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“In this light, I read Chapter IV of the instrumentum, grafs 51-63, with keen interest. The chapter does a good job of describing the anthropological and cultural challenges facing our young people. In fact, describing today’s problems, and noting the need to accompany young people as they face those problems, are strengths of the instrumentum overall. But I believe graf 51 is misleading when it speaks of young people as the “watchmen and seismographs of every age.” This is false flattery, and it masks a loss of adult trust in the continuing beauty and power of the beliefs we have received.

In reality, young people are too often products of the age, shaped in part by the words, the love, the confidence, and the witness of their parents and teachers, but more profoundly today by a culture that is both deeply appealing and essentially atheist.

The elders of the faith community have the task of passing the truth of the Gospel from age to age, undamaged by compromise or deformation. Yet too often my generation of leaders, in our families and in the Church, has abdicated that responsibility out of a combination of ignorance, cowardice and laziness in forming young people to carry the faith into the future. Shaping young lives is hard work in the face of a hostile culture. The clergy sexual abuse crisis is precisely a result of the self-indulgence and confusion introduced into the Church in my lifetime, even among those tasked with teaching and leading. And minors — our young people — have paid the price for it.

Finally, what the Church holds to be true about human sexuality is not a stumbling block. It is the only real path to joy and wholeness. There is no such thing as an “LGBTQ Catholic” or a “transgender Catholic” or a “heterosexual Catholic,” as if our sexual appetites defined who we are; as if these designations described discrete communities of differing but equal integrity within the real ecclesial community, the body of Jesus Christ. This has never been true in the life of the Church, and is not true now. It follows that “LGBTQ” and similar language should not be used in Church documents, because using it suggests that these are real, autonomous groups, and the Church simply doesn’t categorize people that way.”

Source Article in full:   http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/archbishop-chaput-term-lgbtq-catholic-should-not-be-used-in-church-document

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“I’m grateful to Cardinal Cupich for his useful comments, and as I indicated in my own original comments, “others may disagree” with the critique of the Instrumentum I quoted. I do not. In fact the critique I selected is among the most charitable I’ve received from scholars; others have been longer, more thorough, and less gentle in assessing the 33,000-word text. But this is not unusual. A synod’s Instrumentum is always—or at least should always be—a work in progress, open to discussion and adjustment by the Synod Fathers. I’m sure we can count on that process in the upcoming synod conversation. As to the anonymous nature of the critique: I certainly agree with the cardinal that unnamed sources can be regrettable. So is the toxic environment in many of our academic communities that makes them necessary.

Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
archbishop of philadelphia

“Source Article:  https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2018/09/the-synod-on-youth-an-exchange

BLOGGER’S NOTE:  In order to get the depth of this conversation and the understanding of the above quote, please read the whole article. Please be charitable as did Charles J. Chaput. God Bless us all.

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2018-05-24_-_Bishops_Against_Intercommunion

“His Excellency explained that the schism among Christian believers is a “wound in the unity of Christians” not “willed by God” but a “reality” that must be addressed:

To insert a falsehood into the most solemn moment of one’s encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist — to say by one’s actions, “I am in communion with this community,” when one is demonstrably not in communion with that community — is a lie, and thus a serious offense before God.”

“Communion presupposes common faith and creed, including supernatural faith in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, along with the seven sacraments recognized by the perennial tradition of the Catholic Church,” argued Chaput. “By renegotiating this fact, the German proposal in effect adopts a Protestant notion of ecclesial identity.”

Intercommunion “misleads the faithful” and causes scandal, acknowledged Chaput. If Protestant spouses want to receive the Eucharist, then “enter into visible full communion” — in other words, convert to Catholicism.”

Ottawa’s Abp. Prendergast and Philadelphia’s Abp. Chaput weigh in

Source: Bishops Blast Intercommunion as Against Church Teaching

 

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