The heretical Amoris Laetitia

I will quote some of the content of this massive, uncatholic heretical mess that has come out of Rome and give a few meager words on it.

“297. It is a matter of reaching out to everyone, of needing to help each person find his or her proper way of participating in the ecclesial community and thus to experience being touched by an “unmerited, unconditional and gratuitous” mercy. No one can be condemned for ever, because that is not the logic of the Gospel! Here I am not speaking only of the divorced and remarried, but of everyone, in whatever situation they find themselves.” -Pope Francis

Believe it or not, the Catholic Church teaches that those who die in a mortal sin go to hell forever. So, yes, people are condemned forever, Holy Father.

Baltimore Catechism:

33. What happens to those who die in mortal sin?

Those who die in mortal sin are punished forever in the fire of hell.

Mercy is extending to those who repent and are sorry for what they have done to offend Our Lord.

“301…The Church possesses a solid body of reflection concerning mitigating factors and situations. Hence it can no longer simply be said that all those in any “irregular” situation are living in a state of mortal sin and are deprived of sanctifying grace. More is involved here than mere ignorance of the rule. A subject may know full well the rule, yet have great difficulty in understanding “its inherent values”, or be in a concrete situation which does not allow him or her to act differently and decide otherwise without further sin.” – Pope Francis

Mortal sin is deadly and kills the life of grace in our souls.

Baltimore Catechism:

32. What does mortal sin do to us?

Mortal sin makes us enemies of God and robs of our souls of His grace.

Also, it’s no wonder people are ignorant, if what the Pope is saying is true. How often do you hear the sins of the day being condemned?  How often do you hear priests preach that adultery and cohabitation is a mortal sin?

“Chapter 8 – Accompanying, Discerning and Integrating Weakness   

Some forms of union radically contradict this ideal [of Christian marriage], while others realize it in at least a partial and analogous way.  The Synod Fathers stated that the Church does not disregard the constructive elements in those situations which do not yet or no longer correspond to her teaching on marriage …

The Fathers also considered the specific situation of a merely civil marriage or, with due distinction, even simple cohabitation, noting that … they can provide occasions for pastoral care with a view to the eventual celebration of the sacrament of marriage”.  (AL 292,293)

So, adultery is a union?  This is so ambiguous they don’t even specify what these forms of “union” are?  Is sodomy considered a “union,” as well?

Also, it seems we’re allowed to cohabitate since it might eventually lead to the Sacrament of Marriage? Mortal sin is not going to lead to a Sacrament.  Yet, according to this document these situations are not even mortal sin anymore, for it they called it that they would foil the whole purpose of this document, namely to excuse sin in the name of pride.

“The choice of a civil marriage or, in many cases, of simple cohabitation, is often not motivated by prejudice or resistance to a sacramental union, but by cultural or contingent situations.  In such cases, respect also can be shown for those signs of love which in some way reflect God’s own love.”

God’s love is reflected in mortal sin? I don’t think so.  This is bordering on blasphemy to suggest that God’s love can be found, in this context, outside of a valid Catholic Marriage. These supposed “situations” seem to take precedent over the salvation of souls, since the Pope fails horribly in this Document to state the absolute truth regarding these sins.  And for all the talk about all the good that is in the Document, a little poison poisons the whole cup.

“The divorced who have entered a new union, for example, can find themselves in a variety of situations, which should not be pigeonholed or fit into overly rigid classifications leaving no room for a suitable personal and pastoral discernment. (AL 298)”

Of course. Telling people that they are in adultery and need to get out of it is too “rigid.” What will the Pope do to ensure the salvation of souls? Very little of anything, it seems. Looks like we’ll be “discerning” our sins all the way to hell.  Then again, nobody is going there since, according to the Pope, no one can be condemned forever.

The indissolubility of Marriage is being totally undermined.

Hence it can no longer simply be said that all those in any “irregular” situation are living in a state of mortal sin and are deprived of sanctifying grace. (AL 301)

According to Divine Law and the Catholic Church, those living in adultery and fornicating are in a state of mortal sin, which does indeed deprive the soul of sanctifying grace, which is the life of God in the soul.  Truly, this Document goes against and mocks 2,000 years of the teaching and tradition of the Catholic Church, not to mention the words of Our Lord in Sacred Scripture.

In footnote 351 of this document, it is suggested that those in a state of mortal sin can receive the help of the Sacraments “in certain cases.” Well, certainly they can receive Confession to restore the life of grace in their souls, provided that they will repent and leave their life of sin. But, this obviously is allowing Holy Communion for those living in mortal sin, albeit by the back door, which, for the Counciliar Church, “certain cases” will turn into the norm within a matter of time.  This is what certain Roman prelates have been promoting all this time and they know they cannot state it outright but have to hide it behind pleasing words.  Doctrine may not change, but expounding heresy and pandering to man’s pride of wanting to be “accepted as they are” ultimately changes belief.  If Rome realized that we deal with the supernatural in the Sacraments, in the Mass, in the Holy Eucharist, the very heart of the Church, I don’t think they would not do what they do. If Rome realizes that the Holy Eucharist wasn’t a happy meal for everybody and the Church a social club, I don’t think we would be at this terrible point we are at now.

What is there to achieve by excusing sin and abandoning people to their sinful lives, not telling them the truth and ultimately the means to achieve salvation, which is the very mission of the Church?

Advocating sacrilege against the Blessed Eucharist is akin to calling for the death of Our Lord over and over and over again, every time Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist is received by the soul in a state of mortal sin.

If you’re a Catholic, you need to defend Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and what His Church teaches regarding sin. You must reject this departure from the moral doctrines of the Faith. This ultimately comes down to upholding the truth of the Ten Commandments as being just that, Ten Commandments, to be kept and upheld as a sign of our fidelity and love of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who told us to keep them.  Looks as if they are being turned into Ten Suggestions, if that.  The truth must be said and not excused or “interpreted in the light of tradition.”  What was written was written and is quite clear.  We have a war on our hands and this time, it’s a war for the moral edifice of the Church.

Enough is enough.

~Damsel of the Faith

**UPDATE**

The Pope was asked a direct question about Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried on his return trip to Greece:

“Some maintain that nothing has changed with respect to the discipline that governs the access to the Sacraments for the divorced and remarried, and that the law and the pastoral practice and obviously the doctrine remains the same; others maintain instead that much has changed and that there are many new openings and possibilities. The question is for one person, a Catholic, that wants to know: Are there new concrete possibilities, that did not exist before the publication of the Exhortation or not.”

He stated emphatically:

“I can say yes.”

For those still on the fence about the issue, even though it is plain as day what is going on, it is quite clear. Does the Pope know what sacrilege is?

***UPDATE***

This comment from ‘Athanasius’ was so excellent I had to include it here:

“damselofthefaith,

Your commentary on this is absolutely spot on. What the Pope is clearly attempting with this document is first to re-state the objective teaching of the Church, which is the divine teaching of Christ Our Lord, and then go on to undermine it with subjective specious argument.

All this talk of pastoral mercy depending on individual circumstances is just so much smoke and mirrors. The Church makes it clear that God writes His Commandments in every heart, which means that everyone knows the truth internally and cannot therefore claim to be ignorant of the divine law, or indeed the natural law. When a Catholic divorces a spouse and then goes on to marry someone else, they know exactly what they’re doing. The teaching of Our Lord in the Gospels about adultery is crystal clear to all who have an IQ above the average house plant. So this nonsense that the Pope espouses in his Apostolic Exhortation is precisely that – nonsense! The teaching of the Church cannot be altered either doctrinally or pastorally, so why this scandalous document, this back door to sacrilege?

