Here We Go Again: Upcoming “Youth” Synod in October Will Be a Forum for Further Ecclesial Subversion

by Christopher A. Ferrara
March 19, 2018

“Prophetic” young person telling Church what she must do

The “Pre-Synodal” Meeting of “young people,” which included non-believers and Church critics of various kinds, presided over by the Pope and the same team of Synod manipulators that rigged the Synods of 2014-2015, is a preview of the further ecclesial subversion that will take place in the Synod hall this coming October.

In his address to the gathering, Pope Francis declared that “young people” are the voice of God speaking to the Church today, conflating today’s youth in general with authentic Biblical prophets such as David, Samuel and Daniel, who, said Francis, guided a “disoriented people” in times of confusion.  In other words, according to Francis, the “disoriented” Church must be guided by the prophetic wisdom of the young rather than the young being guided by the constant teaching of the Church. According to this nonsensical inversion of reality, Francis continued, “everyone has the right to be heard,” including the non-believers invited to participate in this meeting and the upcoming Synod itself.

The proceedings included a Q & A session during which an indignant Nigerian woman who had been forced into prostitution was given the podium in order to read an Italian text she could barely pronounce, wherein she demanded that the Pope explain how a Church that is “still too chauvinist” (maschilista, which also means “sexist”) can credibly “propose to the young ways of relation between men and women that are free and liberating” — as if the Church were somehow implicated in the sex trafficking to which she had been subjected.

Then again, the question was rather tricky, given that Pope Francis has already given the green light for Holy Communion to be administered to public adulterers who are divorced and  pretend to be “remarried,” thereby condoning what Pope Leo XIII denounced as “ legalized concubinage in place of marriage.”  Divorce is hardly an arrangement liberating for women, be it the ones who are abandoned by their husbands or the ones exploited by men who purport to “marry” them in readily revocable civil ceremonies that result in nothing but public adultery.

The question would be better put this way: How can Francis credibly propose free and liberating relations between men and women when he himself has undermined respect for the indissolubility of Holy Matrimony, wherein the couple lives the truth about marriage that makes them free — free from the bondage of sin that comes with a life based on the intrinsic evil of sexual relations outside of marriage.

After embracing the woman on the dais, the Pope praised her arrogant provocation as “a question without anesthesia,” eliciting laughter from the audience of young people and thereby confirming the impression that the exploitation of women by men is somehow the “sexist” Church’s fault.  He then proceeded to note that it would seem that the majority of the clients of prostitutes in Italy are Catholics — as if this were the Church’s fault as opposed to the fault of Catholics who disobey her teaching on the mortally sinful nature of sexual relations outside of marriage, which teaching Pope Francis himself is undermining.  To quote the infamous ¶ 301 of Amoris Laetitia:

“Hence it can no longer simply be said that all those in any ‘irregular’ situation are living in a state of mortal sin and are deprived of sanctifying grace. More is involved here than mere ignorance of the rule. A subject may know full well the rule, yet have great difficulty in understanding “its inherent values” or be in a concrete situation which does not allow him or her to act differently and decide otherwise without further sin.”

— as if one would have no choice but to continue committing the sin of adultery in order to avoid some other sin!  Never in Church history has a Pope proposed such moral nonsense.

During a rambling, anecdotal discussion of the evils of sex trafficking and prostitution, Francis, in his usual manner, asked himself a question: “‘But, Father, one can’t make love?’ This isn’t making love, this is torturing a woman. Let’s not confuse terms. This is criminal.” The implication being that “consensual” relations outside of marriage under the guise of “love” can be viewed favorably in comparison with resorting to prostitutes when both are mortally sinful and absolutely forbidden under any circumstances.

Francis concluded by stating: “I want to take advantage of this moment, because you talked about baptised and Christians, to ask your forgiveness, from society and all the Catholics who do this criminal act.”  Yet another suggestion that the Church is somehow to blame for the sins of those who refuse to follow what she teaches regarding the intrinsic evil of extramarital sexual relations.  And yet it is that very teaching which, incredibly enough, Francis himself depicts as a mere “rule” that is not always binding.

That the “youth” Synod is another looming disaster for the Church was made abundantly clear during this fiasco when one Angela Markas from Australia, also given the podium, “told Francis young people want debate in the church about sexuality, same-sex attraction and the role of women.”

Madness is the only word to describe the ever-worsening course of this pontificate. With good reason does Father John Hunwicke, alluding to the suggestion of the eminent theologian Father Aidan Nichols, ask whether, given that there are “provisions for the situation where the man who was the previous pope promoted heresy [referring to the posthumous anathematization of Honorius I for his promotion of the monothelite heresy]; so why not for a pope who, prima facie, is spreading heresy?”  The Church Militant, he observes, “needs to take such advice on board. Her survival is indeed divinely guaranteed, but the whole economy of Faith rests on the assumption of a God who works with and through human synergy.”

That such a proposal is being floated by priests as sober as Fathers Hunwicke and Nichols should indicate the unparalleled gravity of our situation.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

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One comment on “Here We Go Again: Upcoming “Youth” Synod in October Will Be a Forum for Further Ecclesial Subversion

  1. Will the Madhouse in the Occupied City next invite the Politburo from Peking to drop by for a super duper extra special pre-Synod, intent upon gathering equally corrupt, mortal-sin-drenched, vacuous “advice” on what the Church can “learn” from long marches and Maoism?

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