The Turning Point ? Part II


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My Comment : Catechism of the Catholic Church

  1. IV. Offenses Against the Dignity of Marriage


2380 Adultery refers to marital infidelity. When two partners, of whom at least one is married to another party, have sexual relations – even transient ones – they commit adultery. Christ condemns even adultery of mere desire.170 The sixth commandment and the New Testament forbid adultery absolutely.171 The prophets denounce the gravity of adultery; they see it as an image of the sin of idolatry.172

2381 Adultery is an injustice. He who commits adultery fails in his commitment. He does injury to the sign of the covenant which the marriage bond is, transgresses the rights of the other spouse, and undermines the institution of marriage by breaking the contract on which it is based. He compromises the good of human generation and the welfare of children who need their parents’ stable union.


2382 The Lord Jesus insisted on the original intention of the Creator who willed that marriage be indissoluble.173 He abrogates the accommodations that had slipped into the old Law.174 Between the baptized, “a ratified and consummated marriage cannot be dissolved by any human power or for any reason other than death.”175

2383 The separation of spouses while maintaining the marriage bond can be legitimate in certain cases provided for by canon law.176 If civil divorce remains the only possible way of ensuring certain legal rights, the care of the children, or the protection of inheritance, it can be tolerated and does not constitute a moral offense.

2384 Divorce is a grave offense against the natural law. It claims to break the contract, to which the spouses freely consented, to live with each other till death. Divorce does injury to the covenant of salvation, of which sacramental marriage is the sign. Contracting a new union, even if it is recognized by civil law, adds to the gravity of the rupture: the remarried spouse is then in a situation of public and permanent adultery:

If a husband, separated from his wife, approaches another woman, he is an adulterer because he makes that woman commit adultery, and the woman who lives with him is an adulteress, because she has drawn another’s husband to herself.177

2385 Divorce is immoral also because it introduces disorder into the family and into society. This disorder brings grave harm to the deserted spouse, to children traumatized by the separation of their parents and often torn between them, and because of its contagious effect which makes it truly a plague on society.

2386 It can happen that one of the spouses is the innocent victim of a divorce decreed by civil law; this spouse therefore has not contravened the moral law. There is a considerable difference between a spouse who has sincerely tried to be faithful to the sacrament of marriage and is unjustly abandoned, and one who through his own grave fault destroys a canonically valid marriage.178

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In “Concerning the Reception of Holy Communion by Divorced-and-Remarried Members of the Faithful” the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in a letter to the world’s bishops on October 14, 1994 said,

7. The mistaken conviction of a divorced-and-remarried person that he may receive holy communion normally presupposes that personal conscience is considered in the final analysis to be able, on the basis of one’s own convictions, to come to a decision about the existence or absence of a previous marriage and the value of the new union. However, such a position is inadmissible. Marriage, in fact, both because it is the image of the spousal relationship between Christ and his church as well as the fundamental core and an important factor in the life of civil society, is  essentially a public reality.

By this document the Holy See affirmed the continuous theology and discipline of the Catholic Church that those who are divorced and remarried without a Decree of Nullity for the first marriage (whether that marriage was made within or outside the Catholic Church) are in an objectively adulterous union that prevents them from honestly repenting, receiving absolution for their their sins, and receiving Holy Communion. Until the marital irregularity is resolved by a Marriage Tribunal, or other procedures which apply to marriages of the non-baptized, they may not approach Penance or Holy Communion. As Pope John Paul II pointed out in Reconciliation and Penance, the Church desires such couples to participate in the Church’s life to the extent possible (and this participation in Mass, Eucharistic adoration, devotions and so on is a great spiritual help to them), as they work toward full sacramental participation.

A Unique Case. One final situation is that of those who have repented of their illicit union, but remain together for a serious reason, such as for the sake of their children. Catholic pastoral practice allows that IF their pastor judges that scandal can be avoided (meaning most people are unaware of their remarriage and consider them a married couple), then they may live together as “brother and sister” (without any sexual relations), and be admitted to the sacraments. If scandal can not be avoided, then they must either  separate or refrain from the sacraments.

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10 thoughts on “The Turning Point ? Part II

  1. From seeing this selected picture of Our lady of Akita. The chaplet of Tears is extremely powerful. I was doing a nine day novena to Our Lady of Tears for my difficult daughter. I had a dream that I saw her but she was so far away. She looked at me and i woke up. I saw my husband and his face was very white. I knew something wrong . He gave me shocking news about our new neighours. I realised I got this grace from Our lady of Tears that she let me know that she is with me during this unpleasant news. I had to focus to finish my novena to our lady of Tears for nine days. I got a lovely surprise that my daughter gave me a big hug which is a rarity. I have to say the chaplet of the tears of Our
    Lady is amazing. It is different from the rosary of the seven sorrows.

  2. Marriage is not very easy. We need to ask God to bless our marriage every day. Our Lady of Garabandal asked one of those girls to lay the cross on the double bed. I got this impression that the marriage beds are holy because many new life are concieved.

        • Dear Bairbre Aine Marie, You misunderstood me or read my comment out of context. I do not think wedding rings have ‘holy vibes’. I received the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony in a Catholic Church and I am not superstitious in any way. I was referring to your suggestion that we should ask God to bless our marriages everyday and that (at Garabandal) Our Lady asked the girls to lay a wooden cross on the bed. I agreed that marriage beds and marriages should be holy and we should ask God for every help and blessing.

      • I have not worn my wedding ring for three years because of my weight problem. I left it in the press and i often forget about it. One day , i saw my “forgotten” wedding ring and decided to try it on my finger and I was surprised to feel this holy vibes and i realised that it was blessed from God during our wedding at the Catholic Church. I got this signal grace that I should keep it on my finger.all the time…It is my personal experience. I confirm all holy relics or blessed things do have the holy vibes or we call it as beautiful feeling or peacefiul etc when we hold them.

    • Our Lady of Carmel was used to kiss wedding rings as well as a blessing of the Sacrament of Matrimony, many eyewitness in village have told me their own experience confirming this fact, the Mother of God would never kissed any rings of any divorce and remarried couple, Never.

  3. Thank you Aviso. I cry deep inside that everyone may know the truth about marriage, reunion and the Eucharist. I fear for souls because never by an easy answer or ‘cop out’ or lack of penance was anyone led to holiness. What people don’t need is to feel more comfortable in any of their sins; that goes for any of us. It is only the hard road that leads to heaven.
    It seems that the “concession which cannot be made” in Blessed Catherine Emmerich’s prophecy is being fulfilled.
    Also to all of your readers: have you caught up on all of the prophecies of Our Lady of Good Success (through Blessed Mariana de Jesus Torres) who specifies that they are for these times?
    Do not discount the prophecies of God or His miracles and signs given through these holy intercessors. They have been examined by the Church and not found wanting. For all men, discern by the fruits they produce.

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