With the family under attack like never before, one of the first major attacks on the sacred institution of Holy Matrimony came from Vatican II. The sect which the Robber Council spawned has destroyed the very permanence of marriage by giving out phony "annulments" for almost any cause, and permitting those who get them to "remarry." Under Bergoglio, it is taught that a person who is divorced and "remarried" (without even a phony annulment) and is living in an active sexual partnership might not be responsible or culpable for the mortal sin of adultery. This post will examine the true teaching of the Church on the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and what the Vatican II sect has done to destroy it.
1917 v. 1983 Code of Canon Law on Matrimony
Vatican II has changed a de fide (infallible) teaching of the Church on marriage:
The primary end of marriage is the procreation and education of children; its secondary end is mutual help and the allaying of concupiscence. The latter are entirely subordinate to the former.
The Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office declared this statement of Church teaching as de fide in 1944. (See AAS 36, 1944, 103). This teaching was already in the 1917 Code. Here's what the Church's canons say about Matrimony:
Canon 1013 - section 1
The primary end of marriage is the procreation and education of children; its secondary end is mutual help and the allaying of concupiscence.
Canon 1012 section 1
Christ our Lord elevated the very contract of marriage between baptized persons to the dignity of a sacrament. (Emphasis mine)
Compare the 1983 Vatican II sect definition:
Canon 1055 - section 1.
The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this [covenant] between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament. (Emphasis mine).
Two egregious errors become apparent. The first is that the primary and secondary ends of marriage are put forth on equal footing with the secondary end mentioned first. I do not hesitate to call the definition heretical. It comes as a logical corollary of the second error; marriage is a covenant and not a contract. What's the difference? In a contract, both parties must freely enter and accept the terms of said contract. The form of the sacrament creates a contract. After the bride and groom pronounce their vows, they cannot withdraw their consent. A covenant implies an ongoing consent, and if either party at any time withdraws consent, the marriage is over. Welcome to no-fault divorce under the guise of "Catholicism."
Once again, the 1917 Code:
Canon 1081 - section 2
Matrimonial consent is an act of the will by which each party gives and accepts a perpetual and exclusive right over the body, for acts which are of themselves suitable for the generation of children.
Notice the primary end of marriage is the reason for the right over the body of the spouse.
Compare the Vatican II sect's 1983 Code:
Canon 1057 - section 2
Matrimonial consent is an act of the will by which a man and a woman, through an irrevocable covenant, mutually give and accept each other in order to establish marriage.
No longer is the primary end of marriage, the procreation and education of children, even mentioned. It's all about the spouses and "giving and accepting" each other. To those who object the canon says the covenant is "irrevocable," the revised code permits psychological immaturity as grounds for annulment. As "psychological immaturity" is not defined, it can mean virtually anything modern psychologists want it to mean, and "annulments" are given as the "covenant of love" was not truly present.
The Mother of All Heresy: Vatican II
The heretical definition of marriage given in the 1983 Vatican II sect Code comes from...you guessed it...the Robber Council, Vatican II. In the Vatican II document, Gaudium et Spes [hereinafter GS], the married state is deemed as "the intimate partnership of life and love which...has been established by the creator..." (GS para. #48), whose proper end is procreation:
By its very nature the institution of marriage and married love is ordered to the procreation and education of the offspring and it is in them that it finds its crowning glory (GS para. #48).
Note that it does not find its "reason for being" in the procreation and education of children, but its "crown." This leads one to believe that the end of the state of matrimony is mutual perfection of the spouses, that is, the secondary end becomes the first, since the true end (the procreative one), becomes secondary because it is proposed as a consequence (or "crowning glory") of the Modernist value of marriage.
Again, Vatican II teaches:
But God did not create man a solitary being. From the beginning "male and female he created them" (Gen. 1: 27). This partnership of man and woman constitutes the first form of communion between persons (GS para. #12).
This is a correct, yet incomplete, and leads to serious error. Its incompleteness is due to the fact that it doesn't quote what is written in Genesis 2:18-23:
The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”
GS creates the false impression that God created man and woman at the same time, rendering them totally equal. Men and women are similar, but not in complete equality, as St. Paul explains, speaking in the name of the Lord in the famous passage of 1 Corinthians 11:3:
But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.
