Recently, in the pages of First Things, Archbp. Chaput of Philadelphia published a theologian’s views of the Instrumentum Laboris for the upcoming Synod of Bishops about “young people”.
A couple points leap out.
First, I note in a piece at LifeSite that, after a tutting Cupich took Chaput to task for daring to display an opinion, now Baldisseri wonders aloud about why Chaput did what he did. A simple answer comes in the form of a tweet:
Maybe the coordinated attempt to humiliate the last 13 prelates who privately and “confidentially” voiced concerns about a synod had something to do with it. (I’m sure +Baldisseri knows nothing about that.) https://t.co/1MnIDWKwIS
— Stephen White (@SWhiteEPPC) October 1, 2018
So far, the best comment about the Instrumentum Laboris:
Papal biographer George Weigel described the working document as “a bloated, tedious door stop…woefully lacking in spiritual or theological insight.”
Also, this popped out from the LifeSite piece:
Among the most controversial clergy to attend is Bishop Felix Genn, a German bishop who last month did not stop a priest under his care from circulating homosexual “love” stories in his diocese. Genn has all been accused of covering up several sex abuse cases.
Where have I seen that name recently?
Bishop Genn of Münster has declared he will not ordain “pre-conciliar clerical types”. In 2017, three priests were ordained in his diocese. In January, the diocesan seminary rector spoke of ‘sleepless nights’ because of the lack of #vocations https://t.co/xmUfqoawgl
— AC Wimmer (@AC_Wimmer) September 28, 2018
Well… there’s an open-minded bishop! Just what they need in a Synod on young people, even as young people in the Church today are turning away from the aging-hippie crap that’s been foisted on them.
And read THIS alarming line up for the Synod. Alarming.
Some people think that this Synod will be, as the last two manifestly were, rigged to go in a certain direction. You will perhaps remember that, in the last Synods, there were clear violations of the rules governing voting, all manner of nonsense was brought out in pressers that wasn’t discussed on the floor, books sent to members were stolen from mail slots (a crime), etc. etc. It got so bad that Edward Pentin wrote a book about it and, in a satirical manner, the legendary “Zuhlio” teamed up the the official parodohymniodist of the blog, to issue a hit single: “Fifty Ways To Rig A Synod”
Speaking of Zuhlio, I received a note from him expressing concern about various corners of the Church, not just the Synod. He was in a nostalgic and more than a little melancholy mood, I think, judging from his new offering.