See this online text:
- Love is for Life: Pastoral Letter of the Irish Bishops (Dublin, Ireland: Veritas Publications, 1985) Described as the “Pastoral letter issued on behalf of the Irish Hierarchy in Lent 1985”. May be read online on this page at Catholic Culture, and on this page at EWTN Library. The popular edition is available in pdf format at the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
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- Complete My Joy: An Apostolic Exhortation to Husbands and Wives, Mothers and Fathers of the Diocese of Phoenix, by Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, 30 December 2018.
- The ebook is available in pdf format through the page Complete My Joy (linked by Catholic Sun and Zenit) of the Diocese of Phoenix; in pdf format through this page of the National Catholic Register; and, as part of the Building the Domestic Church Series of the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council – Catholic Information Service (New Haven, CT: Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, 2001), it may viewed online and is available in pdf format at the Catholic Information Service of the Knights of Columbus.
- The audio recording of the text is available at SoundCloud and The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix Podcast.
For the Feast of the Holy Family, 2019 in the Roman Rite. For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).
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- On Loving God, by St. Bernard of Clairvaux.
- The ebook is available on this page of Catholic Treasury; on this page of Paths of Love: Catholic Vocation Discernment, which also has on this page the original Latin text De Diligendo Deo; on this page of The Prodigal Catholic Blog, which has a summary on this page; at Christian Classics Ethereal Library, of which an except is available at Boston University; and at Internet Archive.
- The audiobook read by Phil Chenevert is available at LibriVox. The audiobook read by Kirsten Ferreri is available at LibriVox and at Youtube, and another copy at Youtube. The audiobook read by an unknown speaker from the CCEL text is available on this page of the Classic Catholic Audiobooks Youtube channel, and on this page of the Catholica Youtube channel.
For the Feast of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux in the Latin church and in the Maronite church. For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).
“As the Father hath loved me, I also have loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, as I also have kept my Father’s commandments, and do remain in his love… This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do the things that I command you.” (St. John xv, 9-10, 12-14)
“Let us, therefore, love God, because God first hath loved us. If any man say, I love God, and hateth his brother; he is a liar. For he that loveth not his brother whom he seeth, how can he love God, whom he seeth not? And this commandment we have from God, that he who loveth God, love also his brother.” (I John iv, 19-21)
See this online ebook:
- Theology of the Body for Families & Single People, plus Family Chastity Formation in Virtue and Purity of Heart: Universal Truths about Human Sexuality for People of All Ages, with Extensive References to the Official Teachings of the Roman Catholic Church (Kettle River, Minnesota: Communitas Dei Patris, 2006-2017). (Rev: 1/25/2017). Available in pdf format (here) through this page of Family Prayer Night.
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See also the ecclesiastical documents relating to holy purity and chastity listed on Catechesis of the Popes and listed below:
- Apostolic Exhortation “Familiaris Consortio” on the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World, by Pope St. John Paul II (22 November 1981). May be read online (on this page) of the Holy See, and on this page of CBCP for Life.
- Declaration “Persona Humana” on Certain Questions Concerning Sexual Ethics, by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (29 December 1975). Available at the Holy See.
- Exhortación Apostólica “Familiaris Consortio” sobre la misión de la familia cristiana en el mundo actual, del Papa San Juan Pablo II (22 de noviembre 1981). Disponible en la Santa Sede, y Catholic.net, y la Vicaria de Pastoral, Arquidiocesis Primada de Mexico.
Letter to Families “Gratissimam Sane”, by Pope St. John Paul II, February 2, 1994. May be read online at the Holy See. An ebook of the text, with an Introduction by Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus (New Haven, CT: Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, 2001), is available in pdf format (here). A shortened version or summary of the letter, by Fr Richard Aladics, is available in pdf format on this page at XT3. The text is offered for sale on this page at EWTN Religious Catalogue; on this page at Seton Educational Media. An ebook, Letter to Families: The Saint’s Reflections on the Grandeur of Marriage and Family Life, by St. John Paul II, with a Foreword, by Most Rev. Charles Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia, is offered for sale on this page at Sophia Institute Press.
