|Failing 'the Our Father test': The Pope and the Church cannot permit the overturning of Christ's teachings|
Do read Fr Ray Blake's excellent piece on the Synod of Mess today.
The Pope and his advisers simply cannot do what is being suggested that is their intention in the Rorate piece today without violating - doing a great violence - to Christ's mission on Earth, to His Church, to souls and to Marriage and the Family.
The Kasper proposal - in fact - what is threatened as being the pre-determined 'end game' of the Synod, cannot be squared with the prayer taught to us by Our Lord, let alone His explicit teaching on marriage itself.
As Fr Hunwicke makes quite plain, you really do need a new definition of papal infallibility in order to justify a Pope 'twisting God's hand' in order to overturn God's own verdict on sin, marriage, repentance, the Divine Law, etc.
Quite a long time ago I mused on the possible prospect of Catholics being faced with an unsavory decision concerning whether to obey the Pope or obey Christ.
One would have thought that if what is being proposed at the Synod does not meet the 'Our Father' test, then it would be thrown out as garbage pronto yet there it is, still rotting away at the Synod like month old onion skins.
This isn't the proclamation or prayer for Christ's Kingdom being discussed. I'm not sure God's holy will is being seriously considered by anyone but those who bravely stand up for Christ. This isn't about 'forgiveness' but toleration and blessing of sin. It isn't about being led away or out of temptation and it certainly isn't about being delivered from evil.
We can - we can dare - to say 'Our Father' because Jesus Christ taught us to. If our Heavenly Father has a different view on marriage, adultery, sin and repentance in Germany and Switzerland and overlooks it, and tolerates it there, but not in Poland and Africa, not only would it be impossible to see how the Church is One, Holy and Universal, but it would cast great doubt whether God is One and Holy, as if God would say,
"No, no, do whatever you like. I'm liberal when I'm in Munich, but much more intolerant of sin in Warsaw."
It doesn't just mock the oneness of the Church. Even Almighty isn't given the honour and the Catholic belief in God falls apart.
So actually, I should have done a line through 'Hallowed be Thy Name'.
Do these people even believe in Heaven?