On “Toxic Rigidity”

In last Sunday’s Times of Malta, there was another justification of the latest Maltese Bishops’ guidelines on the implementation of Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia. This time such a justification was made by Mr Vassallo, an “accredited spiritual guide”. I already smelled liberalism coming out from the newspaper when I saw the words “spiritual guide” used for a member of the laity. As far as I know the only spiritual guides that we need and should listen are none other than Catholic priests, after all we aren’t like the Protestants with pastors who they accredit as spiritual guides which one finds around every corner. After all, the reason why I write isn’t because I want to be known as some spiritual guide on the contrary the only guidance I get are from excellent priest who help me in my writing and inspire me as they follow Christ. My guide is Christ and since I’m not ordained I can’t be accredited as being a spiritual guide.

Mr Vassallo decided that the best way to fill 7 lines on his article was to refer to Alex de Tocqueville   :

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And I quote: “For conservatives tend to look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all.” I’m not surprised that Mr Vassallo used such a quote after all Alec de Tocqueville is known as a classical liberal (1). Let me give you a suggestion Mr Vassallo should you want a quote on innovators and so called liberal here is one from Pope Pius X: “Indeed, the true friends of the people are neither revolutionaries, nor innovators: they are traditionalists.” If you are truly Catholic use truly Catholic material and not quotes from a classical liberal or the Dalai Lama:

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Buddhism is not about either believing or not believing in God or gods. Rather, the historical Buddha taught that believing in gods was not useful for those seeking to realize enlightenment. Mr Vassallo it would be interesting for you to know that the Catholic Church holds the view that God should be at the very center of our life and indeed our Faith, those who believe otherwise are outright heretics, and we should not quote them as examples.

Since you said constantly appealed to compassion and mercy in your article let me now appeal to something which no one can deny; which is the black and white approach as shown by Christ’s words and teaching. In the Gospel according to St Mark Chapter 10 from verses 9 to 12 one finds:

9  “Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.”

10 In the house the disciples again questioned him about this.

11 He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her;

12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

Mr Vassallo the above is not a quote from the Dalai Lama or some classical liberal which you dearly love, but Christ’s words. Our Lord makes it very clear that divorced and remarried are in a state of sin, and should they want to return to Holy Mother Church, they have to live in continence and abstain from any sexual activity, for such an activity would be nothing more than an affirmation of their love, which is in itself sinful. Those who agree with the above have a clear faith and as Pope Benedict XVI said: “Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the church is often labeled today as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and swept along by every wind of teaching, look like the only attitude acceptable to today’s standards.”

References:

  1. Paul R. Hansen, Contesting the French Revolution (2009), p. 3.

 

 

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