‘Sacraments’ Category Archives


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.

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MR MALCOLM TURNBULL IS NOW P.M.: urgent action required.

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.



MORE THOUGHTS ABOUT MARRIAGE: trying to get it all into proportion.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Family, Modern Church, Politics, Sacraments

For some thousands of years, marriage has been important to human communities.

Has the current “same-sex marriage” debate trivialised it?

If so, that wouldn’t be good.

But is the “same-sex marriage” issue a mere sideshow?

To include homosexual couples in the definition of marriage – off-putting as it might be to most people – may not be the real problem.

What the government (i.e. politicians) — even what Australian Law (i.e. compromises arrived at by politicians) — say marriage is or is not is trivial in comparison with what the Church says.

If the Church weakens its understanding of what marriage is — bingo — it will have demolished one of its own foundational Seven Sacraments.

Thus stepping onto the banana-skin of decomposition, decay and fragmentation, not only of marriage, but also of the Church.

And of the human race itself?

Some “progressives” in the Church seem to want this to happen soon – after the October 2015 Synod on Family Life.

Then the Pope will make the decision.



CARDINAL BURKE AND THE SYNOD ON THE FAMILY: divorce and catholic holy communion

by Arnold Jago in Faith, Family, Modern Church, Recent Developments, Sacraments

At the moment an “extraordinary” Synod of Catholic bishops is meeting in Rome — its theme being simply “The Family”.

The media hint that the Synod may decide to “relax” the Church’s law of refusing divorced-and-remarried persons eligibility to receive Holy Communion.

But Cardinal Burke says that topic isn’t appropriate and should be “taken off the table”. (http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1404066.htm)

He is Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, a senior position with the Vatican.

But such a decision couldn’t be taken by this Synod anyway.

The 2014 Synod merely prepares a suggested agenda for the definitive 2015 Synod, which will make formal recommendations to the Pope who then issues his instructions to the Church worldwide.

Today’s biggest need isn’t a formula for balancing compassion and justice re this almost impossible problem of divorce . . . .

. . . but to find ways to avoid divorce in the first place.


(1) the Church must provide more excellent preparation instructions to couples contemplating marriage.

So that they understand Matrimony as a Sacrament — with supernatural power enabling couples to cherish their marriage lifelong despite the inevitable problems.

Catholic families thus becoming living examples to other families to note and emulate.

(2) the issue of priestly child abuse against children shouldn’t be side-stepped.

Until that is addressed properly and visibly at top level, the Church won’t have the authority and credibility that the world needs to be able to accord it.




by Arnold Jago in Faith, History, Modern Church, Sacraments

A few weeks ago, an Italian newspaper published rumours that Pope Benedict XVI had last year been forced to resign because of Vatican scandals.

In response, the ex-Pope yesterday posted on the internet a denial:

“There is absolutely no doubt regarding the validity of my resignation  . . . The only condition for the validity of my resignation is the complete freedom of my decision. Speculation regarding its validity is simply absurd.”

At the time of his resignation, Pope Benedict had said, “I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited . . . For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom, I declare that I renounce the ministry of bishop of Rome, successor of St. Peter.”

Some people may choose not to believe what he said.

I do.

Some say that, for various reasons, Benedict was not a good Pope.

I don’t.

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On 7 July 2007, Pope Benedict confirmed formally that the old Mass, celebrated in Latin by the worldwide Church in various versions over the centuries, was a valid Mass:

“The last version of the Missale Romanum prior to the Council, which was published with the authority of Pope John XXIII in 1962 and used during the Council, will now be able to be used as a Forma extraordinaria of the liturgical celebration.

“It is not appropriate to speak of these two versions of the Roman Missal as if they were “two Rites. Rather, it is a matter of a twofold use of one and the same Rite.

“As for the use of the 1962 Missal as a ‘Forma extraordinaria’ of the liturgy of the Mass, I would like to draw attention to the fact that this Missal was never juridically abrogated and, consequently, in principle, was always permitted.”

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Since the 1962-1965 Second Vatican Council, three Popes, over a period of 40 years, had not got around to spelling this out.

Pope Benedict did.

That makes him a big Pope.

He did what he had to do.

Non-Catholics may think these details regarding how Mass is celebrated are a minor matter.

Catholics know they are not.



A NEW POPE: but some things will not change.

by Arnold Jago in Faith, God, Modern Church, Recent Developments, Sacraments

ABC radio news announced yesterday that the Pope’s first Mass, celebrated with the College of Cardinals who elected him, “climaxed” with his first sermon preached as pope.
See what the Church is up against?
The Catholic understanding is that the climax of every Mass is the consecration of the bread and wine – that is what makes the Mass something unique.
Unique because in those consecrated elements the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ — and therefore the whole Christ — is truly, really and substantially present.
This comes about when the priest pronounces the words, “This is my body . . . This is my blood.”
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If those words are true, then the consecration outstrips the importance of any sermon — no matter how brilliant.
In today’s scientific world, can this all be believed?
Why not?
Science is strictly speaking a system of measuring things. It never tells us what they mean.
Science can tell, for example, what the consecrated bead at Mass weighs, its diameter etc.
But it can’t tell us what it actually is.
A Mass can be a Mass without a sermon.
But it can’t be a Mass without Christ himself being present on the altar.
This is explained better than I can explain it at www.ewtn.com/faith/teachings/eucha3.htm