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Sign the Declaration of Fidelity to the Church’s Unchangeable Teaching on Marriage September 28, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, disconcerting, episcopate, Francis, General Catholic, Grace, manhood, priests, sadness, sanctity, scandals, the struggle for the Church, true leadership, Virtue.

I’m not sure I like the word “teaching.”  Teachings are changeable, a bit amorphous.  Doctrines are better, Dogmas are the best.  Dogmas cannot change.  They are fixed.  The Church’s belief regarding marriage most certainly rises to the level of a Dogma.

That quibble aside, we’ve had  1500 odd priests in the US and Britain sign a pledge to uphold Church Dogma on marriage and urge Francis to do the same, we’ve had 42 leading prelates and theologians privately dissect Amoris Laetitia and implore Francis to return to the perennial Dogma, we’ve had cries of the heart from The Remnant and many other organizations and individuals, and now this: an attempt by even more leading Churchmen, theologians, apologists, clergy, and faithful to declare their fealty to this unchangeable Doctrine, and imploring Francis to stop undermining the constant belief and practice of the Faith.

Some 80 leading lights in the Church today signed onto this petition at its launch.  2200 other souls have done so in the past few days.  I have done so.  Perhaps you will, too.  An overview of the effort via Rorate:

80 Catholic personalities reaffirm their loyalty to the Magisterium of the Church on the family and Catholic morals
A Declaration of Fidelity to the Church’s Unchangeable Teaching on Marriage and to Her Uninterrupted Discipline was disclosed today by a group of 78 Catholic personalities, including cardinals, bishops, priests, eminent scholars, leaders of pro-family and pro-life organizations and influential figures of civil society.
The statement was disclosed by the association Supplica Filiale [Filial Appeal], the same organization that collected, between the two Synods on the family, nearly 900,000 signatures of Catholic faithful (including 211 prelates) in support of a petition asking Pope Francis a word of clarification to dissipate the confusion disseminated in the Church on key issues of natural and Christian morality since the consistory of February 2014.
Noting that the confusion has only grown in the faithful after the two Synods on the family and the subsequent publication of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (with its more or less official adjacent interpretations), the signatories of the Declaration of Fidelity feel the urgent moral duty to reaffirm the immemorial teaching of the Catholic magisterium on marriage and family and the pastoral discipline practiced for centuries with regard to these basic institutions of a Christian civilization. This grave duty, according to the signatories, becomes even more urgent in view of the growing attack that secularist forces are unleashing against marriage and the family; an attack that does not seem to find any more the accustomed barrier in Catholic doctrine and practice, at least in the way they are now generally presented to public opinion.
Solidly supported by a crystalline and indisputable teaching, confirmed by the Church in recent years, the Declaration is concatenated around 27 statements upholding those truths explicitly or implicitly denied or rendered ambiguous in the present ecclesial language. According to the signatories, what is at stake are unchangeable doctrines and practices concerning, for example, faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, the respect due to this Sacrament, the impossibility of receiving Communion in a state of mortal sin, the conditions of true repentance that enable to receive sacramental absolution, the observance of the Sixth Commandment of the Law of God, the most serious obligation not to give public scandal and not lead the people of God to sin or to relativize good and evil; the objective limits of consciousness when taking personal decisions, etc.

The Declaration of Fidelity is already available in English and Italian and it will soon be available also in French, German, Spanish and Portuguese. Whoever wants to adhere to it can do so by signing at the address http://www.filialappeal.org/ 

When you go to the link, click on the “XXXX signatures worldwide” to add your own name.  There, you can also read either a summary of the declaration, or the lengthy text itself.

Thus we now know with certainty of at least five public and who knows how many private intervention attempts that have been made to change the direction of this most radical and destructive pontificate and affirm the Sacred Deposit of Faith.  That these efforts have all been directed at the pope himself is, to put it mildly, unprecedented in the history of the Church.

The Church is being “fundamentally transformed” just as the US was.

PS – I finally get into Rorate!  Wish I had known Adfero was going to be there, I should have liked to have met him:


I’m gonna make it after all, dun dun dun duuun da!!

Actually, Rorate has linked to my stuff a few times, for which I am appreciative.  The Rorate post seems to express the view that the parish is small in size but crowded.  Perhaps by New York standards.  I haven’t been in many traditional parishes substantially larger (though primarly NO parishes that offer the TLM often are).  They did note the crowds, which is always the case especially on Sunday.

My Sunday pal Hugh Sheridan wasn’t to my left as he was for almost every Sunday for 5 years or so straight.  RIP.

I think we need a bigger altar with a massive reredo with many niches for Saints statues and/or paintings.  What do you think?


1. DM - September 28, 2016

Yeah, you do need a much bigger altar and reredos, except it would hit the ceiling. What you need first is a much bigger church! (or two). If your next bishop doesn’t allow that, maybe raising the roof at Mater Dei would be a future step. I don’t know how feasible that is or not.

Tantumblogo - September 28, 2016

There is a plan for a much larger church. But Father wants to keep the current altar, which I think will look far too small, silly even. It’s marginal in its current situation to me.

And since the new church is supposed to be kind of a Romanesque Spanish Mission style, a reredo makes eminent sense.

DM - September 28, 2016

I’d love to see those plans. Could turn out well if you don’t use the current tiny altar, which I agree would look ridiculous. An FSSP priest should have better sensibilities than that. He should chat with Fr. Jackson over in Denver and see the plans the Fraternity has for their parish there. Their church is already a beautiful, though basic Gothic design with a magnificent altar, and it is planned for the entire parish to be rebuilt and redecorated into a full neo-Gothic glory. I can’t wait to see the finished result.
Is Mater Dei planning to build this on the site of the current church or would it be in a new location?

Tantumblogo - September 28, 2016

Current site. The altar at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Littleton is huge, I’ve been there, it barely fit.

But I’d rather go a bit large than too small. Hopefully minds will change.

2. DM - September 28, 2016

On the other topic, this declaration of fidelity is all well and good, and commendable especially for the clergy who put their names to it, but we all know it will accomplish a big fat nothing, just as all the previous initiatives and petitions did. The cardinals and bishops have refused to call out Francis by name and resist him all this time, I honestly don’t think it’s going to happen. Short of God striking this Pope dead at Lund, I can’t see how the downward spiral of the Church is going to be stopped, at least in our lifetimes.

Tantumblogo - September 28, 2016

I’m afraid I agree with you. We have far too much talk, and far too little action. Blogs probably don’t help that.

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