Cardinal Burke: ‘I’m Praying Very Fervently That This Coming Year This Confusion Will Stop’ (Video)

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Cardinal Burke: “A very serious responsibility to try to correct as quickly and as effectively as possible the scandal caused by the midterm report” that was published during the synod of bishops discussing the family that met in Rome earlier this month.

( – Cardinal Raymond Burke, the Prefect of the Sacred Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the highest court of the Catholic Church, said in an interview with recorded Friday that he sees “a very serious responsibility to try to correct as quickly and as effectively as possible the scandal caused by the midterm report” that was published during the synod of bishops discussing the family that met in Rome earlier this month.

In the interview, Burke discussed Catholic teaching on marriage, homosexuality and the rights of children.

“We have to recognize that if we don’t get it right about marriage–in other words, if we’re not faithful to the word of Christ, to the truth which Christ announced to us about marriage–in the church, I don’t know how people can trust us with regard to teaching the truth of the faith in any other matter,” Burke said.

“We’re talking here about the very foundation of the life of the church, the first cell of our life, in the marital union and the formation of the family,” he said, “and if we don’t uphold the sanctity of the marital bond we have really not only abandoned the Catholic faith but really abandoned the Christian faith in the sense that we are abandoning the natural law itself.”

At the end of the interview, Cardinal Burke said that the church needs to once again clearly proclaim its teachings on marriage and sexuality and noted that it has already produced many texts explaining these teachings.

“The church must now in this period hold up the beauty, the splendor, of this teaching for the sake of her own members that they not be confused about the truth but also for the sake of our world and the church’s call to serve the world by proclaiming the truth and by giving witness to it,” he said.

“And, so, I’m praying very fervently that this coming year that this confusion will stop and instead that there will begin to be a strong emphasis on the beauty of the truth of the church’s teaching on marriage and on human life and human sexuality,” he said.

Synod’s approach used for years by gay priests who were helping teenage boys by offering their ‘gifts and qualities!’


The Vatican’s turn from tradition at the Synod on the Family

The document released by the Catholic synod on the family is ‘revolutionary’, according to accounts. Focusing on supposed ‘gifts’ of the homosexual lifestyle, it recalls the treatment of homosexual priests who were allowed to molest children.

The Extraordinary Synod of bishops in Rome is apparently toying with the idea of offering us a new pastoral approach for those actively living an active homosexual lifestyle. Instead of getting fixated on the sinful nature of their lifestyle, we would supposedly focus on the gifts and qualities they have to offer us. See midterm document here.
Sadly, this is the approach that was taken for many years regarding the treatment of homosexual priests, who were “helping” teenaged boys to discover the pleasures and fellowship offered by the gay lifestyle. These priests had gifts and qualities to offer us, which would have been denied the Church and the world if they had been suspended – or much worse, prosecuted.
Apparently, then, it was sadly discriminatory for us to ignore these gifts and qualities, so as to fixate on the criminal nature of only one dimension of their priestly ministries. Had we merely encouraged them to nurture their other gifts and qualities, their homosexual attraction to young boys would allegedly have evaporated due to our refusal to fixate on it. Unfortunately, our court system aborted this process prematurely and required Church bureaucrats to pay billions in fines, penalties and reparations for their “crime” of tolerance. In another era, we saw how Nazis had gifts and qualities to offer us to help offset the negative aspects of their genocidal practices. They provided jobs, healthcare, the autobahn and technological breakthroughs that are still blessing us today. Should we ignore all of these by allowing ourselves to fixate on the evil of genocide?

SSPX on Interim Report: Striking resemblance to scandalous Kasper statements

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Synod on the family: a doctrinal revolution under a pastoral mask

(DICI) – On Monday October 13, 2014, the Relator General of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Cardinal Peter Erdö (image), Primate of Hungary, published an Interim Report that gives an idea of the tenor of the debates conducted behind closed doors for a week already, and will continue for another.

