Theresa Trio

Theresa Trio
St. Therese of Lisieux / Ven. Maria Theresa Quevedo / St. Teresa of Avila

April 13, 2015

RORATE Caeli: Argentina formally recognizes SSPX as part of the Catholic Church

From Rorate Caeli. Can it be that Right Reason will come from such an unexpected ally?:

Argentina formally recognizes SSPX as part of the Catholic Church - at the request of the Archbishop of Buenos Aires (and Pope Francis?)

Our partners at Adelante de la Fe have broken the news that the Argentinian government has recognized the SSPX as part of the Roman Catholic Church: La FSSPX reconocida en Argentina como parte de la Iglesia Católica Romana.In the words of the official state Resolution granting this recognition:

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN RELATIONS AND WORSHIP
SECRETARY OF WORSHIP
Resolution N. 25/2015


Bs. As. [Buenos Aires], 17/3/2015


HAVING SEEN the Procedure N. 9028/2015 of the Registry of the MINISTRY OF FOREIGN RELATIONS AND WORSHIP, Law 24483, and its Regulation Decree N. 491, of September 21, 1995, and



CONSIDERING:



That according to Protocol N. 084/15, of February 23, 2015, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Mario Aurelio Cardinal POLI, requests that the "FRATERNITY OF THE APOSTLES OF JESUS AND MARY" (PRIESTLY FRATERNITY OF SAINT PIUS X) be held, up to the moment in which it finds its definitive juridical framing within the Church Universal, as an Association of Diocesan Right, according to what is established by canon 298 of the Code of Canon Law, being in fieri [henceforth and in the meantime] a Society of Apostolic Life, with all the benefits that correspond to it, and complying with all obligations to which the same refers, also accepting all responsibilities that belong to the diocesan Prelate.[added emphasis]


That to the aforesaid fraternity be accredited its character as a public juridical person within the ROMAN CATHOLIC APOSTOLIC CHURCH, according to the norms of the Code of Canon Law.[added emphasis]

That according to its statutes, approved by competent ecclesiastical authority, the fraternity is a priestly society of common life without vows, as with the societies of Foreign Missions (cf. Chapter I, Article 1, Statutes of the Fraternity of the Apostles of Jesus and Mary).

That Article 3, letter f, of the Decree N. 491.95 authorizes the inscription in the Registry created by Law N. 24483 of the juridical persons recognized by ecclesiastical authority that ressemble or are analogous to the institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life.

That the requesting organization has fulfilled all requirements demanded by the regulations in force, including its statutes, the decree of erection, and a statement, according to what is established in Law N. 24483.

That it is fitting that the present inscription take place, considering that petitioner fits within the terms predicted in Article 3, letter f, of the Decree N. 491/95.

For these reasons.

THE SECRETARY OF WORSHIP

decrees:

ARTICLE 1 - The juridical person of the "FRATERNITY OF THE APOSTLES OF JESUS AND MARY" (PRIESTLY FRATERNITY OF SAINT PIUS X), Association of Diocesan Right, with legal and special residence at 1318 Calle Venezuela, AUTONOMOUS CITY OF BUENOS AIRES, is incribed under the number THREE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY ONE (381) of the Registry of Institutes of Consecrated Life.

ARTICLE 2 - It is granted to the aforesaid organization the character of an entity of public welfare, with all the effects that correspond to it.

ARTICLE 3 - Let it be known that the aforesaid juridical person benefits from the treatment afforded by Article 20, letter e, of the Income Tax Law (text ordered in 1997).

ARTICLE 4 - Let it be made known, let it be published, let it be given to the National Administration of the Official Registry, and let it be archived.

Amb. GUILLERMO R. OLIVERI, 
Secretary of Worship


[Published at the Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina, Official Journal of the Argentina Republic, on April 9, 2015.]

