The following comes from an Oct. 19 Reuters story
Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying on Sunday the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges.
Francis, who has said he wants a more merciful and less rigid Church, made his comments in a sermon to some 70,000 people in St. Peter’s Square for the ceremonial closing of a two-week assembly, known as a synod.
The working session of the gathering ended on Saturday night with a final document that reversed a historic acceptance of gays by the Church made just a week earlier — a result some progressives see as a setback for Francis.
“God is not afraid of new things. That is why he is continuously surprising us, opening our hearts and guiding us in unexpected ways,” the pope said.
At the Mass, he beatified Pope Paul VI, who died in 1978, bringing the pontiff best known for concluding the ground-breaking reforms of the Second Vatican Council and enshrining the Church’s ban on contraception a step closer to sainthood.
After an initial draft of the synod’s final document was released on Monday, conservative bishops vowed to row back on the upbeat tone adopted regarding gays, cohabitation and re-marriage, saying it would create confusion among the faithful and threatened to undermine the traditional family.
Francis dedicated most of his sermon to the synod, which tackled themes such as homosexuality, divorce, re-marriage, and same-sex couples ahead of a definitive gathering next October after more discussions at a local level around the world.
He said the Church had “to respond courageously to whatever new challenges come our way”. He spoke about courage a day after telling the bishops at their last working session to beware both “hostile rigidity” by doctrinal conservatives as well as “destructive good will” by those seeking change at any cost.
Francis called the synod, where some 200 bishops had heated debates on issues of sexual morality, “a great experience” because participants were able to speak “in true freedom and humble creativity”.
Now, he said, “the Church is called to waste no time in seeking to bind up open wounds and to rekindle hope in so many people who have lost hope”.
The pope, who urged the bishops to speak their minds frankly at the start of the meeting, told them on Saturday night that he would have been “worried and saddened” if there had not been such honest discussion during the gathering.
Voting tallies released by the Vatican showed that three controversial articles, including the final version of one concerning gays, won an absolute majority but failed to get the two-thirds vote needed for a broad consensus.
But the pope decided to keep even the botched articles, which would have been deleted under normal synod rules, in the final document, meaning the themes will be discussed locally ahead of next year’s assembly.
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Pope Francis “urged bishops to speak their minds frankly” at the beginning of the meeting. Look what happened to Cardinal Burke when he spoke his opinion; he was demoted. I guess they should only speak frankly when they agree with Pope Francis.
Pope Francis told Cardinal Burke weeks ago that he was going to be transferred. If he had not wanted him at the Synod, he could have transferred him before it.
Oh for petes sake, he was widely known to have been demoted long before the synod. Stop with your rhetorical bullets aimed at the pope.
It seems that following Church protocol does not matter much anymore: “But the pope decided to keep even the botched articles, which would have been deleted under normal synod rules, in the final document, meaning the themes will be discussed locally ahead of next year’s assembly.” Pope Francis will get what he wishes for; the ends justify the means.
I agree! Wish Cardinal Burke could be our Pope!
Very true, Sarah. We are seeing quite a meanness coming from Pope Francis. Beware anyone coming between him and the modernist/progressive agenda.
Pope Francis has one year to remove as many Faithful Cardinals/Bishops as he desires.
And appoint those with the ilk of Bishop Blasé Cupich, who will undoubtedly be made a Cardinal as the new head of the Chicago Diocese.
Remember that Cupich supports Sacrilege by allowing those obstinately in mortal sin to receive Holy Communion – in violation of 1 Cor 11:26-30, and Canon 915. And Cupich will not allow his Priests to say the Rosary outside of abortion clinics to save lives.
Someone needs to tell the Pope that it is NOT Merciful, Charitable or Pastoral to affirm, confirm or condone the actions of those who are obstinate in Mortal Sin.
This violates the teaching of Jesus – “Go and sin no more” Jn 8:11, etc.
For God’s mercy one must repent and this requires – sorrow of the soul,
and detestation for the sin committed,
together with the resolution not to sin again. (CCC 1451)
They (the magesterium) have grown so bold to try to fill the shoes of God Himself that for the pleasure of sinners, they wish to tell us God is wrong for His grevious displeasure of our sins, so what was sinful offenses against God since the beginning, is now nolonger the case.
This arrogant behavior reminds me of our own SCOTUS throwing out the laws of our land that was legally passed by our Legistlative and approved by our Executive US Branches of Government, or even worse, by popular votes of the people in formal propositions/referendums.
