He strongly criticized yesterday’s Relatio post disceptationem, or “report after the debate,” which the Catholic lay group Voice of the Family had called a “betrayal,” saying it proposes views that "faithful shepherds ... cannot accept," and betrays an approach that is "not of the Church." He called on Pope Francis to issue a statement defending Catholic teaching.
“In my judgment, such a statement is long overdue,” he told Catholic World Report’s Carl Olsen. “The debate on these questions has been going forward now for almost nine months, especially in the secular media but also through the speeches and interviews of Cardinal Walter Kasper and others who support his position.”
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Dcn D's Dicta:
The things going on at the Synod are truly disturbing but not completely new in the history of the Church - there have been other eras where there has been sharp dissent and debate in the Church (e.g. the Arian heresy in the early centuries of the Church). However, perhaps there has not been such subtle tactics used by a group of cardinals and bishops to, on the one hand, appear to adhere to the unchangeability of doctrine, but on the other hand say that it is subject to interpretation and application or discipline. The bottom line is that there are confusing statements and many more which have no basis in sacred scripture, tradition or the magisterium of the Church. Such statements are not part of the ordinary magisterial teaching of the Church and are certainly not something the faithful should follow.
The articles and information are so prolific on the Internet, that we cannot evaluate them all here. Cardinal Burke effectively characterizes their fundamental flaw in the article above. The confusion is summed up well with Cardinal Kasper's most recent bomb thrown in an interview today when he responded to the question of whether Church doctrine can change: "The teaching does not change but it can be made more profound, it can be different." So, the teaching does not change but it can be different? What is one to do with such a statement? All it does is throw a bomb into the arena of clear Church teaching, sowing doubt in the minds of the faithful, especially the weak and those on the edge, looking for a "reason" or "justification" for continuing in a sinful way of life or for leaving the Church.
The interim relatio -- can be found here. It is not a final document, but supposed to be a summary of what has transpired in the myriad of speeches given at the Synod. It is not. It is a separately prepared document setting forth a fringe position that is confusing and not founded on any magisterial or scriptural teaching. Sorry, claiming "mercy" or "compassion" does not, in itself, constitute the message of Jesus. Such terms only have meaning when linked to the cross and the truth. Then they are central to Church teaching. The problem is the relatio and Kasper and those sharing his philosophy (it is not theology) is they leave out faithfulness to doctrine, to truth, the cross and sin.
What is striking in the relatio is that the document says essentially nothing about sin, repentance, grace, conversion the Church's teaching on indissolubility of marriage, the forces of culture that have brought society to the point of unprecedented divorce and unprecedented advocacy for homosexual behavior. Rather than spending so much energy on making people "feel good" or "welcome" perhaps we need to be looking at what the Church has failed to do in its mission so that so many families are broken and in disarray? Is the answer to go back to the so-called "spirit of Vatican II", which has been a catch phrase for anyone who wishes to do their own thing in the Church and not follow tradition or doctrine? I think not. It is such a false-spirit of the council that has brought us, along with modernism, to our pathetic state of affairs in a culture of death, laxity, unaccountability, cowardice and idolatry for political correctness. It is such a false spirit that is being fought mightily by many good cardinals and bishops and laity in Rome right now. Pray for the Holy Spirit to accomplish His Will in this Synod. God's will shall be done, even when human beings continually get in the way.
DD :- ) \\