Sunday, 31 May 2015

Preferential Option for the Family

Bishop Schneider, who preached at the Pentecost Mass on the way to Chartres (and whose ring I was privileged to kiss at the edge of a French field) has just released a book, co-authored with two other bishops. It is called Preferential Option for the Family — 100 Questions and Answers Relating to the Synod and the other co-authors are Bishop Robert Vasa of Santa Rosa,  and Archbishop Aldo de Cillo Pagotto of Paraiba, Brazil.

It is, by all accounts, clear, lucid and Catholic. LifeSite News carries various extracts, including: 
“If the faithful no longer understand a moral doctrine, the blame does not fall on the doctrine but above all on those who should teach it in a clear and convincing way.” 
 “The historical transformation of society is a result of cultural and moral errors. The Church should not adapt to these errors or their consequences but rather identify, denounce and remedy them. Therein lies a real ‘update’ of her ministry.”
 “Adultery is objectively a grave sin and as such can be forgiven if the sinner has manifested not only a sincere repentance but also a purpose of amendment, that is, of ending the adulterous behaviour.” 

The book is arranged in one hundred questions and answers. designed to restate the timeless teachings of the Church in a clear way. As Bishop Vasa says: 'There is nothing new or revolutionary in this book. We just simply felt that, in light of the upcoming synod on the family, it was time to reiterate those things the Church has clearly and consistently taught.' 

This is very welcome as we approach the Synod.   Talking of which, don't forget SPES: Supplication and Penance for the Episcopal Synod (with thanks to Bookclubber for the E).

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