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  • Susan Varenne
    October 22, 2015 Reply

    Very encouraging words. I am a life-long Catholic, married to a good Catholic man
    and we raised and educated our children in the Church. They married in the Church and are raising our grandchildren to be good Catholics. There are so many attacks from our American culture and politics aimed at us for being faithful to the teachings of Christ. Thank you for sticking up for us!

  • Judith
    October 23, 2015 Reply

    Very well said. So thankful that Jesus called me to new life in him instead of leaving me where .i was.

  • John B. Polhamus
    October 23, 2015 Reply

    Regarding point 10; Actually, the church has ALWAYS been about “Either/Or” and that choice comes from the mouth of the Savior: “I come not with peace but with a sword: and i will divide…” In other words, “I will make you make a choice between me, or the world; between myself, and the world; between my way, or the highway.” Revelation speaks of being hot, or cold, but but not luke-warm or you will be “spit out.” And the reason, obviously, is because Christ is the Great Physician to his creation which has made itself ill and sick; but like all addicts, we being addicts of sin, we cannot be cured without a decision of our own. We must make that decision, or else in our indecision we are lying to the face of God, denying that we are ill and continuing to maintain that we are the best physician for whatever minor ills may plague us. Christ says, “No, either choose Me, and My remedy (or wind up in my waiting room by default where I MAY treat you – or I MAY condemn you), or go your own way and certainly perish. In the end, your assertion of “Both/And” is partly true, in that both the repentant and the confirmed sinner will arrive before the judgement seat of God, where they may plead for His mercy; but only partly true, because only the truly repentant sinner is guaranteed of that Mercy. Therefore it is irresponsible and reckless to urge the sinner to “sin boldly” and, judging himself, to appear before the Judgement Seat. The church has NEVER recommended that course. Thank you, however, for standing up for those imperfect beings who strive to live the mission of the church and to form their lives according to its teachings. To paraphrase Cardinal Newman, “Repentant sinners have souls, too, you know.”

  • Theodore Karabetsos Jr
    October 24, 2015 Reply

    Peace and grace to you from the Lord Jesus Christ and G-d the Father. I have seen your article. Thank you for the insight. Keep running the race and I hope that we can bring as many people with us along the ride of Salvation. I agree that the paradoxical nature of the Word is prevalent. It it was all crystal clear, then how would we revel in the beauty. We can imagine, dream and submit to the divine nature of the infinite L-rd, knowing: we don’t know it all, but whatever we can get to have the momentum, we will gladly receive that!
    Thank you for the encouragement, Timothy.
    -Teddy

  • Monika
    October 31, 2015 Reply

    Your Eminence,
    I am writing to propose what, to the best of my knowledge, would be a slightly new approach to helping divorced and ‘remarried’ Catholics come back to the sacraments: namely, I think that every diocese ought to establish a ministry devoted to helping people break out of their irregular unions.

    I believe that there are many Catholics who have grown in their faith since they made their fateful mistake of remarrying outside the Church and are longing to follow Christ’s plan for matrimony anew. However, many of them probably feel trapped in the status quo: they are very well settled into life with their new partner, those around them consider them husband and wife, and sometimes they are financially dependent on their new partner. They understand that they should leave, but leaving must seem like a monumental task. Such Catholics desperately need a team of people who can provide them with the necessary resources to leave their less-than-ideal situation.

    This is why, in my opinion, we need a specialized ministry in every dioceses whose sole purpose will be to provide spiritual, emotional, and if necessary, material support to those trying to bring their lives into accordance with Christ’s teachings, far beyond the time and help which an average counselling priest can offer. We need to have someone who will sit down with these individuals or couples and help them extensively talk through the practical aspects of leaving or living celibately and offer aid accordingly: Do they need someplace to stay during the transition or other financial support? How can they begin the difficult conversation with their partner? What are some realistic, everyday tips for living the same house as brother and sister and not succumbing to temptation? It would be wonderful if they could be assigned mentors, people who have once been in the same shoes, with whom they could talk and get encouragement from. There could be Eucharistic adorations and retreats organized especially for them. Mary, the Undoer of Knots, could be the patroness of this ministry, which would help the divorced and ‘remarried’ feel included and listened to, while at the same time forwarding Jesus’s plan for matrimony.

    I took inspiration for this idea from ‘And Then There Were None’, a ministry which helps abortion clinic workers resign and find employment compatible with the culture of life. In the three years they have been operating, they have helped 185 clinic workers, including 6 abortion doctors, leave their jobs. And that number is ever increasing. Who would have thought that 185 clinic workers would be open to leaving the industry? And yet, not one of them left until they had a support group to lean back on.

    In the same way, we need to give people in irregular unions an escape route and safety net. It is easy to indicate an open door to reconciliation with Christ, but there is a much greater chance of success if we take someone’s hand and gently lead them across the threshold.

  • sean dasalla
    November 4, 2015 Reply

    Thank you bishop for these helpful words of consolation and inspiration. Please send us a prayer because a prayer from you can be a powerfully forming life and moving love story changer. Safe home to your element comfort zone. Sincerely Sean and Julie DaSalla, Sussex NJ.

 

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