Short One on the Synod – Fr. David Nix

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Catholic News Agency is rejoicing in the outcome of the synod, namely, that sexual truths of the Bible will be upheld by a group of Catholic bishops at an exclusive (and sometimes lavish) party in Rome. I’m sorry to be Fr. Grumpy-the-Grump, and this is my last Jeremiah-bewail-session for awhile (before I’m positive and encouraging like KLOV) but I’d ask my readers to consider two things:

1)  The bishops just announced that they’re not going to oppose God’s plan for marriage too much…and…we’re rejoicing?  Yes, millions of the lay Catholic faithful just fasted or prayed for a month that a group of bishops not tamper with God’s Word at their non-doctrinally-binding get-together…and we.are.thrilled.  These truly are the strangest days of the Catholic Church.

2) I say “too much” above because Catholic News Agency simply ignored ambiguous statements of the synod document like:

Therefore, while holding up a general rule, it is necessary to recognize that the responsibility regarding specific actions or decisions is not the same in every case. Pastoral discernment, while taking into account the rightly formed conscience of persons, should take these situations into account.

Who honestly believes that he or she lacks a “rightly formed conscience”?  Conscience can sometimes trump Scripture and the Magisterium?  That means conscience will always trump the Scriptures since concupiscience attracts us to the path-of-least-resistance in the moral life and we are all masters of our own deceipt.  Including bishops.  Including you.  Including me.  Divine Revelation is not a burden but a rescue from our perennial self-deceipt!   These bishops overturn God’s law because they don’t know that God is good.  I really believe that is what is at the core of all of this.

And we have more to brace for.  The Wall Street Journal claims that the outcome of the Synod was still not progressive enough for Pope Francis’ “liberalizing agenda.”  Unlike CNA, WSJ was honest in recognizing Pope Francis’ “irritation” with the faithful bishops.  Indeed, in Pope Francis’ closing homily, he excoriated the faithful bishops for proceeding with “closed hearts which frequently hide even behind the Church’s teachings.”

Hide even behind the Church’s teachings?  Last I checked “the Church’s teachings” were also Christ’s teachings, God-incarnate Who is “Love and Mercy Itself” as He self-identified to St. Faustina.  If Pope Francis implies that his mercy is different from the Church’s mercy (read: Jesus’ mercy) then I actually believe Pope Francis’ implication, namely, that Pope Francis speaks differently from a Catholic Church of 2,000 years.

At the very least, we know that even the most-meticulous of Church historians could not find me another Pope in 2,000 years who would mock the faithful bishops of the world for “hiding behind Church teaching.”  Most heretics over 2,000 years claimed they had the Church’s teaching.  This is unprecedented vocabulary from a bishop, not to mention a Pope.

How did we get here?

First of all, any Christian leader who gains global popularity by telling a formerly-marginalized group that they can have Jesus without the cross will have unpleasant words for anyone who blocks their way to fame.  I would be just as popular if I told people they could follow Jesus without carrying their daily cross, but instead I’ve had five parishes in five years.

But before all this, we can say that this is all a product of modernism, the synthesis of all heresies.  What the ambiguity following Vatican II did to the vocation of the priesthood, the above statement in orange threatens to do to the vocation of marriage.  I don’t care if the above statement in orange could be twisted to be semi-orthodox by a semi-faithful theologian.  Another nine progressive theologians will use the above quote to place conscience above the Magisterium in granting access to Holy Communion to those in openly sinful lifestyles.  Ok—I don’t know the ratio will be 1:9,   but I do guarantee many will do this to justify the removal of souls from Christ’s teachings lived in ancient Christianity—souls that God wanted to live (not die) forever.  And loss of souls is usually the outcome of vague theology.  We don’t need heavy-handed theology, but we do need clear theology.

We’re all miserable sinners who need God’s mercy, love and grace, but if “conscience” can change the interior life of “pastoral discernment” (without a fine-tuned theological-qualification that will surely be omitted) then we’re finally at the point where the sheep-in-heat can lead a smily-shepherd right into the mouth of the Wolf.

People, get a grip. Pope Francis is not God.  Pope Francis is not God.  In the name of Jesus Christ, Pope Francis is not the Almighty, Holy God of the Universe Who has revealed Himself.  No one can change God’s teachings found in the Bible and in the Catholic Church.

May the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary come soon.

 

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Parallel Synod – Something Is Amiss

Rorate has posted an article that, if true, is very serious.  It appears the “conclusion” of the synod has already been written.


