I see signs things are going to get far worse before they get better. Lots to pray about this Lent. Please join me in praying that a spirit of reconciliation, forgiveness and mutual respect despite differences will prevail.
The Extraordinary Synod of Bishops of 2014, contrary to belief in some quarters, did not change Catholic teaching.
But synod participants were encouraged, by the Pope and others, to modify its style. Separating words and concepts, however, is not as easy as it sounds — witness the confusion after Vatican II.
By the mere fact of advocating “outreach” to various groups, for example, we now have — probably as a permanent thorn in the side of the Church — battles among Catholics themselves over divorced-and-remarried people receiving Communion, a practice never allowed in the Western Church. And (though Pope Francis made clear that same-sex “marriage” was not spoken of at the synod) deep divisions exist over how the Church is to deal with people in homosexual relationships.