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From LifeSiteNews

By Diane Montagna

Pope Francis’ post-synodal exhortation of the Amazon Synod will abolish celibacy, according to several bishops who have leaked the document. 
 
ROME, January 31, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholic historian Roberto de Mattei is claiming, based on documents he has received from “several bishops,” that Pope Francis’ post-synodal exhortation of the Amazon Synod will open the door to abolishing priestly celibacy in the Latin church.  

 
According to documents obtained by Corrispondenza Romana, the apostolic exhortation, due for release in February, repeats almost verbatim a paragraph dedicated to priestly celibacy the synodal final document.

 
De Mattei argues that the inclusion of this text effectively “opens the door” for the German Bishops, and others, to create a married clergy. “There is no reason to prohibit in other regions of the world what will be permitted in some parts of the Amazon,” he writes.

 
Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah have co-authored a new book on priestly celibacy, taking a firm stand against the priestly ordination of married men in the Latin Church. 

 
In the work, Benedict XVI writes:

Quote:The ability to renounce marriage in order to place oneself totally at the Lord’s disposal is a criterion for the priestly ministry. As for the concrete form of celibacy in the ancient Church, it should also be pointed out that married men could only receive the sacrament of Holy Orders if they had committed themselves to sexual abstinence, that is to say, to a Josephite marriage. Such a situation seems to have been quite normal during the first centuries.
This statement echoes his reaffirmation of the sacred meaning and obligatory character of priestly celibacy, in his 2007 post-apostolic exhortation on the Eucharist, Sacramentum Caritatis:

 
“In union with the great ecclesial Tradition, with the Second Vatican Council and my Predecessors in the Petrine Ministry, I affirm the beauty and the importance of a priestly life lived in celibacy as an expressive sign of total and exclusive dedication to Christ, to the Church and to the Kingdom of God, and consequently confirm its obligatory character for the Latin tradition” (n. 24).”

 
In a recent interview on their co-authored book, Cardinal Robert Sarah has also asserted:

Quote:Priestly celibacy is not a simple canonical discipline. If the law of celibacy is weakened, even for a single region, it will open a breach, a wound in the mystery of the Church. There is an ontological-sacramental link between the priesthood and celibacy. This link reminds us that the Church is a mystery, a gift from God that does not belong to us. We cannot create a priesthood for married men without damaging the priesthood of Jesus Christ and His Bride, the Church.

Here below is an English translation of Prof. Roberto de Mattei’s article, published this evening in Rome.”

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The news we are now reporting was in the air, but the confirmation has come to us confidentially from several bishops who have received a part (not all) of Pope Francis’s post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation on Amazon Synod. This part substantially reproduces paragraph 111 that was approved in the synod’s final document

Quote:Many of the Church communities in the Amazonian territory have enormous difficulties in attending the Eucharist. Sometimes it takes not just months but even several years before a priest can return to a community to celebrate the Eucharist, offer the sacrament of reconciliation or anoint the sick in the community.
Quote:We appreciate celibacy as a gift of God to the extent that this gift enables the missionary disciple, ordained to the priesthood, to dedicate himself fully to the service of the Holy People of God. It stimulates pastoral charity, and we pray that there will be many vocations living the celibate priesthood. We know that this discipline “is not demanded by the very nature of the priesthood” (PO 16) although there are many practical reasons for it. In his encyclical on priestly celibacy, St. Paul VI maintained this law and set out theological, spiritual and pastoral motivations that support it. In 1992, the post-synodal exhortation of St. John Paul II on priestly formation confirmed this tradition in the Latin Church (cf. PDV 29).
Quote:Considering that legitimate diversity does not harm the communion and unity of the Church, but rather expresses and serves it (cf. LG13; OE 6), witness the plurality of existing rites and disciplines, we propose that criteria and dispositions be established by the competent authority, within the framework of Lumen Gentium 26, to ordain as priests suitable and respected men of the community with a legitimately constituted and stable family, who have had a fruitful permanent diaconate and receive an adequate formation for the priesthood, in order to sustain the life of the Christian community through the preaching of the Word and the celebration of the Sacraments in the most remote areas of the Amazon region.

Therefore, the door is open. There is no reason to prohibit in other regions of the world what will be permitted in some parts of the Amazon. The German bishops, and others, are ready to extend access to the presbyterate to married men deemed suitable by the competent authorities. What is being gotten rid of is not only a “ecclesiastical discipline” subject to change, but a law of the Church based on a precept of divine and Apostolic origin.

 
Fifty years ago, at the symposium of European bishops held in Chur in July 1969, Cardinal Leo-Joseph Suenens, during his concluding conference, read an appeal by Hans Küng to suppress priestly celibacy. This request was consistent with the role which progressive theology assigned to sexuality: an instinct that man should not repress through asceticism, but “liberate,” by finding in sex a form of “realization” of the human person. Since then, this demand has expanded and accompanied the process of the Church’s secularization and self-demolition.

