Synod of the Family: Show Down At High Noon

I’ve been keeping a low profile here on the Catholic Legate since the Synod.  I’ve been spending my time on Facebook.  It’s just easier to “share” then going through all of the mumbo in typing up a blog post. Facebook is the lazy blogger’s alternative.  I’ve also been busy with life, with work, kids, my Men’s Group, etc. etc.

And I just don’t have the energy anymore, frankly.  I’ve also learned to pick my battles, too.  But as the Synod approaches, I can feel stirrings in my belly for another donnybrook.

Last week, our hero Cardinal, Cardinal Raymond Burke, let the first salvo go.  Here is what was reported:

Cardinal Burke said his interview with the French television channel France 2, broadcast Feb. 8, was “accurately reported” concerning a question and answer about resisting Pope Francis.  According to a translation of the interview on the blog Rorate Caeli, the cardinal stressed the need for attentiveness to the power of the office of the papacy in Catholic understanding. Papal power is “at the service of the doctrine of the faith,” he explained, “and thus the Pope does not have the power to change teaching, doctrine.” The interviewer then asked: “In a somewhat provocative way, can we say that the true guardian of doctrine is you, and not Pope Francis?” “We must, let us leave aside the matter of the Pope,” the cardinal replied. “In our faith, it is the truth of doctrine that guides us.” “If Pope Francis insists on this path, what will you do?” the interviewer then asked. “I will resist. I cannot do anything else,” he said. The cardinal’s statement about resistance drew significant coverage. Cardinal Burke went on to tell France 2 that the Catholic Church is facing “a difficult time” that is “painful” and “worrisome.” (Source)

Yours truly is holding his cards close to his chest concerning Pope Francis.  I am waiting to see how the Synod shakes out before making any declarations.  I’m waiting for the Holy Spirit to intervene in a dramatic way, and frankly I expect such an intervention to happen.  Needless to say, however, I have very rarely disagreed with Cardinal Burke.

Anyhow, no one who is hip to the factions in the Church surrounding adultery, homosexuality, and all other things sexual think that we’re all just one big happy family. Clearly, that is not the case and Jesus never promised it, in any event. In fact, by all predictions, that’s really an anti-biblical position to take.

Burke’s comment which I have highlighted in red above is really a major torpedo in the battle to save marriage in the Catholic Church.  And if common sense and reading comprehension weren’t enough for you, here comes Cardinal Wuerl (Burke’s long time opponent) right on cue with a salvo of his own.  Yes, yes, I know,  Wuerl did not mention Burke by name, but please, let us get serious, cut the naiveté, and stop pretending we don’t know what’s going on.  Each cardinal represents opposite factions on the debate over distributing communion to open and unrepentant sinners.  Their positions are quite well known.

Cardinal Wuerl’s comments are directed at “dissenters” with a not-so-subtle dig at Cardinal Burke’s blunt declaration of what he will do in the event that the Pope insists on going down that road.  I must say that Cardinal Burke won’t be the only one resisting either.  If, God forbid, that lying heretic Kasper gets his way, the Catholic Church will have a much bigger problem on its hands with “resistance” than it currently has with the SSPX.  That much I can say with some certainty, but that’s not going to happen because the Holy Spirit is going to preserve the Church — even if stone tablets of Familiaris Consortio don’t come down from heaven and land on Bruno Forte’s head.

But I am getting off track.  You’ll notice that Cardinal Wuerl’s comments in the article were all about playing up just how darn sad and bad dissenting from papal teaching really is.   Just read the last part Cardinal Wuerl’s fatherly concern for us:

Hardly then should we expect that Pope Francis would be immune from what appears to be something that “comes with the territory.” One of the things I have learned though over all of these years since those early naïve days in 1961 is that on closer examination there is a common thread that runs through all of these dissenters. They disagree with the Pope because he does not agree with them and therefore follow their position. Dissent is perhaps something we will always have, lamentable as it is, but we will also always have Peter and his successor as the rock and touchstone of both our faith and our unity.”

Yes, friends, as you can see the worst-est thing we can do is disagree and dissent from the Pope or his “favourite” cardinals, like Cardinal Kasper.  I have a couple of things to say to that:

1) Familiaris Consortio – This Apostolic Exhortation is as binding today as it ever was under SAINT John Paul II.   In fact, what should happen at the Synod is that every bishop, including the Bishop of Rome, Cardinal Wuerl, and everyone else should step up to the podium and sign Familiaris Consortio and then go home.  That’s it. That’s all.

However, the Church reaffirms her practice, which is based upon Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried. They are unable to be admitted thereto from the fact that their state and condition of life objectively contradict that union of love between Christ and the Church which is signified and effected by the Eucharist. Besides this, there is another special pastoral reason: if these people were admitted to the Eucharist, the faithful would be led into error and confusion regarding the Church’s teaching about the indissolubility of marriage. (FC, 84)

No more debate and no more being held hostage to the big money, narcissism, and racism of the corrupt Cardinals of the German church, either.  So, clearly, who is dissenting from whom here?  Familiaris Consortio is upholding Catholic teaching as it always has been understood on the issue of divorce and “remarried” persons.  No one can claim this is some obscure letter written  hundreds of years ago whose underlying conditions are no longer valid.  That kind of excuse will simply not hold any holy water whatsoever.   So, if there is going to be any dissent, the dissent is going to be on Cardinal Wuerl’s head, not ours.