What strikes the reader at first is finding in this report the scandalous statements made by the progressive Cardinal Walter Kasper in an interview with journalist Andrea Tornielli on September 18th, almost a month ago.  As though everything was already foreseen….  Judge for yourself:

Cardinal Kasper, September 18th:  “Church doctrine is not a closed system: the Second Vatican Council teaches us that there is a development, leading towards an eventual enrichment. I wonder if a deeper understanding similar to what we saw in ecclesiology is possible in this case (i.e. that of divorced Catholics who have remarried civilly – editor’s note): although the Catholic Church is Christ’s true Church, there are elements of ecclesiality beyond the institutional boundaries of the Church. Couldn’t some elements of sacramental marriage also be recognized in civil marriages in certain cases? For example, a lifelong commitment, mutual love and care, Christian life and a public declaration of commitment that do not exist in common-law marriages.”

Cardinal Erdö, October 13th:  “[A] significant hermeneutic key is found in the teaching of Vatican Council II, which, although it affirms that “the one Church of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church,” also declares that “many elements of sanctification and of truth are found outside of its visible structure … these elements, as gifts belonging to the Church of Christ, are forces impelling toward Catholic unity” (Lumen Gentium, 8).  In this light, the value and consistency of natural marriage must first be emphasized. Some wounds whether the sacramental fullness of marriage does not exclude the possibility of recognizing positive elements even in the imperfect forms that may be found outside this nuptial situation, which are nevertheless ordered in relation to it. The doctrine of levels of communion, formulated by Vatican Council II, confirms the idea of a structured way of participating in the Mysterium Ecclesiae by baptized persons.  In the same, perspective, which we may describe as inclusive, the Council makes it possible to appreciate the positive elements present in other religions (cf. Nostra Aetate, 2) and cultures, despite their limits and their insufficiencies (cf.Redemptoris Missio, 55).”  [Interim Report, paragraphs 17-19]

In an interview granted to DICI on October 3rd, Bp. Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, had shown the specious reasoning of Cardinal Kasper:  “He proposes applying pastorally to marriage the new principles concerning the Church that were spelled out at the Council in the name of ecumenism:  there are elements of ecclesiality outside the Church.  He moves logically from ecclesial ecumenism to matrimonial ecumenism:  thus, in his opinion, there are elements of Christian marriage outside of the sacrament.  To see things concretely, just ask spouses what they would think of ‘ecumenical’ marital fidelity, or fidelity in diversity!”

In the March 15, 2014, issue of Il Foglio, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Archbishop of Bologna, responded to Cardinal Kasper’s proposals about giving communion to the divorced-and-remarried during the Consistory of February 20th of this year:  “Therefore, there is such a thing as extramarital human sexuality that the Church considers legitimate.  But that negates the central pillar of the Church’s teaching on sexuality.  At that point someone might wonder: why not approve cohabitation?  Or homosexual unions?”

Cardinal Erdö’s report opens up supposedly “pastoral” perspectives in two directions:  “A new dimension of today’s pastoral theology consists in understanding the positive reality of civil marriage and alsocohabitation, taking into account the due differences…. Furthermore in such common-law marriages, it is possible to perceive authentic family values, or at least the wish for them. Pastoral care should always start from these positive aspects….  Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing them a fraternal space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?”  [Interim Report, paragraphs 36-38-50]

These propositions—which purportedly claim to be merely “pastoral” without any doctrinal implication, just like at the Second Vatican Council—will be subject to debate by the members of the Extraordinary Synod this week and in all dioceses during the year 2014-2015, before the meeting of the Ordinary Synod that is to be held in October 2015.

But already, by the very admission of Cardinals Kasper and Erdo, we can say that, as Vatican II introduced ecumenism with its notion of more or less perfect communion, the Synod is working to propose the ecumenical marriage with a modular notion of indissolubility, that is to say, more or less soluble in the “pastoral”.

On October 3, Bishop Fellay said: “we blame the Council for making this artificial distinction between doctrine and pastoral practice, because pastoral practice must follow from doctrine.  Through multiple pastoral concessions, substantial changes have been introduced in the Church, and its doctrine has been affected.  This is what happened during and after the Council, and we denounce the same strategy that is being used today against the morality of marriage.”

Source : FSSPX/MG – DICI

Pope wants to open doors that are closed

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There is a door that has been closed and Bergoglio wants to open…

The Cardinal Baldisseri presents the meeting kicks off Sunday: “Francis opens to freedom,” he says. Bergoglio in Santa Marta: “The decline in vocations do not push to take priests without discernment!??”