The Resolution came from the Secretary of Worship (Secretaría de Culto)the office of the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Relations and Worship (Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto) that deals with religious bodies, in particular with the Catholic Church, which remains the supported State religion in the Argentine Republic (Article 2 of the 1853 Constitution, revised in 1994). The Resolution credits Cardinal Poli, handpicked by Pope Francis as his own successor in Buenos Aires, with initiating the request for the SSPX to be recognized, but there is every reason to believe that the request came from much higher, from the very top. Rorate reported in May last year that Pope Francis himself had promised to help the SSPX gain recognition in his home country as a Catholic association for legal and administrative purposes:
"When, as a Cardinal, he was in South America, the District Superior [Fr. Christian Bouchacourt] came to ask him for an administrative favor with no relation to the Church; a visa problem, of permanent residency. The Argentine government, which is very leftwing, makes use of the concordat that was established to protect the Church to bother us quite seriously, and tells us, "you say you are Catholic, it is thus necessary for you to have the signature of the bishop in order to reside in the country." The District Superior therefore went to him to present the problem: there was an easy solution, and that would be to declare ourselves an independent church [before Civil Law], but we did not want to do it because we are Catholic. And the Cardinal told us, "no, no, you are Catholic, that is evident; I will help you;" he wrote a letter in our favor to the government, that is so leftwing that they managed to find an opposing letter by the nuncio. Therefore, a 0-0 tie. Now he is the pope, and our lawyer had the opportunity of having a meeting with the Pope. He told him that the problem was still going on with the Society, and asked him to please designate a bishop in Argentina with whom we could sort out this problem. The Pope told him, "Yes, and this bishop is myself, I promised to help, and I will do it."

Does this signal an imminent doctrinal and canonical rapprochement between Rome and the SSPX? It would not seem so, from Fellay's qualification that this favor was solicited to ease the visa and residency problems of SSPX members assigned to Argentina. The SSPX could easily have obtained, as almost every other faith, state recognition in Argentina if it had requested recognition as a separate body, for merely civil law purposes -- what is more important is that this demonstrates both the SSPX's resolve not to be an independent Church, not to be seen as outside the Catholic Church; and Rome's recognition that the SSPX is essentially Catholic. 



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April 9, 2015

Canonical Aid for Respondents

Via a link from the Orbis Catholicus blog, this may be of help for those spouse-respondents fighting to preserve their marriages against petitioner-spouses, specious annulments and ever-willing tribunals who wish to give all petitioners a second chance of "happiness" in marriage (all except for respondents and their children, of course!):


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Special Marriage Cases

Favor of the Faith

Pauline Privilege

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Canonical Aid is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit public charity. 

See their contact page for assistance.


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April 8, 2015

Coming soon, to a government and country near you...

           


WHEREAS, THIS COUNTRY IS NOW HEADED TOWARDS COMPLETE AND TOTAL GODLESSNESS;

WHEREAS, IT APPEARS THAT FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WISH A STRICTLY SECULAR SOCIETY, DEVOID OF ANY MORAL CERTITUDE, WHETHER NATURAL OR RELIGIOUS;

WHEREAS, THE RELIGIOUS CONVICTIONS OF THIS COUNTRY'S CITIZENS HAVE OR SOON WILL BECOME ILLEGAL;

WHEREAS, IT HAS NOW PROVED DANGEROUS TO ESPOUSE YOUR RELIGIOUS CONVICTIONS PUBLICLY WITHOUT FEAR OF REPRISAL BY OTHERS NOT SO INCLINED;

WHEREAS, THE INTENDED RESULTS ARE THE COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF THE FAMILY MODEL AND THE BEGINNING OF THE DESCENT INTO SOCIETAL ANARCHY;

IT IS HEREBY ORDAINED THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND ALL STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL AND PUBLIC ENTITIES WILL:

1.) SOLEMNLY PROCLAIM THEIR ALLEGIANCE TO SECULARISM AND GODLESSNESS;

2.) REMOVE ANY AND ALL PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF RELIGIOUS CONNOTATION OF ANY KIND, SHAPE OR SORT FROM ANY PUBLIC OR GOVERNMENT OWNED PROPERTY, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO SIGN POSTS AND SIGNAGE (SUCH AS THE CHURCH NAMES THAT DECORATE MANY STREET LIGHT POLES), SLOGANS, RELIGIOUS GATHERINGS, CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS, EASTER DECORATIONS, ETC.

