There is a clear and present danger to Catholic doctrine, practice, identity which has already risen over the horizon and which looms larger as the weeks pass.
The exaltation of “conscience”, no matter what.
We are not talking about properly formed consciences, in the Catholic sense.
The ambiguous Amoris Laetitia “Communion for those who are in the state of mortal sin and who lack a firm purpose of amendment” controversy heralded the danger.
We’ve now seen different conferences of bishops, and different individual bishops, come up with diametrically opposed interpretations of Amoris. Look, friends, that’s just a fact, and its coming from Amoris, which is polarizing us.
As the horizon darkens, Cardinal Kasper continues to press his agenda.
Not long ago Kasper opined in a TV interview (HERE) that:
“In some cases, I think so, as they share the same faith in the Eucharist, it is assumed, and if they have the inner state, they can refer to their conscience to go to Communion, and this, I think, is also the position of the current pope. “
If you have a family or couple, “you can not divide them at the altar,” said the chairman emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity.
There are cases in which the diocesan bishop is able to grant admission to the Eucharist by a non-Catholic. However, it is the diocesan bishop who makes that determination. What Kasper intimates is that the bishop has no role. Instead, non-Catholics should simply receive if they want to. That’s what the cant about “conscience” means. He also had told the newspaper of the Italian bishops conference Avvenire that inter-communion is only a matter of time. HERE
That would, of course, lead to an increase in sacrilegious Communions. Msgr. Bux is right. HERE Of course reasoned arguments and reference to the Magisterium means less and less these days.
What is it that we are seeing these days? It looks as if the doctrine of the Eucharist is being undermined at an alarming rate.
Some will now leap to point out that Kasper said, “In some cases” and “they share the same faith”, etc. Sure. That, however, avoids the problem of how that is discerned. In fact, Canon Law can. 843 provides for these situations: the diocesan bishop makes the determination.
Sure, it could happen that the diocesan bishop is squishy, permissive, and negligent. Still, the buck still stops on his desk. He will answer to the Lord for his decision. At least there is a way to verify, however thinly, that the non-Catholic in question “shares the same faith” in the Eucharist as the Church (and not the same faith as her hubby, who might himself have only a vague notion of what Communion means). Instead, the “conscience” of the individual becomes the ultimate arbiter and lawgiver. And we all know about human nature, don’t we. What starts as “in some cases” will turn into religious indifferentism.
What to do?
Most of us can do nothing about this, in the activist sense. In worldly terms we are pretty much helpless in the face of the juggernaut. Right now, the great lib carriage is crushing opposition beneath its wheels.
However, we can nevertheless do our part.
First, I suggest thorough examinations of conscience… there’s that word again… with brutal clarity, followed by making good, regular confessions.
So, … GO TO CONFESSION!
Thereupon, make good, pious, devout Holy Communions, offering them also for specific intentions.
Moreover, you can pray and you can offer mortifications such as fasting. Join prayer and fasting to performing works of mercy, offering any and all discomfort or inconvenience to God for the sake of turning the tide in whatever way God might choose.
Finally, as good solider-pilgrims in this vale of tears, in this Church Militant, during the day in times of rest or in times of repetitive tasks and chores, offer brief prayers to sanctify your work and to make even in a sacrifice pleasing to God.
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