- Lettre Encyclique “Casti Connubii” sur le Mariage Chrétien Considéré au Point de Vue de la Condition Présente, des Nécessités, des Erreurs et des Vices de la Famille et de la Société, du Souverain Pontife Pie XI (31 décembre 1930). Disponible sur le site officiel du Saint-Siège. [D’apres Wikipedia : « Elle forme l’essentiel de l’enseignement doctrinal de l’Église sur le sacrement matrimonial et la vie conjugale. »]
- Pastoral Letter to Young People on Chastity, from the Episcopal Commission on Doctrine of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (Ottawa: Concacan, 2011). Available in pdf format at Archdiocese of Vancouver.
See also other texts on holy purity and chastity listed at the Project’s page on Marriage and the Family and listed below:
- Cultural Apologetics (articles), by Jason Evert, Matt Fradd, Dr. Janet Smith, Ryan T. Anderson, Abby Johnson. Available on this page of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, which describes it as a series of articles “designed to help you and your disciples wrestle with teachings of the Church, which are often difficult in today’s cultural context.”
- [It is composed of the following articles: “Sex and Sanctity”, a discussion of sex before marriage by Jason Evert; “Porn and Relationships”, a discussion of the problem of porn by Matt Fradd; “The Pill: No Small Matter”, a discussion about contraception by Dr. Janet Smith; “Same-Sex Marriage?”, a discussion of marriage and public policy by Ryan T. Anderson; “The Abortion Debate”, a discussion about abortion with Abby Johnson.]
- Draft of a Dogmatic Constitution on Chastity, Marriage, the Family, and Virginity, by the Preparatory Theological Commission for the Second Vatican Council, translated by Fr. Joseph A. Komonchak (2012). Available in pdf format (on this page) at In Verbo Veritatis.
- Purity, by Rev. Bede Jarrett, O.P. (+1934) (London, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Brighton, Cardiff, Newcastle, Derby: Catholic Truth Society, 1929). Pamphlet. May be read online on this page at e-Catholic 2000. Available in PDF format on this page of Catholic Pamphlets.net. Another edition (London: Catholic Truth Society No. 293, 1973) is readable online and available in PDF format at Catholic Truth Society Pamphlets.
- The Sixth and Ninth Commandments: Sexual Morality, by Peter Kreeft (New Haven, CT: Knights of Columbus Supreme Council – Catholic Information Service, 2001). With Imprimatur. The ebook may be read online and is available in pdf format (here), and the audiobook is available in mp3 format through this page of the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council.
- Theology of the Body: Weekly Audiences on the Subject of the Redemption of the Body and the Sacramentality of Marriage, September 5, 1979 – November 28, 1984, by Pope St. John Paul II. May be read through this page of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; through this page of the EWTN Library; through this table of contents of Catechesis of the Popes, which also has a prefatory page and a list of ecclesiastical documents on marriage and the family; through this page of Average Joe Catholic; and the Internet Archive Wayback Machine (being the 11 December 2017 snapshot of a page from the sadly defunct website Catholic Primer).
- [N.B., The addresses constituting the Theology of the Body, proposed by Pope John Paul II in a non-magisterial capacity, seek to explain Christian sexual ethics from a theological-exegetical framework informed by personalist philosophy. For a balanced perspective on debates concerning it, see “Noodling the Theology of the Body” by Mark P. Shea, on Crisis Magazine.]
- The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality: Guidelines for Education within the Family, by the Pontifical Council for the Family, December 8, 1995. May be read online at the Holy See and beginning on this page at Domestic-Church.com. Highlights of the text are provided in the NFP Forum (Diocesan Activity Report), vol. 7, nos. 1-2 (Winter/Spring 1996), which is available in pdf format (on this page) at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
On the Memorial of Saint Maria Goretti and in advance of the Memorial of Blessed Peter To Rot. For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).
