Cardinal Sarah’s Zinger of a Speech

I’ll tell ya, when I read something like this….I am proud to be Catholic again!  Instead of this Synod being a “downer”, it could be a big “upper” to put down the encroachments of the deluded faction of bishops who have clearly lost their way.  In reading the various interventions, you’d think that these bishops are from different planets — certainly from different realities — although there in only one reality.

You know, there are a variety of reactions to this Synod.  There are people losing their minds.  There are people who are rather stupidly flippant about it.  There are the ostrich-pollyannas. There are people who ignore it.  And there is our reaction here:  serious concern, yes, because things CAN go south with the consequence of millions of souls in the balance.  But at the end of the day, the Holy Spirit will have his way — in whatever means He chooses to employ them.  It never occurs to the Patheos crowd that if God can talk through Balaam’s ass, he can talk through a blogger too.

Robert Cardinal Sarah
Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship
and the Discipline of the Sacraments

Text for Synod on the Family, October 2015

Your Holiness, Your Eminences, Your Excellencies, participants of the Synod,
I propose these three thoughts:

1) More transparency and respect among us

I feel a strong need to invoke the Spirit of Truth and Love, the source of parresia in speaking and humility in listening, who alone is capable of creating true harmony in plurality.

I say frankly that in the previous Synod, on various issues one sensed the temptation to yield to the mentality of the secularized world and individualistic West. Recognizing the so-called “realities of life” as a locus theologicus means giving up hope in the transforming power of faith and the Gospel. The Gospel that once transformed cultures is now in danger of being transformed by them. Furthermore, some of the procedures used did not seem aimed at enriching discussion and communion as much as they did to promote a way of seeing typical of certain fringe groups of the wealthiest churches. This is contrary to a poor Church, a joyously evangelical and prophetic sign of contradiction to worldliness. Nor does one understand why some statements that are not shared by the qualified majority of the last Synod still ended up in the Relatio and then in the Lineamenta and the Instrumentum laboris when other pressing and very current issues (such as gender ideology) are instead ignored.

The first hope is therefore that, in our work, there be more freedom, transparency and objectivity. For this, it would be beneficial to publish the summaries of the interventions, to facilitate discussion and avoid any prejudice or discrimination in accepting the pronouncements of the synod Fathers.

2) Discernment of history and of spirits

A second hope: that the Synod honor its historic mission and not limit itself to speaking only about certain pastoral issues (such as the possible communion for divorced and remarried) but help the Holy Father to enunciate clearly certain truths and useful guidance on a global level. For there are new challenges with respect to the synod celebrated in 1980. A theological discernment enables us to see in our time two unexpected threats (almost like two “apocalyptic beasts”) located on opposite poles: on the one hand, the idolatry of Western freedom; on the other, Islamic fundamentalism: atheistic secularism versus religious fanaticism. To use a slogan, we find ourselves between “gender ideology and ISIS”. Islamic massacres and libertarian demands regularly contend for the front page of the newspapers. (Let us remember what happened last June 26!). From these two radicalizations arise the two major threats to the family: its subjectivist disintegration in the secularized West through quick and easy divorce, abortion, homosexual unions, euthanasia etc. (cf. Gender theory, the ‘Femen’, the LGBT lobby, IPPF …). On the other hand, the pseudo-family of ideologized Islam which legitimizes polygamy, female subservience, sexual slavery, child marriage etc. (cf. Al Qaeda, Isis, Boko Haram ...)

Several clues enable us to intuit the same demonic origin of these two movements. Unlike the Spirit of Truth that promotes communion in the distinction (perichoresis), these encourage confusion (homo-gamy) or subordination (poly-gamy). Furthermore, they demand a universal and totalitarian rule, are violently intolerant, destroyers of families, society and the Church, and are openly Christianophobic.

“We are not contending against creatures of flesh and blood ….” We need to be inclusive and welcoming to all that is human; but what comes from the Enemy cannot and must not be assimilated. You can not join Christ and Belial! What Nazi-Fascism and Communism were in the 20th century, Western homosexual and abortion Ideologies and Islamic Fanaticism are today.

