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Newsletter of Mater Dei Seminary
September 2003

Other articles in this newsletter:
Moral Theology: The Mixed Marriage Guarantees

Dear Friends and Benefactors,

“Ecce quam bonum et quam jucundum, habitare fratres in unum” (Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity).

During the past few months, there have been several occasions which have brought our priests together — the priestly ordinations in Mary, our annual priests’ retreat in June, and our be-annual priests’ meeting in July. This October 2, the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels, a new church will be solemnly blessed in Olathe, Colorado, followed by a solemn Pontifical Mass in which many of our priests will participate.

On these occasions, it is truly a spiritual joy to witness the unity amongst our priests — both religious and secular. Although they are all so different on a human level with various talents and abilities, differing personalities and temperaments, yet there is a strong, spiritual bond which makes us a united front. This does not mean that we do not have our disagreements — we are not clones operating in perfect unison. However, we discuss our differences and work out our problems in order to achieve the greater good — the salvation of souls and the good of the Church. Our priests have come to realize over the years the truth of Our Lord’s words, “A house divided against itself will not stand.” There can be no doubt that there is strength and security in numbers; what a spiritual and moral support it is for all of our priests to work together!

In serious matters, when important decisions need to be made, I truly appreciate the opinions of my fellow priests.

Each one has his own particular expertise: one in the Liturgy, another in Ecclesiastical History; this priest in Dogmatic Theology; that priest in Canon Law; yet another in Moral Theology. This is especially noticed during our priest meetings.

As we strive to maintain unity, our priests also make a concerted effort to avoid the pitfall of public debates with other priests in theological issues which are unresolvable at this time. Not until the Supreme Authority of the Papacy is restored to the Church can such issues in the liturgy, theology and canon law be addressed and authoritatively decided. With so much pastoral work to be done in order to save souls, these never-ending debates are not only a diversion but also a waste of time. And our priests have no time to waste.

This does not mean that we have no discussions at all on theological matters with other clergy; however, once they have been discussed, it serves no purpose to continue hammering out the same points.

I like to reiterate this especially to our seminarians during classes in moral theology and canon law. In these particular areas of study, they begin to realize that there has been a diversity of opinions among theologians on any different topic. We can have our opinions, but let not these opinions be a source of division and disunity.

Amongst our seminarians, there exists a remarkable charity and comradery. How important it is for all of us to remember the words of St. Paul to the Corinthians: “We are made a spectacle to the world and to angels and to men,” and never forget that Jesus Christ, the eternal High Priest, lovingly exhorted His first priests at the Las Supper: “ this will all men know that you are my disciples, that you love one another.”

With my prayers and blessing,
Most Rev. Mark A. Pivarunas. CMRI

Other articles in this newsletter:
Moral Theology: The Mixed Marriage Guarantees

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