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).

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Holy Communion. Archbishop Prendergast affirms Apostolic Faith.

Strange, is it not, that we should be celebrating a Catholic prelate's affirmation of the Catholic Faith? A Catholic should expect nothing less than a confident and constant affirmation of the Catholic Faith from a Catholic bishop. Then again, the path that some (too many) bishops are taking—e.g., Quebec and the Atlantic bishops—is strange (i.e., divergent from the Gospel), and any confident proclamation of the Faith against that background of strangeness and ambiguity is welcome relief from said ambiguity.
Canadian Archbishop: 'Amoris laetitia' does not change doctrine
Archbishop Prendergast joins the diocesan to follow the directives of the Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories. A prerequisite for the communion reception of remarried divorced persons is abstinence.—http://www.kath.net/news/58765
Statement of Archbishop Prendergast [PDF]
https://www.catholicottawa.ca/documents/2017/2/170215%20Guidelines%20for%20the%20Pastoral%20Accompaniment%20of%20Christs%20Fainthful%20Who%20are%20Divorced%20and%20Remarried%20Without%20a%20Decree%20of%20Nullity-1.pdf
—which reads in part:
For some, it seems that there are competing interpretations of the Church’s teachings on this difficult topic. Is it possible to authentically receive the Holy Father’s message while remaining faithful to the Church’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage and proper reverence for receiving the Holy Eucharist?
The Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories prepared this helpful guideline [link to PDF] to provide guidance on this difficult pastoral situation. (Thanks be to God for the Bishops of AB and the NT!)
I endorse this document’s guidance on how to accompany families with compassion and care while also upholding the Church’s unchanging teaching on the Sacrament of Marriage and the Eucharist.
For those seeking easy answers to complex questions, this document, like Amoris Laetitia itself, will present a challenge. For Catholics looking to receive, appreciate and grow in their faith in their marriage and family life, however, it is a compassionate presentation of the truth and beauty of these sacraments and the joy and challenge of family life.
“Holy Family of Nazareth, make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer.”
Give thanks to God for this mercy of clarity of teaching. Pray, with confidence in the promise that Christ gave to His Church, that Pope Francis may do what is necessary to protect the Apostolic Faith.

2 comments:

  1. Has the Bishop of Victoria made his thoughts known on the subject?

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    1. Haven't heard much. I'm a bit out of the local loop on this topic.

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