Friday, April 21, 2017

Wojtyla and Ratzinger Are the True Moral Theologians of Our Day

Just One of Those Days

Familiaris Consortio: Read It!

84. Daily experience unfortunately shows that people who have obtained a divorce usually intend to enter into a new union, obviously not with a Catholic religious ceremony. Since this is an evil that, like the others, is affecting more and more Catholics as well, the problem must be faced with resolution and without delay. The Synod Fathers studied it expressly. The Church, which was set up to lead to salvation all people and especially the baptized, cannot abandon to their own devices those who have been previously bound by sacramental marriage and who have attempted a second marriage. The Church will therefore make untiring efforts to put at their disposal her means of salvation.

Pastors must know that, for the sake of truth, they are obliged to exercise careful discernment of situations. There is in fact a difference between those who have sincerely tried to save their first marriage and have been unjustly abandoned, and those who through their own grave fault have destroyed a canonically valid marriage. Finally, there are those who have entered into a second union for the sake of the children's upbringing, and who are sometimes subjectively certain in conscience that their previous and irreparably destroyed marriage had never been valid.

Together with the Synod, I earnestly call upon pastors and the whole community of the faithful to help the divorced, and with solicitous care to make sure that they do not consider themselves as separated from the Church, for as baptized persons they can, and indeed must, share in her life. They should be encouraged to listen to the word of God, to attend the Sacrifice of the Mass, to persevere in prayer, to contribute to works of charity and to community efforts in favor of justice, to bring up their children in the Christian faith, to cultivate the spirit and practice of penance and thus implore, day by day, God's grace. Let the Church pray for them, encourage them and show herself a merciful mother, and thus sustain them in faith and hope.

However, the Church reaffirms her practice, which is based upon Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried. They are unable to be admitted thereto from the fact that their state and condition of life objectively contradict that union of love between Christ and the Church which is signified and effected by the Eucharist. Besides this, there is another special pastoral reason: if these people were admitted to the Eucharist, the faithful would be led into error and confusion regarding the Church's teaching about the indissolubility of marriage.

Reconciliation in the sacrament of Penance which would open the way to the Eucharist, can only be granted to those who, repenting of having broken the sign of the Covenant and of fidelity to Christ, are sincerely ready to undertake a way of life that is no longer in contradiction to the indissolubility of marriage. This means, in practice, that when, for serious reasons, such as for example the children's upbringing, a man and a woman cannot satisfy the obligation to separate, they "take on themselves the duty to live in complete continence, that is, by abstinence from the acts proper to married couples."

Similarly, the respect due to the sacrament of Matrimony, to the couples themselves and their families, and also to the community of the faithful, forbids any pastor, for whatever reason or pretext even of a pastoral nature, to perform ceremonies of any kind for divorced people who remarry. Such ceremonies would give the impression of the celebration of a new sacramentally valid marriage, and would thus lead people into error concerning the indissolubility of a validly contracted marriage.
By acting in this way, the Church professes her own fidelity to Christ and to His truth. At the same time she shows motherly concern for these children of hers, especially those who, through no fault of their own, have been abandoned by their legitimate partner.

With firm confidence she believes that those who have rejected the Lord's command and are still living in this state will be able to obtain from God the grace of conversion and salvation, provided that they have persevered in prayer, penance and charity.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Billy Graham at the Garden Tomb, 1960

Catholic Church Architecture Part 4 of 10: The Classical Tradition

10th Anniversary of the Passing of America's Greatest Church Musician of the XXth Century: Rev. Dr. Mons. R.J. Schuler, PhD

See here for more info from the excellent NLM blog:

Many thanks to Italo-American liturgical scholar par excellence, Mr. Gregory di Pippo, for this post.

He received his doctorate in musicology from the University of Rochester, NY.  

Sacred Music in Canada (Adoramus Te/We Adore Thee)

Amazing Grace: Christian Faith and Forgiveness

Adoramus Te (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

Miss Connie's 99th Birthday Wish Come True

Good Friday in Paris

Last Living Person from the 1800s: Catholic Lady Emma Morano Passes Away at Age 117

Emma Morano, Catholic Lady from Italy, Dies At Age 117: A.D. 1899 - 2017

The last person born in the nineteenth century has passed away.

