The last two Synods of Bishops were really fun, weren’t they? Weren’t they great?
The next Synod’s theme may… may, mind you… have identified. HERE
We need to start lining up writers for the 58 Cardinals Book™:
The Next Synod Is Already in the Works. On Married Priests
In mid-February Pope Francis will go to Chiapas, where hundreds of deacons with their wives are pushing to be ordained as priests. And in the Amazon as well the turning point seems to be near. It was all written down in the agenda of Cardinal Martini
ROME, December 9, 2015 – While waiting for Pope Francis to rule on communion for the divorced and remarried, which two synods discussed and split over, there is already a glimpse of the theme of the next synodal session: married priests.
The selection of the theme is up to the pope, as happened with the past synods and will take place with the next, independently of what will be proposed by the fourteen cardinals and bishops of the council that acts as a bridge between one assembly and the next.
And that married priests will be the next topic of synodal discussion can be gathered from various indications.
The first indication is the evident intention of Pope Francis to implement the agenda dictated in 1999 by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, in a memorable statement at the synod of that year.
The archbishop of Milan at the time, a Jesuit [Surprised?] and the undisputed leader of the “liberal” wing of the hierarchy, said that he “had a dream”: that of a Church capable of getting into a permanent synodal state, with a “collegial and authoritative exchange among all the bishops on some key issues.”
And here are the “key issues” that he listed:
“The shortage of ordained ministers, the role of woman in society and in the Church, the discipline of marriage, the Catholic vision of sexuality, penitential practice, relations with the sister Churches of Orthodoxy and more in general the need to revive ecumenical hopes, the relationship between democracy and values and between civil laws and the moral law.”
Of Martini’s agenda, the two synods convened so far by Pope Francis have indeed discussed “the discipline of marriage” and in part “the Catholic vision of sexuality.”
There is nothing to prevent, therefore, the “key issue” of the next synod from being that which Martini put at the head of them all: “the shortage of ordained ministers.” [In seminary, some of the the heretics that ran the place forbade us from using the word “priest”, to which we referred as the “P-Word”. Instead, we had to say “ordained ministers”. After all everyone is a “minister”! Right?]
The shortage of priests – who in the Latin Catholic Church are by rule celibate – is felt especially keenly in some regions of the world. Above all in Latin America. [And that seems to be driving things right now… like a kind of crazy manifest destiny.]
I have an idea.
I need to start work – NOW – to set up my new venture:
a match-making service for priests!
Fathers, start getting your CV’s ready.
We need to come up with some good names for it.
A priest friend sent: