Synod Special: if it takes wrong turning “stay faithful” – Cardinal Burke

Synod Special: if it takes wrong turning “stay faithful” – Cardinal Burke


 Update – 1/10/15:  Synod process a sham – click here to read more

On the eve of the Synod on the Family  

On the eve of the Second Session of the Synod on the Family, which will take place in Rome from October 4-25, the petitions, books, colloquiums and articles criticizing the “progressive” proposals of Cardinal Walter Kasper are multiplying—a very fortunate development. Widely different sorts of information are relayed in bulk on the Internet, and documents of uneven value are offered wholesale. The exhaustive treatment of the topics is claimed as a proof of impartiality, but often it serves only to overwhelm the reader.

Given this incessant stream, it is difficult to tell what is truly worth paying attention to. For this reason DICI is now dedicating to the Synod a special column that will feature factual information and essential documents, with commentary explaining whether or not they contribute to the defense of Catholic doctrine and morals about marriage and the family.

As Father Christian Bouchacourt, Superior of the District of France of the Society of Saint Pius X, very correctly remarked in his September 17 communiqué: “The guidelines of the first session, statements by some participants and the preparatory document for this second session cause us to fear great danger for the Church.” In such a serious hour, it is understandable that we do not want to “surf” the Internet about the Synod—from one scoop to the latest buzz!—but rather to distinguish what is Catholic from what is not.    Father Alain Lorans

 Source  and click here to read Cardinal Burke on impossibility of changing Church teaching on marriage. And here to read the Cardinal’s advice on what to do if the synod takes a “strange” (i.e. a “wrong”) turning.


We’re a bit early – we had been planning to launch a “Synod Special” thread on 1st October, but since the DICI column looks good, we decided to go ahead and launch now, instead. As well as keeping an eye on the Dici column, then,  feel free to post any articles, videos etc of interest which may help to cast light on what we might expect during the Synod – or as a result of it.  Anyone who feels moved to post appropriate prayers etc. or to suggest any fasts that don’t include giving up chocolate and cream cakes, go ahead!

Comments (213)

  • Christina

    That’s very kind of you Frankier – I should engage brain more. I wasn’t thinking too clearly after seeing that sickening performance.😷

    October 7, 2015 at 10:20 pm
  • editor

    Here’s the latest from Damian Thompson at The Spectator – I’ve put a few comments under the article, so maybe others will take a minute to do likewise.

    October 8, 2015 at 9:56 am
    • Constantine

      Yeah, you’re right, there’s something rotten in the state of Denmark with that one. Can’t put my finger on it exactly… but I expect his “children” are… well, you know, stepchildren, if you know get my meaning. His vocabulary is also rather limited compared to yours. Only Vanessa Feltz could outdo you on that score.

      October 8, 2015 at 11:28 pm
      • editor


        1) To whom is your comment addressed (at 11.28pm October 8th) ?
        2) What is “that one”?
        3) Whose “children” are really “his stepchildren”?
        4) Whose vocabulary is limited?
        5) by comparison to whose vocabulary is (4) vocabulary “rather limited”?
        6) What is so special about Vanessa Feltz’s vocabulary?
        7) Who is the “you” in your final sentence?

        October 8, 2015 at 11:55 pm
      • Constantine

        That’s that fourth whiskey talking. Again!

        October 9, 2015 at 12:09 am
  • Margaret Mary

    A bishop is arguing for women deacons now – I just can’t imagine a woman presiding at a wedding or funeral. I will never accept this if it comes in. If a priest isn’t available for the sacraments, there has to be something else we can do. Am I the only person to find this absolutely unacceptable?

    October 8, 2015 at 3:16 pm
    • gabriel syme

      I saw that Margaret Mary, but I think it is just misdirection, a distraction technique from liberals to make opponents of proposed changes lose their concentration.

      After all, why the blazes are women deacons being raised in a family synod?

      And I agree with you – such would be totally unacceptable. It wouldnt satisfy critics of the clergy – they would just change their argument to be “women are already deacons, why not priests?”.

      October 8, 2015 at 3:47 pm
      • Margaret Mary


        I didn’t even think of that – it being raised at a synod on the family

        It looks like there are people making full use of the chance to be liberals out in the open.

        Also, you are so right about the slippery slope – if women can be deacons and do all those things, why not priests will be the next argument.

        October 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm
  • gabriel syme

    After his adverse reaction to Cardinal Erdo’s opening speech, Pope Francis has now ‘had a go’ at Cardinal Pell (according to Fr Z).

    Cardinal Pell has criticised the composition of the committee due to write the final synod report, (its stacked full of Francis’ liberal yes-men), which has apparently not gone down well with Francis.

    On the other hand, Cardinal Napier has stated that worries about the synod being rigged have been “allayed”.

    If it was someone like Nichols, Marx or Schonborn saying that, I would think “aye, right” and be very suspicious.

    But I am more inclined to trust in Cardinal Napier. He was a vocal critic of goings on last year, and – being an African prelate – actually has a bit of Catholicism about him, unlike so many of his lamentable European and North American brothers.

    October 8, 2015 at 4:16 pm
  • gabriel syme

    Archbishop Coleridge – whom I have never heard of, but is supposedly liberal – has claimed that the Bishops are against the Kasper proposal, by a margin of 65% versus 35%.

    (Cardinal Erdo had previously said something very similar).

    I am encouraged by that margin, but isnt it a scandal that 35% of a gathering of Catholic Bishops are prepared to go against what Jesus Christ taught personally?

    October 8, 2015 at 4:21 pm
    • editor

      Gabriel Syme,

      The problem is, Pope Francis appears to be numbered among the 35%, at least according to this report

      October 9, 2015 at 9:11 am
  • Therese


    After listening to Fr O’Connor, I’m grateful that 65% are on the right side. Obviously you are right about the truly scandalous 35%. I want their names and addresses.

    October 8, 2015 at 4:37 pm
  • Theresa Rose

    Gabriel, Therese,

    If Archbishop Coleridge is correct in his claims that 65% are against the Kaspar proposal that is something. Even so I agree that 35% is truly scandalous. Going against what Our Lord Jesus Christ taught shows a lack of concern for the salvation of souls.

    October 8, 2015 at 5:58 pm
  • editor

    N O T I C E . . .

    As we will be closing the September threads very soon, and this one is now rather lengthy, we have opened another Synod thread, following receipt of a short report from Joe O’Connell of the Fatima Center in Cork, who is in Rome. Click here to reach the new thread. This one will remain near the top of the page for ease of reference, until after the synod.

    Thank you to all who contributed to this thread – looking forward to your comments on the new thread Our Lady of Fatima Arrives for the Synod

    October 9, 2015 at 10:44 am

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