By Lyle Dunne.
One could perhaps speak of a “marriage” having ended – but not a “marriage” in the main Catholic sense: not the sacrament.
This is a companion piece to in The Family Synod and Practical Atheism, and contains a slightly more detailed response to the article by Father McGavin.
I may as well begin by nailing my colours to the mast.
When people say “You only believe this because you’re a Catholic”, I think the best response is something like this:
“You’re probably right. If I were like most people these days, I’d probably just work out what I wanted to do and retro-fit a rationale. But I belong to a tradition which teaches that the truth is knowable by reason, that moral truth is real and we have a duty to use our intellects to discover it.
“Catholics don’t spend their time arguing that the evidence of our senses can’t be trusted, or the rules of inference are arbitrary. We don’t hold that an all-powerful God can contradict Himself if he likes.
“As GK Chesterton might’ve said, Catholicism is more rational than rationalism.”
By Lyle Dunne
Pastoral concerns seem to focus on emotional states and feelings of inclusivity as ends in themselves, rather than looking toward salvation as the final aim.
I’ve been reflecting further on (and worrying about) the forthcoming Bishops’ Synod on the family, and in particular the “Kasper Theorem”.
I’ve had a conversation with an optimistic friend who put to me the view that eternal truth is big enough to look after itself, and the one thing we can be sure will not emerge from the summit, sorry synod, is the formal adoption of heresy.
That’s true, but I’m still worried, for reasons I’ll elaborate.
By Raymond Cardinal Burke
Even within the Church, there are those who would obscure the truth of the indissolubility of marriage in the name of mercy, who condone the violation of the conjugal union by means of contraception in the name of pastoral understanding, and who, in the name of tolerance, remain silent about the attack on the very integrity of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. There are even those, too, who deny that the married receive a particular grace to live heroically in faithful, enduring and life-giving love, while Our Lord Himself has assured us that God gives to the married the grace to live daily in accord with the truth of their state in life.
These are topics that are exciting controversy in both secular and ecclesiastical circles at present, in the lead-up to the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, commencing on 5 October, at which it seems the “Kasper Theorem” will be a key agenda item. Readers will recall Tony Pead’s article from May on this subject, in which he discussed Cardinal Burke’s comments re-affirming traditional Catholic teaching on this subject.
The following is the text of a talk that was to be delivered by Cardinal Burke at the opening of the World Congress of Families in Melbourne during his recent visit. Unfortunately the talk was not able to be delivered.
Readers should be aware the article is considerably longer than pieces we usually run in Oriens. However I can assure you the content is of the first importance, and extremely timely.