We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, He draws us to Himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Context and clarity: what some people saw at the 2014 Synod.

Here are some links to reports/comments by some folk who have something meaningful to add to the public record regarding the curious proceedings of the recent Synod of Bishops that was supposedly called to focus on the family. Supposedly, that is, because that topic seems to have been managed to the outskirts of the attention of most members of the mainstream muddlers media.

Click on the article or book titles to visit the sources.

Fr. Raymond J. De Souza
Eleven Ways the Synod Failed Pope Francis’ Vision

Mary Jo Anderson
What I Saw at the Synod and What it Means for 2015

Edward Pentin
Statement on Cardinal Kasper Interview
Audio and print transcript.

Edward Pentin/Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke
Cardinal Burke: ‘The Truths of the Faith Have Not Changed’

Susan E. Wills
Pell: "You must stop manipulating this Synod"

Vatican Radio/Linda Bordoni
Card Napier: Synod document highlights all main concerns

LifeSiteNews/Hilary White
Bishops revolt against Synod manipulation: Only 3 in 10 support Kasper proposal, says Cardinal Pell

Il Foglio/Alessandro Gnocchi/Rorate Cæli
Full Text of Cardinal Burke's Major Interview to Il Foglio on the Synod

Additional Resources
Pope St. John Paul II
Familiaris Consortio

Reports of the Synod Working Groups
Synod14 - 12ª Congregazione generale: Relazioni dei Circoli minori, 16.10.2014

Robert Dodaro, O.S.A./Editor
Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church or HERE.
Walter Cardinal Brandmüller; Raymond Cardinal Burke; Carlo Cardinal Caffarra; Velasio Cardinal De Paolis, C.S.; Robert Dodaro, O.S.A.; Paul Mankowski, S.J.; Gerhard Cardinal Müller; John M. Rist; and Archbishop Cyril Vasil', S.J.

EWTN/Raymond Arroyo & Cardinal Raymond Burke

Mary Eberstadt
Adam and Eve after the Pill
Cardinal Dolan distributed copies of this book to Synod Fathers.

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