Monday, March 03, 2008

Poll-Release Monday #45

Here is this week's new poll question:
True or False?
  • The meaning, nature, and essential attributes of marriage can change depending upon those cultures or societies in which marriage takes place, or upon the intentions of the individuals who desire to marry each other.
What do you think? Do you know what the Church teaches about the Sacrament of Marriage? Vote in the poll in the sidebar.

As for last week's question, here are the results:
  • True or False?: "A repentance motivated by a love of God above all else obtains forgiveness of mortal sin."
    • True: 23 (61%)
    • False: 15 (39%)
The correct answer is "True." Now, I realize that there might be some controversy about this one. It's somewhat of a trick question, but I didn't make it up, the USCCB did ;) Here's the question and answer from the Penance section of their Catechism quiz:
  • True or false. A repentance motivated by a love of God above all else obtains forgiveness of mortal sin.

    • True.

      Para. 1452: When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called "perfect" (contrition of charity). Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible (Cf. Council of Trent [1551]: DS 1667).

      Para. 1453: The contrition called "imperfect" (or "attrition") is also a gift of God, a prompting of the Holy Spirit. It is born of the consideration of sin's ugliness or the fear of eternal damnation and the other penalties threatening the sinner (contrition of fear). Such a stirring of conscience can initiate an interior process which, under the prompting of grace, will be brought to completion by sacramental absolution. By itself however, imperfect contrition cannot obtain the forgiveness of grave sins, but it disposes one to obtain forgiveness in the sacrament of Penance (Cf. Council of Trent [1551]: DS 1678; 1705).
Perhaps the more precise answer would have been, "True, with qualification." I just wanted to see if this one would stir up any conversation.

Thank you all for voting. For more info on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, see the Catholic Defense Directory: Confession and Penance, or the Topical Index: Sacraments and Sacramentals.

Pax Christi,
phatcatholic

4 comments:

Laudate Dominum said...

I really didn't like that question.

To say that the statement "A repentance motivated by a love of God above all else obtains forgiveness of mortal sin" is simply true is ambiguous at best. The key condition that is absent is: "if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible."

Simply saying that repentance motivated by love of God obtains forgive of mortal sin is to obscure the fact that the forgiveness of mortal sin is a fruit of the sacramental order in the mystery of the Church. At face value the affirmation of that statement strikes me as somewhat Pelagian. At least it was clarified by excerpts from the Tridentine decrees.

Laudate Dominum said...

As far as the marriage question goes I would say false because the objective meaning and nature of marriage is rooted first in the objectivity of human nature and natural law. But of course the accidentals are conditioned by variable anthropological and subjective factors.

jmjtina said...

you know, i wanted to discuss that confession question and the way it was phrased. Yeah, nick, go ahead and mess with our heads!

And I'm gonna go with false with the question on marriage. The key phrase "meaning, nature and essential marriage" in the question throws me. You would think that the attributes of marriage MUST remain constant in order for the sacrament to be valid, regardless of cultures or the individuals.

And this is so off topic, but the picture is really cute! I like it! Yes, I am corny like that.

Laura H. said...

I'm with Sean and Tina.

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