Thursday, November 6, 2014

Progressive Prelate Advances an Aura of "Avanti"

Cardinal Reinhard Marx is a progressive prelate who was an outspoken advocate for change at the Synod of the Family.  German bishops have been motivated to usher in a change for divorced Catholics who have been civilly remarried to have access to the sacraments.  

Synod Fathers were visibly upset at the midterm relatio, which highlighted hot-button issues like homosexuality and remarried Catholics but did not seem to reflect Catholic doctrine or the overall discussions.  

To remedy this anomaly, Pope Francis consented to having the Synod vote on each paragraph and publish the results.  In an interview with Die Zeit, Cardinal Marx insisted that including these pieces opened the door and should not be seen as a setback, even though they did not receive the required  2/3rds majority.

One wonders if Cardinal Marx's insistence of the inevitability of change is an aura of "avanti".  Granted, Cardinal Marx is on Pope Francis's Council of  Cardinal Advisors to reform the Roman Curia (the Vatican) and he is the President of the German Conference of Catholic Bishops.  German Bishops are certainly motivated to change, as their lavish state stipends depend upon maintaining their faithful flocks and the remarriage issue impedes those efforts  However, there are mixed signals on Pope Francis.

If Pope Francis was going to steamroll change, why did he allow the Synod to vote on each paragraph of the final document?  If the progressive findings were predetermined, then why allow Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith Cardinal Mueller to hold an Interfaith Conference on Men and Women, which will touch upon similar issues as the Synod of the Family?

There are some points of concern to those Catholics holding traditional family values.  People are concerned about Cardinal Raymond Burke's demotion from the Apolostic Signatura to leading the Order of Malta.  The timing for the issuance of the new norms on the resignation of bishops at age 75 or when requested takes on a new poignancy. The modus operandi for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family for media blackout and then promulgate a misleading relatio lends credence to expediting an aura of "Avanti".

It remains to be seen how deliberations on hot button Synod on the Family hot button issues are resolved.  But it seems from afar that those motivated to usher in change are using the Synod of the Media approach, which plays upon secular sentiments to create an aura of inevitability. 

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