The Pope, on controversial issues concerning the family, “wants to open: there is a door that has been closed so far and he wants to open.” So the secretary general of the Synod, Cardinal

Lorenzo Baldisseri, presents the synod which kicks off Sunday – and for 15 days – in the Vatican. An important indication in the light of the clash between traditionalists and innovators of the bottom, which emerged in the weeks before it opened. “The synod will be held in the name of freedom of expression and in a climate of respect for each position,” he added Baldisseri. A reference, of course, also the fighting of recent days the hottest topic: that of the hitherto denied communion for divorced and remarried. And again: “The current situation – said the cardinal – is different from 33 years ago, when he left the Familiaris Consortio (Apostolic Exhortation of Pope John Paul II.) Must take into account the history and drop the authentic teaching of the church at the present time” . Among the topics on the agenda even de facto unions, contraception, divorced and remarried: all those subject to the believers in the questionnaire that the Vatican sent last November to the diocese. The innovative idea to make inquiries of believers has registered a “high number” of responses and “the amplitude of the received material and ‘certainly index of the frankness and freedom with which the consultation was conducted,” said Baldisseri. “This broad freedom of expression – he continued – also characterize the synodal assembly, which certainly will take place in a climate of respect for each position of mutual charity and with genuine constructive way.” Cardinal said that the work of the Synod will take part as auditors also 13 married couples, including even a couple with unitas mixed marriage (he is Muslim, her Catholic). There will, however, divorced and remarried. Pope, meanwhile, has launched a stark reminder to participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for the Clergy, asking to use more “insight” in the selection of the priests. “We need priests, lack of vocations. The Lord calls, but not enough. And we bishops have the temptation to take young people without discernment as they arise. This is bad for the church. “And again: “Please, you must study well the path to a vocation. ” Words that seem related to the new episodes of child abuse that led to the arrest of a bishop in the same Vatican territory. With the green light to measure by the same Francesco.




Cardinal Kasper: Pope wants bishops to decide on Communion proposal!!

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Heretic Cardinal Kasper: Pope wants bishops to decide on Communion proposal!

(CNS) — The author of a controversial proposal to make it easier for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion says he believes Pope Francis backs the measure but would not apply it without support from bishops at two upcoming synods on the family.

“I had the impression the pope is open for a responsible, limited opening of the situation, but he wants a great majority of the bishops behind himself. He does not like division within the church and the collegiality of bishops,” German Cardinal Walter Kasper, speaking English, told Catholic News Service Oct. 1. “I have the impression the pope is ready to reaffirm such a thing, but now it depends also on the voices of the bishops in the synod.”

By church law, divorced and civilly remarried Catholics are not admitted to Communion unless they obtain an annulment of their first, sacramental marriages or abstain from sexual relations with their new partners, living together as “brother and sister.”

Pope Francis has said the predicament of such Catholics exemplifies a general need for mercy in the church today. He invited Cardinal Kasper to address the world’s cardinals at the Vatican in February, when the cardinal argued that, in certain cases, the church can “tolerate something that, in itself, is unacceptable”: a couple living together as husband and wife in a second union.

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“I spoke beforehand with the pope himself; otherwise I would not have touched this problem in my conference. The pope encouraged me as a question,” the cardinal said.

That question is sure to be one of the most discussed at the Oct. 5-19 extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, which will prepare the agenda for a larger world synod in October 2015. The later gathering will make recommendations to the pope, who will make the final decision on any change.

Already, Cardinal Kasper’s proposal has provoked a lively debate at the highest levels. Four cardinals who will take part in the 2014 synod — including the Vatican’s doctrinal and finance chiefs and the head of its highest court — have recently published essays arguing against the cardinal’s proposal.

Critics commonly point to the several scriptural prohibitions of second marriages, especially Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:9: “Whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultery.”

Cardinal Kasper says condemning second unions on that basis reflects a “fundamentalistic” reading of the Bible.

“We have to integrate such a word, one word of Jesus Christ, in the whole context of his message. We cannot take only one phrase and suddenly make all the consequences. We have to integrate it in the whole message of love, and of mercy, of forgiveness, of a new chance,” he said.

The cardinal says describing second unions as adulterous is especially insensitive in a pastoral context.

“If you tell people who live in this way and they do it in a responsible way, tell them that adultery, permanent adultery, I think they would feel insulted and offended. We must be very careful also in our language,” he said. “Permanent adultery? It seems to me too strong.” (!!)

