The Archdiocese of Baltimore is allowing weddings to take place outside Catholic Churches. Any Catholic with any trace of the sensus fidelium will understand that Matrimony is one of the Seven Sacraments, deserving of all solemnity and protection of Holy Mother Church. Of course it should be celebrated in front of the Blessed Sacrament and in the context of a Nuptial Mass. Such rubrics are a reminder that the Catholic wedding isn't just about the couple to be married, but more importantly is centered on God Himself. Now that the archdiocese has acquiesced to secular culture and attitudes regarding the venue for matrimony, it stands to reason that it will offer no antidote to the poisonous mindsets regarding marriage, period.
It's no coincidence that this news comes to us just before the various pride debaucheries are to take place in major cities across the nation - Baltimore being one of them. No doubt St Matthew's on Loch Raven Boulevard will be participating, as it has done in years past; probably other parishes will join in. One can count on Archbishop Lori et al to look the other way. Meanwhile the faithful Catholics had better do prayer and reparation, not only for those celebrating mortal sin, but for the prelates who won't offer a peep to protect the souls in their charge.
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