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"Synod of Doom" Update

Blueprint for Subversion

by Christopher A. Ferrara
August 28, 2015

The Instrumentum or working document for the second session of the Synod of Doom from October 4-25 (which I will be covering for The Fatima Center) is nothing short of a blueprint for subversion of the Church’s entire moral edifice.  I urge every faithful Catholic to read the extensive analysis of this atrocious document by Voice of the Family (VOF), the international coalition of lay leaders from pro-life and pro-family groups that was formed to defend the family Church against the Synod on the Family.  The author, Matthew McCusker, has done a tremendous service to the Church.

As VOF’s report observes, the “interpretive key” to the whole Instrumentum is classic Modernist doubletalk: the Synod’s task, Instrumentum declares, is to read both the signs of God and human history, in a twofold yet unique faithfulness which this reading involves.” The notion that the Church’s constant teaching on marriage and family is subject to “human history” is pure Cardinal Kasper, whose heretical ravings (as quoted by VOF) include the following:

The God who is enthroned over the world and history as a changeless being is an offense to man… We must resist this God, however, not only for man’s sake, but also for God’s sake. He is not the true God at all, but rather a wretched idol. For a God who is only alongside of and above history, who is not himself history, is a finite God. If we call such a being God, then for the sake of the Absolute we must become absolute atheists. Such a God springs from a rigid worldview; he is the guarantor of the status quo and the enemy of the new.

The correspondence between Kasper’s historicized God and the “God of surprises” Francis had invoked at the conclusion of Synod 2014 was not easy to miss.

Further doubletalk appears in paragraph 7 of the Instrumentum, which contains the absurd affirmation that “[p]eople are becoming increasingly aware of the dignity of every person — man, woman and child,” only to admit in the same paragraph the truth of the exact contrary:

  • [o]nly a minority of people lives, supports and encourages the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage and the family…
  • [m]arriages, whether religious or not, are decreasing in number, while separation and divorce is on the rise…
  • young people are displaying a fear to make definitive commitments, including a commitment concerning a family…
  • extreme individualism, increasingly becoming widespread, focuses uppermost on gratifying desires…
  • [t]he development of a consumer society has separated sexuality from procreation…
  • an increasing decline in the birth rate… is related to poverty or the inability to care for children, and, others, to accept responsibility and to the idea that children might infringe on freely pursuing personal goals.

Confronted with a collapse in sexual morality and the disintegration of marriage and family in country after country since Vatican II, however, the Instrumentum does not propose that these “pastoral challenges” be met by a vigorous reaffirmation of the Church’s infallible doctrine and intrinsically related Church law and discipline.  Quite the contrary, as VOF’s report demonstrates meticulously, the 85 paragraphs the Instrumentum tacks onto the final report of Synod 2014 subversively reintroduce the very theme of the midterm report the Synod Fathers roundly rejected: a supposed need to relax Church discipline in order to accommodate the very situation John Paul II had called “silent apostasy” following the Synod of 1999. In the added paragraphs the “opening” to adulterous “second marriages,” cohabitation and “homosexual unions” in the midterm report had appeared again like a champagne cork bobbing to the surface from the deck of the Titanic, along with a generalized loosening of the Church’s teaching on marriage and procreation.

Herewith an extract from VOF’s executive summary of its indispensable analysis, which I stress must be read in its entirety in order to appreciate the magnitude of what the Synod controllers are attempting to pull off a few weeks from now:

  • Undermining the doctrine of Humanae Vitae by proposing a false understanding of the relationship between conscience and the moral law (paragraph 137);
  • Discussing artificial methods of reproduction without giving any judgement on the morality of such methods or making any reference to previous Catholic teaching, or to the enormous loss of human life that results from their use (paragraph 34);
  • Proposing the admission of the “divorced and remarried” to Holy Communion without amendment of life (paragraphs 120-125);
  • Reducing the indissolubility of marriage to the level of an “ideal” (paragraph 42);
  • Suggesting that cohabitation and “living together” have “positive aspects” and can, to some extent, be considered legitimate forms of union (paragraphs 57, 61, 63, 99, 102);
  • Preparing the ground for the acceptance of same-sex unions by acknowledging the need to define “the specific character of such unions in society” (paragraph 8);
  • Denying the full rights of parents regarding the provision of sex education to their children (paragraph 86).

I must agree with VOF’s conclusion that “the instrumentum laboris… threatens the entire structure of Catholic teaching on marriage, the family and human sexuality.”  May God protect His Holy Church from what the plotters behind this dismal text clearly have in mind.