Francis kicks off 3-week Vatican assembly…
The Youth Synod 2018 Begins
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The long wait is finally over: After three painful years without knowing what the god of surprises might want to reveal to Club Francis next, the latest and greatest Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops is back in session! In a last-minute showdown, the online petition circulated by The Remnant to stop the synod could not prevent the Vatican assembly from proceeding as scheduled.
On the morning of Oct. 3, 2018, Antipope Francis kicked off what is more commonly known as the “Youth Synod”, since the official theme of the three-week gathering of Modernist pseudo-bishops is “young people, the faith, and vocational discernment”. The synod has its own web site and is scheduled to conclude on Oct. 28. On Sunday, Oct. 14, the assembly will be interrupted to bring you the latest “saint” of the Novus Ordo religion: Bp. Giovanni Battista Montini, better known by his stage name “Pope Paul VI” (1963-78).
For those who may need a quick refresher on what a disaster the previous two synods under Francis were (in 2014 and ’15, respectively), the long-term result of which was the infernal exhortation Amoris Laetia in 2016, the following links will help:
- 2014: The Synod is Over: Oh, the Drama!
- 2014: Francis’ Closing Speech: Wanting to have it both ways
- 2014: The Day After: First Synod Document causes Chaos
- 2014: A Nod to Sin at the Synod: “Elements” of Good in Evil!
- 2015: Showdown in Rome: Complete Synod Coverage
The synod began with an opening “Mass” on Oct. 3 in St. Peter’s Square (full video here). As though in a competition to outdo himself each time for the worst, ugliest, and most offensive pastoral staff, Jorge Bergoglio presented a hybrid between a slingshot and a barbecue fork, shown in the photo above. It is a fitting visual representation of the garbage theology the Vatican II Sect puts out on a continual basis.
During his sermon for the occasion, the Argentinian apostate offered some of the usual vacuous Vatican II slogans. He spoke of renewing “the capacity to dream and to hope” and seriously suggested that the hapless youngsters caught up in the Novus Ordo religion “will be capable of prophesy and vision.” He asked “the Spirit” for the “grace to be synodal Fathers anointed with the gift of dreaming and of hoping” before denouncing, as Antipope John XXIII did during the opening of Vatican II, those “prophets of doom” once more, which clearly don’t fit into the post-conciliar period of positive elements, renewal, and unbounded joy.
Francis expressed his hope that the 3-week synodal blather marathon will “broaden our horizons, expand our hearts and transform those frames of mind that today paralyze, separate and alienate us from young people.” He then claimed that “our Lord offers the Church today as a gift” nothing less than the “capacity to dream together”. That some dreams are terrifying nightmares was not mentioned by the garrulous Jesuit.
Francis then conveyed his intent to “listen to one another, in order to discern together what the Lord is asking of his Church”, demonstrating once again that the Novus Ordo religion is a religion from below, where God’s Voice is supposedly found in listening to sinners chat about their lives and what they think about God rather than in Divine Revelation contained in “the faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). Our recent meme has thus been fully vindicated:
Francis ended his main message by expressing his wish that “with our dreams and hopes, we may accompany and encourage our young people to always continue prophesying.” Continue prophesying, right. Just as a reminder: We’re talking about the hand-holding YouCat and “Catholic Woodstock” generation that would sooner look for Aquinas among the twelve zodiac signs than among the Doctors of the Church. That’s not their fault — they are victims — but it goes to show what nonsense this Novus Ordo “prophecy” business is, and always has been.
During his sermon, Francis also gave a quick shout-out to the two Chinese Communist-approved “bishops” in attendance at the synod: “Today, for the first time, we have also with us two bishops from mainland China. We offer them our warm welcome: the communion of the entire Episcopate with the Successor of Peter is yet more visible thanks to their presence.” He choked up as he was reading these words, referring to John Baptist Yang Xiaoting and Joseph Guo Jincai. The former had been approved by both the Vatican and the Chinese Communists from the very beginning (2010), but the latter is from the group of Communists whose excommunication Francis gratuitously lifted just a few days ago, on Sep. 22. As for the persecuted underground church in China, we need but recall Francis’ words of Sep. 25 on his return flight from Estonia: “I think of the resistance, the catholics who have suffered. It’s true. And, they will suffer. Always, in an agreement, there is suffering.” Translation: Tough luck; suck it up.
The significance of this outrage cannot be overstated. After Communist China signed the recent agreement with the Unholy See on the appointment of bishops last month, the first thing the newly-reconciled “Catholic bishops” from China did was pledge loyalty to the Communist Party. And one of them is now being celebrated at the synod. A quick refresher from Pope Pius XI will help to put things in perspective: “[B]olshevistic and atheistic Communism … aims at upsetting the social order and at undermining the very foundations of Christian civilization… Communism is intrinsically wrong, and no one who would save Christian civilization may collaborate with it in any undertaking whatsoever” (Encyclical Divini Redemptoris, nn. 3, 58). But that was then, of course. Now we need to “broaden our horizons” because we are “anointed by hope”, we “dream” and have “visions” and “prophesy” to “discern” what the “Spirit” is telling us. Barf bag, where art thou?
