September 27, 2015

A Short Commentary on One Small Excerpt From Pope Francis' Congressional Speech

"In particular, I would like to call attention to those family members who are the most vulnerable, the young. For many of them, a future filled with countless possibilities beckons, yet so many others seem disoriented and aimless, trapped in a hopeless maze of violence, abuse and despair. Their problems are our problems. We cannot avoid them. We need to face them together, to talk about them and to seek effective solutions rather than getting bogged down in discussions. At the risk of oversimplifying, we might say that we live in a culture which pressures young people not to start a family, because they lack possibilities for the future. Yet this same culture presents others with so many options that they too are dissuaded from starting a family. (Full Catholic Lane article here.)

And with those words, Pope Francis declares his unwavering support for preserving the first Sacramental marriage, rather than fast-tracking it into that void between an actual and imagined putative marriage. After all, why else would he explicitly state for us "...to call attention to those family members who are the most vulnerable, the young"? Does he finally recognize that it is indeed the young - the innocent; the children; the lambs playing at the feet of Christ - who are in need of help from Holy Mother Church? That it is indeed the children - and not those who willfully violate their vows of permanency and fidelity? And who now seek to have the Catholic Church validate their adultery under the guise of mercy? Will Pope Francis, now, turn all the attention to its rightful owners - the children of broken homes, of shattered dreams, of shuffleboard parenting?

He said well that "...Their problems are our problems. We cannot avoid them. We need to face them together, to talk about them".  So why, then, within the components of this 2015 Family Synod, is the main emphasis on validating illicit, immoral and adulterous second marriages - willfully contracted by both parties against Church discipline, the Catechism and Our Lord's teaching - and not on the one item that would "...seek effective solutions rather than getting bogged down in discussions"? Namely, the preservation of first marriages? 

I am not so naive as to believe that there are not Catholic marriages where one or both spouses simply cannot continue to co-habitat with one another, as a recent commenter on one of my blog posts attests.  Verbal and/or physical abuse of one or both spouses, constant fighting in front of the children, no outward signs of affection...how can any of this ever be good for children to experience? It obviously is not and in such cases, it is a given that it is far better to separate - assuming other methods of preserving the nuclear family have been attempted and been unsuccessful - for the sake of the children (and each other.) The above commenter wrote that his children now know far more love with the parents living apart, than before. Even the other spouse has apparently changed for the better. And he states explicitly, that this is an arrangement of separation (which I hopefully assume may also mean divorce has not occurred.) This couple certainly did sacrifice themselves for the greater good - their children. And it shows what this sacrifice of the parents obtained - a more stable and loving environment for their children. But more importantly it maintained, in so far as possible, the nuclear family and the first marriage. 

And this is what it all should be about - preserving first marriages, the nuclear family, the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony. It - the Synod - should be defending the Permanency and Fidelity of the marriage vows, not figuring out a way to circumvent both. To even attempt to admit that one can willfully violate two Commandments (6 & 9) of God the Father Himself - without performing the full purgative requirements for this willful action to regain His Friendship (see a companion post on this here) - is, in my opinion, pure anarchy against the first Sacrament established by God the Son - Matrimony. 

The 2015 Family Synod runs a risk in trying to implement practices (or is it praxis?) aimed at pleasing Man. In so doing, they run the greater risk of displeasing the Creator of all Mankind and His Son, the Creator of the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony. 

Personally, I could care less about Mankind. But should the Synod succeed in ramrodding through the Kasperite changes, it won't take a Pope or even the most learned Theologian to come to the immediate conclusion that it will rent anew the temple curtain - and as well, the Sacrament of Matrimony.  



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