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[Catholic Caucus] Papal Aspirations: Day One
The Catholic Thing ^ | October 4, 2018 | Robert Royal

Posted on 10/04/2018 10:08:44 AM PDT by ebb tide

Weighing official communications about a Synod – unofficial sources are usually known quantities with greater or lesser degrees of reliability – has always been a guessing game. The past few synods on the family took guessing to a whole new level as various intermediaries in various languages with various agendas (not always Catholic) tried to put their mark on each day’s proceedings, often with little connection to what the bishops had actually discussed.

Yesterday, day one of the Synod on Young People, there was – after some back and forth – no official briefing.

But there were two major texts from Pope Francis, which lay out his hopes for the next four weeks – and the future of the Church. Francis’ language is notoriously ambiguous, and, even when you get the large lines of what he’s saying, he’s never easy to interpret. But his homily at the inaugural Mass and his Opening Address to the synod participants are of interest for what they say – and don’t say.

Two-third of Americans have lost confidence in Pope Francis, according to recent surveys, because of his handling of the abuse crisis. And many traditional Catholics have, unfortunately, become skeptical about almost anything he says. It’s worth the effort, however, to understand at least what he said yesterday that he’s hoping to achieve.

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TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: francischurch; heresy; yutes
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1 posted on 10/04/2018 10:08:44 AM PDT by ebb tide
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2 posted on 10/04/2018 10:10:18 AM PDT by ebb tide (We have a rogue curia in Rome.)
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3 posted on 10/04/2018 10:41:14 AM PDT by ebb tide (We have a rogue curia in Rome.)
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To: ebb tide
I well remember the post-Vatican II euphoria. My late wife and I joined one of the "study groups" formed in our parish to study the documents of the Council. The future was bright, and the Bride of Christ would be renewed.

Well, suffice it to say, things got worse, not better. The new liturgy was totally uninspiring. The old certainties were gone, and not replaced. It became unclear if the Church actually "taught" anything. It seemed as though everything was up for grabs.

I've decided the "changes" were utterly wrong-headed. We were deceived and misled. I wonder if those who deceived us did so intentionally, or whether the simply blundered ahead blindly.

I now attend a Latin Mass parish, which is barely tolerated by our bishop. He at least does send an underling to give Confirmation.

My greatest regret is that my children and grandchildren have been robbed of a glorious heritage. It took centuries to build, but a decade to destroy. I can only hope it can be built up again.

4 posted on 10/04/2018 3:40:30 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney (Colonel (Retired) USAF)
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