By MAIKE HICKSON
(Editor’s Note: Maike Hickson holds a doctorate in French literature from the University of Hannover. This edition of The Wanderer was published October 16, three days before the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops.)
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On the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, October 13, the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family released a midterm report on its discussions in Rome — and that release has caused some havoc in the Catholic Church.
Wide-ranging Catholics all over the world were shaken about some unofficially proposed revolutionary changes of the traditional moral teaching of the Catholic Church in matters of marriage and the family. This document constitutes at least a grave provocation; perhaps it is even a strategic, not just a tactical, provocation.
Many Catholic organizations and laymen fittingly requested that the synod fathers reject that interim document and return to the fullness of the teaching of Christ on the nature and sacramentality of marriage, as it has been handed down to us throughout the centuries.
The coalition The Voice of the Family posted on its website (voiceofthefamily.info) a strong critique of the midterm report. John Smeaton, the cofounder of the coalition, to which Human Life International and LifeSiteNews also belong, forthrightly stated:
“Catholic teaching on human sexuality and the family has been dramatically and disastrously undermined by the Vatican’s midway report on the synod. Catholic parents worldwide will be feeling bewildered and betrayed.”
Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, as well as other participants in the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops, such as South African Wilfrid Fox Cardinal Napier, have come out into the public and criticized the document.
Cardinal Burke, the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, declared that the mid-term report to be “manipulated” and said that it represents neither the content, nor the true proportions, of the various discussions and individual presentations of the past week. … Continue Reading