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On the other hand….. April 30, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Christendom, Ecumenism, episcopate, General Catholic, Papa, Sacraments, secularism, self-serving, Society, the return.

……now Pope Francis gives a strong endorsement of the sanctity of marriage.  One step forward, two steps back, or vice versa?

Pope Francis on April 25 stressed the need for bishops and priests to give a “consistent witness” to Christian moral teaching, including the lifelong nature of Christian marriage, and to teach these truths “with great compassion.”

“The holiness and indissolubility of Christian matrimony, often disintegrating under tremendous pressure from the secular world, must be deepened by clear doctrine and supported by the witness of committed married couples,” Pope Francis said.

“Christian matrimony is a lifelong covenant of love between one man and one woman; it entails real sacrifices in order to turn away from illusory notions of sexual freedom and in order to foster conjugal fidelity.”….

……Pope Francis noted the pastoral challenges presented by marital separation and divorce, even in Christian families, and the lack of a stable home for many children.

“We also observe with great concern, and can only deplore, an increase in violence against women and children,” [And where does that worst, most deeply ingrained violence towards women occur?  Where is it most institutionalized, formalized in the culture?  In the remains of Christendom?  Or in the muslim world?]  he continued. “All these realities threaten the sanctity of marriage, the stability of life in the home and consequently the life of society as a whole.”……

…..In his comments to the southern African bishops, Pope Francis also noted the damage caused by abortion and an attitude of disrespect for life.

“Abortion compounds the grief of many women who now carry with them deep physical and spiritual wounds after succumbing to the pressures of a secular culture which devalues God’s gift of sexuality and the right to life of the unborn,” he said.

In addition, the Holy Father acknowledged the bishops’ reports that some Catholics are turning away from the Church to other groups, as well as a decline in family size that is affecting the number of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. [So perhaps the Church in Africa is not the beacon of great growth and the great hope for the future it is often presented as being]

“In this sea of difficulties, we bishops and priests must give a consistent witness to the moral teaching of the Gospel,” he said. “I am confident that you will not weaken in your resolve to teach the truth ‘in season and out of season’ (2 Tim 4), sustained by prayer and discernment, and always with great compassion.”

A cynic might question the timing of this statement, after the most recent notorious phone call.  Fortunately, I am not a cynic.

Am I the only one having a hard time getting a handle on this pontificate?  Perhaps it is just my failings, reacting to small conversations and off-the-cuff statements that really don’t matter a great deal, when the more formal addresses are fine?

But then there was some disconcerting guidance in Evangelium Guadium, so I don’t know.  So confusing.





1. Dismas - April 30, 2014

Creating chaos and confusion is an integral part of the modernist gameplan. It works well for them. Every time we are put off by their inconsistencies, it simply means that we have temporarily overlooked the fact that these are not people who intend to operate in any sort of a reasonable fashion. It is very difficult to draw a bead on a moving target.

TG - April 30, 2014

Those were my thoughts when I read the post.

2. Greg - April 30, 2014

You are correct… You DO spend too much time with “small talk”! As Faithful Roman Catholics, we MUST have complete Trust In Our Lord’s Promise, “I WILL be with YOU (The Church) ALWAYS! 🙂 Have Total Confidence in The Sacred Heart of Jesus. Remain close to The Holy Sacraments & stay in the State of Grace… It IS that Simple. God Is Great!!!

tantamergo - April 30, 2014

It’s not just me. A lot of more mainstream Catholics than myself, like Patrick Archbold and the guy at Dyspeptic Mutterings, are at least as discomfited than myself.

And how do you address the mass falling away in the Faith over the past 50 years? Every single statistical indicator on the Church is not just down, but remarkably down.

I’m not saying the Church will go away, founder, cease to exist, or anything like that, but a heckuva lot of souls might fall away, and that is my concern.

Dismas - April 30, 2014

There is no better way to be misunderstood than by electronic communication. So I need to remember that what someone else means by “small talk” is not necessarily what I might mean by it.

By my understanding of “small talk” I would not include those things that treat of the takeover of the Church by apostates. We have an obligation to alert each other and to keep each other aware and in perspective.

Our Lord said many things. If time permitted we could compile a list of his warnings to us such as “Be gentle as doves and wise as foxes.”

God is indeed great. He will be with us always. We do need to have complete trust and confidence in Him. We must remain close to the sacraments and remain in the State of Grace.

I would respectfully beg to dismiss myself from the idea that it is that simple, however. I do think there is more to it. This is a battle and by virtue of our Confirmation vows we are rank-and-file soldiers in that battle.

Time does not permit, but we could all compile a list of great saints who retired to a life of contemplation, and we could make an equally long list of great saints who fought the enemy ferociously and openly.

tantamergo - April 30, 2014

Certainly, and we could also compile a long list of Saints who used very strident, one might even say intemperate, language in doing so. Especially among the early Church Fathers.

Reading St. Jerome and St. Hilary of Poitiers can put our modern notions of decorum in these matters in a different perspective. Not that their rhetoric is an ideal to follow, but it does show one can hit quite hard and still be a Saint.

Dismas - April 30, 2014

Right. This phenomenon of passive quietism raised to the level of a doctrine is an aberration of our time. It seems we can attribute it to the feel-good protestantism that has invaded the minds of many good and well-meaning people. This has been no accident. The apostates that largely inhabit the rectories, chanceries and dicasteries like nothing more than for us to be quiet and let them continue their destruction of the Church unfettered.

We need our quiet contemplatives cloistered away militating in that fashion, but we also need folks willing to do the unpleasant hand-to-hand combat on the streets.

Back to the original discussion, chaos and confusion are fundamental tools of the modernists. Pope St. Pius X illustrates this nicely in Pascendi.

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