THE SERVANT GENERAL
COMMUNION FOR DIVORCED AND REMARRIED - 2
February 11, 2015
Conservatives and liberals are gearing up for what could be
a major confrontation at the Synod this October. These are
dangerous times in the life of our Church.
Do we stand up for authentic Church teaching, based on Christ’s
and Biblical teaching? Do we stand for truth and justice?
Do we see that mercy and compassion are not violated by truth
and justice? Do we give in to the dictates of the world and
its powerful anti-family and anti-life forces? Do we surrender
our prophetic role as God’s light to the world? Do we
weaken our witness to a darkened world? Are we letting go
of embracing the cross?
We must stand for authentic Judeo-Christian life and morality.
In this, in resisting the onslaught of liberalism and modernism,
our Catholic Church is the last “man” standing.
Or shall we fall by the wayside as everyone else has?
Do revisit St John Paul II’s Familiaris Consortio.
‘The Church betrayed John Paul II’
at Synod on the Family: Polish archbishop
February 6, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Polish archbishop
has issued a stern rebuke to his fellow bishops outside Poland
who “betrayed Pope John Paul II” by failing to
support marriage, and who now call for divorced Catholics
to be given Communion.
Archbishop Henryk Hoser, who made the comments in an interview
published recently in the Polish Catholic news source Niedziela,
was clearly girding his loins for the big and important battle
he foresees at the Fall 2015 synod.
“I tell you most brutally, the Church has betrayed John
Paul II,” the archbishop said. “Not the Church
as the Bride of Christ. Not the Church of our creed, because
John Paul II was an expression, an authentic voice of the
Church; but it is the pastoral practice that has betrayed
John Paul II.”
Archbishop Hoser also predicted a major
“confrontation” at the upcoming synod
between bishops faithful to the Church and John Paul II and
“delegates from countries where there is already a majority
of pathological families - broken families, patchwork families,
with only a small percentage of unbroken marriages - and the
demand for the provision of Holy Communion for the divorced.”
When the same battle was played out at last year’s Extraordinary
Synod on the Family, the German
church led by Cardinal Walter Kasper was identified as a major
force for liberalization of the Church moral doctrine on sexuality.
Hoser joined other faithful church leaders such as Cardinal
Raymond Burke in condemning
the notion advanced at the 2014 synod that mercy should be
the sole determinant in dealing with homosexuals and divorcees.
He called this an “erroneous
assumption, the postulate that God's mercy is without justice,
when you must begin by saying that married and family life
must be founded in justice.”
Hoser blamed the breakdown of the family partly on the
Church’s own failure to support families by implementing
Pope John Paul II’s 1981 Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris
Consortio. The exhortation detailed the steps
bishops and pastors should take to form and support faithful
families, in school, in pre-marriage training, and in post-nuptial
support groups and sponsorship relationships between newlyweds
and couples long married.
But bishops and priests of the Church, said Hoser, “did
not follow his voice. They did not acquaint themselves with
his teaching. … Everyone said that it is difficult.
… The pastors did not share because they did not read
it.” The archbishop said the rebellion against Church
sexual teaching started at the time of Pope Paul VI, a probable
reference to his explicit ban on contraception in the 1968
encyclical Humanae Vitae.
While the Polish Church taught Humanae Vitae, “in other
countries, due to the contestation of the teachings of the
Church, as taught by Blessed Paul VI, the pastoral care of
families was stopped.”
Instead, said Hoser, the worldly
values that put sexual pleasure before the goals of the family
have prevailed, especially in the media, where
“all personal relationships are eroticized.”
The faction with which he expects
to do battle at the upcoming synod want the Church to abandon
its “prophetic role” and simply accommodate itself
to the view that “the world is ruled by sexual satisfaction."