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).

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Footnote Theology & Matters Knot

We can be thankful for the witness of Bishop Steven J. Lopes of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter for speaking in a clear and concise manner regarding the nature of marriage and the lex orandi lex crendendi of the Faith concerning marriage which is most clearly and totally manifest in the Sacrament of Matrimony. In an age when most bishops have no idea how to connect the Mass to daily life, or how to connect daily life to the sacraments, Bishop Lopes does so with elegance, beauty and charity.

Bishop Lopes provides the Church with an outstanding Christian witness in his letter A Pledged Troth: A Pastoral Letter on Amoris Laetitia. He does not come under the sway of pessimists or liberal know-nothings. His is the witness of a faithful son of the Church.

Knots

That others, some or even many bishops, appear to be under the sway of "footnote theology", a reference to footnotes appended to Amoris Laetitia, footnotes which distract from the clear message of Jesus Christ on marriage, is an annoyance, to say the least. An annoyance to whom? Apostolic Christians. More importantly, an annoyance to God. God detests lies, lies which lead His children away from Him.
Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,[a] it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea.—St. Mark 9:42; St. Matthew 18:6; St. Luke 17:2.
When concerns were first expressed about the dubious footnotes of Amoris Laetitia, concerned citizens were called alarmists and reactionaries. However, circumstances have proven that Amoris Laetitia can be used—is being used—to subvert the Catholic Faith.
https://canonlawblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/the-maltese-directive-makes-answering-the-dubia-urgent/
What the Church's adversaries could not do, Catholics are doing to themselves with little or no assistance from the usual suspects—i.e., the mainstream media, anti-Catholic groups, leftwing politicians, and so forth. We have brought upon ourselves a heap of trouble.
https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/05/the-other-footnote-in-amoris-laetitia
Why our Holy Father Pope Francis cannot see the need for clarification of Amoris Laetitia is, frankly, unacceptable. A reasonable request made by concerned Catholics has seemingly been brushed aside, at least for the time being.

Remain tied to Truth!

Meanwhile, we have but one praxis before us if we hope to maintain hope and charity: trust in God and, as Saint Paul reminds us in 2 Thessalonians 2:15, "stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us (Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy), either by word of mouth or by letter.

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