Faced with this threat, the neo-Catholic “normalists,” in typical fashion, counsel the avoidance of any expression of alarm about the Synod, along with private prayers that it will do no harm. Somehow they fail to notice that proponents of the Synod and its own working document cite public “demands” from purported members of “the People of God” who have not been silent and are at this very moment militating for devastating changes in Church discipline.
More than prayer, which is always necessary, faithful Catholics must act by publicly opposing those who are planning a coup in October. We must follow the example of a few courageous prelates, such as Cardinal Burke, who have declared their own public opposition, unlike the useless “normalists” with their false notions of charity, obedience and “trust in the Church” amounting to nothing more than the same timid quietism that has yielded ground to the post-conciliar revolution at every step in its advance. Given the populist dynamic driving this event, in Providence our loyal opposition may be precisely what prevents, or at least helps to prevent, a debacle. In any case, the usual neo-Catholic quiescence in the face of revolutionary activity in the Church is not an option. We must present in the public forum the only appropriate “demands” of the “the People of God” respecting the Synod: that, if it must take place, the participants courageously hold the line on the Church’s perennial practice in defense of her moral teachings, while affirming those teachings without equivocation.
But the Pope could do this alone, as could each bishop in his own diocese, without the risks attendant upon assembling a cabal of progressives in Rome. Therefore, I would propose a single and quite simple demand of “the People of God” to be raised by faithful Catholics throughout the world:
STOP THE SYNOD.