‘Sacraments’ Category Archives
POPE FRANCIS, CARDINAL BURKE & THE CHALLENGE TO FRANCIS’S ORTHODOXY: a progress (or lack of it) report
by Arnold Jago in Faith, Family, Lifestyle, Modern Church, Sacraments
Cardinal Raymond Burke and three other Cardinals have formally questioned the orthodoxy of Pope Francis’ March 2016 publication “Amoris Laetitia” concerning the “joy of love” in the context of Catholic marriage and family.
Their questions ask, in summary, whether Amoris Laetitia doesn’t contradict official Catholic teaching as per Pope John Paul II’s 1993 encyclical “Veritatis Splendor” — that “circumstances or intentions can never transform an act intrinsically evil by virtue of its object, into an act ‘subjectively’ good….”
Amoris Laetitia seems to say that people in adulterous relationships can receive Holy Communion.
The Pope hasn’t formally acknowledged or answered the questions.
He reportedly says the challenge is “not making me lose any sleep….”
“…sometimes criticisms are merely aimed at vindicating already fixed opinions. They are not honest; they are driven by a mean spirit to incite divisions.”
But is name-calling really good enough?
by Arnold Jago in God, Modern Church, Recent Developments, Sacraments
Cardinal Robert Sarah is head of the Vatican department responsible for how liturgies are celebrated (the Congregation for Divine Worship).
Cardinal Sarah and Pope Francis disagree on certain important matters — including which way the priest should face during Mass.
On 5 July 2016, Cardinal Sarah announced that from the first Sunday in Advent (27 November) priests should face away from the congregation.
This change had been favoured by the previous Pope (Benedict XVI) who argued that the priest “is also another Christian like all the others and is turning with them towards God”.
If you’re a Catholic and believe that God is really present in the consecrated bread and wine that is important.
Anyway, Pope Francis announced on July 9 that no such change will happen.
Then, on 28 October, he made 19 changes to the membership of Cardinal Sarah’s department — such that Cardinal Sarah’s influence will be curbed.
POPE FRANCIS’S NEW STATEMENT ABOUT FAMILY LOVE: does “amoris laetitiae” make Catholic teaching clearer?
by Arnold Jago in Family, Modern Church, Recent Developments, Sacraments
The Pope’s recent “exhortation” on family issues is long – nine chapters, broken down into 325 paragraphs and covering 256 pages.
A lot of it is good thoughts emphasising that we should love each other, especially family members.
He reaches the key contentious issue — whether people living in adulterous relationships, having been divorced and later re-married, should receive Holy Communion – in chapter eight, paragraphs 299-304.
Paragraph 299 says such people “need to be more fully integrated into Christian communities . . . Their participation can be expressed in different ecclesial services . . . Such persons need to feel, not as excommunicated members of the Church, but instead as living members . . . .”
Is not-feeling-excommunicated the same as not-excluded-from-receiving Communion?
He doesn’t quite say. It all seems a bit ambiguous. You could take it either way.
Paragraph 304 goes on to be even more ambiguous: “It is true that general rules set forth a good which can never be disregarded or neglected, but in their formulation they cannot provide absolutely for all particular situations. At the same time, it must be said that, precisely for that reason, what is part of a practical discernment in particular circumstances cannot be elevated to the level of a rule.”
It seems like stating a rule and providing a loophole to justify ignoring the rule all in one breath.
A loophole through which one could drive a Mack truck.
by Arnold Jago in Family, God, Lifestyle, Modern Church, Sacraments
The recent Synod on the Family left the impression of the Catholic Church being split over marriage, divorce and receiving of Holy Communion.
“Progressives” — hoping the Synod would recommend giving Communion to divorced-and-remarried persons — think it didn’t go far enough.
“Traditional” Catholics think it went too far, creating confusion about a key Sacrament — the Sacrament of Marriage.
The Synod’s final report said that divorced-and-remarried people “should not feel that they are excommunicated. On the contrary, it is necessary for them to be able to develop as living members of the Church.”
But everyone knows that “living” members in a state of un-repented mortal sin can’t be very pleasing to God.
One way around this could be the Pope creating a convenient loop-hole of very liberalised annulments – declaring unhappy marriages invalid despite their being entered into voluntarily and having been consummated.
Anyway the bishops didn’t vote to endorse such a move — which I think disappointed the Pope.
All Catholics ought to pray for the Pope — and those divorced-and-remarried attend Mass and, when others move forward to receive Communion, remain kneeling and say the Church’s approved prayer of “Spiritual Communion”.
It goes like this:
“My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.”
ARCHBISHOP PORTEOUS AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN AUSTRALIA: a freedom soon to be ended by the same-sex-marriage brigade?
by Arnold Jago in Australia, Family, Justice, Modern Church, Persecution, Politics, Sacraments
Catholic Archbishop of Tasmania, Father Julian Porteous, is facing prosecution for distributing a booklet entitled “Don’t mess with Marriage” in Tasmanian Catholic schools.
The booklet explains the Church’s reasons for believing Australia will be best off leaving the legal definition of marriage as in the current Federal Marriage Act — i.e. marriage being a man-plus-woman union.
The complaint has been laid by a “transgender” Greens Party political candidate, on the basis of Section 17 of Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Act, which prohibits “any conduct which offends, humiliates, intimidates, insults or ridicules another person” on the grounds of sexual orientation etc.
If the prosecution succeeds, then in the lead-up to Prime Minister Turnbull’s plebiscite on marriage, no Australian will be able to safely speak out against legalising “same-sex marriage”.
Freedom of speech in Australia will be at an end.
To avoid Australia becoming a totalitarian nation, the federal government has no choice but to over-ride state anti-discrimination laws in so far as they are, in fact, anti-freedom-of speech laws.
Anybody wanting to read exactly the Catholic booklet says can visit:
by Arnold Jago in Australia, Politics, Sacraments
Now that Mr Turnbull is Australian Prime Minister, three things need to happen.
1. The National Party should renegotiate the “coalition”, making one of its requirements that Mr Turnbull be sacked and replaced by somebody with a more traditional mindset. Otherwise the Nationals should sit with the independents and hopefully ensure that the Turnbull Party will never govern.
2. The Catholic bishops of Australia should announce that its priests will no longer be available to perform “marriages”. They will gladly celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony for couples wishing to live as Catholics. But for Government-acknowledged “marriage” people will have to go elsewhere.
3. The Queen should refuse to recognise Mr Turnbull as Prime Minister. He wants a republic, let him have one — if the Australian public will stomach the idea.
These things need to happen today.
My bet is that none of them will ever happen.