The Latin Right on Catholic GRN Driving Time: Does the Synod Hear You?


The Latin right on the GRN Catholic Driving Time.

Recently, I had the honor of discussing the synod of synodality on the Guadalupe Radio Network program Catholic Driving Time.

Watch the interview here.

Main areas of concern regarding the Synthesis

Marginalization appears 5 times in the document. Marginalized appears 3 times.

Polarization appears 5 times in the document.

Welcoming appears 8 times in the document.

Justice appears 13 times in the document.

Regarding the passages of Synthesis

It is particularly remarkable that a local discernment takes place on the manner of overcoming distant or elitist attitudes, and on the manner of welcoming without judging. “Whole groups of people feel that the teachings of the Church prevent them from feeling welcome in the community. We need to examine how certain teachings are presented, to demonstrate that we can be faithful to God without giving the impression that we are qualified to pass judgment on others. [page 13]

The ordination of women did not appear primarily as a solution to the problem of the shortage of priests, but as a matter of justice. [page 8]

Virtually all synod consultations shared deep grief at the departure of young people and saw it as integrally linked to becoming a more welcoming Church. As one review notes, Young people also want the Church to speak out on issues that matter to them, especially justice, race and climate change.” [page 9]

Another aspect of formation that the synodal consultations saw as essential to our ability to journey together was the need for greater “formation of seminarians and those already ordained to better understand human and pastoral needs, cultural sensitivity and awareness, greater emphasis on social justice, sharing of resources with the needy, balance adherence to dogmatic teachings of the faith with concern for the emotional needs of their parishioners, how to include the laity in decision-making, and learn to speak the truth with empathy, creativity, and compassion.” [page 10]

Take away food

Moreover, the synod seems to de-emphasize Catholic dogma and moral teaching to make the Church more welcoming. With “synthesis” we see a de-emphasis on Catholic teaching disguised as justice toward marginalized groups. Retired Swiss Bishop Marian Eleganti summed up the Synod of Synod’s intent perfectly when he wrote:

The Church was not on the wrong path for 2,000 years and needed to be enlightened and corrected by a synodal process in the 21st century. For that, we need neither a Vatican III nor a slimmed-down replacement event called “Synod on Synodality.” I meant, as the title suggests, that the topic to be discussed would be “synodalism” as the so-called new modus operandi of the Church. But no, it is rather the same synodal merchants reheated for the umpteenth time since the 1970s: democracy, participation, participation in power, women in all offices and women’s diaconate or female priesthood; Revision of sexual morality regarding extramarital sex, remarriage, and homosexuality, away from priest-centered liturgy, etc. [emphasis added]

A medical analogy

If I’m dying of cancer, how empathetic and compassionate is it to tell me I’m healthy? A doctor who diagnoses stage 4 cancer comes across as harsh and lacking in empathy. Either way, they have to do everything in their power to try to save my life. Cancer treatments are also hard on the body, but necessary to treat cancer. I have to suffer in the hope of remission. So also with sickness in my soul.

What is it about ?

In conclusion, this is all about power in the Church. A welcoming Church is a less powerful Church. This Church does not impose unpopular beliefs on its members. It allows members to choose which beliefs apply to them or not. This Church gives members of the Church moral and theological power over their own lives. In short, it allows members to ruin their own souls. May God help us.

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