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” language 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 or the bishops?
You know, I think such a position is really not good for the Church…either in the dioceses or in the Vatican. Look at what is transpiring during the Synod. Fr. Rosica speaks. Everyone finds major problems with his distorted reporting. In all my years of blogging, I have never really seen anything really beneficial come from Communication Directors. And I’ve seen plenty which has has been problematic and scandalous.
So why have them? If the Pope or a Bishop wants to say something and represent the Church or the Diocese, LET HIM SAY IT HIMSELF, and let everyone accept or reject their words.
We don’t need filters. Because when you have filters, you lose a lot of taste and sometimes the very substance of the truth.
Not many people have been commenting on this, but it really needs to be said and addressed in the Church. Is the Church now some secular organization or government that it needs official talking heads to “interpret” the message for us?
If you think about it, it’s quite insulting.
Cardinal Jose Luiz Lacunza Maestrojuan, the president of the Panamanian Bishops’ Conference, and Rapporteur at the Synod of the Family suggested on October 5, 2015, during his alloted three minute speech, that the Law of Christ be overturned and the Church adapt a position on divorce following Moses. The Cardinal was quoted by Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki (translated by Toronto Catholic Witness) as saying:
“Moses drew near to the people and gave way. Likewise today, the ‘hardness of hearts’ opposes God’s plan. Could Peter not be merciful like Moses”?
And then these blind guides and Pharisees (the real ones not the fake ones identified in current times) wonder why no one takes them seriously.
I can tell you, quite frankly and sadly, that episcopal “teaching” like this stops at my front door. And does not and will not enter. Whether priest, prophet, or Pope — it matters not to me. If it’s against the clear teaching of Jesus, then I don’t give a damn who you are or what colour of robe you wear.
You know, reading that article of Fr. Rosica’s scandalous conduct is kind of a joke now, isn’t it? My how times have changed. It’s the least of our worries.
Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that working document for the Synod of Bishops “engenders a subtle hopelessness” in his address to the assembly.
The instrumentalum laboris, prepared as a guide to the bishops’ discussion, has been criticized by many of the prelates speaking during the first two days of the Synod meeting. Archbishop Chaput joined the critics, saying that the document fails to inspire a sense of Christian hope. Theinstrumentum does not convey confidence that Catholics, with the help of grace, can resist the pressures that are undermining marriage and family life. The archbishop continued:
This leads to a spirit of compromise with certain sinful patterns of life and the reduction of Christian truths about marriage and sexuality to a set of beautiful ideals— which then leads to surrendering the redemptive mission of the Church. The work of this synod needs to show much more confidence in the Word of God, the transformative power of grace, and the ability of people to actually live what the Church believes. And it should honor the heroism of abandoned spouses who remain faithful to their vows and the teaching of the Church.
Responding to a question about the demand for a Synod message that will make all people feel welcome in the Church, Archbishop Chaput said that the need for attractive language must be balanced against the demand for truth. “We have to be careful with our language so that people don’t get hurt, but also we must be faithful to Church doctrine,” he said.
At an October 7 briefing for reporters covering the Synod, Archbishop Chaput downplayed concerns about disputes among the participants. “I have never been at a church meeting where there aren’t groups that get together and lobby for a particular direction,” he said; “and that’s going on, I assure you.” The archbishop said that such lobbying is natural and harmless, as long as bishops continue to work for the welfare of the universal Church. “We are not here to win anything,” he said. “We are here to arrive at the truth of the Lord that He has set out for his Church.” (Source)
Archbishop Chaput is known as a straight shooter who uses blunt, clear language. In this Church age of language porn (that is, playing fast and loose with meanings, telegraphing messages, and vocally humping our way into oblivion), such talk is so refreshing that it is like cold watermelon on a blistering hot day.
Furthermore, this tension came to the fore when at the conclusion of the “Briefing” in the Sala Stampa when a reporter from The Tablet (a left-leaning Catholic periodical published in England) asked if divorce and remarriage were still a firm doctrine for the Synod Fathers or just a matter of mutable discipline. In response to this pointed question, Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, President of the Canadian Episcopal Conference, astonished many in the room by proffering a very snide and imprudent remark that those interested in doctrine should consult Denzinger-Schönmetzer (a well-known and highly respected compendium of Catholic doctrine/dogma) while the Synod Fathers would continue to treat divorce and remarriage as an issue open to discussion, and—therefore—possibly open to change. (Source)
….Right on time….The false heresy of splitting belief and practice has gone full board.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve wondered whether I’ve been too harsh on the Canadian bishops. But every time I think that, something like this reinforces my approach: “Nope, Johnny boy, you’re right on the mark. Don’t second guess yourself again. Trust your Catholic sense.”
The Synod couldn’t have gotten off to a weirder start.
Jesus staked his position by stating His unchanging teaching on marriage in today’s Gospel reading:
“Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”
Meanwhile, a priest and university prof working at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith announced that he’s gay and has a boyfriend. He also published a pro-gay Manifesto demanding that the Church change Jesus’ teaching on homosexuality. He was immediately fired. Read about the sad story here.
How will this impact the Synod debates? I dunno. But the fired priest is naturally getting a lot of coverage and sympathy from the mainstream media. That could provide momentum to the reformers in the Synod who want to change Church teaching.
The battle lines have been drawn. Saddle up.
Check it out here.
These folks basically want to redefine sin out of existence.
The Synod will be starting in a few weeks. Time to loosen up and get ready for another rough ride.
Calling all prayer and fasting warriors: this is your time.
If you have a serious cross in your life, like illness or unemployment, you’re in the power seat. Your embrace of the cross is what’s gonna get the Church through this ordeal. Don’t let a drop go to waste.