Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput, a participant in the 2018 Synod (“walking together”), has been interviewed by CatholicPhilly.com.
This quote struck me:
Q: What might the synod change in Church doctrine or in the interpretation of the doctrine?
CHAPUT: No synod has the authority to change core Christian teachings; nor does any Pope. In matters of interpretation, the unstated struggle in the 2018 synod revolves around Catholic sexual morality. As one young female youth minister put it: Underneath all its social science data and verbiage, the instrumentum laboris is finally, very quietly, about sex. It’s especially odd that the word “chastity” appears almost nowhere in the IL text. Humanae Vitae and the [JP2] theology of the body are completely absent.
It is indeed “odd” in the sense of “bizarre”. On the other hand, it is not odd at all, given that there seems to be a strong effort from the writers of the documents emanating since 2013 to attenuate and even eliminate the magisterium of John Paul II. This has been both by frontal assault (Amoris 8) and by the Fabian strategy of avoidance (Five Dubia).
For the organizers of the Synod (“walking together”) it seems to be all about sex.
How condescending to young people
THAT, my friends, is clericalism of the worst sort. And I’ll wager it’s also strong tinged in not a few cases with #sodoclericalism. Hence, they focus on what they want to deal with.