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.