3.) CEASE TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AND EASTER AS HOLIDAYS DUE TO THEIR RELIGIOUS CONNOTATIONS, AS THESE DENOTE AN ADHERENCE TO A RELIGIOUS DEITY THAT IS AT ODDS WITH THE NATIONAL SECULARISM OF THIS COUNTRY;

4.) REQUIRE ALL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES TO WORK ON CHRISTMAS, NEW YEARS AND EASTER DAYS WHEN THEY FALL WITHIN A NORMAL WORKWEEK SO AS NOT TO PROMOTE ANY RELIGIOUS PREFERENCE, MAINLY ROMAN CATHOLICISM. VACATION DAYS WILL BE REQUIRED IF AN EMPLOYEE WISHES ONE OF THOSE DAYS OFF TO CELEBRATE THE WINTER / SPRING SOLSTICES;

5.) NOT ALLOW CHRISTIAN OR RELIGIOUS MINISTERS OF ANY DENOMINATION TO SPEAK OR PRAY AT ANY CONGRESSIONAL OR LEGISLATIVE FUNCTIONS FROM THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS PROCLAMATION, IN KEEPING WITH THE STRICTLY SECULAR REQUIREMENTS OF THE RESPECTIVE GOVERNMENTS;

6.) SUMMARILY DISCHARGE ALL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, WHETHER FEDERAL OR STATE, WITHOUT RECOURSE, FOR ATTENDING ANY PAN- RELIGIOUS GATHERING NOT IN FULL COMMUNION WITH THE SECULARIST'S IDEAL AND/OR WITHOUT THE DIRECTORS WRITTEN PERMISSION;

7.) SUMMARILY DISCHARGE ANY GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE CAUGHT PROMOTING RELIGION TO FELLOW EMPLOYEES OR IMPLICITLY OR EXPLICITLY INDICATE THEY ARE IN THE MIDST OF PRAYING WHILE ON DUTY, ALSO WITHOUT RECOURSE. SUCH JIHADISTS WILL BE IMMEDIATELY ESCORTED OUT OF THE BUILDING AND FORFEIT ALL PERSONAL BELONGINGS LEFT BEHIND. THEIR NAMES WILL BE ENROLLED ONTO THE DOMESTIC TERRORIST WATCH LIST.




SIGNED on this _______ of ___________, 20__, for the President, by:


___________________________
ALOYSIUS P. McFADDEN III,

DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF SECULAR COMPLIANCE,

                                a DIVISION of:

THE DIRECTORATE OF THE PEOPLES EQUALITY FOR ALL HUMANITY, UNITED

             
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April 6, 2015

REPOST/UPDATE: Ann Barnhart's Defense of Marriage

It just feels like the right time to re-post this from from last January, if for no other reason than it might find its way to a bishop or two...who might then re-think their currently favorable position for Communion for the divorced and re-married...who might then forward it to Cardinal friends in Rome, who will also re-think their own currently favorable position on communion for the divorced and remarried...who then will pass a copy along to a certain white cassock wearing Bishop, who will understand its import - finally - and put a kee-bosh on any October surprises. <sigh>[Ed.]


Ann Barnhardt has done a fine job of defending marriage and dissing divorce / annulments as part of a recent post of praying for those you haven't met yet...including a future spouse. Her final comment is particularly succinct.

"3. I received quite a lot of feedback regarding prayer for those we have not yet met, and was reminded that praying for one’s future spouse beginning in childhood was a widespread practice in the Church before the Marxist-sodomiticalists infiltrated and began their unrelenting campaign of destruction in the mid-1960s. Maybe if people learned again to pray for their spouse before they met them, they would realize that their future spouse is a precious human being, and their future marriage a sacrament. Instead, we have clergy today saying that with regards to marriage, “everyone deserves a second chance”. Thankfully Our Blessed Lord does not agree.

Our Lord entered into a covenant marriage.
The relationship … went south through no fault of His.



This is what a Covenant Marriage in which one spouse turns out to be less-than-perfect looks like. Oddly, no annulment has ever been sought in this case.

