Monday, September 15, 2014
SO THE HOLY FATHER CAN'T/SHOULDN'T MARRY SINNERS
For example, those who call themselves traditionalists are not at all happy with Pope Francis and continue to show His Holiness contempt and disregard and snipe at His Holiness every chance they get. Of course, no true traditionalist would do this. Traditionalists who carry with them the best of the pre-Vatican II Church know that they must always respect the person and the office of the Papacy. We respect and love the pope because Christ commands us to love God above all and our neighbor as ourselves. This applies to every person in the world regardless of race, creed or color of skin and to include the Holy Father.
But as traditional Catholics, we love the papacy and never, ever show contempt for the Pope by snide remarks or ugly sentiments toward the Holy Father. This doesn't mean we have to accept every opinion of the Pope, but it does mean we have respect and love the pope.
This brings me to the theater of the absurd! The way some so-called traditionalists have reacted to the Holy Father celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony for 20 Roman Couples on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
Some of these couples had co-habited prior to their wedding day. One man needed an annulment for his marriage by Pope Francis. Another women had had a child out of wedlock.
Who are these so-called traditionalists trying to kid? What is it about Catholicism they don't get? Are they victims of poor catechesis? Have they even read the CCC? Are they coloring book Catholics?
The last time I checked, the Church teaches that any Catholic who is free from any impediments has a"right" to be married in the Church. What is important is that they understand the three questions that are posed to those who are to be married and accept the proper answer:
1. Have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves in marriage?
2. Will you love and honor each other as husband and wife for the rest of your lives?
3. Will you accept children and lovingly from God and bring them up according to Christ and His Church?
It is presumed that each of these Catholics who were married by the Pope were washed clean and completely forgiven in the Sacrament of Penance prior to this wedding celebration.
What is it about Confession that these so-called traditional Catholics don't understand?
I have married many couples at a Nuptial Mass who cohabited prior to marriage, who were pregnant at the time of the wedding and who have received annulments. In each case all impediments to valid celebration of this Sacrament were removed prior to the wedding. All were invited to go to Confession prior to their wedding.
Sinner, repentant or otherwise, are not excommunicated from the Catholic Church. The Church is a hospital for sinners, not a country club for saints who never sin.
Who are these so-called traditionalists (really neo-Puritans or heretical Jansenists) trying to kid?