There had always been some question as to how much Pope Francis knew about that interim report when it was released to the public. LifeSiteNews quotes from Aletia who was informed in an interview with Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri that the Pope knew the contents of the report and approved its publication. The Cardinal stated, "The documents were all seen and approved by the Pope, with the approval of his presence. Even the documents during the [Extraordinary] Synod, such as the Relatio ante disceptatationem [the preliminary report], the Relatio post disceptationem [interim report], and the [final report] were seen by him before they were published." (emphasis mine)
If that is the case, the Pope deliberately let heresy masquerade as a legitimate Church document. Recall that this interim sin-nod report:
- talked of valuing homosexual orientation
- advocated to allow those living in adultery to receive Holy Communion
- blathered nonsense about the "positive aspects" of living in a homosexual relationship, i.e. mortal sin
Does this not put so many events of the past few months in a new light? Events such as:
- Summary dismissal of Cardinal Burke, who spoke against the interim report and who had contributed to the book "Remaining In The Truth Of Christ"
- The private audience with the lesbians last week
- His "be like rabbits" crack
- His rebuke of the soon-to-be mother of eight
We do have the promise from Our Lord that His Vicar will never solemnly promulgate error. However, there are many other ways that real harm can be done. You might recall that the lesbians were emboldened by his "who am I to judge" crack. And then there's the cop-out of "pastoral practice": the nonsense that dissident bishops use to disobey Canon 915, to neglect preaching on the evils of contraception. All these "maturation" efforts (and there will be more to follow!) seem to be calculated to brainwash Catholics into accepting the thinking behind the interim report. Even the way the report was released and the sin-nod conducted speak of a "ram-rod" effort to distort Church teaching in regards to marriage, sexuality and family.
I now link to a very worthwhile statement by the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy. They state well Our Lord's teachings on these matters.