Dismantle: Church Restructure through Synodality – the “Decentrlization” Francis Seems Poised to Impose
Dismantle: Church Restructure through Synodality
The Destructive Program for “Decentralization” Francis Seems Poised to Impose
By John Vennari
Note: This is an updatd excerpt from what appeared in the May, 2015 Catholic Family News. It helps lay out the dynamic now in place at October Synod.
During the 2015 Ordinary Synod, we’ve heard discussion of the possiblity of “regionalism,” that is, allowing national bishops conferences to decide diverse “pastoral policies” regarding the Eucharist for the divorced and civiliy remarried, cohabitation and even homosexuality. In an October 15 interview, Raymond Cardinal Burke rightly said that the proposed “regional diversity” is ” simply contrary to Catholic Faith and life. ”
Yet Pope Francis himself in an October 17 speech brandished his resolve to “decentralize” the Church, even if he has to impose this decentralization from the top down, which would be a perfiduous abuse of authority.
This un-Catholic “regionalism” and de-centralization did not appear suddently at the Synod, it has a history.
“Decentralization” and Church Restructure
A destructive new program now in the works, which had been flying under the radar of most concerned Catholics, but is now coming to light by means of the Synod now undersay. It is the proposed radical restructure of the Church based on the modernist thinking of Cardinal Martini, Cardinal Lehmann, Cardinal Danneels, Cardinal Kasper, Archbishop John Quinn, and yes, even Jorge Bergoglio. This new program is the basis for the “regionalism” now being voiced at the 2015 Synod on the Family.
Anyone who is familiar with the St. Gallen group will know what I’m talking about.
This group was quietly formed in 1999 during the administration of John Paul II.
In order to prevent what they consider to be meddlesome interference from the Vatican, the St. Gallen group worked for a fuller development of Vatican II’s teaching on collegiality and synodality, with the ultimate aim of giving Bishops’ conferences more autonomy from Rome.
Proposals include granting national bishops conferences full doctrinal authority, the freedom to choose and appoint their own bishops, final say over liturgical questions and more.
In short, the radicals want to unleash on Church structure the same destructive force they unleashed on the Mass following Vatican II.
Ultimately, this restructuring is for the unopposed proliferation of even more heterodox doctrine, morals and pastoral practice. The post-Conciliar synods are a major force, brandished with zeal under the Bergoglio pontificate, to achieve this end.
The St. Gallen Group
The St. Gallen group is a cadre of bishops organized by Bishop Ivo Furere from the diocese of St. Gallen, Switzerland, who are working towards more collegiality and synodality in the Church.
Its members comprise a who’s who of contemporary modernist prelates:
• the late Jesuit Cardinal Carlo Martini of Milan;
• Cardinal Godfried Danneels of Belgium;
• Cardinal Lehmann of Mainz;
• Cardinal Walter Kasper of Germany;
• Cardinal Comac Murphy-Conner of England;
• The thoughts and ideas of Archbishop John Quinn, author of the best-selling progressivist book, The Reform of the Papacy.
These prelates are modernists, all; heterodox, all; perfidious, all, scandalous, all; Vatican II enthusiasts, all; deadly committed to their revolution, all.
And they appear to be some of Papa Bergoglio’s favorite thinkers.
For example, Francis has lavished unqualified praise on Cardinal Martini and Cardinal Kasper, two of the boldest radicals of our time.
Likewise, in 2012, while still Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Bergoglio told Archbishop Quinn, that he had read Quinn’s book [The Reform of the Papacy], and is hoping that what it proposes will be implemented. 
The Saint Gallen group contains prelates who chaffed at Pope John Paul II and his allegedly conservative manner in governing the Church.
For example, Pope John Paul and Cardinal Ratzinger insisted that when Bishops held their national conferences and issued statements, Rome still needed to review what they produce, and either approve or disapprove their final documents before release; Liturgical translations also needed to be cleared with Rome before publication; the Vatican may step in an censure of radical theologian, even if that theologian enjoys the support of the national episcopate, etc. St. Gallen prelates disdain this as bothersome papal intrusion.
These same St. Gallen bishops were horrified to hear Cardinal Ratzinger, then-head of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, insist that the universal Church is “ontologically prior” to the local Church, and thus needs guidance by the universal pastor, the Pope.
St. Gallen group prelates, along with Bergoglio, believe we need a further development of the Council’s teaching on collegiality, a more decentralization of power.
Collegiality and synodality, is a necessary development order to become a more horizontal Church, rather than an “orders coming from the top-down” Church. They call for the world’s bishops to be more involved in decision-making, including doctrinal, liturgical and pastoral issues.
This modernist collegiality effectively denies the Pope’s “primacy of jurisdiction,” as reiterated in Pope Leo XIII’s Encyclical, Satis Cognitum and countless other magisterial teachings.
As any right-thinking Catholic recognizes, the proposed horizontalization and “decentralization” can only result in the further fragmentation of the Catholic Faith worldwide. It is a blueprint for the emergence of national churches, the proliferation of contradictory doctrine and pastoral practice from nation-to-nation, all loosely joined in an alleged “reconciled diversity” (Cardinal Kasper’s term), which sounds the death-knell of the immutability, stability, unity, and universality of the Catholic Faith.