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Synod reactions – the fair, the bad, and the terrible October 26, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, Christendom, different religion, disaster, episcopate, General Catholic, horror, Papa, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, SOD, the struggle for the Church.

Below are a number of reactions to the Sin-nod of Death, the meeting of a small subset of bishops which claimed to be on the family but which almost never mentioned healthy Catholic families in any other than a passing, dismissive way.  This was instead a Synod of sin, with radical progressives – clearly acting in concert with Pope Francis, and generally expressly at his direct bidding – seeking to normalize all manner of sins constantly rejected by the Church as manifestly evil, often with clear guidance from Our Savior to that effect.

One thing I want to point out before  we review the general angst and consternation regarding the Synod’s final document: in spite of all the hype, in spite of progressive paroxysms of joy and the reassurance of neo-Cats, we must keep in mind that these Synods are themselves a great novelty in the history of the Church, that even when meeting under the direct supervision of a Pope, it is quite far from clear what doctrinal authority, if any, such limited Synods (comprising maybe 5% or less of the world’s bishops) have, and while surely much damage will be wrought by the end-product, should the progressives have their way, we traditional Catholics should remain resolute in our defiance to its problematic claims and position ourselves to reject, outright, its product, both good and bad, as binding on souls.  In reality, the Synod’s final document doesn’t even rise to the level of a papal encyclical in terms of authority, and we must rest assured in the knowledge that in spite of the free-for-all this will surely induce in the already imploding mainstream or Novus Ordo section of the Church, it doesn’t have to have the slightest bearing on our faith lives.  I don’t recommend Mokusatsu – killing with silence – we’ve got to oppose the errors that will surely come out of the nebulous, problematic portions of the final report with all the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church; but I do think we need to constantly keep in mind the practical effect on our faith lives and those under our influence of all these novelties should be nil, just as many of us don’t have much truck with the problematic aspects of Guadium Et Spes or Dignitatis Humanae.

In a sense, this Synod can actually be a good thing, if it brings about the final reckoning between the post-conciliar construct of novelty and the traditional Faith.  I’ve always avoided hoping something like that would happen, because the cost in souls will be so horribly high, but now that a major step in that direction has come to pass, we need to hunker down and redouble our efforts to reassert the traditional practice of the Faith to as many as we can reach.

First up, a relatively happy-clappy assessment of the Synod by the possibly compromised Damian Thompson:

Significantly, the Fathers didn’t back a ‘solution’ suggested by liberal cardinals, whereby divorced and remarried Catholics could consult their consciences and their confessors over whether they should follow the rules.

This was the liberal Plan B, hastily put together after it became clear at the beginning of the Synod that there was no chance that Cardinal Walter Kasper’s radical plan to scrap the communion ban would be voted through.

Please don’t ask me to explain Plan B in detail. Liberal journalists got very excited about this supposed ‘breakthrough’, associated with the German-speaking cardinals Marx and Schönborn, plus Archbishop Cupich of Chicago. But they didn’t manage to tell us how it would work in practice, given that the Synod Fathers are sticking by St John Paul II’s ruling that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics can’t receive the sacrament and that’s that.

The final report of the Synod encourages pastors to ‘accompany’ divorced and remarried Catholics as they ‘discern’ their culpability – on a case-by-case basis, as not every divorced Catholic is equally guilty (very true, but a point already made by St John Paul). However, there’s no mention of readmitting them to communion. If I were a Catholic in this situation, I wouldn’t read the report as giving me any sort of permission to receive the sacrament, though I might – with a leap of the imagination assisted by liberal Catholic journalists – recognise the tiniest of steps in that direction. [Well…..we’ll see how long this lasts. My guess: not long]

As for homosexuality – no change at all. How could there be, when the most powerful African bishop, Cardinal Robert Sarah, described gay rights and ISIS as twin evils threatening Christendom? [But what of the two several dozen powerful Western cardinals who are all in favor?]

For a little different flavor, let’s get some comments from some of the participants via Hilary White:

“The Synod is putting an end to the Church that judges people. We are not a church of judgement. We are a welcoming church, listening to the people and speaking in clear terms. Tenderness is the word of this Synod. This is the beginning of a new Church.” [That is the obvious intent]
—Archbishop Lucas Van Looy, Ghent, Belgium

If the process of respectful listening and dialogue endorsed and experienced at the Synod of Bishops on the family were applied at the local level, it would mark the end of an era of judgment and the beginning of ‘a church of tenderness toward everyone,’ said a synod father.”

