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Denounce the Synod

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Today, the first official document of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family was released. Suffice it to say that the document doesn’t even bother in the least to present Catholic teaching on the family. The whole document is an exercise in modernist tactics of persuasion by means of doctrinal ambiguity, and by unsettling that which is settled. But the most sinister passages depart clearly from the Catholic Faith. First, the document opens the door explicitly to holy communion for those who are publicly living in objectively adulterous unions:

46.  In the same way the situation of the divorced who have remarried demands a careful discernment and an accompaniment full of respect, avoiding any language or behavior that might make them feel discriminated against. For the Christian community looking after them is not a weakening of its faith and its testimony to the indissolubility of marriage, but rather it expresses precisely its charity in its caring.

47.  As regards the possibility of partaking of the sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist, some argued in favor of the present regulations because of their theological foundation, others were in favor of a greater opening on very precise conditions when dealing with situations that cannot be resolved without creating new injustices and suffering. For some, partaking of the sacraments might occur were it preceded by a penitential path – under the responsibility of the diocesan bishop – and with a clear undertaking in favor of the children. This would not be a general possibility, but the fruit of a discernment applied on a case-by-case basis, according to a law of gradualness, that takes into consideration the distinction between state of sin, state of grace and the attenuating circumstances.

48.  Suggesting limiting themselves to only “spiritual communion” was questioned by more than a few Synodal Fathers: if spiritual communion is possible, why not allow them to partake in the sacrament? As a result a greater theological study was requested starting with the links between the sacrament of marriage and the Eucharist in relation to the Church-sacrament. In the same way, the moral dimension of the problem requires further consideration, listening to and illuminating the consciences of spouses.

49.  The problems relative to mixed marriages were frequently raised in the interventions of the Synodal Fathers. The differences in the matrimonial regulations of the Orthodox Churches creates serious problems in certain contexts to which have to be found suitable responses in communion with the Pope. The same applies to inter-religious marriages.

Second, the document asserts that homosexuals (the term strongly implies that these persons are sexually active, or at least not striving to be chaste while struggling with same-sex attraction) have “gifts and qualities” to offer the Church as homosexuals, and even more scandalously, that the Church should be “accepting and valuing” of homosexual orientation itself:

50.  Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?

51.  The question of homosexuality leads to a serious reflection on how to elaborate realistic paths of affective growth and human and evangelical maturity integrating the sexual dimension: it appears therefore as an important educative challenge. The Church furthermore affirms that unions between people of the same sex cannot be considered on the same footing as matrimony between man and woman. Nor is it acceptable that pressure be brought to bear on pastors or that international bodies make financial aid dependent on the introduction of regulations inspired by gender ideology.

52.  Without denying the moral problems connected to homosexual unions it has to be noted that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners. Furthermore, the Church pays special attention to the children who live with couples of the same sex, emphasizing that the needs and rights of the little ones must always be given priority.

It needn’t be pointed out that homosexual relationships (there is no such thing as “unions”) might be the context for some good things. There has always been honor among thieves. What is most telling about this document is what it doesn’t say: nowhere are the faithful warned of the temporal and eternal consequences of sexual sin; nowhere are homosexuals, adulterers, fornicators, or those who commit other sins against Christian marriage called to repentance and conversion; nowhere are those in irregular “unions” called to live chastely in order to receive holy communion; nowhere are the faithful given the hope of being delivered from their sins and living in a state of grace; nowhere is the salvation of souls included as a priority. Clearly, the whole thrust of this document is to weaken the Church’s resolve in opposing the forces of modernity in redefining the family, even at the expense of doctrine.

This disgraceful “relatio post disceptationem” must be repudiated by good Catholics at every level, and this train-wreck of a Synod publicly denounced.

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October 14, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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  1. I’m afraid the “new homophiles” at First Things and the like are going to get all too much mileage out of the part about valuing a homosexual orientation per se. What they need to be told is that they are just plain wrong, that there is nothing whatsoever valuable about a homosexual orientation, because it *just is* an inclination to sin.

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    Comment by Lydia | October 14, 2014 | Reply

  2. Judas Complex at work… I lament… Diabolical Disorientation…

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    Comment by Will | October 14, 2014 | Reply

  3. The Heretical Modernist Wolves are within The City of God…

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    Comment by Will | October 14, 2014 | Reply

  4. Well-written and persuasive post Jeff. This synod seems a particularly ripe environment for heresy to rear its head.

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    Comment by Thomas | October 14, 2014 | Reply

  5. Great…Anglicans left for the Catholic church because of the homosexual perversion infiltrating its ranks, and now we Catholics get this. Where do we go now…

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    Comment by e p | October 14, 2014 | Reply

    • The Catholic Church isn’t going anywhere, even if a majority of the hierarchy apostasizes. Stay with the Faith and with those bishops who keep it. Meanwhile, be patient. Things are getting more clear by the day.