God bless the Pope for inviting mothers to the Synod of “fathers”.
There is nothing new under the sun. God knows all, and He is in control of the past and the future. Many of Pope Francis’ statements border on heresy, and they are all modernist in that they can have double meanings. Christ told us to say YES when we mean YES, and NO when we mean NO. To issue documents which are confusing, IS NOT CATHOLIC. So far, the words which Pope Francis has uttered are vague at best, and completely unorthodox when they are analyzed. Just like you cannot hold on to a greased pig, you cannot rely on modernist thoughts because they can mean anything you want them to mean. This is relativism, and I am not the first to notice this. Today, Patrick Buchanan wrote a very good article, which all who contribute to calcatholic.com should read. Ave Maria Purissima!
Why is this website publishing anything from Reuters? Their reporting is so biased and ugly against the Church that it’s obvious that they seek her destruction.
The TRUTH is the TRUTH no matter where it comes from.
“The Church’s Crisis of Faith and Mine
After this week, we cannot deny the public crisis in Rome.
By Maggie Gallagher – a senior fellow at the American Principles Project.
… I hope Cardinal Kasper is wrong. I hope he is delusional, so that I need not fear for my church or his faith, or mine.
But the combined public comments of Cardinals Burke and Kasper make the “nothing has changed, no worries” position of Catholic commenters untenable and disconnected from the truth very publicly now on display.
There is a crisis of faith taking place in public, in real time, in Rome.
When the final synod report comes out over the weekend, we will have a first glimpse of how serious and sustained that crisis is.
I wonder if Mr. McDermott has check in with Ms. Gallagher since the Synod’s final document was released, to see if she has returned to the fold? He would surely have to admit, if one was truly tested in one’s faith by the interim report of the Synod, so much so that if one had an opportunity to proclaim to the world via The National Review any message you wanted to send forth, not the evangelical message of the Gospel, but the doubt instilled in that Gospel by an interim report, that one is probably paying a little too much attention to the internal politics of the Church! I mean, did she recite the Creed this week at Sunday Mass, or did she skip it to comb through the particulars of what it said about gay people?
The fact that any in the Church hierarchy would allow such an ‘interim’ report to be produced – a dandelion head intended to sow confusion amid the hot air of ‘working document’ – is rather proof that those who should possess and profess the Faith, whole and entire, are unfortunately paying far too much attention to politics in lieu of the Gospel. Seeding agendas under the black tarp of the good aspects of sin. Talk about double speak.
Thank God the Holy Ghost was promised to protect the Church!
It was not really an interim report. It had nothing to do with politics. Where do you get this stuff? There are no good aspects of sin. You need a refresher course in Catholicism, pronto.
Anonymous, if you don’t think politics goes on among Bishops, then you are truly naive. It has nothing to do with my head, it is simply reality. And you dispute my use of the term interim report? Seriously?
When the Pope and his personally appointed Synod featured minions, such as Kasper, Dannell, Wuerl, etc., do his bidding – – – and he tells people not to be rigid regarding God’s Commandments, the Words in Sacred Scripture,
we can expect anything from him.
Most Bishops have not bothered to teach the Faith much at all (except for the Laity’s politics), and the Pope calls that “rigid” ? :(
In other words believe only the words Bergolio wants you to believe – so we can all be cafeteria Catholics.
Watch the 2015 Synod to find out if – REPENTANCE will become OPTIONAL.
GloriaTV – more on the Synod
Now Pope Francis is renting out the Sistine Chapel for non-religious corporate events, supposedly to raise money for the poor.
Yet he professes to be against capitalism.
The poor man can not make up his mind on anything ?
Or is everything he says duplicitous ?
One will now be able to attend Mass, and dream of driving a heavenly Porsche.
And naming rights is a great idea for even more money (after all Jesus told us money is where it’s at to get to Heaven).
The potential of this is great! Do you think they could perhaps have temporary naming rights for “donations”?
The Tostitos Sistine Chapel during May, for Cinco de Mayo!
The Chase Manhattan St. Peter’s Basilica.
The colonnade of square has a lot of ad space. Vestments could have Nike flashes and motor oil logos,
How unbelievably disgraceful!
No wonder Our Lady of Akita said that she is sad!
Church approved Message of Our Lady of Akita, Japan
“The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see Cardinals opposing Cardinals, Bishops against other Bishops. The priests who venerate Me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres (other priests). *Churches and altars will be sacked.* The Church will be full of those who accept compromises, and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.