Cardinal Kasper said some second unions, while not equivalent to a sacramental marriage, possess some of the “essential elements of marriage and of a family: there is love, there is commitment, there is exclusivity, there is forever, there is prayer life, there are children, they’re well-educated in Christian life. Many things are there and especially there is a public dimension.”

While expressing his “high esteem” for those who abstain from sexual relations under such circumstances, the cardinal says he questions “whether this can be the path for everybody, especially if you are younger people, because such a marriage, also if it is a civil marriage, has its inner dynamics and whether we can focus only on this point of sexual relations, that’s the question I have. We can say, we can advise people to do so, but to impose (abstinence), I have my questions about this point.”

Under the right circumstances, he said, the church might not merely tolerate sexual relations in an “irregular” union but even consider them good:

“Such a sexual relation within such a couple has also its positive values; it’s not only its negative values, and I think the first word of the church always, in every situation, is a ‘yes.’ ‘I’m happy that God gives you this love and that you can express this love.’ It’s not the fullness already, but who of us loves God and loves the neighbor as he should do it? We are all on the way.”

Cardinal Kasper rejects the arguments of some critics, such as Cardinal Carlo Caffarra of Bologna, Italy, that justifying non-marital sexual relations under these circumstances would weaken other church teachings on sexuality, such as the categorical prohibition of homosexual acts.

“Same sex is a different thing, and therefore you cannot come from one to the other,” he said. “It’s not a marriage for our understanding; it’s not a family.”

The church must respect same-sex couples and never discriminate against them, Cardinal Kasper said, but may not teach that such relationships are according to the “design of God” or appropriate for raising children, since every “child has a right to have a mother and to have a father for the health of their own development.”

The cardinal also stresses that his proposal is intended for a small number of people, serious Catholics who would be admitted to Communion only after following a “penitential path” for the failure of their sacramental marriages.

That path is the lot of both spouses in a failed marriage, he says, regardless of their relative degrees of responsibility for the breakup: “I think totally innocent is nobody. Perhaps the first partner has abandoned his wife, but perhaps there is also some guilt on her side. It’s difficult to judge here.”

Video – Cardinal Kasper discussing Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried

Cardinal Danneels at Synod of Bishops and not mentioned from media!

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(Vatican / Brussels) The personal appointment of Cardinal Walter Kasper to the Synod of the Bishops’ Synod on the Family not a  surprise. The appointment of Cardinal Godfried Danneels on the other hand very. And yet not mentioned from the  media . Was not until recently completely different?

Pope Francis appointed personally, not surprisingly, Cardinal Walter Kasper to the Synod of the Bishops’ Synod on the Family, which starts in Rome on October 5.The purple-supporting German theologian regarded as the spokesman of a radical intervention against the sacrament of marriage. The indissolubility of marriage is to be torpedoed in the name of charity and communion for remarried divorcees allowed. For this purpose, a dialectical mechanism is troubled, which makes in the future as well Communion “for all” possible. The formula also is one of the most radical attacks against the Catholic Church. You will implicitly assumed by Kasper to have been 2000 years mercilessly with people.

Cardinal Danneels appointed personally by Pope Francis to Synod

Far more surprising is the appointment of the Archbishop Emeritus of Mechelen-Brussels, Godfried Cardinal Danneels by Pope Francis. A search in the vastness of the Internet yielded only one article that deals critically with this appointment.This surprised that not even in the secular media slightest criticism is felt. Are all non-Catholic journalists become so papal, that they have the statement “Who am I to judge” chosen as the theme?

The media and Danneels few years ago, very different?

2010, the then Primate of Belgium was drawn into the pedophilia scandal that rocked the country. Danneels was accused of having covered an a offender. The article published this are legion. It was still, as in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI.ruled that the media beat at every opportunity and tried to put pressure on.

The liberal-lascivious climate a part of the Belgian church was known. The media questioned at the time but by no means a connection between liberal church order and criminal sexual debauchery is. Danneels was not criticized as liberal church representatives. The aim was to make the church and its teachings in the pillory. Danneels and his responsibility was not the addressee, but only a means to an end for the criticism of the Church. Symptomatic was the fact that Danneels successor, the “conservative” force Archbishop Leonard in 2010 in a few weeks after his inauguration of the Belgian media had more punches plug, as the progressive Danneels in his 30 years in office together.

