Category Archives: Marriage and Family
Marriage and Family
Jesus elevated marriage to a sacrament. A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give sanctifying grace. Therefore, in holy matrimony, husband and wife receive the grace appropriate to that state in life. Primarily this grace will help them in sanctifying each other and the children God sends them. It will give them strength to keep the bond of matrimony in sickness and in health, for better or for worse, in riches or poverty, in good times and bad, until death parts them.
In a good marriage the spouses must be open to life, which means that they should bring forth the fruit of children, and do nothing to frustrate conception. Herein lies another great grace that ordinarily comes with matrimony, namely that God will send a couple as many children as they can properly raise, if they cooperate with Him. It takes a strong act of Faith to firmly believe this in this materialistic age, in which economics trumps trust in the Creator.
Pope John Paul II often referred to the family as a “domestic church.” This is but another way of interpreting what Saint Paul meant when he was inspired to write these tremendous words to the Ephesians: “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the church, and delivered himself up for it” (5:25).
There is only one perfect family, the Holy Family of Nazareth. Meditating on the peace, charity, and industriousness, that Jesus, Mary, and Joseph exemplified in their domestic life will help the families of poor sinners who are trying against all odds to counter the evil influences of a godless society. When the hearth has been chilled by selfishness and technological idols, this sad state will by necessity be reflected in a cold and ruthless civic disorder.
Our friend Maike Hickson has a wonderful piece at 1 Peter 5 on the post-synodal exhortation, featuring brief write-ups from these five experts: Father Brian Harrison, O.S., S.T.D., Professor Roberto de Mattei, Dr. Sandro Magister, Marco Tosatti, and Mathias von Gersdorff. It is our pleasure to present the commentaries of some reflective people in Europe and in the U.S. who are knowledgeable experts when it comes to the Vatican … More →
The official website of the German Bishops, katholisch.de, is full of praise for Amoris Laetitia. Well-known experts who have been expressing many heterodox positions during the earlier discussions on marriage and family, seem now convinced that their expectations have been met, and that, indeed, the Universal Catholic Church has now started to import and imitate the putatively German model. One of the most prominent liberal … More →
The Holy Father’s much awaited post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, has been released. A summary of it may be read at Rorate Caeli. Here are links to commentaries on Pope Francis’ work, commentaries we have helpfully categorized according to what may be our readers’ preferred hermeneutical approach: Pope Francis Departs from Church Teaching in New Exhortation — Dr. Maike Hickson at 1 Peter 5, representing the … More →
Sunday we celebrated the feast of the marriage at Cana. Saint John tells us that “the mother of Jesus was there” and that Jesus and His disciples were invited as well. Despite the varying opinions of several fathers, I think Cardinal Baronius (who edited the Martyrlogy in the sixteenth century) offers the best answer as to whose wedding this was. It was not that of … More →
I remember in the early 70s, when I studied in Rome, seeing so many church weddings. Not so today. CNA: Italy is facing a swift and dramatic collapse of the institution of marriage, according to a prominent Italian demographer and statistician. “We were in bad shape in 2009, and we are worse off – there’s no getting around it – five years later,” wrote Roberto Volpi … More →
Catholic Culture: In an article published on the front page of L’Osservatore Romano, an Italian theologian who participated in the last two synods on the family said the people of God can rejoice that the more recent synod’s final report gives witness to “doctrinal unity in pastoral plurality.” More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
(Rorate Caeli) The XIV General Assembly of the Synod of the Bishops (October 4 – 25, 2015), which was dedicated to the theme of “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World”, issued a Final Report with some pastoral proposals submitted to the discernment of the Pope. The document itself is only of an advisory nature and does not possess … More →
“Are Catholic truths immutable? Or can they change with the changing times? “This is the deeper question behind the issues that convulsed the three-week synod on the family of the 250 Catholic bishops in Rome that ended Saturday.” Full column is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
The 2015 Synod of Bishops has concluded. Now begins the process of studying, understanding, implementing, or resisting the various provisions of its final document. Much of this will be in the form of “spin.” Modernists will cheer. “Conservatives” will defend the ever-changing status quo. Traditionalists will rant. And, true to their various positions, each will have cause to do so. In our cursory read of the … More →
CNA: “And this begs the question: Do the German bishops believe that Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher sacrificed their lives in vain?” Part of the column from the Archbishop is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
The errors of Russia, one of which is Communism, are spreading more rapidly than ever, infiltrating the Church itself. LifeSiteNews: From interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider: This is ultimately neo-Communist and Marxist because the ideology of Marx wants to abolish every sign of difference. The last sign and most evident difference is to be found in the created natural sex of persons. Therefore, there has arrived … More →
Well, that was predictable: German Cardinal Reinhard Marx supports Kasper proposal at Synod. Never trust the “theologies of the genitive.” They all stink. Here we have the latest frontier: “The Theology of Luv.” With particular references to the Second Vatican Council, Marx claimed that a “new path” was found regarding sexual ethics. As a result, according to Marx, sexuality should not be reduced to the mere … More →
Quotes from Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich’s Synodal Press Releases: “I think we have to make sure that we don’t pigeonhole one group as though they’re not part of the human family, so there’s a different set of rules for them.” “In Chicago I visit regularly with people who feel marginalized, whether they’re elderly or the divorced and remarried, gay and lesbian individuals, also couples,” Cupich said … More →
Rorate Caeli: Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki: “Practically all are repeating that there will be no doctrinal change, but this is understood in different ways. For if you add to this first group that disciplinary changes are possible, this means, in practice, that doctrinal stability is being nullified. In my opinion one cannot speak of the separation of the practice of the Church from her doctrine, from her … More →
Catholic Culture: The archbishop of Astana identified the smoke of Satan with “the proposal to admit to Holy Communion those who are divorced and living in new civil unions; the affirmation that cohabitation is a union which may have in itself some values; the pleading for homosexuality as something which is allegedly normal.” Read more here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.