After the Novus Ordo worship service, the first session of the Synod was held. It is introduced and summarized by Rome Reports here:
Naturally, Francis gave an opening address. It was a manifesto of the usual claptrap about dialoguing, listening, being open-minded, etc. Of course “God’s surprises” also made an appearance: “A Church that does not listen shows herself closed to newness, closed to God’s surprises, and cannot be credible, especially for the young who will inevitably turn away rather than approach”, Francis claimed.
It goes without saying that Francis’ “listening” process will be very selective and custom-tailored to the desired results. We saw earlier this year that when Novus Ordo youth demand orthodoxy, reverence, and the traditional Latin Mass, suddenly the “Spirit” is not at work, and those youngsters get denounced for being rigid, insecure, and attached to a “fad.”
By contrast to Francis’ push for “newness”, we recall that in 1902 Pope Leo XIII condemned “unsound novelty which … dwells on the introduction of a new order of Christian life, on new directions of the Church, on new aspirations of the modern soul, … on a new Christian civilization, and many other things of the same kind”; and Pope St. Pius X declared: “Far, far from the clergy be the love of novelty!” (Encyclical Pascendi, nn. 55, 49).
Speaking of prophesying, the prophet Jeremias once wrote down the following: “Thus saith the Lord: Stand ye on the ways, and see and ask for the old paths which is the good way, and walk ye in it: and you shall find refreshment for your souls. And they said: we will not walk” (Jer 6:16). How’s that for a message from the God of surprises for Francis?
Bergoglio’s claim that a church that does not listen is not credible may very well be true for his apostate sect, but it’s certainly not true for the Catholic Church, which has the divine commission to teach, not to be taught (see Mt 28:19-20; 1 Tim 3:15; 1 Jn 2:27). Her credibility comes from her divine institution, not from “listening” to sinners.
Next, Francis rose to the occasion and courageously denounced a “perversion [that] is the root of many evils in the Church.” Can you guess what he was referring to? Correct: clericalism! It “arises from an elitist and exclusivist vision of vocation, that interprets the ministry received as a power to be exercised rather than as a free and generous service to be given”, said the man with the well-deserved moniker of “Dictator Pope”.
Bergoglio ended his address by threatening “to plant dreams, draw forth prophecies and visions, allow hope to flourish, inspire trust, bind up wounds, weave together relationships, awaken a dawn of hope, learn from one another, and create a bright resourcefulness that will enlighten minds, warm hearts, give strength to our hands, and inspire in young people – all young people, with no one excluded – a vision of the future filled with the joy of the Gospel.”
As always: lots of fluffy, flowery metaphors sweet to the ears — with as much substance and nutritional value as cotton candy.
Here is some general information about the Synod:
- Official Synod 2018 Web Site
- List of Participants
- Answers to Frequently-Asked Questions
- Synod Preparatory Document
- Synod Working Document – Instrumentum Laboris
- Official Synod 2018 Facebook Page
- Official Synod 2018 Instagram Page
- Official Synod 2018 Twitter Feed
What can we expect from the 2018 Synod on the Young? The following links provide some background information:
- The 2018 Synod: Key themes, deep tensions, and many questions (Catholic World Report)
- Francis Boosts Authority of the Synod of Bishops (Edward Pentin)
- As the New Synod Opens (Robert Royal)
- Concerns Generated by Lack of Clarity on Synod Voting Procedures (Edward Pentin)
- Youth Synod goes forward, seemingly headed on a wide and dangerous path (Life Site)
- Francis taps loyalists for key roles in Synod of Bishops (Crux)
- Why this Synod of Bishops may be the most important of all (John Allen)
- JPII’s biographer: young priests fear ‘working document’ will doom Youth Synod (Life Site)
- A Listening Church (Commonweal)
- Cloud of sex abuse scandal hangs over Vatican youth meeting (Associated Press)
- The Youth Synod (P. J. Smith)
- Archbishop Chaput publishes strong criticism of Youth Synod document (Catholic Herald)
- Chaput: Youth synod depends on faith, not sentimentality (Catholic News Agency)
- Baldisseri reproves Chaput, says abuse crisis won’t stop synod success (Catholic News Agency)
- See nothing, judge everyone, act ridiculously (Michael Sean Winters)
- German bishop who allowed teen LGBT ‘love’ stories to circulate in diocese to attend Youth Synod (Maike Hickson)
- Have Synods Become Vehicles for Legitimizing Heterodoxy? (Edward Pentin)
The following video by Rome Reports gives a 3-minute overview of what will happen at the youth synod:
And this video by Catholic News Service explains what a synod is in the Novus Ordo religion: