Breaking news from Catholic World Report:
Both Kath.net and Edward Pentin are reporting that Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, head of secretariat of the synod of bishops, ordered the interception of over a hundred copies of the book Remaining in the Truth of Christ, which had been mailed to participants in last October’s Extraordinary Synod.
The book, which consists of essays by five Cardinals—including Cardinals Burke and Brandmüller—and four other scholars, was written in response to Cardinal Walter Kasper’s book The Gospel of the Family, and defends the Church’s teaching that Catholics who have been divorced and civilly remarried cannot receive Holy Communion. It was edited by Fr. Robert Dodaro, OSA, who was interviewed about it by CWR last September.
Reliable and high level sources allege the head of secretariat of the synod of bishops, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, ordered they be intercepted because they would “interfere with the synod.”
A source told me that Baldisseri was “furious” the book had been mailed to the participants and ordered staff at the Vatican post office to ensure they did not reach the Paul VI Hall.
Kath.net reports that around 200 copies of the book were mailed, but only a few apparently made it into the hands of the proper recipients, a report that has also been confirmed by Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, of Ignatius Press. Pentin states that the books were mailed through “the proper channels within the Italian and Vatican postal systems”, but that Baldisseri claimed they were mailed “irregularly,” and so the interception of the books was legitimate.
In other words, Baldisseri has apparently admitted that the books were taken; the dispute is over why they were taken. Pentin further reports that the books were apparently destroyed after being taken.
Read the rest of that article over there. It’s well worth it, especially Fr. Z’s observations about theft.
Cardinal Baldisseri has allegedly admitted that he confiscated the books because of a technicality. Doesn’t that fly in the face of the progressive refrain about the need to avoid Pharisaical legalism to embrace compassion and mercy? Doesn’t that contradict the spirit of “openness” that’s support to permeate the Synod? Where’s the compassion, mercy and openness in stealing people’s books, thus depriving them of the means of equipping themselves to defend the teaching of Jesus Christ about marriage?
Listen, Jesus Christ is Truth incarnate. Deception, obfuscation and theft are not of Him. They come from the father of lies. But we rejoice because Christ overcomes this trash. Did he not promise us the following?
Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, that is, their hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the housetops. (Luke 12:1-3)
Once again, our Lord triumphs. Evil is exposed.
Satan is overplaying his hand like a drunken, overconfident fool. This trickery is making it clearer and easier for people of good will to distinguish between darkness and light in this Synod. It’s quickly becoming a no-brainer for any person of good faith to discern which side is seeking God’s will and which side isn’t playing with a full deck because they want to advance an agenda. For that, we can give thanks to God.