We don’t believe that [continence] is the only way.” Cardinal Schonborn, Vienna…following the publication of the German language group: “…Asked by the influential Vatican Insider if the only appropriate method of access to the sacraments for such couples was to live as “brother and sister”, refraining from sexual intimacy, he said: “We do not believe that is the only way.” He added that he believed there was a “need for discernment”.”

“‘The axiom’ every marriage contract between Christians is itself a sacrament ‘should be revised’.In no longer homogeneous Christian societies or in countries with different cultural and religious patterns, you cannot assume a Christian understanding of marriage even among Catholics.” [This is one of the single worst statements I’ve read from a prelate in a long time (leaving out anything said by Cupich’s inviolable conscience.  And whose fault is it that the faithful no longer have even a tiny shred of formation, my happy clappy balloon Mass man?  This is a self-fulfilling prophecy, a plan coming to fruition, as the videos below will show]

About those videos – I would say my appreciation of the Synod final report and its entire course aligns well with the reports below.  This Synod is a total disaster, doctrinally and especially pastorally, which will inflict unimaginable harm on souls.  However, in that sense, it is only continuing and carrying to fruition the modernist revolution that first burst forth publicly at Vatican II.  It is the creation of a new religion irrevocably hostile to the old.  But we know from experience that the revolution these modernists wish to visit on the Church has already been tried before. Indeed, in the sects, it has already been tried, and the result has been nothing but death and implosion.  That is my hope, is that these modernists, in whatever level of success they achieve, only hasten their own ultimate demise, and the restoration of a truly faithful Church as founded by Jesus Christ.  In the interim, however, the misery of souls and the entire world will be beyond hideous.

OK, the videos.  First, two by John Vennari and Christopher Ferrara:

This one featuring Michael Matt and John Rao, noted spiritual pornographers, is probably the best.  I find very little to disagree with in the below, and I and convinced the process of perpetual doctrinal revolution is the end game behind this synodal “process:”

The world groaned, and awoke to find itself modernist.

I am reading a most remarkable book.  I’ve only started, but already it is taking shape as far and away the best single volume presentation on the historical-traditional practice of the Faith and its marked contrast to the post-conciliar revolution.  This is Phoenix from the Ashes by HJA Sire, which posits to deconstruct the post-conciliar revolution by detailed comparison to the history of the Church.

Already from the very first sections of this book it is apparent – it is reinforced – that the Church has gone through crises in the past that bear a strong resemblance to the one facing the Church today, but there are also hugely significant differences.  In the case of the Arian revolution, for instance, while most, or even practically all, of the episcopate was won over to this heresy for a time, there remained a deep well of orthodoxy in the regular priesthood and among the laity.  The crisis was thus overcome in time by a reassertion of Doctrine from the lowest levels up to the higher ones.

What is unique in the present circumstances, and indeed is really only foreshadowed by the protestant revolution, is the degree to which EVERY level of the Church is affected – laity, priesthood, religious, episcopate, curia, and popes.  The protestant revolution was of course at best only a partial example, since it was geographically limited.  In the present crisis, there is no real solid abode of orthodoxy, not even a small Catholic Gibraltar orthodox from top to bottom from which a restoration can take place.  In fact, pockets of orthodoxy are scattered hither and  yon, normally grouped around a holy priest or priests.  That makes the task of restoration unprecedented in its scope and difficulty of execution.  I cannot see how it can be achieved short of a total collapse of the revolutionary alternative.

But this book by Sire gives me hope, in that the historical examples do seem to indicate that restoration of the Church often happens just after things looked their bleakest, and often in a very unexpected way.  I certainly don’t foresee a great restoration around the corner, I’m afraid things will have to get much worse before they begin to get better, but…….our Lord does work in mysterious ways.  It could be it is His permissive will that the Church all but implode and cease to exist as a significant factor in the world culture as this revolution plays itself out, but history has shown it often takes only one great, steadfast leader to institute a total turnaround.

Perhaps that’s naive optimism on my part.  No matter what happens with the human element of the Church, we must always be certain that so long as we remain faithful and do our utmost, our particular destiny in assured.  The victory has already been one. We simply have to avail ourselves of its fruits.


