“Meet you where you are” is a heresy. It’s a half truth.
Jesus NEVER JUST met people “where they are”. He met people “where they are” and then invited them to go to place “where they are not” now.
Go Cardinal Napier!
At the Synod of Bishops, a clear common theme emerged from the reports of small groups that have been discussing the Synod’s working document: virtually every group said that the instrumentum laboris was overly preoccupied with the problems of marriage and family life, and did not provide enough encouragement and guidance for the faithful who are committed to living out their vocations in the family….(Source)
I find it strange indeed how Pope Francis and the progressives keep talking about that one sheep without dealing with the other 99 who, sorry for them, only have comparatively minor problems in their lives. I guess you have to be an obstinate heretic (who couldn’t give a flying flag about the Church’s mercy) to get any attention. If you are just struggling along with your spouse and children and trying to live a Catholic life, despite enormous challenges, well, you’re out of luck, chump. The progressives only want to talk about the freaks who want holy communion while still shacked up, and to affirm the positive qualities of “irregular unions” (how I loath that phrase….more language porn).
I also see a great irony here. What happened to the conservative faction during Vatican II is now happening to the progressive faction during this Synod. During Vatican II, the progressives were successful in chucking the original schemas prepared by Curia officials. Now, this time around, turn about is fair play and the vast majority of bishops are kicking that heretical working document to the curb.
I find it fascinating to note that heresy and stupidity always go hand in hand when you look at these things from an orthodox lens. If you look at what the progressives are trying to do i.e.. the scam of mercy, you will quickly see that it will spell disaster to struggling marriages who rely on the fact that the Church will not grant them an easy annulment. And that resistance is just enough in many cases to encourage the couple to try again. That is just the nature of our fallen human nature. Heresy and its counterpart in economics, socialism, just refuse to acknowledge original sin and the propensity to evil among men and women.
Sometimes you do need law and formalized resistance to weakness. That doesn’t sound all lovey dovey, I readily admit, but true happiness comes through perseverance and never through capitulation to the culture.
Pope Francis’s push for mercy has not as yet been properly balanced with law and natural justice. This Synod and the bishops’ witness to him will, God willing, provide that balance so that we can have a final text that is truly of the Holy Spirit.
A very interesting article recently appeared in the Economist. It reports on the huge growth of independent schools in poor countries, and the poor state of government schooling there. This includes the problem of teachers unions, corrupt bureaucracy, etc.Read it here.
Of course public education is problematic in wealthy countries too, and many of the critiques are valid here as well.My favourite quote is at the end of the article and is a good message for Queen’s Park:“The growth of private schools is a manifestation of the healthiest of instincts: parents’ desire to do the best for their children. Governments that are too disorganised or corrupt to foster this trend should get out of the way.”
The web site of the president of the Polish Episcopal Conference has published, in Polish and in French, summaries of short speeches delivered by 42 prelates at the Synod of Bishops on October 5.
The report on the prelates’ speeches appears to violate the rules established for this year’s Synod. In a break from past procedures, the Vatican has not released reports on the Synod interventions, although individual bishops have been free to make public their own talks.
The summaries of the speeches, whose length was limited to three minutes, came as a journalist expressed his concern at the October 7 daily synod briefing about the extent to which the briefing fully reflected what was being said in the synod hall. The new rules for the Synod have prompted persistent complaints about the lack of information on the bishops’ discussions.
At a press conference two days before the Synod began, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, stated that “the Synod must be a safe space so that the Holy Spirit can act and so that the Fathers have the freedom to express themselves withparresia [boldness] … The Fathers are free to communicate with the media at their own discretion and responsibility. The various stages in the development of the basic document remain confidential, since during the synodal process, the texts are subject to continuous developments right up to the final draft.”
According to the web site of Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, several different topics were raised on October 5 following the opening speech delivered by Hungarian Cardinal Péter Erdo, in which he called for continuity with the teaching of St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, for example, reportedly spoke about the importance of families taking part in the Church’s evangelizing mission, and Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago reportedly stressed the need for families to see themselves as a domestic church rather than an economic unit. Other prelates spoke about poverty and the persecution of Christian families.
“We must defend what God has revealed about marriage and family,” the summary of Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s speech stated. “Certain cultural currents and sociological approaches, etc., are a threat to the family. To serve the family, we must start with God’s Word.” Cardinal George Pell likewise reportedly spoke of the need to start from the Word of God, rather than sociology, and questioned the composition of the members of the commission who will draft the synod’s final document.
Belgian Bishop Johan Bonny reportedly called for a recognition of “positive elements” in civil unions and for greater leeway for local bishops, and German Archbishop Heiner Koch reportedly asked, “Why the exclusion of the sacraments?” Cardinal Reinhard Marx reportedly was “astonished” by Cardinal Erdo’s talk and said that “we need a debate on the sacrament of marriage: ‘all or nothing’ is not an option.”
On the other hand, Venezuelan Cardinal Jorge Urosa reportedly praised Cardinal Erdo’s address, Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko cited St. Paul in speaking of the need to preach the Gospel in season and out of season, and Lebanese Bishop Antoine Nabil Andari criticized the absence of the language of St. Paul from the synod’s working document.
