Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fruits of the Synod

Remaining in the Truth of Christ: 
Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church.
edited by Robert Dodaro, OSA
2014. Kindle Edition.

"Postmodernity has hurled a mortal dare at the family, because it has designed to substantially modify the relational character of matrimony upon which the family is founded. The Church has only one response that is adequate to this challenge: to announce the gospel of matrimony." (Kindle Locations 1912-1914)

If nothing else comes out of the 2014 Synod, I am happy with Fr. Robert Dodaro's extraordinary editorial effort in bringing together great Catholic teaching on the part of truly worthy and approved, living Catholic authors on the nature and indissolubility of Christian matrimony. The book is worth it for his introductory highlights alone. The appended texts from recent magisterium are also a great reference well worth having close at hand.

This book should be part of every priest's hand library and ought to be enough to get any young man through a good portion of his seminary studies. I would not hesitate to recommend it to non specialists and regular lay folk as well.

The above quote comes from Chapter 7: "Sacramental Ontology and the Indissolubility of Marriage" by Carlo Cardinal Caffarra. No less a treat for me personally, as a canonist living in Kyiv, was Chapter 4: "Separation, Divorce, Dissolution of the Bond, and Remarriage: Theological and Practical Approaches of the Orthodox Churches" by Archbishop Cyril Vasil’, S.J. If I had to pick another favorite, which brought perspective to some of the general notions I had from seminary of the history of the Sacrament of Matrimony and the notion of indissolubility, it would have to be Chapter 5: "Unity and Indissolubility of Marriage: From the Middle Ages to the Council of Trent" by Walter Cardinal Brandmüller.

As I say, I plan to go back to this book and not only for the wealth it provides on the Sacrament of Matrimony, but also on the important topic of our ecumenical approach to the Orthodox.

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