Edward Pentin at National Catholic Register tells how the Vatican is attempting to skew public perception of the Synod:
At a Vatican press conference on the synod yesterday, language attachés for the meeting highlighted a number of subjects that appeared to take precedent in the opening debates.
To take the English language attaché, Father Thomas Rosica, as an example, he placed a special emphasis on the need to end “exclusionary language” saying a synod father, (or was it synod fathers?) said the Church should “embrace reality as it is and not be afraid of new and complex situations.”
Father Rosica was particularly focused on “homosexuals or gay persons,” saying “we don’t pity gay persons, but we recognize them for who they are — they are our sons and daughters and brothers and neighbors and colleagues.”
He later returned to the subject of homosexual relationships, saying the subject “came up several times” and that a synod father asked, “How do we speak about them and offer a hand of welcome to them?”
It wasn’t clear who said what under the synod rules, but neither was it clear how many synod fathers addressed the issues Father Rosica, or the other language attaches, had mentioned.
In effect, this meant the public were left with a skewed interpretation of what was said at the opening debate, as happened throughout the last synod.
Thankfully, reliable sources have shared with me a few of the subjects covered by other synod fathers, helping to provide a more rounded picture of what was discussed:
* A number of synod fathers spoke in support of Cardinal Peter Erdo’s introductory speech, including one who underlined the importance of keeping fidelity to truth about marriage, the family and the Eucharist.
Go here to read the rest. Faithful readers of this blog will recognize the name of Rosica. From a post back On March 5, 2015:
Well, well, well, Father Thomas Rosica has decided not to sue blogger Vox Cantoris after all. Go here to read all about the original suit threat. Here is Rosica’s graceless announcement that he is not going to sue:
Jeremiah 18:18-20The people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem said,“Come, let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah.It will not mean the loss of instruction from the priests,nor of counsel from the wise, nor of messages from the prophets.And so, let us destroy him by his own tongue;let us carefully note his every word.”Heed me, O LORD, and listen to what my adversaries say.Must good be repaid with evil
that they should dig a pit to take my life? Remember that I stood before you to speak in their behalf, to turn away your wrath from them.As the CEO of the Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation and Television Network, I am not a high-ranking Vatican official nor a member of the hierarchy of the Church as erroneously claimed in several recent blogs. In addition to my work at Salt and Light, I have had the privilege of serving since 2013 in a volunteer capacity as English language assistant to the Holy See Press Office. I relate on a daily basis to hundreds of English language journalists around the world. I know that this daily service has been encouraged and appreciated by the Vatican and by hundreds of journalists all over the world.I fully support the teaching of the Church and welcome Pope Francis’ invitation to the whole Church to reflect seriously on the foundations of our faith. The recent Extraordinary Synod of Bishops has invited us to mature, honest dialogue and conversation and to find new ways and a new language to communicate the ancient story of the Church and our beautiful, unchanging doctrine to future generations.Mature expressions of differences are welcome. It is one thing to have differing opinions on church matters. However, there is fine line between difference of opinion and blatant destruction of person’s lives and reputations. Having been strongly advised to respond, as an individual and in no institutional capacity to the Vatican or to my place of work, to the continuous false, slanderous statements of a blogger over a long period of time that resulted in gross distortion, misinformation, many phone calls, letters and clear threats from callers based on the repeated false information contained in the blog, it was never my intention to sue, but rather to issue a letter to “cease and desist” the frivolous calumny. A legal firm, offering its service pro bono to us, issued a letter to cease and desist. No lawsuit was ever launched against the blogger! The matter is now closed.Popes Benedict XVI and Francis have taught clearly that the Internet and blogs can be of tremendous service to the up-building of the Church and of humanity. They have never taught that blogs and social media should be used, in the name of fidelity, to engender slander, hatred, reviling and destroying.In a world torn apart by hatred, terror and violence, often through the gross distortion of religion, we must be much more attentive to our use of social media and how it is used to unite rather than destroy humanity. Many in the Catholic blogosphere have contributed enormously to the spread of the faith, the defense of all that is good and beautiful about our faith and our Church, and the opening of dialogue among strangers. They are to be congratulated and encouraged. Others have chosen to turn the blogosphere into a black hole of vitriol, anger and profound sadness. As Catholics, the great privilege and freedom of expression and access to social media also have certain obligations of decency, integrity, honesty and charity that reveal who we really are as a faith community.Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB
CEO, Salt and Light Catholic Media FoundationSome comments about this statement:1. Note how Rosica is at pains to indicate that he is not a Vatican official. Why he is just an unpaid volunteer, sort of like your local priest suddenly being asked to run an operation out of the Vatican! Uh huh, sure. My guess is that Rosica was instructed to put as much distance between himself and the Vatican as possible over this hornet’s nest he stirred up.2. However, there is fine line between difference of opinion and blatant destruction of person’s lives and reputations.He then proceeds to give no evidence that anything posted about him by Vox Cantoris fit into that category.3. Having been strongly advisedBy whom? An attorney? A superior at the Vatican?4. A legal firm, offering its service pro bono to us,Yep, I can tell you after a third of a century practicing law that high powered law firms are just begging to represent people for free in defamation law suits. If such a firm has not offered such pro bono services to you, you might want to call up such a firm and inquire about the legal services they are eager to provide gratis!5. They have never taught that blogs and social media should be used, in the name of fidelity, to engender slander, hatred, reviling and destroying.Once again, such statements would be so much more effective if any proof were proffered that Vox Cantoris had engaged in such conduct.6. Others have chosen to turn the blogosphere into a black hole of vitriol, anger and profound sadness.Once again, no examples. I rather suspect that Rosica views any criticism directed his way to fit into that category.Vox Cantoris’ statement in response to the news that he will not face bankruptcy as a result of threatened litigation:1. The first action on the part of this blogger after receiving the letter from Fogler, Rubinoff LLP was to “take it to the Church.” This means that your writer went directly to Rome to the Vatican on Tuesday, February 17, via email, to a direct contact in the Secretariat of State. The request was to intervene “quickly” and this request was not fulfilled and instead became an interrogation of my “intentions” which could have been used against me. Later the suggestion was made to humbly accept it as a Lenten sacrifice on Ash Wednesday morning and “apologise” which would have been an admission of guilt for something that did not occur and would have resulted in the silencing and censoring of the blog and a refutation of my rights and duties under Canon 212 §3.4. Our response to that continued threat of litigation was to advise that we would no longer engage in a campaign of letters and lawfare resulting in a slow and painful bankruptcy. We advised that as of the close of business on March 3, 2015, we would begin to prepare a robust defense should it become necessary and a crowd-funding campaign to finance a rigorous defense.All of us have a responsibility and a duty under our God to stand for truth and proclaim it from the housetops. We have a duty to stand for Our Lord Jesus Christ, His Church and His Blessed Mother and all that the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church has taught magisterially from the beginning. We have our keyboards and we have our rights and duties under Canon Law. We have God-given abilities and talent and we must use them. Our parents and our grandparents did not have the tools and knowledge that we do today. I am reminded of how they would think if we fail them with the words of John McCrae a Canadian military hero, physician and poet ; “To you from failing hands we throw the torch ; be yours to hold it high.”Lessons to be learned from all this below:1. Vox Cantoris did a very wise thing in making known the threat on his blog.2. Bloggers supporting him did a very wise thing in making a massive stink about all this.3. Bullies will often back down if met with firmness instead of weakness.4. That quite a few Catholic bloggers, the word Patheos just popped into my head, are very willing to ignore a newsworthy event if someone has Vatican connections.5. That while individual blogs may be only a minor irritant, en masse they have a powerful influence that should not be underestimated.6. That threatening a blogger with a lawsuit is a good way to put the person threatening litigation under the microscopes of other blogs.7. Someone invoking Jeremiah as Father Rosica does in regard to blogging might wish to recall that the powers that be of his day sought to shut Jeremiah up by casting him down a well and destroying his book. The Bible attests how successful this attempt to silence a critic was.