philosopher Josef Seifert, a friend of Pope John Paul II, has released an article in an Italian journal entitled, “The tears of Jesus over Amoris Laetitia.” In it, he compares the words of Our Lord in the Gospel to those found Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation.
Seifert reaches the inescapable conclusion, “How can Jesus and His Most Holy Mother read and compare these words of the Pope with those of Jesus and his Church without crying? Let us therefore cry with Jesus, with deep respect and affection for the Pope, and with profound grief that arises from the obligation to criticize his mistakes!”
The good folks at Gloria.tv have a full report on Seifert’s article:
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