Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Contra Mundum

Polonia Christiana 24 has an interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider on the Synod and its aftermath.

Here is part of the interview:

'During the Synod there had been moments of obvious manipulation on the part of some clerics who held key positions in the editorial and governing structure of the Synod. The interim report (Relatio post disceptationem) was clearly a prefabricated text with no reference to the actual statements of the Synod fathers. 
In the sections on homosexuality, sexuality and “divorced and remarried” with their admittance to the sacraments the text represents a radical neo-pagan ideology. This is the first time in Church history that such a heterodox text was actually published as a document of an official meeting of Catholic bishops under the guidance of a pope, even though the text only had a preliminary character. Thanks be to God and to the prayers of the faithful all over the world that a consistent number of Synod fathers resolutely rejected such an agenda; this agenda reflects the corrupt and pagan main stream morality of our time, which is being imposed globally by means of political pressure and through the almost all-powerful official mass media, which are loyal to the principles of the world gender ideology party. Such a synod document, even if only preliminary, is a real shame and an indication to the extent the spirit of the anti-Christian world has already penetrated such important levels of the life of the Church. This document will remain for the future generations and for the historians a black mark which has stained the honour of the Apostolic See. 
Fortunately the Message of the Synod Fathers is a real Catholic document which outlines the Divine truth on family without being silent about the deeper roots of the problems, i.e. about the reality of sin. It gives real courage and consolation to Catholic families. Some quotations: “We think of the burden imposed by life in the suffering that can arise with a child with special needs, with grave illness, in deterioration of old age, or in the death of a loved one. We admire the fidelity of so many families who endure these trials with courage, faith, and love. They see them not as a burden inflicted on them, but as something in which they themselves give, seeing the suffering Christ in the weakness of the flesh. … Conjugal love, which is unique and indissoluble, endures despite many difficulties. It is one of the most beautiful of all miracles and the most common. This love spreads through fertility and generativity, which involves not only the procreation of children but also the gift of divine life in baptism, their catechesis, and their education. … The presence of the family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in their modest home hovers over you”.'

The full interview, given to a Polish Catholic magazine can be read here.


torchofthefaith said...

Dear Laurence,

This was a great encouragement to us today. Thank you for drawing attention to it.

May God bless Bishop Athanasius Schneider for his words.

In Christ
Alan and Angeline

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Mary Kay said...

Thank you for this beautiful link! Thank God for an archbishop who speaks the truth so clearly, joining his voice with the few who resisted the apparent desires of the scandalous synod.

Lepanto said...

We should cherish and encourage this good bishop and others like him. He lived under the oppression of the former USSR and won't be cajoled or threatened into silence by the Pope and his creatures. He is a true prophet given for our times.

torchofthefaith said...

Thanks Lynda.

We just want to say that we have been consistently encouraged by your clear, concise and orthodox defence of the Faith in comments on this blog and on various others during the last several months.

And Laurence, thanks for providing your blog to help Catholics in these difficult times.

May God bless you.

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