Tuesday, March 13, 2012

More encouraging news from Rome!

More good news coming from the Holy Father's ad limina visit with the US Bishops from North and South Dakota and Minnesota.

The Holy Father used the visit as an opportunity to continue to encourage right sexual ethics, which must be seen as a bit of encouragement as the Bishops have so bravely stood up to defend the Church's teachings on Contraception.
"It is in fact increasingly evident that a weakened appreciation of the indissolubility of the marriage covenant, and the widespread rejection of a responsible, mature sexual ethic grounded in the practice of chastity, have led to grave societal problems bearing an immense human and economic cost," the pope said March 9....
The pope said the church's key concern is "the good of children, who have a fundamental right to grow up with a healthy understanding of sexuality and its proper place in human relationships."
And finally, the Holy Father blames no one except the Church herself for the problems with Catholics not living up to what the Church teaches, not practicing what we preach:

The church itself "must acknowledge deficiencies in the catechesis of recent decades, which failed at times to communicate the rich heritage of Catholic teaching on marriage as a natural institution elevated by Christ to the dignity of a sacrament, the vocation of Christian spouses in society and in the church, and the practice of marital chastity," he said.

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