10 December 2014

"'What doors can we allow them to open?' Answer - the door to the confessional."

The news is out that the push to abandon the teaching of Our Lord Himself regarding the indissolubility of marriage and the biblical condemnation of sacrilegious communion is still very much on in advance of the Ordinary Synod against on the Family.

Apparently, the old saying “once bitten, twice shy” doesn’t apply to a synod of bishops.

On Tuesday, the Vatican released the lineamenta, or preparatory document, for the next synod called by Pope Francis for October 2015, also focused on the family. The document contains 46 questions covering much of the same ground as last time, even if the wording is designed to make clear that the basics of Catholic doctrine aren’t in doubt.

Right.  Same playbook as last time, with a twist:

"See, we really mean it when we say we aren't changing doctrine, so don't you dare say that anymore.  Of course we are, but this is the Church's 1984 moment, and if Big Brother says 2+2=5, you had better say 5.  Use the pastoral approach that you know Big Brother wants, regardless of how craven policy makes him dissemble, or else you'll get it like Burke. Capisce?"

The blog Restore DC Catholicism sums it up pretty well:

About 2-3 weeks ago, I put up a post in which Cardinal Burke publicly asked the Holy Father not to allow long-settled matters such as the sinfulness of homosexuality and remarriage of divorced people to be fodder of pointless debates.  Debates about these matters are pointless for Our Lord has made known His mind about these quite unmistakably throughout the years.  Cardinal Burke also suggested that we all petition the Holy Father along these lines.  Sadly wise words have fallen on deaf ears.

Sandro Magister of www.chiesa.espressonline.net advised that the preliminary questionnaire for the October 2015 synod was released; for now it's only in Italian.  The questions within it give clear indication that those matters will indeed be on the table for the October synod.

In an interview given to La Nacion yesterday, the Holy Father expressed some unfortunate sentiments regarding Holy Communion for those living in adultery - sentiments that bode ill for the October synod.  I quote one below for commentary.
  "In the case of divorcees who have remarried, we posed the question, what do we do with them? What door can we allow them to open? This was a pastoral concern: will we allow them to go to Communion? Communion alone is no solution.  The solution is integration. They have not been excommunicated, true. But they cannot be godfathers to any child being baptised, mass readings are not for divorcees, they cannot give Communion, they cannot teach Sunday school, there are about seven things that they cannot do, I have the list over there. Come on! If I disclose any of this it will seem that they have been excommunicated in fact. Thus, let us open the doors a bit more.”

"What doors can we allow them to open?"  Answer - the door to the confessional, with a proper desire to quit the sinful relationship as befits authentic repentance.  Divorcees who have remarried without a declaration of nullity of their first marriages are by definition living in a state of adultery.  That is mortal sin, a direct violation of the Sixth Commandment.  For their own good they are prohibited from Holy Communion and from all prominent places of service to the Church.

What I stated in the paragraph preceding this is nothing more than Church teaching for these past hundreds of years.  Once upon a time every child who attended Catholic school was well-versed in these matters.  So why, oh why, are the perennial teachings of Holy Mother Church allowed to be debated, doubted and questioned by the very prelates who are tasked by Our Lord with their protection and promulgation?

As I said, I believe all hell will break loose at the synod.  I don't mean "hell" in terms of strenuous argument but in terms of spiritually deadly heresies being insinuated into the proceedings by those from the highest offices of the Vatican.  If that's the case, we'd better pray that more like Cardinals Burke and Pell will raise their voices and, if necessary, pound their fists on tables in defense of the truth.

Of course, absent a special invitation, Cardinal Burke, in the wake of his Patheos-described-glue-sniffing-quality-delusional "promotion" to Cardinal Patron of the Knights of Malta, won't be there to speak truthiness to power.

Fellow Catholics, the modernists at all levels are determined to ram this through-- the wedge that will bust open the Church.  If you think last year's Synod was a disaster,  just wait.  We must remain alert and vocal, yes, but above all we must storm Heaven with prayer.  It is our only weapon against the enemy.  We need it ten times more now.

Mater ecclesiae, ora pro nobis!


Long-Skirts said...

"What doors can we allow them to open?" Answer - the door to the confessional,"


Of all the happy
Of all my happy

Confessions in the
Were best for
Cutting strife.

Upon my head
A beanie
Or sometimes
Chapel veil

In summer’s heat
Tar-bubbled street
I’d run
Like wind in gale.

Holy water font
Into, my fingers dip
Made the sign of the Cross
So careful not to drip

Dark and cool and quiet
One red rose candle lit
And in the corners’ cornices
My soul saw Angels sit.

For they were there to help me
Come face to face with self
With poor man’s free psychologist
The Priest, behind dark shelf.

It wasn’t always easy
But always was absolved
And light with grace, back to the race
To live His Word, resolved.

And at this very moment
Still doors are there, no locks –
A place of virtual reality
Sacramental Confessional box!

Anonymous said...

If Francis does what he seems intent on doing, I fail to see how it is not also a statement that the ordinary magestrerium is not infallible. At the very least it means that we can ignore this pope as he has ignored previous popes or at worst that the whole house of cards crumbles and the Church itself is diabolical and false.

David Heath said...

Your answer to the Pope's question about the door was the same one I gave here: http://hector1088.blogspot.com/2014/12/my-answers-to-holy-fathers-i-am-not.html

It doesn't take a theologian to know that the cure for the divorced and remarried is all ready in effect: Contrition + Confession = Communion. Basic Baltimore / CCC 101 Religious instruction. Why is the obvious being ignored in favor of the novelty?

God help us if this 2015 meeting goes Full-Monty for adultery...

barb kralis said...

Is the new Jesuit 'Who am I to judge' Pope attempting to create a democratic Church? Did this notion start with the sensational/controversial Papal questionnaire that was circulated around the world asking for the bishops', clergies' and laity's democratic personal opinions on the Church's infallible moral teachings regarding the family, including sodomite unions, contraception, and divorce and remarriage, in anticipation of the scandalous 2014 October Synod? The disbelievers are watching with glee. Carry on. Barb Kralis

JBQ said...

My concern is over the acceptance of a more loving attitude toward gays in parish life. The move is on to stop the "firing of gay married" teachers. Children are at risk. They are the innocent. Cardinal Burke is very much in the mold of Cardinal Mindszenty. The Hungarian primate was titled as a "victim of history" by Paul VI. He was not a "victim of Communism". He was criticized as a protector of the Austrian monarchy. Christ is a king and will return. Cardinal Burke knows the truth. Therefore, he is very much at risk and in need of our prayers.