16 October 2014

Bishops Revolt!

Looks like the Synod on the Family is back in the hands of the participant-bishops rather than the appointed leadership.

Monday's relatio was roundly denounced as an inaccurate summary of the bishops' discussion, but b/c the actual language-group reports were not made public. . .there was no way for anyone to check. 

Today, the bishops rose up and demanded that the group summaries be made public. Pope Francis and the synod chair relented and agreed to have them made available.

Fr. Z. has an English translation of the Italian-language article, along with his usual on-point commentary. He also provides links to the summaries on the Vatican website.

Even a cursory scan of the summaries will prove that the relatio was an agenda pushing one-sided mess. 

I'm not ready to believe that this whole thing was an outright manipulation; however, given my long experience with self-anointed prophets and revolutionaries in the Church and religious life. . .it wouldn't surprise me in the least to learn that it was. 

Keep praying, folks!

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  1. Augustine, apologies. . .I accidentally deleted your recent comment. Please try again!

    1. Anonymous6:20 PM

      Since Francis was among the self-anointed prophets and revolutionaries in Latin America, it wouldn't surprise me in the least that he was the one manipulating the synod, especially since he overrode the redactors elected by the synod fathers and appointed his own choices, all who favor Card. Kasper.

    2. Well, Pope Francis is not self-anointed. He's the Successor to the Chair of Peter. My guess is that he wanted something more "pastoral," but the language of the relatio was a step too far doctrinally. He doesn't need the Synod to write the final document. St. JP II completely ignored a Synod in his day. Of course, he didn't start his reign by lauding the wonders of synodality.

    3. Anonymous9:05 AM

      Fr. P, note that I was referring to Bergoglio's self-anointing as a revolutionary prophet in the past in Latin America. I know the type. Francis' close friend, Card. Hummes, whom he brought to the balcony in the evening of his election, was my bishop and confirmed me. As typical of self-anointed revolutionary prophets, he recently answered in an interview that he didn't know what Jesus would say of homosexual unions. And, since revolutionary prophecy is a virus, his colleague, Card. Braz de Aviz, stated that the Church has always supported homosexual unions. Now think of such types rubbing elbows with each other at the CELAM year after year...

  2. Anonymous8:44 PM

    "He doesn't need the Synod to write the final document."

    Indeed, just look at Evangelii Gaudium, how little of the propositiones in the Synod on the New Evangelization actually got its way into EG. May God have mercy on us all!

  3. The bishops are revolting, the bishops are revolting! Indeed, more than a few of them are quite a revolting lot.

    I am happy to be part of a generation that has already lived most of its years and has fewer years ahead than behind. I am happy in that there are others nearing the departure gate with me. I.e., those who part of the problem, not the solution. They are the bishops who should be feeling the urgency of the Four Last Things.

    Every generation has its fair share of heretics and backsliders, but the Synod has reminded me that the one to which I belong is comprised of far too many foolish elders defined by moral laxity, apostasy, heresy and hatred of the Church. By contrast, the college students that I have the privilege to chat with at daily Mass are a blessed hope. Their love of Tradition, beautiful liturgy and commitment to justice and authentic mercy is truly humbling and an inspiration. Their heros are Pope-Emeritus Benedict, Archbishop Chaput, Cardinal Burke and other faithful "exceptions" in our generation. These kids have a lot of work to undo the damage my generation has done.

    The old boys who are more protestant than Catholic (e.g., that conniving liar Cardinal Kasper, et al) should think about the time they have left and retire to a monastery and take a vow of silence. I thank God for Cardinals Burke, Napier, Pell and others who exposed attempts to manipulate the Synod, who defended the teaching of the Church and who represent what is best in the Catholic Church: humility; devotion to the truth and the defence of Church teaching; real faith in Jesus Christ; love of the Liturgy; authentic love for sinners.