“The demon will be especially implacable against the souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of My sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will no longer be pardon for them.
“…Pray very much the prayers of the Rosary. I alone am able to still save you from the calamities which approach. Those who place their confidence in Me will be saved.”
He’s not against capitalism, please stop spreading division with lies.
Anonymous, you make statements and never have a clue what you are talking about.
In his “Evangelii Gaudium” he went after capitalism calling it a tyranny, and stating everyone must share the wealth. – Neither of which are teachings of the Church, merely that of his ownBergoglio.
When he makes up his own stuff with no foundation in Catholic teaching, he is ignorable.
This is just like telling us to repent with the exceptions of practicing homosexuals, and those continuing to commit adultery, and unmarried fornicators.
Or is his message that repentance is unnecessary because he is giving out his personal mercy ?
Luke 3:9 Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
10 And the multitudes asked him, “What then shall we do?”
11 And he answered them, “He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.”
Catholic Tradition is not supportive of capitalism. Pope John Paul II condemned communism by saying that it was really just capitalism by the state.
You are really way off base here either because you do not know what the Pope has said or you do not know the teachings of the Church or both.
No Anonymous, you got it wrong again.
The Church teaches that all forms of collectivism, and communism, and socialism and capitalism are wrong.
And safeguards private property rights – also including God’s Commandment of “Thou Shall NOT Steal”.
CCC: 1885 & 2425 & 2411.
Every pope since at least Leo has been critical of untamed captialism, and he is no different. That is not to say he is opposed to it. You don’t like that he might impact your life, so you are critical of him, and of me. His work and words are more based in Catholic social teaching than you know, because you don’t listen to what the Church has been trying to teach for over a hundred years.
Unbridled Capitalism, Socialism, Communism are all means to dominate the individual freedom of the many by the few on the top.
All are condemned by the Catholic Church, However, make no bones about it this Pope is using Marxist tactics to control and dominate the believers in the Catholic Church so he and progressive unbelievers can control wealth of Church .
Wow, we have fertile imaginations here at CCD! Caterine says Pope Francis uses “Marxist tactics to control and dominate the believers in the Catholic Church so he and progressive unbelievers can control wealth of Church .” So the Pope is controlling and dominating believers in the Catholic Church. I suppose that is a very protestant view of the Petrine Ministry.
I can’t believe you would call the Pope duplicitous. Can’t you even grant the man a fair hearing?
YFC, he has been in Office since March 2013 – 1 3/4 years, and either he or his minions have to correct 80% of what he says in public because it violates Church teaching.
Sometimes he contradicts himself in the same statement.
Will the real Pope please stand up.?
Debra, you are falsely accusing the Pope.
The secular media has an agenda.
I have never seen Pope Francis say anything that violates Church teaching. The media is spinning things for their own ends.
I don’t read the secular media about what the Pope says.
I read Catholic media including his own press media at the Vatican.
In addition, his actions speak just as loud as his words.
His pushing to allow those choosing to live in mortal sin – divorced and civilly remarried, and those living a homosexual lifestyle, and those fornicating to receive Holy Communion definitely violates the doctrine of our Faith – both in Holy Scripture and the CCC.
Remember Francis is the one who made Kasper and Danneels featured speakers at the Synod which gave them a great amount of press. He appointed Wuerl to be a member. Do you think Francis is so stupid he did not know what he was doing?
I think Francis is smart like a fox, but underestimated the Catholic media.
He also appointed Blasé Cupich to be the new head of the Chicago Diocese. This speaks volumes without words. It sends a chilling message throughout the USA.
Debra, when once did he say anything that violates Church teaching?? Seriously I think conservatives should listen more and complain much less.
Just noticing that 5 days later, neither Debra nor anyone else can point to anything that Francis said that violates Church teaching. This in itself is telling.
To be fair, Francis speaks in the language of spirituality, especially Jesuit spirituality, not the language of canon law or doctrinal statements. It is somewhere along the lines of Pope Saint John Paul II’s poetry. To look to JP’s poetry for doctrinal certainty would be an absurdity, yet we are looking to Francis to make pontifical doctrinal statements every time he opens his mouth. He is a tremendously Holy man dedicated to his ministry, and we are missing that because we want him to be making infallible statements after every Italian espresso he consumes.
But I renew my challenge to find a single instance in which he has spoken against Church teaching, since you all are the ones making that charge.
