THE SERVANT GENERAL
IT IS CRUNCH TIME
is entirely fitting, and in accordance with the perfect and
mysterious timing of the Spirit, that we have our readings
today as the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of
Bishops starts in Rome. This meeting is about “The Vocation
and the Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary
expect a reiteration of what our Church has always said about
the family. Marriage and family are according to God’s
original design. “The Lord God said: It is not good
for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable to
him. .... That is why a man leaves his father and mother and
clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body.”
marriage is not just for the ultimate expression of the love
between a man and a woman, but also for the purpose of raising
and caring for children. The Christian couple is told by God
to be fertile and to multiply. “Your wife will be like
a fruitful vine within your home, your children like young
olive plants around your table.” (Ps 128:3). The family
and home are intended to provide a stable and loving environment
where children grow through adulthood, and eventually get
married themselves, thus continuing God’s purpose through
the generations. It is God’s will that you “live
to see your children’s children.” (Ps 128:6a).
marriage and family are being destroyed by the evil one. This
is through cohabitation, contraception, divorce, abortion,
same-sex unions. The world has accepted these. And Protestant
denominations have accepted these. So far, the Catholic Church
has stood fast on traditional teaching about marriage and
family, but there are forces that seek to accommodate the
directions of the world. In the Synod there will be those
liberal prelates who will push for communion for divorced
and remarried couples and for recognition of good in homosexual
is right that today God’s word brings us to the truth
of Jesus’ teaching. With regard to communion for the
divorced and remarried, Jesus says to our prelates, “Whoever
divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against
her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another,
she commits adultery.” (Mk 10:11-12). Those who are
divorced and remarried are in a state of serious sin. Thus
they may not avail of holy Communion.
also reiterates: “But from the beginning of creation,
God made them male and female.” (Mk 10:6). There are
only two sexes, and that is male and female. This is how God
designed it. Today the culture has re-designed the sexes,
now using “gender” (a social construct) and offering
a variety of genders, not limited to LGBT. Thus those who
are into active homosexual relationships are in a state of
serious sin. This is sodomy, an abomination before the Lord.
Thus there is nothing good that can be found in such relationships.
is talk of extending the Lord’s mercy and compassion
to those in irregular unions (cohabitating, divorced and remarried,
same-sex). Mercy and compassion are of course very Christian
virtues. However, that would be false mercy, as it keeps people
in their sins rather than bringing them to repentance and
thus experience forgiveness and true mercy.
any accommodation to sin will bring us to the slippery slope
of the culture of death. The world started with contraception,
and then all the other abominations followed. We would open
ourselves up to a direct assault on faith, family and life.
We have already seen the disintegration of marriage and families.
We cannot open the door to evil.
is being assaulted. Family life is being assaulted. Children
are tragically at great risk. Jesus loves the little children,
but the world today is keeping children away from the Lord.
“And people were bringing children to him that he might
touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw
this he became indignant and said to them, ‘Let the
children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom
of God belongs to such as these.” (Mk 10:13-14). Children
are kept from God in various ways:
Through contraception, which prevents children from being
abortion, which murders the unborn in the womb.
same-sex unions, which cannot bear children.
divorce, which results in children not having a father and
a mother to care for them as God intended.
pray for God’s wisdom upon the Church prelates and others
who are at the assembly of the Synod of Bishops that starts
today. May they all stand for the authentic teaching of Jesus
and of our Church through two millennia. May they remain faithful
to God’s plan. “Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
and who walk in his ways.” (Ps 128:1).