In this volume five Cardinals of the Church, and four other scholars, respond to the call issued by Cardinal Walter Kasper for the Church to harmonize "fidelity and mercy in its pastoral practice with civilly remarried, divorced people".
Beginning with a concise introduction, the first part of the book is dedicated to the primary biblical texts pertaining to divorce and remarriage, and the second part is an examination of the teaching and practice prevalent in the early Church. In neither of these cases, biblical or patristic, do these scholars find support for the kind of "toleration" of civil marriages following divorce advocated by Cardinal Kasper. This book also examines the Eastern Orthodox practice of oikonomia (understood as "mercy" implying "toleration") in cases of remarriage after divorce and in the context of the vexed question of Eucharistic communion. It traces the centuries long history of Catholic resistance to this convention, revealing serious theological and canonical difficulties inherent in past and current Orthodox Church practice.
Thus, in the second part of the book, the authors argue in favor of retaining the theological and canonical rationale for the intrinsic connection between traditional Catholic doctrine and sacramental discipline concerning marriage and communion.
The various studies in this book lead to the conclusion that the Church's longstanding fidelity to the truth of marriage constitutes the irrevocable foundation of its merciful and loving response to the individual who is civilly divorced and remarried. The book therefore challenges the premise that traditional Catholic doctrine and contemporary pastoral practice are in contradiction.
Praying the Rosary with Pope Francis is an easy-to-carry booklet of meditations, exclusively available from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This booklet offers meditations by Pope Francis on the twenty mysteries of the Rosary and the life of Jesus and Mary. Immerse yourself in the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious, and Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary with scripture passages and easy-to-understand reflections from our Holy Father. Each mystery is accompanied by beautiful, full-page color illustrations. This convenient booklet fits easily into a pocket or purse and makes a perfect gift. Here are two reviews from actual customers: "Truly, Praying the Rosary with Pope Francis is a wonderful gift for those who pray the rosary. His thoughts and the scripture passages add luster to our mental landscapes in the recitation of the mysteries (which I often find myself needing). Congrats to the USCCB on an offering that will be 'used' by I think many." Kevin W. "I really enjoy it. Reading the thoughts of Pope Francis makes me feel like I know him on a personal level." Melanie B. Size is 4 x 6" and 76 pages total
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This beautiful collection of prayers affirms that "as we honor the Mother, we also truly know the Son and give him love, glory, and obedience." Includes such prayers as the Angelus, the Regina Caeli, the Salve Regina, and the Magnificat
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Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers is a family resource for exploring the Catholic tradition of prayer.
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Now in paperback, Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers brings solace, joy, and hope in God's mercy to families.
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Book of Saints For Catholic Children
Lives of the Saints For Children in 1 Volume
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