That the bishops didn't include in their final report any changes to the Church's teaching about homosexuality has upset progressive Catholic theologians, like Cardinal Kasper. But, they're taking heart from the fact that the bishops did consider heterodox ideas that heretofore would never have been placed on a synod's agenda or introduced into its discussions.
For the progressives, that represents a victory. A small one, yes. But, it was a moral victory, one thrusting the first real chink into the Church's armor which had been strengthened during the Wojtyla and Ratzinger papacies. Now, the progressives see their version of change advancing, albeit slowly and maybe even, very slowly. Yet, the progressives know that time is on their side ...after all, that's progressive dogma.
As "¡Hágan lío!" played out during the Synod, it's now beginning to play itself out stateside. For example, Saints Columba-Brigid Parish in the Diocese of Rochester (NY) is already demonstrating where it stands:
No doubt about it: Despite the fact that nothing has changed with regard to Church teaching, everything has changed. The "Kasper Effect" is encouraging progressives to promote messages like this one stateside. This represents the moral victory the progressives have taken from the Synod. It's all about
"¡Hágan lío!" as well as the hope and change--the reformation--it is inspiring within the Church.
Retrospectively, this is déjà vu all over again. On this 498th anniversary of Martin Luther, OSA, posting his 95 theses on the door of All Saints' Church in Wittenburg, it's not surprising that Cardinal Kasper--himself a progressive theologian--hails from Germany.
Let the discussion begin...