Rorate Caeli

"Over half the Bishops (in the Synod) have already switched religion"

Alessandro Gnocchi, in his weekly piece for La Riscossa Cristiana in which he responds to letters he has received, calls our attention to this truly lamentable event that clearly shows where most of the Bishops and Cardinals are in terms of their understanding of the Catholic Faith and the immutability of doctrine.  It also shows that most of our prelates have abandoned the principle of non-contradiction and live in a Church worthy to be a construction of Lewis Carroll.  We are not only "back to the future".  We have also gone "Through the Looking-Glass".


Dear Dr. A. Gnocchi,

I see that Andrea Tornielli, on his Vatican Insider blog, reports the voting results of the Synod with respect to the two principle topics that were debated:  admission to the Sacraments of those divorced and remarried:  104 in favor, 74 not in favor; with respect to gay unions:  118 placet and 62 non placet.  That signifies that the majority of two thirds that was called for as a basis for specific passages to be considered as “the expression of the Synod” was not there.  But this also shows that we came close to that two thirds majority…How can a bishop of the Church, even those who voted against, think that he could put truth to a vote, that truth of which  he is the custodian, defender, witness and guarantor?  Why did they arrogate to themselves the right to decide by voting what is good and what is bad, not caring at all about God?...

With cordial greetings,
Fabio Baioni

Dear Baioni,

Among your observations, there is one that shows the reality of the situation in a dramatic and acute way:  more than half of the bishops present at the Synod, not yet the two-thirds needed but almost, have already switched (what we know as our) religion. Perhaps it still has something vaguely Christian, but it is far away from being Catholic.  We find ourselves confronting a Synod in which the majority of Cardinals and Bishops threw at least three Sacraments overboard:  Matrimony, Confession, and the Eucharist.  Church history teaches us that schisms have been consumed by much less.  The dramatic point is in the fact that there are Bishops and Cardinals who are in substance schismatics in playing out their roles, with no sense of contradiction, in response to the pressure exerted by Bergoglio towards “the new”.

It does not count for much that Pope Bergoglio has now administered a few reproofs to those on the right and those on the left, to the "intellectual traditionalists" and the "progressive do-gooders".  To some this will seem to be an intelligent gesture of expediency coming from Jesuit roots..  Others will try to interpret this piously as showing the great and balanced equanimity of the Pope in a stormy context.  But this is not about equanimity, but rather the deliberate act of seeming fair to everyone for public effect.  And this has nothing to do with being a Jesuit.  But, sadly, it has everything to do with “democratic Christianity”.

Dear Baioni, Do not get annoyed at those Bishops and Cardinals of solid faith who agreed to vote on certain issues.  In a Church that for a long time now has in truth very little sense of what it means to be Catholic, it is hard to make a Bishop and a Cardinal be obedient to God instead of to the dictator on duty.