The Pope has finally expressed Catholic moral theology for the family.
At this evening's encounter with families in a 20,000-seat Manila arena (fullvid), the Pope went off-script at length to issue a bluntly pointed condemnation of an "ideological colonization" of domestic life by forces that would "threaten" it, including among its examples attempts "to redefine the very institution of marriage" and "a lack of openness to life."
What do you make of this?
The pressures on family life today are many. Here in the Philippines, countless families are still suffering from the effects of natural disasters. The economic situation has caused families to be separated by migration and the search for employment, and financial problems strain many households. While all too many people live in dire poverty, others are caught up in materialism and lifestyles which are destructive of family life and the most basic demands of Christian morality. The family is also threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a lack of openness to life.
I think of Blessed Paul VI in the moment of that challenge of population growth, he had the strength to defend openness to life. He knew the difficulties families experience and that’s why in his encyclical (Humanae Vitae) he expressed compassion for specific cases and he taught professors to be particularly compassionate for particular cases. And he went further, he looked at the people on the earth and he saw that lack (of children) and the problem it could cause families in the future. Paul VI was courageous, a good pastor and he warned his sheep about the wolves that were approaching. And from the heavens he blesses us today.
Explaining to Christ's sheep that Kasper and his cohorts are wolves would go a long way to lending credibility to the practice of his own talking points?