THE SERVANT GENERAL
COMMUNION FOR DIVORCED AND REMARRIED - 9
May 13, 2015
The evil one has one basic agenda, and that is to destroy
or at least severely weaken faith, family and life. The plunge
into the culture of death is a slippery slope that starts
with contraception and then embraces everything else, including
divorce, abortion and same-sex marriage. Here is the danger
to what the liberal prelates are proposing, seemingly in response
to mercy and compassion for those Catholics in irregular unions.
Communion for the divorced and remarried seems harmless enough,
but will do great harm to the institution of marriage, with
its implicit acceptance of divorce and sex outside of Christian
sacramental marriage. Once the sacred and lofty institution
of marriage has suffered a crack, the enemy will continue
to chip away until there is nothing left.
Cardinal Pell: I expect the Synod will ‘massively
endorse’ tradition on communion for divorced and remarried
May 10, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - Speaking to a gathering of over
120 international pro-life leaders and hundreds of other guests
in Rome on Saturday, Cardinal George Pell said that he expects
that the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family will “massively
endorse” the Church’s traditional teachings on
communion for divorced and “remarried” Catholics.
“Christ is very clear about divorce … and not
quite as important, but nearly as important, St. Paul is very
clear about the conditions that are required for a proper
reception of communion,” he said. “I think in
fact that the synod will massively endorse the tradition.”
The cardinal was answering a question following his keynote
address about what role the teachings of St. John Paul II
on the family should play in the Church. “The teaching
of St. John Paul the Great is the teaching of the Church,”
the cardinal said. “I believe that the (Synod) delegates
will recognize that the Christian tradition of St. John Paul
the Great, Benedict, the council of Trent … I don’t
anticipate any deviation.”
The Rome Life Forum was launched by LifeSiteNews in 2014 and
is now run by Voice of the Family, a coalition of dozens of
pro-life and pro-family groups. Pro-life leaders gathered
for two days of private strategy sessions, before a public
portion during which Cardinal Pell gave his address.
Also in attendance at the public afternoon session was Cardinal
Raymond Burke. He and Pell have been among the strongest voices
raising concerns about the way last October's Extraordinary
Synod on the Family - the prelude to the upcoming Ordinary
Synod - was used by what Cardinal Pell has called a small
group of “radicals” to promote an agenda to undermine
the Church’s teachings.
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In an interview last October, Cardinal Pell had warned that
the very public push to allow
divorced and “remarried” Catholics to receive
communion is only a “stalking horse.” In reality,
he said, those behind this push “want wider changes:
recognition of civil unions, recognition of homosexual unions.”
This push for “wider changes” was reflected in
the Extraordinary Synod’s now-infamous “mid-term
report,” which, suggested, among other controversial
passages, that the bishops wanted the Church to learn to “value
and accept” the homosexual “orientation,”
and included the “Kasper proposal” to permit divorced
and remarried Catholics to receive communion.
Although these particular paragraphs were subsequently voted
down by the Synod fathers, they remained in the final report.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx from Germany has stated that Pope Francis
himself ordered that they be retained in the final document.
That document will form the basis for discussions of the Ordinary
Synod, raising concerns about a reprise of the efforts to
push through the changes.
Cardinal Pell’s concerns about the Synod are especially
noteworthy, given his position as one of the “group
of 8,” a group of cardinals hand-picked by Pope Francis
to serve as his closest advisors in aiding his efforts to
reform the Vatican.
In his keynote address to the Rome Life Forum Saturday, Cardinal
Pell spoke on the topic of parents as the best educators of
children. In addition to outlining current challenges to the
family, he pointed out an irony in contemporary society. “We
realize better than we did 50 years ago that if we violate
the laws of physical nature…consequences follow,”
he said. However, he added, “we find almost no public
acknowledgement that if we violate the natural moral order
harmful human consequences can follow.”
Cardinal Pell wondered rhetorically if we aren’t “digging
our own graves” by “removing the laws which defend
the ideal of exclusive, lifelong marriage.”