begins with Douthat’s recounting of facts are nonsense, his arguments tendentious, and his thesis so absurd it is shocking, absolutely shocking, that no one over at Simon & Schuster thought to ask if what he writes is completely or only partially unhinged."
. If the sheep do not recognize the voice of the shepherd here, perhaps it isn’t the shepherd speaking? The heterodox on marriage, who never miss a chance to stress that Catholicism is all about the Beatitudes, would disagree. I do not think Our Lord’s teaching on either subject is any less binding on the faithful—one may not "pick and choose," cafeteria style, as do the heterodox, which of The Church's teachings bind them.
This is where Francis-era liberal Catholicism has so often ended up
Not infrequently ideas and solutions which are very appealing but which obscure in varying degrees the truth and the dignity of the human person, are offered to the men and women of today, in their sincere and deep search for a response to the important daily problems that affect their married and family life. (FC, 4)
Remember, the Council of Trent had proclaimed the indissolubility of marriage as a dogma. Thus, entering a new union after a civil divorce, or continuing a sexual relationship in this new union, is a grave sin. This has consequences for the Eucharist: as all Catholics should know or have taught to them, whoever is aware of having committed a grave sin can only receive Communion if he has been to Confession, has confessed and has been absolved. This teaching has been reaffirmed in recent decades by Pope St John Paul II, Benedict XVI and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. However, in the aftermath of Pope Francis’s exhortation Amoris Laetitia, some bishops have said that the divorced and civilly remarried can receive Communion, on the basis of the document’s ambiguous footnote 351. At present the Church is at