Will the Synod on the Family Endorse Consecutive Polygamy?
Introduction by Chris Jackson
As the Synod on the Family grows nearer, I want us to understand exactly what the stakes are for our Church and our society. What follows are excerpts from an article entitled “The Catholic Doctrine on Marriage” by the Rev. Henry A. Bran. Amazingly, this article first appeared in the American Catholic Quarterly Review in July of 1883. This is indeed noteworthy because Rev. Brand absolutely nails the cause of our ever increasing moral decay as a nation: the poisonous Protestant teaching on divorce and remarriage; a teaching which is supported almost completely by many prelates such as Cardinal Kasper who are to attend the Synod. Here, Rev. Bran demonstrates how this pernicious erroneous understanding of marriage has consistently unleashed unprecedented levels of destruction upon society. And yet this is the very error some Catholic prelates want to foist upon the Church. Over 130 years later, Rev. Brand’s words stand as a direct rebuke to those who would dare sully the pristine Catholic teaching on this subject. I now present to you, the Rev. Henry A. Bran. ..CJ
"Any attempt to make the ‘Church learning’ (discens) and the ‘Church teaching’ (docens) collaborate in such a way that it only remains for the Church docens to sanction the opinions of the Church discens is categorically reprobated and condemned." …Pope St. Pius X
Near the end of his pontificate Pope John Paul II famously decried the massive “silent apostasy on the part of people who live as if God does not exist." It was one of the late Pontiff’s more prescient observations, coupled as it was with poignant warnings against what he called "widespread and growing religious agnosticism" and the "profound moral and legal relativism" of the "culture of death". But apostasy does not exist in a vacuum. People, not things, are apostates. More specifically, Catholics are apostates for only they can renounce the Catholic Faith. Only they can abandon the Catholic religion and thus become, by definition, apostates. John Paul was thus lamenting the horrific reality that millions of Catholics have become apostates.
“They had looked for a new religion which would be a sort of eclectic association of religion, science and socialism. Their new form of religion would be a sort of potpourri of modern science, advanced Protestantism and emancipated Catholicism, where the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man would be the chief corner-stone, where each man would be his own moral law and where the chief architectonic features would be a Saviourless Christianity, a Godless Christ and an unknowable God."