Conclave 2013: In one fell swoop, everything was different

Even in 2013 insisted on the eve of the conclave many media to exclude at least three voters. Among them was the emeritus archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels. Again was the campaign less Danneels, but the church, which should be set before the conclave under pressure. The motto was blatantly: no Ratzinger II pontificate. Danneels retired with a serious look in the conclave and came face beaming out again. With the election of Pope Francis had changed everything in one fell swoop.

Just now Danneels was cited as “proof” to ask the church under a general suspicion of pedophilia, or even worse, criminal activity, because pedo criminals were covered. But on the day after the conclave Danneels joined the Thanksgiving Mass of the newly elected Pope in the Sistine Chapel before the first of the cardinal priest to say a prayer.

The attacks were swept away at a stroke, as it would have infuriated scandal headlines in the media, the club-swinging modern non-religious moral high ground, the house searches in the archbishop’s palace, the seizure of documents mountains, and even the impious desecration of Bishop graves by a medial been fired, out of control guessed prosecutor and an invading with crowbars police never existed.

Target of the media campaign “pedophilia scandal” was Benedict XVI.

All of a sudden ended the media storm over Danneels and another cardinal, who is very active on Twitter. “I never thought that it could come up to yesterday made ​​the appointment, if only out of respect for Benedict XVI., Who was then the real addressee of the attacks was,” said Chiesa e Postconcilio on Tuesday. From today’s perspective, doubts can be said, in fact, and without that in the 2010 exploded on the international level in the media pedophilia scandal it was neither the claimed subject and even less about the victims. The media campaign, for such it was, had a very different target in sight: Pope Benedict XVI.

Today, as the German Pope of the race, each appointment is possible, even the most impossible and nobody even raises the slightest objection. What was that again with the victims, their fate had allegedly pinned so many and so loudly on their moralingeschwellt chest?

There were no secular or religious institution that fought with such clarity and such emphasis the scandalous phenomenon of pedophilia in its ranks, such as the Catholic Church under Benedict XVI worldwide. Who cares!

Fight against pontificate of Benedict XVI. began on 19 April 2005

In fact, here the evidence is on the table, that the pontificate of Pope’s German would have been totally different if the mass media and those who influence them (and who else everything outside and inside the church) on 19 April 2005 have not decided on green table to throw him a beating between the legs.

The personal appointment of Cardinal Danneels by Pope Francis to just talk about the family, is one of those items that do not fit together. Or just a good match? Danneels, 2005 was the evening of the election of Benedict XVI. “Shaken” (Domenico Savino) and remained the traditional dinner of Cardinals for the newly elected Pope away. In 2013 he was, according to his own admission, the electoral alliance that Jorge Mario Bergoglio named Pope. Despite secrecy already knew on March 14, all Belgian media from Danneels to report that he had voted for Bergoglio.

Heresy: “Gay marriage” -Danneels approves

The progressive attitude of the Belgian Cardinal is known also in terms of the sacrament of marriage and remarried divorcees. In June, barely three months after the conclave and one and a half months before the papal press conference on the return flight from Rio de Janeiro, Danneels called for the approval of “gay marriage”.

Owed by the Pope to the Cardinal something? Or friends of the Cardinal? Or is it the common near both Cardinals for 2012 late Jesuit Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, who saw himself as the Anti-Pope? When Pope contender so, where should bring the pun elegantly expressed, that Martini saw himself as a progressive anti-Pope John Paul II,  without explicitly saying so.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi

Synod needs to bring Church’s moral teaching more in line with experience of the laity?

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Belgian bishop urges synod on family to hold real dialogue on moral issues

Antwerp Bishop Johan Bonny has published a long letter on the upcoming Synod of Bishops urging the assembly to have the courage to bring the Church’s moral teachings more in line with the lived experience of the laity.

“The Church must step away from its defensive, antithetical stance and seek anew the path of dialogue” on moral issues, he wrote in the 22-page letter posted on his diocese’s website in five languages.

“It must dare once again to start with ‘life’ and then move on to ‘teaching’. The Church has nothing to lose in this regard,” Bonny said, noting many lay people ignored or rejected some doctrinal or moral decisions made by the Vatican.

There is a gap between “the moral teachings of the Church and the moral insights of the faithful”, the letter said, which was partly due to the failure to develop the collegiality between bishops and the Vatican decided virtually unanimously at the Second Vatican Council.

