Friday, October 23, 2015

Spirit & Life - Don't Be Fooled!

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Dear deaconjohn,     

I want to thank you for joining us in prayer for the Synod Fathers - our Novena ends this Sunday, but we will be continuing to pray for the defense of marriage and the family.

As I explain in my article below, there remain reasons for concern due to the arguments being forwarded by some of the Synod fathers. It is truly sad and scandalous to see the reasoning, or at times the lack of reasoning, that underlies calls to let the prevailing and sick culture determine the Church's response, rather than the Church bringing her Truth to the sick culture.

We must at the same time never give up our hope! The Holy Spirit truly is in ultimate control of things, even if He allows willful errors to be presented. These errors will not make it into doctrine affirmed by the Magisterium, and we pray that they are definitively quashed before they are allowed to further confuse the faithful. This is not an empty hope, but the assurance of Our Lord, which is as solid and true as any word ever spoken.

In an article this week from Monsignor Barreiro we remember one of history's greatest defenders of marriage and the family -- Pope Saint John Paul II -- whose feast day we celebrated yesterday. His Familiaris Consortio and Letter to Families remain among the greatest consolations of the beautiful teaching of the Church for families.

Two more notes:

First, I didn't want the news to be missed below with everything else going on: Our dear friend, Patricia Pitkus Bainbridge, has retired from HLI's board of directors, though she will continue to serve in an emeritus capacity. She is one of the greats of the pro-life movement, without a doubt. We will miss her regular contributions, although we will also be bothering her quite a bit as things come up! I would be grateful if you would remember Patricia and her family in your prayers.

Second, we were honored to welcome Bishop Athanasius Schneider to HLI last Friday evening for a rousing talk on the unchangeable nature of marriage. We will soon be posting more on this talk, so stay tuned!

Sincerely yours in Christ,  
Father Shenan J. Boquet
President, Human Life International
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According to situation ethics, the situation determines the morality or an action, as opposed to bringing objective moral truths to different situations and applying them faithfully. This view gives a lot of weight to "intentions," which, of course, are always "good," so almost any action is justifiable. Cohabitation, adultery, contraception, and homosexuality - one cannot, per situation ethics, call these situations wrong, since we don't know the particulars of each person's situation.  - continue -
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"We have known for the last couple years the heroic sacrifices that Patricia was making to be at our meetings, and being the primary caregiver for her mother, Dutchie," said Father Shenan J. Boquet, president of HLI. "We have a deep sense of gratitude to Patricia, and to her family for allowing her to serve HLI as chairman during these years. You don't meet many people in the pro-life movement who have led for so long, at a very high level, and with such a great spirit. Patricia is an exceptional woman and a great friend, and her regular contributions will be missed."  - continue -
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John Paul's concern to defend and promote life, marriage and the family was clearly expressed in many initiatives, his Wednesday catechesis on human love (The Theology of the Body) and in his constant preaching on this fundamental topic. We can see this in many of the fundamental documents of his pontificate like his magnificent encyclical letter Evangelium Vitae on March 25, 1995, and in the Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio of November 22nd, 1981 and The Charter of the Rights of the Family of October 22nd 1983. The teaching of John Paul II has become particularly relevant on the light of the well-known controversies and tensions that are regrettably affecting the current Synod of the Family  - continue -
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