and especially in care of the Roman Pontiff himself, and which under the guiding light of the Spirit of Truth is religiouslypreserved and faithfully expounded in the Church."
"Priests, never losing sight of the fullness of the priesthood which the bishops enjoy, must respect in them the authority of Christ, the Supreme Shepherd
. THEY MUST THEREFORE STAND BY THEIR BISHOPS IN SINCERE CHARITYAND
"While he (Peter) was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice thatsaid, '
This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; LISTEN TO HIM
’. When the disciples heard this,they fell prostrate and were very much afraid."
Because of our obligation to obey Christ, we believe and practice: "
The Church of Christ is a faithful and everwatchful guardian of the dogmas which have been committed to her charge
In this sacred deposit shechanges nothing, she takes nothing from it, she adds nothing to it
"The Church is considered the family of God, and rules exist to protect that family as a whole as well as the individualmembers. Specifically,
Catholics are obliged to follow all the divine laws of God, the natural moral law,Church law (also known as Canon law),
and all the legitimate and ethical civil laws of their city, state, and nation aslong as they don’t contradict the laws of God or the Church."
With what the Holy Father said regarding Canon Law in mind, we now look at the specifics of law which require a priest tobe celibate (unmarried)."Canon 277: §1. Clerics are obliged to observe perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the kingdom of heaven andtherefore are obliged to observe celibacy, which is a special gift of God, by which sacred ministers can adhere more easilyto Christ with an undivided heart and can more freely dedicate themselves to the service of God and humankind.§2. Clerics are to conduct themselves with due prudence in associating with persons whose company could endanger theirobligation to observe continence or could cause scandal for the faithful. §3. The diocesan bishop has the competence toissue more specific norms concerning this matter and to pass judgment in particular cases concerning the observance of this obligation."
"Celibacy: the discipline of the Latin Church that forbids the ordination of married men."
"All the ordained ministers of the Latin Church, with the exception of permanent deacons,
are normally chosen
fromamong men of faith who live a celibate life and who intend to remain celibate 'for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.'Called to consecrate themselves with undivided heart to the Lord and to 'the affairs of the Lord,' they give themselvesentirely to God and to men. Celibacy is a sign of this new life to the service of which the Church’s minister is consecrated;accepted with a joyous heart
celibacy radiantly proclaims the Reign of God
"Heresy is the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth, which must be believed with divine and Catholic faith. Schismis the rejection of the authority and jurisdiction of the pope as head of the Church."
Heresy and Schism are both sins that require confession. "Canon 1394: §1. With due regard for the prescription of can.194, §1, n. 3, a cleric who attempts even a civil marriage incurs an automatic (latae sententiae) suspension; but if he isgiven a warning and he does not have a change of heart and continues to give scandal, he can be punished gradually withvarious deprivations, even to the point of dismissal from the clerical state."
"Catholics can participate in Holy Communion if they are
, which means they (1) Are unaware of anymortal sins that aren’t yet confessed and absolved, (2
) Don’t publicly dissent from Church teachin
If one has unconfessed mortal sin on their soul, including publicly dissenting from Church teaching on celibacy, they cannotreceive Holy Communion!"
SHOULD A CATHOLIC BE SO UNFORTUNATE AS CONTUMACIOUSLY TO DENY A SINGLE ARTICLE OFFAITH, OR WITHDRAW FROM THE COMMUNION OF HIS LEGITIMATE PASTORS, HE CEASES TO BE AMEMBER OF THE CHURCH, AND IS CUT OFF LIKE A WITHERED BRANCH
The Sixteen Documents of Vatican II, (1967), Daughters of St. Paul, Boston, MA., Constitution on the Church, Paragraph 25, P. 136
The Sixteen Documents of Vatican II, (1967), Daughters of St. Paul, Boston, MA., Ministry and Life of Priests, Paragraph 7, P. 427
The New American Bible – St. Joseph Edition, (1970), Imprimatur & Nihil Obstat, Catholic Book Publishing Co., New York, NY., St. Matthew 17:5-6, P. 39
The Faith of Our Fathers, (1876 reprinted 1980), Cardinal James Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, John J. Crawley & Co., Union City, NY., P. 12
Catholicism for Dummies, ISBN: 0-7645-5391-7, (2003), Rev. Fr. John Triglio, Ph. d, Th. d, and Rev. Fr. Kenneth Brighenti, Ph. d, Wiley Publishing, Inc., New York, NY., P. 163
Code of Canon Law, ISBN. 0-943616-20-4, (1983), Canon Law Society of America, Washington, D.C., Nihil Obstat and Imprimateur, Canon 277, P. 97
Catholic Dictionary, ISBN. 978-0-87973-390-2, (2002), Rev. Fr. Peter M.J. Stravinskas, Ph. d., S.T.D., - editor, Our Sunday Visitor, Inc., Huntington, IN., P. 175
Catechism of the Catholic Church, ISBN. 0-932406-23-8, (1994), Apostolate for Family Consecration, Bloomingdale, OH., Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (now Benedict XVI) – Imprimateur, Paragraph 1579, P. 395
Catholicism for Dummies, ISBN: 0-7645-5391-7, (2003), Rev. Fr. John Triglio, Ph. d, Th. d, and Rev. Fr. Kenneth Brighenti, Ph. d, Wiley Publishing, Inc., New York, NY., P. 178
Code of Canon Law, ISBN. 0-943616-20-4, (1983), Canon Law Society of America, Washington, D.C., Nihil Obstat and Imprimateur, Canon 1394, P. 501
Catholicism for Dummies, ISBN: 0-7645-5391-7, (2003), Rev. Fr. John Triglio, Ph. d, Th. d, and Rev. Fr. Kenneth Brighenti, Ph. d, Wiley Publishing, Inc., New York, NY., P. 149
The Faith of Our Fathers, (1876 reprinted 1980), James Cardinal Gibbons – Archbishop of Baltimore, John J. Crawley & Co. Inc., Union City, N.J., P. 8