We must be wary about the “Synod of the Media”.
There is a Synod of Bishops that takes place and there is the way the MSM and also Catholic (especial catholic) media spins the Synod.
As the bishops split up in to smaller groups, there comes a status report called the Relatio post disceptationem (Latin disceptatio is “a dispute, disputation, debate, discussion, disquisition”).
The Relatio p. d. is getting mixed reviews. Liberals are experiences frissons of glee, which doesn’t usually bode well for truth.
Note some of the language in this piece. Nota bene, this is written for a low-information audience, but the language is still pretty misleading.
Bishops [which?] clearly took into account the views of Pope Francis, [of course they would – he’s the Pope] whose “Who am I to judge?” comment about gays signaled a new tone of welcome for the church. [Is there a clear connection between what the bishops considered and what Francis said on the airplane? Not really.] Their report also reflected the views of ordinary Catholics who, in responses to Vatican questionnaires in the run-up to the synod, rejected church teaching on birth control and homosexuality as outdated and irrelevant. [They did, did they?]
The bishops [which?] said gays had “gifts and qualities” to offer and asked rhetorically if the church was ready to provide them a welcoming place, “accepting and valuing their sexual orientation without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony.”
Maybe some bishops do hold that. Others don’t. But here we have a vague “bishops”, implying greater unanimity than there is.
Be careful in your reading of news about the Synod.
For example, if the Synod makes a statement about the “gifts and qualities” of homosexuals, keep in mind that homosexuals do NOT have “gifts and qualities” for the Church simply because they are homosexuals.
Of course homosexuals have “gifts and talents!” But they have them as human beings, not as homosexuals. They must not be turned into some subset that can then claim rights as homosexuals. They are no better or worse than any other human being and each of them have the obligation to respect nature and God’s law.
Homosexuals are not special.
Catholics do not object to homosexuals participating in the life of the Church. We object to the suggestion that homosexual acts are normal, acceptable, good, proper… take your pick. They aren’t. They are objective sinful and gravely disordered. The people with the inclinations toward them are obliged to struggle against them just ever other person on earth is obliged to struggle against inclinations, to battle against and resist the world, the flesh and the devil.
Vatican Radio‘s coverage is a little more careful, distinguishing between the “Synod Fathers” and “the report”. But not much.
That said, am I happy with what we are hearing come forth from the Synod? No. Then again, we are hardly getting a good picture, are we. The spectacularly bad decision to close off information from the public has only exacerbated the pre-Synod confusion.