3) Proclaim and serve the beauty of Monogamy and the Family

Faced with these two deadly and unprecedented challenges (“homo-gamy” and “poly-gamy”) the Church must promote a true “epiphany of the Family.” To this both the Pope (as spokesman of the Church) may contribute, and individual Bishops and Pastors of the Christian flock: that is, “the Church of God, which he has obtained with his own blood” (Acts: 20:28).

We must proclaim the truth without fear, i.e. the Plan of God, which is monogamy in conjugal love open to life. Bearing in mind the historical situation just recalled, it is urgent that the Church, at its summit, definitively declare the will of the Creator for marriage. How many people of good will and common sense would join in this luminous act of courage carried out by the Church!

Together with a strong and clear Word of the Supreme Magisterium, Pastors have the mission of helping our contemporaries to discover the beauty of the Christian family. To do this, it must first promote all that represents a true Christian Initiation of adults, for the marriage crisis is essentially a crisis of God, but also a crisis of faith, and this is an infantile Christian initiation. Then we must discern those realities that the Holy Spirit is already raising up to reveal the Truth of the Family as an intimate communion in diversity (man and woman) that is generous in the gift of life. We bishops have the urgent duty to recognize and promote the charisms, movements, and ecclesial realities in which the Family is truly revealed, this prodigy of harmony, love of life and hope in Eternity, this cradle of faith and school charity. And there are so many realities offered by Providence, together with the Second Vatican Council, in which this miracle is offered.

How times have changed

From the first reading on today’s feast of the Holy Family :

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, ‘Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.’ But Abram said, ‘O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?’ And Abram said, ‘You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.’ (Genesis 15:1-3).

Notice how Abram valued a child more than anything else. God offers him a great reward, but he basically replies “thanks for the offer, but there isn’t anything you could give me that would compensate my lack of a child.”

How times have changed. Do you value children more than anything? Do you prefer to have fewer children so you can afford that extra iPad or Caribbean vacation?

Think about your priorities.

Courts and Liberal Sex

There was a time when a man interested in a woman signaled it by sitting in a room with her parents, chatting cheerfully while they passed judgment on whether he would be allowed to speak to her in a less formal setting. It was suffocating and restrictive but at least everyone knew the rules. If there are rules now, they are clearly not widely understood. In at least one of the Ottawa cases, that of Massimo Pacetti, the allegations appear to turn on what constitutes “consent.” The woman, we are told, provided a condom, but didn’t view that as “consent.” Whatever else may have transpired, it seems possible that Mr. Pacetti might have reasonably interpreted the signals otherwise. The courts are still passing judgment on that sort of issue, and when courts get involved it’s further evidence that rules aren’t understood. (Source)

This is not a conservative problem.  We believe sex belongs in marriage only.  Having the State intrude and rule on the nuances of casual sex involving a condom and whether it constitutes consent is a problem of the sexual revolution that liberals need to deal with.

Ironic, isn’t it?  “Having the State in the bedrooms of the nation” was always thought to be a conservative hangup.    Now it’s like the big poster boy for the Courts and the Sexual Revolution.

Maybe we conservatives should use Trudeau’s line in trying to get people to wake up and keep the judges away from the bedrooms by encouraging real, authentic, and faithful sex — the only sex that really matters and gives meaning to life.

Desperate Americans take to selling their body parts

Despite economic indicators pointing to a recovery, the US economy is still deep in the dumps. I genuinely feel sorry for the Americans described below.  Their situations must be unbearable. 

In all but two quarters since the beginning of 2011, “hair,” “eggs,” or “kidney” have been among the top four autofill results for the Google search query, “I want to sell my…,” according to Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist at New York-based ConvergEx Group, which provides brokerage and trading-related services for institutional investors.

While Americans can legally sell hair, breast milk and eggs, the sale and purchase of a kidney in the U.S. is against the law.

“The fact that people even explore it indicates that there are still a lot of people worried about their financial outlook,” said Colas, who tracks off-the-grid economic indicators. “This is very much unlike every other recovery that we’ve had. It’s going to be a slow-grinding, very frustrating recovery.” (Source)

It’s at desperate times like these when you can measure the true moral fibre of a nation. We’re seeing that nothing is sacred any more, not even the bodies of the living. Sad times, both economically and morally.

Pray for America.