May her memory be eternal!

She was born and baptized during the reign of Leo XIII, of holy, happy and glorious memory.

Happy 90th Birthday to Pope Benedict the Humble!

Easter Sunday Anno Domini 2017. 

Syriac Catholic Bishop on Syria

Descent of the Blessed Fire 2017: Holy Fire Jerusalem

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Tenebrae in Canada

One of the holiest experiences on the planet earth.  Tenebrae on Good Friday!

At the very end, one last lit candle remains.  Then, the haunting strepitus noise and recessional in silent darkness. 

The strepitus is a harsh sound indicating the closing of the tomb and subsequent earthquake at the time of Christ’s death.  The noise is made by the slamming the Liber Usualis books on the kneelers in the sanctuary. 

I feel very blessed to have experienced this beautiful liturgical prayer in my parish (Sts. Joachim and Ann in Canada).  Hats off to the very generous pastor, Fr. Bill Ashley!  

Good Friday Reproaches by Tomás Luis de Victoria in Canada

Good Friday in Canada

Good Friday, April 14, 2017: Church of Sts. Joachim and Ann in Aldergrove, Canada.

Glorious tradition of liturgical music of the Roman rite at its best. The surest way to the soul is through music. That is why the devil has labored with such gusto to swamp Catholic liturgical music in recent years.

So refreshing to attend services at Sts. Joachim and Ann where you can hear the splendor and genius of the music of the Roman rite - as the Church in Her wisdom has bequeathed it to us. This music was not written to be heard in a concert hall, but to be heard and felt in the context of the Church's living liturgical life.

Thank you to all who sang. And to the pastor. Your efforts are for the greater glory of God and the sanctification of men. Your reward will be in heaven. God bless you all!

Happy Easter Anno Domini 2017!

What Liturgical Music Sounds Like

Friday, April 14, 2017

Maundy Thursday in Canada

Aldergrove, British Columbia. 

Serving Mass for Your Priest Brother

An inspiration to see 1950s altar boys still serving at the altar.  Fr. William Ashley, our distinguished pastor, assisted by his brother.  Sons of St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.  Maundy Thursday 2017.  God be praised for every vocation, ordained and lay. 

God Bless Mr. Michael Matt: Lay Apostle of the Roman Church

7 Reasons Why I love the Traditional Latin Mass

The Magdala Apostolate

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Rome Quotes

"In our own age, much more pernicious is the sin of those who would fain pervert utterly the nature of marriage, perfect though it is, and complete in all its details and parts.  The chief reason why they act in this way is because very many, imbued with the maxims of a false philosophy and corrupted morals, judge nothing so unbearable as submission and obedience; and strive with all their might to bring about that not only individual men, but families also, nay indeed, human society itself, may in haughty pride despise the sovereignty of God."

-Leo XIII, Arcanum Divinae, 1880.

Leo on Holy Matrimony

"Later on He brought back matrimony to the nobility of its primeval origin, by condemning the customs of the Jews in their abuse of the plurality of wives and of the power of giving bills of divorce; and still more by commanding most strictly that no one should dare to dissolve that union which God Himself had sanctioned by a bond perpetual."

-Leo XIII, Arcanum Divinae, 1880. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Rome Quotes

"In the great confusion of opinions, however, which day by day is spreading more and more widely, it should further be known that no power can dissolve the bond of Christian marriage whenever this has been ratified and consummated; and that, of a consequence, those husbands and wives are guilty of a manifest crime who plan, for whatever reason, to be united in a second marriage before the first one has been ended by death.  When, indeed, matters have come to such a pitch that it seems impossible for them to live together any longer, then the Church allows them to live apart, and strives at the same time to soften the evils of this separation by such remedies and helps as are suited to their condition; yet she never ceases to endeavor to bring about a reconciliation, and never despairs of doing so.  But these are extreme cases; and they would seldom exist if men and women entered into the married state with proper dispositions, not influenced by passion, but entertaining right ideas of the duties of marriage and of its noble purpose; neither would they anticipate their marriage by a series of sins drawing upon them the wrath of God."

-Pope Leo XIII

Use of Latin According to the Vatican Website

The Way of the Cross by St. Alphonsus Ligouri