A few weeks ago we heard that the sin-nod fathers were batting around the idea of decentralizing the Church to place more authority in the hands of national conferences of Catholic bishops. The world immediately realizes the ramifications for the German Catholics and I pointed out some similarly disastrous possibilities should the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops be imbued with undeserved authority.
Less than two weeks later we see evidence of damage that the USCCB will inflict. Yesterday the USCCB put out a press release stating that Catholic and Lutheran leaders released a document entitled "Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry and Eucharist". I linked to the article and that in turn links to the statement. It is a long tome. These Catholics are operating under the delusion that doctrinal differences can be talked away. What seems to be implicit in the notion of dialog is compromise. That, of course is impossible. The Roman Catholic Church has the fullness of truth because it comes from Jesus Christ. We cannot compromise one iota of that for we cannot tamper with what Jesus has given us. Yet such compromise is implicit throughout this document.
Yesterday I received news of another incident to occur this coming Monday. With the sin-nod in the past, the progressives are focusing again on Laudato Si. The Not-At-All Catholic Reporter announced that Cardinal Maradiaga will be featured at a panel discussion at Georgetown University. Also featured in this panel will be John Podesta, former Obama official who is now chairing Hillary Clinton's campaign. This dissent-fest will be moderated by John Carr. Maradiaga's and Carr's names are hyperlinked for a reason; I've written about them in the past and if you follow the links you'll see why these men are dissenters if not outright heretics. And yes, Maradiaga is one of the pope's top advisors; the pope has full responsibility for what he allows Maradiaga to utter.
Today I went to Mass at a parish that will remain unnamed. In the bulletin I saw the above event being announced. Knowing the priest to be faithful, I've no doubt that the announcement is in his bulletin only because its inclusion was dictated from "on high"; that is, orders came from the DC chancery and probably from the USCCB. So yes, we are just beginning to see the progressives feeling their oats as a result of the sin-nod. Those Catholics who are giddy simply because the "sin-nod wasn't all that bad" really need to remove your rose-colored glasses and start praying..