When cardinals from around the world met in Rome last February to set the table for the October synod on the family, some prelates from non-Western cultures hinted that polygamy may drive them to oppose any change in the ban on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving the sacraments. Their argument went like this: The Catholic Church has been telling people in polygamous marriages that they have to change because marriage means one man and one woman, for life. If the Church softens that teaching for the divorced and remarried, it might face pressure to cut a deal for polygamists, too. “You had cardinals from the Third World who got up and said that if they’re dealing with polygamy issues, they don’t want to hear about divorce,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston, Texas. DiNardo paraphrased their message as, “If you try something with this, it’s going to hurt us on polygamy.” “They’ve been telling people that if you come into the church, you’ve got to choose one wife,” DiNardo said. “If you suddenly change that, couldn’t [people in polygamous marriages] say, ‘Why can’t you give me a break, too?’ ” (Source)
When you change one thing…you change all.
I am just hoping that the majority of the participants in this Synod have not lost their minds…because surely some of them have.
I’m not worried. Not one bit. But it sure is going to be a wild ride.