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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Cardinal Burke: "In our day, our witness to the splendor of the truth about marriage must be limpid and heroic."

Hear ye, hear ye!...

The following excerpt is from a recent talk entitled Remaining in the Truth of Christ on Holy Matrimony given by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke to the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children/Voice of the Family, Chester, England, March 6, 2015.

The full meal deal (PDF) can be found at the link below:
http://voiceofthefamily.info/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Cardinal-Burke-Chester-20150306.pdf
Even within the Church, there are those who would obscure the truth of the indissolubility of marriage in the name of mercy, who condone the violation of the conjugal union by means of contraception in the name of pastoral understanding, and who, in the name of tolerance, remain silent about the attack on the very integrity of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. There are even those, too, who deny that the married receive a particular grace to live heroically in faithful, enduring and life-giving love, while Our Lord Himself has assured us that God gives to the married the grace to live daily in accord with the truth of their state in life.
In our day, our witness to the splendor of the truth about marriage must be limpid (completely clear) and heroic. We must be ready to suffer, as Christians have suffered down the ages, to honor and foster Holy Matrimony. Let us take as our examples Saint John the Baptist, Saint John Fisher and Saint Thomas More, who were martyrs in defending the integrity of the fidelity and indissolubility of marriage. Before the confusion and error about Holy Matrimony, which Satan is sowing so widely in our society today, let us follow their example and let us invoke their intercession, so that the great gift of married life and love will be ever more revered in the Church and in society.
H.E. Raymond Leo Cardinal BURKE
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