Point to Ponder | A misappropriation of authority by certain groups past and present has led to private interpretation of Scripture and, consequently, doctrinal anarchy.
Truth & Consequences
- A departure from the Christian prohibition of artificial contraception was initiated at the Lambeth Conference of 1930, the meeting at which Anglicans abandoned the Christian continuous prohibition of contraception.
- What led to that seismic shift away from the constant teaching of the Church? It was a misappropriation of authority begun by Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, et al. The authority, that is, which belongs to the Successor of St. Peter and those bishops in communion with him. Christ established the office of Peter and to the person occupying that office alone Christ gives the keys to heaven and the power to bind and loose. St. Matthew 16:13-19
- The subversive action taken by the so-called Reformers has resulted in deformed consciences that refer to themselves rather than the moral authority that God entrusts to His Church. With relativism unleashed, all non-Catholic sects have little defence against the spirit of the times.
- The disintegration of protestantism, then, confirms their rejection of God's Law and has verified the wisdom of Blessed Paul VI's Humanae Vitae (HV). Opponents of the teaching contained in HV are simply incapable of appreciating the profound insight of Pope Paul's prophetic document. Those who have rejected the teaching contained therein are blinded by a false sense of autonomy much like petulant children who, whining that their demands be indulged and stamping their feet in protest when their demands aren't met, are unwilling to abide by life saving and life giving guidance. See also: The Vindication of Humanæ Vitæ, by Mary Eberstadt, First Things.
Point to Ponder | Non-Catholic communities have embraced divorce contrary to the express will of Jesus Christ. Refer to: Mt. 5:31-32; 19:3-9; Mk. 10:9; Lk. 16:18; 1 Cor 7:10-11.
CCC2382 The Lord Jesus insisted on the original intention of the Creator who willed that marriage be indissoluble. He abrogates the accommodations that had slipped into the old Law.
Between the baptized, "a ratified and consummated marriage cannot be dissolved by any human power or for any reason other than death."
Example #1: sexual expression belongs within the faithful marriage of a husband and wife. Contraception is a lie which permits spouses to exploit each other, to hold back that which is most precious—life giving love. Contraception is a lie that allows couples to pretend at love. That lie easily expands into a myth, a pseudo-intimacy behind which spouses, egged on by a culture of entitlement and hedonism, attempt to hide a lack of trust in God and the ability to exercise self control for the good of a spouse.
Denial of a fundamental sign of love will only foster discord between spouses and God. Consequently, if there is no peace in the home, there will be no peace in society.
Example #2: a unique human life comes into being from the moment of conception.
Point to Ponder | From the moment of conception, a unique human life is created. That is an established scientific fact. To deny that fact is irrational. To deny the life of a newly created human life is diabolical and subjects people to slavery imposed, once again, by power hungry men.
Just because a human embryo is more dependent on his mother for survival does not lessen the fact that the human life growing within a mother's womb is any less a human being. We may like to think we are completely autonomous. For a time, we may even buy into the myth that we are entitled to a separate, independent existence that we alone control. Throughout our lives we are dependent on others for our existence: our parents whose physical embrace loved us into existence; the farmers who produce the food that sustains us; the doctors and nurses who care for us when we are ill; police officers and soldiers who protect us from badly behaving people; etc.
Point to Ponder | The Gospel is the cure for the infection of sin.
Ubi Petrus ibi ecclesia, et ibi ecclesia vita eterna.
Where there is Peter there is the Church,
where there is the Church there is life eternal!
—St. Ambrose of Milan
Now when it was late that same day, the first of the week, and the doors were shut, where the disciples were gathered together, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them: Peace be to you.
And when he had said this, he shewed them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord.
He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you.
When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost.
Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.—St. John 20:19-23.
- the Holy Gospel;
- communion with the Bishop of Rome, the See of St. Peter;
- prayer and the spiritual disciplines of fasting, abstinence and almsgiving;
- and, most powerfully, Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist!