Ambassador Presents Imperial Honor To Redemptorist Missioner

18 06 2008

ROME (UCAN) — Emperor Akihito of Japan has honored a Canadian Redemptorist priest, Father Gabriel Boudreault, for 56 years of dedicated service to the Japanese people in the social, cultural and religious fields.

http://www.ucanews.com/2008/06/12/ambassador-presents-imperial-honor-to-redemptorist-missioner/

I had always wondered why Catholic churches here allowed couples who were both non Catholic to have a wedding in the church and now I know why, Father Gabriel started it.


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21 06 2008
Jean-benoit

You see, I have a beef with “show marriages.”

It’s really important to know that unless you take the sacrament seriously and sincerely, the sacrament is not effective. That is why most priests tell couples to wait a year or two before deciding to marry each other.

Of course, some priests marry non-Catholic Japanese couples because of money. Others just pose as priests and marry couples in hotels that have a little card-board set that mimics a most sacred and holy place for Christians. For money, of course.

I think the latter is incredibly insulting not only for Catholics, but for intelligent Japanese people who want to enjoy a life together and wish to say that they married in an authentic Catholic church.

In Japan, I noticed that people marry in Christian churches because of the atmosphere. That is, they wouldn’t like to have a ceremony where no one can really see you or show off whatever superficial thing they think is necessary for marriage to be valid. If they could afford it, it is most likely that they’d get the Shinto wedding instead.

As a Catholic, I’m glad that couples get married rather than just live together and separate when their relationship becomes “inconvenient”, but it annoys me a bit that all we are to the majority of the Japanese people are folks that rubber-stamp marriages to make it seem official, even if they still have issues that they need to work on.

The sacraments and how they work can be described this way:

First, you need to be baptized to be introduced to the saving grace of God.

Second, you need to clean off your sins and be in a state of grace, like a polished mirror that reflects the goodness of God.

Third, you need to regularly receive the Blessed Sacrament to maintain that grace and be spiritually nurtured and have it become integrated into your spiritual life.

Fourth, you need to be confirmed as a Catholic, meaning you have become an adult with responsibilities in the Church as it appears in your community.

Fifth and Sixth concerns marriage. You say one is “holy orders” but “holy orders” is marriage to God, in dedicated the rest of your life to Him, and the sacrament of matrimony is about the union of two people who are united under God; that means they need to have been introduced into the Church in order for their union to be valid under The One God; or else it would be as if a Buddhist got married in a Catholic Church, or a Hindu, or a Muslim; it simply has no theological consistency for people of another faith, or people without faith, or people ignorant about faith, to be wedded and unified in an institution that proclaims itself to be the only way to Salvation, that is, unless you’re Catholic, you have no real business being married in a Catholic Church, no matter how much money you throw or how idealized you want your wedding to be.

For non-Catholic Japanese to be wedded in a Catholic church is like building a house with no roof or floor; that sort of wedding are walls that will have no purpose but to cast an illusion of shelter- The building is useless and just a facade.

How can you administer the sacrament of healing, if they are not even baptized? What soul is there to save, if the soul is foreign and on another wavelength.

I say, before the Japanese get married in our churches, they must be catechized and baptized, then confirmed. That is the only way. Or else we are spreading an illusion, a lie, about something we hold so important and sacred.

Praise God, His Church, and His Sacraments. May the Japanese nation embrace the True Faith out of their own will.
Amen.

21 06 2008
vee8

I too am not an advocate of non Catholics let alone non Christians having a wedding in a Catholic church. I was shocked when I first found out it was going on and wondered who when and why. I cant find the exact quote right now but it seems like one of the reasons was to kind of try and introduce non Catholics to Catholicism which I think is a pretty lame excuse. I too agree that money has a lot, if not everything, to do with the churches allowing it. Ditto on couples just interested in the architecture, and atmosphere but dont forget the long “virgin road” which ordinary people call the aisle.

I agree with the rest of your comment too and it makes me wonder what kind of ceremony actually takes place, is the Blessed Sacrament removed while it is going on, and do the couples who go through this ever convert?

At the same time think of all the anti Catholics in this world, people who would rather do anything but enter a Catholic church let alone have a priest do such a thing as make the sign of the cross over them. So at least these Japanese couples dont have such a hatred but their interest should be handled by educating them not taking their money and giving them a wedding in the church.

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