November 10, 2013

Book Review #3

The Gift of SelfThe Gift of Self by Maria Pia Campenella

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent book on helping one to stay Faithful to their vows after divorce. The chapters on Reconciliation, Renewal of the "I Do" and The Gift of Self are especially helpful. Prefaced by the Archbishop of Palermo.

You can purchase the book from publisher Mary's Advocates (

Direct link to book page here

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Book Review #2

When Marriage Becomes WorseWhen Marriage Becomes Worse by Sheryl Temaat and Theresa Wright

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent book that relates Canon Laws concerning marriage and separation, historical facts of divorce, Church teaching on divorce, what grave harm it causes, Q & A section, etc. It is basic information every Catholic should know, especially if you're facing divorce and/or annulment and need a powerful arsenal to defend your marriage. I wish I had had it handy during my own defense. Highly recommended!

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Great Moral Urgency?

To this article on Breitbart News: Cardinal Dolan: Great Moral Urgency To Pass Immigration Reform , a few days ago I posted this comment:

"Great Moral Urgency??!!!! You have got to be kidding me, Card. Dolan! And I suppose that the revolving door annulment crisis, tolerating divorce, lack of belief in the indissolubility of marriage by laity, use of contraception by laity, politicians openly defying Church teaching, clerics and other religious openly defying Church teaching, lack of conversions, lack of professed Catholics attending Mass routinely, lack of enrollment in parochial schools, lack of vocations to the priesthood, etc, etc, etc are NOT causes for "great moral urgency"??? What dark cave did you just emerge from, if I may ask? Please stop playing tiddly-winks with the enemies of the Church and start defending the sheep within your own diocese and more importantly, the Church. Confront, challenge and convert those who oppose Church teaching, not glad hand them and pat them on the back! DEFEND THE FAITH!!!!"

I suppose it was a bit harsh, but I have mentioned before that many of the Princes of the Church are paying lip service to the true crises in the Church, one of which is the assault on Catholic Marriages via the "toleration" of divorce and specious annulments. It is why I have less than full confidence in the upcoming synod in 2014 that anything productive and protective of Sacrament of Matrimony will be done, though I continue to pray otherwise. How can I think anything else when the Princes of the Church - at least in the US ( Card. Dolan and Bp. Gomez at the forefront) continue to espouse immigration reform as "...a great moral urgency"???

I also sent it to the Cardinal via the USCCB website, slightly revised and closed with:

"I urge you to please address the true moral crises in our Church and leave immigration reform to the secular world, who is better able to deal with those who break established United States laws, whether Federal or State."

Had the Bishops in the US been as vocal in opposing No-Fault Divorce as they have been in opposing the enforcement of established Federal and State immigration laws, I doubt that there would be as many Catholics divorcing and certainly a lessening of the annulment petitions before the diocesan tribunals. The focus would then perhaps be on the Pastoral Care needed to repair and renew troubled marriages, rather than on the divorced and remarried, and the For Your Marriage website would be getting more page-views per day.  

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The One Ring...

...that rules them all. *

I Commemorated our 25th Anniversary on October 15.

*(compliments to JRR Tolkein)

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