1. David - October 26, 2015

I hope this sounds original: as I followed the Synod it reminded me of the recall election that Demonrats in Wisconsin tried against Governor Scott Walker. The end result – a waste of time and money.

However, I am glad that the Polish congregation of bishops and others such as Arinze, Erdo, Burke prevailed to uphold Church teaching. I will have to see Edward Pentin’s commentary, as well as Fr. Murray’s.

A good quote – what happened to “universal?”

2. Xopher - October 26, 2015

It seems that this sort of thing has been a long time coming–perhaps a grand “plan” of sorts. I have observed that catechesis, even in “devout” parishes is greatly lacking.

In an astounding coincidence, I have recently obtained a new coworker who is quite “devoutly” Catholic, and has a very, even more “devoted Catholic” girlfriend, who is going through a nasty divorce with the Catholic woman he married(?) years ago. He is very passionately devoted to the mercy of Christ and relies on his Catholicness as an emotional support to get through stressful days. He is also very excited to be working with me, and that we have this special brotherly bond of Catholicism.

I feel sorry for this man, and I am trying to carefully witness to the traditional (real) doctrines of the Church, but I do not feel confident that I know how to properly walk the line between bringing him to the truth as expediently as possible without offending him and scaring him off. So, Deus in adiutorium meum intende…

The point I’m trying to make is that I know he is but one of many Catholics who believe this is a perfectly normal and acceptable way to live as a Catholic, and whose fault is that? And, what can we do about it?

3. Kitty Murray - October 26, 2015

I love your assessment of the synod. I would have liked to view videos of John Vennari, Chris Ferrara, & Michael Matt, but all I got was a picture – no video. Help!

Kitty Murray - October 26, 2015

When I viewed your article on your website, I was able to view the videos. Thanks for featuring their opinions.

4. LaGallina - October 26, 2015

This is the best post-synod blog post I have read, I am glad you reminded everyone that this type of synod is a novelty! The Catholic Church is not a democracy, but very few bloggers/reporters etc. seem to remember that!! I can’t stand hearing how the “conservatives” had this many votes and the “liberals” had that many votes. This is not Washington D.C.

Now that the synod was such a “success” for “conservatives” we can expect a continued erosion of the faith and no strong leadership to draw souls back to the one true Faith and to the true Mass. Basically a continuation of the disaster that has been under way since Varican II.

The whole synod was a heart-breaking, stomach-turning disaster which will only serve to further weaken the Church and SADLY send souls to hell.

5. richardmalcolm1564 - October 26, 2015

“…you cannot assume a Christian understanding of marriage even among Catholics.”

Apparently, you can no longer assume it even among bishops.

DJR - October 26, 2015

“…you cannot assume a Christian understanding of marriage even among Catholics.”

“Apparently, you can no longer assume it even among bishops.”


Or even popes, apparently.

6. Marguerite - October 27, 2015

Divorced and remarried Catholics should consult their consciences%#%@? Isn’t this an oxymoron? If you are living in sin, your conscience slowly dies. How do you consult a dead entity (your soul) in order to do the right thing? If you have a tumor do you pull it out yourself or go to a competent physician? The nonsense spewed by these prelates make me think they want to be on the Jimmy Fallon show. It’s pure heresy, i.e.private judgment. Most Catholics aren’t even sure what the Trinity is, let alone knowing the right thing to do in an immoral situation. The hierarchy can’t be serious.

7. Frank - October 27, 2015

It doesn’t matter whether this Synod is a “Council” or “Encyclical”; it is sowing the seeds of dissent and further irreverence towards the Body and Blood of Christ. They couldn’t use a council or encyclical but they still are causing damage to the sheep.

8. c matt - October 27, 2015

Ferrara, Rao. Matt and Vennari. I tell you, without these guys I don’t know what I’d do. They provide a fantastic litmus test – anyone who disparages them is immediately suspect in my book.

This whole thing reminds me of one of my favorite scenes from “Force Ten from Navarone.” SPOILERS

Just when the heroes are expecting a huge explosion of the dam they are sent to destroy, the charges designed by the engineer go off and nothing apparently happens. After a few minutes of cursing the engineer for failing at his job while he calmly smokes his pipe, the dam starts making creaking noises, then cracking and splintering. As he explains, all he had to do was create a few cracks to weaken the structure, then let physics do the rest.

We just witnessed a few cracks.

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