- the imposing of secrecy on the proceedings
- the setting up of a commission to look at streamlining annulments before the Synod even began, thereby pre-supposing a particular outcome
- manipulation of the mid-way text in order to achieve a particular outcome
- the inclusion of voted-down paragraphs appearing in the final text.
Saturday, 25 October 2014
Holy Father & Faithful Bishops: Please Listen To The Heroes
“The Archbishop of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Martin Currie, told the CBC: ‘Hopefully we can find some accommodation where [same-sex] unions are accepted and respected and they can have a part in the church life.’ ... ‘I uphold Church teaching. I do not accept same-sex marriages. Whatever the Church teaches [on homosexuality], I support that. I have had to discipline people for going to same sex weddings.’ ”
I ask: how can we accommodate and ‘respect’ same-sex pairings which are contrary to natural law, the Scriptures, Tradition and Magisterial teaching? We cannot, is the simple answer. Seeking to uphold Church teaching while accommodating such ‘unions’ is to seek the impossible. Such thinking is a striking example of the confusion that arose among the people of God during the Extraordinary Synod on the Family.
That Synod has much to put it in a bad light; not only in that it demonstrated there are rebellious voices existing within the very heart of the Church, but in the manipulation of the Synod:
In that all that is done in God is done in the light and in Truth (cf. MK.4v22 and Jn.3v21) one may speculate that this Extraordinary Synod, because it was cloaked in secrecy and subject to manipulation, was not of God, and that today’s Rome (and a number of prelates around the world) act as though the Pope, Rome and/or the Episcopate, stand over and above Divine Revelation –which is to usurp the place of God. All in all, it surprises no one to hear folk saying something evil has been influencing Rome in recent times, and that this was made evident at the Synod.
In considering the family, there are many Catholics who live heroic lives of faith who needed to hear sound and supportive things from the Synod, i.e., those who struggle to preserve a solid family life amid poverty, violent social oppression and relationship difficulties; and those who, being either separated, divorced or living with a homosexual proclivity, live faithful to the Gospel by espousing celibacy.
There are associations which seek to support these heroic people which would have benefitted from supportive, wise words from the Synod; associations geared toward family support such as ‘The Holy Family Guild’ in our own Diocese (and the ‘National Association of Catholic Families’). Also, ‘The Association of Separated and Divorced Catholics’ which gives support to those whose marriages and families have broken down; and ‘Courage’ which supports those with a homosexual orientation to live a chaste and holy life. These associations were let down very badly by the Synod.
One hopes that many souls in such Associations, souls who have already taken up the arms of prayer and sacrifice, will take up also the arms of the pen to inform both their local Bishop and the President of their Episcopal Conference that seeking to accommodate and welcome that which is contrary to the Gospel just will not do -and undermines all the sacrifices made by them as faithful families; as faithful members of ‘The Association for the Divorced & Separated Catholics’, and as faithful Catholic members of ‘Courage’ etc. The voice of these faithful (and thus heroic) Catholics, needs to be heard above the bellows of those dissenters who seek to overturn the Gospel for the sake of having sexual experience as, when and with whomsoever they desire it.
It is to the heroes that the Pope and the Bishops need to listen and give their support, not the dissenters who wish to tear up the Gospel, abandon Tradition and undermine the authority of the Church so as to indulge their passions. It is all very well to speak of ‘dialogue’ and ‘pathways’, but these words too often to blindside the faithful: dialogue becoming the seeking of new terminology that disguises sin, while ‘pathways’ becomes an ‘opening up of welcome’ to sinful practices.
May the ‘God of Surprises’ surprise the Bishops with the voice of the heroic Catholic, for it is the voice of the hero that needs to be heard; the voice of the person who carries the challenge of being a divorcee or of the homosexual orientation, yet continues to live in chaste, loving fidelity to Christ for a cause greater than the pleasure of sexual experience: the salvation of their soul.