With the help of LifeSite we hear from the great Francis Card. Arinze, Cardinal Bishop of the Suburbicarian Diocese of Velletri-Segni, former Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, Archbishop Emeritus of Onitsha, Nigeria. His Eminence was consecrated at 32 years of age in 1965 and he attended the final session of the Second Vatican Council.
Card. Arinze is well-known for his pithy statements of truth with clarity and charity.
Cardinal Arinze of Nigeria strongly defended the Catholic faith against the proposal put forward by one influential Synod Father who said last week that it is “unrealistic” for the divorced-and-remarried to refrain from sexual activity – what the Church following Christ calls ‘adultery,’ that such activity should be judged according to “lived context,” and that such person should be able to receive Holy Communion.
“The Ten Commandments are given to us by God. Have we any authority to say it is ‘unrealistic’ to expect people to keep any of the Ten Commandments, not only number six and number nine, also number five – abortion, killing of innocent people, number seven – stealing, whether small sums of money or big,” said Arinze, who is the prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, in an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews on Saturday in Rome.
“We cannot go on the reasoning that it is ‘unrealistic,’ he added. “You can say it is not easy. I accept that. Christ never promised us that it is easy to follow him. He said those who want to be his disciples must ‘take up their cross daily and follow me.’”
On the note of “carrying our cross”, you might want to take a look at this: