As Opposition to the Phony Synod Rises,
Francis Says “Gossip” Against It Must Cease
by Christopher A. Ferrara
March 26, 2015
In a major setback for the radically progressive controllers of the Phony Synod, who are gearing up and stacking the deck for another assault on Holy Matrimony, nearly 500 priests in England have signed an open letter, published in The Catholic Herald, which contains this stunning declaration: “We affirm the importance of upholding the Church’s traditional discipline regarding the reception of the sacraments, and that doctrine and practice remain firmly and inseparably in harmony.”
Just as stunning is the concluding paragraph: “We urge all those who will participate in the second Synod in October 2015 to make a clear and firm proclamation of the Church’s unchanging moral teaching, so that confusion may be removed, and faith confirmed.”
The message these courageous priests are sending is loud and clear: We do not trust the Phony Synod, which in its first session produced a phony “midterm report” — never approved or even seen beforehand by the Synod Fathers — that called precisely for an abandonment of the Church’s traditional discipline regarding the reception of the sacraments on a “case-by-case basis,” meaning every case (as if we didn’t know).
At the same time this unprecedented letter appears, LifeSiteNews has just published another interview with Cardinal Burke in which he exposes what can only be called the evil at the heart of this sham of a Synod. In response to the interviewer’s observation that the Synod has provoked moral confusion that is “already producing adverse effects among Catholics” the Cardinal replied:
Most certainly, it is. I hear it myself: I hear it from Catholics, I hear it from bishops. People are claiming now, for instance, that the Church has changed her teaching with regard to sexual relations outside of marriage, with regard to the intrinsic evil of homosexual acts. Or people who are within irregular matrimonial unions are demanding to receive Holy Communion, claiming that this is the will of the Holy Father. And we have astounding situations, like the declarations of the bishop of Antwerp with regard to homosexual acts, which go undisciplined, and so we can see that this confusion is spreading, really, in an alarming way.
Taking aim at the Synod’s controllers, the Cardinal warned of “individuals who obviously had a very strong influence on the synod process who were pushing an agenda which has nothing to do with the truth about marriage as Our Lord Himself teaches it to us, as it is handed down to us in the Church…. That agenda had to do with trying to justify extra-marital sexual relations and sexual acts between persons of the same sex and, in a way, clearly to relativize and even to obscure the beauty of the Church's teaching on marriage as a faithful, indissoluble, procreative union of one man and one woman.”
The Cardinal noted that even the teaching of John Paul II only 34 years ago — affirming the impossibility of Holy Communion for public adulterers — is being ignored, “leaving the impression that the Church had no teaching in these areas.” This development, said the Cardinal, is “very extraordinary. It’s stunning. I found it hard to believe as I witnessed it. In fact, I believe some people refuse to believe it’s true because it’s absurd.”
Absurd indeed. And alarming indeed. So alarming that nearly five hundred priests in England — who could hardly be dismissed as “radical traditionalists” — have sounded the alarm in an unprecedented way.
Seeing the rising opposition to his “Synod on the Family,” which is widely perceived as a frontal attack on the family, Francis has issued another of his finger-wagging rebukes of insufficiently progressive Catholics: “Everyone — cardinals, bishops, priests, men and women religious, lay faithful — we are all called to pray for the synod. This is what is needed, not chatter and gossip!”
In other words, the entire hierarchy and all the laity must be quiet about the Phony Synod’s blatantly subversive agenda. We must simply pray instead. But pray for what? Pray that the Synod will uphold Catholic doctrine? But why should we have to pray that a Synod of Catholic bishops will be Catholic? The disquieting answer comes from Francis himself (however inadvertently):
And so here is what, together with my collaborators, we have thought to propose today: to renew prayer for the Synod of Bishops on the Family. Let us relaunch this commitment until next October, when the Ordinary Synodal Assembly dedicated to the family will take place.
I would like this prayer, like the entire synodal journey, to be animated by the compassion of the Good Shepherd for his flock, especially for persons and families who for various reasons are “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd”…
Thus, sustained and animated by the grace of God, the Church will be able to be even more committed, even more united in the witness to the truth of God’s love and of his mercy for families in the world, no one excluded, either inside or outside the fold.
This kind of talk is exactly what the nearly 500 priests, Cardinal Burke, and concerned Catholics around are worried about: demagogic ambiguity concerning a “synodal journey” to some unknown destination at which imaginary “harassed and helpless families” who supposedly have no shepherd — as if the Church has abandoned Catholic families — will rejoice to find “no one excluded, either inside or outside the fold.”
Come on! We all know what this means, so let us stop pretending, shall we? It means Communion for public adulterers and the “opening” to “homosexual unions” and cohabitating heterosexuals indicated in the phony midterm report that Francis approved and ordered to be published before the Synod majority had a chance to reject it, which it did, resoundingly.
And it is no coincidence that while Francis is demanding “prayer for the Synod” rather than what he belittles as “chatter and gossip” — i.e. legitimate objections to the Synod’s subversive activity — one of the very collaborators he mentions, Cardinal Kasper, who is leading the drive to admit public adulterers to Holy Communion, is saying the same thing: “We should all pray for it [the Synod] because a battle is going on.”
A battle is indeed going on. A battle that should never have happened. A battle to defend the integrity of Catholic doctrine, based on Divine Revelation, against the Phony Synod’s devious attempts to undermine it.
The only thing we should be praying for is the Phony Synod’s utter failure to complete its “journey” to disaster. On that score, The Fatima Center will join the nearly 500 priests, Cardinal Burke, Bishop Schneider, the hierarchies of Africa and Poland and a growing number of Catholics in every nation in continuing to speak out against the Phony Synod until it is finally over and Catholic doctrine is safe from its attacks.
Our opposition to the Phony Synod is not “chatter and gossip.” It is legitimate resistance to a manifestation of the diabolical disorientation in the Church that figures largely in the integral Third Secret of Fatima.