Apparently referring to the working document, Belarusan Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz reportedly said, “We need to talk about family and not other cases. If we agree to give the sacraments to divorced people living in a new relationship, we are in favor of divorce.”
Perhaps the most noteworthy remarks concerned divorce, with Panamanian Cardinal José Luis Lacunza Maestrojuán allegedly stating, “Moses gives consent to the people, he yields. Today, the “hardness of heart” is opposed to God’s plans. Might Peter not be as merciful as Moses?” Noting that “Jesus corrects Moses,” Melkite Patriarch Gregory III Laham reportedly called upon the synod to offer a “spiritual, positive, and immutable” vision of marriage and said that “the instability of marriage is contrary to its nature.”
Some of the remarks summarized by Archbishop Gadecki had already been released to the media by the bishops who made them. Others had not, however, and the publication of the Polish archbishop’s notes seems certain to escalate the debate on the transparency of the Synod.
Ironically, the summaries posted by Archbishop Gadecki were similar to the daily reports that had been released by the Vatican press office during Synod meetings in past years. The practice of providing daily summaries, in which the individual bishops who spoke were identified, was halted last year. Critics of the new procedures have complained that they conflict with the expressed desire of Pope Francis for an open and honest discussion. (Source)
You know, for most of us Pharisees who’ve taken some kicking to the teeth over the past few years and have felt rather down and out, this kind of report really does lift the spirits. It shows that the FAITH means more to some bishops than this infernal diplomacy and niceness that seems to have become dogma in the Church.
What is hidden will always come into the light.
Because we all know that women deacons are a critical issue facing today’s families, right? I mean, just think of how many families could be better off if we had some women deacons! It would be such a game-changer!
He also talked about letting lay men and women preach homilies. That’s a biggie for families too, no doubt! Wouldn’t your family struggles be so much lighter if an auto mechanic or nurse have the homily this Sunday?
This Synod has degenerated into a joke where every man and their dog is bringing forth their pet projects.
If you want to hear the clip of Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, Former President of the CCCB, skip to 17:05 of the video below. Pathetic.
The disturbance in the Force continues at Rome. You gotta watch the 20-minute report from EWTN at the bottom of this post. It’s dense with many important developments, including Fr. Rosica’s startling call for more language porn on gays.
Skip forward to about 12:40 and listen to Fr. Rosica:
There must be an end to exclusionary language and a strong emphasis on embracing reality as it is, and we should not be afraid of new and complex situations… The Jubilee of Mercy requires a language of mercy. In particular, in speaking about homosexuals or gay persons, we do not ‘pity’ gay persons, but we recognize them for who they are. They are our sons and daughters and brothers and sisters and neighbours and colleagues.
Fr. Rosica is one of the so-called “language reporters” or spokesmen for the Synod. In this capacity, his job is to accurately report what happens during English-language discussions each day among Synod Fathers.
The subsequent commentary by the EWTN analysts is tactful but scathing. They basically say that Fr. Rosica’s demands come out of nowhere because virtually none of the prelates has raised this matter as a key concern. So why give it such prominence in his summary at the press conference?
Robert Royal on EWTN explains that there appear to be certain elements in the Vatican trying to press this issue forward of their own initiative.
He also astutely remarks that no amount of verbal euphemisms will satisfy the detractors of the Church whose primary beef is not Her choice of words but Her beliefs.
Thankfully, God can always make good come out of evil. The Synod is no exception.
Be sure of this: following all the speeches and verbal porn over the past 18 months, all the bishops and cardinals know exactly where everyone stands on a bunch of key issues. The Judases and Saints are clearly labelled.
The College of Cardinals is probably better informed than at any point in history.
There won’t be any uncertainty at the next conclave, I can guarantee you. Cardinals will know exactly who to pick that reflects their beliefs. That means that the outcome will essentially give us a census on the health the College of Cardinals. If we get a liberal Pope, that means that the majority of cardinals are liberal.
But I don’t think we’re there. I think the majority of voting cardinals are still faithful to Jesus and that we’ll probably get a saintly Pope.
God will that it be so.
Because they see it as touching the indissolubility of marriage?
“Not only that, but also the understanding of the Eucharist and of the Church. That’s a kind of Trinity, and if you touch one, you touch the lot. That said, there are all kinds of positions along the spectrum within that 65 percent who are against. I’ll quote one bishop, and this scandalized me, who said, ‘This synod basically has to choose between the way of Jesus and the way of Walter Kasper’.” [He’s right.] It wasn’t in the public session, but it was said. I don’t scandalize easily, but that did it. (from Eponymous Flower)
Well, you can’t get any more blunt than that. And I must say, it’s so encouraging and edifying. This language porn which includes this desire to dumb-down the language of sin (i.e. trying to get the Church to back away from teachings like calling sin “intrinsically disordered”), or the desire to include everyone and exclude virtually no one, irrespective of their unrepentant sinful situation, is something that has to be met with two proverbial fists to the face. And the idea that we must be pleasant with one another to uphold a sham unity at the expense of the Gospel itself is right from the pit of hell. In fact, the more blunt and “hurtful” words one hears, the more Godly are the bishops who utter them.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus said, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11)
Can you imagine any bishop saying that today to those who deserve to be called what they are? And if not, whose problem is that? Jesus’s or the bishops?