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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Fr. Brian Harrison on Pope's Exhortation: 'Revolutionary Change, Contrary to 2000 Years of Tradition'

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From our friends at LifeSiteNews Priest: Pope Francis’ pastoral revolution goes against 2,000 years of tradition, by Father Brian Harrison.

"Pope Francis’ long-awaited Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, Amoris Laetitia (AL), was finally been released on Friday, April 8, 2016.

"A proper understanding, appreciation and evaluation of this lengthy document will require considerable time, study and prayerful reflection. But it is already quite clear from certain key passages that, with carefully crafted language, plausible arguments and persuasive rhetoric, the Holy Father is quietly introducing revolutionary change into the heart of the Catholic Church’s moral teaching and pastoral/sacramental practice." READ MORE HERE

REMNANT COMMENT: Please recall that although Father Harrison is an old friend, he is not a 'traditionalist' per se, and has never hesitated to disagree with us here at The Remnant, for example, when he believes we've overstated our case in defense of Tradition. It is for this reason that I've always valued his contributions, since he's spent a quarter of a century proving that he's unafraid to make common cause with traditional Catholics so long as he doesn’t adamantly disagree with us. Father, a true truth seeker, is not partisan.

Father Harrison's position on the Apostolic Exhortation, therefore, cannot be dismissed as a mere reiteration of the 'rad trad' company line. Because of that and because this article appears on LifeSiteNews (and not The Remnant or some other traditionalist site) it is an important polemic to send to honest neo-Catholic friends and family who are on the fence on this issue. 

The public neo-Catholic polemicists, by the way, really must choose a side on this. At this point, I’m sorry to say, the public defenders of the Pope's Apostolic Exhortation are either too stupid to understand what they're reading, or they're maliciously covering up the myriad misdirects and errors contained in the text. There is no other option. Are you stupid, or ignorant?  Inquiring minds want to know.

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