Wednesday, August 23, 2017

WHEN CATHOLIC DOCTORS OF THE LAW MAKE THE LIVES OF SOME CATHOLICS DIFFICULT AND WHERE A PASTORAL THEOLOGY OF DISCERNMENT IS REQUIRED

When marriages go up in smoke!



I am not a doctor of the law and my Italian instincts at times sees the law as good but flexibility is needed in some circumstances. To use a driving analogy: if you are downtown at 2 AM and there are red lights and no one in sight, a good Italian, like me, will stop, look for cops and if none go.

It should be stated that in many downtown areas after 12 AM until 6 AM traffic lights blink red, which is like a four way stop sign. But I digress.

But there are many cases where the Church needs a good pastoral theology concerning the complexity of marriage, civil divorce and remarriage without an annulment.

This is one example. Years ago I knew a Catholic woman from Europe who had three illicit marriages, all of them without Catholic recognition. All ended in divorce, except the third one which was going strong. Technically her case is easy, lack of Catholic form, yet she has no contact with former spouses and doesn't know where they are in Europe or China or wherever. So the lack of form paperwork won't work for her.

Her third husband has three previous marriages. He isn't a Catholic. His first marriage was the first for both and both were protestants, so technically that is the valid marriage in the eyes of the Church. But he divorced her and married two others and is fourth wife is the one I describe above.

The fact is that two previous marriages took place and ended in divorce while the first wife was still living. He is currently "illicitly" married to his Catholic wife I describe above.

Since his first marriage was still recognized by the Catholic Church even though a civil divorce was granted and he legally married two others, plus his now current Catholic wife while the first wife was alive, the first wife died last year. So the second and third marriages can be handled by the ex spouses cooperating and without a full annulment procedure and a death certificate presented for the first wife indicating the date of death.

So technically all he needs to do is paperwork on the second and third marriage, but the ex non Catholic spouses won't cooperate!

Technically, since his first wife is deceased, he is free to have has marriage validated in the Catholic Church to his current Catholic wife, with two previous marriages, but never in the Catholic Church. But technicalities prevent the proper annulment or lack of form cases from going forward.

A pastoral discernment must take place, especially since the Catholic spouse desperately wants to return to Holy Communion!

Finally, just as Pope Francis has streamed lined the annulment procedure, I think there must be a very easy process for non-Catholics who need annulments, especially non Catholics who married a non Catholic but subsequently their spouse wants to become Catholic but not the non Catholic with previous marriage(s). Can't a pastoral solution be discerned without an annulment?

A pastoral accommodation for Protestants and other non Catholics is quite needed in my most humble opinion meaning just proving that the non Catholic did not believe in marriage as a Sacrament, believed in divorce and thus lacked the Catholic Church's belief about the Sacrament of Marriage.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

HOW WIDESPREAD AMONG RANK AND FILE CATHOLICS IS THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THERE IS ACCELERATED DIVISION IN THE CHURCH, HER BISHOPS, PRIESTS AND LAITY, SINCE THE ELECTION OF POPE FRANCIS?


Most of us who read religious blogs know that there is a great polarization in the Church since Pope Francis assume the papacy,  not unlike the immediate aftermath of Vatican II.

To be honest with you, I don't have a sense at all that my parishioners are aware of it or even concerned about it. Like many Protestant denominations, Catholics are usually just concerned about their neck of the woods, their local parish.

In my own parish I never speak publicly of the polarization or problems we are now having and maybe only one or two people have asked me about it, but they are people who read blogs. 

Often we see the Episcopal Church in meltdown because of liberalizing spirits and I often wondered that if they ever got to the point that the Episcopal Church would accept actively gay couples as "priests/priestesses" that we would see rank and file Episcopalians coming to Catholic parishes--hasn't happened though on a large scale.

In your neck of the woods, are people living life as they always have been with little or no concern for what Catholics blogs bring to blogdom's readers, as minuscule as they are, about the current unpleasantness in the Church?

Monday, August 21, 2017

PRAYTELL HAS AN EXCELLENT COMMENTARY ON YESTERDAY'S 20TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME GOSPEL: THIS EXPLAINS THE TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN TODAY!

Joseph Johnson tells this about a homily heard on Sunday's Gospel:

(The) pastor preached on racism and...suggested that, in Sunday's Ordinary Form Gospel, Our Lord made a racist statement..

Contrast that heresy with the excellent commentary on that Gospel shared  by the Praytell blog.