Instead of annulling the covenant, seeking a divorce, abandoning the relationship, or killing the spouse (which was and is His right as the Divine Judge – just ask Noah), He instead persevered unto torture and death at the hands of His beloved spouse, and then doubled-down on the marriage, instituting the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Eucharist so that He could renew the Marriage Sacrament and the Divine Embrace EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. FOREVER.

Just remember, if everyone deserves a “second chance” with regards to marriage, then Our Blessed Lord goes to the front of that line, the Gates of Heaven slam shut, and we all go to hell exactly as we deserve."


Well said, Ann...well said.

Her full post is here.



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April 5, 2015

A HAPPY and BLESSED EASTER TO ALL!

     Fr. Leonard Goffine's The Church's Year 

                     INSTRUCTION ON EASTER




GOSPEL (Mark XVI. 1-7.): At that time, Mary Magdalen, and Mary the mother of James and Salome, bought sweet spices, that, coming, they, might anoint Jesus. And very early in the morning, the first, day, of the week, they come to the sepulchre, the sun being now risen. And they said one to another: Who shall roll us back the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And looking, they saw the stone rolled back, for it was very great. And, entering into the sepulchre they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed with a white robe, and they were astonished. Who saith to them: Be not affrighted; you seek Jesus of Nazareth; who was crucified: he is risen, he is not here; behold the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples, and Peter, that he goeth before you into Galilee: there you shall see him, as he told you.


ASPIRATION: I rejoice, O my Jesus, that Thou hast victoriously risen from death. By Thy triumph over death, hell and the devil, grant us the grace to subdue our evil inclinations, walk in a new life, and die to all earthly things. Amen.

INSTRUCTION: It is certainly true that Christ, by His death on the cross and by His resurrection, has rendered perfect satisfaction; and effected man's redemption; (Heb. IX. 12.) but we must not imagine that there is no further need of doing penance, or of working out our salvation. For, as the children of Israel, though freed from Pharao's bondage, had to fight long and against many enemies in order to gain the Promised Land, so also must we, though freed by Christ from the servitude .of the devil, battle against our enemies to the end of our lives to obtain the promised, heavenly land, for no one is crowned unless he has properly fought. (II Tim. II. 5.) We must apply the merits of the redemption and satisfaction of Christ to our soul by the frequent reception of the holy sacraments; by imitating His virtues; by patiently bearing our trials and sufferings, and by a penitential life.



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March 29, 2015

PALM SUNDAY 2015






Why is this day called Palm Sunday? 
In memory of our Saviour's triumphant entry into Jerusalem, when the multitude strewed palm branches before Him, for which reason the Church, on this day, blesses palms, and carries them in procession.

 Why are palms blessed?
That those who carry them with devotion, or keep them in their houses, may receive protection of soul and body, as prayed for in the blessing; that those who carry the palms may, by means of the prayers of the Church, adorn their souls with good works and thus, in spirit, meet the Saviour; that, through Christ whose members we are, we may conquer the kingdom of death and darkness, and be made worthy to share in His glorious resurrection and triumphant entrance into heaven. St. Augustine writes of the palms: “They are the emblem of praise, and sign of victory, because the Lord by death conquered death, and with the sign of victory, the cross, overcame the devil, the prince of death." Therefore, preceded by the cross, we go in procession around the church singing hymns of praise; when we come to the church door, we find it locked; the priest knocks at it with the cross. Heaven was closed to us by the sin of Adam, and it is opened to us by reconciliation through Jesus on the cross. To move us to compassion for the suffering Redeemer, the Church, in the person of Christ, cries in lamenting tones at the Introit:

INTROIT: O Lord, remove not Thy help to a distance from me, look towards my defence: save me from the lion's mouth, and my lowness from the horns of the unicorns. O God, my God! look on me, why hast Thou forsaken me? Far from my salvation are the words of my sins. O Lord! Remove not, &c. (Ps. XXI.)

