We would all do well to ignore official Vatican statements about what is being said at the Synod. (Isn’t that statement a sad commentary on the current state of the Church?) At least that is the purport of the latest report on the Synod by Edward Pentin of National Catholic Register:
Meanwhile, it emerged today via the blog of the president of the Polish bishops’ conference, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, that Cardinal Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, outlined two main, immediate global threats against humanity in his intervention.
Echoing Pope Benedict XVI, he spoke of a dictatorship of moral relativism, which is especially reflected in gender ideology and Islamic fanaticism, such as in the various jihadi movements, especially the Islamic State group (ISIS). The cardinal compared these two ideologies to the totalitarian expressions of the 20th century — communism and fascism. Moral relativism, according to the cardinal, breaks down the family and leads to the loss of true humanity.
From gender ideology flows euthanasia, abortion and homosexuality, leading to ruthless practices depriving man of his human dignity. Contrasting with gender ideology that flows from moral relativism, Islamic fanaticism leads to the terrible abuse of the human person.
Archbishop Gadecki said his fellow synod father, Archbishop Henry Hoser of Warsaw-Praga, was “deeply impressed” with the theological and intellectual depth of Cardinal Sarah’s intervention.
“His was not the voice of a prophet of doom, but a voice that flowed from the deep need of the awareness that we know how to react to such events,” Archbishop Hoser said.
There was no record of Cardinal Sarah’s comments during yesterday’s Holy See Press Office briefing on the session in which he spoke. The Register also learned today that other interventions upholding Scripture, doctrine and practice were largely overlooked at the briefing.
Asked at today’s press conference if, to give the media a better idea of the talks, the press office could provide the number of speakers who gave interventions in the synod hall, Father Lombardi said he was “not in a position to do so” and that to list the many themes would be “hard to carry out.” He said each synod father can make his intervention public if he wishs.
Most transparent and open pontificate ever! Sure.