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Phony Synod Update:  The Stench Deepens

by Christopher A. Ferrara
March 2, 2015

The stench emanating from the Phony Synod grows by the day as we approach its second, even more phony, session in 2015. Phony Synod II is already being controlled and stacked in favor of a new revolution in the Church.  Consider­ such preparatory measures as a questionnaire filled with loaded questions that practically dictate the responses the Phony Synod controllers require.  Here is just one gem from the questionnaire’s introductory paragraphs:

The proposed questions which follow and the reference numbers to the paragraphs in the Relatio Synodi are intended to assist the bishops’ conferences in their reflection and to avoid, in their responses, a formulation of pastoral care based simply on an application of doctrine, which would not respect the conclusions of the Extraordinary Synodal Assembly and would lead their reflection far from the path already indicated.

How stupid do they think the faithful are?  At Phony Synod I we were told that the Synod Fathers were merely considering the “application” of doctrine, not any change in doctrine as such.  When that didn’t work out as planned, because the Synod Fathers actually applied doctrine in rejecting the “opening” to “gays” and Holy Communion for public adulterers, as recommended in the positively Luciferian “midterm report,” the Controllers decided to take a different tack for Phony Synod II. Now the Synod Fathers are to avoid applying doctrine at all because “simply” to apply doctrine­ — as if bishops could do anything else in keeping with their divinely imposed duty — would “not respect the conclusions of the Extraordinary Synodal Assembly.”

That is a flat out lie.  The conclusions of the Synod majority did apply doctrine in the final report rejecting the phony midterm report, which the Fathers had not been allowed to see before Francis ordered its publication on the Vatican website and its distribution to the press.  (The only exceptions are the three controversial paragraphs in the final report that leave the door open to reconsideration of the “gay” issue and Communion for adulterers. But these paragraphs did not receive the required 2/3 majority.  Francis ordered them included in the final report anyway, ignoring the Synod’s own rules.)

Just how foul the machinations of the Synod Controllers are was revealed by Father Zuhlsdorf’s blog on February 25 before the stroke broke big on Catholic World Report.  As “Father Z” reports, citing an article by the journalist Manfred Ferrari, the book by five Cardinals (including Burke and Müller) defending the Church’s traditional teaching and discipline regarding the impossiblity of Communion for divorced and “remarried” Catholics who continue their sexual relations, entitled Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church­, was removed from the Synod Fathers’ mailboxes after personal copies were mailed to them for use during the Synod Proceedings.

As “Father Z” protests: “That’s called theft.  That’s called illegal.  They stole people’s mail.  Please correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t that a crime in, I think, every country?  The Vatican City State… that’s a country… isn’t it?”

But who stole it?  Ferrari’s article “indicates that the heist was ordered by Card. Baldisseri, who is the head of the office of the Synod of Bishops.”  This has since been confirmed by the respected Vatican journalist Edward Pentin: “the allegations have become more widely known and have been corroborated at the highest levels of the church.”

And now even the resolutely middle-of-the-road Catholic World Report is confronting the glaringly obvious questions about Pope Francis’ role in this sordid affair, by which I mean not only the theft of the books but the Synod in general:

…. it raises questions about the transparency and openness that supposedly marks the current pontificate. If these allegations are true, will they be properly addressed? If not, it may well raise further questions about the reforms that Francis is pursuing in the Curia. Put simply, are these the sort of actions that a pope wishes to be taking place, especially after having renounced “the sickness of rivalry and vainglory” during “his Christmas address to the Curia.”

Ferrari, notes “Father Z,” ended his piece with this ironic observation: “This episode took place in the Vatican and not in the Kremlin .…”  Not quite so ironic after all, as the Stalinization of the Catholic Church since Vatican II is something this writer has noted more than once, in fact, only days ago.

Never in the history of the Church has there been a spectacle like this in Rome. But then, never in the history of the Church have the faithful witnessed what was predicted in the Third Secret of Fatima (in the text we have yet to see) and is coming to pass today: a state of apostasy that, to recall the worlds of Cardinal Ciappi, “begins at the top.”