Here is a good post on how to pray for the upcoming Synod by Father Nix on his blog at Padreperegrino
Remember, a synod does not enjoy infallibility.
I have 12 years of Jesuit education, so I love a good debate. I also have a tremendous love and compassion for people who struggle with their sexuality in spiritual direction and the confessional. There’s a great article titled I am Not Gay, I am David. No it’s not me who wrote that. I’ve never struggled with same-sex attraction, but I do have a deep and real love for those who have struggled.
A “pastoral synod on the family” should have nothing to do with same-sex attraction. A “pastoral synod on the family” would mean the Roman Catholic Church is about to rejoice in a bishop pow-wow which will inform young Christian families on how to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a world that is so hostile to anyone with more than two children.
But the “Synod on the Family” is anything but that. On the docket are forums to debate whether we should have some exceptions for gay “marriage” and some exceptions for the divorced and remarried to receive Holy Communion of Our Lord’s Body and Blood.
If Pope Francis really wanted the bishops to have access to radically new pastoral explanations of marriage and sex for the salvation of real families, he would have proposed a Church-wide study of St. John Paul II’s Wednesday audiences titled Man and Woman He created Them, popularly known as Theology of the Body. I personally love St. JPII’s work on marriage and sexually, for I have seen it affect numerous conversions in young people when I was involved in campus ministry at two Universities in Colorado.
Now that I’m in the Latin Mass world, I understand that not everybody appreciates St. JPII’s Theology of the Body, for they find it too progressive. That’s okay, but that is all the more reason for traditionalists to ask: If synod bishops wanted new pastoral ways of explaining old sexual truths, why isn’t the Synod preparing with the “progressive” work of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body? There’s only one explanation: Pope Francis himself called the synod to open up doctrinally-closed topics: gay marriage and heterosexual divorce and re-marriage.
Why are people calling for prayer for this synod on “the family”? They speak as if mild guidance were needed from “on high.” This pollyanna attitude has us miss the enormous reality that full conversion is needed for a group of loosey-goosey European bishops who are going to finagle brother bishops’ group-discussions for the redefinition of family. With everything that needs to change in the world today, why has Pope Francis hand-picked ultra-liberals to discuss if a family should remain rooted in one man and one woman?
Satan must be laughing so hard at naïve Catholics who think this is a synod on “the family,” when the topics on the docket are anything but “family.” Even the Catholic blogosphere seems deceived, for they are praying that Pope Francis stay strong against the liberal synod…that he called into being! In fact, I don’t think the USA has a single bishop as heretical as the Cardinals whom Pope Francis has put in charge of this synod (See far below.)
In defense of Pope Francis, the most well-educated priest friend I know recently told me he believes that the liberal Cardinal Daneels was put on the synod-team to be “heard” by everyone…before Pope Francis triumphantly re-iterate the Church’s classic teaching on marriage and sex at the end of the synod! I hope he’s right, but I answer my priest friend: Thatwould take a supernatural miracle because the natural reality is again this: The Pope himself is starting a synod to open up items of closed Divine Revelation.
By what authority? Even the papacy has limits in Canon Law and in the Gospel. Re-instating Cardinal Burke was nice, but it doesn’t pacify me. I was ordained to protect my bride, the Catholic Church, and there’s still a problem. If the synod really had pastoral goals (not dogmatic-redefinitional-goals) then all of the work of St. JPII would be intellectually devoured by bishops equally hungry to populate heaven with pure souls. But I don’t hear anyone —conservative or liberal —mention JPII’s Theology of the Body. Has anyone else? Please email me and tell me I’m wrong. Does anyone really know what Pope Francis thinks? No. But we do know that his own hand-picked architects have an agenda for the destruction of the family in mind, and this is where we must pray that evil simply be stopped.
The elevations of the Synod of the “Family” as again found on LifeSite News:
Bishop Heiner Koch: Bishop Koch was appointed June 8, 2015 by Pope Francis as the new Archbishop of Berlin, and selected as one of the three delegates of the German Bishops’ Conference to participate in the upcoming October 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family. Koch has said, “Any bond that strengthens and holds people is in my eyes good; that applies also to same-sex relationships.” In another public interview he said: “To present homosexuality as sin is wounding. … I know homosexual pairs that live values such as reliability and responsibility in an exemplary way.”
Cardinal Godfried Danneels: The retired former archbishop of Brussels was a special appointment by Pope Francis to the 2014 Synod of Bishops. In addition to wearing rainbow liturgical vestments and being caught on tape concealing sexual abuse, Danneels said in 2013 of the passage of gay “marriage”: “I think it’s a positive development that states are free to open up civil marriage for gays if they want.”
Cardinal Walter Kasper: A few days into his pontificate Pope Francis praised one of Cardinal Kasper’s books, and then selected the cardinal to deliver the controversial keynote address to the consistory of cardinals advocating his proposal to allow divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive communion in some circumstances. This proposal led to the high-profile debate at the first Synod of Bishops on the Family. Cardinal Kasper has again been selected as a personal appointee of the pope to the second Synod and regularly meets with Pope Francis. Kasper defended the vote of the Irish in favor of homosexual “marriages”, saying: “A democratic state has the duty to respect the will of the people; and it seems clear that, if the majority of the people wants such homosexual unions, the state has a duty to recognize such rights.”
Archbishop Bruno Forte: The archbishop of Chieti-Vasto was appointed Special Secretary to the 2014 Synod by Pope Francis. He is the Italian theologian who was credited with drafting the controversial homosexuality section of the infamous midterm report of the Synod which spoke of “accepting and valuing [homosexuals’] sexual orientation.” When questioned about the language, Forte said homosexual unions have “rights that should be protected,” calling it an “issue of civilization and respect of those people.”
Father Timothy Radcliffe: In May, Pope Francis appointed the former Master of the Dominican Order as a consultor for the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace despite his well-known support for homosexuality. Writing on homosexuality in 2013, he said: “We must ask what it means, and how far it is Eucharistic. Certainly it can be generous, vulnerable, tender, mutual and non-violent. So in many ways, I would think that it can be expressive of Christ’s self-gift.” In a 2006 lecture he advocated “accompanying” homosexuals, which he defined as “watching ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ reading gay novels, living with our gay friends and listening with them as they listen to the Lord.”
Bishop Johan Bonny: The bishop of Antwerp in Belgium has just been named as one of the delegates to the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family despite open dissent on homosexual unions. While being named as a delegate to the synod may not in itself constitute a major promotion, what is unique about Bonny is the extremity and clarity of his dissent. “Inside the Church, we must look for a formal recognition of the relational dimension that is also present in many homosexual, lesbian and bisexual couples,” he said in a December 2014 interview. “In the same way that in society there exists a diversity of legal frameworks for partners, there must be a diversity of forms of recognition in the Church.”
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.