The Final Report of the 2015 Synod on the Family calls for “pastoral discernment” — saying “the faithful who are divorced and civilly remarried need to be more integrated in the Christian communities…” This has been interpreted to mean that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics can receive Communion, at the discretion of local clergy.
Would not a faithful person not be divorced and civilly remarried in the first place?
How can local priests be obliged to discern situations, “for the sake of truth,” when two- thirds of synod bishops are incapable of doing so themselves?
Ultimately, people have to decide for holiness. The lives of the saints are a better guide for how to be faithful and holy than many of today’s bishops.
“Every right possessed by man is possessed only by virtue of the right possessed by God, which is pure Justice, to see the order of His wisdom in beings respected, obeyed and loved by every intelligence.” Jacques Maritain, The Rights of Man and Natural Law (1943)
“For once it has arrived there (seventh dwelling place), the soul fears nothing and is absolutely determined to overcome every obstacle for God. And the reason is — that it is always so closely joined to His Magesty — that from this union comes its fortitude.” St. Teresa of Avila, The Interior Castle – VI:1
It’s worth noting that many of those seeking (and being offered) mercy (gay, divorced and remarried Catholics) don’t think they need it; their activists are full of pride (already taking Communion) — feeling good about themselves and their assault on Christ’s order.
“His mercy is from age to age,
on those who fear him.
He puts forth his arm in strength
and scatters the proud-hearted.” Lk.1:50-52
Polish Consul General Urszula Gacek (middle photo) was on hand.
The day’s celebration was tinged with references to the Synod on the Family, in Rome, and the U.S. military presence in Poland.
“People were bringing little children to him, for him to touch them. The disciples turned them away, but when Jesus saw this he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. I tell you solemnly, anyone who does not accept the kingdom of God like a little child will not enter into it.’ Then he put his arms around them, laid his hands on them and gave them a blessing.” Mark 10:13-16