02 September 2014

Natural Law, Unnatural Acts, and the October Synod

“All legal systems, both internal and international, ultimately draw their legitimacy from their rooting in natural law, in the ethical message inscribed in human beings themselves. The natural law is, definitively, the only valid bulwark against the abuse of power and the deceits of ideological manipulation.” (Pope Benedict XVI, Discourse at the Pontifical Lateran University, February 12, 2007).


"In a vast majority of responses and observations, the concept of natural law today turns out to be, in different cultural contexts, highly problematic, if not completely incomprehensible.” (n.21, from the Instrumentum Laboris of the Upcoming Synod on the Family, referring to the questionnaires sent out to various groups in preparation for it).

There you have the issue in a nutshell, as concisely pointed out by Professor Roberto de Mattei in an editorial posted at Rorate Caeli.

The Natural Law, written in every human heart by the Creator, is now seemingly up for popular vote. De Mattei notes well the ludicrousness of the situation:

The solution suggested would be to abandon the concept and term of the natural law, or “to re-read” it in accessible language, with particular attention to the young being part as a direct interlocutor on these themes.

We seem to understand then, that since the Catholic world no longer comprehends the idea of the natural law, it might as well be shelved and substituted by something more suited to the current mentality.

Every Pope, all Popes, and all recent Popes, including the recently canonized, beatified, or whatever is necessary to institutionalize the crypto-modernist drift (to paraphrase the destroyers of the FFI) in the Church Popes, have maintained the Natural Law as the underpinning of all positive law.

Now we have the October Synod.

The Holy Ghost protects the Church from erroneously declaring dogma, and from falling into error in her doctrines. But this charism is a negative one, in that it prevents. It doesn't cover every bad idea with sanctity, or change white into black:

If the concept of the natural law is lost, we will be compelled to accept the theory of gender based on the denial of the very concept of human nature. Man is thought of as a purely material entity, modifiable at will, according to the needs and interests of the moment.

The natural law which comes down from God, is substituted by positive law imposed by pressures from political and mass-media groups. Instead of reflecting on the natural and Divine Law, laws and human behavior are adapting to the opinion of fluctuating and anti-Christian trends.

It is clear that on this issue, the discussion at the next Synod of Bishops will be very hot.

May I suggest prayer and fasting might be in order?


Elizabeth R said...

Prayer and fasting are definitely in order. They will probably continue to be in order after October, as well.

TLMer said...

Couldn't the quote from Instrumentum Laboris mean simply that a lot of people don't understand Natural Law? That would seem to require some further catechesis from our leaders, and perhaps that is what they have in mind, not the abolition of Natural Law.

Anonymous said...

In addition to the fasting that Timman suggests, remember that the month of October is dedicated to Our Lady, the Rosary and in many places, where the Ad te beáte Joseph is recited everyday during that time.

We need only to recall the effect of the Rosary in history, when coupled with penance and conversion of heart over diabolical evils and maladies (thinking Lepanto here). How much more so needed now for the preservation of our Holy Universal Church?


Ad te beáte Joseph (To Thee O Blessed Joseph).

To thee, O blessed Joseph, do we have recourse in our tribulation, and, having implored the help of thy thrice-holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. By that charity wherewith thou wast united to the immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly affection with which thou didst embrace the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray, that thou wouldst look graciously upon the inheritance which Jesus Christ hath purchased by His Blood, and assist us in our needs by thy power and strength. Most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, protect the chosen people of Jesus Christ; keep far from us, most loving father, all blight of error and corruption: mercifully assist us from Heaven, most mighty defender, in this our conflict with the powers of darkness; and, even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the supreme peril of His life, so now defend God's Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; keep us one and all under thy continual protection, that we may be supported by thine example and thine assistance, may be enabled to lead a holy life, die a happy death and come at last to the possession of everlasting blessedness in Heaven.