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).

Friday, March 27, 2015

Faith, Family and the Way Forward

In case you missed it, Pope Francis recently affirmed and defended the teaching of Pope Saint John Paul II in Evangelium Vitae, "in which the family 'occupies a central role, inasmuch as it is the womb of human life'."

The word of my venerated predecessor reminds us that the human couple has been blessed by God since the beginning to form a community of love and life, to whom the mission of procreation has been entrusted. Christian couples, by celebrating the sacrament of Marriage, indicate they are willing to honour this blessing, with the grace of Christ, for all their life. The Church, for her part, solemnly commits to caring for the family that is thus born, as a gift from God for her own life, in good times and bad: the bond between the Church and the family is sacred and inviolable. The Church, as a mother, never abandons her family, even when it is debased, hurt and humiliated in many ways. Not even when it gives in to sin or drifts away from the Church; she will always do everything to seek to cure and heal it, to invite it to convert and be reconciled with the Lord.
Let's hope the family-revisionists in the Church take note of the Holy Father's affirmation of the Tradition of the Church.

Keep praying for the Holy Father. Pray, too, that the enemies of the family who inhabit some of the precincts of the Church may be confounded in their attempts to obscure doctrine and change practice regarding marriage and Holy Communion.

His Beatitude Twal, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, chimes in:
“The Church must remain faithful to Jesus, who plainly stated that those who divorce and remarry commit adultery. So on one hand, the Church is seeking to be as compassionate and helpful as possible to those who would like to move on from a broken marriage, and yet it can’t just eliminate the parts of Jesus’ teaching that are hardest to live by.”

Moreover, the central thrust of the next synod, Patriarch Twal said, will not be “how to make it easier to get out of a bad marriage. The Church will want to send a message to young people that she still believes in marriage and that lifetime commitment — with God’s help — is still possible.”

“How to combine a robust affirmation of marriage with a renewed commitment to compassion is the enormous task that awaits the bishops.”—LPJ website.

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