(Catholic Herald) The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy in England and Wales have welcomed the statements in the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia concerning â€œthe unchanging teaching of Christ and His Church regarding marriage, the family, and human sexualityâ€.
The group of priests and deacons said in a statement on Saturday: â€œOur members are heartened that the exhortation calls for a return to the wisdom of Humanae Vitae, defence of the â€˜inalienable rightsâ€™ of the unborn child, re-affirmation of the role of parents as the primary educators of their children, and warning of an encroaching â€˜gender ideologyâ€™.â€
The confraternity was founded in Britain in October 2010 in response to the State Visit to Britain of Benedict XVI, â€œfor the sanctification and support of priests, and in promotion of priestly life, holiness and mission by fidelity, formation and fraternityâ€. There are also groups in America, Australia and Ireland.
Before the family synod all four groups pledged their â€œunwavering fidelityâ€ to the traditional Church teaching on marriage and sexuality, stressing â€œthe importance of upholding the Churchâ€™s traditional discipline regarding the reception of the sacraments and that doctrine and practice must remain firmly and inseparably in harmonyâ€. [More]