Fr. Chris' Article - October 13, 2019
Oct 10, 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This last week in Rome, the so-called Amazonian Synod began, and will continue through most of the month of October. There has been a flurry of speculation and commentary on this in the Catholic blogosphere and other Catholic news for many months leading up to the Synod itself. Many people, however, remain unaware that it is even happening, much less what the particulars of it are. I feel I need to at least mention it so that we can be praying for the Pope and the bishops involved.
Among other things, the purpose of the synod on the face of it is to discuss the challenges to ministry and evangelization in this particular remote region of South America. Most notable and talked about amongst those challenges is the relative lack of priests to attend to the sacramental needs of the people there.
The fears of many regarding the synod are manifold. One, the working document that was published as a framework for discussion amongst the bishops and theologians attending has some very alarming content. There is mention of making provision for married men to be ordained to the priesthood, the ordination of women to the diaconate, and a very healthy dose of what would seem to be some sort of eco-theology that skirts or crosses the line of pantheism (the idea that created things are divine or gods themselves). These things are highly problematic at best or outright non-Christian at worst.
It is far too much to go into each of these issues in this article, but this event is clearly shaping up to be very confusing at the least, or even disastrous for the health and unity of the Church. Many, myself included, see this as a potential foil by many dissident bishops and theologians to foist an agenda onto the wider church using the difficulties of a small region of the globe as the excuse. Yes, there are those within the Church who would attempt to remake Her in their own image. The integrity of the faith regarding the truth of the Sacraments, the dangers of relativism and syncretism (blending of different religions), and the centrality of Jesus Christ would seem to be at stake.
This is a long way of saying that we all need to be lifting up our leadership in prayer during this time and call out to the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, to protect the Church from error. It is impossible for anyone, even the Pope, to change the perennial truths of the Catholic Faith in any substantive way. Any attempt to do so would be automatically void anyway. However, the confusion that would occur amongst the faithful could be great and lead many astray from the legitimate Faith.
Put your praying hats on, folks. Pray in love and concern for our Holy Father, that he be preserved from harmful influences and demonic confusion. Pray that even the risks of this kind of disaster might be averted and clarity of teaching obtain. This could be an interesting month.
In Christ the Son of God,