Instrumentum Laboris: the most shocking Vatican Document EVER?

Instrumentum Laboris: the most shocking Vatican Document EVER?

“Will the bishops, successors of the Apostles be silent? Will the cardinals, the Pope’s advisors in the governing of the Church be silent, in the face of this political-religious manifesto which perverts the doctrine and praxis of the Mystical Body of Christ ?”

The first reactions in response to the Instrumentum Laboris for the Amazon Synod were focused on its opening to married priests and the insertion of women into the sacramental orders of the Church. But the Instrumentum Laboris is something more: it’s a manifesto for liberation eco-theology which proposes a pantheist, egalitarian “cosmo-vision” , unacceptable for a Catholic. The gates of the Magisterim, as José Antonio Ureta, rightly highlighted, are being thrown wide open “to Indian Theology and Ecotheology, two Latin American derivatives of Liberation Theology. After the collapse of the USSR and the failure of “real socialism”, the advocates of Liberation Theology (LT), on the Marxist style, attributed the historic role of revolutionary force to indigenous peoples and to nature”.*

In the document, published by the Holy See on June 17, the Amazon “bursts” into the life of the Church like a “new entity” (n.2). But what is the Amazon? It is not only a physical place and a “complex biosphere” (n.10) but also “a reality full of life and wisdom” (n.5), which ascends to a conceptual paradigm and calls us to a “pastoral, ecological and synodal” conversion (n.5). In order to carry out its prophetic role, the Church must heed “the Amazon peoples” (n.7). These people are able to live in “intercommunication” with the entire cosmos (n.12), but their rights are threatened by the economic interests of the multinationals, which, as the natives of Guaviare (Colombia) say “have slashed the veins of our Mother Earth” (n.17).    Click here to read more…

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  • editor

    Below, an extract from the June Bulletin of the SSPX in Scotland, Vox Clamantis, written by the Prior on the subject of Holy Days of Obligation. Father read the following to the congregation this morning in Glasgow, having read the comments on this blog last night, and I have to admit that had I been more careful and read the June bulletin when it was first available, both at the church and online, I wouldn’t have wasted so much time on the topic here. Below, the very clear – and ANYTHING but “schismatic” – position of the SSPX on the matter of Holy Days of Obligation,

    Father Sebastian Wall, Prior, writes:

    Dear Faithful,

    June presents us most years with a real flowering of the Church’s liturgical year. This year we celebrate Whitsun, Corpus Christi and the Sacred Heart during June as well as the feasts which always fall in that month, viz St John the Baptist and Sts Peter and Paul.

    In common with much of the developed world, Scotland had a predominantly agricultural economy until relatively recently and it may seem odd that these holy days – Whit week and the various isolated days of sanctification and, therefore, abstinence from work, – occur during such a busy time on the land.

    Nowadays, of course, considerations of weather in the country and commerce in the towns are the principal concerns of modern man. Whit Monday was still a bank holiday in England when I was a boy though that has long since fallen to “Spring Bank Holiday” and the secularisation of modern society continues apace.

    That is probably why the bishops, whose decision it is whether a holyday of obligation remains so within their jurisdiction, are probably motivated by the thought that it is better for there to be no obligation to hear Mass on certain days, if the people are not going to go, either because they cannot, due to work, or will not. This makes it quite tricky for us in Tradition, who cannot oblige our faithful under pain of sin, but would like to keep the traditional days holy (particularly Corpus Christi which always, and Sts Peter and Paul which often falls on a day other than Sunday.)

    But we must be careful not to let lack of obligation lead to indifference. That is why your priests make considerable efforts to provide you with the possibility of hearing Mass on these days since a) they have been kept so for centuries, through the industrial revolution and well beyond, b) they are still holidays in the universal Church to which we belong and c) they offer worship to God and sanctification to His people. We would like to encourage our faithful too, if it is at all possible (inconvenience notwithstanding) to make similar efforts. The retired and self-employed will obviously find it easier to get to Mass on these days but I urge everyone to make a special effort, making the act virtuous rather than merely required. God will not let Himself be outdone in generosity.

    (Rev Sebastian Wall (Prior), Vox Clamantis, Bulletin of the Society of Saint Pius X in Scotland, June, 2019). Ends.

    I’ve now got “check the monthly SSPX bulletin” in my diary – quite aside from the above extracts, there is a wealth of reading in the current, July, issue into which I’ve just dipped, and I’m sure that will be true of Vox Clamantis generally speaking.

    Finally, I’ve now deleted most of the comments on the topic of the holy days; apart from being off topic, they were based on a flawed understanding of the SSPX position on holy days, corrected by the above extract from Fr Wall’s statement in the June edition of his newsletter. The buck stops with me, so I shoulder the blame for not having checked the facts before allowing the discussion to continue.

    With apologies, therefore, to all who have devoted time and energy to this subject 😀 and with thanks to all who contributed to the topic, I will now close this thread.

    June 30, 2019 at 4:20 pm
  • editor


    To reasonable souls like your good self, arranging a chat over coffee or tea is the self-evident thing to do when it is clear there is some kind of deep misunderstanding or personality clash. But it’s not self-evident to an awful lot of people. I’ve tried twice recently to do just that to “sort it out” but was effectively told to sling my hook in one case, and totally blanked out/ignored in the other. And so the same unChristian atmosphere prevails whenever I encounter those who don’t trust me to make a cup of tea 😀

    What’s that Yorkshire saying…. “there’s nowt so queer as folk”!

    June 30, 2019 at 4:41 pm

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