“The first fruit of this synod will be the idea that we have to be reaching out” – Wuerl
Cardinal Wuerl is back home in DC and is talking to the press:
Q: The final document achieved consensus but did not provide many specifics about how bishops and priests will be able to proceed in “accompanying” people. Do you expect the pope to answer those questions, to put some flesh on those bones in some concrete way?
A: I think the first fruit of this synod will be the idea that we have to be reaching out.
Now, more practically, what will the Holy Father do with this? He may share reflections on some of this material in his audience talks. He may decide to do some form of writing on this, or he may turn it over to some offices in the Roman Curia to say, ‘Bring back something on this.’
“The frame of reference now is no longer the Code of Canon Law. The frame of reference is now going to be, ‘What does the gospel really say here?’” …
So, the “frame of reference” is no longer Canon Law. And we have seen that it is no longer the traditional formulations of the Faith; it is no longer the Fathers or Doctors of the Church or the teaching of the ecumenical councils, the documents or definitions of previous popes or even, according to some cardinals, the plain words of Our Lord Jesus Christ as recorded in the Gospels.
So, how is this not simply the construction of an entirely new “church” based on modern (mostly sexual) proclivities?
Thanks Archbishop Lucas Van Looy: “The Synod is putting an end to the Church that judges people. We are not a church of judgement. We are a welcoming church, listening to the people and speaking in clear terms. Tenderness is the word of this Synod. This is the beginning of a new Church.”
Apparently, some have already got the message:
‘Coming Out Day’ at Catholic Colleges Risks Betraying the Faith, Harming Students
While many Catholic colleges and universities are using the occurrence of “National
Coming Out Day” to sponsor events promoting lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and
queer (LGBTQ) identities and lifestyles throughout the month of October, such events
could actually be harmful to the students and risk betraying the Catholic faith,
according to information from the Catholic Medical Association and Courage International,
a Catholic apostolate that ministers to persons with same-sex attraction.
“Events like ‘Coming Out Day’ run the risk of equating a person’s identity with his or
her sexual attractions, which, although they form a significant part of a person’s experience,
are only one factor in the whole complex reality of what it means to be a human being,”
said Father Philip Bochanski, associate director of Courage International, in an interview
with The Cardinal Newman Society.