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Saturday, October 11, 2014

"Synod - Most [Are] Against Kasper"

This opinion piece, from La Stampa, sheds a measure of light into the veiled activities of the Synod. [Translation mine.]

LA STAMPA - OPINION
Synod - Most [Are] Against Kasper

[Things] from within the Synod are different from the information that filters out. The vast [also "overwhelming"] majority of participants have agreed on certain points[:] Doctrine is not modifiable; it is a thing [so] clear that it is unthinkable [to] change [literally, "touch"], without provoking devastating consequences. However, it is necessary [literally "we must know how"] to explain it well, in depth, and above all else with attentive [this word also carries a connotation of "precise"] language that no one feels offended. But is crucial [There is no exact translation to the Italian word "impresindibile"...it means literally "that which cannot be lacking." - J.] to teach the truth of the Church as always. This sounds, or it can be interpreted, as a rejection of the Kasper proposal [literally, "theorem"], whose activity before the Synod was expressly criticized by a non-Italian bishop.

By Marco Tosatti

The choice not to publish the texts of the remarks [literally, "interventions"] by the participants of the Synod on the Family is certainly not having a positive effect on the clarity of the information [being made public]; and contributes to feeding a situation [that is] in some respects mystifying. The public, [whether] Catholic or not, is not informed [literally, "advised"] in a clear and exhaustive [in the sense of "thorough" or "comprehensive"] manner; all that can be said is that after the first three days, in which about a hundred speeches have been made, the view [literally, "panorama"], to [one] who is outside the hall, is anything other than clear.

Acting as an interpreter -- quite rightly -- of this nebulous atmosphere is John Thavis, an American expert on Vatican matters, [someone] certainly not under suspicion of [being] anti-papal or [of] anti-ecclesial positions, [who] underlines the inadequacy of the daily briefing held by those in charge of the press office, wherein, writes Thavis "We are given a list of some of the themes discussed by the bishops.  They carefully avoid giving us any details contained in the speeches, and there is no information about the reaction to the speeches in the Aula.  There are no names, there is no information as to who said what." Thavis gave some examples of the "unclear and fragmented" impressions which may be gathered up to now from the Synod. Anyone who wants to read his entire comments [can] click here.

If the desire to shroud the Synod with deliberate cloak of vagueness (for the first time in many decades, it is important to underline) originated from the fear that participants could do who-knows-what or say who-knows-what for [their] love of the stage [i.e., limelight], well, then let me say that it would be an attitude of deep distrust toward pastors of souls and [who are] responsible for millions of Catholics around the world. If the Pope and his assistants [literally, "collaborators" although this term has a pejorative sense not found in Italian] do not have confidence in them, how can the ordinary faithful?

[I do not believe that was the source of the decision, and disagree with Marco Tosatti's thesis. I believe the intent was to allow for maximum frankness. But I am open to correction. -J.]

There exist various Synods. One, we have already mentioned, is the official one of the [daily press]briefing, so panoramic as to be almost useless in understanding positions and dynamics. Then, as we have noted, [the information, as observed] from the inside of the hall there is information that is more or less direct and guided [literally, "piloted"]. "As far as what is said on the news [it] is misleading," is a comment we have gathered. "[The news] reports the opinion of three or four [participants]," which are not indicative of the panorama of the speeches [made]. A type of [this sort of] information as we said directly -- as already aired from before the work [of the Synod] began -- was toward [as in "in the direction of"] a generic "change."

That was [the one] advocated by Cardinal Kasper. And here it should be noted that a non-Italian bishop has lamented, in a very frank [manner] and no uncertain terms [literally "without half-words"], the very great "pastoral damage" that has arisen [literally, "originated"] from the fact that someone [! -J.] has made obsessive propaganda [efforts] of [his] ideas throughout the world. He was referring to the activities of dissemination of his views on the matter [literally, "theme"] of the [reception of the]Eucharist to [those who are] divorced and remarried, [as] made by Cardinal Kasper.

An Asian bishop has said that Jesus was clear, but [what He said] was 2000 years ago. Africans in general have shown a great attachment to doctrine and [the] current pastoral practice, and have shown "great common sense."

The vast [also "overwhelming"] majority of participants have agreed on certain points[:] Doctrine is not modifiable; it is a thing [so] clear that it is unthinkable [to] change [literally, "touch"], without provoking devastating consequences. However, it is necessary [literally "we must know how"] to explain it well, in depth, and above all else with attentive [this word also carries a connotation of "precise"] language that no one feels offended. But is crucial [There is no exact translation to the Italian word "impresindibile"...it means literally "that which cannot be lacking."] to teach the truth [On the indissolubility of marriage, I surmise. -J.] of the Church, as always.

This sounds, or it can be interpreted, as a rejection of the Kasper proposal [literally, "theorem"], whose activity before the Synod was expressly criticized by a non-Italian bishop. But then, why does the "external" image appear so different? The cynical [literally "Those who always think ill of things."] speak of a non-accidental technique, to form public opinion and to [then] convey this message [of theirs] to all the bishops, priests, convents, pastoral workers, carrying them in a certain direction. The direction they wish. [i.e., toward change -J.]
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It bears noting that the media hijacking (which I have mentioned ceaselessly, especially as relates to the translations into English which then forms public opinion in the global media center that revolves around the Anglosphere) is in full force. Doctrine doesn't have to change, or even be watered down...all that has to happens that the MEDIA says the doctrine has changed or "that change in it is imminent" and that's as good as a change itself.

Constant vigilance, kids.

-J.

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