Who knows how the detritus from the synod will be assembled into some kind of papal bull, but the disarray on view is what made for that title.
Here's a very telling paragraph from the new Bergoglian bishop of Chicago, who basically said in his press conference that if your "conscience" tells you it's ok, it's ok. And to add to that, the Church should just accept your judgment. Thomas Aquinas, who is the father of the doctrine of conscience, would be rolling over in his grave, except that, well, another story for another time.
Here's His Grace:
In Chicago I visit regularly with people who feel marginalized: the elderly, the divorced and remarried, gay and lesbian individuals and also couples. I think that we really need to get to know what their life is like if we’re going to accompany them,” he said.Note the fundamentally Liberal assumptions:
Life is about how you feel. And Liberalism is about making you feel good.
And feeling marginalized...whatever the hell that is...grants you immediate and authoritative claim to...anything you feel. Wow. Marginalized...one of the seven capital sins, right? Awful crime...
Note the Liberal "we" and the attitude of noblesse oblige toward these exotic creatures and their imprecisely unhappy feelings.
Then there's this new metaphor infecting the whole discussion, "accompanying." It's origins are French, I am pretty sure, since that was the only place I ever encountered this usage.
Consider the alteration it entails. The "marginalized" groups you've now elevated to victim status are marching along and having their lives, and your job as a pastor is not to lead them or inspire them or challenge them but to accompany them....as they wander around, leading you as you tag along trying to make yourself feel useful. Bad metaphor. Like the completely unscriptural "building the Kingdom."
And notice the opening group of "the elderly." What the hell has simply being old got to do with the moral clashes involved in homosexuality and remarriage? Just makes the whole thing cuddlier.
This is the classic Liberal set of assumptions and attitudes, which leads to huge traditional majorities being led around by the nose by tiny minorities...most of whom hold you in contempt...and rejoice in your destruction.
As usual, let me note that my distress at seeing this is because the Church has been, until recently, a backbone of the West and every new self-inflicted wound makes the West weaker, too.