In our Theology of the Mass class we have been discussing the changes brought about over time in our understanding of the Mass. How the Rites have developed and we are now discussing chanfes from the Second Vatican Council and the differences in dogma, doctrine, and the like. Through our discussions before and after class I have been constantly reminded of the need for pastoral sensitivity. (Comes from Sacrosanctum Concilium and other documents.) I saw this quote the other day from Canon Law and found that it fits well. The whole purpose of everything we do as a church, as ministers of the Church and Christ, and as bearers of the Gospel must always be for the salvation of souls.
the salvation of souls, which must always be the supreme law in the Church, is to be kept before one’s eyes.” [Canon Law # 1752]
The Supreme Law of the Catholic Church is the “Salvation of souls.” That is the first objective. This Supreme Law concerns the clergy, the religious brothers and sisters, the faithful members of the Church and those who have yet to be converted. No one is excluded.
And as my former pastor Father Baker always stated: “The only important thing in life is going to Heaven. In the end nothing else matters.”