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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Stop the Synod! (An Online Petition)

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First they came for the Roman Rite, which they destroyed. Then they came for the Church Militant, which they disarmed and surrendered to the spirit of the age. Now, at the Synod, which threatens to become Vatican II rebooted, progressivist bishops and their apparatchiks will be coming for the moral law itself under the guise of a search for “pastoral solutions” to “challenges facing the family

The Return of Vatican II Fever

The symptoms are unmistakable: after a period of relative remission during the years of Pope Benedict’s mysteriously self-terminated reign, the postconciliar “process of decay” remarked by the former Cardinal Ratzinger has resumed with a vengeance, like a rebound infection after an incomplete course of antibiotics. The progressivist priests and prelates who are the disease-causing agents of Vatican II Fever are now running amok throughout the ecclesiastical bloodstream. They have been let loose by a Pope who is so fond of publicly staged “surprises,” all tending to the diminution of traditional Roman Catholicism, that Respice in Me (look at me) could serve as the motto of this pontificate.

Consider just one small but telling example of the overt insurrection “the Francis effect” has encouraged: an
in defense of the Council of Trent: “To convoke a general council, except when absolutely demanded by necessity, is to tempt God.” The absolute necessity of Trent was self-evident. The absolute necessity of Vatican II was non-existent. This unnecessary Synod, like the unnecessary Council in whose name it has been called, tempts God by convoking an assemblage of prelates whose subversive intentions have already been publicly declared.

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:


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Christopher A. Ferrara

Christopher A. Ferrara: President and lead counsel for the American Catholic Lawyers Inc., Mr. Ferrara has been at the forefront of the legal defense of pro-lifers for the better part of a quarter century. Having served with the legal team for high profile victims of the culture of death such as Terri Schiavo, he has long since distinguished him a premier civil rights Catholic lawyer.  Mr. Ferrara has been a lead columnist for The Remnant since 2000 and has authored several books published by The Remnant Press, including the bestseller The Great Façade. Together with his children and wife, Wendy, he lives in Richmond, Virginia.


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