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The Vatican’s idea of a “moral theologian”
After Pope Francis sacked all its members in 2016, the Pontifical Academy for Life was transformed into a vehicle for dissent from the Church’s teachings on marriage and procreation. Several appointments to the revamped (read: destroyed) Academy confirm this. For example, that of the “moral theologian” Father Maurizio Chiodi who has declared publicly that not only is contraception not intrinsically evil — that is, always and everywhere wrong by the very nature of the act — but can actually be required in some circumstances.
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As LifeSiteNews observes, Professor Josef Seifert, one of those sacked from the Academy to make way for its destruction, and who has since founded his own pro-life think tank, protested (in vain) that “Chiodi’s position constitutes an unequivocal defense of the consequentialist and proportionalist ethics that attacked Humanae Vitae from the first day of its publication on, and not only took issue with its teaching that contraception is intrinsically wrong, but [also] claimed that there are no intrinsically evil acts at all.” In short, Chiodi argues that evil may be done if some supposed greater good will come from it, the very error that destroys all morality and which, accordingly, was roundly condemned by John Paul II back when the Pontifical Academy for Life still defended the moral law instead of looking for ways around it in keeping with the outrageous Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia.
A further example, reported in the linked article by LifeSite, is Professor Marie-Jo Thiel, another “moral theologian” who attacks the moral law. LifeSite notes that during a recent address Thiel “pointed to Pope Francis’s exhortation Amoris Laetitia” — what else? — “as having given Catholics more freedom.” Freedom, that is, to question the Church’s infallible moral teachings.
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