Bishops found themselves caught between their desire to minister to the faithful in the new pastoral manner and loyalty to popes who stressed the primacy of the magesterium, he said.

The Council had also stressed the importance of personal conscience, but since the 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae banning artificial birth control, it had been sidelined, the letter said. The synod should “restore conscience to its rightful place in the teaching of the Church.”

The 5-19 October meeting should not be a “Platonic synod” focused on safe doctrinal debate and “bipolar thinking” in terms of regular and irregular situations. Instead, it should try to accompany people like unwed mothers, same-sex unions, cohabiting couples or couples who resort to IVF after failure to conceive.

Bonny also said the Church must ask itself if the ban on communion for the divorced and remarried properly reflects what Jesus intended with the Eucharist. “We have to bear in mind that a large company of publicans and sinners were at table with Jesus,” he wrote.

The letter was praised in Belgium as a courageous act, especially because of the theological and pastoral argumentation backing up its arguments. “A lot of people think like Bonny. Only it’s hard to be the first to say such things publicly,” said Rik Torfs, rector of the Catholic university KU Leuven. “It’s important that someone from the official Church clearly states his opinion about the way the Church deals with certain matters,” said Josian Caproens, head of the Interdiocesan Pastoral Council.

Synod document cites cultural and economic threats to family


Natural family planning encourages ‘responsible family size?’ 

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The working document for the October 2014 extraordinary Synod of Bishops offers a picture of the Catholic Church today struggling to preach the Gospel and transmit moral teachings amid a “widespread cultural, social and spiritual crisis” of the family.
The 75-page “instrumentum laboris,” published by the Vatican June 26, is supposed to “provide an initial reference point” for discussion at the synod, whose theme will be the “pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.”

The document is based principally on comments solicited in a questionnaire last November from national bishops’ conferences around the world. But it also reflects comments sent directly to the Vatican by individuals and groups responding to the questionnaire, which was widely published on the Internet.

Topics in the working document include some of the most contested and controversial areas of Catholic moral teaching on the family, including contraception, divorce and remarriage, same-sex marriage, premarital sex and in vitro fertilization.

Bishops’ conferences responding to the questionnaire attributed an increasing disregard of such teachings to a variety influences, including “hedonistic culture; relativism; materialism; individualism; (and) the growing secularism.”

Recognizing that most Catholic couples do not follow the church’s teaching against the use of artificial birth control, the document says that “for many Catholics the concept of ‘responsible parenthood’ encompasses the shared responsibility in conscience to choose the most appropriate method of birth control.”

The document says the use of natural family planning, condoned by the church, encourages responsible decisions about family size while respecting human fertility and “the dignity of the sexual relationship between husband and wife.”

Bishops expressed particular concern with the “ideology called gender theory, according to which the gender of each individual turns out to be simply the product of social conditioning and needs” without “any correspondence to a person’s biological sexuality.”

The bishops see a need for better teaching of “Christian anthropology,” the document states. Noting that contemporary culture dismisses or misunderstands theories of “natural law,” which seek to “found human rights on reason,” bishops increasingly prefer to invoke Scripture in support of Catholic moral teaching.

The document also points to economic factors behind Catholics’ disregard of that teaching: Cohabitation without marriage can be driven by financial need; youth unemployment; and a lack of housing.” A widespread “contraceptive mentality” reflects, in part, a shortage of “child care, flexible working hours (and) parental leave.” Long working hours and commuting times “take a toll on family relationships.”

“The church is called to offer real support for decent jobs, just wages and a fiscal policy favoring the family as well as programs of assistance to families and children,” the document states.

The document refers briefly to scandals over the sexual abuse of children by priests, which it says “significantly weaken the church’s moral credibility,” as do other forms of “counter-witness in the church,” including the lavish lifestyles of some clergy and unwelcoming attitudes in some parishes toward separated, divorced or single parents.

The bishops recognize the challenges of ministering to growing numbers of people in such “irregular” situations, including divorced Catholics who have remarried civilly without obtaining an annulment of their first marriage, leaving them ineligible to receive Communion.

Their predicament, which Pope Francis has said exemplifies a special need for mercy in the church today, has been a topic of unusually open debate at the highest levels of the church over the last year.

Many in such situations feel “frustrated and marginalized,” the document states, noting proposals for rendering the annulment process simpler and quicker — and warnings that such streamlining might obscure church doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage.