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      Comment by Blogmaster | October 14, 2014 | Reply

      • thank you for sharing, very confused revert to the Church, questioning staying now. The Church in the past has given people an anchor in chaos- now that anchor is gone

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        Comment by Robin | October 14, 2014

      • Excellent comment: “anchor in chaos”! I converted to the Church in 1966 and subsequently watched her lean strongly toward protestantism. With all the chaos today in the world, my only respite was the Church. Now the Church seems to be pulling up the “anchor” that helps our sanity in this crazy world! That said, I would never leave the Church.

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        Comment by tom gates | October 14, 2014

  6. I get the feeling Pope Francis don’t like my traditional Catholic family with one dear courageous Wife and 11 children that counts the Rosaries we pray for His Holiness and the Holy Masses we offer at our local God fearing SSPX quasi parish.

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    Comment by Tim | October 14, 2014 | Reply

  7. Quote from # 48
    “if spiritual communion is possible, why not allow them to partake in the sacrament?”

    Heaven help us if they don’t know the difference,

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    Comment by Beatitludes | October 14, 2014 | Reply

  8. No where in this post do you mention Mary… nowhere in it do you mention the Rosary… no where in it do you bring up Our Lady of Fatima despite this being such an important anniversary… no where do you point out that only through her Immaculate Heart will the triumph come…. you clearly despise, reject, and disdain Our Lady!

    I am sure you catch my drift ;-). I’m not saying this post is without valid points (I too take issue with the notion of “valuing” and intrinsically disordered orientation). I just want to present a reminder that we should save our breath when complaining about what others “leave out,” and instead focus on what *is* said. You rightly point out there is honor even among thieves. Just about all of that document (with perhaps the aforementioned exception) can be viewed in that light; why not do so?

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    Comment by Daniel O'Connor | October 14, 2014 | Reply

  9. The life of the Pharisee must be an extraordinarily miserable one. Perhaps they could salve their wounds with even more gold, ermine, and cilice.

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    Comment by LWC | October 14, 2014 | Reply

  10. It’s becoming more hard by the day to give the honor, respect and obedience due the Hierarchy – including the Pope – when every day you see/read/hear of them rejecting the traditional “good order and discipline” of the Catholic “family”. Every day they more and more tell us black is now grey, and yes is now maybe, and mortal sin is now not so bad and Our Lord is just oh-so-merciful and he won’t condemn us for receiving HIM unworthily. It is difficult not to run screaming from the house.

    But where else is there to go? Nowhere. So you stay and just remain a part of the family, but you resist, you disobey, you challenge… everything that goes against “the good order and discipline” of the family and that is detrimental to your and your families Salvation – and continue to pray like hell. Especially the Rosary, the only weapon that can stop this madness.

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    Comment by Dave Heath | October 14, 2014 | Reply

  11. Many people thought the church was going to change her teaching on birth control — just before Humanae Vitae came out and anchored it more firmly instead. Keep the faith, pray, and be patient.

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    Comment by Jake Freivald | October 14, 2014 | Reply

  12. The time has finally come where the Faithful are more Catholic than the Pope. Jesus returns for a reason

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    Comment by fniper | October 14, 2014 | Reply

  13. The cardinals could stop this Pope and the Synod juggernaut in their tracks if only a few of them came out with a joint public statement formally renouncing the Relatio and calling upon the Pope to affirm traditional Catholic teaching and discipline immediately, just as Cardinal Burke has suggested.

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    Comment by caferraraesq | October 14, 2014 | Reply

    • Pray this happens,

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      Comment by fniper | October 14, 2014 | Reply

  14. Ah, LWC drops by with yet another Pharisee reference. It must be extraordinarily miserable to have an unquenchable need to insult others and yet be saddled with such a limited and predictable vocabulary.

    Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged you aren’t.

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    Comment by drprice2 | October 14, 2014 | Reply

    • Clearly the deipnosophist I am not. I seek only to indict hypocrisy where I find it. Surely many of you are aghast at even those invited guests at Jesus’ table; many of whom Burke and his ilk would prefer be thrown into the street wailing gnashing their teeth.

