Bishops not taking a shine to Pope Francis Synod Spinola
VATICAN CITY One of the prelates participating in the Synod of Bishops on the family has sharply criticized the landmark document the meeting released Monday, saying its message of openness to modern society has put the prelates in "a position that is virtually irredeemable."
"The message has gone out: This is what the synod is saying, this is what the Catholic church is saying," South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier said at a Vatican press conference Tuesday.
"And it's not what we're saying at all," Napier said. "No matter how we try correcting that ... there's no way of retrieving it."
"The message has gone out and it's not a true message," he continued. "Whatever we say hereafter is going to be as if we're doing some damage control."
Bear with me for a moment.
If I thought Church teaching led people away from Jesus and obsolete, and I was the host of a room full of bishops faithful to Church teaching and I wanted to do damage control of their message, I would hand pick a handful of bishops known to distort and mislead Christ's people and I would ask them to calibrate the message.
The Relatio is Pope Francis damage control.
Now the Bishops have to do damage control of Pope Francis damage control.
Every time he opens his mouth or does something, or doesn't when he ought to, thousands of people get going on the damage control.