Fr Harrison on Kasper's Assault on Marriage: "Satan shaking the Church"
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My recent blog posting about the Kasper/Bergoglio program which in effect blesses divorce and remarriage (http://www.fathercekada.com/2014/03/05/d...lio-style/) laments that, apart from Professor Roberto de Mattei and Rorate Caeli, no conservative/traditionalist members of the post-V2 church have objected to the plan Kasper laid out.

I was happy to hear from Fr. Brian Harrison OS, however, that he had written a critical letter that just appeared in the February 2014 Inside the Vatican. Here it is:

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Dear Dr. Moynihan,

      In your latest Letter from Rome, commenting on the new appointments to the College of Cardinals, you report rather nonchalantly that "[Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig] Müller is also known for having said that the Church's position on admitting to divorced and remarried Catholics to the sacrament of Communion is not something that can or will be changed. But other German Church leaders, including Cardinal Walter Kasper, have recently gone on record saying the teaching may and will be changed."

    Your brief, matter-of-fact report on this controversy reminds me of the tip of an iceberg. It alludes to, but does not reveal the immensity of, a massive, looming threat that bids fair to pierce, penetrate and rend in twain Peter's barque – already tossing perilously amid stormy and icy seas. The shocking magnitude of the doctrinal and pastoral crisis lurking beneath  this politely-worded dispute between scholarly German prelates can scarcely be overstated. For what is at stake here is fidelity to a teaching of Jesus Christ that directly and profoundly affects the lives of hundreds of millions of Catholics: the indissolubility of marriage.

      The German bishops have devised a pastoral plan to admit divorced and remarried Catholics to Communion, whether or not a Church tribunal has granted a decree of nullity of their first marriage. Cardinal-elect Müller, as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has not only published a strong article in L'Osservatore Romano reaffirming the perennial Catholic doctrine confirmed by John Paul II in Familiaris Consortio; he has also written officially to the German Bishops' Conference telling them to rectify their heterodox pastoral plan. But the bishops, led by their conference president and by Cardinal Kasper, are openly defying the head of the CDF, and predicting that the existing doctrine and discipline will soon be changed!

    Think of the appalling ramifications of this. If German Catholics don't need decrees of nullity, neither will any Catholics anywhere. Won't the world's Catholic marriage tribunals then become basically irrelevant? (Will they eventually just close down?) And won't this reversal of bimillennial Catholic doctrine mean that the Protestants and Orthodox, who have allowed divorce and remarriage for century after century, have been more docile to the Holy Spirit on this issue than the true Church of Christ? Indeed, how credible, now, will be her claim to be the true Church? On what other controverted issues, perhaps, has the Catholic Church been wrong, and the separated brethren right?

      And what of Jesus' teaching that those who remarry after divorce commit adultery? Admitting them to Communion without a commitment to continence will lead logically to one of three faith-breaking conclusions: (a) our Lord was mistaken in calling this relationship adulterous - in which case he can scarcely have been the Son of God; (b) adultery is not intrinsically and gravely sinful - in which case the Church's universal and ordinary magisterium has always been wrong; or © Communion can be given to some who are living in objectively grave sin - in which case not only has the magisterium also erred monumentally by always teaching the opposite, but the way will also be opened to Communion for fornicators, practicing homosexuals, pederasts, and who knows who else? (And, please, spare us the sophistry that Jesus' teaching was correct "in his own historical and cultural context", but that since about Martin Luther's time that has all changed.)

      Let us make no mistake: Satan is right now shaking the Church to her very foundations over this divorce issue. If anything, the confusion is becoming even graver than that over contraception between 1965 and 1968, when Paul VI's seeming vacillation allowed Catholics round the world to anticipate a reversal of perennial Church teaching. If the present Successor of Peter now keeps silent about divorce and remarriage, thereby tacitly telling the Church and the world that the teaching of Jesus Christ will be up for open debate at a forthcoming Synod of Bishops, one fears a terrible price will soon have to be paid.

        Fr. Brian W. Harrison, O.S.
        St. Louis, Missouri
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Well written. So once again the Germans are leading a revolt. Perhaps, considering all that is transpiring, now is a good time to have this fight. We are quickly approaching the point of having to choose Christ and His established Church, or the conciliar wanna be. Pope Emeritus Benedict once stated that the Church would become small. He may not have realized how prophetic those words were.
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#3
If only the Rhine had been dammed in the 50s (no pun intended).
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Thank you for sharing this, Father.
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Thank you for the letter Father.

Is the letter written above by a Priest in communion with Rome? Thanks.
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What is it with the Rhineland and heretics; it's as if that area and the low countries have been heretic hotspots for centuries...
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(03-08-2014, 10:09 PM)DeoGratias72 Wrote: Thank you for the letter Father.

Is the letter written above by a Priest in communion with Rome? Thanks.

Yes, he is in communion with Rome.  He's chaplain of a parish in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, which has daily Masses, both EF and OF, in Latin.
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Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro has also come out swinging on this issue

“As we have mentioned, there is a logical impossibility in granting forgiveness to a person who is not committed to changing his life. That is not a juridical question, about the validity of that absolution, but something that touches the essence of absolution itself.”

“This really is not about marriage, but in practice a change of principles. It has to do with the guiding principles of the Church. It is being presented as a form of compassion, yes, but it’s a wrong compassion that will lead to great harm.
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/vatican...to-the-rem
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(03-09-2014, 01:09 AM)Steven Wrote:
(03-08-2014, 10:09 PM)DeoGratias72 Wrote: Thank you for the letter Father.

Is the letter written above by a Priest in communion with Rome? Thanks.

Yes, he is in communion with Rome.  He's chaplain of a parish in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, which has daily Masses, both EF and OF, in Latin.


Thanks Steven. I appreciate the reply :)
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