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, August 14, 2015

Sneak attack? The Camel's Nose of the Instrumentum Laboris

Is it reasonable to suggest that the only response to the following passage from the Instrumentum Laboris, the working document for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and the Contemporary World, would be a complete rejection of the application of the law of gradualness in a way that releases couples from observing Christ's teaching on marriage?

The doctrine of gradualness is highly prone to abuse. It can be used as a lever to "wedge in" heresy. Some might respond abusus non tollit usum. However, given the stated intentions of those in the Cardinal Kasper camp, for example, who would, if they could, introduce Holy Communion for those who have divorced and remarried without benefit of a decree of nullity regarding a prior (unfounded) union, the doctrine of gradualness would certainly be employed as a means to allow a false sense of mercy to become the camel's nose working its way into the Church (cf., video: The Camel's Nose. The song starts at the 34 second mark).

Any action to permit the law of gradualness to be applied to the question of divorced and remarried couples would be incredibly naive and imprudent. The application of the law of gradualness would compound already difficult cirmstances in which many couples have placed themselves. The application of the law of gradualness would be akin to pouring gasoline (permissiveness) on a fire.
The Integration of Divorced and Civilly Remarried Persons in the Christian Community
120. (51) Likewise, those who are divorced and remarried require careful discernment and an accompaniment of great respect. Language or behaviour that might make them feel an object of discrimination should be avoided, all the while encouraging them to participate in the life of the community. The Christian community’s care of such persons is not to be considered a weakening of its faith and testimony to the indissolubility of marriage, but, precisely in this way, the community is seen to express its charity.
121. Many parties request that the attention to and the accompaniment of persons who are divorced and civilly remarried take into account the diversity of situations and be geared towards a greater integration of them into the life of the Christian community. Without prejudice to the recommendations made in Familiaris Consortio 84, some suggest that the forms of exclusion currently followed in liturgical and pastoral practice be re-examined as well as those in education and charitable activity. Since these persons are still part of the Church, the aim is to reflect on the opportunity to eliminate these forms of exclusion. Furthermore, to promote a greater integration of these persons into the Christian community, specific attention needs to given to the best interest of their children, given the irreplaceable role parents have in raising their children.
Before integrating persons who are divorced and civilly remarried into pastoral life, some recommend that: pastors duly discern the impossibility of abandoning their situation and the life of faith of the couple in the new relationship; the process be accompanied by raising the sensitivity of the Christian community to receive these persons; and this work be done according to the law of gradualness (cf. FC, 34), while respecting the maturation of consciences.
How can consciences mature when the doctrine upon which consciences are formed is skewed or set aside out a misguided undestanding of mercy?

Jimmy Akin has a good article on the law of gradualness at the link below:
The final word comes from the Amazing Cat Channel:
A tiny compromise may seem so small in size.
It may not seem so bad at first.
But little habits can soon start to control your mind and heart
and your problems will just get worse.
So beware of evil deeds that grow and spread like weeds.
Guard your heart and don't them begin.
If you surrender and consent to let camels in your tent,
you will lose in the end.

Oh, don't let a camel get his nose in your tent!
No, don't you give in and compromise with wrong (sin).
Remember the old man who wound up sleeping on the sand.
Always stand your ground whenever that big nose comes around.
—from The Amazing Cat Channel
Don't let the Kasperian camel get his nose in the tent of the Church!

If you enjoyed the above video, check out
A Day in the life of Saint Francis: click HERE.

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