"BRUSSELS (KerkNet / Kath Press) - Pope Francis has all the participants of the Synod at the end of the meeting made a gift book in which he explains his views on the episcopate. The publication of the Jesuit working in Rome Diego Fares is titled: "The smell of the shepherd. The bishop, in the opinion of Pope Francis. The title refers to a homily of Pope Francis in which he said that the bishop as shepherd of the flock, the smell of his sheep should have. The foreword was written by the Italian Jesuit Antonio Spadaro, editor of the Jesuit magazine Civilta Cattolica."
But what does it smell like?
Fr. Z has posted his thoughts on the final synod document.
He posted the thoughts of a faithful Catholic that he agreed with and felt was insightful. The faithful Catholic wrote to another Catholic who opined that the Pope brings in theologians to suggest his people embrace immorality and mortal sin because he believes they shouldn't.
We see this peculiar argument from smart, faithful Catholics all over the internet.
I just don't buy these folks truly believe - a pope passing out Playboy magazine and promoting its contents while sitting quietly on the sidelines like he has nothing to do with it, and then when lucid people say here are the reasons this circus is misleading the uncatechized, tell them they are closed-hearted Catholics hiding behind doctrine who will not follow the real Gospel of Christ - is a pope who believes Church teaching and is trying to lead his people to living each day in a state of Sanctifying Grace.
These are not the actions of an individual attempting to lead people to truth, right judgment and Church teaching.
These are the actions of an individual who introduces ideas contrary to truth, right judgment and contrary to Church teaching.
Here is Fr. Z's charitable and truthful response:
Thank you for your thoughtful analysis. However, whenever I read your articles, I am always left with one unanswered question: why do you always suggest, without any evidence whatsoever, that the adapters that placed the Pope in office, and that he has appointed to high positions, and that he has surrounded himself with, are not expressions of the Pope’s mind? The Pope is basically elected by them; the Pope makes them his closest advisers; the Pope appoints them to draft and control important documents; the Pope appoints them to the Synod when bishops’ conferences did not; they claim to speak the Pope’s mind, and he never contradicts them; the Pope severely criticizes the opponents of the adapters, likening them to men with hardened hearts, not alive with the Gospel. The Pope, against the numerical will of the majority of bishops does not clearly close the issues at variance with the adapters. Is it not a logical conclusion to draw to say that the Pope is in fact their man, and that they are the Pope’s men? Why do you refuse to draw the obvious conclusion? Perhaps you know something we do not. If so, you have never said it.
We are heading now into 50-some-odd months of this pontificate in which he has consistently conveyed he believes what Kasper and Marx believe and it is his intention to get Catholics to stop believing in the doctrines of the Church.
The evidence is before us. He has unhinged our loved ones from Church doctrine and latched them onto the heretics he appointed to teach them.
He has been told by millions that this is what is happening in our families, the damage could be irreparable unless he upholds Church teaching and his response was to slander us and line up heretics to produce a deceptive document.
The discernment period has ended. The smell of the shepherd has risen in St. Peter's Square and all I smell is deception.