Not that the Church forces a couple who cannot agree in peace to continue living together. Ember Days are another tradition and discipline eliminated by the Modernists. We should honor Our Lord's passion during Lent by abstaining from worldly pleasures and amusements. Read it! Did the Catholic Church change the Ten Commandments? "Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is becoming in the Lord" (Colossians 3:19). The Church however in the past had the power to grant annulments when it was proven no marriage actually occurred. And that is exactly what the reforms of Vatican II have done, thus, if it is not pleasing to God, how can it be pleasing to man? Therefore, in this case, marriages officiated by "priests" or presbyters ordained after 1968 are valid before God and the State. Reasonable excerpts may be reposted so long as it is linked to this page. The Church can truly say with our Divine Savior: "My yoke is easy, and My burden light" (St. Matthew 11:30). By whom is this right to make laws exercised? As an example, it may happen that in a certain community the patronal feast may fall on a Friday of Lent. Copyright © 1997-2020 The Bellarmine Forum. Laws for the government of the Catholic Church are contained in the Code of Canon Law, which, when Bishop Morrow wrote this, contained 2414 canons and the valid Codex Iuris of 1913 still stands as the valid canonical law for the same reasons above that any law made after a "pope" excommunicates himself by way of deviating from the Faith as St. Paul has affirmed in Galatians 1: 8-10 that they would be condemned, "anathama sit".     He has the power to absolve sins. Yet they do resist because of the man's/mens' universal heresies, so they must acknowledge that he and his conciliar predecessors cannot possibly be Catholic, let alone true popes. They should also realize the words of the esteemed holy Doctor of the Church and Cardinal of Trent St. Robert Bellarmine who proclaimed, "Unjust laws are, properly speaking, no laws at all.". Such treatments and operations are permitted only when it is certain that both mother and child would otherwise die. The best legacy they can leave their children is the love of God. The State may make laws about the aspects of marriage that are purely material, such as laws regarding the filing of the marriage contract, laws about the conjugal property, laws about income tax exemptions according to the number of children a married couple have. In explaining the meaning of this latter passage, Pius XI, in his encyclical on Christian marriage says: It is the grave obligation of parents to provide for their children and to train them in the love and fear of God. Receive Holy Communion at Easter. I observe all the Ten Commandments, and I do not need to obey the laws made only by the Church." THE FIRST COMMANDMENT OF THE CHURCH: THE OBSERVANCE OF SUNDAYS AND HOLYDAYS. To fast and abstain on the days appointed. Here are the Greek Orthodox Ten Commandments. The contracting parties are themselves the ministers, and confer the sacrament upon each other. When there is a great concourse of people, or if public health is concerned, the bishop can grant a dispensation for a particular locality, or even for the entire diocese, from the law of fast or of abstinence, or both. On holydays of obligation, just as on … We are under a rigorous obligation to obey the laws or precepts of the Church. A Catholic is bound to observe all of the precepts of the Church. Ordinarily, if we give each month one day's wages or revenue, the needs of the Church will as a rule be taken care of. The Church is the guardian, the custodian of the sacraments, the means of grace for men. However, with the shortage of true priests, many times these poor sacerdotes do not have the time to hear everyone's confession each week. The first precept of the Church enjoins upon the faithful to rest from work on certain days besides the Sunday, to give thanks to God for special graces. The third and fourth precepts of the Church oblige us to confess and communicate at least once a year. Thus they came to St. Paul in Ephesus (Acts 19:18). It certainly does not show much sense of proportion to give a quarter in church, and then to go out and ride in a luxurious car and proceed to a party that costs several times what one might have contributed in the collection basket. - Duration: 5:16. This authority comes from Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who chose Peter as Head of His Church. On All Saints' Day we honor the memory of all the Saints in Heaven and implore their intercession. Many people go on year after year without giving a cent to the Church even when they can well do so. All baptized persons over 7 years of age are bound to observe the abstinence days of the Church unless excused or dispensed. Today spiritual exercise is more needed than ever. Thus we see that from the first rebellion against the spiritual authority was a heinous sin. Exodus 20 2-17. A Catholic is bound to observe all of the precepts of the Church. The very poor are not expected to give anything. This was the beginning of the Protestant Church of England, a course that has continued and multiplied in heresies to include even the church posing as Catholic today of those charlatans who claim Vatican II as their creed. Is that Matrimony? We may go to any confessor who is lawfully approved, whomever we prefer, in whatever church he may be. Hence the Church has the right to punish disobedient members by refusing them the sacraments, denying them Catholic burial, and other penalties. The less one sins, the less one has to avail oneself of the hospital of divine mercy to heal the soul from mortal sin. It is the wish of the Church that if we cannot imitate them, we should at least receive Holy Communion every time we hear Mass, on Sundays and holydays of obligation. Every bishop, every priest, every member of the Church must be subject to him if he is a valid pope. 21). (c) Cremation of the bodies of the dead. No power on earth can break a Christian marriage. When in danger of death, baptized persons in the state of mortal sin have the obligation of receiving the sacrament of Penance. The Epiphany celebrates the adoration of the newly-born Child by the Magi, the Wise Men from the East, Melchor, Gaspar, and Balthassar. The Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven