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seems there is some relief in Rome that the Synod is over. What really happened
in the Synod Hall was that by Faithful Bishops rejecting the progressive
direction the Synod was taking, division among the Bishops was revealed. Not
only that, but if the report given to Rorate Caeliis correct, we
know some Bishops are unhappy even with Pope Francis –the President of one
Episcopal Conference apparently calling him “an agent of disruption”.
the Synod decided for a change to allow for those in irregular situations to
receive Holy Communion -and this would have to include all irregularities:
cohabitation, non-sacramental unions, active homosexual relationships,
surrogacy etc- the Church would be sending a message to those engaged in such
acts that there is no need to return to a life consonant with Christ’s Gospel
in order to benefit from the Gospel. Not only would this endanger souls, it
would also constitute a huge smack in the face for those who have fought for
the natural family and the Church over the last 50 years against an
increasingly hostile, secular world. The sadness is that their adversaries have
been shown to be living and thriving within the Catholic Clergy at the highest
though a battle may have been won at the 2014 Synod, the war continues: this
Synod does not really conclude until
the topic is concluded at the 2015 Synod. And who knows who will be invited to
take part in that Synod?
is imperative that we continue to pray and make some sacrifices for a
grace-filled outcome to the 2015 Synod. It is my hope that Francis’s ‘Pastoral
Modernisers’ will realise that they are a minority; that the majority of the
Faithful from laity to Bishops are not as liberal as they thought; not as
willing to turn their back on the Gospel for the sake of ‘not offending against
people’s feelings’ or challenging the secular world.
Problem with Pastoral Modernisers (PM’s) is several-fold. One problem is that
they think they can divide the life of faith from The Faith itself, which is
utter nonsense. If a Health-Care Professional told a patient, “O yes, I know
you have chronic renal failure, but if you are thirsty drink as you need, and
if you fancy a banana or two don’t worry that they are potassium-rich foods” that
professional would be at least incompetent and certainly dangerous. The danger
from PM’s arises because they seek to allow all kinds of behaviour so as not to
hurt folks’ feelings. For them, good pastoral care means no more than affirming
that God loves the sinner, essentially saying that conversion of life is not
necessary for salvation.
second problem is that they remain leaders of the Church when in fact they have
lost their faith in the Church and the Gospel. They retain a vague belief in
some kind of ‘god’, but not the God of the Scriptures. They may refer to the
Scriptures to note the compassion of God; but it is selective quoting they
engage in; they do not value the whole of Scripture and Tradition where today’s
‘morality’ is rebuked as harmful to souls.
final problem is that they are hard to defeat in the public domain simply
because they are loved by those whose lives run counter to the Gospel (and by
the families of such folk, whose emotions do not allow them to consider that
their loved one is living contrary to the ways of God and salvation). Thus PM’s
are seen as heroes. They are seen as good-hearted men, with faithful Catholics
made to look hard-hearted. The truth is that while PM’s appear compassionate and Christ-like, they are really wolves in sheep’s
clothing -though they are blissfully unaware of this because they feel they are
‘kind’ and ‘compassionate’.
folk in irregular situations (and those who support them) to put their feelings
aside so that they can embrace the Truth is not easy; only God can do it, hence
the need for prayer and sacrifice –especially the saying of the Rosary so as to
access the help of the very Mother of the Holy Family.