Note how the Pope refers to “the ecclesial community” in his document. This follows from his oft-repeated error that “we are Church”. In other words, the Pope does not appear to recognise a divinely instituted hierarchic Church with unchangable doctrine and ordained priesthood to perpetuate the sacrifice of Our Lord and administer the grace of the Sacraments for the salvation of souls. His notion seems rather to be of a loose body of believers, kind of like a hippie commune in which all have a priestly dignity that is not to be distinguished from the ordained, celibate priesthood. From this notion stems the false idea, remarkably Lutheran in tone, that no matter what sins we commit, we are justified by faith in Christ and thereby saved. This idea does great violence to the true Catholic teaching that we must avoid sin, or at least repent of our sins, amend our lives and do good works. It is by the fruit, says Our Lord, that the tree is known, not faith. And again: “Not all those who say Lord, Lord shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven. But those who do the will of my Father in Heaven, they shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven.

And what is the will of God? Well, Our Lord specifically says: “If you love me, you will keep my Commandments”. The martyrs sacrificed their lives rather than deny or offend God, yet Pope Francis asks no sacrifice from those who want to be re-admitted to Holy Communion, not even the sacrifice of repentance for mortal sin and a remedying of a sinful union. On the contrary, he says there is good even in sinful unions. Woe to the man who says good is evil and evil is good, say the Sacred Scriptures. It seems to me that this is precisely what Pope Francis is saying when he denounces divine revelation as “rules” and speaks of God’s grace being at least benign to the mortally sinful state of some souls. This is neither true love nor mercy we’re hearing from Pope Francis, it’s falsehood.

And as regards this devolution of authority from Rome to each diocese and parish to discern individual cases of divorced/remarried and other sinful union scenarios, we all know where that will lead. Very soon, like the illicit abuses of Communion in the hand and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, access to Holy Communion for those not in a state of grace will become commonplace and accepted as the norm. Those who object on the basis of the infallible teaching of the Church will be called “judgmental” and dismissed as merciless. What we are seeing here is the logical next step in the apostasy disguised as pastoral sensitivity. Supernatural Faith, it seems, has given place in many senior Churchmen to empty and emotional philanthropy. There is no longer any love of immortal souls or desire for their salvation.

Our Lord said to sinners that He forgave “go and sin no more”. On one occasion He even admonished a penitent not to sin again “lest some worse evil befalls you”. But what is Pope Francis saying? He is saying “come, feel welcome, feel loved, feel God’s mercy, feel included. There’s no need for you to change sinful situations if you don’t recognise them as such, or if it’s going to hurt. If you can’t receive Holy Communion (indicating mortal sin), you can at least read the Scriptures from the lectern. Oh yes, and that’s going to gain their souls entrance to heaven? It’s much more likely to pile guilt upon guilt, say the saints. God is not mocked!

Pope Francis would do well to heed this wise and prophetic warning of his predecessor, Gregory XVI, who wrote in his 1832 Encyclical Mirari Vos: “To use the words of the Fathers of Trent, it is certain that the Church “was instructed by Jesus Christ and His Apostles and that all truth was daily taught it by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.” Therefore, it is obviously absurd and injurious to propose a certain “restoration and regeneration” for her as though necessary for her safety and growth, as if she could be considered subject to defect or obscuration or other misfortune. Indeed these authors of novelties consider that a “foundation may be laid of a new human institution,” and what Cyprian detested may come to pass, that what was a divine thing “may become a human Church…”

And what about the equally prophetic warning of Pius XII: “I am worried by the Blessed Virgin’s messages to Lucy of Fatima. This persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church is a divine warning against the suicide of altering the Faith in her liturgy, her theology and her soul…I hear all around me innovators who wish to dismantle the Sacred Chapel, destroy the universal flame of the Church, reject her ornaments and make her feel remorse for her historical past. A day will come when the civilised world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to believe that man has become God.” (Mgr. Roche, Pie XII Devant L’Histoire, p. 52-53).

I am sick to death of these Modernist Popes damaging our holy faith with their dangerous innovations. They are called to protect and hand on the faith unsullied, yet they seem to think that they have been especially gifted in our times to alter things according to their own confused state of mind and soul. Since Vatican II they have almost destroyed the Church with their Modernist falsehoods. As Archbishop Lefebvre once observed: The martyrs sacrificed their lives for the faith. Now they sacrifice the faith.” How absolutely true that observation was. The Catholic religion today is now barely distinguishable from Protestantism.”

