Over at the Fishwrap, good ol’ Sr. Joan Chittister, who hasn’t been seen anywhere near the ISIS conflict in Iraq (remember her triumph in Tahir), as posted about the dynamic movement sparked by the meeting of the Ass. of Catholic Priests!
Apparently the Ass., average age 69, and the sol-called Catholic Church Reform International (like the Council of Elders?), “are taking the pope seriously.”
Sr. Joan is inspired by the Ass.’s and CCRI agenda to influence the upcoming Synod!
They are asking the synod to do four things:
1. To bless those who choose to live together in preparation for marriage [read: shack up] as well as those who form new relationships after a marriage breaks down. [read: commit adultery]
2. To say that Humanae Vitae was a mistake. [And we should force people to pay for other people’s contraception too!] They want the church to emphasize the joyfulness of marriage [and shacking up and adultery] rather than finding new things to condemn. [More sex with everyone! With everything!] They’re looking, they say, for the church to advise couples on the values and practices that genuinely promote openness to life. They want more from the church, it seems, than just another list of sins. [No, they want the Church to abandon the very notion of sin. They should become Anglicans. They have a rite of baptism that doesn’t mention the Devil.]
3. To treat all people with the same respect regardless of their sexual orientation and refrain from making gender a definition of the roles and tasks of either church or society. [Why limit yourself to gender? Abolish species-ism!]
4. To proclaim the truth that the church is expressed through the sensus fidelium, through “priests, religious, and the people learning and teaching together.” [Bishops, let out?]
This is clearly a body in motion.
You can hear them coming as the the canes clack down the hallway.
Their battle cry? “Yesterday’s blunders, tomorrow!”
Pope Francis would approve of those bullet points? I think not.
I’ll go take my 50+ vitamin now.