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Keep Pushing: petition to Pope Francis on the Synod tops half a million August 24, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Interior Life, persecution, scandals, secularism, Society, SOD, the struggle for the Church.

I know some folks have problems with TFP (I’ve personally never experienced any, they seem to be doing a great deal of good work), but I have to say, more like this:

Ahead of the upcoming Synod on the Family in Rome, dozens of organizations are collecting petitions to Pope Francis, asking him to reinforce Church teaching on marriage and family.  Today, the worldwide petition surpassed 500,000 signatures, including those of 5 cardinals, 117 bishops and hundreds of prominent civil leaders.

The ‘Filial Appeal’ to the Pope is available online:

“College students from coast to coast are asking Pope Francis to reaffirm Church teaching at the Synod,” said John Ritchie, director of Tradition Family Property Student Action, one of the pro-family groups gathering petitions.

“After Ireland and the U.S. Supreme Court both approved same-sex ‘marriage,’ a strong reaffirmation of Church teaching could save the sacred institution of marriage, strengthen the family and dispel the lies of the homosexual revolution,” Ritchie stated.  “Young Catholics — even non-Catholics — look to the Church as a beacon of morality and stability in our Godless culture, but some of our shepherds have issued confusing statements.”…….

……..”This prayerful petition asks Pope Francis to clear up the moral confusion that’s been spreading against Natural and Divine Law,” continued Ritchie.  “If the enemies of the family continue to chip away at holy matrimony, the future of the family and civilization itself will be in even more serious peril.”

The pro-family petition, Filial Appeal to His Holiness Pope Francis on the Future of the Family, will be hand delivered in Rome on September 29, the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel.

So there’s over a month left!  It would be wonderful to me to see the number of signatures double in the five weeks remaining.  But I fear virtually any number of signatures will still be ignored by those who are bent on pursuing ideological agendas and not necessarily doing what is best for souls or the Church at large.  It’s like that scene in For Greater Glory when the faithful Catholics are gathering millions of signatures to protest the Calles’ government persecution of the Church, and an older man rightly prognosticates that they would indeed ignore even millions of signatures.  He suggests even further steps, which led to a nationwide economic boycott of serious effectiveness. Even that would not stop the revolutionaries, so it came down to armed conflict.

The point being, perhaps it is time to start considering further steps beyond pleas for doctrinal clarity and cries for the upholding of the perennial belief of the Church from a standpoint of filial submission.

I’m not sure what those next steps could be.  We’ll certainly see what the Synod produces, but if it goes according to modernist/progressive plan………it would be a really good idea to have a response ready in advance.  Something more constructive than collectively flipping the bird.  I’m having a hard time convincing myself what an appropriate next step would constitute if millions of hearts are broken and scandalized by the Synod, while staying within the bounds of virtue.  Could an “economic boycott” be one of the possibilities?



1. RC - August 24, 2015

I’ve been thinking of this very thing. It boggles my mind to think what would happen if the synod produces what seems to be predicted. The ramifications on the truth of the Church being the true Church of Christ will be large. As a convert myself, I’ve wondered more than once if something bad does come out of the Synod then is the Catholic Church actually the true Church, and if just one person in DFW thinks that, then how many others of the 1.2 billion Catholics around the world, not to mention potential converts will be scandalized. Do we flee to the SSPX? If our bishop allows for the false teachings do we follow a more faithful bishop?
It’s hard to know what to actually do…given how Sinod 2014 went, I can’t say I’m hopeful

Danny - August 25, 2015

Maybe you already now this but I found out recently that the synod does not have any power whatsoever. It is a counseling body. So while the synod can have scandalous positions, those positions do not call into question whether the Catholic Church is the true Church or not.

Tantumblogo - August 25, 2015

I agree. But unfortunately elements within the Church are trying to portray the Synod – a meeting of a tiny subset of bishops (far less than 10%, closer to 5, frankly) – as a full up ecumenical council. That is ridiculous, but there has already been verbiage directed at souls to the effect that “you have to obey the Synod like you ‘obey’ Vatican II.” To which I say……no problem! Tell me which no Dogma it defined and I’m all over it!

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