Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

Separating the wheat from the chaff – in other words telling it like it is and not as the papal document, AL, says or, at the very least, implies.

We have a couple who are “attached” to the new liturgy which is the only liturgy they have known for the last 50 years. Let us call them Dick and Jane. Jane is married with two kids to a man who has no interest in marriage, per se, but is more interested in his work which consumes most of his time and energy. Jane is trying to be a good mother and wife but is feeling increasingly alienated from her husband. She meets Dick, a divorced man whose wife divorced him and ran off with another after bearing him two sons. They fall in love and decide to live together as man and wife, Jane’s husband could care less as his real “spouse”, if you will, is his business. In the meantime Jane and Dick are really turning it on in the bedroom and getting along famously.

A priest notices that Jane is coming to Mass with Dick instead of her real spouse and asks her, in private, “what’s up?” and who is this guy she is consorting with? She responds glowingly that she has met the most wonderful man, Dick, and they have decided to share everything together. She says she has even moved in with Dick and their life together has been “fabulous.”

The priest having read AL closely responds with: If you have a valid marriage in the eyes of the Church what you are proposing, in fact admit to doing, is considered adultery and cannot be condoned. This means you and Dick must not present yourselves for holy communion and, in fact, must not live together but must only relate to one another as brother and sister. Jane says: that is not how I read this latest document from the holy father which speaks of mercy to people in our situation so we have no intention of “breaking up” as it would demoralize us and lead us into complete despair. We are convinced that our relationship is borne out of a true love for one another and not anything sinful.

The priest thinks for a moment and asks: is there anything in your marriage, or for that matter Dick’s marriage, involving physical abuse or harm to you or your children? Jane answers: Well, father, not physical but mental, the feeling of estrangement and the failure of my husband to take any part in rearing our children – that has been a heavy cross for me to bear until I met Dick and says: We have no intention of breaking up. Father pauses for a moment and says: let me think about this for a while and get back to you.

Father consults with his superiors without mentioning any names and asks what the intent of AL is in such situations? His superior advises him thusly: It’s probably best in such a situation to simply let the matter rest and leave it up to God to judge – AL gives us the authority to be merciful in such situations. The priest then says: “But wouldn’t it be scandalous for them to receive communion, especially to those who know them well and are familiar with the “living together” part?” The superior responds in a somewhat angry tone of voice: “It’s none of their business.”

Now, IMO this is where AL is leading us – to confusion and chaos regarding the rules by which we have been formed. It is a work of the Devil plain and simple. Wisdom: Chap 14, [25] And all things are mingled together, blood, murder, theft and dissimulation, corruption and unfaithfulness, tumults and perjury, disquieting of the good, [26] Forgetfulness of God, defiling of souls, changing of nature, disorder in marriage, and the irregularity of adultery and uncleanness.

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2 comments on “Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

  1. Part II.

    Jane is a bit younger than Paul thought, and she brings forth little ones. This makes Dick miss his other kids all the more. Meanwhile, Dick’s wife gets the regrets, calls up Dick, and wants to reunite. Jane has a fit and drags Dick to see Fr. Kindfem.

    This causes a conundrum for Father. He consults his superior who promptly whips out AL. “Hmmm. It says that God might want Dick to stay with Jane for the sake of the new family.”

    Consequently Dick commits suicide. Jane and Dick’s ex agree that it was all too much for him, and that Dick had lost his mind. Fr. Kindfem has a mass of celebration for the invincibly ignorant dead Dick.

    DIck’s kids grow up, attend Harvard and Yale on federal subsidies, and become respected psychoanalysts.

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