Thursday, April 30, 2015
WILL I SIGN IT? NOT JUST NO! BUT HELL NO!
This is Fr. Z's comment and below it is my reason for not signing it (hint: because I am a Catholic):
You will recall that hundreds of priests in England signed a letter, published in the Catholic Herald, urging the upcoming Synod to uphold Catholic doctrine and discipline concerning marriage and the family. HERE
That letter created a stir.
I now see that there is an American initiative for Catholic priests to sign a similar letter!
Signers, be patient. It seems that your names will not post automatically. I think that someone must verify the names, which is a good idea. There will be a delay.
Lay people, please let your priests know about this initiative and ask them to sign it. Tell them you’ll be watching the list.
My reasons for not signing it:
1. What I highlight in red is crass manipulation--I hate manipulation and run in the opposite direction (always have hated manipulation and always will!). Just on principle, I won't sign it because of the manipulation.
2. Since when has the Catholic Church become a democracy where conservative constituents petition a synod to vote one way or another. I want to throw-up at this non-Catholic and politicized attempt to insert the political style of a democratic government into synodality.
3. I am taking a Catholic leap of faith and trusting that the Pope of the Catholic Church, despite any peccadilloes or failings he might have, to include sin, is preserved from making errors in the areas of faith and morals and will preserve the Church universal from doing so too! The successor to Saint Peter has a special charism in this regard and I will trust the Holy Spirit on this one! I will not sign the petition.
4. Within the framework of what is already allowed through a more common sense canonical annulment procedures and other pastoral solutions, vague in canon law but to be clarified, Catholics in a public state of mortal sin as it concerns living with a person in a marriage-like union outside of the Church's teaching on marriage will find solutions that will return them to the full communion of the Church.