One of the reasons why the “Synod of the Media” has been so successful in spinning the Synod is because of the media gag that the head of the Synod of Bishops, Lorenzo Card. Baldisseri, imposed. For this extraordinary meeting of the Synod, the interventions, or speeches, of the participants weren’t made public through the Vatican website or L’Osservatore Romano. So much for being in the “information age”.
Some people have observed to me that they found this move “inexplicable”, “unimaginable”, etc.
No. It is not inexplicable. When you want to control the message so that you can advance a particular agenda, you try to control the public flow of facts. Rather, you control which facts become public and which don’t.
In any event, I saw a preview of a fuller interview to come out tomorrow in Il Foglio with Card. Burke. He isn’t pleased that only one side of what’s going on in the Synod is being reported.
Q: What are you seeing beyond the media cordon which surrounds the Synod.
BURKE: There is emerging of worrisome trend because some are advancing the possibility of adopting a practice that distances itself from the truth of the Faith. Even if it ought to be evident that one cannot go in this direction, many are encouraging, for example, dangerous openings open-minded ideas on the question of communion being given to the divorced and remarried. I don’t see how it’s possible to reconcile the irreformable concept of the indissolubility of marriage with the possibility of admitting to communion those who live in an irregular situation. This places directly into discussion that which our Lord said when he taught that whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery.
I don’t know how the briefing was conceived but it seems to me that something isn’t working well if the information is being manipulated in a way so as to underscore only one proposal instead of reporting faithfully the various positions that have been brought up. This bothers me a great deal because a significant number of bishops do not accept the ideas of openings [“aperture”] but few know this. They speak only about the necessity that the Church open itself to petitions from the world brought up in February by Cardinal Kasper.
The whole interview comes out tomorrow.
So, a media quarantine is placed around the Synod and the interventions, or speeches.
Suddenly, as the large sessions and cease and the small groups, which draft proposals for a larger document to be given to the Pope start to meet, suddenly there emerges a mid-point report, the relatio post disceptationem. The unofficial translation is HERE.
Meanwhile, Radio Vaticana reported that the President of the Polish Bishop’s Conference has rejected the Relatio post disceptationem. I found a link HERE.
Sorry, I had to rely on Google for this version . Some words didn’t come through, but I’ll bet there are Polish speakers out there who can help:
Archbishop Gadecki: Document synod of bishops for many unacceptable
In an interview with Vatican Radio chairman of the Polish Episcopate did not hesitate to say that this document departs from the teaching of John Paul II, and even that can be seen in the traces [antyma??e?skiej] ideology. According to Archbishop Gadecki, this text also highlights the lack of a clear vision for the synodal assembly.
Hey… that old teaching of St. John Paul II? That’s obsolete by now. Familiaris consortio is… what… already 33 years old?
This Synod isn’t looking orderly and peaceful.
But… Synods are not smooth and orderly. Synods are messy.
If you want a smooth and orderly Synod, then take a cue from the old Supreme Soviet meetings, where every clapped at the same time at the same lines.
But first impose a media cordon.
Ironically, my own media cordon is now imposed. The moderation queue is ON.