I tried composing a blog post of thoughts on the Pope and the Synod but could not do so without gradually abandoning any sense of charity. Towards the end I basically suggested Church history might well record Pope Francis as some kind of false prophet. Its best I don't publish it, but it just goes to show 'gradualism' isn't all its cracked up to be. You start out with good intentions but soon enough all hell breaks loose and even the good that you started out with ends up being thrown away.
Whatever takes place during this Synod, Pope 'Nothing you can say will offend me' Francis has quite possibly laid the groundwork for the biggest war in the Church since the last one, and just short of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions. The time to choose your 'tribe' seems to be fast approaching. I give you, readers, the eerily prophetic, 'Frankie Goes to Hollywood'.
Prophetic: 'Frankie says relax'...
"Don't be afraid to offend me" said Pope Francis. So Cardinal Kasper can more or less suggest what Jesus Christ said is "offensive". The Pope is not offended. No, no. You can insult Christ and His teachings all you like and the Pope is not offended.
Erm....so what if a Cardinal gets up and says...
"Hey, Frankie, sorry, Your Holiness, I read that new book published by that Socci guy. I reckon he's right. This whole two Popes situation doesn't add up. I'm not completely certain you are a validly elected Pope and I'm not wholly convinced Benedict XVI's resignation is valid either!"
Yeah, that should go down well...
"Security! We've got some gossipers here!"
Oops, I've done it again. Oh well, a little sin doesn't matter, does it? In time I'll overcome it. Gradually! I agree with Pat Archbold. Bishop Satan of Gehanna, Germany, is certainly present at the Synod. Does anyone know when his next 'intervention' will be? Will it be published? I hear he's one of the Bishops supporting the Kasper proposal. Gradualism is definitely his thing.
"Oh go on, its just a little act of disobedience...its of no consequence really..."
Gradually, we are seeing at the Synod why it is that Holy Writ describes the ancient serpent, the father of lies, the deadly foe of God and man, as 'more subtle than any of the beasts of the earth that the Lord God made.'
I guess that Kieran Conry can feel hard done by.
After all, he was only lending his ears to the beat of this era and detecting the scent of people today...
It's only natural in this pontificate that the former Bishop should be confused about the moral law and the difference between right and wrong. I'm sure he'll be publicly repentant one day. Gradually.