Too many otherwise intelligent Catholics are absolutely gloating over the outcome of the synod claiming "we won", often with snark and guffaws at those of us who take a more sober look at the proceedings. One of those concerned Catholics is none other than Cardinal Burke. In an interview with Edward Pentin, he opined that the final report was "misleading" and lacks clarity on indissolubility of marriage. He is focusing on paragraphs 84-86. I urge you to read the interview.
From Voice of the Family we hear concerns about paragraph 58. Apparently the majority of the prelates there voted for its inclusion: a paragraph that rejects Church teaching that states that parents are the sole authority over children's education regarding sexual matters. The article points out that this paragraph has on it the paw prints of the United Nations. In league with Planned Parenthood and other progressive cabals, the UN seeks to usurp the role of parents in moral formation of children. Paragraph 58 of the sin-nod-slop plays right into their hands.
We also have an editorial from LifeSiteNews pointing out that what is not present is a clear affirmation of Catholic teaching regarding homosexuality and the mortally sinful nature of homosexual acts. The lack of reiteration of Catholic teaching does in fact send a message that the teaching is not binding on man as a dictate from God.
As we can all see, the fallout from the sin-nod is just starting to appear. There will be more work done in examining the final report. More importantly and more ominously, we will see within the next few months some insidious implementations of "the spirit of the synod" (I bet that phrase will enter progressive lexicons presently) in our dioceses and parishes. This will vary according to the proclivities of local prelates. In short, I expect the Archdiocese of Washington to continue its embrace of "social justice" crap while punishing priests who dare to uphold marriage and Holy Communion.
Stay tuned. There will be more.
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