The Roman Pontifical Institute for Marriage and Family, founded by John Paul II to defend the indissolubility of Christian marriage and to fight abortion, has been abolished in its present form by Pope Francis through a recent motu proprio. The institute will now be called "John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences". It had incurred Francis' wrath because of its defense of Catholic doctrine during the Synod of the Family, although Francis excluded the institute from the work of the Synod.
Now, Francis wishes that the institute propagates his controversial document Amoris Laetitia that relativizes the indissolubility of Christian marriage. This is also widely considered a slap in the face of John Paul II.
In a cloudy formulation, the motu proprio de facto dismisses Catholic doctrine and pastoral activity as "forms and models of the past", a common trick to dismiss the position of the adversary without confronting arguments.
The motu proprio made known on September 19, carries the date of September 8. This is two days after the death of Dubia Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, the founding president of the institute, who was a perspicacious critic of Amoris Laetitia.
With this move, Francis deepens the Amoris Laetitia schism in the Catholic Church.
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