Important pre-Synod Symposium to be held in Rome 09/26/15 September 2, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Domestic Church, error, family, General Catholic, priests, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, SOD, the struggle for the Church.
“The Two Shall Become One” is a Tradition-oriented symposium being held in Rome on Saturday, September 26 2015. The Symposium features many notable speakers including Fr. Chad Ripperger, Hugh Owen, and Bai Macfarlane, whose work I have discussed on this blog previously. The symposium is described as follows:
In anticipation of the re-opening of the Synod on the Family in October, an international symposium on the creation of Adam and Eve as the foundation of the Catholic doctrine on Holy Marriage will be held on September 26, 2015, at the Centro Congressi Cavour – Via Cavour 50/A (near Termini Station) in Rome. Experts in theology, philosophy, and natural science will demonstrate that the traditional doctrine of the Church on the divine creation of Adam and Eve harmonizes with the best arguments in theology and philosophy, as well as with sound natural science, including the latest findings in biology, genetics, and paleontology.
At the end of the nineteenth century, the first wave of the modern assault on Holy Marriage began as social revolutionaries attempted to introduce divorce into Catholic countries. In response to these coordinated attacks on Holy Marriage, Pope Leo XIII exhorted the Bishops and theologians of the Catholic Church to defend the divine institution of Holy Marriage on the foundation of the divine creation of Adam and Eve. In his encyclical Arcanum he told the Bishops:
The true origin of marriage, venerable brothers, is well known to all . . .We record what is to all known, and cannot be doubted by any, that God, on the sixth day of creation, having made man from the slime of the earth, and having breathed into his face the breath of life, gave him a companion, whom He miraculously took from the side of Adam when he was locked in sleep . . . And this union of man and woman . . . even from the beginning manifested chiefly two most excellent properties . . . namely, unity and perpetuity (emphasis added) (Pope Leo XIII, Arcanum, 5).
According to Monsignor Barreiro, long-time director of Human Life International in Rome, “The international symposium will demonstrate the timeless wisdom of Pope Leo XIII’s teaching while exposing the serious errors in theology, philosophy and natural science that beset alternative explanations for the origins of the first human beings.” Participants in the symposium include Fr. Chad Ripperger, Ph.D., Philosophy (formerly professor of Dogmatic Theology at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary); D. Q. McInerny, Ph.D., Philosophy (professor of Philosophy at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary); Fr. Thomas Hickey, M.A., Theology (Faculty, Holy Apostles Seminary); Mr. John Wynne, (author, A Catholic Assessment of Evolution Theory); Dr. John Sanford, Ph.D., Plant Genetics (author, Genetic Entropy); Bai Macfarlane, (Director, Mary’s Advocates); and Fr. Francesco Giordano, STD (Director, Human Life International, Rome Office).
I am told the conference will be live-streamed from the conference website. That’s very helpful, since arranging a trip to Rome on this short notice would likely prove beyond many reader’s means.
Nonetheless, I think a symposium that focuses on the dogmatic reality of Creation, including Adam and Eve as our real parents, Original Sin, the falsity (or at least grave problems) of the evolution of species, and how all these matters tie in so centrally with the Church’s constant belief and practice regarding the Sacrament of Matrimony could not be more timely. In particular I think Bai Macfarlane’s work demonstrating how a liberal attitude towards annulment tends, in practice, towards abuse and even, in my mind, to become a sort of “regularized” form of Catholic divorce is most important to share on the eve of the Ordinary Synod on the Family. Many statements I’ve read from more progressive elements of the Synod seem to indicate that they think liberal annulment “regulations” is perhaps a means to escape what they view as the thorny knot of how to allow those with invalid second marriages to re-enter sacramental life. Of course, we Americans have long experience with this and know there is great potential for abuse, scandal, and grave harm to souls in these kinds of arrangements.
Hopefully Chad Arneson, who apprised me of this symposium, can apprise us of the live-streaming arrangements. He did, you can live-stream on the conference website the day of the event. I pray this conference is very successful at influencing the Synod fathers to a greater understanding of the errors of so many “modern” arguments regarding marriage and the truthfulness of the Church’s sacred Doctrine.