There are such things as sins of omission, YFC. Funny, since you’re such a faithful Catholic that you do not comprehend that very basic concept. Like the parent who let’s the children run free only to watch them get run over on the highway, starve, kill their brother, steal, get hooked on drugs etc.
“But I didn’t say anything, Officer. I didn’t DO anything,” the parents could blubber amid false tears when the police come with charges of neglect.. “I just told them to have fun and make a mess.”
You may believe that the silence of folks on CCD with regard to your ‘challenge’ is telling, but it is the silence of the Pope that is disturbing in this pontificate. He needs the prayers of faithful to gird him up to do that which IS right, and that includes speaking with clarity.
As others have correctly stated:
It is not merciful, charitable, or pastoral to affirm, confirm, or condone those choosing to live in the state of Mortal Sin.
It is duplicitous to state otherwise.
It is sacrilege to provide Holy Communion to those choosing to live in the state of Mortal Sin. To state otherwise is duplicitous.
It is duplicitous to state that we should follow Holy Scripture and the CCC and then state do not be “rigid”. In this case rigid means CHANGING Church teaching.
This is being duplicitous.
Although Francis is not usually consistent and clear,
the Doctrine of the Faith is consistent and clear.
Both the synod and the beatification were disasters. Lord deliver us from this mockery of all that is good, holy and true.
I have a question who are these “scrupulous” modern day “Traditionalists” and those who “imagine that they see disputations in the Church” that Pope Francis speaks of, that attended the Synod? He seemed to think they are important, enough to as to reprimand them. Where the SSPX bishops participating in the Synod? I am not calling the SSPX scrupulous. In many circles they call themselves “Traditionalists” that’s where I have heard of the term traditionalist before. However I have never heard in any reference of the current hierarchy being called a “Traditionalist” or calling themselves a “Traditionalist”. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? It seems the pope used the term “traditionalist” in a derogatory way?
I took it to mean he was speaking specifically of Cd. Burke and a few of the othe orthodox bishops, Susanne. Having seen the then Bp.Bergoglio’s tangoing couple on the dais in front of the altar immediately following Mass video, I rather think he and Cd Burke have little in common. Maybe they can hire out the Sistine Chapel to Dancing With the Stars?
Suzanne, he was talking about temptations not about specific people or groups of people. You should re-read the address. You are not understanding it.
By calling people secular names he is a cause of division.
In Church teaching there is no such thing a traditionalist or conservative or liberal.
There are only Faithful Catholics, and heretics.
Let this Pope start using CORRECT language. – But then of course he would be pointing his figure at some of his buddies like Kasper and Danneel.
The traditionalist in the Catholic church today are for example people who rigidly attend Mass every Sunday. Rigidly Support their Parish and Catholic community . Rigidly support charities and help their neighbors and friends and family when they can to the best of their ability, yes they are sinners , so they rigidly go to confession regularly and ask for forgiveness of their sins and try to do better in their life. They rigidly support pro life candidates knowing that murdering unborn babies is a mortal sin. Pray for divorced people in their families. Pray for their children who are living in ungodly relationships. They still love and see them often but the adult children know their life style is not being condoned. Love them unconditionally, no matter what but never lied to.
They rigidly protect all life which is a “fragile gift” from God and so are wary of war mongers. God rigidly protect the Church and her People!
Brilliant Catherine! I rigidly concur.
I think a more substantive understanding of the pope is emerging. It’s either hang lose or hang together?
No, Catherine, that is not at all what the Pope meant. You are seeking victimhood where none exists.
Please show me where in the Bible or CCC the words “traditionalist” is stated.
The words (definition of) heresy etc., can be found in CCC 2089.
Hmmmm… Most Interesting – recognizing both the ‘rigidly linear and goody two shoes’ ends of the spectrum, and dealing with both. Hope for the many indeed..
Michael Voris recaps the surprisingly good developments today from the Vatican.
Taken from The Servant of God Fr. John Hardon S.J. Archives – Catholic Catechism on Homosexuality
Father John Hardon S.J. was warning the faithful about using the word “gifts” and also about the strategy of “Gradualism”
In light of the recent Synod please read #31 # 68 # 69
31. What are some statements made by those who defend homosexuality?
The number of these statements is almost beyond counting. The following is only one example of how wide spread and how deep is the defense of homosexuality by professedly Catholic writers and teachers.
