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Friday, October 16, 2015

Marx-ist in(ter)vention at the Synod


After a sophistic romp through a long winded dismissal of Catholic teaching, Cardinal Marx comes up with that which can only be considered the product of an over active imagination. His take on the teaching of the Second Vatican Council shows that the spectre, er, "spirit" of Vatican II still haunts the Church.
Starting from the theological foundations established by the Second Vatican Council we should seriously consider the possibility – based on the individual case and not in a general way – of allowing civilly divorced and remarried faithful to receive the sacraments of Confession and Communion, when common life in the canonically valid marriage has definitively failed and this marriage can not be nullified, the commitments of this marriage are settled, there is regret for the guilt of the end of this marital common life and there is the honest will to live the second civil marriage in faith and raise the children in the faith. [source]
And if the second marriage fails, what then? "Oops, strike two. My bad. Can I have another (and another and another) swing at the ball?"

Someone who made one mistake is encouraged to make another bigger mistake, i.e., that of asking the Church to tolerate an adulterous relationship. How is that not a complete inversion of Christ's teaching on marriage?
So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”—St Matthew 19:6
And I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery.—St Matthew 19:9
In response to Cardinal Marx's attempt to skew Church teaching, the possibility that the Holy Spirit will allow such heretical teaching into the Catholic Church is a firm 'No', as in never going to happen. Never.

Let the couple in an adulterous marriage raise their kids in the Faith so their children will know better than their parents what it means to abide by God's law. The couple can still attend Mass, support a parish by contributing funds and by helping in parish charitable activities and non-liturgical roles. They can listen to the word of God. In other words, let their penance be a healthy humility born of actual contrition expressed through service and prayer. Do not complicate their lives further by submitting the vulnerable Eucharistic Lord to enter the body but not the soul of one resolved to persist in sin.
Give not that which is holy to dogs; neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turning upon you, they tear you.—St Matthew 7:6
If that sounds utterly harsh, don't shoot the messenger. Take up your beef with the One who first uttered those words.

Remember, when Jesus encountered towns with little faith He performed few miracles in those places. People living in adulterous relationships, or sinful relationships of any kind, are like those desolate towns or the homes which the disciples encountered that did not welcome those bearing Christ's teaching. When encountering people who did not accept the bearers of the Holy Gospel, the disciples were told by Jesus to shake the dust from beneath their feet as they left (St. Matthew 10:14).

Lord, have mercy on bishops who promote vile heresy and mask it as truth.

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