So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Cardinal Kasper and his abandonment of truth and justice.

Who are the real victims in the marriage debate?

Cardinal Kasper favours "mercy" for those who have entered into adulterous relationships. Cardinal Kasper has reduced the issue of divorce and re-marriage to an apology for (defence or promotion of) the actions of men and women who have abandoned a valid marriage.

Doesn't the Church have the obligation to defend the bond of matrimony with zeal in faithfulness to the teaching of Christ and out of respect for justice for those abandoned by unfaithful spouses? Is justice for the abandoned spouse and children being overlooked by those who are promoting nothing less than the blessing of adultery?
St. Matthew 19:1-12
Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan; and large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one’? So they are no longer two but one. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?” He said to them, “For your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another, commits adultery; and he who marries a divorced woman, commits adultery.”
Lest anyone think Cardinal Burke lacks a sense of charity, they should re-read the above biblical passage.

Cardinal Burke proposes that, rather than attempting to change the process by which marriages are examined to determine whether or not a marriage is valid or not, people who serve on diocesan marriage tribunals should be better trained to serve the marriage tribunal process. Cardinal Burke's proposal calls for improved catechesis. Cardinal Kasper's approach calls for an abandonment of catechesis and justice. Kasper's approach denies justice for those subject to the immoral behaviour of a spouse and parent.

Two Raymonds

View the frank discussion between Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke and EWTN anchor Raymond Arroyo. Click on the video above or the link HERE:


Whilst perusing the many online discussions taking place on the very issue raised in this blog, I came across the following comment at Joe Heschmeyer's excellent site, Shameless Popery, a comment by a women abandoned by her husband that speaks volumes to the point raised.
Catholic Grammie October 10, 2014 at 8:50 PM
Thank you, Joe. After 33 years of marriage, my husband has "civilly" divorced me. I regularly go to confession and receive communion. He does not - yet he regularly attends mass and cantors. And, yes, he is now applying for a marriage license while our marriage is considered "valid and sacramental". I pray for him daily - it's like having a prodigal husband. I plan on moving far, far away once I can sell my home because it is difficult to be in the same town - but I would be offended to my very core if all of a sudden the Church said that my vows meant nothing, and that he was free and clear, after having once said that my marriage was valid and sacramental. I am still living my vows. I have never betrayed him. My focus is on my faith and my family. It's difficult to put into words - but what protections do we, who are left behind have - other than the Church? No one else is telling him that his actions are wrong. Everyone else is applauding him for finding a young girl - the same age as his daughters. Society once "shamed" men who did such things - not anymore. Now we wives are considered throwaways - and, because of "no-fault" laws - we are left destitute in the process. Mercy for the divorced and re-married - not feeling it.

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