THE SERVANT GENERAL
NO CHANGE IN CHURCH TEACHING - 2
Today’s gospel: Matthew 19:3-12
Jesus’ teaching in today’s gospel has the elements
that provide direction and clarity to his and his/our Church’s
stand on human sexuality and marriage. Liberals and modernists
today want to loosen up on cohabitation, divorce and remarriage,
and same-sex unions. So far, for almost 2,000 years, the Catholic
Church has stood fast on Jesus’ teaching. The Protestant
Churches have already given way, now accepting divorce, abortion
and same-sex marriage. But “from the beginning it was
not so.” (v.8b).
Jesus says, “Have you not read that from the beginning
the Creator ‘made them male and female’?”
(v.4). There are only two sexes, not the multiple genders
promoted by the LGBT crowd. Thus same-sex unions and marriage
are contrary to God’s intent and contrary to created
God intended man and woman to be joined in a new profound
unity, becoming one flesh. “For this reason a man shall
leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and
the two shall become one flesh.” (v.5). Being one flesh
does not just refer to sexual union, but to a new reality,
a sacramental reality, a permanent reality. It is the start
of a new family, the basic unit of society. Such is the importance
of Christian marriage.
the Christian marriage is indissoluble. It is for life, till
death do the spouses part. “So they are no longer two,
but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no
human being must separate.” (v.6). Thus there is no
divorce. Only God can unite a man and a woman in such an intimate
way, to suit His purposes, and no human being can undo what
God has done.
“whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful)
and marries another commits adultery.” (v.9). This is
why those who divorce and remarry are in a state of serious
sin, since any sexual act in that non-sacramental marriage
is an act of adultery. This is why they are not allowed to
receive Holy Communion.
is the remedy for a Catholic whose marriage has not worked
out and who has contracted a new marriage? It is to see if
his/her marriage was “unlawful” from the start,
thus rendering it void ab initio. Then he/she can try to get
a declaration of nullity from the Church. This is not Catholic
divorce. This is rather getting a judgment that the initial
marriage was not truly a marriage, for various reasons.
The liberals and modernists today want to bring down the high
ideal of marriage. They accept that it is difficult if not
impossible to live out this high ideal. “If that is
the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.”
(v.10). So these liberals today would first allow Communion
to someone in an irregular union (divorced and remarried).
Then later they will try to get the Church to allow divorce
(which the Protestants have already done) on a case-to-case
basis. Then later it would be no-fault divorce (which is now
the case in many secular societies), that can be on demand
without the consent of the other party.
would be following in the footsteps of Moses. “Then
why did Moses command that the man give the woman a bill of
divorce and dismiss her?” (v.7). Jesus said that it
was “because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed
you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not
so.” (v.8). The Mosaic divorce legislation or procedure,
requiring the writing out of a bill of divorce, was intended
to check hasty divorces, by requiring sufficient cause and
certain legal formalities.
Christian marriage is a very high ideal, reflective of the
intent of the Creator, reflective of the mystery and intensity
and permanence of God’s love for His bride, His people.
We must not seek to lower the standard or loosen the demands.
Rather, we must teach about the beauty and majesty of Christian
marriage, and provide the support structures to keep such
marriages on track. “Not all can accept this word, but
only those to whom that is granted.” (v.11).
We pray that our prelates, especially those who will be meeting
this October at the Synod of Bishops, can see clearly and
remain steadfast in preserving Jesus’ and the Church’s
teachings. “Whoever can accept this ought to accept