Crux has a good article on the goings on at the Synod on the family. Thus far what is confirmed is the elephant in the room. Catholics are completely divided on the Church's moral teachings. One group is so rigid that it can't understand the messiness of other people's lives and the other group is so post-Catholic that they won't be content until the Catholic Church becomes Unitarian or worse yet, Anglican as it concerns Christian Morality.
This is part of what what Crux says this morning:
..While changes in how the Church talks about sensitive family issues appear to be up for debate, altering doctrine remains off the table.
...Bishops plan to discuss how to “repurpose” the church’s current teachings, and that they have a “great desire to deepen [their] understanding of that doctrine...”
...The news that bishops are considering changes in style rather than substance will be welcomed by Church moderates who have warmed to Pope Francis’s perceived softer style around social issues. But it may come as a blow to Catholics who had hoped the synod might relax rules around gays, contraception, and Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics...
My comments: Meanwhile I paraphrase what Cardinal Burke reiterates which is what he has been saying all along. In the United States and other parts of the world the actual substance of Catholic faith has not been taught to two or three generations of Catholics now. Only sentimentality has been communicated; only style, not substance. The accidents have been communicated but not the substance!
It appears to this blogger that we are reaping the fruits of post-Vatican II, Catholic Lite, in some of the bishops and laity speaking at the Synod on the Family. It is like their perception of the Most Holy Eucharist and the Mass. The accidents are the focus but not the Substance. The Substance, though, no matter the style, good or bad, is still Jesus Christ, yesterday, today and tomorrow, forever!
Have our bishops and laity been cooked in the crock pot of style since Vatican II the apex of which we are hearing now at the Synod? When style trumps substance and Substance, we have a whore of a Church!