BOMBSHELL – SECRET PARALLEL SYNOD: Papal Post-Synod Document ALREADY being drafted by Jesuit group to allow communion for divorced and other aberrations

Summary: Italian journalist Marco Tosatti reveals that A SECRET PARALLEL SYNOD has been established in Rome, a cabal composed almost exclusively by Jesuits, with the occasional Argentinian presence (easy to guess who), to draft the necessary post-synodal documents to implement whatever the Pope wants to implement. And they will implement it, no matter what, as the secret committee to draft the Annulment reforms has shown; what everyone supposed was true in fact is true: the Synodal process is a sham.
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The always admirably well informed Marco Tosatti, who has refused to become a stealth spokesman for the pontificate and has kept his journalistic integrity — and, for this reason, has become, along with Sandro Magister, the best Italian religious correspondent in the current pontificate — reports today on the most recent machinations for 2015 “Synod on the Family”, which opens in a few days.

Because since, as Edward Pentin revealed in detail, the 2014 Synod was rigged, the 2015 will be rigged beyond all measure, as Pentin himself reported on September 29 at the National Catholic Register, on procedural changes to be announced tomorrow (Friday) that will make any control over the outcome impossible by Synod Fathers who realize they are being cheated (as happened last year – the manipulators learned their lesson):
At last year’s meeting, the interim document, properly called a relatio post-disceptationem, caused controversy after it was sent out to the media before the synod fathers had read it. Critics said the document lacked references to Scripture and tradition, and most controversially, appeared to imply the Church was considering giving tacit acceptance of same-sex relationships — an issue that was hardly discussed during the meeting’s first week.
The probable decision not to have an interim report may be an effort to avoid last year’s controversy from recurring. But some fear it will lead to less transparency, and worry the timing could be intentional in order to facilitate the advancement of controversial proposals as time runs out for discussion.
Another rumored change is that the rule on propositions having to pass by a two-thirds majority might be eliminated and a simple majority take its place.
This would favor a controversial proposal, such as Cardinal Kasper’s, because his thesis only received a simple majority at the last synod. (It should have therefore been rejected under the rules in place, but the Holy Father insisted that it, and the paragraph on a new approach to same-sex relationships that also failed to achieve a two-thirds majority, remain in the lineamenta (guidelines), for this October’s synod).
And in fact the first part of Marco Tosatti’s article today translates what Pentin reveals in his own piece in the Register. Then, Tosatti adds his own exclusive information, which is quite explosive, considering that the last time a secret papal commission met, what we got was the most authoritarian canon law reforms in the history of the Church, in violation of all understanding of the proper boundaries of papal power and establishing de facto Catholic divorce under the guise of easy acccess to “annulments”:
In this context [that is, of the procedural changes mentioned by Edward Pentin], news has arrived to us for about twelve days that around thirty people, almost all of them Jesuits, with the occasional Argentinian, are working on the themes on the Synod, in a very reserved way, under the coordinatin of Father Antonio Spadaro, the director of Civiltà Cattolica [the official journal of the Holy See], who spends a long time in Santa Marta, in consultation with the Pope.
The discretion in the works extends also to the Jesuits of the same House, the villa of Civiltà Cattolica, Villa Malta, on the Pincio [Hill], where part of the work is done. One possibility is that the “task force” works to provide the Pope the instruments for an eventual post-synodal document on the theme of the Eucharist to the remarried divorced, on cohabiting [couples], and same-sex couples.
Update: A final observation is in order. As Pentin and other observers have noted, it has been said that the Pope may wish to avoid a typical post-synodal EXHORTATION, which has been the typical papal document following the creation of the post-conciliar format of the Synod of Bishops. These exhortations have typically been papal lists of the majority decisions of the synods, as guided by the popes, and interpreted by them, and have guided future decisions. This is obviously not what we mention above. Considering the character of Francis, it is not surprising that he now wants to avoid a wordy exhortation that leads nowhere. No, the post-synodal documents being prepared secretly should obviously have an executive or legislative nature and would be promulgated with a different shape and weight than that of a mere exhortation. It would obviously make no sense for the Pope and his allies to go through this immense process and get absolutely no palpable result (text) from it, right?…

 

A Petition To The Holy Father – From Bishop Fellay

Most Holy Father,
It is with great anxiety that we observe all around us a persistent degradation of marriage and the family, the origin and foundation of all human society. This decay is rapidly accelerating, particularly because of the legalization of the most immoral and depraved sorts of behavior. Today the law of God, even the simply natural law, is being publicly trampled underfoot; the gravest sins are multiplying in a troubling way and cry out to Heaven for vengeance.
Most Holy Father,
We cannot conceal from you the fact that the first part of the Synod dedicated to “Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization” greatly alarmed us. From ecclesiastical dignitaries we heard and read statements so contrary to the clear and constant doctrine of the Church concerning the sanctity of marriage, that our souls were deeply disturbed. These men claimed to have your support, and their claims met with no public denial. What worries us even more is that certain of your words give the impression that it might be possible for doctrine to evolve in response to new needs of the Christian people. Our disquiet comes from the fact that in his encyclical Pascendi, Saint Pius X condemned an alteration of dogma that would make it conform to so-called requirements of the present time. Both Pius X and you, Most Holy Father, received the fullness of the authority to teach, sanctify, and govern in obedience to Christ, Who is the head and pastor of the flock at all times and in all places, and whose faithful vicar the Pope must be on this earth. That which has been subject to a solemn condemnation cannot, over time, become an approved pastoral practice.
God, the author of nature, established the stable union of a man and a woman for the purpose of perpetuating the human species. Old Testament revelation teaches us, in the most obvious way, that indissoluble marriage between one man and one woman was established directly by God, and that its essential characteristics were not left by Him to the free choice of men, such that marriage remains under a very special divine protection: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife.” (Exodus 20:17)

