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"Proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ since 2007."

Opinions on Recent Important Issues...


Important Advice to Our Visitors:


*The Catholic Evangelization Society urges our visitors (considering the controversy in these end times and recent developments in the Church) to stick to the faith and moral teachings of the Magisterium as presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1994), promulgated by St. John Paul, and the old Baltimore Catechism (which affirms them).


The formal, explicitly revealed truths of the faith found in Sacred Scripture which have become doctrine (for instance, Jesus' express teaching on marriage found in the gospels -- Mt. 5:31; Mark 10:11-12; Luke 16:18), cannot be undone by a new Pope, Magisterium or any group of  national Bishops. 


It has always been held by the Magisterium of the Church that the same Holy Spirit who inspired the revealed truths given in Scripture (which is inspired and inerrant) has always inspired the living tradition of the faith and the teachings of the Magisterium so long as what occurs within the living tradition of the faith and what is presented by the Magisterium does not oppose (stays in line with) the inspired, revealed truths (formally explicit, implicit and virtually revealed) given in Scripture.  


We share the concerns of a number of theologians and Cardinals over Pope Francis' recent Apostolic Exhortation "Amoris Laetitia" and wait in charity for clarification from Pope Francis on the teachings presented in it. 


- Michael Ruggiero, Director

Master of Arts degree

Theology and Christian Ministry


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A Past Reflection on the Issues Considered 

at the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

(the 14th Ordinary General Assembly).

Jesus Falls Beneath the Cross, by James Tissot



“Take up your cross, the savior said, if you 


would my disciple be, deny yourself, the world 


forsake, and humbly follow after me...”1

 

In retrospect, the issues raised at the recent October 2015 Ordinary General Assembly call us to deeply consider the same topics taken up at the October 2014 Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops -- topics dealing with man in relation to himself, notably marriage and the family.


The subjects discussed at both of these Synods lead us to consideration of the crucial topic of self-denial for the love of God and neighbor and ultimately cause us to make one of two concrete personal choices with regard to the sacrament of marriage and the virtue of chastity: either “run with the world” and renounce the ordered, established, divinely ordained view of marriage as well as the virtue of chastity and the crosses both bring (and the liberation that emanates from both) and give into the desires of the flesh or courageously oppose the world, respect the Church's divinely received and proffered definition of marriage, embrace the virtue of chastity and the cross it brings (the very cross Jesus, Our Blessed Mother and the apostles joyfully bore) and routinely express sacrificial love for God and neighbor!


While we, at the society, love all people, we cannot encourage anyone, whether married or single to abandon the teaching on marriage instituted by Jesus Himself and the practice of chastity (and both the cross and expression of sacrificial love it brings). Each, according to his station, must hold fast to the teachings of the Church with regard to the topics of marriage and chastity (as presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church - see paragraphs 1832, 2337-2391), for each of us is called to actively practice chastity, to “be perfect, as our heavenly Father is perfect" (Mt. 5:48). In short, we must grow in Christian perfection and this demands we grow in chastity (in the active expression of chastity). The active practice of chastity (in and outside of marriage) is itself a tremendous expression of sacrificial love and demonstrates respect for God and our neighbor! It must never be abandoned! It must never be tossed aside in the name of compassion, for the one who practices chastity lives truthfully, expresses true compassion toward his neighbor and promotes peace!


Our beloved savior, our Blessed Mother, the apostles and Christians throughout the centuries all denied themselves (some even died, like Sts. John the Baptist and Maria Goretti) to actively defend and practice chastity – to refrain from any impure thinking and actions, anything that violates the sacrament of marriage, that fails to respect the order and form of creation, render justice to God and our neighbor, that doesn't perceive men and women as temples of the Holy Spirit, sons and daughters of God.


Throughout these troubling times, I encourage our visitors to keep in mind these inspired, inerrant words from the First Letter of St John: “By this we may be sure that we are in Him (Christ Jesus): he who says he abides in Him ought to walk in the same way in which He walked” (1 John 2:6).


Remember, Jesus was/is without fault or sin, the source of all grace, the King of Chastity!



- Michael Ruggiero, M.A.


Director

Catholic Evangelization Society


1 From the hymn, "Take Up Your Cross."

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