Poland to the Rescue

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.

Former President of CCCB calls for women deacons and lay homilists at Synod

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.


Fr. Rosica tips hand on pro-gay position

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.


The subsequent commentary by the EWTN analysts is tactful but scathing. They basically say that Fr. Rosica’s demands come out of nowhere, that virtually none of the prelates has raised this matter as a key concern.

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.

Robert Royal on EWTN explains that there appear to be certain elements in the Vatican trying to press this issue forward.

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.

Synod maybe setting stage for next saintly Pope

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.

Gloves are off at the Synod

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?


Communication Directors

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.

Back to the Old Testament and Moses

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.

Chaput caputs the Synod’s Orientation

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.