INSTRUCTION: In this epistle, the apostle urges us in a special manner to humility by which we are made like to Christ, our Lord, who putting off the majesty of His divinity, became man, and humbled Himself in obedience to the ignominious death of the cross. "Would that all might hear," exclaims St. Gregory, "that God resists the proud, and gives His grace to the humble! Would that all might hear: Thou dust and ashes, why dost thou exalt thyself? Would that all might hear the words of the Lord: Learn of me, because I am humble of heart. The only-begotten Son of God assumed the form of our weakness, suffered mockery, insult and torments for the purpose that the humble God might teach man not to be proud." (My Emphasis-dah)

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WOULD THAT THOSE IN THE UPCOMING OCTOBER SYNOD TAKE TO HEART ST. GREGORY'S WORDS AND ONCE MORE SHINE THE LIGHT OF CATHOLIC TRUTH FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE. AND CARE NOT FOR THE WAILING AND GNASHING OF TEETH, WHETHER CATHOLIC OR SECULAR...

ST GREGORY, PRAY FOR US!


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March 22, 2015

Divorce & Parent Alienation Syndrome

"...Well, the respect that is due to Dad is not something that can be discarded without consequence. If we start treating our parents as bumbling fools then we actually start breaking the Fourth Commandment—a serious sin which contributes to the breakdown of the family. We must watch our hearts and remember that the natural respect that sons and daughters should have for their fathers and mothers is something the Lord set up to orient us toward himself. If we honor our parents, our hearts will be in a great place to honor God. If we honor our parents, then we too can obtain by grace the “long life in the land which the Lord our God is giving us.” That land, of course, is heaven." (Dr. Mark Giszczak, Dad’s Due Respect, Catholic Exchange, 12/27/2013) 


 There is no way to ease a prospective respondent into what can be expected from an unwanted divorce, other than: You. Can't. Stop. It. Such is the ravage of No Fault Divorce, or NFD. Such is the ravage of Parent Alienation Syndrome, or PAS, but which for clarity and context of this article I'll call PALS (Parent ALienation Syndrome.). NFD and PALS is the result of two spouses who have made marital mistakes, but where one seeks the easy road to correction. Both NFD and PALS have been documented to cause harm to the the innocent. But for one spouse - and maybe both in some cases - even that knowledge fails to stop the notion that their personal happiness comes before that of any children. The catch-all justification: "I'm doing it for the children!" placates and subdues the Reason that would otherwise cause parents to shrink in holy terror from initiating an action that willingly causes harm to their own children!

"I'm doing it for the children" is a lie", by the way. We all have Free Will and it is a Free Will choice to divorce that was made, and made despite knowing your children will go through a hell they do not deserve. Children have nothing to do with choosing divorce; no child ever asked Mom to divorce Dad or asked Dad to divorce Mom. Hell...they don't and won't ever truly understand what divorce is anyway, so why attempt to put such a burden upon their shoulders?!?! All that crutch-of-a-statement does is show the parent(s) own weakness and an inability to work together for the common good - even if it means staying in a supposedly loveless or indifferent marriage. And no...a happy marriage is not part of Catholic Marriage vows (remember the "...for worse..." part?) Nor is it a valid justification for annulment, either, as the late Cardinal Edward Egan, a former Rotal judge and Canon Lawyer taught (see  Mary’s Advocates Observations: Separation, Divorce, and Annulment, page 37.)

 No... NFD is all about the individual. If a disaffected spouse/parent Googled "Children and Divorce" - before they pull the divorce trigger, not afterI find it hard to believe that they would still put their signature on a document that would turn their children into a statistic and that has such a horrible track record for bringing any "happiness" at all to children. One of the many inherent evils of NFD, "PAL" will always be around some, if not all, of your children, forever whispering in their ear all the reasons they should keep him, "PAL", around, instead of remembering the one reason they should let him go. Parent Alienation is the devil's offspring no less so than divorce, for they share the same bloodline.

Richard Gardner was an American psychiatrist who first studied PALS in the 70's and was himself a divorced parent. I might imagine that his own divorce was perhaps a catalyst for this study, which has, to date, not been listed in the DSM-5 Manual. Though it remains contested by many of his peers, some professionals have found it has some validity in more recent times. Gardner described PALS as "...the child's campaign of denigration against a parent, a campaign that has no justification" and that it results from "...the combination of a programming (brainwashing) parent's indoctrination's and the child's own contributions to the vilification of the target parent."

