Because they had created a draft document outlining guidelines for the implementation of Amoris Laetitia that, according to an official communique, ruled against allowing the civilly divorced and remarried (so-called) to receive Holy Communion unless their situation is first remedied according to the bi-millennial practice of the Church.
According to Fr. Pawel Rytel-Andrianik, spokesman for the Polish Bishops’ Conference as reported by Catholic News Agency:
The bishops understand that the Church thinks in a linear way; it’s not a change of teaching, but it is in one line. In Familiaris Consortio and Amoris Laetitia you have one line in terms of teaching on the family.
Fr. Rytel-Andrianik went on to say that the Polish bishops agreed that what Francis wrote in Amoris Laetitia is “the same teaching as Familiaris Consortio,” and “the bishops appreciate, very much, Amoris Laetitia” because they see it as “a treasure of the Church that builds on Familiaris Consortio.”
Clearly, as I stated at the time, the Polish bishops are collectively disoriented and diabolically so.
Fast forward to the present, and the proof is all the more undeniable.
As reported by the Catholic Herald:
Poland’s bishops have released their long-awaited guidelines on Amoris Laetitia, sidestepping questions on Communion for the divorced and remarried.
Contrasting the bishops’ final guidelines with the aforementioned draft, the Herald went on to report:
The final document, however, says the Church should serve those living in irregular relationships “according to the pastoral criteria proposed by Pope Francis: acceptance, accompaniment, discernment and integration.”
It also does not directly address the question of giving Communion to the divorced and civilly remarried. Instead, the document calls for “pastoral accompaniment” for those “on the path of discernment” according to Church teaching and the guidelines of the local bishop.
Hold it right there…
Sidestepping? Does not directly address?
The Polish guidelines include following “the pastoral criteria proposed by Pope [sic] Francis.”
If memory serves me correctly, those criteria are clearly stated in the guidelines established by the Bishops of Buenos Aires, and they have been enshrined in the AAS as “authentic magisterium” at His Humbleness’ explicit direction, and furthermore, according to him, “there are no other interpretations.”
In other words, the bishops of Poland have toned down the apparently too-Catholic rhetoric that was present in last year’s draft document.
And who can be surprised?
This is precisely what one should have expected given their utter detachment from reality as evidenced a year ago by their praise for a text (Amoris Laetitia) that literally contains the most odious blasphemies and heresies ever committed to Vatican letterhead.
At this, the Biblical warning concerning “a little leaven” comes to mind; just a dash of poisonous error can spoil an entire lump, and tolerating as much can spoil and entire national bishops conference, and indeed an entire Church.