Press the title for the excellent commentary:



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Ars Praedicandi: Dogs and Gentiles



WHAT?????????????? THIS IS A TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SON, A LA 1970'S

Papal confidante says ‘Amoris’ critics locked in ‘death-trap’ logic
Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández and then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, now Pope Francis, appear together in this 2010 photo. (Credit: Stock image.)
If this is an indirect response to the five dubia, the one making it must have written it during a total eclipse of the Son! There is so much bleeding heart ❤️ 1970's liberalism in its content, that one would think this is a caricature of 1970's "I'm okay; you're okay"pop psychology!

But no, it is an academic theogian muddying the waters of the clarity that should come from sighted guides of the Church. This theologian is a blind guide!

Read the Crux article by pressing the title:

Papal confidante says ‘Amoris’ critics locked in ‘death-trap’ logic


Sunday, August 20, 2017

YOURS TRULY HAS THE 1 PM 11TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST MASS AT SAVANNAH'S CATHEDRAL OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST: BE THERE OR BE SQUARE, LAFAYETTE SQUARE THAT IS!

Fortunately, Lafayette Square has no Confederate statues or memorial, only a fountain, but poor Lafayette was he a  southerner during the Civil War??????

WHAT COULD IT BE? 🤔

I don't tweet or Facebook so a friend of mine sent me this Tweet from Rorate Caeli:

 "just got some unbelievable Vatican news now (not rumor, news) but not authorized to publish it at this moment" 

What could it be?

Saturday, August 19, 2017

THE CARDINAL THAT MADE THE WAY FOR TODAY'S POPE FRANCIS AND AMORIS LAETITIA


While I can't find any story on it (someone out there might be able to do so) I know that there was a big controversy in the Catholic Church in the USA after Jackie married Aristotle and also when she received Holy Communion at a Catholic Mass and was photographed doing so. Many Catholics who were not so rich as Jackie, felt that her wealth bought her Holy Communion without an annulment.

This is from Wikipedia:

On October 20, 1968, Jackie Kennedy married her long-time friend Aristotle Onassis, a wealthy Greek shipping magnate who was able to provide the privacy and security she sought for herself and her children.[146] The wedding took place (without Catholic sanction) on Skorpios, Onassis's private Greek island in the Ionian Sea.[147] The marriage brought her considerable adverse publicity. The fact that Aristotle was divorced and his ex-wife was still living led to speculation that Jacqueline might be excommunicated by the Roman Catholic church, though that idea was explicitly dismissed by Boston's Archbishop, Cardinal Richard Cushing as "nonsense."[148] She was condemned as a "public sinner,"

And this time capsule article is from a Time Magazine's All Saints' Day article in 1968, an infamous year in the USA and the Catholic Church and uncannily not unlike today as 1968 returns to the USA and the Catholic Church: 


 Roman Catholics: The Cardinal and Jackie



This idea of saying she's excommunicated, that she's(Jackie Kennedy Onassis)  a public sinner—what a lot of nonsense. Only God knows who is a sinner and who is not. Why can't  she marry whomever she wants?

The speaker defending Jackie Kennedy's marriage to Aristotle Onassis was no gossip columnist or pundit—indeed, few society reporters were so disposed. He was Richard Cardinal Cushing, Archbishop of Boston, Prince of the Holy Roman Church and—as it turned out last week—foremost a friend in need.

My comments: Illicit "marriages" in the Catholic Church and the possibility of receiving Holy Communion without an annulment was in fact the practice in the 1960's and all the way through Pope Benedict's papacy. Pope Francis has placed this "pastoral" theology on steroids.

Some say that this is out of control now. Others say it just confirms the sense of the faithful, to include many in the hierarchy as well as the current pope and must go forward.

What say you?

Friday, August 18, 2017

FROM THE JUST TOO COOL 😎 FILE!

Lucky carrot: Alberta woman finds mother-in-law’s lost ring

In an undated photo provided by Iva Harberg, Mary Grams, 84, holds a carrot that grew through her engagement ring in Alberta, Canada. Grams, who lost her diamond ring 13 years ago while pulling weeds in her garden, is wearing it proudly again after her daughter-in-law pulled it from the ground on a misshapen carrot. Grams, 84, said she can’t believe the vegetable actually grew through and around the diamond engagement ring she had given up for lost. (Iva Harberg/The Canadian Press via AP)

AM I AN ALIEN FROM ANOTHER PLANET? BECAUSE I WAS ON THAT PLANET'S BUS COUNTLESS TIMES BETWEEN 1956 until about 1966 IN ATLANTA AND AUGUSTA!

