Messing with the Catechism...

Torch of The Faith News on Saturday 04 August 2018 - 09:21:13 | by admin

Messing with the teachings of the Catechism?!!! It's not to be done!

As was predictable, and barely hours after Francis sent out another major Church-quake which was massive even by his standards, homosexualists have started calling for further ''changes'' to be made to the teachings of the Church presented in the Catechism.

And so, the radically dissenting US group known as New Ways Ministry has now suggested: ''It is important for Catholic advocates of LGBT equality to take note of this change because for decades Catholic opponents of LGBT equality argued that it is impossible to change Church teaching. They often pointed to the fact that condemnations of same-sex relationships were inscribed in the Catechism, and so were not open for discussion or change. Yet, the teaching on the death penalty is in the Catechism, too, and, in fact, to make this change in teaching, it was the text of the Catechism that Francis changed.''

This New Ways communication calls to mind an article that first appeared at 1 Peter 5, on the 17th June, 2016, and carried the headline, Theologians Propose to Re-Write Catechism and Canon Law in Light of Amoris Laetitia.

It also bears out precisely the second of the three-fold problems which were outlined in my article here yesterday.

At this point, it is therefore absolutely vital that all Catholics are reminded about - and that Francis himself is called to obey and live out - the actual nature and limits of the charism of papal infallibility, as are so clearly expressed in the Decree of the First Vatican Council pronouncing that very dogma.

In Point 6, of Chapter 3, of the First Vatican Council's Session 4, dated the 18th July, 1870, that vitally important decree affirms the following in regard to the infallible teaching authority of the Roman Pontiff: ''For the Holy Spirit was promised to the successors of St. Peter, not so that they might, by His revelation, make known some new doctrine, but that, by His assistance, they might religiously guard and faithfully expound the Revelation or Deposit of Faith transmitted by the Apostles.''

In other words, this supernatural charism enables the supreme pontiffs to faithfully hand on the full Fidei Depositum from one generation to the next, from the time of Christ and the Apostles all the way on until the end of time; rather than to receive a licence to act like some kind of trendy guru, chanelling the kind of new ''revelations'' and novel teachings that would appeal to the post-modern hipsters and sentimental liberals of an atheistic and thoroughly immoral generation.

I know I've mentioned this twice before in recent years, but given all the confusion knocking about these days, I think it also worth encouraging the faithful once more with the recollection of those helpful words of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, who reminded his spiritual children: ''Keep close to the Catholic Church at all times, for the Church alone can give you true peace, since She alone possesses Jesus, the true Prince of Peace, in the Blessed Sacrament.''
With God's grace, Keep the Faith! St. Pio did, and he was enduring the sacred Stigmata of Christ for 50 years of his life. May he pray for each and every one of us to remain faithful to Christ and His true teachings; and thus one day arrive safely in our Heavenly Home to love God and there be happy with Him for ever in eternity.

St. Padre Pio - pray for us!

St. Peter and All Holy Pontiffs in Heaven - Pray for us!

Our Lady of Fatima - pray for us!         

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