A notorious speech was given by a member of the hierarchy at a national conference of professed Catholics who are openly homosexual. The quotation is rather long but deserves to be given because of its devastating implication. Says the bishop:
I can’t tell you the number of letters I have received from priests who say they are gay, but they are afraid to come out. What a loss that is to our Church. If they were willing to stand up on Sunday morning in front of the community and say who they really are, our Church would much more fully and effectively appreciate the gifts that homosexuals can bring to the whole community of our Church and our society as well. I encourage this because I hope within our Church every gay person, every lesbian person, and every transgender person will come out. Because that is how our Church is going to truly change, when everyone from this homosexual community is…courageous enough to come out. **Please come out, come forward! Share your “gifts” with the Church!**
continued from October 21, 2014 at 10:30pm
68. How do professed Catholics further promote the practice of homosexuality?
They do so by receiving support from priests, even bishops, and from religious men and women.
69. What is at the heart of the strategy of the promoters of homosexuality among Catholics?
In one word, the heart of this strategy is “gradualism”. It is assumed that homosexuality will not soon be approved by all Catholics, and still less soon by Catholic Church authority. The following quotation is lengthy, but it deserves to be quoted in full. Publicly stated by the chairman of the Department of Moral Theology at the Catholic University of Louvain, it clearly expresses the gradualist strategy for the Church’s acceptance of sodomy.
“Is the teaching going to continue to evolve? With respect to the homosexual relationship, will it evolve toward encompassing it? Yes, it will! We have already taken the first step. Begrudgingly as we might like to admit, even the teaching of the Church has recognized the homosexual person, the homosexual orientation. It may be very uncomfortable with its own statements, but it’s there! The homosexual person is a person and no less of a person than anyone else. This is the first step.
The second step is the recognition of the homosexual relationship. I think we are virtually on the edge of accepting the homosexual relationship. The Church will accept the homosexual relationship, like those divorced and remarried: We must live as brother and sister or brother and brother and sister and sister as the case may be… [The audience laughs.] What is important is that the relationship be recognized as a valuable, fruitful, meaningful, affirmative, creative relationship. We are on the verge of accepting this.
The third step is: Can we accept the homosexual act? Before we can talk about the morality of the homosexual act, we have to define it, to understand exactly what it is…. Our whole understanding of human sexuality needs to be rewritten, but rewritten not from a “procreative or reproductive” point of view. It needs to be rewritten from a ‘relational’ point of view” (The Meanings of Human Sexuality, New Ways Ministry, Fourth National Symposium).”
They should come out. Who do you say I am
The speech Pope Francis gave was his synopsis of what took place during the two week Synod was it not? He just didn’t reach into thin air and claimed these said “temptations” where being had by participant Cardinals and Bishops of the Synod if they weren’t happening? Do you honestly believe he would just make something up like that? Obviously it was very important to him to mention it his speech.
So again, one of the questions is, who are these bishops and Cardinals with said “temptations”?
The ones specifically appointed as featured speakers by Pope Francis, himself.
They are the only ones who want to throw God’s teaching under the bus.
I actual read Pope Francis’s speech several times and each time had more questions on what he was saying. His termalogy he used needs to be defined and clarified so those of us that are confused can grasp what he means in his Synod speech.
Pope Francis confuses on purpose.
Although we must always respect the Office, there have been bad Popes in the history of the Church.
Abp on Confusion at the Synod.
Bishop Tobin regarding the Pope making a MESS – mission accomplished.
Even the ex-Catholic bashing lost souls on the television show ‘The View’ see the direction that is being pushed. This is terrible because the world is also being taught by the media that this is the direction that is desired by Pope Francis. This is orchestrated gradualism. The desired end justifies the means no matter how confusing and wounding this is to the Mystical Body of Christ. You are correct, we must respect the office and continue to pray for Pope Francis and it is no act of charity to remain silent and pretend that this gradualism is not taking place. Even lost Hollywood recognizes this.
NICOLLE WALLACE: I hope that, maybe in another generation, if Pope Francis can push the church where I think he wants to push it. I think what happened, we talked about it this week, where they came out with the report that had much more loving language about everyone’s humanity and —
O’DONNELL: And I felt so good.
WALLACE: We felt so good.
O’DONNELL: Every gay person who was Catholic or raised Catholic was like, “is this actually happening?” The next day, they were like, “sorry, no.”
WALLACE: But I think it’s in Pope Frances’s heart to move in that direction.