“You have heard that it was said, Thou shalt not commit adultery. But I tell you that he who casts his eyes on a woman so as to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If thy right eye is the occasion of thy falling into sin, pluck it out and cast it away from thee; better to lose one part of thy body than to have the whole cast into hell. And if thy right hand is an occasion of falling, cut it off and cast it away from thee; better to lose one of thy limbs than to have thy whole body cast into hell.” (St. Matthew v, 27-30)
“And now, brethren, I appeal to you by God’s mercies to offer up your bodies as a living sacrifice, consecrated to God and worthy of his acceptance; this is the worship due from you as rational creatures. And you must not fall in with the manners of this world; there must be an inward change, a remaking of your minds, so that you can satisfy yourselves what is God’s will, the good thing, the desirable thing, the perfect thing. (Romans xii, 1-2)
“Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, Nor the effeminate, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God…. Know you not, that your bodies are the members of Christ?… Or know you not, that your members are the temple of the Holy Ghost, who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a great price. Glorify and bear God in your body.” (I Corinthians vi, 9-10, 15, 19-20)
“And that is how husband ought to love wife, as if she were his own body; in loving his wife, a man is but loving himself. It is unheard of, that a man should bear ill-will to his own flesh and blood; no, he keeps it fed and warmed; and so it is with Christ and his Church; we are limbs of his body; flesh and bone, we belong to him. That is why a man will leave his father and mother and will cling to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. Yes, those words are a high mystery, and I am applying them here to Christ and his Church. (Ephesians v, 28-32)
See this online text:
- Perfect Contrition, by Rev. F. Quirijnen, S.J. Australian Catholic Truth Society No. 978 (1945). With Imprimatur. May be read online on this page at e-Catholic 2000 (©1999-2018 e-Catholic2000.com); and on this page of Pamphlets.
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See also this related text previously posted on the Project:
- Contrition: The Golden Key of Paradise; Key to Heaven (Pamphlet), by an Italian priest. Australian Catholic Truth Society No. 1325 (1959). With Imprimatur. May be read online on this page of e-Catholic 2000, and at the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
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- Engaged Couples Guide to Marriage Preparation, Fall 2016 to Summer 2017 (Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls – Office of Marriage, Family & Respect Life). Available in pdf format (on this page) at the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls.
On the Memorial of the Engagement of the Virgin Mary to Saint Joseph in the Maronite church. For other legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).
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The Catholic Home, by Father Alexander, O.F.M., with a Foreword by the Bishop of Salford (London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow: R. & T. Washbourne, 1914). With Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in epub, mobi, pdf, and other formats at Internet Archive.
Posted on the Feast of Saints Louis Martin and Marie-Azélie Guérin.
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the Church, and delivered himself up for it, that he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, nor any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish.
“So also ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife, loveth himself. For no man ever hated his own flesh: but nourisheth and cherisheth it, as also Christ doth the church: for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother: and shall adhere to his wife, and they shall be two in one flesh.
“This is a great sacrament: but I speak in Christ, and in the church.” (Ephesians v, 25-32)
See this worth-it book & ebook:
- The Spirit of Catholicism, by Karl Adam, translated by Dom Justin McCann, O.S.B.
- The printed book be purchased on this page of the Catholic Answers Shop (Catholic Answers Press), on this page of St. George Books & Gifts, on this page of Ignatius Press (2016), on this page of the Ave Maria University Store (Angelico Press); and at Amazon.com (Kessinger Publishing, 2010), Amazon.com (Angelico Press, 2012), Barnes & Noble (CreateSpace Publishing, 2016), and Amazon.com (Image, 1960).
- The ebook may be purchased at Amazon.com (Papamoa Press 2017) and Amazon.fr (Papamoa Press, 2017), and Barnes & Noble.
The Spirit of Catholicism is a work of high theology written for a lay audience, eschewing technical terms for lucid and often beautifully poetic language. It is widely acknowledged to be one of the best introductions to Catholic Christianity available today; even George Orwell, non-believing but fair-minded (unlike many nowadays, alas), praised it in his own snarky way. Thus, it comes highly recommended by leading lay evangelists like Scott Hahn, a convert from Protestantism, and Dave Armstrong, who describes it as “perhaps the best book written about the Catholic Church in the 20th century. Must reading for Catholic and non-Catholic alike”.
