...the new synodal church, since 1965
Two interesting observations on the Synod of the Family found around the internet plus the method used at the SINod.
What do we expect of the final document?
– Flowery orthodox statements securing large majority large majorities of bishops.
– Just enough weaselly stuff to give the Pope his opening.
In fiction, a MacGuffin is a plot device in the form of some goal, desired object,
or other motivator that the protagonist pursues, often with little or no narrative explanation.
The specific nature of a MacGuffin is typically unimportant to the overall plot.
[So, did everyone enjoy a nice WUWTS holiday yesterday? I found a walnut tree and brought home about five pounds. Pat Archbold spent most of the day in a tree. Not making it up. And while he was up there waiting for some hapless and doubtless adorably cute woodland creature to come into his sights, he texted this to us. It is what I’ve more or less been telling everyone who imagines that “the good guys won the Synod! Yaaay!” It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter. HJMW]
Everybody is talking about the final document of the Synod. We didn’t even know if we would have one, but now we know there will be a vote [happening as I edit Pat’s piece…stay tuned HJMW]. This is a chance for – the Africans!… the Poles! …the Latvians!… name the latest group of bishops – to save us!!
Sorry folks. They want you to be focused on the final document. They NEED you to be focused on the final document. But i have news for you, the final doc is the MACGUFFIN. It is simply a plot device meant to move the story forward, but ultimately it is unimportant. It is a distraction meant to cover the sleight of hand.
What do I expect of the final document? Well, it will make flowery orthodox statements securing large majority large majorities of bishops. Of course, with just enough weaselly stuff to give the Pope his opening.
They are not fools, they aren’t going to really fight over the document. Maybe they will put in an offending paragraph or two, intended to be voted out, so that everybody will cheer their favorite orthodox Bishop. Hooray!! We are saved!
And then the Pope will give his closing remarks (or even in a post synodal exhortation months down the line) in which the he will do only what he needs to do (nuanced they’ll say) to open the door to the heretical episcopal conferences. They will do the rest and the Vatican will do nothing to stop them.
All the while we will be barraged with stories about how all this worry was for nothing! and how the Holy Spirit saved us! as we knew He would all along!! They will mock the faithful traditionalists and praise the closing document as the mostest orthodoxest document evah!!
And then, one day a few months from now, we will find institutionalized and approved sacrilege occurring daily in dioceses all over the world and oh, by the way, you better get on board with the new mercy.
Michael Matt's take on the SINod
the method of the SINod
(mute the video as the music, and we don't like to call it music, is terrible)
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