Saving Matrimony or Sinking Civilization

Indissolubility, divorce and sacraments in debate
Contributions for the Synod of the Family, 2015
Fr. Miguel Angel Fuentes
(Only available in Spanish)

Fr. Miguel Angel Fuentes, a priest of the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE), in his new book “Salvar El Matrimonio o Hundri La Civilizacion”, written as a contribution for the synod of the family of 2015, approaches the discussions about the matrimony that have arisen from the declarations of Cardinal Walter Kasper during the Consistory of the Cardinals last February 2014. The book also analyzes the two synodal relations and the different pastoral and doctrinal proposals. In the last paragraph of the presentation the author says:

“The battle in which we are embarked has a transcendence that, unfortunately, very few people can understand—I will speak on this in the last chapter.. This was well pointed out by Cardinal Ratzinger when he wrote: ‘The matrimony and the family have a decisive importance for the positive development of the Church and of the society. The times when the situation of the matrimony and of the family flourishes are times of welfare for the same humanity. If the matrimony and the family goes through a crisis this would bring great consequences for the spouses and for their children, for the State and for the Church’. Pope Francis has also said that the family is ‘a true school of humanity in saving societies from barbarity’. Because of this, I decided, from the very beginning of the pre-synodal discussions, to put all my effort—until the Synod of 2015—for the study of this debate. The pages that follow were precisely born as a fruit of the Refresher Courses on Theology for priests that I prepared for this year 2015 in several places (Argentina, Peru, and USA)” For more information, pleae visit Familiaris Consortio (in Spanish only)

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Cardinal: “What Sister Lucia told me: Final Confrontation between the Lord and Satan will be over Family and Marriage.”

A Cardinal tells: Sister Lucia wrote me…

St. John Paul II and Sr. Lucia Santos

On Feburary 16, 2008, Cardinal Carlo Caffara (Archbishop of Bologna), after a Mass celebrated at the tomb of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, granted an interview to Tele Radio Padre Pio, which was subsequently reported in the monthly magazine “Voce di Padre Pio” March, 2008 . Here are some significant excerpts.

Q. Your Eminence, recently in Corriere della Sera you said that you had always had a great devotion to Padre Pio. Please tell us why.
I have had great devotion to him since the beginning of my priesthood as a result of a rather unique experience. I had been a priest for some months and a brother-priest came to see me. He was quite a bit older than me and was going through a serious crisis of faith. It is difficult to describe what a crisis of faith is for a priest: a terrible thing! I told him “Brother, I’m too little, and sense that I can’t carry such a burden. Go to Padre Pio.” So he went, and while he was talking to Padre he had a great mystical experience, touched profoundly by the mercy of God. Now he is one of the best priests I know. There you have it, it all began like that.

Q. Did you ever meet Padre Pio personally?
No, I didn’t. I never had the courage to go to him, thinking that I would be wasting his time!

[…] I retain that Padre Pio belongs to the series of great mystics who have this characteristic: the most profound sharing in the Cross of Christ, as they carry upon themselves the great tragedy of mankind today – atheism. Padre Pio, St. Gemma Galgani, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross , Mother Theresa, the Curé d’Ars all had the experience of sitting round the table with sinners, living their experiences, of carrying, in a different way, the weight of the Agony in Gethsemane; they testified to the love of Christ Who takes upon Himself, the pain of the man who has left his Father’s house and doesn’t want to go back, even if he knows in his heart that he is better off in his Father’s house rather than tending to pigs. Man today continues to imagine that he can live as if God didn’t exist; and we see the devastation this has caused.

Q. There is a prophecy by Sister Lucia dos Santos, of Fatima, which concerns “the final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan”. The battlefield is the family. Life and the family. We know that you were given charge by John Paul II to plan and establish the Pontifical Institute for the Studies on Marriage and the Family.
Yes, I was. At the start of this work entrusted to me by the Servant of God John Paul II, I wrote to Sister Lucia of Fatima through her Bishop as I couldn’t do so directly. Unexplainably however, since I didn’t expect an answer, seeing that I had only asked for prayers, I received a very long letter with her signature – now in the Institute’s archives. In it we find written: the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid, she added, because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue. And then she concluded: however, Our Lady has already crushed its head.

Talking also to John Paul II, you felt too that this was the crux, as it touches the very pillar of creation, the truth of the relationship between man and woman among the generations. If the founding pillar is touched the entire building collapses and we see this now, because we are at this point and we know it. And I’m moved when I read the best biographies of Padre Pio , on how this man was so attentive to the sanctity of marriage and the sanctity of the spouses, even with justifiable rigor on occasion.

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