Pope Paul VI warned the world with these words. He warned us that there were in Rome, the type of men who would be spoken of as 'wolves' by Pope Benedict XVI upon his election in 2005. There were in God's church the types of men who abused children, desecrated Our Lord's Mass and betrayed their solemn vows. Did Paul do enough to stop these things? It is hard to imagine anyone being convinced that his was a valiant effort at saving the Church from these things.
|Paul 'the pushover' VI|
As we fast forward to the present day, we see not just the Smoke of the Prince of this World in the Church, but the full flame of the Evil One. And that full flame burns brightly in Cardinal Kasper and the dictatorship of relativism that is upheld by many lay Catholics as well as clergy. It burns with hatred towards Our Lord in the words of Cardinal Kasper when he props himself up in opposition to Our Lord Jesus Christ's words from the gospel on adultery, as the German declares... ''to tell them that’s adultery, permanent adultery, I think they would feel insulted and offended. Such a sexual relationship within a couple has also its positive values, it’s not only its negative values, it is not the case that every sexual act is sinful in such situations.''
|Surely this man doesn't just want his Church to be more inclusive so he can make more of a profit on his unjust membership tax?|
This is a Satanic challenge to the declaration of Christ who says ,''You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. "If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
"It has been said, 'Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.' but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery. '
|John the Baptist...didn't understand the positive sexual values of Herod's relationship|
Kasper's foray into atheistic materialism is an essence, a sign of the stagnation of liberal Catholic thought. They have exhausted all manipulative avenues of ambiguity within the documents of the Second Vatican Council and Papal pronouncements since the conciliar period, to the extent that they are now abandoning the faith altogether rather than seeing it as something that can be bended and twisted to meet their ends. Despite to worry that we must all have when we see the ill intentions of men like the Cardinal, we must uphold our faith and keep safe in the knowledge that the gates of hell shall not prevail against Our Lord's Church.
Even if the Synod of the Family does succeed in doing some damage to the people of God and to society's understanding of the sanctity of marriage, it is something that we have endured before to see the sacraments attacked by animals and apostates. For the millions of Irish and others who died at the hands of brutal Protestants, rough and vengeful at the Church opposing their self -serving reasons for seeking sexual gratification in their alteration of marriage, we see that for every Henry VIII or Cardinal Kasper in history there have been millions more of St. Thomas More and Cardinal Burke. We pray that the Synod may be guided by the Holy Spirit and that these men may have the obedient humility of St. Therese, the relics of whom were present when Pope Francis gave his opening address to the Cardinals.
Regina Pacis Ora Pro Nobis
The following is Pope Francis's opening address at the Synod:
Today the Prophet Isaiah and the Gospel employ the image of the Lord’s vineyard. The Lord’s vineyard is his “dream”, the plan which he nurtures with all his love, like a farmer who cares for his vineyard. Vines are plants which need much care!
God’s “dream” is his people. He planted it and nurtured it with patient and faithful love, so that it can become a holy people, a people which brings forth abundant fruits of justice.
But in both the ancient prophecy and in Jesus’s parable, God’s dream is thwarted. Isaiah says that the vine which he so loved and nurtured has yielded “wild grapes” (5:2,4); God “expected justice but saw bloodshed, righteousness, but only a cry of distress” (v7). In the Gospel, it is the farmers themselves who ruin the Lord’s plan: they fail to do their job but think only of their own interests.
In Jesus’s parable, he is addressing the chief priests and the elders of the people, in other words the “experts”, the managers. To them in a particular way God entrusted his “dream”, his people, for them to nurture, tend and protect from the animals of the field. This is the job of leaders: to nuture the vineyard with freedom, creativity and hard work.
But Jesus tells us that those farmers took over the vineyard. Out of greed and pride they want to do with it as they will, and so they prevent God from realizing his dream for the people he has chosen.
The temptation to greed is ever present. We encounter it also in the great prophecy of Ezekiel on the shepherds, which St Augustine commented upon in one his celebrated sermons which we have just reread in the Liturgy of the Hours. Greed for money and power. And to satisfy this greed, evil pastors lay intolerable burdens on the shoulders of others, which they themselves do not lift a finger to move.
We too, in the synod of bishops, are called to work for the Lord’s vineyard. Synod assemblies are not meant to discuss beautiful and clever ideas, or to see who is more intelligent… They are meant to better nuture and tend the Lord’s vineyard, to help realise his dream, his loving plan for his people. In this case the Lord is asking us to care for the family, which has been from the beginning an integral part of his loving plan for humanity.
We are all sinners and can also be tempted to “take over” the vineyard, because of that greed which is always present in us human beings. God’s dream always clashes with the hypocrisy of some of his servants. We can “thwart” God’s dream if we fail to let ourselves be guided by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit gives us that wisdom which surpasses knowledge, and enables us to work generously with authentic freedom and humble creativity.
My Synod brothers, to do a good job of nurturing and tending the vineyard, our hearts and our minds must be kept in Jesus Christ by “the peace of God which passes all understanding” (Phil 4:7). In this way our thoughts and plans will correspond to God’s dream: to form a holy people who are his own and produce the fruits of the kingdom of God.