This is celebrated on Ascension Thursday (40 days after Easter). These specifically Catholic commandments flow from and lead to the Ten Commandments which are common to all the Abrahamic religions. It is left to those who have been blessed with more wealth to share their abundance with those who have focused on the spiritual welfare of souls. To fast and to abstain on the days appointed. If in a formal and explicit stipulation before marriage a man says to a woman (or vice versa): "I marry you, provided we shall have no children," this marriage is null. If we do not support the true Church, we are being unfaithful to Christ's command that it "go and make disciples of all nations" To teach, the Church has need of funds; our spiritual superiors need material support as much as we do, if not much more on account of their duties and the obstacles they must overcome since many are called, but few chosen and those few are overburdened as it is in working for the spiritual welfare of souls. ON JUSTIFICATION. When health or the ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. Friday as a day of abstinence commemorates Our Lord's Good Friday. Catholic employers have a serious obligation of making it easy for those under them to sanctify holydays of obligation. Some religious training of the child depends mostly on the mother. Christ has conferred upon the Church the same powers which He Himself received from His Father; He said to His apostles: “As the Father hath sent Me, I also send you” (John xx. Only at this meal may meat be taken. It need hardly be said that if anyone has the misfortune to fall into mortal sin, he should go to confession without any delay. Did not Christ alert us in Luke 16: 9-10? And they are equally important. Your students may think of the Ten Commandments as a list of “do nots”, a checklist for confession, or just … And while they were gazing up to Heaven as He went, behold, two men stood by them in white garments, and said to them. To assist at Mass on all Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. You shall not take the name of the LORD… Authority to make laws includes power to enforce them.     (See Catechism, #2702-3) The Catechism of the Catholic Church has a detailed description of the Catholic Ten Commandments. See Matthew 19:16-22 for the story of Christ's telling the young man what he needs to do in order to be saved, and then what he needs to do in order to be perfect -- … As Christ died and rose again in the Easter time, it is fitting that Christians should at this time die to sin by the Sacrament of Penance, and rise to the life of grace through the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, which is a pledge of the future resurrection. The Council of Trent while recommending in a general way in its twenty-fifth session the observance of these precepts says nothing regarding them as a particular body of laws . Ergo, one Josef Ratzinger is merely Fr. What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder" (St. Mark 10: 7-9) and The early Christian church, received this catechetical tradition from the Church Fathers, especially Augustine. PEGGY WEBER When people think of the Ten Commandments, the words “covet” and “neighbor’s wife” comes to mind—or the image of Charlton Heston holding two tablets. It does not seem very generous to make Our Lord wait one whole year when we may receive Him every day. Ten Commandments … In Hebrew, Jesus means "Savior." 5. Our Lord expressly says that he who will not hear the Church is to be regarded as a heathen (Matt. Our pastors are those true priests and bishops in whose districts or parishes we live or choose to be part of. THE THIRD AND FOURTH COMMANDMENTS OF THE CHURCH, https://bellarmineforum.org/bf_catechism/the-catechism-explained/part-ii-the-commandments-vice-and-virtue-perfection/a-the-commandments/x-the-ten-commandments-of-god/the-third-commandment-of-god/the-six-commandments-of-the-church/, ← The Relaxations Permitted to the Christian, 1. This brings up an interesting conundrum with the resist-yet-recognize traditional Catholics such as the SSPX. Accept no substitutes. The first Christians received the Body of Our Lord daily. Divorce is a legal separation of married persons; as generally understood today, it is a complete severance of the marriage bond giving the parties the right to marry other persons. And we remember that such persons as we benefit only naturally feel towards us a special affection, and will devote many of their prayers for their benefactors: what blessings may we not expect from the Masses and prayers of one whom we have helped on the way to the true Priesthood! Even so let your light shine before men, in order that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven" (St. Matthew 5: 14-16). If this end is willfully excluded, there can be no marriage. One who believes he has sufficient reason to be excused should consult a true priest. Is that good? To observe the laws of the Church concerning marriage. The Church obliges us to abstain from servile work on holy days of obligation, just as on Sundays, as far as we are able. The practice of birth control and sterilization will, if carried out to its inevitable conclusion, some day, as a sarcastic writer comments, "give over the country to the animals." The early Christians used to receive Holy Communion every day. The civil divorces granted by the State to Christians, giving them a right to remarry cannot be recognized by the Church. She said, “Read this.” I read it and I found only five precepts of the Church: Paragraph 2042 reads: 1. It is a potent medicine that not only gives a thorough cleaning, but also injects powerful nourishment. In the United States the birth rate is steadily going down. All natural laws are included in the Ten Commandments; these everybody, everywhere, must obey. Thus those receiving "communion" in the Novus Ordo are receiving merely bread and wine, NOT the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ for He is only present in the true Mass by a true priest either ordained before 1968 or ordained in the valid and divinely-ordained rite in effect before 1968. The present catechism follows the division of the Commandments established by St. Augustine, which has become traditional in the Catholic Church. This power to bind and loose is called the "power of the keys." This is a sticky wicket in these times when to contribute to Modern Rome or the apostate dioceses or even parishes in sync with Vatican II is not only counter-productive, but only enabling the enemy of the Faith for if you give to these you are giving to heretics. They are celebrated to implore God's blessings on the fruit of the earth, those days are likewise intended as special occasions for praying for the clergy. "For we are the children of saints; and we must not be joined together like heathens that know not God" (Job. 6. The sacrament of Penance was instituted by Our Lord. The full version there has about 300 words while the briefer version below has has just over 70 words. A Catholic who neglects to receive Holy Communion worthily during the Easter time commits a mortal sin. Nothing has changed from that time regarding our doctrines and beliefs. Our Lord gave the Apostles full power; He sent them as God the Father had sent Him. The forty days fast observed in Lent is in imitation of Our Lord, Who fasted forty days in the desert. This is surely not too heavy a burden. besides physical diseases. To violate them knowingly & willingly in a significant way is to commit mortal sin. Direct abortion is equivalent to murder; those guilty of it, or who cooperate either physically or morally, incur excommunication. This has been greatly relaxed in recent times. Holy mass on … "What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder." Not even to avert the most serious calamities can the Church sanction divorce. How happy good parents will be when they go before God's judgment seat and are able to say: "Those whom Thou hast given Me I have guarded" (St. John 17:12). On these days Catholics should keep away from housework like washing and housecleaning. Every society is authorized to make laws which the members must observe; this the Church does; and by her mouth God makes His will known to us. The Catholic Church has the right to make laws from Jesus Christ, Who said to the Apostles, the first bishops of His Church, Unless the Church had the power and right to make laws, it could not lead its members to Heaven. Ember Days of fast and partial abstinence on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday four times a year. To assist at Mass on all Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. The 10 Commandments, the Precepts of the Church, the two Great Commandments, for ex., bind one and all, but the evangelical counsels do not. It is not because meat and other foods are in themselves evil that the Church prescribes fast and abstinence. A good Catholic shows obedience to God by conforming himself not only to the letter, but to the spirit of the laws of the Church. A Catholic adhering to the laws of the church must: Attend Mass on all Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. The Church alone has authority over holy matters. 4 He was obedient to them. The graces that we receive from confession are given abundantly if we receive the sacrament frequently. "Now they are no longer two, but one flesh" (St. Matthew 19:6). With the approval of the Holy See before Vatican II, these four feasts are not holy days of obligation in the United States. He that is faithful in that which is least, is faithful also in that which is greater: and he that is unjust in that which is little, is unjust also in that which is greater.". Yet they do resist because of the man's/mens' universal heresies, so they must acknowledge that he and his conciliar predecessors cannot possibly be Catholic, let alone true popes. A Traditional Catechetical Formula. It is far from edifying to see so many wealthy persons throwing away money on food, clothes, cars, jewels, houses, travels, etc. In disobeying the Church we disobey Christ; as He told the apostles: “He that despiseth you, despiseth Me” (Luke x. Christ Himself commanded: "Unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood, you shall not have life in you" (St. John 6:54). We are bound to support our true pastors, because justice commands it, and God ordained it. All who have come to the use of reason are bound by this law of Easter communion. Therefore, this being the case, the Church that made such human laws can also dispense from them, change them, or abolish them altogether, though prudence would favor not since abstinence and fasting are means of self-sacrifice and penance in conditioning us spiritually for the battles of the world. Every Catholic family should have the Holy Family of Nazareth, Jesus, Mary and Joseph as their model, and live in holiness and mutual love. "And when eight days were fulfilled for His circumcision, His name was called Jesus" (St. Luke 2:21). When the Church enjoins anything upon us, it is the same as if Christ enjoined it; for He said: “Whatsoever you shall bind upon earth shall be bound also in heaven” (Matt. Catholics should, however, obey the State laws on marriage as long as they do not contradict laws of God or the Church. 2066 The division and numbering of the Commandments have varied in the course of history. God severely punishes even in this life those who practice "birth control." We are under a rigorous obligation to obey the laws or precepts of the Church. Therefore the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath" (Mark 2:27-28). Sad though it may be, this is very necessary for if the confessor was ordained before 1968 or ordained after that in the divinely-ordained true Sacrament of Holy Orders that was in effect before Vatican II, then you can be sure your sins will be forgiven if you are truly sorry. To stay a step ahead of the devil we must condition ourselves spiritually. "What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder" (St. Matthew 19: 6). The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15). The need of separation will rarely arise when both husband and wife are good practical Catholics who seriously considered the responsibilities of matrimony before embarking upon it, and who did so with prayer and the blessings of the Church. It is against the natural law of God, confirmed and enforced the Church in Canon 1013, which says: "The primary end of marriage is the procreation and education of the offspring." The husband should love his wife as Christ loves the Church, with a holy and supernatural love, as his own self. 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