In The Spirit of Catholicism, Karl Adam presents a panoramic view of the Catholic Faith from the perspective of the Incarnation, the revelation that God the Son became man in Jesus Christ for humanity’s salvation. The Incarnation shows that, even as salvation is entirely a Divine act, it is carried out through human freedom and cooperation: God the Son saved man by living and dying as a man; He shares this salvation with humanity through a community of human beings, the Church; and He supernaturally joins individuals to Himself through means appropriate to our spiritual and material life, which are called sacraments. In Chapter VII, Adam writes:
“The Catholic cannot think of the good God without thinking at the same time of the Word made Flesh, and of all His members who are united to Him by faith and love in a real unity. The God of Catholicism is the transcendent, absolute God, who became Man for us in His Son, and therefore no solitary God, but the God of angels and saints, the God of fruitfulness and abundance, the God who with a veritable divine folly by the incomprehensible decree of His most free Will takes up into Himself the whole creation that culminates in human nature, and in a new, unheard of supernatural manner, “lives in it,” “moves” in it, and in it “is” (cf. Acts XVii, 28).”
Adam shows the essence of salvation to be communion, a share in the supernatural life of Christ that is given to us through the Church, “which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all” (Ephesians 1:22-23), which baptizes us into the body of Christ (1 Corintians 12:12-13) and shares with us His life through sacraments like the Eucharist (John 6:52). Nor is salvation a solitary relationship between God and the individual; rather, it is the Christian’s adoption into a family of love, among fellow-children of the Father who, being in the body of Christ, share in His Sonship. Adam writes in Chapter VIII:
“As our Lord, in the great prayer which He taught His disciples, joined all who pray into a single unity and directed them to appeal out of this unity to their common Father, and as St. Paul especially enjoined prayer for one another (Rom. xv, 30; 2 Cor. i, 11; Eph. i, 15, etc.), so the Church prays, not in the name of any individual, nor as the mere sum of all individuals, but as a fellowship, as a priestly unity, as the visible priesthood of Christ.
“It is not I and you that pray, but the mystical Christ…”
This emphasis on the role of the Church as the whole Christ would become the ecclesiology of the encyclical Mysticum Corpus Christi (1943). Although it was downplayed after the “people of God” imagery of the 1960s returned the emphasis to the juridical, rather than the mystical, nature of the Church, Adam’s ecclesiology remains influential; and we ourselves think that it helped pave the way for the rise of modern covenant ecclesiology and for Pope Benedict XVI’s emphasis on communion as the nature of the Church.
“These things Jesus spoke, and lifting up his eyes to heaven, he said; Father, the hour is come, glorify thy Son, that thy Son may glorify thee… I have manifested thy name to the men whom thou hast given me out of the world. Thine they were, and to me thou gavest them: and they have kept thy word… Sanctify them in truth. Thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world… And not for them only do I pray, but for those also who through their word shall believe in me.
“That they all may be one, as thou, Father, in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me: And the glory which thou hast given me, I have given to them: that they may be one, as we also are one. I in them, and thou in me: that they may be made perfect in one: and the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast also loved me.” (St. John xvii, 1, 6, 17-18, 20-23)
See these online commentaries and interventions on the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on Love in the Family “Amoris laetitia”. Note that this list is a work in progress and may be expanded further.
I. Interventions on the Synod on the Family
- Communio: International Catholic Review, Volume 41.2, Marriage: Theological and Pastoral Considerations (Summer 2014). Available (on this page) at Communio: International Catholic Review, including the following articles: “Marriage and the Family Between Anthropology and the Eucharist, by Cardinal Angelo Scola (in PDF format); “The Merciful Gift of Indissolubility and the Question of Pastoral Care for Civilly Divorced and Remarried Catholics”, by Nicholas J. Healy, Jr. (in PDF format); and “God’s Gift of Life and Love: On Marriage and the Eucharist”, by Pope St. John Paul II (in PDF format).
- Marriage: Theological and Pastoral Considerations (Washington, D.C.: Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage & Family and Communio International Catholic Review, 2015), which is available in PDF format (on this page) at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America.
