07 October 2014

The 'Kasper' Position: Anathematized for Your Convenience

This excellent and timely piece by the great Roberto de Mattei, translated at Rorate Caeli, inspired me to post these two canons from the 24th session of the Council of Trent:


The first parent of the human race, under the influence of the divine Spirit, pronounced the bond of matrimony perpetual and indissoluble, when he said; This now is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh. Wherefore a man shall leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall be two in one flesh. But, that by this bond two only are united and joined together, our Lord taught more plainly, when rehearsing those last words as having been uttered by God, He said, therefore now they are not two, but one flesh; and straightway confirmed the firmness of that tie, proclaimed so long before by Adam, by these words; What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. But, the grace which might perfect that natural love, and confirm that indissoluble union, and sanctify the married, Christ Himself, the institutor and perfecter of the venerable sacraments, merited for us by His passion; as the Apostle Paul intimates, saying: Husbands love your wives, as Christ also loved the Church, and delivered himself up for it; adding shortly after, This is a great sacrament, but I speak in Christ and in the Church. Whereas therefore matrimony, in the evangelical law, excels in grace, through Christ, the ancient marriages; with reason have our holy Fathers, the Councils, and the tradition of the universal Church, always taught, that it is to be numbered amongst the sacraments of the new law; against which, impious men of this age raging, have not only had false notions touching this venerable sacrament, but, introducing according to their wont, under the pretext of the Gospel, a carnal liberty, they have by word and writing asserted, not without great injury to the faithful of Christ, many things alien from the sentiment of the Catholic Church, and from the usage approved of since the times of the apostles; the holy and universal Synod wishing to meet the rashness of these men, has thought it proper, lest their pernicious contagion may draw more after it, that the more remarkable heresies and errors of the above-named schismatics be exterminated, by decreeing against the said heretics and their errors the following anathemas.

CANON V.-If any one saith, that on account of heresy, or irksome cohabitation, or the affected absence of one of the parties, the bond of matrimony may be dissolved; let him be anathema.

CANON VlI.-If any one saith, that the Church has erred, in that she hath taught, and doth teach, in accordance with the evangelical and apostolical doctrine, that the bond of matrimony cannot be dissolved on account of the adultery of one of the married parties; and that both, or even the innocent one who gave not occasion to the adultery, cannot contract another marriage, during the life-time of the other; and, that he is guilty of adultery, who, having put away the adulteress, shall take another wife, as also she, who, having put away the adulterer, shall take another husband; let him be anathema.

I checked and checked, but there was no expiration date on these anathemas. The truths of the faith are not so many dented cans of beans on a convenience store shelf-- they don't go bad, they don't expire, they are never out of date.

Whether a Cardinal or other very high ranking prelate, or anyone else, however humble, were to hold these positions, the Church says let him be anathema.


ATW said...

Amen. Amen. Amen.

Jeanne Holler said...

Thanks for posting this , it is a wake up call ...THE TRUTH is THE TRUTH and yes no prelate, Bishop, Cardinal or Pope can change THE TRUTH...and we don't need to change the language so people can "feel good" about living in sin and cohabiting ...and such .
I must always remember that we are not going to popular or well liked for standing up for THE TRUTH , in fact people are going to hate us ...so rejoice ...that is the way it is meant to be . Christ told us so ...now go and arm yourself for BATLLE , get your rosaries and hope your are wearing your Brown Scapular's because Our Lady told us SHE would save the world through the Rosary and the Scapular ...oh Mother we love you and honor you , Queen of Heaven and Earth!

St. Corbinian's Bear said...

Good post. But a technique the Vatican II Church instituted to dispose of troublesome legacy doctrines is one that you, as a lawyer, will understand: disuetude. Nothing is officially changed, but inconvenient dogmas like extra ecclesiam nulla salus are just ignored and the Church goes on its merry way as if they never existed. Marriage will go the same way.