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Old 23rd March 2018, 05:19 PM
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Default A word regarding the Amoris Laetitia controversy

On Church's Authority decision of the prudential order on who may receive Communion.

First, we have to keep in mind that we are NOT the official interpreters of Sacred Tradition or Sacred Scripture. “The Church’s Magisterium is the authentic interpreter of the affirmations of Scripture and Tradition” (CCC # 1008 ), not us.

“85 "The task of giving an authentic interpretation of the Word of God, whether in its written form or in the form of Tradition, has been entrusted to the living teaching office of the Church alone. Its authority in this matter is exercised in the name of Jesus Christ."47 [47 Dei Verbum 10# 2.] This means that the task of interpretation has been entrusted to the bishops in communion with the successor of Peter, the Bishop of Rome.” – CCC # 85
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Jesus said to the Apostles:

[John]
{16:12} I still have many things to say to you, but you are not able to bear them now.
{16:13} But when the Spirit of truth has arrived, he will teach THE WHOLE truth to you. For he will not be speaking from himself. Instead, whatever he will hear, he will speak. And he will announce to you the things that are to come.


The Holy Spirit guides and protects the Church, that is Her Sacred Magisterium, from falling into errors to the extent of heresy, apostasy or schism.

And the Magisterium can ONLY be exercised by the Bishops in UNION with the Pope:

“881 The Lord made Simon alone, whom he named Peter, the "rock" of his Church. He gave him the keys of his Church and instituted him shepherd of the whole flock.400 "The office of binding and loosing which was given to Peter was also assigned to the college of apostles united to its head."401 This pastoral office of Peter and the other apostles belongs to the Church's very foundation and is continued by the bishops under the primacy of the Pope.” – CCC.

Jesus Christ is the Rock (Acts 4:11) (Rom 9:33) (1 Peter 2:8 ) or Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20), and the Catholic Church is His, that is He is the Owner of the Church. Jesus said “MY Church” (Matt 16:18 ). However, since He had to ascend to the Father and until His return, He commended one person, Simon, to be in His place while He is out, that’s why He changed this person’s name to “Rock” (Kepha in Aramaic (John 1:42), Peter in English) and gave the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven ONLY to this person, Peter, not to the twelve, only to Peter so that he is in charge because we form one mystical Body of Christ and Christ became man and a man has only one head, not two or three heads like a monster. Only one head. When God changes a person’s name, the name represents such persons’ new character or position in his/her life. We see the cases of Abram to Abraham “Father of many nations” (Gen 17:5), Sarai to Sarah “Mother of kings” (Gen 17: 15-16), Jacob to Israel “Strong with God” (Gen 32:28 ) among others. Similarly, when God changed the name of Simon to 'Rock' (Peter) signifies the position that he is acquiring from God, the firm Rock where the Church of Jesus on earth stands and is built (Matt 16:18 ).

St. Peter, our first Pope warned us of individual interpretations because if we rely on ourselves we can easily fall into grave error:

[2 Peter]
{3:16} just as he
[St. Paul] also spoke in all of his epistles about these things. In these, there are certain things which are difficult to understand, which the unlearned and the unsteady distort, as they also do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
{3:17} But since you, brothers, know these things beforehand, be cautious, lest by being drawn into the error of the foolish, you may fall away from your own steadfastness.


That’s why Jesus left us with His ‘official’ teachers here on earth (Matt 16:18-19) (Luke 22:31-32) (John 21:15-17). And since the beginning, Christians were subject to the teachings of the Apostles, not anyone else who came around (Acts 2:42).

So, these men with authority, the Pope, and the Bishops in communion with the Pope (as a body), who are the successors of the Apostles, are the official interpreters of Sacred Scripture (Acts 8:27-35).
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