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Synod preparatory document “poses a very real danger to the family” August 17, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, different religion, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, SOD, the struggle for the Church.

The Instrumentum Laboris, or working document, of the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family poses grave dangers to the family, says the large, mainstream pro-family organization Voice of the Family.  Even more, the organization maintains that Catholics have a moral duty to oppose the direction promoted by this disordered working document, which is basically a replay of the unapproved mid-term “Relatio” of the Extraordinarly Synod from last  year (my emphasis and comments):

The preparatory document for the Catholic Church’s Family Synod “poses a very real danger to the family”, says Voice of the Family, an international coalition of pro-life and pro-family organisations.

The document, known as the Instrumentum Laboris (Latin for “working tool”), will be discussed by bishops from around the world, when the second round of the Church’s Synod on the Family is held in the Vatican this October.

Matthew McCusker of Voice of the Family has authored an in-depth analysis (executive summary and full text) of the document.

John Smeaton, co-founder of Voice of the Family, said: “The Instrumentum Laboris threatens the entire structure of Catholic teaching on marriage, the family and human sexuality. [“The entire structure….”  I must most sadly agree.]

The document undermines the doctrine of Humanae Vitae on contraception, is neutral on the killing of unborn children by IVF, and prepares the ground for Church acceptance of cohabitation and same-sex unions. 

The Instrumentum Laboris also resurrects the discredited Kasper proposals for Holy Communion for unrepentant adulterers, reduces the indissolubility of marriage to a mere ‘ideal’, and undermines the position of parents as their children’s primary educators.” [See my previous post for more on one marriage for life as an “ideal.”  Interestingly, there has been concern from local homeschooling parents regarding what seems to be a policy change in the Diocese of Dallas regarding homeschooling of children.  There is not much to really point out as problematic, yet, but a policy document was updated and it seems to reduce the role of the parents in the education of their children in favor of a more institutional approach.  There may be more on that if I am able to get more clarity on the policy]

Mr Smeaton continued: “Voice of the Family urges Catholics not to be complacent or give in to a false sense of obedience, in the face of attacks on the fundamental principles of the natural law. [No one can make you remain silent in the face of the promotion of error or abuse, even if that promotion comes from the very highest level of Church authority.  I would say that in extremis, the situation may actually demand that we actively speak out]

Catholics have a duty to oppose the direction being taken at the Synod. If that direction is not reversed, the greatest victims will be those who are most vulnerable, especially children, born and unborn”, concluded Mr Smeaton.

“Catholics have a duty to oppose the direction being taken at the Synod.”  Think about that.  These times are unprecedented.  Not since the Arian heresy has so much of the institutional Church gone over into not just vague errors on minor theological points, but wholesale advocacy for a course of action that would have the result of obliterating the entire moral edifice of the Faith.  A far from radical, mainstream family organization is now at pains to bring this mind-blowing, heart-rending situation to the attention of the faithful.

Incredible is not the right word.  I’m not sure what is.  Twilight Zone springs to mind.  We seem to be living through an alternate reality, a nightmare that we can never quite wake from.


1. Dismas - August 17, 2015

Good. Maybe now more families will wake up.

2. Baseballmom - August 17, 2015

At least my pastor finally “gets it” – yesterday he spoke of how PF is stacking the Synod with fellow “progressives.” Yes, it is a different religion….but the fact that everyone is now exposed for who he is (in the hierarchy) is a very GOOD thing….

Dismas - August 17, 2015

Fully agree, BBMom

3. glmcreations - August 17, 2015

And if you want to see what the liberals are doing to insure that – drum roll, whole new era in the church, truth at last, and obedience – the faithful “obey” what is going to come out of the Synod this Fall- the new “Council”-read my “Synods are not councils” at Catholic Lane. They are going to co-opt all of “pray,pay,and obey” now. Guy McClung, San Antonio

4. RC - August 18, 2015

On a positive note, there is now a book coming out with 11 cardinals defending the truth of marriage

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