When we came from Naples, Italy where I was born to Atlanta in 1957 and then to Augusta in 1960, my Tuscana mother did not drive, so my dad made sure we lived very near a city bus stop. Thus I remember riding the bus with my mom to shop in downtown Atlanta and Augusta and what seem to me to be everyday!

And this is exactly what I saw! Please note the sign for where the white section is. That sign was movable and only the bus driver could push it backwards if there were more whites on the bus or forward if fewer whites. Other buses though had a painted line on the floor with whites on one side and blacks on the other!

I also rode the bus to the movies with my friends by ourselves once we turned 12, yes this was another planet! As we got near our homes from returning from the movies, the bus was empty with just my two friends and me and we ran to the back of the bus to sit on the bus-wide back seat, what we called the funny seat since the bounce over road bumps was the most pronounced!

The bus driver laughed and shouted back at us, "who do ya'll think you are, "n..s?" Yes whites called each other "n...s" as well! And when I worked at the Dairy Queen Brazier from about 1968 to 72, and our employer finally integrated the employees, I was quite shocked to here my black friends call each other the "n" word and when I expressed shock, they told me it was quite common, but they could do it, but not whites.

Finally I remember a brave young white woman sneak to move the white sign forward while the bus driver was distracted so an overweight and sweating elderly black woman could sit down! Bless both their hearts! You can imagine how hot our unconditioned buses got in our over 100 degree summer days!

back_bus


Thursday, August 17, 2017

THOSE DOGGONE GENERAL INTERCESSIONS


I had a recent conversation with a very well informed and well formed lay Catholic who was bitterly complaining about the General Intercessions (Universal or Bidding Prayers) in her parish, which  means, not specific prayers, but general and for the entire Church not just one locale.

Often, these prayers are mini ideological statements to the congregation and not prayers to God. Sometimes these prayers, since they are composed by the priest, deacon or God-forbid a committee, are sermons directed to the congregation. Sometimes these prays tell God a thing or two that He doesn't know or wouldn't accomplish save the prayer pointing out to Him His duty. Some prayers hearken to the good old days without discrimination, like slavery, no electricity and no technology.

Here are some bad hyperbolic samples that aren't far from reality:

For the Holy Church of God under Pope Francis, and all the bishops in union with His Holiness as well as the clergy, religious and laity, to include pastors, parochial vicars, pastoral assistants, pastoral council leaders and all the volunteers along with those not in full communion with the Church but only partially, to include their clergy and laity, staffs, paid and volunteer workers and the like, we pray that we will one day be one at the table of the Lord and in fellowship of love based upon the lowest common denominator and inclusiveness. We pray to the Lord.

For world peace, that President Trump would stop his tweeting, insults and slurs and democrat principles and platforms which are congruent with the Catholic Church's social teachings, especially under Pope Francis' papacy, will turn the world from exclusivity and closed boarders and borders to open boarders and borders, as well as love and forgiveness which knows no boundaries. We pray to the Lord.

For the sick and the suffering, those on the periphery, with aids and krone's sufferers and other such miladies but especially for the poor with no health insurance that they might be cared for by the government when we elect the right leaders and for relatives and friends that will not institutionalize the sick, elderly or chronically sick in mind, body or spirit in nursing homes or other horrible places but will have generous open not shut hearts to care for them at home risking even their own health and financial stability. We pray to the Lord.

I must say, that in the past, my own general intercessions have been wordy and preachy too. I won't give any examples as I am too embarrassed. 

But in recent months I have repented of my verbosity and this is what our typical intercessions look and hear like:

For the Holy Church of God, we pray to the Lord.

For world leaders, we pray to the Lord.

For peace and justice for all from the moment of conception. We pray to the Lord.

For the sick and suffering and all in need. We pray to the Lord.

For the conversion of those who promote hate and violence. We pray to the Lord.

For vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religous life. We pray to the Lord.

For the faithful departed and those who mourn. We pray to the Lord.

For our personal intentions offered in silence (pause) We pray to the Lord.

 DISCUSS among yourselves! 

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THURSDAY'S GOSPEL FOR MASS IN THE ORDINARY FORM--DID YOU HEAR A HOMILY ON IT?


Today's Gospel, Thursday, August 17th was Jesus' parable about forgiveness and the master who wanted his servant to pay him back, but the slave begged for time and forgiveness and was granted it. But then that servant, himself a master, treated his servant in a completely unforgiving way and threatened to have him tortured.

And then Jesus says to us that we'll be treated the same way as the one thrown into prison, tortured and the like unless we forgive our brother from our hearts.

Given today's climate, what did your priest or deacon preach about?