THE SERVANT GENERAL
COMMUNION FOR DIVORCED AND REMARRIED - 6
April 14, 2015
The teaching of Christ and of our Church is straightforward.
(1) Sex is proper only in the context of sacramental marriage.
(2) Marriage is indissoluble. (3) Marriage is between a man
and a woman. Thus, cohabitation, divorce and remarriage, and
same-sex unions are contrary to our faith and bring Catholics
to a situation of sin.
Unfortunately many Catholics are today in these situations
of serious sin. What can the Church do to help bring them
back? It is not to accommodate them in their sin, by not talking
about their sin so as not to offend them. Rather, it is to
lovingly point out their sin in order to help bring them to
repentance and reconciliation with God.
God is mercy and compassion, but it cannot be a false mercy.
Polish bishops endorse five Cardinals’
book opposing Kasper proposal
April 13, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Polish Catholic
bishops have given a wholehearted endorsement to the famous
“five Cardinals’ book” authored to defend
Church teaching on marriage and family in advance of the 2014
Extraordinary Synod on the Family.
book, titled Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage
and Communion in the Catholic Church in English, was
published in Poland “under the patronage” of the
president of the Polish bishops’ conference, Stanislaw
Gadecki, archbishop of Poznan.
According to Archbishop Gadecki, it
would be “false compassion” to suggest that the
Church’s practice should be changed.
“Therefore, we strongly oppose the proposal, ‘the
merciful’ solution to the issue of divorce supported
by Cardinal Kasper.”
In a statement on the diocesan website, the Archbishop of
Poznan wrote, “This book is an essential aid to understanding
the Synod on marriage and family. In particular, for the understanding
of why fidelity to the truth
about marriage and family is an indispensable foundation of
the Church’s charity for people civilly divorced and
remarried a new civil union.”
the start of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Cardinal
Walter Kasper presented his view on this delicate and important
issue. Much attention was also devoted to the issue of Eucharistic
communion and the capabilities to include divorced people
who live in civil unions.”
The nine essays in the book “show that in
the traditional Catholic doctrine, based on the teachings
of Jesus, and in the current pastoral practice, there is no
shortage of real charity and compassion.”
The bishops’ support for the book is another signal
that they will not back any move from the so-called “progressive”
faction to change the discipline of the Church in refusing
Holy Communion to those in adulterous unions. In March, the
Polish episcopate issued a declaration that there could not
be any change either to the Church’s teaching or her
“The teaching and the
tradition of the Church shows that people living in non-sacramental
union deprive themselves of the possibility of receiving Holy
Communion,” they said. “Pastoral
care must be provided for those living in such unions so that
they may be able to keep the faith and continue in the community
of the Church.” They added that the Polish episcopate
would “defend the teaching of [Pope] John Paul II.”
The push for a change in the Church’s “pastoral
practice,” was lobbied for by a faction led by the German
Cardinal Walter Kasper at the last Synod in October 2014,
and followed by an international who’s-who of the far
left of the Church’s hierarchy.
The conflict turned into an uproar as the push was very publicly
opposed by a group of orthodox bishops and cardinals. Leaders
from both sides in the conflict have continued to argue their
case in media interviews.
Unconfirmed reports said that distribution of the book to
its intended audience of bishops and cardinals gathered at
the Vatican was actually blocked by the Synod’s organizers.
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