Antinomianism in high places


Definition of ANTINOMIAN

:  one who holds that under the gospel dispensation of grace the moral law is of no use or obligation because faith alone is necessary to salvation
:  one who rejects a socially established morality

The recent comments of Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, new Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, regarding possible changes in the canonical discipline of withholding holy Communion from Catholics divorced-and-remarried outside the Church, seem a good example of antinomianism. But, while several recent Roman statements benefit by interpretationsecundum leniorem (in particular, not taking every unhappy phrase as a harbinger of doctrinal disaster), I think that Archbishop Baldisseri’s remarks require something more. They require, I suggest, direct response.

“A new approach needs to be taken with respect to the administration of the sacraments to remarried divorcees.”

Simply put, there is no pastorally plausible middle-ground between admitting one to holy Communion and not admitting one to holy Communion.

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  1. Sounds to me like Baldisseri fits right in, given the kind of pastorality currently issuing from the very highest of the Church’s “high places”. Hey, while we’re at it, let’s heartily and publicly welcome all those renegade Catholic pro-death politicians back to the communion rail! Oh, wait…they were never barred from it in the first place. Matter of fact, they’ve been heartily and publicly welcome to present themselves for Holy Communion ever since Roe v. Wade. (Kind of gives the phrase “Red Mass” a special post-Roe nuance.)

    Uh, did I say “communion rail“? What was I thinking? Who uses those any more? Where can you even find one?

    Gosh, it’s hard being a dinosaur.

  2. I personally, know couples , who should not receive Holy Communion…..and DO!
    As far as, Abortion…..WHO KNOWS!
    There is a lack od Integrity and Resposibility, to keep ppl from refraining from the Eucharist!
    Maybe they could wear a Scarlet Letter/ “A”
    That would cover A-Lot. 🙂

    Christ said He did Not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it!
    This would go on….to the End Of Time! Moral Law!

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