The document also notes proposals that the Catholic Church consider adopting Orthodox practice, which allows for second and even third marriages under certain circumstances.

On the other hand, some bishops and others “want to see more attention given to separated and divorced persons who have not remarried but have remained faithful to their nuptial vows,” and who often “have the added suffering of not being given proper care by the church and thus overlooked.”

The document draws a connection between family breakdown and a “crisis of faith,” noting that, with the increase in single-parent households, many children now miss experiencing the “love of a father, thereby making it particularly difficult to experience God’s love and him as Father.”

Regarding unions between partners of the same sex, bishops around the world “are trying to find a balance between the church’s teaching on the family and a respectful, non-judgmental attitude toward people living in such unions.”

“A distinction must be made between those who have made a personal, and often painful, choice and live that choice discreetly so as not to give scandal to others, and those whose behavior promotes and actively — often aggressively — calls attention to it,” the document states.

While opposing adoption of children by same-sex couples, almost all bishops said they would greet requests to baptize children living with such couples “with the same care, tenderness and concern which is given to other children.”

The document states that children of parents in “irregular” situations should also feel welcome in Catholic schools, where “words and expressions need to be used which create a sense of belonging and not exclusion … fully aware that ‘irregular’ is a word applied to situations, not persons.”

“Children or young people are not to blame for the choices and living situations of their parents,” the document states. It adds that excessive rigidity in such matters runs the risk of “making an unjust distinction between different morally unacceptable situations,” for instance, by punishing children of an invalid marriage but not those whose parents “live a life of crime and exploitation.”

Editors: The complete text of the synod working document in English will be posted at:

The complete text in Spanish will be posted at:

Link – Synod document cites cultural and economic threats to family 


Synod: Church to take care of cohabitation Bishops confirm no to gay marriages but yes baptism for children!!


“During this unhappy period there will be laxity in divine and human precepts. Discipline will suffer. The Holy Canons will be completely disregarded and the clergy will not respect the laws of the Church. The Holy Canons and religious dogmas are clouded by senseless questions and elaborate arguments. As a result, no principle at all, however holy, authentic, ancient, and certain it may be, will not remain free of censure, criticism, false interpretations, modifications and delamination by man. These are evil times, century full of dangers and calamities. Heresy is everywhere and the followers of heresy are in power almost everywhere. Bishops, prelates and priests say they are doing their duty, that they are vigilant. They seek all excuses but God will permit a great evil against His Church.     – St. Francis of Paola


(ANSA) – Vatican 26 June – Among the familiar situations “difficult” when the churches should give adequate answers, according to the Working Paper of the next Synod of Bishops, there are cohabitation, domestic partnerships, separated, divorced and remarried, the children who are alone, single mothers. All of the Bishops’ Conferences are also against the laws on gay unions, but if those who live in such unions seeking baptism for the child, the child must be “received with the same care and tenderness” of other children. 

Link –  Synod: Church to take care of cohabitation

(ANSA) – Vatican City, June 26 –  The Catholic Church must reconsider how it deals with unmarried couples, people who are divorced, those who have married more than once and single parents, according to the Instrumentum Laboris document prepared by the Vatican ahead of an extraordinary synod of bishops on the family in October. Many Catholics show “difficulties” in accepting the Church’s doctrine on “birth control, divorce… homosexuality, unmarried couples, faithfulness, sex before marriage and in vitro fertilization”, the document added. The Instrumentum Laboris was compiled on the basis of feedback gathered from priests and laity ahead of the October 5-19 synod on “the pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelisation”. It said that many struggles faced by Catholics with respect to family life are the result of ineffective teaching in that area as well as of pervasive secularism, relativism and hedonism in today’s society. However the document also insisted on the importance of mercy in responding to what it describes as “the new challenges of the family” and the difficulty faced by many of accepting sometimes controversial teachings.

The Instrumentum Laboris devoted eight pages to separation, divorce and remarriage, acknowledging in particular the pain and suffering of divorced and remarried Catholics desiring to receive Communion.

“Some Church members who are cognizant that they are in an irregular situation clearly suffer from the fact that they are unable to receive the sacraments,” the document stated. “Many feel frustrated and marginalized. Some wonder why other sins can be forgiven and not theirs,” it continued, also pointing out how “in other cases, persons do not understand how their irregular situation can be a reason for their not being able to receive the sacraments”.

