THE SERVANT GENERAL
BATTLE AT THE SYNOD
April 11, 2015
Indeed there is a battle going on. No, let me correct that.
There is a war going on. A vicious spiritual war. Not between
or among the prelates, though there are those who have taken
opposite sides. The war is between Satan, who seeks to destroy
faith, family and life, and God, who created everything as
good, sent His Son to save the world, and established His
Church to bring that world to salvation.
The stakes are high. It is the eternal destination of souls.
Liberals would extend false mercy and allow sinners to remain
in their sin. That ultimately leads to loss of their souls,
which Satan wants.
The stakes are also about the future of our Roman Catholic
Church. If she takes the first step into the slippery slope,
she will go the way of the Protestant Churches, which are
already lost to the faith, having embraced more and more the
culture of death including gender ideologies.
Cardinal Nichols rebukes those who talk about
upcoming ‘Synod as a battle’
LONDON, England, April 10, 2015 (SPUC ) – I was astonished
to read in the Catholic Herald that Cardinal Nichols
used his sermon at the Westminster Chrism Mass to claim that
it is wrong "to think or speak of this
Synod as a battle, a battle between contesting sides."
I was present in Rome during the Extraordinary Synod, working
with representatives of other pro-family organisations as
part of the Voice of the Family coalition. It was
plainly evident to us, after numerous meetings with prelates
on both sides of the divide, that a battle was taking place
over crucial aspects of Catholic teaching and discipline relating
to marriage and the family.
George Cardinal Pell, Prefect for the Economy, publicly stated
that "radical elements" within the hierarchy were
attempting to use the synod to undermine Catholic teaching
on questions such as cohabitation and homosexual unions. They
were, he said, using the issue of Holy Communion for the divorced
and "remarried" as a "stalking horse"
to help pursue these wider changes.
These attempts to undermine the doctrine of the Church were
strongly resisted on the floor of the synod hall, resulting
in a partial reversal of the radical agenda outlined in the
now notorious interim report. The final report remains gravely
flawed however, as outlined in Voice of the Family's
in-depth analysis .
This serious division between
leading prelates is widening as the Ordinary Synod approaches.
Cardinal Marx, Chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference,
has claimed that the Church in Germany is not “a subsidiary
of Rome” and that each bishops’ conference must
“preach the Gospel in its own, original way.”
Cardinal Müller, the Prefect of the Congregation for
the Doctrine of the Faith, has called this idea “absolutely
anti-Catholic” and another German, Cardinal Cordes,
has accused Marx of false mercy, “theological blurriness”
and language better suited to the “counter of a bar”.
Furthermore Swiss-German Cardinal, Kurt Koch, has stated that
the dissenters are trying to adapt the faith to the world
after the manner of some German Christians under the Nazi
This sounds like a battle to me.
Those interested in knowing what really happened before and
during the Extraordinary Synod will benefit reading from the
detailed narrative overview produced by Voice of Family.
I found Cardinal Nichols' comments particularly surprising
because he himself has taken part in the current battle over
Church teaching. I wrote last week about his disappointment
that language about homosexuality placed in the heterodox
interim report was removed from the synod's final report.
He has also expressed his openness to the admission of those
in public and unrepentant mortal sin to Holy Communion, which
would contradict twenty centuries of Catholic teaching.
I have previously documented many of Cardinal Nichols' statements
and actions relating to homosexuality and homosexual unions.
Re-published with permission from the blog of John Smeaton