II. Documents implementing “Amoris laetitia”
- Guidelines for the Pastoral Accompaniment of Christ’s Faithful who are Divorced and Remarried without a Decree of Nullity, by the Catholic Bishops of Alberta & the Northwest Territories. Available in pdf format on this page of the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton; on this page of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Paul (with link from this page); and on this page of the Archdiocese of Ottawa (in which the Archbishop of Ottawa expresses his endorsement of the text). May be read online on this page of Catholic Culture.
- See also the article “Ottawa archbishop upholds tradition: No Communion for Catholics living in adultery” at Life Site.
- [The authors of the Guidelines are Richard W. Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton, Gregory J. Bittman, Auxiliary Bishop of Edmonton, Frederick Henry, Bishop of Calgary, Gerard Pettipas C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Grouard-McLennan, Paul Terrio, Bishop of St. Paul, and Mark Hagemoen, Bishop of Mackenzie-Fort Smith].
- Pastoral Guidelines for Implementing Amoris Laetitia, by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, July 1, 2016. Available in pdf format (on this page) at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (linked by this page of Saint Norbert Parish, and this page of the Diocese of Lancaster), and at Google Drive. See also the articles “Archbishop Chaput’s Guidelines for Amoris Laetitia Can Serve as Model for US Church”, 7 July 2016, at the National Catholic Register; “Archbishop Chaput: Pope Francis shows continuity on divorce, remarriage”, 7 July 2016 at Catholic News Agency.
- Pastoral Guidelines for Implementing Amoris Laetitia in the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, by Archbishop Alexander K. Sample, May 4, 2017. Available in pdf format (here) linked from this page of the Diocese of Lancaster. May be read online on this page at Catholic Culture.
- See this article: “Archbishop Sample’s guidelines on family and marriage urge truth, mercy”, July 05, 2017 at Catholic Sentinel; “Portland archbishop: active gays must repent and change before receiving Communion”, July 11, 2017, at the California Catholic Daily.
- Pastoral Letter on the Reading of Amoris Laetitia in Light of Church Teaching: “A True and Living Icon”, by Archbishop Alexander K. Sample, October 7, 2016. May be read online on this page at Catholic Culture; and available in pdf format (on this page) at Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon.
- See also the following articles: “Abp. Alexander Sample Discusses His Pastoral Letter about ‘Amoris Laetitia’”, October 17, 2016, at Catholic World Report; “Another bishop says “Amoris” doesn’t change practice on Communion” at Crux Now; “Archbishop Sample corrects ‘troublesome misuses’ of Amoris Laetitia”, October 11, 2016, at Life Site.
- Pastoral Message about the Apostolic Exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia’ (‘The Joy of Love’), Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England, 24 April 2016. Available in pdf format (on this page) at the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth.
- A Pledged Troth: A Pastoral Letter on Amoris Laetitia, by Bishop Steven J. Lopes. May be read online on this page at the National Catholic Register; on this page of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter (linked by this page of Ordinariate News, and at Yumpu.
III. Interventions and petitions on “Amoris laetitia”
- El Abuso de Amoris Laetitia para Apoyar Errores Contra la Fe Católica: Carta al Sumo Pontífice Francisco, a Todos los Obispos en Comunión con Él, y al Resto de los Fieles Cristianos, por John Finnis y Germain Grisez. Disponible en formato PDF en esta pagina de The Way of the Lord Jesus.
- The Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia: A Theological Critique, by 45 theologians, including Dr. Aidan Nichols O.P. The critique is available in pdf format on this page of One Peter Five, and at Internet Archive (21 October 2016 snapshot of this defunct page); and it may be read online at Society of Saint Pius X. A summary may be read online on this page at Life Site. The 29 June 2016 letter transmitting it to Cardinal Sodano is available in pdf format at Internet Archive (21 October 2016 snapshot of this defunct page) and may be read online at Society of Saint Pius X. [N.B., Due to the irregular canonical status of SSPX, readers are counseled to approach any other texts on its website with prayerful caution.]
