Synod report ‘worst in Catholic history’

Synod report ‘worst in Catholic history’

Conservative Catholics are expressing fury over a preliminary report of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, calling it a ‘betrayal’ and ‘an attack on marriage and the family’.

According to the BBC, senior clerics taking part in a review of Catholic teachings on the family – currently taking place in Rome  –  called on the Church to adopt a more positive stance on homosexuality. They said:

Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community. Are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities?

John Smeaton, Director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children and co-founder of Voice of the Family (pictured above with his son), is outraged:

Those who are controlling the Synod have betrayed Catholic parents worldwide. We believe that the Synod’s mid-way report is one of the worst official documents drafted in Church history.
Thankfully the report is a preliminary report for discussion, rather than a definitive proposal. It is essential that the voices of those lay faithful who sincerely live out Catholic teaching are also taken into account. Catholic families are clinging to Christ’s teaching on marriage and chastity by their finger-tips.

Patrick Buckley, Voice of the Family’s Irish representative, said:

The Synod’s mid-way report represents an attack on marriage and the family. For example, the report in effect gives a tacit approval of adulterous relationships, thereby contradicting the Sixth Commandment and the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ on the indissolubility of marriage.
The report undermines the Church’s definitive teaching against contraception, by using the coded language of ‘underlin[ing] the need to respect the dignity of the person in the moral evaluation of the methods of birth control.
This language is the code of those who wish to reduce the Church’s doctrines to a mere guide, thus leaving couples free to choose contraception in so-called ‘conscience’.
The report accepts wrongly that there is a value in the homosexual orientation. This contradicts the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith’s 1986 Letter on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons:  ‘Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is a more or less strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil; and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder’.

Maria Madise, Voice of the Family’s coordinator, said:

What will Catholics parents now have to tell their children about contraception, cohabiting with partners or living homosexual lifestyles? Will those parents now have to tell their children that the Vatican teaches that there are positive and constructive aspects to these mortal sins? This approach destroys grace in souls.

It would be a false mercy to give Holy Communion to people who do not repent of their mortal sins against Christ’s teachings on sexual purity. Real mercy consists of offering people a clean conscience via the Sacrament of Confession and thus union with God.

John Smeaton concluded:

We urge Catholics not to be complacent or give in to a false sense of obedience, in the face of attacks on the fundamental principles of the natural law. Catholics are morally obliged to oppose the course being taken within the Synod.

The authors of the report appear to have been swayed by a devout married couple who, early in the Synod, urged the Pope to freely welcome gay couples into the Church.


Ron and Mavis Pirola, above, former members of the Pontifical Council for the Family, delivered the comments during a testimony at Vatican City last Monday.

The Pirolas, Australians who have been married for 57 years, said welcoming gay couples into the fold would serve as a “model of evangelisation.”

As an example, they spoke about family friends’ experience with a gay son.

Friends of ours were planning their Christmas family gathering when their gay son said he wanted to bring his partner home too. They fully believed in the Church’s teachings and they knew their grandchildren would see them welcome the son and his partner into the family. Their response could be summed up in three words, ‘He’s our son’.
The couple continued:

What a model of evangelisation for parishes as they respond to similar situations in their neighborhood! It is a practical example of what the Instrumentum Laboris [the Synod’s working document] says concerning the Church’s teaching role and its main mission to let the world know of God’s love.

The BBC points out that:

Pope Francis is the first pontiff ever to have used the word ‘gay’ in public rather than refer to ‘homosexuals’.

Hat tip: Marcus Robinson

14 responses to “Synod report ‘worst in Catholic history’”

  1. Trevor Blake says:

    Always and forever, the pattern is the same. Religion opposes secular change. Secular change happens. Religion claims credit for secular change.

    Religion supported slavery for thousands of years. Secular change ended slavery. Religion cannot shut up about being the cause for the end of slavery. (Note: Islam still supports slavery.)

    Religion opposes homosexuality. Secular chage comes to find homosexuality unremarkable. Within my lifetime religion will crow night and day about how religion was the cause of gay rights. (Except Islam, the last hold out for traditional religion.)

    Religion, please get out of the way and stop eating all the cake.

  2. barriejohn says:

    Many in the Catholic Church realize that if they don’t modernize they are absolutely finished. Just look at what has been happening in Ireland, Spain, South America, and even the Philippines, where the oppressed masses are now daring to challenge the clergy instead of supinely obeying their mindless edicts. I read the following only a couple of days ago. Tells you all you need to know.

  3. George Broadhead says:

    Gay-friendly comments seem to coming thick and fast from the Vatican but despite these, its official policy on homosexuality, as given in its Catechism, remains firmly in place:

    “Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity [Cf. Gen 19:1-29; Rom 1:24-27; 1 Cor 6:10; 1 Tim 1:10], tradition has always declared that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.”

  4. barriejohn says:

    GB: They will perform mental gymnastics, just like the Church of England has. Prince Charles has married a divorcee, yet there have been no serious objections to his becoming Head of the Church in due course!

  5. Broga says:

    For the RC Church it is change or die regardless of how much the dinosaurs howl. Frankie and co would have to have been locked in isolation in a soundproof cell not to know that only a small minority follows the so called inviolable teaching.

  6. Paul Cook says:

    What a powerful statement:
    ‘He’s our son’.

    Does it not make anyone that is human want to weep at its simplicity.

  7. Broga says:

    @Paul Cook: Indeed it does. And it would be only a religious bigot, with a mind warped by superstition, that would shut the door in his face.

  8. Norman Paterson says:

    Catholic families are clinging to Christ’s teaching on marriage and chastity by their finger-tips. … etc

    Obviously, we will all be forced to become homosexual, adulterous and use contraceptives.

    As for the Jeremiah quote: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” – why is there a Society for the Protection of Unborn Children but not a Society for the Protection of Unconceived Children?

  9. Lon says:

    I think that Pope Frankie is a closet atheist. Certainly atheists have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community but we like to sleep in on Sunday mornings.

  10. John C says:

    I dont know whats funnier, seeing the catholic church trying to backpedal on its previous diatribes or watching the schizm develop within the sheep.

  11. Toto says:

    Has god told the pope and his cronies that gays are now ok? Or is it that the rcc is in terminal decline and we are witnessing its death throes ….. gasping for breath it has to clutch at straws.

  12. Jeffrey Jones says:

    The RCC is only marginally more liberal than ISIS.

  13. Robster says:

    All they want is money and power plus access to some really impressive silly hat designs that only gay designers can offer. That pope Frank and his overdressed ilk are desperate to at least appear civilized and sort of remotely modern and tolerant. Look at the response. If Frank and the bishops keep this up, the whole nasty show will self destruct and that will be the most entertaining thing ever to come out of Rome. Frank is adding some latin colour to vatican proceedings and is certainly getting some press, got to remember though that these are silly old men that celebrate nonsense with too much time on their hands. Why anybody would care what these people have to say is really hard to understand. Why don’t they wander off and play bowls or somethng.