18 – We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods – more emphasis must be put on positive things, lest we lose the freshness and the perfume of the Gospel

The spiritual good of the People of God depends on the proclamation of the Gospel that was confided by Jesus Christ himself to Saint Peter and the Apostles. The true faithful expect an integral transmission of the eternal truths from their shepherds, even when it contrasts with the world. Others, on the contrary, would prefer that such truths be changed so that they could live with a more tranquil conscience…
In this manner, the fidelity of the Hierarchy to its mission entails proclaiming the word of salvation whether it be ‘convenient or inconvenient,’ and thus facing frequent hostility from those who live isolated from the truth.

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Teachings of the Magisterium

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Sacred Scripture

I charge you: proclaim the Word of God whether convenient or inconvenient

Saint John Chrysostom

He who has authority to teach, and does not, transgresses the Law

Pius X

He who omits to teach the truth, cannot expect good works…

Leo XII

The graver the evil, the more the Roman Pontiff ought to warn the faithful

Pius IX

Use every care and diligence to exhort the faithful our divine religion

Vatican Council I (Ecumenical XX)

The Church was commanded to guard the deposit of faith, lest anyone be deceived

Leo XIII

Our silence profits only the enemies of the Church

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Confess the faith publically despite the disturbance of unbelievers

Benedict XVI

The responsibility of constantly proclaiming non-negotiable values

Vatican Council II  (Ecumenical XXI)

Bishops are obliged to be authentic teachers of those committed to them
By the will of Christ, the Church’s duty is to authoritatively teach the truth

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Silence is neither caring nor pastoral
Clear communication of the truth depends on the fidelity of the Church’s ministers

Paul VI

We may not silence the obligation of conjugal fidelity
Church teachings are not easily accepted. But She cannot declare lawful what is unlawful

John Paul II

Pastors have the duty to transmit doctrine in its integrity
A serious omission: not to proclaim the truth about marriage
The crises in the family requires doctrinal clarity
Before the acceptance of abortion, we must ‘call things by their proper name’
The negative precepts express the demands of the Gospel
If respect is due to the life of criminals, much more should it be to that of the innocent
The Church condemns authorities who favor activities against the family

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    2 thoughts on “18 – We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods – more emphasis must be put on positive things, lest we lose the freshness and the perfume of the Gospel

    1. “Besides, young people know perfectly well what the Church’s position is.”
      Sadly, they do not!
      I remember a young catholic man coming to my clinic for STD testing and having much anxiety. He had been engaging in multiple homosexual acts with variable men. We talked; he said he never knew that the Church teaches it is a sin to do what he was doing. This man went to Mass most Sundays.

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