Well, now the Pope is warning about “conspiracy theories”:
Pope Francis has warned bishops at a global church meeting on the family not to be taken in by conspiracy theories, as conservatives and liberals reportedly engage in attempts to manipulate the synod.
A Vatican spokesman, Federico Lombardi, on Thursday confirmed reports that the pontiff had warned Catholic bishops and cardinals behind closed doors on Tuesday not to get caught up in “the hermeneutic of conspiracy”.
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As to the allegations that there have been ongoing attempts to rig the Synod last year and this year, that rests not on conspiracy theories but on sound reporting, notably by Edward Pentin of The National Catholic Register:
Once the matter appeared in the controversial mid-term report which was released to a firestorm of media misinformation and confusion, many bishops knew that an agenda was being pushed from behind the scenes, he said.
“It eclipsed a lot of the discussions at the synod, even though it was hardly discussed and hardly a subject for the synod,” Pentin explained. Many were worried about it being debated at length “because it’s used as a vehicle to bring in Church recognition of same-sex unions, cohabitation, and changes to the Church’s teaching on sexuality.”
The cardinal ultimately responsible for producing the controversial mid-term report or interim relatio, Cardinal Péter Erdö of Hungary, was “bullied and coerced and pushed to write documents that he really didn’t want to write” by others in the secretariat, Pentin charged.
Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, who “was trying to uphold the Church’s tradition” on same-sex unions, the author continued, was marginalized during the efforts to draft the final report at the synod.
Cardinal Napier had not wanted to include the matter of same-sex unions in the topic of “marriage,” he continued. Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. was outraged at the treatment of Cardinal Napier and made it known at the meeting that he must be listened to.
Fr. Robert Dodaro was the editor of “Remaining in the Truth of Christ,” a compilation of chapters from bishops and theologians defending Church teaching on Communion for divorced-and-remarried persons. The book was sent to each synod bishop before the gathering.
I must say it is rich for the Pope to be telling us not to believe in conspiracy theories. Much of his economic and political world view seems to be based on conspiracy theories: from evil international capitalists conspiring to keep people poor to arms merchants starting wars, the Pope has given every sign of believing many of the conspiracy theories ever popular on the left.