I suppose they hoped that with passage of time, the interest of many Catholics might have waned. Well, some of us do have attention spans longer than those of ants. Recall that the synod fathers voted two weeks ago to remove particularly heretical paragraphs. The announcement came that they would remain, with the vote counts next to each. The votes appear at the bottom of the document. I share Father Z's disappointment that we don't know who voted which way. Why the big secret?
Well, that last part didn't happen on this English version from the website of the Vatican Press Office. I see no tally; that absence gives the distinct (and I believe deliberated) impression that the heretical elements passed through the synod vote with flying colors. You'll have to look closely, as it appears that the paragraph numbering was revamped.
One of the heretical suggestions is now paragraph 52, talking of giving divorced/remarried (e.g. adulterous) Catholics "access to the Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist". Later it goes into some blather about "penitential practice". Here are some problems with this. If one goes to Confession, they must confess all mortal sins; else they've just made a sacrilegious Confession, adding to their charge yet another mortal sin. If they confess their adultery, proper contrition demands that they quit their adulterous situations, not remain in them. Otherwise, they are not properly disposed to receive absolution. Of course if they aren't properly absolved through a worthy Confession, they are in no way eligible to receive Holy Communion as they will still be in a state of mortal sin. If we're going to talk about "penitential practice" there is absolutely no substitute for those that have been promulgated by the Church since her founding by Jesus Christ; anything else is an illusory pipe-dream, a false consolation that will probably lead to eternal perdition for those so duped into embracing it.
Paragraph 53 reiterates paragraph 52, with the difference being a focus on coddling the mortal sin of fornication as opposed to adultery. Again, what's being proposed by this SinNod here is nothing short of spiritual poison inspired by the evil one.
Paragraphs 55 and 56 touch upon those who suffer from homosexual tendencies. I am happy to see that the cr*p that extolled "sacrificial love" between two partners in sodomite sin was expunged. Let us pray that it stays expunged. I am wary of some elements within the hierarchy. In a saner time. that nonsense would never have been allowed to see the light of day, coming from the Vatican.
I don't know how this squares against other translations. I do know that the Pope said, in the SinNod's closing address, that we have one year to "mature". If that "maturation" means a return to understanding that we follow Jesus Christ and not the whims of the world, so be it. But given the cabal that de facto wrote that interim relatio without regard for the other synod fathers, I rather doubt it.
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