Sunday, October 26, 2014


John Allen of Crux seems to think that the recently completed Synod on the Family rivals in drama and characters the two movies of the Da Vinci Code and maybe a mix of final Godfather trilogy.

It is sad, although John Allen thinks it humorous, that a Synod with the pope of the Catholic Church could be thus skewered. But he has a point!

You can read John Allen humorous but sad article HERE.

But here are the Oscar winners from John Allen's point of view and the winners are....

The “A Bridge Too Far” Award: This honor recognizes the personality at the synod who most spectacularly overplayed his or her hand, trying to unilaterally achieve a result for which the synod just wasn’t ready.
And the Oscar goes to … Archbishop Bruno Forte of Italy, who was the lead author of a controversial interim report described by veteran Vatican-watcher John Thavis as an “earthquake” for its stunningly positive language on gays, cohabitating couples, and the divorced.

In retrospect, Forte’s mistake was using the report to try to drive the synod forward, rather than doing what the document was actually designed for, which was to summarize its discussions at the midway point. Conservative backlash against the Forte text may have helped make the final report more cautious than it might otherwise have been.
The Alfredo Ottaviani Opposition Figure Award: Ottaviani was the legendary leader of the conservative faction at the Second Vatican Council, and so this award recognizes the most outspoken voice of dissent at the recent synod. (Ottaviani’s motto was Semper Idem, Latin for “Always the Same,” a whole political philosophy in miniature.)
And the Oscar goes to … Cardinal Raymond Burke, the American whose fierce criticism of the interim report, and of proposals to allow the divorced and remarried back to Communion, framed much of the synod’s controversy. At one stage, Burke even suggested that Pope Francis owed the world an explanation for fostering confusion about Church teaching.
One can love Burke’s positions or hate them, but there’s no denying he was a star of the show.

The Dirty Harry “Make My Day” Award: This prize goes to the synod personality who delivered the single most spectacular one-line comment, a sound-bite that sent eyebrows soaring and tongues wagging.
And the Oscar goes to … Cardinal Walter Kasper, who in brief comments to journalists on Oct. 15 said of conservative African prelates pushing back against his permissive line on Communion for the divorced and remarried that the Africans “should not tell us too much what we have to do.” To make matters worse, he initially denied saying it, only to be confronted with the audio tape.

The Alfred Hitchcock Award for Best Direction of a Suspense Story: No explanation needed for this one, and there’s also no real debate over the winner.
And the Oscar goes to … Pope Francis, for having set this whole process in motion.
There’s another, bigger Synod of Bishops set for next October, after which Francis will have some big decisions to make. At this stage, no one seems confident about what he’ll do, which only makes the intrigue more intense.
However this year-long process shakes out, Pope Francis is providing the most riveting drama Catholicism has seen in an awfully long time. For that, the viewing public can be grateful.

My final comment: UGH! But I prefer Scarlet's philosophy and famous line from Gone With the Wind...


Jdj said...

Yes, and the whole "mess" I fear will shake down to those who "...don't give a damn" vs those who do. Those who do are seriously outnumbered by the secular world's agendas and, even more concerning, seriously compromised by the infighting within the ranks. One only has to read the catholic blogs (including this one) or listen to talk in one's local parish to see where we are.

We certainly can sit back passively and "Fear not"--indeed the wisdom saying "Fear is the chief activator of ALL our faults" must always guide us. But to do/say nothing is not a choice and a self-indulgence toward apathy we cannot afford. We who care about the Church our beloved grandchildren inherit must speak. The challenge is to speak WITH LOVE, not ignoring the Truth. Communication is tough at beast, and counterproductive at worst. I'm among the worst, but I care and will keep on keepin' on.

Ok, I'm off the soapbox...

Jdj said...

Correction: "best", not "beast". Although it (communication) surely is a beast!

Gene said...

I think Bergoglio is doing a fine job of portraying a Pope...