November 10, 2014

REPOST: Becket, Bishops and No Fault Divorce

UPDATE: A re-post from November 2013, in honor to Cardinals Burke, Mueller, Pell, et al... Though at the time it dealt with the HHS Mandate, it easily segues into the recent rift over Communion for the divorced & remarried sans annulment. They fit perfectly the role of Burton's Beckett, standing before and staring down those who would seek the neutering of the Sacrament of Matrimony; the devaluation of Catholic Marriage; the open condoning of mortal sin through false mercy and compassion. They rose to the defense of Marriage, regardless of the cost to self, which in the case of Cardinal Burke, was swift and notable. 

It brings to mind a quote from Winston Churchill, which I think is very apropos:

"If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."

Better to be banished than submit to heresy; better to continue the fight in open terrain than from within the fort; better to submit to Truth than to error; better to be concerned for the Soul in Eternity than the Body on earth... (ed.)

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I came across this gem of a video while reading a review of the book Christians in the Movies: A Century of Saints and Sinners (link here) over at The American Catholic. It is quite apropos - in my opinion - of the type of leadership that is much needed within the Catholic Church from its Bishops. Forceful, steadfast and unafraid - Richard Burton's portrayal of St. Thomas Beckett standing and staring down his accusers clearly shows the kind of fearless leadership that is sorely needed in today's secular world, and the seemingly more secular USA.

Granted, many of our Bishops are now on the offensive as regards to the HHS mandate - and rightfully so. But I wonder if this vigorous offense was present when no-fault divorce started its deadly course. (A quick, though certainly not exhaustive, Google search produced no findings on the offensive plays of the Bishops over the years since NFD's inception, except for New York, though it also passed the law in 2010 and holds the "honor" of being the last of the 50 states to do so.) And I also wonder how likely is it that many of us victims of divorce and annulment might still be at home with our wives, husbands and children had the NFD onslaught been stopped, or at least severely crippled.

Enjoy. But weep also for that which we have lost...





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