A letter of St Jerome to Amandus of Bordeaux (394), a presbyter seeking advice on pastoral matters.
"I find joined to your letter of inquiries a short paper containing the following words: “ask him, (that is me, St Jerome) whether a woman who has left her husband on the ground that he is an adulterer and sodomite and has found herself compelled to take another may in the lifetime of him whom she first left be in communion with the church without doing penance for her fault.”...Tell the sister...,who thus enquires of me concerning her condition, not my sentence but that of the Apostle.
“Know ye not, brethren (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband, so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then, if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress.” And in another place: “the wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.” ( 1 Cor 7:39)
"Thus the apostle has thus cut away every plea and has clearly declared that, if a woman marries again while her husband is living, she is an adulteress. You need not tell me tales about an assailants physical violence, a mother's wheedling, a father's heavy hand, or about the swarm of relatives, the trickery and insolence of servants, the losses to household property. As long as her husband lives, even though he may be an adulterer, a homosexual, a man stained with every crime and divorced by his wife because of his misdeeds, he still ranks as her husband and she may not marry another. It is not the Apostle who decides this on his own authority; it is Christ speaking through him. Paul is simply echoing the words of Christ, who tells us in the Gospel: Whoever puts away his wife, save on account of immorality, causes her to commit adultery; and he who marries a woman who has
"Notice what he says: "He who marries a woman who has been put away, commits adultery." Whether she has parted from her husband or whether he has parted from her, whoever marries her is an adulterer. That explains why the Apostles, as soon as they realize the heavy burden of matrimony, exclaim: "If the case of a man with his wife is so, it is not expedient to marry." Our Lord answers them: "Let him accept it who can", ((MT 19: 10,12) and holding up the example of the three eunuchs, He immediately shows the blessedness of virginity, which is not fettered by any bond of the flesh…
"If this sister of yours, then….wishes to receive the Body of Christ and not to be branded an adulteress, she must do penance. At least from the moment she embarks upon a different course of life, all further marital relations with her second husband must cease. It would be more correct to call him adulterer than husband. If she finds this difficult and is unable to desert a man to whom she has given her love, if sensual pleasures takes preference over our Lord, let her note the Apostle's declaration: "You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of the devils. You cannot be partakers of the table of the Lord, and the of the table of devils" (1 Cor 10:21) And He says again: "What fellowship has light with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? (2 Cor 6:14, 15)
"Therefore I beg you to comfort her and urge her to seek salvation. Flesh that is diseased must be cut away and cauterized. It is not the treatment but the wound that is to blame if the surgeon shows a merciful severity which spares by not sparing and is cruel only to be kind." St Jerome
"No one can deny or doubt that this Jesus Christ, in order to apply the fruits of His Redemption to all generations of man, has built here on earth, upon Peter, His one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church; and that He conferred upon her the power necessary to preserve whole and inviolate the deposit of Faith, and to transmit this same Faith to all peoples, tribes and nations, so that all men be united in her Mystcal Body through Baptism. Wherefore, this Church, which constitutes His Mystical Body, will persist and prosper in her stable and immutable nature until the end of time
Whoever carefully considers and studies the situation of the various religious communities, divided amongst themselves and separated from the Catholic Church will be easily convinced that none of these associations whether considered individually or taken as a whole can in any way be seen as that One Catholic Church that Christ the Lord built and willed to exist. Neither can they in any way be considered members or part of this same Church, as long as they remain visibly separated from Catholic unity. It follows that such communities, lacking the living authority established by God to teach men especially in Morals and matters of Faith and customs, directing and governing them in all that concerns eternal salvation thus mutate in their doctrines and are constantly changing and instable.
For this reason, let all those who do not possess the communion and the truth of the Catholic Church take advantage of this Council, in which she offers a further demonstration of her profound unity and impregnable vital force; and responding to the demands of their hearts, let them strive to leave this state that does not guarantee for them the security of salvation."
(Pius IX, Apostolic
Letter Iam vos
of September 13, 1868 - DS 2997-2999 )
These last days are very trying on us all. What should we do…?
"Recollect ourselves. Concentrate on doing well whatever we do. Focus our will in spite of the demands of our passions. Learn how to live in the presence of God, not yielding to the inclinations of the passions, but according to virtue. Learn how to live according to a rule of conduct that directs, protects and produces fruits – a rule that leads us to joy, to a great joy that nothing and nobody can take away from us.
Perhaps we will not be always up to this; but that should not frighten or stop us – failure is a lesson in the school of life, by which we become aware of our own misery and learn to rest on God, Who wishes to live, battle and work in us.
Whatever happens, we must go on, because we have learned that nothing is more exhausting than to be enslaved by our own uncontrolled and insatiable desires.
However, we must be on our guard, because the world is powerful and we are quite weak! We must not delude ourselves: the systematic destruction of human nature, begun long ago, continues unrelentingly, by multiplying the illusions which inebriate souls without nourishing them. The world, boasting of its technical progress, reduces man to the condition of a robot and thereby hurtles to its damnation because it is nothing more than a slave-making machine. In a mad rush, it runs blindly to the abyss.
It is a disaster: our nature, already wounded by original sin, is thus degraded further. Are we still men? The world exercises upon us a dehumanizing pressure because of the constant exacerbation of our passions, the frenzy of our senses stirred up by incessant incitements to pleasure, to luxuries, to selfishness…
In particular, modern man has completely lost the sense of making any effort. He has not even a vague understanding of it. His ideal is to attain the greatest pleasure with the minimum of effort. Forgetfulness of self, the sense of the common good, the respect for authority, politeness – no one practices these virtues any more. Only selfishness remains, and in its basest aspirations. We are deluded. Man cannot be happy in this way. His happiness must be sought beyond himself, going away from himself, in the gift and the dedication of his whole being to a higher reality. We have become zombies in pursuit of shadows, in an exhausting Read More...
How sad to see the apostasy continues unabated while our Church leaders betray Christ by defending notions of religious indifferentism. The passion of the Church must occur but woe to those men through whom the betrayal occurs. It were better for them, if they had not been born. Mark 14:21
(Lancashire, England)"A Roman Catholic primary school could become the first in the country to be run by a mosque after a dramatic rise in the number of Muslim pupils, it emerged today.
"Church bosses want to close Sacred Heart RC Primary School, in Blackburn, Lancashire, because the number of Catholic students has plummeted from 91 per cent to just three per cent in a decade.
"In what would be the first case of its kind in Britain, the primary would be handed over to another organisation to run - most likely the local Tauheedul mosque - and re-opened with a new name.
"Around 95 per cent of the school's 200 pupils are of Asian origin. Many do not speak English as their first language and the majority follow the Islamic faith.
"The Diocese of Salford has told Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council that it no longer believes it is “appropriate” for the church to be in charge.
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