Thursday, 6 August 2015

Vatican's "Spin-Doctors" have left something out! - Father Lombardi, answer the question!

The world's media has been reporting on the Pope's comment from his Wednesday, August 5, 2014 Audience, wherein he spoke of divorced Catholics. The media has been pronouncing on the Pope's words and adding their spin to make the Church and its doctrine appear mean, nasty and uncharitable. The Pope was not wrong in what he said, however given the tension between last year's Synod and the upcoming one, stress is being created on both sides of the issue.   

In the original Italian comments, however; the Pope refers at the Audience, to Paragraph 84 of Familiaris Consortio. The statement by the Pope is included in the full Italian text as follows:
La Chiesa sa bene che una tale situazione contraddice il Sacramento cristiano. Tuttavia il suo sguardo di maestra attinge sempre da un cuore di madre; un cuore che, animato dallo Spirito Santo, cerca sempre il bene e la salvezza delle persone. Ecco perché sente il dovere, «per amore della verità», di «ben discernere le situazioni». Così si esprimeva san Giovanni Paolo II, nell’Esortazione apostolica Familiaris consortio (n. 84), portando ad esempio la differenza tra chi ha subito la separazione rispetto a chi l’ha provocata. Si deve fare questo discernimento.

The Church knows well that such a situation contradicts the Christian sacrament. However, his gaze teacher always draws from a mother's heart; a heart, animated by the Holy Spirit, always looks for the good and the salvation of people. That's why she feels the duty, "for the love of the truth", to "discern situations." He expressed himself as St. John Paul II, Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio (no. 84), for example, bringing the difference between those who have suffered the separation compared to those who caused it. You must do this discernment.
The fact is, the Pope has said nothing new. the media and the Vatican spin doctors want you and the world to think he has. St. John Paul II said himself in that document that the Church must "help the divorced" so that they "do not consider themselves separated" from the Church.

Mercy was not suddenly sent down to earth in March 2013 any more than papal humility or kindness to babies and the sick or taking the bus. 

What game is being played here by the Vatican and its communications experts? Firstly, no other language has this paragraph. Secondly, the referral is only relevant in its doctrinal soundness if one goes to Familiars Consortio and reads it. This is a profound paragraph and it has not been reported on. The Pope referred to it, did he mean just that sentence about the situational "discernment" or did he intend to endorse the whole paragraph? -- a paragraph which upholds the doctrine as given to the world be Our Lord Jesus Christ!

The mainstream media outside of Italy would not be expected to research what he actually said in Italian. For this, they cannot be blamed - the lingua franca of the world is English in which it does not appear. One can forgive the Pope for not speaking English, one cannot forgive the Vatican communication experts for not properly translating and reporting on what the Pope actually said.

There is a game being played here. The Pope made a statement on a matter which is being hotly debated and the world's media has lapped it up. Yet, he included reference to doctrinal orthodoxy that has been ignored because it has not been translated. 

Is the Pope himself playing this game with full knowledge that as long as he says it in Italian, he can't be accused of being unorthodox? Or is he an innocent bystander to a corrupt and agenda driven Communications Office which is out of control and bent on changing doctrine through pastoral initiatives?

Remember this quote
"Will this Pope re-write controversial Church doctrines? No. But that isn't how doctrine changes. Doctrine changes when pastoral contexts shift and new insights emerge such that particularly doctrinal formulations no longer mediate the saving message of God's transforming love. Doctrine changes when the Church has leaders and teachers who are not afraid to take note of new contexts and emerging insights. It changes when the Church has pastors who do what Francis has been insisting: leave the securities of your chanceries, of your rectories, of your safe places, of your episcopal residences go set aside the small minded rules that often keep you locked up and shielded from the world."
It originated as best as we can tell by Richard Gaillardetz in the National Catholic Reporter and used repeatedly in talks without attribution by Father Thomas J. Rosica, CSB, Executive Producer of Salt + Light Television and a high-profile Vatican official and English-language spokesman for the Holy See and he is a well-known member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. The man in charge of all of this is Jesuit Father, Federico Lombardi as Director of the Vatican Press Office.

Who can answer the question and explain why the English speaking world is not getting the full story? Imagine, the Church of Christ on Earth engaged in media spin and obfuscation. Expect it to increase before October.

Familiars Consortio 84.

e) Divorced Persons Who Have Remarried

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."[180]

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.

1 comment:

Barona said...

This is not the first time that the Holy See Press Office has manipulated and/or censored the Pope's words. Was it not about two months ago that the Pope addressed Italian youth, denouncing gender ideology? Lo and behold, the English language version (censored edition) removed any reference to gender ideology and even gave the Pope's address a innocuous title. There can be no doubt that what we are seeing is manipulation being undertaken by the Holy See Press Office, perhaps under the control of certain elements within the Secretariat of State that controls everything in the Vatican.

We can ask ourselves who were those homosexualists (homosexuals? - even practicing homosexuals??) who inserted those obscene homosexual images into articles on the Vatican website on two known occasions? Are we going to be told it was an "unathorized person"? Or, was the website hacked by militant homosexuals? Or, were these images uploaded by authorized persons, at minimum favouring homosexuality, or even practicing homosexual acts themselves. Given that no criminal investigation was launched, we must sadly conclude that the filthy images were uploaded by -possibly/probably?- a cleric who is making a handsome living off the widow's mite.

Then we have the strange "translations" on the passage pertaining to homosexuality in the Instrumentum Laboris. These have not been corrected. And how could such "errors' have been placed in the translations in the first place? No, these homosexualists know exactly what they are doing; muddying the waters, confusing the issues to create a similar situation that followed Humanae vitae. Just as post- 1968 we had the "contracepting" of the Church, are we now to have the "homosexulization" of the Church"?

Each and every bizarre pro-homosexualist and/or pro-adulterist action coming from Rome seems to in some way be related to the Holy See Press Office. But this Office itself is merely a puppet in the hands of hidden string-pullers, who, for my money infest the Secretariat of State. And it may not well be the top boys: get control of upper and middle management, and you control the whole organization. All we need is a small, but highly organized group of homosexuals in Rome to control the whole apparatus ("the wolves" referred to by Pope Benedict).

And no, these "wolves" have not been driven out; we would have heard their squealing. Sadly, though the Pope has played musical chairs with a few of the top Cardinals, the entire organization of homosexualist and actively homosexual crowd continues to infest Rome. Until these wolves are driven out we cannot expect any real improvement. They may well lose "on paper" at the Synod. Perhaps even sensing an open confrontation - which they do not want - and are ready to concede in theory. But when the Synod closes, and the ink is dry on the Exhortation, they will busily continue their demolition of the Church. They have no intention of stopping. Why would they? They hate Our Lord, they hate His Church. Catholics have to wake up and realize that Christ has enemies, and the most dangerous ones are in Rome.