Laura Wood summarizes the outcome of the Synod:
THE required two-thirds majority of bishops at the “Extraordinary Synod on the Family” has rejected three of the most controversial paragraphs in a draft midterm report, including one paragraph that spoke of the special “gifts” of homosexuals. However, the original wording will still be published and disseminated to dioceses around the world for discussion. And the parts of the report which offered nuanced, touchy-feely support for cohabitation, civil unions and contraception reportedly remain. (So far the final report is only available in Italian.) Francis in his final address spoke glowingly of the “animated discussions” that characterized the meetings, all of it so much pseudo-Catholic theater staged to achieve his revolutionary goals.
So, even after the revolt of the orthodox, the outcome of Synod is still a shift to the Left. The Overton window has shifted. This is the achievement of the mid-synod summary, regardless of its being moderately rebuked in the small groups reports. Nobody respectable is now so far to the Right as to find it unfitting for a Church document to emphasize the elements of sanctification in adulterous relationships. Meanwhile, the idea of a man’s urge to bugger other men being a special gift to him and the Church is not formally approved but is considered so worthy of consideration that the Church will see to it that everyone is exposed to it. The second week of the Synod was a victory for the orthodox, but even so it failed to completely overturn the Kasperite advance. The Left never loses by overstepping. If Leftists go too far too fast they may have to make a temporary retreat, but they never go back to where they were before their offensive, much less do they ever actually lose ground. There is no real danger to the Left in attacking. At worst, they encounter stiffer-than-expected resistance and only gain a little.
Also, it seems that the “law of gradualism” is now a centerpiece of Catholic moral theology, and the only thing to do is to figure out what it really means. (I recommend Tony M.’s analysis.) I’m not embarrassed to say that I’d never heard until last week of this core Catholic doctrine that negates the older idea of “mortal sin” that I learned from my Baltimore Catechism as a kid. Thank God I was born when I was, because the new doctrine wouldn’t have kept me out of nearly as much trouble as the old one did.
Lastly, let us hold ourselves to a higher standard on the Right and avoid cheap shots like calling Cardinal Kasper a “racist”. There’s no such sin as “racism”. Let’s not pretend he doesn’t feel exactly the same way toward white conservative Catholics. And I can totally believe that to someone arriving in the airport London looks like a third-world country. Kasper is promoting the ultimate heresy. That’s bad enough.
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