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Is it time for the faithful bishops at the Synod to walk out? October 14, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, different religion, disaster, episcopate, General Catholic, Papa, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, SOD, the struggle for the Church.

I saw Laurence England the Englishman call for (relatively) orthodox bishops at the Synod to just walk out on the proceedings a few days ago.  It appears someone else liked the idea, because they started an internet petition calling for just that:

Esteemed Synod Fathers,

We thank you for your witness to and defense of the truth of Matrimony and Family proclaimed by the Church, in fidelity to our Lord Jesus Christ. As the Ordinary Synod on the Family continues its work, confusion and scandal spread among the faithful. Catholics are concerned that some members of this body of apostolic successors, under the guidance of the Pope, are seeking to endorse homosexual relationships, effectively question the indissolubility of marriage, and permit the distribution of the Holy Eucharist to the unrepentant….

…….Therefore, we faithfully request that each and every faithful Catholic bishop at the Synod, having made every effort to resist these attacks on Christ’s teaching, if its direction remains unaltered and those faithful voices remain unheard, do his sacred duty and publicly retire from any further participation in the Synod before its conclusion so as to prevent greater scandal and confusion.

Hilary White, rapidly becoming my favorite snarky traddy blogger, agrees:

We are, in effect, calling for a vote of no-confidence. We have no confidence in this “synodal process”. We have no confidence that the pope and his group of hand-picked manifest heretics will suddenly, magically, produce a Catholic rabbit out of the Synod’s hat. Let’s face it, there has been no secret about what these people intended to do from the first day. Since that day. Since the day that the hand picked representative of the pope told the cardinals and the whole world what they intended to do.

She then lists just a few of the lowlights from the Synod thus far, including sudden rules changes, complete lack of transparency into the discussions, emphasizing the most radical interventions while pretending the orthodox ones have never happened, declaring that the Synod will produce no mid-term or even final document at all, and that the entire range of subjects under discussion now rest in the hands of Pope Francis……and those are just a few!  Also, rejecting out of hand the complaints of 13 synodal cardinals……..all of that, in the first week!

What the heck. I signed.  Then again, almost 800,000 signed the TFP petition prior to the Synod and that hasn’t appeared to have much impact………at least yet.


1. Baseballmom - October 14, 2015

I signed too….. And left a comment.

2. TLM - October 14, 2015

I did too Baseballmom….left a comment too, and would encourage everyone to sign

3. June St. James-Pfouts - October 14, 2015

I have also signed, yesterday when the letter came via OnePeter5 post. Also left a comment. Hopefully, the courageous Synod Father who are prepared to resist by leaving, will see the support from a substantial number of Faithful Catholics.

4. Dismas - October 14, 2015

Umm. Well, some of us hoped this would be a watershed, but I am left to wonder if there would be much of a crowd at the exits. I would only hope it were the case.

Tantumblogo - October 14, 2015

I doubt any will do it. IF it happened, and that’s a big one, it would probably only be a few.

5. Janet Kilb - October 15, 2015

I also signed this new petition. Even if it comes to naught it felt good to sign it!

Baseballmom - October 15, 2015


6. Ben - October 15, 2015

I signed…

7. TLM - October 15, 2015

I agree Tantumblogo, they probably will not, but at least they know we are watching and we have their backs on orthodoxy. The problem with leaving is that the faithful, both prelates and laity would be labeled as ‘schismatics’ by the heterodox. They are sort of in a catch 22. If they stay they will be part and parcel of the destruction of Catholic moral doctrine.

LaGallina - October 15, 2015

I think we should no longer fear being called “schismatic” or “protestant” or whatever else they want to throw at us. We have seen the trajectory of Church leadership going in this direction since Vatican 2 and, like it or not, we are headed for a collision. And the faithful Catholics will probably be seen as the bad guys for a good long while.

Meanwhile we cling to the Traditional Faith and find the few faithful priests who cling to it too. I would rather be called “schismatic” and follow the true faith then be called “faithful” and follow heresy.

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