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      Comment by LWC | October 14, 2014 | Reply

      • Like the guest in Jesus’ parable about wedding feast from this past Sunday’s reading?

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        Comment by c matt | October 14, 2014

      • Again, with the stale Pharisee references.

        Of course, to credibly indict people, you’d have to actually know them…making your tired insult tours all the more ironic and un-Christ-like.

        Not that it’ll stop a crusader like yourself. Deus vult.

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        Comment by drprice2 | October 14, 2014

    • By their fruit you will recognize them.

      That ‘tired’ enough for you?

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      Comment by LWC | October 14, 2014 | Reply

      • No, but that would require you to actually *know* the fruits of their lives. Which you clearly do not and have no interest in finding out. So, you follow the intellectually lazy (and spiritually-dubious) route of label-and-condemn.

        So, yeah. You just detonated the irony meter.

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        Comment by drprice2 | October 16, 2014

      • @DrPrice2 Indeed. I’d apply the same template against the fruits of Gay Catholics. I’m altogether certain there exists just as extraordinary and pious acts among them.

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        Comment by LWC | October 16, 2014

  15. […] Those differences are causing some in the Catholic Blogosphere to say Catholics should “Denounce the Synod“.  That is pretty strong language; however, after reading it, I am beginning to think such […]

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  16. The time has come for The Greatest Apostasy in the Church. Get ready for The Great Chastisement. How sad to read the outcome of The Synod to suit this sinful world.

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    Comment by Alice Simpson | October 15, 2014 | Reply

  17. God help those who vote for these changes. They will be responsible for leading millions to the spiritual slaughter! Jesus loved everyone and still does, but I’m sure the sins we commit still hurt him, and leadership like this must anger him. How many young people will be lead down the garden path by these kinds of ungrounded in scripture beliefs. They have to know there is sin. They have to know where the standard is and the Catholic Church has always been the standard bearer. We will be no different than all those other christian religions who believe in the bible but take out the parts they don’t care to hear. Such as “you are saved by grace alone” – I guess they didn’t read the other parts of the bible that add “and all good works” They threw that sucker out with the bathwater”! This kind of liberal, wishy washy trash is not worthy of being discussed at a Synod of Bishops, let alone voted on. I really felt good about this Pope. Now I am wondering and I will be watching to see how he acts regarding these suggested changes. If this goes through, we will know he is the Anti-Pope that Malachi was talking about. Malachi predicted correctly regarding the Popes since the 1300reds. Our eyes will be opened and we will see. Truth will prevail, but the Bible does say that only a few will be left as believers when Jesus returns. I could see how that could happen if the leaders of our beautiful faith move this far away from God!

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    Comment by Lynda | October 15, 2014 | Reply

  18. Sadly, several Bishops will not form a faithful cadre and walk-out of the fiasco of a Synod, publicly denounce it, and list the reasons for their actions.

    Had this happened at Vatican 2, we might have avoided many of the heresies trailing in the wake of that Council but the Bishops then missed the time of their visitation and they will also miss the time of this visitation of Christ.

    One can either stand with Christ or continue to participate in this perverted progressive process whose conclusions were arrived at prior to the 1st meeting of the Synod in ways similar to how Vatican 2 was a progressive conspiracy actualised sequentially; that is, a conspiracy had not only formed prior to V2 but had plans in place to mount a successful coup on the first day of the Council.

    The Bishops who waited until after the Council to try and mount an opposition to the revolution were subjected to dynamic silence and other malign methods of media control.

    Strike NOW, or forget it.

    There is a reason why the Pope has cultivated warm relationships with the presumptive enemy, the media; they will provide him cover once these indefensible changes are introduced as but pastoral praxis that, even as they drain substance from Doctrine, will be claimed to have kept those same Doctrines in place.

    Romans 1 is crystal clear that the actions of sodomites are evil and kindle the wrath of God and are deserving of death AND also deserving of death are they who support sodomites.

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    Comment by Mighty Joe Young | October 16, 2014 | Reply

  19. This disgraceful “relatio post disceptationem” must be repudiated by good Catholics at every level, and this train-wreck of a Synod publicly denounced.

    Amen. M.J. denounced it, several times, on his crummy blog and he has also denounced it in a letter to his Bishop.

    What does one drink when reading a letter of excommunication?

    I’m think a quality cabernet while listening to Vivaldi…

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    Comment by Mighty Joe Young | October 16, 2014 | Reply


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