ARGENTINIAN CATHOLIC LAWYERS CORPORATION PETITION TO THE HOLY FATHER
FOR LOVE OF THE TRUTH AND IN FIDELITY TO THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
The Catholic Lawyers Corporation of the Argentine Republic, publicly makes this petition to H.H. Francis, requesting the abrogation of the Declaration “Fiducia supplicans” of the Prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith.
This is due to the grave damage to the Faith and to moral customs that its content generates in the People of God through the teaching effect of the law, given that through the Declaration “blessings of couples in irregular situations and of same-sex couples” are permitted (n. 31), which implies that they are not made to the persons that integrate them individually and separately, but to the couples as such, in spite of maintaining a common life outside marriage, in an objective situation or close to the grave sins of adultery or fornicating or sodomitic concubinage, with the only condition that the couple requests it.
Since the document considers these blessings as a spiritual good, clerics are obliged to impart them, since “the laity, like all the Christian faithful, have the right to receive abundantly from the sacred Pastors the help of the spiritual goods of the Church” (Lumen Gentium n. 37) and because, according to the Declaration, “neither should the Church’s closeness to every situation in which God’s help is requested through a simple blessing be impeded or forbidden” (Fiducia supplicans n. 38). This makes it clear that the new practice is introduced by means of an act of authority whose substance is that of being a true legal provision – because it has the force of obligation – and, as such, becomes part of the law of the Church, suppressing the previous rules which, based on the immutable doctrine that such relationships are outside the law of God and cannot be favored in any way, prohibited such blessings, which has been recently ratified in this same pontificate.
The assessment that there has been a change in doctrine and not something merely disciplinary, is the reasonable consequence that arises from the objective facts prudently considered by the common man. In fact, suffice it to point out that the Dictionary of the Spanish Royal Academy defines the term “blessing”, in its different meanings, as: 1. consecration, sanctification, sacralization; 2. consent, approval, assent, favour, grace or congratulation; 3. blessing from God; and 4. nuptial blessings.
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