In the face of such situations “the Church needs to equip herself with pastoral means which provide the possibility of her more widely exercising mercy, clemency and indulgence towards new unions,” the document said.

The Instrumentum Laboris also devoted considerable attention to the thorny issues of same-sex unions, cohabitation, contraception and abortion. In what could be seen as an important opening it said that while the Catholic Church should not recognise any form of gay union it should baptize children living with homosexual parents if those parents request it. The document said that bishops conferences all over the world were against “legislation that allows unions of people of the same sex”.
But it added that if people belonging to those gay couples requested that their children be baptized, the Church should welcome them “with the same care, tenderness and concern that other children receive”.
The October synod is the first of two extraordinary meetings of bishops on the family that will lead to new pastoral guidelines in this area. The second meeting is scheduled for 2015.

Link – Synod opens to rethink on unwed, divorce

Statement by Bp. Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, on the new pastoral approach to marriage according to Cardinal Kasper


What will happen at the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops that is to be held October 5 – 19, 2014, dedicated to “the pastoral challenges for the family in the context of evangelization?” This question is asked with great concern, since during the last Consistory, on February 20, 2014, Cardinal Walter Kasper, at the request of Pope Francis and with his emphatic support, presented the topic of the next Synod by making supposedly pastoral overtures that were doctrinally scandalous.

This presentation, which was initially supposed to remain secret, was published in the press, and the agitated debates that it sparked among the members of the Consistory ended up being revealed as well.  One university professor dared to speak about a veritable “cultural revolution” (Roberto de Mattei), and one journalist described as a “paradigm shift” the fact that Cardinal Kasper proposes that divorced-and-“remarried” Catholics could go to Communion, even without their earlier marriage being annulled:  “at present that is not the case, based on Jesus’ very severe and explicit words about divorce.” (Sandro Magister)

Some prelates have spoken up against this change, such as Cardinal Carlo Caffara, Archbishop of Bologna, who asked:  “What about the first ratified and consummated marriage?  If the Church admits [the divorced-and-“remarried”] to the Eucharist, she must however render a judgment about the legitimacy of the second union.  That is only logical.  But then -as I asked-what about the first marriage?  The second, they say, cannot be a true second marriage, because bigamy goes against the Lord’s words.  And what about the first one? Is it dissolved?  But the Popes have always taught that the power of the Pope cannot go that far:  the Pope has no authority over a ratified and consummated marriage.  The solution proposed (by Cardinal Kasper) leads one to think that the first marriage remains, but there is also a second form of cohabitation that the Church legitimizes….  The fundamental question is therefore simple:  what about the first marriage?  But no one gives an answer.”  (Il Foglio, March 15, 2014)

One could add the serious objections formulated by Cardinals Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Walter Brandmüller, Angelo Bagnasco, Robert Sarah, Giovanni Battista Re, Mauro Piacenza, Angelo Scola, Camillo Ruini….  But these objections, too, remain unanswered.

We cannot wait, without speaking up, for the Synod to be held next October in the disastrous spirit that Cardinal Kasper wants to give to it.  The attached study, entitled “The New Pastoral Approach to marriage according to Cardinal Kasper” shows the gross errors contained in his presentation.  Not to denounce them would amount to leaving the door open to the dangers pointed out by Cardinal Caffarra:  “Therefore there would be such a thing as extramarital human sexuality that the Church considers legitimate.  But that negates the central pillar of the Church’s teaching on sexuality.  At that point someone might wonder:  then why not approve of extramarital cohabitation?  Or relations between homosexuals?”  (Ibid.)

Whereas in recent months many families have demonstrated courageously against civil laws that, everywhere, are undermining the natural, Christian family, it is simply scandalous to see these same laws surreptitiously supported by churchmen who wish to align Catholic doctrine and morality with the morals of a de-Christianized society, instead of seeking to convert souls.  A pastoral approach that scoffs at the explicit teaching of Christ on the indissolubility of marriage is not merciful but insulting to God, who grants His grace sufficiently to everyone; and it is cruel toward the souls who, when placed in difficult situations, receive the grace that they need in order to live a Christian life and even to grow in virtue, to the point of heroism.

 Menzingen, April 12, 2014

+Bernard Fellay

Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X