Synod 2015: The Titanic Approaches the Iceberg
by Christopher A. Ferrara
January 26, 2015
If Pope Francis had had his way, Synod 2014 would have adopted the propositions from the midterm report he approved and had published to the world before the Synod fathers had even seen it, wherein the “Synod” — actually the drafters of the report handpicked by Francis — would countenance “guaranteeing… a place of fellowship” in the Church to homosexuals as homosexuals and “accepting and valuing their sexual orientation…” The same disgraceful document suggested “access to the sacraments” for divorced and “remarried” Catholics “on a case-by-case basis, according to the law of gradualness,” meaning that they would “gradually” accept that adulterers cannot receive Holy Communion while nevertheless receiving the Sacrament in a state of continuing adultery — the insane proposition John Paul II flatly rejected in Familiaris consortio, which affirmed the Church’s bimillenial discipline.
Speaking of the midterm report, Bishop Athanasius Schneider — aptly named for the sainted bishop who stood almost alone among the Catholic hierarchy during the Arian crisis of the 4th century — offered this chilling assessment:
This is the first time in Church history that such a heterodox text was actually published as a document of an official meeting of Catholic bishops under the guidance of a pope… This document will remain for the future generations and for the historians a black mark which has stained the honour of the Apostolic See.
As we know, the Synod fathers totally rejected this “heterodox text”. But it seems that Francis has only begun to fight for the “opening” to gays and public adulterers. For one thing, he has ordered the midterm report to be circulated to the world’s bishops for Synod 2015 as if it had not been rejected by Synod 2014. For another, the “theology of mercy” of the arch-Modernist Cardinal Kasper, of which the midterm report is practically a transcript, threatens to become the dominant theme of Synod 2015 under the pressure of the corrupt German hierarchy, which has been pushing for these “reforms” for decades.
The German bishops’ plans for subversion at Synod 2015 were revealed in a recent interview with Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising, head of the German bishops’ conference and a key member of Francis’ progressive-dominated council of cardinals. The interview appeared in America magazine — the same ultra-liberal Jesuit organ that published the infamous interview in which Francis declared that the Church must not be “obsessed” with “abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods.”
Asked specifically about “gays” and the divorced and “remarried,” Marx declared:
I have the impression that we have a lot of work to do in the theological field, not only related to the question of divorce, but also the theology of marriage. I am astonished that some can say, “Everything is clear” on this topic. Things are not clear…. It is a question of aggiornamento [updating]… to always adapt our doctrine to the Gospel, to theology, in order to find in a new way the sense of what Jesus said… Therefore it is very important that we are working on these questions. I hope that the pope will inspire this synod.
Yes, Marx dares to say that an “opening” to “gays” and public adulterers is what Jesus would want. Such is the audacity of the Modernist unchained; and Francis — one must say it — has unchained and let loose upon the Church a small army of these ecclesiastical termites, who will converge upon Rome in October to complete what they clearly hope will be a revolution that would dwarf even the revolution of Vatican II, should God permit it. “This whole pontificate has opened new paths. You can feel it,” said Marx of Francis. To which I say: God help us.
And how ironic it is that the Pope who speaks incessantly of “going out” to the “peripheries” of the Church is so clearly in league with the most corrupt group of bishops in the industrialized Western world, who draw six-figure salaries subsidized by the German government’s “Church tax” and who deny the sacraments to any German Catholic who opts out of paying the tax — literally institutionalizing the evil of simony, “the sin of attempting to buy or sell an office of the Church or a sacrament.” But this is hardly the first time Francis’ lofty rhetoric has been flatly contradicted by his actions.
As we approach the second anniversary of a pontificate like no other in Church history, we approach as well the iceberg of a Synod that would sink the Titanic that is the “Church of Vatican II.” The gates of Hell will not prevail against the Church that Christ established, but as the Arian crisis demonstrates, nearly the entire Church can fall prey to error without that promise having been voided. This is what Sister Lucia meant by “diabolical disorientation” in the Church, and this is what the Third Secret of Fatima foretells.