Here We Go Again: Another Phony Synod in the Works?
by Christopher A. Ferrara
July 27, 2017
If the run-up to the next worse-than-useless Synod is any indication, — and doubtless it is — we are in for another assault on marriage and family under the guise of defending both. The 2018 Synod, entitled “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment,” is all about “listening to young people” concerning how they think the Church should address their various situations in life (single, married, divorced, etc.). In other words, the disciples will be instructing the teacher on how to teach them.
Here we see the diabolical inversion that marks the post-Vatican II crisis in the Church generally, such that the Church commissioned to make disciples of all nations has instead (in her wayward human element) become a disciple of the spirit of the age, listening attentively to what the world wishes to tell her.
For the purpose of the upcoming Synod, the Vatican has created a ridiculous online survey, accessible for input from the general public, which solicits, via a series of twenty questions, personal information from “young people” for use at the Synod, with several of the questions loaded in favor of accepting as given the current abysmal status quo among Catholics on marriage, family, and adherence to the Church’s teaching on sexual morality in general. As Life Site News Reports:
“Most of the answers are provided as multiple choice, often excluding the most appropriate option. For example, in answer to the question ‘Why do you not have children?’ a young person can choose from reasons like age, health, and living conditions… but not that because he or she is not married or is discerning a religious vocation.
“When giving one’s state of life in the survey, she observed further, one of the options includes ‘separated or divorced, currently single’ implying that marrying again is an option.”
In his “Letter to Young People” in connection with the Synod, Pope Francis evinces what Romano Amerio has identified as the curious phenomenon of “juvenilism” in the post-conciliar Church, meaning the adulation of “young people” just because they are young (cfr. Iota Unum, pp. 196-200). Quoth the Letter:
“A better world can be built also as a result of your efforts, your desire to change and your generosity. Do not be afraid to listen to the Spirit who proposes bold choices; do not delay when your conscience asks you to take risks in following the Master. The Church also wishes to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith; even your doubts and your criticism. Make your voice heard, let it resonate in communities and let it be heard by your shepherds of souls. St. Benedict urged the abbots to consult, even the young, before any important decision, because ‘the Lord often reveals to the younger what is best.’ (Rule of St. Benedict, III, 3)”
Note, first of all, the grotesque abuse of the Rule of Saint Benedict, who, in the cited passage, is referring to the younger members of a cloistered monastery filled with professed monks voting on the conduct of monastic affairs, not consulting “the young” in society at large for their opinions on matters of faith and morals via an online survey. This is laughable.
Notice also the lack of any indication in the Letter that “young people” should heed the Church on the consequences of violating the Sixth Commandment, as Our Lord Himself teaches. On the contrary, “young people” are exhorted, without specific guidance, to make “bold choices” and “take risks” according to “conscience” as supposedly informed by “the Spirit.” This amorphous advice is in line with the sustained attack on the Sixth Commandment begun with the ludicrously misnamed Synod on the Family, which has eventuated in the admission of public adulterers to Holy Communion based on supposed illumination by “the God of surprises.”
Finally, the Letter exhorts “young people” to “make your voice heard,” as if the Church were a democracy whose “policies” are determined by opinion polls and the views of the majority.
In short, every sign thus indicates another approaching synodal train wreck. I will be delighted to be proven wrong, and will be happy to say so if the contrary happens.