What this means in practical terms for the respondent - usually the Father - is simply the following:

  • no Birthday, Father's Day, Christmas or Thanksgiving Cards will be received;
  • no hugs or kisses from children when you drop them off at the airport;
  • no response to your "Hi Kids" when you come home from work;
  • no chance of ever experiencing in your kids the healing power of Christ's Forgiveness, for there is none forthcoming, at least in your lifetime.

This is what divorce and PALS does - causes children to ignore the basic requirements of parental respect, the 4th Commandment and Catholic Charity. And yet, you say you are divorcing "for the sake of the children"?? It's for the children and they'll be "just fine"?? Everyone will so-o-o-o "happy"?? Are you that naive that you believe that that somehow relinquishes your own culpability? That's not only naive, but just plain selfish. Why? B-E-C-A-U-S-E. I-T. H-A-R-M-S. Y-O-U-R. C-H-I-L-D-R-E-N. 

Need I say more?


Divorce is not the way to end marital problems, any more than an adulterous relationship will bring you contentment. Happiness, perhaps. But contentment? "Not hardly", as the Duke used to say. It's impossible, because you put yourself at odds with your Catholic Faith. Which is what, in my opinion, all the divorced and remarried couples are looking for who wish to remain in mortal sin, yet be allowed to receive the Body and Blood of Christ - Contentment. It will never come until they correct the sin, however, which is what I hope the Catholic Church reminds them of come October.

Divorce and children. PALS and children. Children in therapy due to divorce. Children in therapy due to PALS. Children of divorce ignoring a loving parent. Children of PALS ignoring the 4th commandment. How can any Catholic couple justify divorce? More importantly, what is the respondent parent to do knowing full well what awaits their children if they do not change? The only thing they can do: continue the non-reciprocal love they need, continue to offer prayers and sacrifices for their enlightenment and to always be there if and when they should ever call. In other words, just be the good parent you always strove to be.

And remember, as Dr. Giszczak stated above, that:

"We must watch our hearts and remember that the natural respect that sons and daughters should have for their fathers and mothers is something the Lord set up to orient us toward himself. If we honor our parents, our hearts will be in a great place to honor God. If we honor our parents, then we too can obtain by grace the “long life in the land which the Lord our God is giving us.” That land, of course, is heaven."




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March 15, 2015

An Open Letter to Cardinal Tagle

Your Eminence:

I am writing in reference to the article that was printed in The Telegraph of March 9, 2015 and quite frankly, I am astounded at what you believe constitutes a grave pastoral crisis within the Catholic Church. According to the article, you say you are concerned for "...the suffering that these people underwent..." and yet the Catholic Church does little for those truly suffering from the effects of unwanted civil divorces, except to turn a blind eye towards the tragedy left in its wake. What of the concern for those who have chosen to remain Faithful to their vows, who never wanted a divorce, let alone an annulment, but who were nevertheless thrown under the civil-divorce bus by a disaffected spouse and there left to fight - alone - for their family and the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony against all comers - including the Catholic Church via the Tribunal courts? 

To be perfectly frank, I have to ask: why are you and the Catholic Church so enamored with divorced and remarried and/or cohabiting Catholics who have willingly and with full consent of their Free Will, chosen to violate the 6th and 9th Commandments, Church teaching and the Catechism of the Catholic Church? You act as if they are the only "lost sheep" left to be gathered! Why is the Church suddenly trying to allow these Catholics to continue in their sinful ways simply because of a belief there is some "...authentic family values or at least an inherent desire for them". This "authentic family value" is rooted in error and deceit and in direct violation of God's Commandments and you are simply and quite openly adding salt into the already festering wound that afflict innocent spouses and their children by essentially condoning the breakup of a Catholic family, are you not?

It is these same Catholic spouses who have been raped - yes RAPED! - by the secular divorce courts, who not only took their children away from them, but in some cases confined the respondent spouse to near-poverty in paying unjust support amounts that their salary simply could not sustain. How can you - and the Catholic Church - allow such travesties to continue and yet, fawn and fondle over those who openly defy the very words of Christ and His Father concerning marriage?