Vatican II's entire teaching on marriage (GS para. # 47-52) is completely silent on the natural difference between the sexes established by God. From the premise of a non-Catholic idea, it advances to a natural and total equality between the spouses (considered in the abstract as "persons") as beings who express themselves freely in the "community of [matrimonial] love," completely ignoring the teaching of St. Paul and the Church throughout the ages, according to which, as we have seen, man is the natural head over the woman and, thus, over the family. This ignores the principle of nature that a woman's fundamental vocation is as spouse and mother, of bringing children into the world and educating them in a Catholic way. That's not to say women are to be bossed around and mistreated by their husbands, nor does it mean women can't be professionals (my wife is a highly educated professional). It means that the vocation of spouse and mother is more sublime. Many women now scoff at the idea of being a mother, or "just want one" child to be raised by a child care service.
Vatican II thus opened the way to feminism, that particularly perverse idea which, in the name of false equality, exalts false liberty. In the name of false liberty we now have sodomite "marriage" and the destruction of true marriage and family. Compare the words of Pope Pius XI:
Domestic society being confirmed, therefore, by this bond of love, there should flourish in it that "order of love," as St. Augustine calls it. This order includes both the primacy of the husband with regard to the wife and children, the ready subjection of the wife and her willing obedience, which the Apostle commends in these words: "Let women be subject to their husbands as to the Lord, because the husband is the head of the wife, and Christ is the head of the Church." (See Casti Connubii, para. #26; Emphasis mine).
Vatican II Sect Marriage: Fostering Religious Indifferentism and Adultery
The Church has always forbidden Her faithful to marry non-Catholics. The hierarchy sometimes gave dispensations, but on very precise conditions: (1) the Church required the non-Catholic to promise to avoid any danger of corrupting the Catholic spouse and (2) She also asked that the engaged couple make a written promise to baptize all their children in the One True Church and give them an exclusively Catholic education.
1917 Canon 1061
The Church does not dispense from the impediment of mixed religion unless:
1. justifying grave reasons require it;
2. the non-Catholic party gives a guaranty to remove from the Catholic party the danger of perversion [of the Faith] and both parties give a guaranty that all offspring will be baptized and reared only in the Catholic Faith;
3. there is moral certainty these guaranties will be fulfilled
In addition, the Catholic spouse was obliged to work prudently for the conversion of the non-Catholic spouse. This all ended in the Vatican II sect when Montini ("Pope" Paul VI) issued the Motu proprio entitled Matrimonia Mixta on March 31, 1970. The non-Catholic spouse no longer has to make any promises. Instead, the so-called Catholic party promises to "try" and raise any/all children as "Catholic" (Vatican II sect). By placing the faith of the allegedly Catholic spouse and the children in grave danger of corruption, it goes against the Divine-positive Law and is immoral. It therefore could not come from the One True Church.
Not to be outdone, Bergoglio published the "Apostolic Exhortation" Amoris Laetitia on March 19, 2016. Chapter 8 discusses the issue of people who are divorced and civilly “remarried.” In paragraph 305, the Argentinian apostate explains that certain divorced and civilly “remarried” persons, while living their new and purely civil union as if they were married, can be in the state of grace. They can therefore benefit from the help of the Sect. He declared in note 351:
In certain cases, this can include the help of the sacraments. Hence, I want to remind priests that the confessional must not be a torture chamber (!), but rather an encounter with the Lord’s mercy. I would also point out that the Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.
Translation: Those living in open and unrepentant adultery, which constitutes continual mortal sin, can somehow be in the state of grace and receive "communion." This flies in the face of all Church teaching from 33 AD to 1958 on the subject. Furthermore, the Eucharist is indeed a help for those striving to be perfect "even as Thy Heavenly Father is Perfect" (St. Matthew 5:48) and not to those who have deliberately banished God from their souls through mortal sin--"Do not give that which is Holy to the dogs..." (St. Matthew 7:6). All of this is against the Divine-positive Law.
We live in a wicked world where sodomites can "marry," divorce is both acceptable and easy, divorce and "remarriage" is not considered adultery, and the procreation of children is not as important as self-fulfillment. All of this is having a devastating effect upon society. It began in earnest, as almost all modern day ills, with the heretical teachings of Vatican II and the counterfeit sect it spawned.