John Paul II’s Ignored Synod Speech

“So the Synod—when speaking of the pastoral care of those who after divorce have entered on a new union—rightly praised those couples who in spite of great difficulties witness in their life to the indissolubility of marriage. In their life the Synod recognizes that good news of faithfulness to love which has its power and its foundation in Christ. Furthermore, the fathers of the Synod, again affirming the indissolubility of marriage and the Church’s practice of not admitting to Eucharistic communion those who have been divorced and—against her rule—again attempted marriage, urge pastors and the whole Christian community to help such brothers and sisters. They do not regard them as separated from the Church, since by virtue of their baptism they can and must share in the life of the Church by praying, hearing the word, being present at the community’s celebration of the Eucharist, and promoting charity and justice. Although it must not be denied that such people can in suitable circumstances be admitted to the sacrament of penance and then to Eucharistic communion, when with a sincere heart they open themselves to a way of life that is not in contradiction to the indissolubility of marriage—namely, when such a man and woman, who cannot fulfill the obligation of separation, take on the duty of living in total abstinence, that is, abstaining from acts that are proper only to married couples—and when there is no scandal.” (Source)

That was 34 years ago.  The Progressives were trying back then to change the Church’s practice.  They are trying again.  And what is the Church’s answer?  It should be the same as has always been maintained.  Nothing has changed in regards to sin, doctrine, and discipline regarding the divorced and “remarried”.

34 years does not change the substance of the problem. It was the same then. It’s the same now.

Why is it, I wonder, that many bishops seem to have forgotten this one simple point?  You can’t change the substance of marriage, no more than you can change who Jesus is.

Jesus Christ – the same yesterday, today, forever. (Cf. Hebrews 13:8)


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