The Catholic Church understands divorce is evil and that there are inherent dangers to innocent Souls that stem from it. The secular world apparently recognized the inherent harm and evil of divorce, and have for decades cared enough for the children of divorce to at least openly attempt to ease their pain and sorrow in the transition from nuclear-family to broken-family. But it nevertheless doesn't care about their immortal Souls. That is the Church's responsibility, but one would think the Church doesn't care when you consider (1) their tacit approval of civil divorces, (2) their ignoring of Canon Laws concerning spousal reconciliation and (3) the total 
lack of enforcement of Canon 1692. 

Any sane Catholic would ask "Why?" My own bishops response was to simply say that my marriage was "irremediably broken", without ever once asking me whether I thought it so. The word of only one Catholic spouse and an 8-1/2" x 11" piece of white paper with DIVORCED! stamped on it was all the good Bishop needed to make that assumption and which forever more consigned my children to a statistic and to a still extant parental estrangement for God knows how long.

The article speaks of the lasting harm done to gays and the divorced and remarried (and single Mothers? When did this group come into the picture?) But what of the lasting harm, Your Eminence, done when the Catholic Church routinely tosses Souls into the dustbin of the secular world of Divorce and then forgets about them? And then many of these Souls are further tossed into the "Arena of Specious 
Annulments", left to languish until death in that Never-land between a-marriage-that-never-will-be and a-marriage-that-never-was, and all with the Catholic Church's tacit approval no less! Mercy, you say?!!??!!

It is said that we Catholics are to hate the sin and love the sinner, in imitation of what Our Lord did on many occasions, most notably with St. Mary Magdalene. He did not tell her to "go, and continue in your sin and I'll overlook your past indiscretions because you have finally found an authentic, adulterous relationship, which these hard-of-heart old men simply don't understand, but which you and I know is beautiful, loving and complete (even though it violates My Father's Commandments, but, Hey...I'll talk with Him.") No, what He said was - and I quote -
"... Woman, where are they that accused thee? Hath no man condemned thee? Who said: No man, Lord. And Jesus said: Neither will I condemn thee. Go, and now sin no more." 

So, then, why does the Church seemingly want to tell divorced and remarried Catholics the opposite, that they can continue in their sin and thus, by extension, if they die in this state unrepentant, they will still share in the Beatific Vision? The rest of the Catholic world, meanwhile, will still go to hell if they die while in an adulterous relationship and still validly married to their first spouse. I see a distinct dichotomy here, don't you?

If every other Catholic in the world will still go to Hell if they die in Mortal sin - a teaching that has never been abrogated as far as I know - then Justice alone demands that you speak of this Truth of the Catholic Faith to all the divorced and remarried Catholics as well. They are no different than me, and must follow the same Commandments, teachings and laws of the Catholic Church. They face eternal damnation if they die in unrepentant mortal sin, just like I would. They are bound to restitution for their offenses against God, Spouse and Family, just like I would be. And they can be assured of the Beatific Vision only if they follow all of God's Laws, make use of Confession when they fall and of frequent reception of Holy Communion for the needed strength and fortitude to keep fighting and hopefully achieve what has been promised to us. 

Hate the sin and love the sinner...urge the sinner to repentance, restitution and forgiveness, isn't this correct? And that includes returning to bed and board (where possible) of the first spouse, and if not possible, then live in complete continence with the second. That is what I have read and been taught, anyway...has something changed in my 60-plus years?

Please remember that we all are sinners and all need mercy and forgiveness, along with justice here on earth to lessen the justice required in Purgatory.


If you want to ease the pain and suffering of the divorced and remarried, then start with a sincere effort to preserve Catholic marriages in trouble before they hit the divorce court and stop routinely advocating annulment as the cure to troubled marriages, especially from parish priests. Remember that when you tacitly approve civil divorce and give spouses unfettered freedom from Church Laws to pursue it, you also are giving them the unfettered freedom to dispose of a spouse, a family, a vocation and a vow they willingly spoke of their own Free Will before priest, spouse and Our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Please make sure that what is applicable to the laity in general, is equally applicable to a particular sub-set of the laity. What you change for one, must change for all. What you allow for one, must be allowed for all.

Respectfully In Christ, 

David Heath





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