While here in Rome, I have each day been saying Mass for my benefactors for this Rome trip. Today I will be saying Mass for you sometime between 1800-1900 (I think) Rome time. If I am not mistaken, in the USA the Daylight Savings is still on. It dropped off here last weekend. So, that would be 1200-1300 CDT. The wavy flag gives you a page to send a donation. My last full day here is 28 October (my birthday, by the by), Feast of Simon and Jude.
Again… I’m trying not to immerse myself too much in Synod stuff today or the last few days. It was a pilgrimage for me and I am trying mostly for time with friends, prayer, rest and errands without getting down into the muck. I did that for a long time when I lived here. Still, some things have gotten under my skin. I can’t ignore the Synod completely while here. Frankly, last night I was upset enough that I wound up walking around town for a few hours reciting the Rosary. It helped. I am determined to form a battle plan in view of what I think is headed our way. I’m concerned.
Anyway, here is some analysis, rewritten here and there, edited a bit, from a friend who has been really paying attention. He begins thusly:
The most intelligent (meaning I agree with it) report that I have read this morning is by Robert Royal at The Catholic Thing: HERERoyal … has some paragraphs toward the end on the composition of the new Synod Council, which has the responsibility of preparing the next Synod (if we have to have more of them). [Quod Deus avertat.]Many of them are very good, meaning that the Synod appreciated the contributions of prelates like Cardinal Sarah, Cardinal Napier Fox, Archbishop Chaput, Cardinal Pell and others. Unfortunately some bad apples were also elected. […]
Meanwhile, our Hero, Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, has just given an interview to Edward Pentin. HERE The Cardinal says everything about the Synod Final Report on CDR (Communion for the Divorced and Remarried) that we all feared already.
But Cardinal Burke does more. He points out the ambiguous use of term “imputability” in Section 85. How responsible or culpable one is for the breakdown of their marriage does not have a bearing on the validity of that marriage. Hence, the exclusion from the Sacraments of those who are in irregular marital situations cannot be voided on the basis of the extent to which they are morally responsible for their divorce.
Of course, it’s this kind of clear, Catholic reasoning about sacraments that Pope Francis lashed out at for the umpteenth time on Sunday in his Final Address to the Synod (as reported above by Robert Royal) or in the homily at the Closing Mass of the Synod yesterday.
Finally for a more upbeat take on the Final Report of the Synod, there is this by Cardinal Pell, which will surprise some of you. HERE
The Cardinal maintains that the Final Report is not as bad as people on our side are saying. I’ll leave you to ponder that conclusion and his reasons, but I’ll add that I am hearing similar views from others who were also “in the room” and who are certainly “on the side of the angels”.
So, that is some analysis and news.
Moderation queue is ON.