John Lilburne's journal about the Pope on divorce and Chaplain Fleming's letter to The Australian.
1115 L Sat 2 Feb 2002
I am very impressed with the article "Caught off guard: Pope's divorce comments draw vociferous outcry" by John Norton on www.catholicnews.com. It provides the context for the Pope's recent comments on divorce.
Today in The Australian there is a letter from a Catholic priest who is a Chaplain in the army: Martin Fleming. Perhaps if he had read the article he would not have felt the need to write the following about what the Pope said:
He concludes the letter:
Looking up "detritus" in the dictionary it is "matter produced by erosion, such as gravel, sand, silt, rock-debris, etc.; debris".
Unfortunately I think his observation about a "number of priests" is largely correct. Rather than presenting the official Church teaching, performing the official Roman Rite, or observing and insisting upon the Code of Canon Law, there is a tendency to keep it away from people. "I'm at the coalface, I know better, I will do it my way. This teaching about marriage/instituted lectors, that is in the Catechism, liturgical books and Code of Canon Law. I don't think that is a good idea. I will do things differently, I will teach something else."
Of course it undermines the Catholic Church. It is like a mutinous coal miner who wants to dig his own tunnel, regardless of what his boss says about dangers or where he should dig.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 2 February 2002.
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