“The Instrumentum Laboris burdens the Synod of Bishops, and finally the pope, with a grave breach with the Depositum fidei (deposit of the faith), which in its consequence means the self-destruction of the Church or the transformation of the Corpus Christi mysticum (Mystical Body of Christ) into a secular NGO with an ecological-social-psychological mandate," said the cardinal. "We are witnessing a new form of the classical Modernism of the early 20th century.” (Emphasis added.)
Rev. Erwin Krautler, bishop emeritus of Xingu, Brazil, who will be reporting on the synod for the bishops, summarized the objectives of the gathering in Rome. As reported by Tradition, Family and Property, the objectives are,
- Fostering an appreciation for “lay ministries”
- Allowing women deacons
- Finding “alternative rituals” for the Eucharist
- Establishing a new model of “priesthood” not reserved for men
- Promoting an “enculturation” of the Sacraments, i.e., reinterpreting them from an indigenous perspective
- Reinvigorating the grassroots Basic Christian Communities that served as the “militant arm” of liberation theology
- Rejecting any industrial development of the Amazon region
- Internationalizing the Amazon
This post may not be of great interest to non-Catholics but it is of great interests to people like TTG and me. This synod of bishops will meet in Rome in October and after deliberation, contemplation and hopefully prayer, will deliver recommendations to Pope Francis who will, I am sure, be awaiting them with "bated breath."
Also included in the "package" is a provision for married male priests. Somehow that did not make the bolded list above.
My initial response is to favor much of this agenda if that it be. Perhaps I spent too much time in the 3rd World with people for whom the trappings of the medieval Roman Church were an obstacle to faith. This agenda would IMO represent a rehabilitation of at least the spirit of liberation theology. The possibility of a lapse into Marxism lurks in some of these agenda items and should be avoided. Marxism and its communist variant both block the ability of the poor to rise in prosperity and should be shunned.
The boldest of these agenda items is the idea of "alternative rituals for the Eucharist." I have often listened to missionaries speak of related issues. These were people who had long lived among indigenous tribal populations and who found communal sharing of everything in life to be such a noble life that for these priests it was not clear who should be feeding whom spiritually at the Eucharist. To understand that I suppose one must understand that the sacrament of the Eucharist in transubstantiation is the central feature of Catholic life, the giving of the Lord's body in communion.
I can understand that Cardinal Burke and other old men in red and purple have a very hard time accepting changes that at least have the appearance of spiritual loss, but this agenda does not seem to me to represent spiritual loss. PL