Nothing new here. It's been done for millennia. It's called "propaganda."
If Cardinal Kevin Farrell--the Prefect of the Vatican's Life and Family Dicastery--is to be believed, they'd very much like to pack the stadium for the Synod on Youth in exactly the same way they packed it for the Synod on the Family. But, in this instance, using spurious claims gathered from "soundings of young people."
Want some soundings? Read this.
LifesiteNews.com reports Cardinal Farrell giving voice to Pope Francis' deep desire to hear from the world's youth to bring about change in the Church. Cardinal Farrell said:
We really need to let [your] voice be heard, if not, life will go on as before. And that is not the way we want it to be. We need the Church to be more involved with the young people of the world, and you, my dear people, are the ones who are going to tell us how to do that....Young people [must say] how the Church needs to change its ways of doing things so we can be more attuned to the voice and to the hearts of the young.
But that's to deflect attention away from the purpose for this consultation: What is that purpose?
Cardinal Farrell's blunt remarks provide a hint that Pope Francis and his men in the Curia are taking the page from their playbook for the Synod on the Family and implementing it once again for the Synod on Youth. Recall how the Secretariate rigged the Synod on the Family in favor of altering the Church's teaching on sexual ethics contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and, in a first move, the reception of Holy Communion by Catholics who have divorced and remarried without the benefit of an annulment?
That was the so-called "German solution" to the problem posed by Scripture and Church teaching in this regard. Since the majority feel that way, why not? Gotta keep the masses happy!
It's also to deflect attention away from who is to be consulted: Which Catholic youth?
The truth be told, there's really no need for "consulting" Catholic youth. What they believe has been consistent and detailed in poll upon poll. The majority is pro-aborition, pro-"homosexual marriage," pro-women's ordination, pro-multiple genders, are agnostic about Jesus being the second Person of the Blessed Trinity and an afterlife, to name just a few of their beliefs (or lack thereof).
All of that is already known, to the point the "sad trend" has been called "grim." Is the "solution" to build the Church by making Scripture and Her teaching more appealing to these youth?
If the Secretariate of the Synod on Youth was sincere about consulting Catholic youth, shouldn't those who actually know, understand, believe, and practice the faith of the Roman Catholic Church be the primary target audience? Aren't they the spes ecclesiae?
What might have to say? Perhaps a return to more reverential liturgy (perhaps using Latin), traditional marriage and family life, an emphasis upon what Scripture and the Chruch have consistently taught, building the "Culture of Life," naming sin for what it is, and the like?
If the goal is to change Church teaching on an array of theological and moral issues, those youth need not be consulted. And, if they are, don't be surprised if those findings aren't reported to the Synod Fathers. That would represent yet another page being taken from the playbook used for the Synod on the Family.
Let the discussion begin...
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