Reports are circulating that Pope Francis could - or might be contemplating defining in an infallible manner - the 'end result' of the Synod. For some reason, that doesn't fill me with confidence.
There's something rather mentally unstable about the nature of the papacy post-2013, swinging wildly, as if in bi-polarity, between the:
'What me? Oh don't mind me. I'm only the Bishop of Rome, first among equals, humble prelate operating in a spirit of collegiality, interested only in fostering debate among other equals, my brother Bishops...'
...while doing this...
...on the one hand, and 'I'm the Successor of St Peter, so...
...on the other.
This is, rather scarily, a neat combo of 'excessive' Rome Reports generated humility bound up with cosmetic collegiality and the arbitrary use of extraordinary power which has been picked up on by those he has hand-picked to gather round him to hold 'mini-Synods' in his residence. Most of these figures want to redefine the word 'Catholic'.
Put frankly, the Synod itself has taken on the element of theatrical farce. If so much were not at stake it would be comic. You can say what you like in this 'protected space' for the Holy Spirit to speak, as long as you are uttering heresy, trampling on Christ's teachings and leading your flock into oblivion.
|"Come to me all ye who are in mortal sin and I will give you Holy Communion!"|
Those Bishops who are not of the mind of the scandalous Archbishop Cupich currently going 'down in a Blaise of glory' must be starting to wonder whether the 'infallible statement' will be delivered by a complete fantasist. Not only that, but the Synod Fathers by now know they're being undeniably and outrageously manipulated by the King.
After all, if the Pope is intending to redefine Almighty God, the Moral Law, the Gospel, the family and redefine REALITY ITSELF, then I'd rather believe Francis was mad than think this snap was a huge PR disaster for Dr Evil...
There's reams of evidence online in assorted homilies in which His Holiness denounces things he quickly does, or says things he completely contradicts the next day. Is it time for the Synod Fathers to question, if not yet the validity of this Pope (because that's what they'll most likely have to deal with after his "special infallible pronouncement", but his sanity?
So why not take a break from this Synodal skull-duggery and mad-cappery and curl up in front of the TV and watch a classic biopic of the life of King George III and his personal descent into madness. This line seems particularly appropriate:
"I'm the King of England."
"No, Sir. You are THE PATIENT!"
or, you could watch it...