 

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22 thoughts on “The heretical Amoris Laetitia

  1. newenglandsun

    Why is he even talking in terms of “divorce”? Pardon me if I’m wrong here but “divorce” is non-existent in Catholic theology due to the fact the Holy Spirit unites the two together and if the couple is found not to be united by the Holy Spirit in the first place, the couple is said to be “annulled” (as in the marriage was nothing in the first place and hence the marriage was then non-existent).

    From the parts I have read, this is a rather bizarre encyclical. Stemming from a synod…

    Certainly penitent divorcees shouldn’t be denied the eucharist forever and neither are all cases of divorcees in civil legal terms necessarily adulterous but have just simply been looking for love in all the wrong places and they may very well be penitent and I would hope Pope Francis is talking about civil divorce when he speaks of divorce and I would hope he is emphasizing penitence when he talks about the more difficult cases and the pastoral cases but the guy’s rather difficult to understand…

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    1. Antoine Bisset

      A novelist like Graham Greene can grasp and explain the problem in a novel, “The End of the Affair”, but the Pope cannot?

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      1. newenglandsun

        My Aunt has experienced many rough relationships over the years. She divorced her first husband, she divorced her second husband. Both for reasons related to alcohol abuse. She’s on another relationship right now but while she may have been caught in adultery, she seems more penitent to me.

        This is a problem I have with the Catholic Church. It seems like its business is to judge the penitence of those who have been in a series of failed relationships but still look for their relationships to be complete. Adultery isn’t seriously the unforgivable sin is it?

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      2. damselofthefaith Post author

        No, it’s not unforgivable. Repentance is sorrow with a purpose of amendment, amending the situation by getting out of adultery. The Catholic Church judges the sin and She judges adultery to be a mortal sin, based on the words of Christ who said whoever divorces their wife/husband and marries another commits adultery.

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      3. newenglandsun

        Matt. 5:32
        The grounds of adultery for the divorce needs to be taken into account, the circumstances of the divorce need to be taken into account. A man abandons and then divorces his wife–does this make his wife an adulterer? If a man rapes a woman, it does not make the woman a fornicator.

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      4. newenglandsun

        Which is what an annulment would be and now we’re back to just playing word-games. For many non-Catholics, there is really not much of a difference between divorce and annulment except in legal terms.

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      5. damselofthefaith Post author

        The “exception clause” Our Lord was speaking of referred to the Jewish times only. An argument can be made that it was a justification of Joseph’s intended quiet divorce of Mary. The custom was to be “betrothed” before living together and consummating the marriage. If a woman was found to have fornicated before the intended marriage, she could be divorced quietly, if I understand the matter correctly.

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    2. editor

      newenglandsun,

      This is really a reply to your posts about “punishing the victims” – a common error.

      The Church is not doing any punishing. It is the unfaithful spouse who is punishing his wife if he abandons her to set up home with someone else.

      Some years ago, this happened to a friend of mine. She’d made her vows and meant them. they had a daughter but when the child was around 3/4 years old “dad” took off with someone else, and in no time had another four children with his new live-in “partner”. She can never be his wife, in the eyes of God, because he has vowed to remain with my friend until death comes for one of them, which it will do, like a thief in the night, as Our Lord warns – and then, which of us would want to be in his shoes?

      Now, it’s easy to blame the Church and I don’t know if that friend has done so and similarly set up home with A.N. Other because we lost touch some time back. Nevertheless, the Church is merely expounding faithfully the teaching of Christ Himself, that is, God’s natural moral law. If two people make vows before God to remain together for life, and then one of them is unfaithful, he/she has to understand the consequences of that infidelity, which includes condemning the faithful spouse to a life of human loneliness. The faithful spouse had bargained for the companionship of a husband/wife, who has let her down – not the Church. The Church hasn’t let either of them down.

