Furthermore, this tension came to the fore when at the conclusion of the “Briefing” in the Sala Stampa when a reporter from The Tablet (a left-leaning Catholic periodical published in England) asked if divorce and remarriage were still a firm doctrine for the Synod Fathers or just a matter of mutable discipline. In response to this pointed question, Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, President of the Canadian Episcopal Conference, astonished many in the room by proffering a very snide and imprudent remark that those interested in doctrine should consult Denzinger-Schönmetzer (a well-known and highly respected compendium of Catholic doctrine/dogma) while the Synod Fathers would continue to treat divorce and remarriage as an issue open to discussion, and—therefore—possibly open to change. (Source)
….Right on time….The false heresy of splitting belief and practice has gone full board.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve wondered whether I’ve been too harsh on the Canadian bishops. But every time I think that, something like this reinforces my approach: “Nope, Johnny boy, you’re right were right on the mark. Don’t second guess yourself again. Trust your Catholic sense.”
The Synod couldn’t have gotten off to a weirder start.
Jesus staked his position by stating His unchanging teaching on marriage in today’s Gospel reading:
“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”
Meanwhile, a priest and university prof working at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith announced that he’s gay and has a boyfriend. He also published a pro-gay Manifesto demanding that the Church change Jesus’ teaching on homosexuality. He was immediately fired. Read about the sad story here.
How will this impact the Synod debates? I dunno. But the fired priest is naturally getting a lot of coverage and sympathy from the mainstream media. That could provide momentum to the reformers in the Synod who want to change Church teaching.
The battle lines have been drawn. Saddle up.
Check it out here.
These folks basically want to redefine sin out of existence.
The Synod will be starting in a few weeks. Time to loosen up and get ready for another rough ride.
Calling all prayer and fasting warriors: this is your time.
If you have a serious cross in your life, like illness or unemployment, you’re in the power seat. Your embrace of the cross is what’s gonna get the Church through this ordeal. Don’t let a drop go to waste.
Many have asked John-Henry and I to do a book, but we are stretched to the maximum all the time so I don’t know if that will be possible. However, we shall see.
Do the book! It will be a huge success. I want a few pages!
Wow. This is explosive.
And just as I was — for a split second — feeling kind of sorry for the Canadian bishops. If this is not a story that makes the Holy Spirit say, “What fer, Dronebuster? You were on the right track“, I don’t know what does.
The reality here, folks, is what it has always been. Until the bishops of this country get on their knees and beg for forgiveness from Almighty God for their decades-long betrayal, nothing is going to change in Canada. The battle that we face is not political or social or even moral. It’s spiritual — at least at its foundation.
I remember asking one prominent Canadian bishop to support the Humanae Vitae Conference we held back in 2006. He told me and my partner who were organizing it: “You cannot say anything about the Winnipeg Statement.”
And there you are, folks.
2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, and also the 50th anniversary of its treacherous betrayal by the Canadian Bishops.
You might have some platitude in recognition of Humanae Vitae’s anniversary, but it will be crickets where the Winnipeg Statement is concerned. Guar-onteed.
It will take another 50 years before all of the rot in the episcopacy is completely cleaned out in this country, and then, just maybe we can finally take down abortion.
Until then, it’s tragic shame will be a blight on this country and the Church in it. For shame. For shame.
Who are the modern-day Pharisees and their followers? The blind modern-day Pharisees and their blind followers are very religious, moral, zealous people. They strive to keep God’s law, and they are zealous in their religious duties. They diligently attend Church every Sunday. They are hardworking, outwardly upright citizens. They keep themselves from and preach against moral evil. In addition to being moral and religious and zealous, modern-day Pharisees and their followers do not believe that salvation is conditioned on the work of Christ alone; instead, they believe that salvation is ultimately up to human efforts and what the sinner adds to Christ’s work! (Source)
In regards to the above text, sinner that I am, that’s what I try to do…in fact, that’s what all Catholics are called to do. And for that we are labelled Pharisees. Such is the Church age that we live in: Unrepentant thugs and reprobates are welcome with open arms. Suckers who try and live the Gospel and its law are cast out.
In contrast to the modern-day Pharisees and their followers, true Christians are those who boast in Christ crucified and no other, meaning that they believe that Christ’s work ensured the salvation of all whom He represented and is the only thing that makes the difference between salvation and condemnation. They know that their own efforts form absolutely no part of their acceptance before God. They rest in Christ alone as their only hope, knowing that it is the work of Christ by the grace of God that guarantees salvation.
Sounds Lutheran to me. Not surprised at this little revelation. Underneath all the problems with the moral teachings of the Church, it always comes back to theology — in this case, justification.
- You can boast in Christ Crucified and yet understand that you are called to be transformed by His Grace. Your co-operation with that Grace is necessary for salvation.
- Christ’s work (outside of our assent and faith-filled works) is not THE ONLY THING that makes the difference between salvation and condemnation…otherwise, we would all be saved. And what is Fr. Rosica’s position on universal salvation? He should tell us. Besides Christ’s own work on the Cross, WE need to accept that saving work into our lives so as to transform us. We make UP for the suffering lacking in Christ. We are not Lutherans. We do not believe in legal fictions. We believe that Christ’s salvation is offered to all, but that only those who respond (or can’t respond) are saved.
- We know that our efforts (read: efforts filled with God’s grace) absolutely DO form part of our acceptance before God. The Gospels are filled with Christ’s warning of those who fail to work out their salvation in fear and trembling.
Cue the retreat and clarifications that are sure to come…..
Social activist and blogger (Catholic-legate.com) John Pacheco, who organized a 15,000-strong March for Marriage in 2005, urged men to gather in front of the basilica to pray the rosary with their backs turned to the parade. About 40-50 men and women arrived shortly before 1 p.m. and began to pray.
Pacheco said he decided to urge prayers to turn their backs because he was not sure whether there would be nudity in the parade. He also thought having backs turned would encourage those participating to pray rather than engage in any arguments or confrontations.
But Pacheco ended up in a confrontation with a member of St. Patrick’s Pastoral Council, who told him they were being provocative. Sheila Jones sought the assistance of the basilica’s pastor, Father Bosco Wong, who asked Pacheco to stop the sidewalk prayer. The priest invited them to come inside to pray.
Pacheco told the protestors to listen to their own consciences, but he was going to do as the priest wished and go inside. About 25 people followed him, while about 10-20 remained outdoors.
“I had no option,” said Pacheco in an interview. “If we went against the pastor, we lost. We would be a house divided.”
But Pacheco hopes the Archdiocese as a whole will address the rerouting of the Pride Parade. “As a Church community we have to address what Catholics are permitted to do, in light of the provocation in changing the route.”
We desperately need leadership….but fear, confusion, and uncertainty reigns in the Church today.
Well, coming off of the Capital Price Capitulation, it just gets better and better and better!