So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Friday, October 16, 2015

Sin-nod: time to vote some players off the island?

License to misinform?

It is said that he who controls the narrative wins. It seems that, if comments in the blogosphere are to be believed, a certain Canadian media personality has seized on that idea and is attempting to exploit an opportunity to insert into the Synod narrative a highly selective view of events.

The founder of Schmalz+TriteTV Salt+LightTV who is also the Vatican media English spokesman has, to the mind of many commentators, overstayed his welcome. He stands accused by bloggers and bishops of frequently jamming* an alternative narrative into the Synod briefings. The Synod fathers who have met with reporters beyond the press briefings have confirmed that the content of the discussions taking place in the Synod Hall is very different than the narrative being forged, i.e., disseminated in the press briefing hall.

Many are concerned that the aforementioned Canadian media personality's rather obvious sycophantic support of a heretical theologian (Gregory Baum interview), his truncated view of the Church (as a deacon—see video: CLICK HERE) and the massaging of the Synod press briefings is enough to call into question his continued presence at the Vatican. Said individual currently has a world pulpit from which he can disseminate what to many is considered the bile of his discontent. Furthermore, many consider what appear to be attempts to reshape the Synod narrative an abuse of the forum in which he should be accurately reporting a balanced summary of the discussions taking place, not merely what many consider to be his personal preference for a certain theme that is not at all the focus of the bishops' many conversations. Many in the press corp have expressed dissatisfaction at being limited to the press briefings. One can hardly argue with journalists' complaints for access, especially Catholic journalists, who have a responsibility to report (accurately and thoroughly) on that for which the Holy Father himself has called. I.e., frank and open discussion. Emphasis on 'open'. Indeed, it is important to have an authoritative assessment of the bishops' presentations which can be presented in an orderly and accurate manner to media organizations. However, revisionism of one kind or another of the facts cannot be condoned.

Na, na, na, na, hey, hey, good-bye?

Conversations in the blogosphere strongly advocate that the President of the Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops, Archbishop Paul-André Durocher, should also be given his walking papers. It is difficult to disagree with the assessment that his curt characterization of Cardinal Erdo's opening remarks at the Synod was nothing short of a dismissal of orthodoxy.

His Grace's comments in support of women's ordination to the diaconate received widespread publication and were immediately lapped up by "progressive" pundits eager, it seems, to foster acceptance of dissent. When will people learn that, unlike the Anglican Communion founded by Henry VIII, the Catholic Church founded by Christ Himself is not a democracy where Apostolic doctrine can be voted upon and changed. Note to the Kasperites—the Holy Spirit will not allow the Church to teach that adulterers be admitted to Holy Communion.

Many, it seems, are well within the bounds of fair concern by asking the following rhetorical question: Is it any wonder that Catholic Canadians are confused about the content of the Faith and how to live the Faith when so many of our hierarchs, themselves, are confused about the nature of the Church's mission and the sacraments?

* Jamming: to forcefully insert into a conversation information to skew a report in an attempt to sustain an alternative (and is often the case with "progressive" commentators, a false) narrative.

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