      I’m trying to think of an analogy although analogies are always inadequate, but let’s try this one: if two people take out a joint bank loan and then one of them refuses to pay his/her part of the money back, it’s not the bank’s fault that the honest person is left carrying the burden to reply the loan, is it?

      In other words, don’t shoot the messenger. The Church is merely communicating, expounding, explaining and promoting the law of God, not pushing a rule of her own making.

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      1. newenglandsun

        So why does the Orthodox Church allow remarriage in certain circumstances?

        Must a valid marriage entail abuse? Would a valid marriage have abuse in it?

        There is much talk on marriages needing to be valid but hardly any talk on whether infidelity should be considered a part of a valid marriage.

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    3. jimislander

      There is far too much silence — people do not want to talk about it because the topic is not ‘politically correct.’ But we cannot be silent any longer.”
      Raymond Card. Burke

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      1. editor

        newenglandsun,

        The Orthodox is a schismatic church.

        As for valid marriages/abuse. Nobody has to endure abuse. They can leave and live separately. But that doesn’t mean being free to “remarry”. By definition, we can only be married once – “till death do us part”, remember?

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  2. Antoine Bisset

    I find it interesting that a mere novelist like Graham Greene can grasp the essential concepts and explore and explain them as in “The End of the Affair” and yet the Pope cannot.

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  3. Athanasius

    damselofthefaith

    Your commentary on this is absolutely spot on. What the Pope is clearly attempting with this document is first to re-state the objective teaching of the Church, which is the divine teaching of Christ Our Lord, and then go on to undermine it with subjective specious argument.

    All this talk of pastoral mercy depending on individual circumstances is just so much smoke and mirrors. The Church makes it clear that God writes His Commandments in every heart, which means that everyone knows the truth internally and cannot therefore claim to be ignorant of the divine law, or indeed the natural law. When a Catholic divorces a spouse and then goes on to marry someone else, they know exactly what they’re doing. The teaching of Our Lord in the Gospels about adultery is crystal clear to all who have an IQ above the average house plant. So this nonsense that the Pope espouses in his Apostolic Exhortation is precisely that – nonsense! The teaching of the Church cannot be altered either doctrinally or pastorally, so why this scandalous document, this back door to sacrilege?

    Note how the Pope refers to “the ecclesial community” in his document. This follows from his oft-repeated error that “we are Church”. In other words, the Pope does not appear to recognise a divinely instituted hierarchic Church with unchangable doctrine and ordained priesthood to perpetuate the sacrifice of Our Lord and administer the grace of the Sacraments for the salvation of souls. His notion seems rather to be of a loose body of believers, kind of like a hippie commune in which all have a priestly dignity that is not to be distinguished from the ordained, celibate priesthood. From this notion stems the false idea, remarkably Lutheran in tone, that no matter what sins we commit, we are justified by faith in Christ and thereby saved. This idea does great violence to the true Catholic teaching that we must avoid sin, or at least repent of our sins, amend our lives and do good works. It is by the fruit, says Our Lord, that the tree is known, not faith. And again: “Not all those who say Lord, Lord shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven. But those who do the will of my Father in Heaven, they shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven.

    And what is the will of God? Well, Our Lord specifically says: “If you love me, you will keep my Commandments”. The martyrs sacrificed their lives rather than deny or offend God, yet Pope Francis asks no sacrifice from those who want to be re-admitted to Holy Communion, not even the sacrifice of repentance for mortal sin and a remedying of a sinful union. On the contrary, he says there is good even in sinful unions. Woe to the man who says good is evil and evil is good, say the Sacred Scriptures. It seems to me that this is precisely what Pope Francis is saying when he denounces divine revelation as “rules” and speaks of God’s grace being at least benign to the mortally sinful state of some souls. This is neither true love nor mercy we’re hearing from Pope Francis, it’s falsehood.