- “Appeal to prayer: ‘That Pope Francis may confirm the unchanging praxis of the Church with regard to the truth of the indissolubility of marriage'”, by Tomash Peta, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana; Jan Pawel Lenga, Archbishop-Bishop Emeritus of Karaganda; and Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana, 18 January 2017. May be read online on this page at Rorate Coeli, and on this page of Regina; and reproduced in “Three bishops launch ‘spiritual crusade’ urging Pope to rebuke Communion for adulterers” at Life Site.
- Correctio Filialis de Haeresibus Propagates (Filial Correction), 16 July 2017. Available in pdf format on this page of Correctio filialis de haeresibus propagates.
- Declaration of Fidelity to the Church’s Unchangeable Teaching on Marriage and to Her Uninterrupted Discipline, 29 August 2016. May be read online (on this page) at Filial Appeal. See also: “Three cardinals sign statement defending magisterial teaching on the sacraments”, 3 Oct 2016, at Catholic Herald.
- The Misuse of Amoris Laetitia to Support Errors against the Catholic Faith: A Letter to the Supreme Pontiff Francis, to All Bishops in Communion with Him, and to the Rest of the Christian Faithful, by John Finnis and Germain Grisez. Available in pdf format through this page of The Way of the Lord Jesus.
- A Pastoral Appeal to the Bishops for an Apostolic Reaffirmation of the Gospel (Official Text), 22 April 2018. Available in pdf format and may be read on this page at Cura Pastoralis.
- See also: “Priests Appeal to World’s Bishops to Address ‘Pastoral Crisis’ in the Church”, by Edward Pentin, May 2, 2018, at National Catholic Register; Raymond Arroyo’s interview of Raymond Cardinal Burke concerning the Pastoral Appeal, in the 3 May 2018 episode of World Over, published on 4 May 2018 by EWTN.
- Pledge of fidelity to the authentic teaching of the Church, by pro-life and pro-family leaders, 12 December 2017. May be read online at Pledge of Fidelity; and republished in the article “Pro-Life Leaders: Faithful To True Doctrine, Not To Erring Pastors”, December 12, 2017, at Voice of the Family. See also the article: “Pro-Life Leaders Pledge To Be Faithful To Catholic Doctrine”, December 11, 2017, at Church Militant.
- Profession of the Immutable Truths about Sacramental Marriage, by Tomash Peta, Archbishop Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana; Jan Pawel Lenga, Archbishop-Bishop of Karaganda; and Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana, 31 December 2017. May be read online at Scribd, and on this page of Life Site; and through the article Three Bishops Issue Profession of Truth About Sacramental Marriage at the National Catholic Register, which summarises the document.
- Other signatories as of February 6, 2018 are Cardinal Janis Pujats, Emeritus Archbishop Metropolitan of Riga, Latvia; Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò of Italy and former apostolic nuncio to the United States; Luigi Negri, Archbishop emeritus of Ferrara-Comacchio, Italy; Bishop Andreas Laun, Emeritus Auxiliary of Salzburg, Austria; Rene Gracida, Bishop emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas, USA; Marian Eleganti, auxiliary bishop of Chur, Switzerland; and Elmar Fischer, Bishop emeritus of Feldkirch, Austria.
- See also these articles: “Three notes on Kazakhstan ‘Profession of the immutable truths about sacramental marriage’”, by Edward N. Peters, 2 January 2018 at the Catholic World Report; “Tenth bishop signs ‘Profession of Immutable Truths’ in defense of marriage” at Catholic Citizens of Illinois; and “A Second Look at the Kazakh Bishops’ ‘Profession’”, by Fr. Gerald Murray, 27 January 2018, at The Catholic Thing.
- “Seeking Clarity: A Plea to Untie the Knots in Amoris Laetitia” (Dubia), by Cardinals Walter Brandmüller, Raymond L. Burke, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, and Joachim Meiser, September 19, 2016. May be read online on this page at the National Catholic Register.
- “Statement of the Confraternities of Catholic Clergy”, reproduced in “‘Clarification is gravely needed’: international priests’ association gives support to dubia”, 1 February 2017, at the Catholic Herald.
IV. Other Commentaries on “Amoris laetitia”
- “Amoris Laetitia Joy, Sadness and Hopes”, by Professor Josef Seifert, Aemaet: Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie, vol. 5, no. 2 (2016): pp. 160-249. Available in pdf format (here) at may be read (on this page) at Aemaet, with the abstract on this page.
