90 – It is necessary to have a fraternal and attentive welcome of the baptized who have established a new relationship of cohabitation after the failure of the marital sacrament; in fact, these persons are by no means excommunicated — they are not excommunicated! They are still a part of the Church. No closed doors! No closed doors!

Who hasn’t passed through the sad situation of assisting a beloved one in their last moments? When finally he or she passes away, we continue to suffer as we contemplate their body, inert, but still loved….But, death is cruel – for it’s not satisfied to just take away life…if we don’t bury the body, a dangerous decay occurs, putting the health of the others at risk. We have no other solution than to quickly bury the remains of the one we loved so much. If there was a way of ridding our families and friends from the possibility of death, we would make all efforts to obtain it. Something like this also happens within the Church.

As a Mother of all the faithful, she has many children, some alive and others, unfortunately dead…Not physically, but spiritually, and therefore, separated from Christ by mortal sin. This expulsion from the divine life of our souls reduces us to being dead members of the Church and excludes us from the divine benefits. Those who fall into the disgrace of dying in this state will eternally suffer the torments of hell.

The living members of the Church, brothers of the dead members, have the obligation to make every effort to rescue these souls from their unhappy state – especially those who publically live in mortal sin. In a society where the institution of the family is increasingly endangered, such a public state of sin is manifested with an emphasized virulence, with divorced persons that ‘marry’ again under civil law. It’s patent doctrine of the Church that a new conjugal relationship after the first – and only – matrimonial bond constitutes adultery, and that adultery is a mortal sin.

Just as we would be willing to do anything to protect our families from a contagious illness, much more so should we keep them from being caught up in the claws of this terrible plague that has so many victims around the world. And, of course, with great charity, we should do all possible to rescue the souls that find themselves in such an unhappy situation. But, in this undertaking, it’s necessary to act with delicacy, care and seriousness to avoid that in helping some arise, many others end up falling…There are two problems: protecting the living members from mortal contagion and helping the dead so that they return to the true life of grace. The assistance given to the latter cannot endanger the former.

As always, the Church has responses about how to proceed in this difficult situation. However, just as in physical health, medicine is not always agreeable to take, even though its results are beneficial when applied with wisdom.
Let’s read what the Magisterium teaches …

Francis

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Teachings of the Magisterium

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ContentsAuthors
I – Those who enter into a new relationship while still bound by a valid matrimony live outside of the grace of God
II – People in mortal sin are dead members of the Church and enemies of God; their good actions lack value
III – What is the assistance required by the divorced who ‘remarry’?
IV – People who publically live outside of the state of grace do not deserve the same consideration as those who live in conformity with the law of God


I – Those who enter into a new relationship while still bound by a valid matrimony live outside of the grace of God


Saint Thomas Aquinas

Adultery is always a mortal sin

Sacred Scripture

Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery
By divine command, the separated may not go on to second nuptials

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The ‘remarried’ are in a situation of public and permanent adultery

Catechism of Saint Pius X

Spouses who live together united by only a civil marriage live in a habitual state of mortal sin

Pius IX

Any other union of man and woman among Christians, except the sacramental union, is nothing else than concubinage

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The ‘remarriage’ of persons divorced from a living, lawful spouse contravenes the plan and law of God

Saint Augustine of Hippo

One may not unite with another person not even for children

Pius X

They who refuse to be subject to the law of God are his enemies

Council of Trent (Ecumenical XIX)

Anathema: those who deny that the bond of matrimony cannot be dissolved even after adultery of one of the married persons

II – People in mortal sin are dead members of the Church and enemies of God; their good actions lack value


Sacred Scripture

God breaks with those who do not fulfill the commandments

Council of Trent (Ecumenical XIX)

Anyone in mortal sin is a child of wrath and an enemy of God

Catechism of Saint Pius X

Mortal sin turns one into a dead member of the Church

Pseudo-Chrysostom

God dwells in righteous bodies; and death in the sinner’s body

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Mortal sin excludes altogether the habit of grace
An adulterer destroys his own soul

Catechism of Saint Pius X

Those who are in mortal sin are without the grace of God and excluded from perfect communion in spiritual goods
Sin has a twofold consequence

Catechism of Trent

Those who are bound in mortal sin do not share in spiritual fruit

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Mortal sin causes exclusion from Christ’s kingdom and the eternal death of hell

Catechism of Saint Pius X

The efficacy of prayer depends on the state of grace

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Prayer is not meritorious without sanctifying grace

Catechism of the Catholic Church

If our heart is far from God, the words of prayer are in vain

III – What is the assistance required by the divorced who ‘remarry’?


Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Pastoral solutions may not stand in opposition to the statements of the Magisterium

John Paul II

The aim of pastoral action: lead to consistency between the choice of life and the faith professed

Saint John Chrysostom

How shall we pray to God, and ask forgiveness of our sins, we who take no account of it? – If we love our brothers, we must urge them to have pain for their sins
Do all things unto them that sin and are remiss: warning, teaching, exhorting, admonishing and advising

Saint Thomas Aquinas

In all things, we should seek that the sinner be loosened from sin

Pius X

Charity does not lie in the toleration of error
He harms others who preaches only with complacent language
The truth is not subject to the vicissitudes of the times. The fatal illusion of the prudence of the flesh
God demands an account of all; not only of the evil they do but also of the correction of evil

Benedict XVI

The sinner must be made to perceive that he has cut himself off from the communion of the Church
The Church’s tradition has included ‘admonishing sinners’ among the spiritual works of mercy; we must not remain silent before evil

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Fraternal correction is an act of charity
The good physician removes the very root of the illness
He who is not punished now bodily, shall be punished in the future life

Saint Basil the Great

When a man is not conscious of sin, and is not adverted, how can he be cured?

John XXIII

St. John Vianney always had ‘poor sinners’ in his mind and before his eyes: ‘If we had the faith to see a soul in mortal sin, we would die of fright’

John Paul II

How many people live indifferently and accommodate themselves to a worldly mentality and to the gratification of sin! The gate to eternal life is open to all, but it is narrow

Benedict XVI

For Jesus, good is good and evil is evil

Saint Augustine of Hippo

The Lord did not say: ‘Neither will I condemn you; go, live as you will: be secure in my deliverance; how much soever you will sin’

IV – People who publically live outside of the state of grace do not deserve the same consideration as those who live in conformity with the law of God


Saint Augustine of Hippo

There is as great a difference between the righteous and sinners, as there is materially between heaven and earth

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Out of charity, we ought to love more those who are nearer to God

Pius X

Jesus’ heart overflowed with gentleness for the souls of good-will, but had holy indignation against the profaners of the House of God

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Certain ecclesial functions may only be exercised by people of exemplary Christian life
The divorced ‘remarried’ cannot receive Eucharistic communion; the sacrament of Penance can be granted only under certain conditions

Pius XI

Those who lack the interior virtues are not prepared for the apostolate

Pius X

If those dedicated to the Catholic cause do not have real piety, they will not arouse others to do good

Pontifical Council for the Family

More necessary than the number of Christians is the authenticity of the Christian life

Benedict XVI

Today more than ever the witness of the family founded on the marriage of a man and a woman is necessary

Sacred Scriptures

If anyone does not obey our word as expressed in this letter, do not associate with him
The punishment of the unfaithful will extend to the children

Pius X

Those who direct the Catholic cause must be sound Catholics

Catechism of Saint Pius X

The good physician uses disagreeable remedies to save the life of his patients

John Paul II

The difficult demands of Jesus may not be ignored: ‘from now on do not sin anymore’

Saint Irenaeus of Lyon

A good counsel from God in His mercy: ‘Make straight your ways and your doings’

 


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What does Francis understand by saying that the Church is closed and sick?

 

 

2 thoughts on “90 – It is necessary to have a fraternal and attentive welcome of the baptized who have established a new relationship of cohabitation after the failure of the marital sacrament; in fact, these persons are by no means excommunicated — they are not excommunicated! They are still a part of the Church. No closed doors! No closed doors!

  1. The teaching of the Church on the divorced who entered into new arrangements is clear and definite. When faced with Church teaching, and when faced with the words of Jesus Christ on the insolubility of marriage, modernist priests and theologians moved by their humanism and anger against God’s immutable (not – evolving in response to man’s preference for sin) law proclaim: No, this is unacceptable to a modernist, too clear, too definite, too irreversible, too logical, too focused on God’s will for humanity, families, and children, too intolerant of sin, injustice, hedonism and evil.

    They say: Whatever it takes (be it double-speak, deception, scheming, conspiracy, manipulation, socio-engineering, exclusion and vilification of the law-abiding and God-fearing), we won’t have it (God’s law). We are too kind, too loving, too understanding for such nonsense.

    Satan understands, too. He understood very well in the garden, when he whispered into Eve’s ear. So do these renegades now.

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