Father Kester's loosey-goosey Gospel
From a "homily" given at St. Bede the Venerable Church in the affluent community of La Cañada.
I'm gonna give you a little bit of a trade secret here that we don't often mention from the pulpit. And that's something about Church law itself which says that Church law is to be applied more strictly the more generally it's applied and it's to be applied more loosely the more particularly, specifically, it's applied.I can't imagine anyone wanting to do this, but ... if you'd like to listen to Father Kester's loosey-goosey Gospel, go HERE.
What that means is if I am standing up here and we have a discussion going, let's say, on birth control. As a Catholic priest I'm sort of obliged to uphold the teaching of the Church and say Humanae Vitae says you shouldn't practice birth control. I'm speaking very generally now to the whole congregation. If I get a couple in the office and they're explaining their medical problems, their financial problems, what's happening in their lives, specifically, then I should be very loose in how I interpret this rule and say, well, O.K. I understand your situation and your considerations and maybe we ought to set this rule aside in your instance.
If I am standing up here at the pulpit and we're talking about divorce and remarriage, I will say ... marriage is forever. You cannot get remarried unless you go through the annulment process. And then I have a couple come in and say, you know, Father, we have tried to get an annulment three or four times. We know that our first marriages were mistakes. We'd like to receive communion. Then I'd have to say O.K. I'm talking specifically. I'm not talking generally. Let's see does this rule really apply to you in your situation in life?
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