2) Cardinal Wuerl’s Short Memory Cardinal Wuerl is well known for “departing” from the pastoral practice insisted on by Pope Benedict and Saint Pope John Paul II regarding communion for pro-abort politicians.  It’s one thing to have a disagreement with Pope Benedict or Saint John Paul II  who both upheld the perennial Catholic teaching on this subject, suffice it to say.  That’s sad enough, if you ask me.  But what’s worse is to mount your white stud and come to the rescue of the papacy against those awful “dissenters”, when you, yourself, have taken some serious liberties with departing from papal directives in your own right.  Those who live in glass houses, as the saying goes, should not throw the hypocrite’s stone.

3 thoughts on “Synod of the Family: Show Down At High Noon

  1. “In fact, what should happen at the Synod is that every bishop, including the Bishop of Rome, Cardinal Wuerl, and everyone else should step up to the podium and sign Familiaris Consortio and then go home. That’s it. That’s all.”

    Exactly! That, John, is one of the best things you have ever written. Love it! After all the words that will be spilled over the next Synod, that would be the ultimate and most fitting finish. There is no need to come up with anything new; just reaffirm the Saint’s work.

    If it is done, people might even read Familiaris Consortio, and that would go a long way in dealing with the two themes of the two synods: “The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of [the new] evangelization,” and “The vocation and the mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.” As far as I can tell, neither of those themes has anything to do with changing doctrine, but rather have to do with helping those who are in the authentic married state to live out their true calling. The last Synod’s theme was hijacked by those who seem to want to dissent from Christ.

  2. When schoolchildren are perverted in former Christian Democratic Countries, by so-called “neutral” Secular decree, by adult school teachers and homosexual etc.,activists from Kindergarten through University,our people have been led astray politically, by seducing spirits and so-called”neutral”Secularism and other worldviews who fool them into believing they are listening to The Holy Spirit.

    When a Christian Democratic society gets talked into changing their State Sanctioned Worldview-Religion politically to so-called “neutral” Secularism; as ours did starting in 1962,then everyone starts getting re-educated in the tenets of so-called “neutral” Secularism.Where our schoolteachers led our students in The Lord’s Prayer until the mid 1960’s,and sex education was dating,courtship and then waiting for sex in faithful marriage.Now so-called “neutral”Secular Kinsey sex education is normalized from Kindergarten to University,as “neutral”secular human rights.This did not occur in a political or legal vacuum,but right under the noses of the ones who say,who is to blame for this in our former Christian Democracies? It is time to stand up and be counted with Lord Christ in our Democracies whatever your profession,don’t you think? Common sense is the opposite of non-sense.

  3. Amen John!!The Marriage, The Children, The Indissolubility, The Truth

    A validly contracted Catholic marriage is a new creation initiated and ordained by God and its name is the family. As such, it cannot and must not be destroyed by human beings.

    Matthew 19
    Some Pharisees approached him, and tested him, saying, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?”
    He said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’
    and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?
    So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.”

    Observation has taught my wife and me that we have become very similar to each other in thought, word and deed in imitating the Holy Trinity. Many married couples have experienced this.

    When someone sins mortally, that person is separated from God. In other words, this individual chooses another god which is a false one. Continuing in this state with no belief in the hope of Christ and rejection of the repentance for this sin and the salvation offered by the Holy Spirit, is there a possibility of entering heaven? According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church
    paragraph 1864,

    “such hardness of heart can lead to final impenitence and eternal loss”.

    It is tantamount to asking God to permit us to enter heaven even if we have chosen another.

    “‘He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters. Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever says a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come” (Matthew 12:22-32).

    It is clear from the Lord’s own words that sin does not expire after a certain period of time. If unrepented, it continues into eternity.

    The Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 1451 states, “Among the penitent’s acts, contrition occupies first place. Contrition is ‘sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again. “

    Mirroring the relationship of the Father (the Giver of Love), the Son (the Receiver of Love) and the Holy Spirit (the Product of the Love of the Father and Son), a child is the product of the love of a husband and wife in marriage. The child has a portion of the spiritual and physical DNA of both the mother and father but his or her DNA is unique and unrepeatable (with the possible physical exception of identical twins). Even in a marriage not graced by God’s gift of children, through millennia of further observation, we can be certain that the result would be the same.

    Has anyone said, ”you look like your mother and/or you look like your father?” Is it possible to reverse the process and separate the DNA attributable to the mother from the father’s? If it were, the result would be the murder of the child. In fact, the new person is indissoluble. This would be an egregious mortal sin.

    This new being is a creation of God and ordained by Him.

    When you look at the face of any one of your children, you see a new creation. But also, you see yourself and your spouse simultaneously. At one glance, we see the family.

    The Truth is not a something but a Somebody.

    Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth* and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)

    Anyone who circumvents His Word is attempting to assassinate the Truth. But as
    Saint John Paul II said in September, 1987,

    “It is sometimes claimed that dissent from the Magisterium is totally compatible with being a ‘good Catholic’ and poses no obstacle to the reception of the sacraments. This is a grave error that challenges the teaching office of the bishops of the United States and elsewhere. . . .
    “Dissent from Church doctrine remains what it is: dissent; as such it may not be proposed or received on an equal footing with the Church’s authentic teaching.”

    As Jesus said, “

    And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church,* and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)

    Tony Liuzzo
    Ottawa, Canada

    Note: all biblical references are quoted from the New American Bible

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