I try not to pay too much attention to Jesuit-run Amerika Magazine. It occasionally intrudes. Even less to I want thoughts of or by Austen Ivereigh. I am therefore grateful to my friend Fr. Raymond J. de Souza who, writing for the National Catholic Register on 9 November, [HERE] gave his take on Ivereigh’s “insider” account in Amerika on 29 October about a committee set up by the Synod (“walking together”) of Bishops (including Ivereigh) at Frascati cobbling up the instrumentum laboris for the next phase towards the Synod (“walking together”) on Synodality (“walking together-ity”).
De Souza’s scathing distillation of the “board room” process engaged at Frascati in by the Synod’s (“walking together”) committee is brilliant.
Be warned. Even shielded as we are by his mediation, what is related makes one want a shower with industrial strength soap.
Prompted by de Souza’s analysis, I had look at Amerika. After I found a video of a couple of youthful Jesuits giving their deeply cringeworthy thoughts about “liturgy” (I think they meant “Mass”, but who knows), I readied my emesis basin by my keyboard and started in with Ivereigh’s account.
De Souza’s analysis is on target. “Smarmy” isn’t enough. It was like reading a report written by Lord Haw-Haw. But it is no joke. It would be easily dismissible as sycophantic twaddle were it not for the fact that this Synod (“walking together”) thing, this risible clown-car cum crushing juggernaut, is really “walking together”: the teaching of whole pontificates is being white washed from view, and a new set of buzz words is replacing history, reason, and faith.
Heaven only knows what will be done during and in the aftermath of this Synodal (“walking together”) process. But be assured, everything done, every reasoning defying, doctrine denying transmogrification will be attributed to the inspiration of the “the Holy Spirit”.
A comment by de Souza near the end of his piece is worth recounting here. It seems that the Synodal (“walking together”) process means that you can make Scripture mean anything you want it to, because, you know, Vatican II and all that. It’s the Spirit at work. So, use of Scripture is sure to be dodgy. Hence de Souza’s observation about the imagery of “enlarging the tent” of the Church, ’cause, you know, it’s too small because of Vatican II:
This time around, the scriptural mischief has landed upon Isaiah 54 and the image of “enlarging the tent.”
“The existing containers are not adequate to hold the diversity of the Church, nor to enable the participation of all in the mission,” writes Ivereigh. Time for a bigger tent.
Yet the tent of meeting for the children of Israel required rigorous purification before entering. And the enlarged tent of Isaiah 54 is an image of Israel subduing the enemies on her borders; enlarging the tent is more an image of conquering, not walking together.
I printed a copy of de Souza’s commentary to a PDF and saved it.