The Synod on Synodality's General Meeting in October is shaping up to be the equivalent of hard metal rock! You won't hear Gregorian Chant or Sacred Polyphany coming out of the latest blather confab. What you will hear is plenty of modernist jargon about "walking together" and "co-responsibility" with laity (especially women). You'll hear about climate change, ecumenism, dialogue, and inculturation. You'll learn about "discernment, in the wealth of meanings that this term takes on within the different spiritual traditions." You'll hear about "having conversations in the Spirit." What you won't hear about is the salvation of souls, the obligation to preach the gospel in season and out, the spiritual work of mercy to "admonish the sinner," or any talk of salvation and the real problems facing the Church. If Jesus is mentioned even once, I have yet to find him buried in the blather.
The People of God have been on the move since Pope Francis convened the whole Church in Synod in October 2021.
The theme continues throughout the document and includes calling the Third Person of the Trinity "the authentic protagonist" who's blowing our way to respond to our desires, presumably for a listening, encountering, journeying, etc. synodal Church:
...the desire of those conversing [with each other] tends towards listening to His [the "authentic protagonist] voice, which in prayer opens itself to the free action of the One who, like the wind, blows where He wills.
Somehow, I doubt if the Holy Spirit is going to be stirring up much air at the synod
As I read the document, I felt like I'd fallen down the rabbit hole and was meeting and walking with all the strange creatures in Alice's nonsensical Wonderland. I could almost hear the Mad Hatter proclaiming:
We ask that the Assembly be a time of outpouring of the Spirit, but even more that grace accompanies us when the time comes to put its fruits into action in the daily life of Christian communities throughout the world.
Ah, yes, the fruits. We've seen the modernist fruits of past synods, so this tolls the Wonderland warning bell. "Don't eat the fruit and don't walk with the "chefs" dishing up this poison." They are the Walrus and the Carpenter on the march wanting to accompany you oysters on the journey to...well...you don't want to know; or maybe you do so you can escape before it's too late!
O Oysters, come and walk with us!'Those who've read Through the Looking Glass know exactly what the villains had in mind for the unsuspecting oysters in their walking together and their "dialogue." Before their "pleasant talk" and walk was over, there were no oysters left. They were all in the belly of the beasts.
The Walrus did beseech.
A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:
We cannot do with more than four,
To give a hand to each.'
B 1.1 How does the service of charity and commitment to justice and care for our common home nourish communion in a synodal Church? [Really? Do we have to be lectures again about climate change and preserving the rain forest which is more important in the modernist "synodal Church" than preserving the faith?]
B1.5 How can we recognise (sic) and gather the richness of cultures and develop dialogue amongst religions in the light of the Gospel? [Modernists never miss an opportunity to put the focus on ecumenism and promote syncretism to move Catholics toward one world church.]
B 2.3 How can the Church of our time better fulfil (sic) its mission through greater recognition and promotion of the baptismal dignity of women? [Here we go again. We need more women in the sanctuary and carrying the monstrance in Eucharistic processions. Make 'em deacons and then priests!]
|Woman carries monstrance in 2023 Corpus Christi procession in parish of St. Medardus|
in Lüdenscheid, Germany - Is this what synodality looks like? (Source)
B 3.2 How can we develop discernment practices and decision-making processes in an authentically synodal manner, that respects the protagonism of the Spirit?[Huh? Not sure what the "protagonism of the Spirit" even is. Anybody got a clue? And what spirit are we talking about? The same spirit of Vatican II that Bugnini cited when he replaced the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with a ritual meal acceptable to Protestants?]
The document is not without its moments of humor. Really, if it weren't so tragic, I would think it was written by the Babylon Bee. Here are a few real head-shakers:
...our identity and vocation is to become an increasingly synodal Church: walking together, that is, becoming synodal. [And I thought our vocation was described by the Great Commission to baptize all men in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Silly me!]
The questions that the IL poses are an expression of the richness of the process from which they were drawn. ["Richness of the process?" Really! Hmm...I'd say the questions for discussion show exactly how silly the entire "process" is.]
A synodal Church is called to practice the culture of encounter and dialogue with the believers of other religions and with the cultures and societies in which it is embedded.... The synodal process has been an opportunity to begin to learn what it means to live unity in diversity. [Synodal unity welcomes diversity with other religions, but not with those rigid, Pharisaical Traditional Latin Mass Catholics. No unity in diversity for them! Get out of the parish churches, lepers!]
The blather goes on for sixty pages. It reminds me of the government documents I had to read and write when I worked for the Department of Defense. It took me a year to be able to write normal English again after my four years there. These dissenters from the true faith seem to think that by the multiplication of words they can fool everybody into believing they have something useful to say. They don't! This synod is a disaster on the way to a catastrophe. Fr. Gerald Murray pegged it in an article at Crisis, The Synodal Church of ”Me, Myself, and I”
National Catholic Register also carried an article (last February), one that revealed exactly what the Synod on Synodality is really all about. Quoting Cardinal Robert McElroy, one more modernist on steroids, the author, Fr. Raymon de Souza, wrote:
He [McElroy] argued that the Synod on Synodality was exactly the right time to approve the ordination of women deacons, reconsider the ordination of women priests, set aside St. Paul’s scriptural teaching on not receiving Holy Communion in a state of mortal sin, and, at least for certain favored sexual practices, abandon altogether the challenge of chastity.
Cardinal McElroy is by far the most intelligent, articulate and well-educated — Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley, Gregorian — of the American cardinals that Pope Francis has created, so people took note.
Rather too much note, it seemed, as alarms were raised that the synodal process of “enlarging the tent” apparently included inviting the foxes into the doctrinal henhouse.
Fr. de Souza links to a long statement of Cardinal McElroy filled with synodal hogwash and illustrating his desire to remodel the Church in the world's image, one that corresponds to that of Pope Francis. His statement should give all Catholics pause, and fill our hearts with the desire to fall to our knees in repentance and pray for the restoration of the faith. Pray and fast, friends, that this modern Tower of Babel is disrupted by the Holy Spirit. And then dedicate yourself to studying the faith of the fathers that is unchanging and unchangeable. God will not be mocked by this monumental mockery!
Oh...and one last point. What exactly is synodality? You'd be hard pressed to figure it out from this rambling and confusing modernist document.
Pray for the Tower of Babel treatment for the synod and never forget that God "works all things together for good for those who love Him and serve according to His purpose." Lifting the rock and shining light on the creepy crawlies serves His purpose. It's always good to know what insects are attacking the foundations so you can get out the appropriate bug repellant.
May Jesus Christ be praised! Now and forever.