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October 2, 2015
(Mar 10:6-9) But
from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. For
this cause, a man shall leave his father and mother and shall cleave to
his wife. And they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore now they are
not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no
man put asunder.
EXCERPT CATHOLIC SENTINEL: We Pray for our Families
The Synod on the Family begins its second session in Rome this Sunday.
The Oct. 4-25 synod will have the theme: “The vocation and mission of
the family in the church and the modern world.” Sunday’s Gospel offers
a powerful reminder of one of the most difficult issues facing today’s
families and, consequently, the Synod.
Certain Jews had come to Jesus with a question about divorce. This was
not simply an academic question in those days. Neither is it
theoretical today. The Jewish ideal of marriage was high but Jewish law
regarded the woman as a thing. The law had deteriorated to the point
that a man could divorce his wife on almost any grounds but a woman
could divorce her husband only if he allowed it or if he was guilty of
a very few serious offenses or was a leper. Marriage was devalued.
Our problems are more complicated both among the general population and
among Catholics. Many couples do not marry at all. Still other
marriages end in divorce. While the world screams for unity, it
is made manifest in the coming together of two persons in marriage. The
unity of humankind is made incarnate in the life expression of a
family. It is in the union of a man and a woman that we find the most
perfect expression of the Trinitarian Life. We have the assurance of
Christ himself that where two or more gather in his name, he is with
them. The Sacrament of Matrimony is the union of two persons in the
name of Christ. As the love of the Father and the Son breathe forth the
Spirit, the union of husband and wife creates a new spirit. This spirit
reflects the spirit generated in every gathering of the Church. The
family is more than an economic unit, more than a physical or
psychological union. Within marriage lies the possibility of mirroring
the Church and reflecting the love of the Father and Son.
ONLINE PETITION: Filial Appeal to His Holiness Pope Francis on the Future of the Family
CHIESA ANALYSIS: Synod’s Turn To Speak. But Decisions Will Be Up To Francis
FIRST THINGS: AN APPEAL RECALLING THE TEACHING OF HUMANAE VITAE (AND VERITATIS SPLENDOR)
An Instrumentum laboris (working paper) was prepared for the XIV
Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops and published on June 23,
2015. It covers a range of topics germane to the Synod’s theme of the
family. Paragraph 137 addresses a key document of the modern
Magisterium, Humanae Vitae, in a way that both calls the force of that
teaching into question and proposes a method of moral discernment that
is decidedly not Catholic. This approach to discernment contradicts
what has hitherto been taught by the Magisterium of the Church about
moral norms, conscience, and moral judgment, by suggesting that a
well-formed conscience may be in conflict with objective moral norms.
As Catholic moral theologians and philosophers, we feel morally
obligated to speak out against the distortion of Catholic teaching
implicit in paragraph 137. If endorsed by the Synod, the defective text
of the Instrumentum laboris would lead to confusion among the faithful.
Paragraph 137 should be removed and replaced by a paragraph that speaks
of the conscience in a more precise fashion, that celebrates the wisdom
and beauty of Humanae Vitae, and that helps spouses to appreciate that
the graces are available to them to live out God’s plan for the gift of
MORE: Twelve Fatal Flaws in the Instrumentum Laboris, the “Working Document” of Synod 2015
EXCERPT CATHOLIC WORLD REPORT: The atrocious script for the "Ordinary" Synod
Christian conjugal morality is essentially about the virtues of
chastity and justice, embedded in the theological virtues of faith,
hope and love. Chastity is mentioned but once in the entire working
paper (94). And holiness, the vocation of all the family, likewise gets
but a passing mention (49). Thereby hangs a tale.
EXCERPT SOCIETY OF ST. PIUS X: Petition to the Holy Father
Most Holy Father, For the honor of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the
consolation of the Church and of all faithful Catholics, for the good
of society and of all humanity, in this crucial hour we petition you
therefore to let your voice resound throughout the world with a word of
truth, clarity, and firmness, in defense of Christian and even merely
human marriage, in support of its foundation, namely, the difference
and complementarity of the sexes, upholding its exclusivity and
indissolubility. With filial piety we beg you to let your voice
be heard by all, and that it be accompanied by actions too in support
of the Catholic family.
We entrust this humble petition to the patronage of Saint John the
Baptist, who underwent martyrdom for having publicly defended the
sanctity and exclusivity of marriage, even against a scandalous civil
authority in a case of “divorced-and-remarried persons.” And we
pray the Precursor give Your Holiness the courage to recall before the
whole world the true doctrine concerning natural and Christian
Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Humility
67. The hermits said, 'We become more humbled when we are tempted,
because God, knowing our weakness, protects us. But if we boast of our
own strength, he takes away his protection, and we are lost.'
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