The Battle for Marriage

There is a close parallel between the battle over the indissolubility of marriage now taking place in the Church and the contraception debacle of the late 1960s. Pope John XXIII started, and Pope Paul VI greatly expanded, the Papal Commission on Birth Control to examine the question of the probity of contraception in the wake of the invention of oral contraceptives.

A false expectation was created, fostered by unnecessary delays, leaks to the press of the (heterodox) opinions of the Commission members, and a propaganda campaign orchestrated by progressivist would-be reformers inside and outside the Church. Then, when Humanae Vitae actually contradicted the Commission’s report, there was widespread dissent — dissent that had been long prepared.

What is happening now with the attempt by Cardinal Kasper and others to undo Christ’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage mirrors this. But, thankfully, there is resistance.

Writing for LA STAMPA, Vaticanist Marco Tosatti informs us that,

In the Secret Consistory where the divorced/remarried and the Eucharist were discussed, “Kasper’s theorem” received little consensus and a lot of criticism. … “It would be a fatal mistake” someone said, to follow the pastoral approach without referring to doctrine.

Read the English translation of Tosatti’s report, with valuable notes, on the Rorate Caeli site.

Here is Michael Voris on the subject:


And here (again), is Cardinal Burke: