In my post-Vatican II life, in order to teach about Vatican II and in the most self-referential way, all I heard growing up was about Vatican II, this, Vatican II, that and Vatican II all the time. Vatican II became a “god.” There wasn’t too much on Jesus, prayer, spirituality and living a virtuous life because of Jesus.
And now history is repeating itself as we revisit the 1960’s and 70’s with its self-referential way of doing things. But Vatican II is replaced with a word that doesn’t exist, synodality.
And synodality is idolatry too when that is the focus rather than Jesus Christ. I link a homily given this past Sunday at St. John Abby in Minnesota. The young priest talks for way to long on the fact that synodality is a word that does not capture the Catholic imagination and doesn’t exist.
I read the homily and it is crap. It is so secular, self-referential, which is another word for horizontal, that it made me sick to read it. Jesus was mentioned once I think and in the context of the disciples on the road to Emmaus and then get this, which was synodal. Really? Wow is all I can say.
I refuse to preach on synodality and will try to refocus my attention on Jesus Christ. I am sick of this idolatry on synodality, ecclesiology, and discernment. Christianity isn’t a sociology course, a biology course and Jesus and His Church don’t need to be dissected and analyzed. Press the title for the homily. The only good thing about it appears to me that it is short.