Your Faith Life is not Separate from Your Public Life

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I think this is a good reminder for all Catholics, especially heads of households who have members who are still undecided who to vote for in the upcoming elections.

In 2002, Pope Benedict XVI, then Cardinal Ratzinger, published a doctrinal note to clarify some important elements of the Church’s teaching regarding the participation of Catholics in political life. The document says:

The duty of a lay Catholic is to be morally coherent, found within one’s conscience, which is one and indivisible. «There cannot be two parallel lives in their existence: on the one hand, the so-called ‘spiritual life’, with its values and demands; and on the other, the so-called ‘secular’ life, that is, life in a family, at work, in social responsibilities, in the responsibilities of public life and in culture.

See vatican.va

Also, a Vatican II document Apostolicam Actuositatem says that our life is a life of intimate union with Christ in the Church. This means that our lives and public duties can never be separated from our union with Christ so that we can progress in holiness. (AA # 4)

The Church did not make this up, of course. It’s based in the teachings of Jesus and his apostles which are recorded in the Bible. For example, in his letter to the Colossians, Saint Paul clearly warns us all: “Whatever you do in word or work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Col. 3:17).

In the same way I want to convey the same message to my family and friends. We must be very careful with our decisions and actions because our real being is reflected in them. Our sacred votes will either please God or Satan. There is no way to please both so our only option as Catholic is to please God. And we can only do so if we cast our vote for the most trustworthy candidate there is.

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Traditionis Custodes Summary

Traditional Latin Mass

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Here is the summary of Pope Francis’s Motu Proprio On the Use of the Roman Liturgy Prior to the Reform of 1970:

  1. Priests ordained after 16Jul21 who wish to celebrate the Old Rite should submit a formal request to the diocesan Bishop who shall consult the Apostolic See before granting this authorization.
  2. Priests who already celebrate according to the Missale Romanum of 1962 should request from the diocesan Bishop the authorization to continue to enjoy this faculty.
  3. Bishops should:
    • Determine that these groups do not deny the New Rite
    • Designate locations for Old Rite OUTSIDE the parochial churches and SHOULD NOT erect new parishes
    • Establish the days on which the traditional rite are permitted with the readings proclaimed in the vernacular
    • Appoint a priest who is skilled in the use of the 1962 Missal who possess a knowledge of the Latin language
    • Not to authorize the establishment of new groups

For the full text of the document, please go to vatican.va.

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My thoughts on this: This is one of several things I don’t like about Pope Francis. If he really cares about the Church, he would know that there is a good percentage of happy Catholics who are so used to the 1962 Missal. Their spiritual lives depend on it. So why would you impose these restrictions?

I would rather not comment further, but I would recommend instead that you check out what other conservative and expert Catholics say about this. For example, his Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke expressed his ‘sentiments of profound sorrow’ that this Motu Proprio has brought to many faithful via his own webpage and through social media too. Here are two other links of expert comments you would want to find out.

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