They are, I think, afraid that the Synod is not going to relax the “rules” (read: doctrine) about Communion for the remarried without declarations of nullity, inter alia. They see that support for the Kasperite position is falling away and they are scared. We have had indications that His Holiness himself, and some of the left-leaning power brokers near him, are moving away from the untenable proposal: “tolerated but not accepted”.
People have asked me what I think is going on, what is going to happen.
As the Kasperite position crumbles watch what will happen on the catholic Left. They will start whipping up fear among bishops whom they think desire the Kasperite Non-Solution.
They will work to create the same sort of rebellion among priests and bishops that the catholic Left did around the time of Humane vitae. They will stir mutiny against the Church’s clear doctrine and against ecclesial authority. What they want is that when the Holy Father upholds the Church’s teaching, as many priests as possible, and bishops with them, will criticize the Pope and will ignore the the Church’s doctrine and law when dealing with the divorced and remarried. Just as liberals told people, after Humanae vitae, to go ahead and contracept as they pleased, so too they will tell the remarried to do as they please and receive Communion. Then they, in defiance fueled by what they will claim is compassion and mercy, will stop submitting marriage cases to diocesan tribunals.
Anyone who upholds the Church’s doctrine (who won’t give a pass to adultery, etc.), will be vilified by the Left as being against mercy, lacking in compassion.
We’ve see this movie before, and it ain’t The Bells of St. Mary!
Humanae vitae: The Sequel