Perspectives on the Synod on the Family

BCI was on a plane a few days ago when someone seated nearby brought up the Catholic Church. By and by, the discussion turned to what we thought about what is going on in the Catholic Church today with the “Synod on the Family.”   The short answer is that BCI is very concerned about the future of the Catholic Church right now and we believe all should be concerned and be praying for the Church.  So much excellent commentary is out there on this issue that BCI will highlight a few we think are worth reading or listening to by all:

Cardinal Burke: Synod’s final report ‘misleading,’ lacks ‘clarity’ on indissolubility of marriage (Lifesite News): 

He focuses on paragraphs 84-86 on divorce and remarriage, saying this section is of “immediate concern because of its lack of clarity in a fundamental matter of the faith: the indissolubility of the marriage bond which both reason and faith teach all men.” He also says the way the quotation from Familaris Consortio is used is “misleading.”  Read more


The Synod explained via new media (Rorate Caeli)
“The Synod of Sin has concluded. For some perspective to understand the traditional position — from a non-traditional medium — we bring you two helpful tools. First up, a sermon from a traditional mission priest, looking at the present-day Church through the lens of Fyodor Dostoevsky. Click here to listen to this eye-opening sermon.

Second, see below for a video from The Remnant, featuring Dr. John Rao. Give it a few minutes, then buckle up:

“The failed Synod: everyone defeated; and Catholic morality in particular” (by Roberto  de Mattei, at Rorate Caeli)

The day after the XIV Synod on the Family, everyone seems to have won. Pope Francis has won, since he was able to find a compromising text among the opposing positions; the progressives have won since the approved text admits the divorced and remarried to the Eucharist; the conservatives have won, since the document doesn’t contain an explicit reference to Communion for the divorced [and remarried] and rejects “homosexual marriage” and the gender theory.

The morality of inculturation, that of “case by case”, relativizes and dissolves the moral law, which by definition is absolute and universal. There are no good intentions, nor extenuating circumstances which can transform a good act into a bad one or vice versa. Catholic morality does not admit exceptions: it is absolute and universal or it isn’t a moral law. The newspapers then are not wrong when they presented the final Relatio with this title: “The absolute prohibition for Communion to the divorced and remarried falls”.

In the end we find ourselves faced with an ambiguous and contradictory document, which permits everyone to shout victory; even if nobody has won anything. All have been defeated, starting with Catholic morality which emerges profoundly humiliated by the Synod on the Family concluded on October 24th.

Yes, some commentators say that the language in the final document does not expressly contradict Catholic Church moral teachings. However, the door has been cracked ajar with a tremendous amount of wiggle room. As Roberto de Mattei wrote, “The Relatio, doesn’t affirm the right for the divorced and remarried to receive Communion (and thus the right to adultery), but it denies the Church, de facto, the right to publically define as adulterous, the condition of the divorced and remarried, leaving the responsibility for evaluation [of this] to the conscience of the pastors and the divorced and remarried themselves.”

The absurdity of this notion is made impeccably clear by Cardinal Arinze, who said, people in objectively sinful situations can’t receive Holy Communion “in good conscience….There is such a thing as objective evil and objective good. Christ said he who [divorces his wife] and marries another, Christ has one word for that action, ‘adultery.’ That’s not my word. It is Christ’s word himself, who is humble and meek in heart, who is eternal truth. So, he knows what he’s saying.”

That such matters are now up for grabs is cause for grave concern. BCI believes all should be fasting and praying for Holy Mother Church.

10 Responses to Perspectives on the Synod on the Family

  1. John Doe says:

    It is shameful that you only support those who agree with you. You make no room for the Spirit and presume everything you believe to be absolute truth. This same mindset led to the crucifixion. The positive aspect of this site is that you offer a modern day witness to the Pharisees and High Priests who were fearful of Jesus. The Spirit elected Pope Francis. Stop spreading fear, division and hate and read the Gospel. We are created as expressions of God’s love.

  2. Terry says:

    John Doe you are the perfect example of where we will be going now that the SINOD is over …. Mr Doe and the rest of the happy VII campers will be only too thrilled with the outcome….the spirit has elected Francis?…what spirit might that be ? Fr James Martin invited by Cardinal Omalley to speak to Knights ….the spirit moving again….and it’s obvious as to which direction the church is being led …not a pretty picture!

    • Lance Adrean says:

      ‘and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’

      so tell me Terry, as we are just a handfull of days away from the SINOD being over … what exactly IS the outcome pray tell? … & when exactly do we know!?

  3. terry says:

    Well Lance, If I have to tell you then you certainly aren’t in agreement with the video above….FYI, the synod is over.

  4. John Doe says:

    Thank you for the letter and spiteful feedback. I thought the opening of today’s Gospel is a particularly appropriate challenge to those who sponsor and support this blog and its focus on tearing down any thought or insight that they hold.
    In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds,
    “Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes
    and accept greetings in the marketplaces,
    seats of honor in synagogues,
    and places of honor at banquets.
    They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext
    recite lengthy prayers.
    They will receive a very severe condemnation.”

    • CaptCrunch73 says:

      There was no spite in my previous response, be careful making false accusations, there is something in the Bible about that also.

      John Doe, you have twisted and distorted the Bible to support an agenda that Jesus NEVER said NOR intended. The letter in my previous demonstrates the twisting and distorting you are trying to present as authentic teaching of the Catholic Church.

      The Catechism of the Catholic Church states

      “Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh. ~ Catechism of the Catholic Church (675)”

      You have been deceived and are playing an active part in this deception, John Doe. It is not to late to come home to the authentic Catholic Church not the Church of man you are promoting.

      God bless!

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