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Monty Python Church: Synod on Synodal Synodality of the Synods Monty Python Church. Vatican representatives provided evasive answers to clear questions at a Tuesday press conference on the upcoming …More
Monty Python Church: Synod on Synodal Synodality of the Synods

Monty Python Church. Vatican representatives provided evasive answers to clear questions at a Tuesday press conference on the upcoming Synod of Bishops on Synodality. One journalist asked for a "precise and succinct definition" of synodality. In response, Myriam Wijlens, a canon lawyer at the University of Erfurt, said it would be a - quote - "injustice" to the concept of synodality to define it before the synodal process. In flowery language, Wijlens referred to synodality as a flower that could only be described once it had had a chance to blossom.

The truth is: women dominate every parish

Women. When asked if women will be given voting rights in the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Mario Grech, the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, answered evasively in the negative. Women could participate at the diocesan level. The goal of the synodal process is consensus, he said. The right of women to vote does not leave Grech cold. But it is not a matter of voting, Grech philosophised, because the Holy Spirit relies on - quote - "harmony and agreement". This answer implies that Catholic voices deviating from the Francis party consensus, already established before the Synod, will be squashed.

Francis has avoided genuine synodal meetings with his cardinals for years

Ten thematic nuclei. The so-called "ten thematic nuclei" of the synodal process are vague and meaningless. They read in wishy-washy prose: "The companions", "Listening", "Speaking out", "Celebrating", "Sharing responsibility in mission", "Engaging in dialogue in the Church and in society", "With the other Christian confessions", "Authority and participation", "Discerning and deciding" and "Forming oneself in synodality". Word statistics of the preparatory document reveal that Church relevant content is absent. Confession, last things, Our Lady, the saints, the Rosary and abortion are not mentioned. Sin appears once. The Eucharist can be found two to four times, depending on the count. Various word forms of "synod" dominate and occur a total of 77 times.

Now comes the synod spring

Synod spring. The preparatory document says that we find ourselves - quote: "in a decisive transition of the Church." After the Church decline of the last decades which was orchestrated from the top, the document cherishes the hope that the experience of the synodal process will - no joke, but quote: "bring a new springtime".

Chaos strategy

Chaos strategy. Canon lawyer Ed Condon notes that the synodal process was made to produce documents that contradict Catholic teaching. He notices that there are no guidelines within which to operate. Publicist Phil Lawler says the disorganised process of synod deliberations will produce a mess of opinions and recommendations. It is likely that chaos is being deliberately produced to further undermine the Church’s faith, while the Vatican is cracking down on anything Catholic with rigid laws.