- “Doctrine, Law and Practice in Light of Mitis Iudex and Amoris Laetitia”, by Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki. (Diocese of Springfield, IL, May 2, 2017). Keynote Address at the North West Regional Canon Law Convention held in Portland, Oregon on May 2, 2017. May be read online (on this page) at Catholic Culture; and available in pdf format on this page of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.
- “Does Pure Logic Threaten to Destroy the Entire Moral Doctrine of the Catholic Church?”, by Josef Seifert, Aemaet: Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie, vol. 6, no. 2 (2017): pp. 2-9. Available in pdf format (here) through this page at Aemaet; and may be read online (on this page) at Rorate Coeli.
- [Reflections on Questions of Present Importance in the Life of the Church], by Gerhard Ludwig Cardinal Müller. Available at First Things: “What Does It Mean to Say ‘I Absolve You’?” (December 15, 2017); “By What Authority? On the Teaching Office of the Pope” (January 16, 2018); “Development, or Corruption?” (February 20, 2018); “Is There a Saving Truth? The Salvific Relevance of the Rule of Faith” (March 13, 2018); “Who May Receive Communion?” (April. 20, 2018).
V. Other Texts on Worthy Reception of Holy Communion
- “Abortion, Bishops, Eucharist, and Politicians: A Question of Communion”, by Professor Gregory C. Sisk and Professor Charles J. Reid, Jr., The Catholic Lawyer, Vol. 43, No. 2, p.255-288 (Fall 2004). Available in pdf format on this page and on this page of the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), and on this page of the University of St. Thomas. What appears to be a November 2017 electronic reprint is available in pdf format on this page of the St. John’s Law Scholarship Repository.
- “Canon 915: The Discipline Regarding the Denial of Holy Communion to Those Obstinately Persevering in Manifest Grave Sin”, by the Most Rev. [now Cardinal] Raymond L. Burke, Archbishop of St. Louis, Periodica de Re Canonica, Vol. 96 (2007) pp. 3-58. May be read online on this page of the EWTN Library; and on this page of the Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association, linked to from In the Light of the Law (blogspot)and In the Light of the Law (wordpress).
- “Happy Are Those Who Are Called to His Supper”: On Preparing to Receive Christ Worthily in the Eucharist, by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, November 14, 2006. Available in PDF format on this page of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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“When I say to the wicked: O wicked man, thou shalt surely die: if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked man from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but I will require his blood at thy hand… And if I shall say to the wicked: Thou shalt surely die: and he do penance for his sin and do judgment and justice; And if that wicked man restore the pledge, and render what he had robbed, and walk in the commandments of life, and do no unjust thing, he shall surely live, and shall not die.” (Ezechiel xxxiii, 8, 14-15)
“Wherefore, whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.” (I Corinthians xi, 27-29)
“‘Neither will I condemn you.’ What is this, O Lord? Do You therefore favor sins? Not so, evidently. Mark what follows: ‘Go, henceforth sin no more’. Therefore the Lord did also condemn, but condemned sins, not man… The Lord is gentle, the Lord is long-suffering, the Lord is pitiful; but the Lord is also just, the Lord is also true. He bestows on you space for correction; but you love the delay of judgment more than the amendment of your ways… Thus therefore said He to the woman… ‘Neither will I condemn you’: I have blotted out what you have done; keep what I have commanded you, that you may find what I have promised.” (St. Augustine, Tractate xxxiii on the Gospel of John, 6-8.)
“How many there are who have the temerity to come to the Holy Table with sins unconfessed or disguised in Confession. How many have not the contrition that the good God demands of them, and keep a secret will to commit sin again and not to make every effort to correct themselves… If ever you have been in these dispositions when going to Holy Communion, you have been guilty of sacrilege… The unworthy communicant is a traitor and a hypocrite… The unworthy communicant is an ungrateful person… The unworthy communicant is a parricide.” (St. John Baptist Mary Vianney, Eucharistic Meditations of the Curé d’Ars)