The Power of Silence? Card. Sarah declines role on #2018Synod committee


Cardinal Sarah declines election to key committee at Vatican Youth Synod [“walking together”]

VATICAN CITY, October 4, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Robert Sarah was elected last evening as a member of the Information Commission responsible for disseminating news on the Vatican Youth Synod, but has declined the position “for personal reasons,” it has emerged.

At a press briefing today at the Vatican, Bishop Fabio Fabene, undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops, told journalists that Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, did not specify what his motives were for declining the position, only that it was due to “personal reasons.”

Cardinal Sarah, of Guinea, is also the author of two acclaimed books: God or Nothing and The Power of Silence.


I greatly respect Card. Sarah. If he declined this role, then God bless him.

Who would want to be associated with dissemination of pre-cooked news?

My own copy in English of Robert Card. Sarah’s book, The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise.


And if you haven’t read it yet…


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  1. Justalurkingfool says:

    Yeah, Cardinal Sarah!


  2. pbnelson says:

    Incredible book. Can’t recommend it enough. Increased my appreciation for the Extraordinary Form and its long silent stretches. Should be required reading.

  3. Dismas says:

    Well, we know who won’t be invited to any of the Synodal festivities.

  4. Dan says:

    I suspect the world could one day benefit if one day Cardinal Sarah was the chosen from another kind of election with a lot of cardinals.

    Pope Pius XIII? Pope Gregory XVII, ooorrr Pope Clement XV

  5. Dismas says:

    @Dan I’d be fine with Leo XIV…

  6. docsmith54 says:

    All good name choices for a man of God in a most holy role. Add Leo to the list.

  7. Prayerful says:

    Cardinal Sarah surely recognises that he would waste his time and compromise himself through association with something with a pre-determined outcome.

  8. ChrisP says:

    Robert Cardinal Sarah – definite papabile as Pope Simon

  9. maternalView says:

    The Power of Silence is full of meditation- worthy sentences on every page.

  10. teomatteo says:

    This news troubles me. We may never know why he declined. I hope Archbishop Chaput isnt left alone. Me negative. God wants me positive.

  11. chantgirl says:

    After seeing how the first synod on the family went, some of us signed a petition for a boycott of the second synod on the family. The second synod went as planned, and we got Amoris Laetitia, which some of Francis’ team says does not change doctrine at all, and some others of his team say changes everything and gives us a new paradigm. If the new paradigm guys are right, then church teaching has changed with the votes of a small gathering of bishops and cardinals. It wasn’t like all a Vatican council called all of the bishops and cardinals together to vote on these changes; it was a small portion of the hierarchy. Of course we know that the Church can’t actually change her doctrine, but that doesn’t mean that men aren’t trying to do just that, and short of being able to, trying to give the perception that it has happened.

    So, in the face of a small, carefully selected group of bishops picked for their willingness to comply with the new paradigm, and synod procedures manipulated to shut down dissenters, what options do men like Cardinal Sarah have other than to remove their name from the charade?

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