Friday, 6 April 2012

Pope Calls For Obedience To Magisterium

Pope Benedict XVI  at Chrism Mass
Those deacons, priests, bishops, religious, theologians and lay people who have continuously been calling for and supporting the ordination of women, would have found Pope Benedict XVI’s homily, given during the Chrism Mass on Thursday 5 April 2012, particularly uncomfortable. (Here is the link to the full text of the homily.)

The Pope specifically addressed the matter of the ordination of women in his homily, with specific mention of those who have called Catholics to disobey the definitive decision, which the Church’s Magisterium has already made, on the subject of the ordination of women.

Pope Benedict XVI repeated the fact, which has on numerous occasions been clearly communicated to all the faithful, that on the subject of the ordination of women “Blessed Pope John Paul II stated irrevocably that the Church has received no authority from the Lord.”

We Are All Church South Africa (WAACSA), as well as their parent group, the International Movement We Are Church (IMWAC), will most certainly not be happy with this message from Pope Benedict XVI. There is of course no doubt that they will simply dismiss this message from the Pope and will almost certainly continue with their harmful agenda. We must pray that they will stop and must do all in our power to stop their harmful action within the Church.

It is my hope and prayer that the deacons, priests and bishops, who have until now shown their support of We Are All Church South Africa, either by expressly stating so, or by associating with the group, or by participating in their meetings by giving talks and lectures, will, in response to the Popes homily, now retract any such support and will also disassociate themselves completely from the group.

I also hope that my earlier call, for We Are All Church South Africa to be banned from Church premises by the South African bishops, will now become a reality. Most importantly, I hope and pray that our bishops will receive visible public support from all their deacons and priests in South Africa, and of course from all Catholics in South Africa.

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