 
In reality, the transgression of celibacy and simony were the great plagues that have always afflicted the Mystical Body of Christ in times of crisis. And the call to continence and evangelical poverty was the battle standard of the great reforming saints. In the coming days of February, the anti-Reformer will not be, as has happened so often, a bishop or a group of bishops, but the successor of Saint Peter himself.

 
Ecclesiastical celibacy is a glory of the Church and what he is demeaning is the very will of Christ, transmitted by the Apostles even to our day. How can we possibly imagine Catholics to remain silent in the face of this scandal? 

 
Translated from the Italian by Diane Montagna of LifeSiteNews.
If it's a law of the Church of divine origin, it couldn't be permitted in the Eastern Churches. Abolishing celibacy is a horrible idea, but treating it as something other than a discipline, as that article does, is only going to harm people's faith if the Pope actually does this.
It will not stop until Vatican II is destroyed.
(01-31-2020, 05:27 PM)austenbosten Wrote: [ -> ]It will not stop until Vatican II is destroyed.

AMEN!!!
"For there must be also heresies: that they also, who are approved may be made manifest among you" (1 Cor. 11:19).

Sometimes evil allows good to shine forth more brilliantly. I think it's better that these wolves take off their masks for everyone to see, and let people be confronted by the facts of how terrible things have become since Vatican II. And let us pray, sacrifice, and set a good example for those stumbling out of the darkness!
(01-31-2020, 04:59 PM)jovan66102 Wrote: [ -> ]Ecclesiastical celibacy is a glory of the Church and what he is demeaning is the very will of Christ, transmitted by the Apostles even to our day. How can we possibly imagine Catholics to remain silent in the face of this scandal?
How do those of you with firsthand immersion into either Eastern Rite or Orthodox congregations take this? Forty years ago my godfather's nephew, a Jesuit, told me he thought that the Latin Church would soon enough follow the Uniates: married secular/diocesan clergy as optional for non-episcopal candidates, and religious order clergy remaining celibate by vowed choice.

With the precipitous decline in vocations, this move seems to me inevitable for manpower reasons foremost. I figured there'd be a papal "interpretation" of the celibate restriction by sheer necessity in staffing parishes, as far as N.O. ones go. Realizing most on FE will differ with me, given "we" accept Lutheran and Anglican married clergy already, that also appears a wedge forward, although I reckon the theologically trained can explain why "they" can enter as married as another exception to "Rome rule."

I see this in terms of "customer satisfaction" as underlying whatever pastoral policies will be advanced and forwarded by Francis. I look at it as a management case study, apart from the doctrinal impacts that are discussed of course here on FE. The Vatican cannot run this global parochial structure of "billions served" when "middle management" cannot recruit enough candidates. My "official" N.O. parish is consolidated, an increasingly common stopgap, and priests from India run it. We are in the nation's largest archdiocese, which ordained literally a handful of men last year, around five. I reckon next will be permanent deacons taking over parish supervision, and then Sisters (if any are left) and "lay-coordinators." Don't flame me as a heretic. I am treating this in logistical terms, given my secular friends and family ask me about it. Naturally, it's not a "typical" reaction in "our" trad terms. I am not defending the Synod, but considering their demands as a practical solution (?) to how they'll run their vast empire of parishes. After all, the Germans know best how crucial their profits depend on their church tax, and they look to keep their market share as their customer base ages and dwindles.

And with all the spare rooms in closed convents and empty rectories, they'll have enough room for families. Assuming any of these new clergy will be having any children.
My guess is that this will happen, discipline has been eroding for years, this is just the next to go.
I can't wait til Pastor Diane and her trans-male "spouse" hand out gluten-free artisan communion biscuits after we sing a hymn to Pachamama at my local Catholic multicultural center.

This madness won't stop until the Church is nothing more than a collective of liturgical Unitarian parishes.
(01-31-2020, 08:45 PM)Augustinian Wrote: [ -> ]I can't wait til Pastor Diane and her trans-male "spouse" hand out gluten-free artisan communion biscuits after we sing a hymn to Pachamama at my local Catholic multicultural center.

This madness won't stop until the Church is nothing more than a collective of liturgical Unitarian parishes.

If that is what it comes to, you will find me in the Sedevacantist group.
(01-31-2020, 08:59 PM)austenbosten Wrote: [ -> ]
(01-31-2020, 08:45 PM)Augustinian Wrote: [ -> ]I can't wait til Pastor Diane and her trans-male "spouse" hand out gluten-free artisan communion biscuits after we sing a hymn to Pachamama at my local Catholic multicultural center.

This madness won't stop until the Church is nothing more than a collective of liturgical Unitarian parishes.

If that is what it comes to, you will find me in the Sedevacantist group.

The question of the validity of the standing pope would certainly become suspect then, yes. It's times like this where I look at the Benevacantists and think they're onto something. From a Providential angle, I just don't understand why God has Benedict XVI still living at this point if Francis truly is pope...eh, I'm getting into muddy waters here. Mea culpa
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