The Rap Sheet
A running tab on heresies and/or insane uncatholic nonsense coming out of the Synod from actual bishops. A simple bullet pointed list that will let anyone know at a glance who said what and when, with a link included.
We will also provide, if possible, Facebook and Twitter links so that readers can go and share their feelings in an open and honest manner, as we have been taught all our lives by our hippie leaders to do.
- Archbishop Paul Andre Durocher, Gatineau, Quebec: “I think we should really start looking seriously at the possibility of ordaining women deacons because the diaconate in the church’s tradition has been defined as not being ordered toward priesthood but toward ministry.” – female deacons. Tuesday, October 6, 2015, Synod – Links: Facebook. Twitter. Blog.
- Archbishop Heiner Koch of Berlin, on 5 October: “Is there no place at the Lord’s table for people who experienced and suffered an irreversible break in their lives? How perfect and holy must one be to be allowed to the supper of the Lord? It becomes clear to me every time that the question of allowing divorced and remarried people to the Eucharist is not in the first place a question about the indissolubility of the sacrament of marriage. Many people question the Church and her mercy in this regard.” Link to his post. Link to an English translation.
- Jose Luiz Cardinal Lacunza Maestrojuan, president of the Panamanian Bishops’ Conference and appointed by Pope Francis as a synod rapporteur, on 8 October 2015 proposed that the church should throw out the teachings of Jesus on divorce and remarriage by returning to the Law of Moses. The quote, provided by Rorate Caeli, is as follows: “Moses drew near to the people and gave way. Likewise today, the ‘hardness of hearts’ opposes God’s plan. Could Peter not be merciful like Moses?” Link to the Remnant article here. Screenshot and translation here.
- Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, on 9 October 2015: “The perception of being alienated permanently and essentially from the Church raises a barrier for those struggling with the teaching, and the effort to live it in real concrete situations.” No mention of the actual alienation from God caused by unrepented sin. Link
- At the midday press conference organized by the Vatican press office, Father Thomas Rosica emphasized this statement made by a Synodal Father during Saturday’s discussion on the third part of the Instrumentum laboris (while the second part is being examined by circuli minores since Monday morning): “The distinction between sin and sinner no longer works. ” Link here. Auto-translated from French on this site here.
- Archbishop Blase Cupich, Chicago: 12 October 2015, on the importance of using language that people can understand. Specifically, words like “indissolubility” are too legalistic and perhaps sound too scary, especially for eastern cultures. (!) Also, God created the world for us to be friends with him. Besties, bro. Video, and Archbishop Milquetoast himself, here.
- Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin said: “People struggle to understand abstract moral principles.” He also said: “…simply repeating doctrinal formulations alone will not bring the Gospel and the Good News of the Family into an antagonistic society.” And: “…when the demanding teaching of Jesus is presented in a way which appears to lack mercy, then we open the doors to a false language of cheap mercy.” Our post here. Laurence England’s post here. Martin’s webpage here. Some of Martin’s favorite hits: on gay “marriage” here; on abortion and pro-abortion politicians here and here.
- Archbishop Blase Cupich, Chicago (Again!): 16 October 2015 at the #SynodSham press scrum, via Voice of the Family and LifeSite News, offered a pathway for gay couples to receive Holy Communion. Go here for the nauseating, yet illuminating, video. Money quote: “If people come to a decision in good conscience then our job is to help them move forward and to respect that. The conscience is inviolable and we have to respect that when they make decisions, and I’ve always done that.” He also said: “We use that word “reconciliation” all the time. It doesn’t mean about giving people forgiveness.” Right then. Also, if you’d like to read some history on the thug tendencies of smiling’ Abp Cupich, go here. It’s not pretty.
- Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Brisbane: As @DouthatNYT said here: “From the Holy Spirit to ‘History will have its way’ in one remarkable paragraph”. To wit: “It’s also clear that those voices, clinging desperately to some imagined or ideologised past, cannot point the way into the future. History will have its way, however much we try to cling to illusions of timelessness.” So, yeah. Here is the link.