Catholics often boast that theirs is the unchanging, “one true church,” but even a casual student of church history knows that is not the case. And now we have another example.
In the past, any Catholic who divorced and remarried without obtaining an annulment was living in a state of mortal sin and was officially barred from receiving the eucharist. But in his new document, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), released last week, pope Francis tacitly suggests that it’s now up to the local parish priest to evaluate the circumstances of each parishioner and decide if they are able to receive the sacraments (see article below). With so many Catholics divorcing these days, Francis was compelled to change the policy in an effort to keep the church viable.
But this ex-Catholic, saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone, has a couple of important questions regarding this new policy. First, what about all the divorced Catholics who remarried and died in a state of mortal sin prior to this change? Do they all now receive a “Get Out of Hell, Free” card or is the declaration not retroactive? Also, how could such an important doctrine affecting faith and morals that was upheld by all previous infallible popes now be so conveniently discarded? Catholics would rather not confront such questions.
I’m so grateful to the Lord for leading me out of Catholic legalism, ritualism, and man-made traditions. Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and then ask the Lord to direct you to an evangelical church in your area that teaches God’s Word without compromise.
Pope Francis to church: Be more accepting of divorced Catholics, gays, and lesbians