|Get this straight you stinky sheep: If you're married, you're |
not really married; but if you're living together you're married
and have all the graces of the sacrament you rejected. Got it?
Let's see if I've got this right. Pope Francis said the other day during a Q & A session that the "great part of our sacramental marriages are null.” On the other hand, he declared himself "sure that cohabitating couples are in a true marriage having the grace of marriage.”
So...to sum up...most of those who marry in the Church aren't really married after all; but those who live together without benefit of marriage are the one's who are really married. Huh? All I can say, is that sure sounds like a modernist Jesuit -- one who is busy as a termite undermining the faith.
Here's what canon lawyer Ed Peters says about all this:
The pope’s most recent statements on marriage were not slips akin to getting the date of a meeting wrong, they are not hearsay shared by a prelate known for a flexible attitude toward accuracy or stories shared by relatives from Argentina, and they are not hints of his views left ambiguous by some obvious omission. Instead these latest assertions were calmly offered by the pope before a large and sympathetic audience, with expert advisors readily at hand, in an extended manner, all of which factors point, I think, in a consistent if disturbing direction.....
The bark of Peter in danger: are you bailing or drilling holes?
...I see no way to avoid the conclusion that a crisis (in the Greek sense of that word) over marriage is unfolding in the Church, and it is a crisis that will, I suggest, come to a head over matrimonial discipline and law. If so, a key fact to keep in mind will be this: No sacrament owes so much of its theology to Church discipline as marriage owes to canon law.
Perusing the pages of, say, Jesuit Fr. George Joyce’s classic study of Christian Marriage (1933), one is repeatedly struck by how deeply indebted the development of Catholic doctrine on marriage is to the practical work of canon lawyers handling marriage matters. That the latest crisis over marriage depends so much on how canonical terms like “valid” or “null” are used, on how “marriage” and “Matrimony” are defined, or on what legally constitutes “objective grave sin” and “repentance”, should surprise no one. Catholic theology of marriage and Catholic canon law on marriage are deeply, deeply interwoven. This heavy presence of law in marriage matters even explains, I think, at least in part, why some proponents of “softening” Church discipline on marriage so often berate canon lawyers as Pharisees with stony hearts who care only about rules (oblivious to the irony that it was, after all, the Pharisees who tried to derail God’s plan for marriage.) By their defense of Church discipline on marriage canon lawyers have long been crucial in the defense of Church doctrine on marriage. And I hope we remain so.Thank God for Ed Peters' clear explanation. (Read the complete article here.) Sometimes I think the pope is like a terrorist with a drill. He goes around below the waterline in the bark of Peter drilling holes to let in the polluted water of the world. Instead of the bark being a rescue boat to save people from drowning, it's becoming water-logged and hardly able to float, much less be a lifeboat. Meanwhile, the Captain orders the crew to show nature films on the sails and paint the deck in rainbow colors for the pro-abort, pro-homosexual celebrities dropping in for a photo-op.
Remember the little boy with his finger in the dike? Get your fingers on those rosaries and do whatever you can to stop up the leaks by speaking and sharing the truth! But don't expect much help from this bad pope.