The gospels teach us that Jesus Himself, by virtue of his supreme authority, definitively reestablished marriage in its original purity, which the corruption of men had altered: “What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.” (Matthew 19:6)
Throughout time it has been the glory of the Catholic Church to defend the human and divine reality of marriage against turmoil, despite entreaties, disregarding threats and temptations. Even though corrupt men abandoned her for this reason alone, the Church has always held high the standard of fidelity, purity, and fruitfulness, in short, the standard of genuine conjugal and familial love.
As the second part of this Synod dedicated to the family approaches, in conscience we feel it our duty to express to the Apostolic See the profound anxieties which seize us at the thought of “conclusions” that could be proposed on that occasion, if by some great misfortune there were to be a new attack against the sanctity of marriage and the family, a new weakening of couples and home life. We hope with all our heart that the Synod will on the contrary perform a work of genuine mercy by recalling in its entirety, for the good of souls, the Church’s salutary teaching on the subject of marriage.
We are fully aware, especially in the present context, that people entangled in abnormal marital situations must be welcomed pastorally with compassion, so as to show them the very merciful face of the God of love proclaimed by the Church.
Nevertheless, the law of God, expression of his eternal love for mankind, is in itself the supreme mercy for all periods of history, all persons, and all situations. Therefore we pray that the gospel truth concerning marriage, which the Synod ought to proclaim, may not be skirted in practice by numerous “pastoral exceptions” that would distort its true meaning, or by legislation that would almost unfailingly abolish its real import. On this point we feel obliged to say that, despite reminders concerning the indissolubility of marriage, the canonical changes required by the Moto Proprio Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus facilitating declarations of nullity will de facto open the door to legal proceedings authorizing “Catholic divorce,” even if goes by another name.
These modifications acknowledge contemporary morals without attempting to put them in accord with the divine law. Are we then not to be heart stricken by the fate of children born to these marriages annulled in haste and who cannot but be victims of the “culture of waste”.
In the sixteenth century Pope Clement VII refused to accord Henry VIII of England the divorce he was demanding. Despite much pressure and at the risk of an Anglican schism, the Pope upheld the sublime teaching of Christ and his Church concerning the indissolubility of marriage. Will his decision now be repudiated by a “canonical repentance”?
Throughout the world in recent times, many families have courageously rallied against civil laws that undermine the natural and Christian family and publicly encourage scandalous behavior contrary to the most basic morality. Can the Church abandon those who, sometimes to their own detriment, and always subject to mockery and taunts, wage this necessary but very difficult battle? Such a stance would constitute a disastrous counter-witness, and for these persons it would be a source of disgust and discouragement. Churchmen, on the contrary, by virtue of their very mission, should offer them clear support backed up by solid arguments.
Most Holy Father,
For the honor of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the consolation of the Church and of all faithful Catholics, for the good of society and of all humanity, in this crucial hour we petition you therefore to let your voice resound throughout the world with a word of truth, clarity, and firmness, in defense of Christian and even merely human marriage, in support of its foundation, namely, the difference and complementarity of the sexes, upholding its exclusivity and indissolubility. With filial piety we beg you to let your voice be heard by all, and that it be accompanied by actions too in support of the Catholic family.
We entrust this humble petition to the patronage of Saint John the Baptist, who underwent martyrdom for having publicly defended the sanctity and exclusivity of marriage, even against a scandalous civil authority in a case of “divorced-and-remarried persons.” And we pray the Precursor give Your Holiness the courage to recall before the whole world the true doctrine concerning natural and Christian marriage.

 

On the Feast of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady, September 15, 2015
+Bernard Fellay
Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X

Father Nix – How To Pray For The Synod

Here is a good post on how to pray for the upcoming Synod by Father Nix on his blog at Padreperegrino


synodThe best way to pray for the upcoming Synod is to pray that it be stopped, since Pope Francis specifically called a Synod to debate closed topics found in Scripture, like gay-marriage.

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 Smoke Of Satan

Steve Skojec, on the 1Peter5 blog has put up a piece today that gets to the heart of the matter concerning the upcoming synod and what we can expect, as Catholics, to have to deal with.

He brings home the simple fact that we are under spiritual attack and we must stop the rancor within our ranks and present a united front.

You can read the post here.