    And as regards this devolution of authority from Rome to each diocese and parish to discern individual cases of divorced/remarried and other sinful union scenarios, we all know where that will lead. Very soon, like the illicit abuses of Communion in the hand and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, access to Holy Communion for those not in a state of grace will become commonplace and accepted as the norm. Those who object on the basis of the infallible teaching of the Church will be called “judgmental” and dismissed as merciless. What we are seeing here is the logical next step in the apostasy disguised as pastoral sensitivity. Supernatural Faith, it seems, has given place in many senior Churchmen to empty and emotional philanthropy. There is no longer any love of immortal souls or desire for their salvation.

    Our Lord said to sinners that He forgave “go and sin no more”. On one occasion He even admonished a penitent not to sin again “lest some worse evil befalls you”. But what is Pope Francis saying? He is saying “come, feel welcome, feel loved, feel God’s mercy, feel included. There’s no need for you to change sinful situations if you don’t recognise them as such, or if it’s going to hurt. If you can’t receive Holy Communion (indicating mortal sin), you can at least read the Scriptures from the lectern. Oh yes, and that’s going to gain their souls entrance to heaven? It’s much more likely to pile guilt upon guilt, say the saints. God is not mocked!

    Pope Francis would do well to heed this wise and prophetic warning of his predecessor, Gregory XVI, who wrote in his 1832 Encyclical Mirari Vos: “To use the words of the Fathers of Trent, it is certain that the Church “was instructed by Jesus Christ and His Apostles and that all truth was daily taught it by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.” Therefore, it is obviously absurd and injurious to propose a certain “restoration and regeneration” for her as though necessary for her safety and growth, as if she could be considered subject to defect or obscuration or other misfortune. Indeed these authors of novelties consider that a “foundation may be laid of a new human institution,” and what Cyprian detested may come to pass, that what was a divine thing “may become a human Church…”

    And what about the equally prophetic warning of Pius XII: “I am worried by the Blessed Virgin’s messages to Lucy of Fatima. This persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church is a divine warning against the suicide of altering the Faith in her liturgy, her theology and her soul…I hear all around me innovators who wish to dismantle the Sacred Chapel, destroy the universal flame of the Church, reject her ornaments and make her feel remorse for her historical past. A day will come when the civilised world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to believe that man has become God.” (Mgr. Roche, Pie XII Devant L’Histoire, p. 52-53).

    I am sick to death of these Modernist Popes damaging our holy faith with their dangerous innovations. They are called to protect and hand on the faith unsullied, yet they seem to think that they have been especially gifted in our times to alter things according to their own confused state of mind and soul. Since Vatican II they have almost destroyed the Church with their Modernist falsehoods. As Archbishop Lefebvre once observed: The martyrs sacrificed their lives for the faith. Now they sacrifice the faith.” How absolutely true that observation was. The Catholic religion today is now barely distinguishable from Protestantism.

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      1. Athanasius

        damselofthefaith,

        That was very kind, thank you. I only hope more Catholics, especially prelates and priests, begin to react against this assault on the Traditional teaching of the Church, which is divine and infallible. The Pope is Christ’s Vicar on earth, not God. He has no right whatever to place the faith and morals of the faithful in danger by these dangerous ambiguous musings.

        When the Popes of old wrote in defence of the Faith they did so in a very clear and concise manner that left no room for misunderstanding. Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation is 265 pages long. Why, because he needs that length of document of endless words for reasons of obfuscation. The truth is always short and sweet!

        By the way, I just caught sight of St. Pius V’s admonition (above) as I typed, which says: “All the evils in the world are due to lukewarm Catholics” How applicable to this present day are those words?

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  4. editor

    DOTF,

    Just quickly – there is no reply button at your post about the “quiet divorce” for Joseph.

    The Jewish marriage ceremony was in two stages. The first part was the betrothal – at which time the couple were technically married (so it is a mistake – a very modernist mistake – to speak of Our Lady as an unmarried mother, as so many modernists do – she was not) hence, as you note, the possibility of a “divorce” for Joseph. As you say, this was due to the fact that the second part of the marriage (husband taking wife to his home to live as husband and wife) had not yet taken place.

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