Good News - in fact great news: The dissident push embracing adultery as a good and precious vocation of family life in the Church and sacrilegious Communion was officially squashed.
Michael Voris states, and I agree, the shove to the push back seems to have had an effect. As it always does.
The victory won't last long. Though the disturbing paragraphs were voted out of the Relatio, the Pope ordered the Relatio to be published as if the vote and removal never took place.
Supposedly: as for the rejected paragraphs, they will still be sent out (!) as part of the entire text to dioceses around the world for "discussion" in preparation for next year's assembly. Yes, even though they were rejected...
In the end, this was going to be released with perverted content and distributed to every soul, come what may.
(There is an effective plan for this which we can discuss later.)
I'm very interested in the dissecting of the Pope's final message.
He indicates those hostile to consider embracing adultery and sacrilegious communion are not listening to that wee little voice inside of us that tells us evil is good and good is evil - that is surprisingly God, you see. He wound up that train of thought with the insult that modifying our conduct according to Church teaching and using the Sacraments to strive to resist sin is a temptation of scrupulous, solicitous zealots and...brace yourself...
and of the so-called – today – “traditionalists” and also of the intellectuals.
Then he gave a kick in the pants to the wolves:
The temptation to a destructive tendency to goodness [it. buonismo], that in the name of a deceptive mercy binds the wounds without first curing them and treating them; that treats the symptoms and not the causes and the roots. It is the temptation of the “do-gooders,” of the fearful, and also of the so-called “progressives and liberals.”
and he didn't forget himself:
The temptation to neglect the “depositum fidei” [the deposit of faith], not thinking of themselves as guardians but as owners or masters [of it]; or, on the other hand, the temptation to neglect reality, making use of meticulous language and a language of smoothing to say so many things and to say nothing! They call them “byzantinisms,” I think, these things…
The temptation to come down off the Cross, to please the people, and not stay there, in order to fulfil the will of the Father; to bow down to a worldly spirit instead of purifying it and bending it to the Spirit of God.
His concept of Church seems a wee bit off of the reservation. When everyone gets in a room, those who malign Church teaching and mislead God's people are not erring. They are not confusing and misleading our children and parents should not find it a source of discord.
This is the Church, our Mother! And when the Church, in the variety of her charisms, expresses herself in communion, she cannot err: it is the beauty and the strength of the sensus fidei, of that supernatural sense of the faith which is bestowed by the Holy Spirit so that, together, we can all enter into the heart of the Gospel and learn to follow Jesus in our life. And this should never be seen as a source of confusion and discord.
A big tent with Joan Chittister and me in a room under and with a Pope, children don't need the direction from a Catechism. The truth is found in the battle of the wits.
However, I could not agree more with this:
Many commentators, or people who talk, have imagined that they see a disputatious Church where one part is against the other, doubting even the Holy Spirit, the true promoter and guarantor of the unity and harmony of the Church – the Holy Spirit who throughout history has always guided the barque, through her Ministers, even when the sea was rough and choppy, and the ministers unfaithful and sinners.
The gates of hell never prevail against It.
Fr. Fessio had some extremely interesting observations on the readings of the Office as all of this was going on.
Outstanding job to all those who spoke out against the prevailing wind. Most especially Cardinal Burke and Cardinal Muller, Cardinal Pell. Worthy is the Lamb.