– See more at: https://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2014/10/24/liberal-diversity-all-four-view-hosts-bash-catholic-church#sthash.Ke4dPGed.dpuf
I think the Pope should mandate intensive Catechism programs, worldwide, just as in pre-Vatican II days. Then, there would be far less problems, for his Synod! I recently read a story about some Catholic children, who would often visit their beloved aunt, a divorced and civilly remarried Catholic, in the pre-Vatican II era. She often walked to daily Mass, with her nieces and nephews. She encouraged the children to go to Communion– while she remained in the pew, praying. When the children got older– they knew why their prayerful aunt never received Communion. They also knew, that even eligible Catholics don’t always go to Communion. One must be well-prepared! It is very important, regardless– to always go to Mass, pray, follow the Mass– and be close to God! Catholics not eligible or prepared for Communion– can always pray for God’s help, in their situations, and perhaps make a Spiritual Communion. Life is not always easy! But the Pope cannot change Christ’s teachings, with his Synod. All he can do, is instruct his Catholics well, and make a good Church for them!
“Even a Pope can not alter mortal truth or Catholic doctrine, if he tries…” –
Helping people in mortal sin to receive Holy Communion, while continuing immoral relationships, is not helping them by telling them wrong is right. The Catechism of the Catholic Church has doctrine contradictory to what many bishops, and even the pope, are trying to push.
Since Pope Francis does not what us to be “rigid”, – – – – – – what teaching (below) does he want us to throw under the bus ? ? ? ? ?
Please be specific.
“Thou shall not commit Adultery” – GOD’s Commandment
Ex 20:14 ; Deut 5:18.
“Thou shall not covet thy Neighbor’s wife” – GOD’s Commandment
Ex 20:17 ; Deut 5.20.
Teachings of JESUS about divorce and remarriage – Mk 10:6-12; Mt 5:32.
Teaching of JESUS about adultery, mercy, and required repentance – “Go and Sin NO more” – Jn 8:11.
(CCC 1650 & 1651)
Teaching about homosexual acts:
Gen 19:1-29; Rom 1:24-27; 1 Cor 6:10; 1 Tim 1:10; Jude 1:7
(CCC 2357, 2358, 2359 & 2396)
St Paul – 1 Cor 11:27-30 about condemnation for receiving Holy Communion unworthily.
(CCC 2120, 1451)
CCC: ” 81 Sacred Scripture is the speech of God as it is put down in writing under the breath of the Holy Spirit.
And [Holy] Tradition transmits in its ENTIRETY the Word of God which has been entrusted to the apostles by Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit.
It transmits it to the successors of the apostles so that, enlightened by the Spirit of truth, they may faithfully preserve, expound and spread it abroad by their preaching. “
The Synod and the Media: Culpable Naïveté or Shrewd Calculation? | Catholic World Report – Global Church news and views
Michael Voris of Church Militant TV – Makes a Clarification and a Mea-Culpa regarding the Synod, which is well worth seeing for the information therein, and witnessing to his own personal example of contrition – which is so unlike the lamesteam media:
“We approached the story and its details strictly from a journalistic point of view. In hindsight, that was a mistake because ANOTHER unintended impression was generated – that we were criticizing the Pope.
I could give a number of reasons why we didn’t forsee this – being close to the story here on the ground, being tired etc., but they aren’t sufficient to offset the unintended impression.
Given that some people may think we were criticizing the Pope, it was wrong to air the story. I alone made the decision so the responsibility is entirely mine.
…the harm has come in that some individuals have interpreted this report as being a criticism of the Pope, and by extension the Papacy, and by further extension the Church.
To whatever degree this has happened, again, I am to blame.
But others have taken my mistake and DELIBERATELY ran with it to imply that I and/or the apostolate have now hopped on the bandwagon of publicly criticizing the Pope.
A very clear distinction needs to be made here. There are those in the Catholic blogosphere who do not like the pope and openly mock him and have practically created a cottage industry out of combing thru every syllable he utters and producing reams of criticisms over them.
Please watch the video at the bottom – There is a suggesting that there will be a tonal change at the parish levels. So-called tonal changes have already ushered in a pandora’s box of devastation in the vineyard. Faithful pastor’s are going to have to be more courageous in tone than before. … Jesus said, “He who is not with me, is against me.”
Taken from Father Z’s blog
The God of Surprises author was vice chair for the British Call to Action apostate group.
Family Synod Lasting Harm
by Steve Wood
This is an article by a convert Steve Woods.