New book on marriage an essential

As we prepare for the upcoming Synod, there is a great new book coming out in English by Ignatius Press: “Remaining in the Truth of Christ + Marriage and Communion in The Catholic Church.” I think this is an essential for every priest, seminarian and lay person who wants to know the Church’s teaching on this beautiful gift.

We are hearing so much about marriage. What it is and what it is not. Since there was talk of the Synod, bloggers have been blogging. Some has been good and some has been pretty bad. There is nothing worse than someone who has a little information and think they know it all.

The following Cardinals and theologians provided chapters:marriage_book

• Paul Mankowski, S.J.
• John M. Rist
• Archbishop Cyril Vasil’, S.J.
• Walter Cardinal Brandmuller
• Gerhard Ludwig Cardinal Muller
• Carlo Cardinal Caffarra
• Velasio Cardinal De Paolis, C.S.
• Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

You can learn more about this book on Fr. Z’s Blog. Here is a taste:

Today in the liberal Italian daily Corriere della sera there is an article about the forthcoming book Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church (in English by Ignatius Press HERE – UK link HERE).  The books is being rolled out in Italian soon and so the daily jumped on it.

As a matter of fact, this is why – I think -the news of Card. Burke reassignment was leaked.  I digress.

I didn’t expect a good presentation by Corriere, but it was remarkably fair.   The best part about it is that, unexpectedly, it stuck to the issues and quoted exactly the right bits from the introductory chapter by the editor, Fr. Robert Dodaro.  I’ve read nearly the whole book, by the way.

Corriere‘s headline faltered badly in a couple respects:

«No alla comunione ai divorziati» … “No to Communion for the divorced”
Cinque cardinali contro le aperture … “Five Cardinals against openings” (like saying opening up to the “divorced”)

The problem isn that the Church says that the “divorced” can’t receive Communion. They can. If, however, they are not in the state of grace, they can’t, just like everyone else. If the divorced subsequently get a civil marriage, that’s a problem. And it isn’t as if the Cardinals are “closed” to “openings”. They, however, are defending Catholic doctrine. That is what this fight is really going to be about.

Go read the whole post here.

Applause at Mass

When we priests correct people for carrying on a conversation or giving applause in church, they will often say: “Father is old fashioned, he needs to get with the times.

On a few occasions, Pope Benedict wrote about the unsuitable practice of applause in church. It also happened that St. John XXIII spoke on this issue. One day, when Pope John was visiting a church, the people began to shout and broke out in applause as he entered the church. Upon arriving at the throne, the Holy Father said:

I am very glad to have come here. But if I must express a wish, it is that in church you not shout out, you not clap your hands, and you not greet even the Pope, because ‘templum Dei, templum Dei.’ (“The temple of God is the temple of God.”) Now, if you are pleased to be in this beautiful church, imagine how happy the Pope is to see his dear children. But as soon as he sees his good children, he certainly does not clap his hands in their faces.”

H/T to my friend Fr. Jarabek!

Watch the video of the event.

There is also the last public Mass of Pope Benedict XVI. After Cardinal Bertone’s message of thanksgiving for the service of Pope Benedict, the congregation wen into a very long and spontaneous applause and shouting in the background. The Holy Father gave a very sting message by his silence and finally asked everyone: “Thank you, thank you, let us return to prayer.” You can see this moment at 6:42

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