Dueling Bishops: The Synod in Their Own Words

Dueling Bishops: The Synod in Their Own Words October 13, 2014

I’ve put together a set of comments from the various cardinals about the on-going Synod of the Family. I think it’s best right now to let them speak in their own words, rather than try to interpret what they mean.

One thing that seems apparent is that there is a wide gap between the Cardinals of the developing world and those from the wealthier nations.


Cardinal Burke


German Bishops


Cardinal Napier on Polygamy


Cardinal Tagle Poor Families Need Synod’s Help


Cardinal Wuerl on Who May Receive Communion?


Cardinal Nichols on Marriage and Fidelity

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8 responses to “Dueling Bishops: The Synod in Their Own Words”

  1. I wish Cardinal Wuerl would just talk to one child from my generation- from the generation where a third were aborted, and half of those survived either had divorced parents or a friend with divorced parents. I think he’d be singing a very different tune, if he knew and understood the immense damage and destruction that the sexual revolution has created. Perhaps he can talk to Cardinal Tagle from the Philippines, who clearly understands the pain in a way that rich people in the United States leading selfish lives, clearly do not. We are always so concerned with the sinner. We are rarely, if ever, concerned with the victims of sin.

  2. Cardinals Burke, Napier, Tagle, and Nichols, good points. The others, I’m not sure what planet they live on or how their proposals will make an already bad situation any better, if not worse.

  3. . There is gradualism in scripture which Aquinas’ clear cut mind did not really face and that was on premarital sex. Aquinas said you can tell the mortal sins in the Jewish law by their punishment….death, usually by stoning. But his simple system does not hold with the premarital couple who were not stoned but were given the future New Testament marriage with no divorce possible.
    Here is the passage and note that at first glance it seems like rape but ” seized” is probably bad translating because note this phrase ” they are discovered” and note that she does not cry out as required in rape cases when others are nearby:
    28 “If a man comes upon a young woman, a virgin who is not betrothed, seizes her and lies with her, and they are discovered, 29 the man who lay with her shall give the young woman’s father fifty silver shekels and she will be his wife, because he has violated her. He may not divorce her as long as he lives.”

    Distribute that passage at the Synod….it has conservative permanence of marriage mixed with liberal gradualism on cohabitation.
    PS….the ultimate gradualist passage in the Bible must be given in Kings James language….here it is
    I Kings 1
    1 Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat.

    2 Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat.

    3 So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the king.

    4 And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and ministered to him: but the king knew her not.

    So ladies, start praying if your husband says….” dear….I gat no heat”. Buy him a down comforter at Macy’s. David’s wife was still alive during this incident.

  4. Well, I watched the first video and I can see the confusion about allowing remarried divorcees access to the sacraments. There is need for modification but that’s not gonna happen. I’d be very surprised if it does.

  5. Or at least the European-American-Japanese North, which seems to be where the sexual revolution has hit the hardest.

    Guess other countries can’t afford $9/month/female for free contraception.

  6. One African Cardinal was quoted as saying, “give us food not birth control.” Glad they’re not interested in compromising.

  7. I personally thought the Synod went pretty well. The family clearly is in crisis in the world today – I truly can’t think of a more urgent topic for discussion. I have no problem with the bishops disagreeing and arguing with each other. Clearly this is what Pope Francis wanted also – he wanted them to speak freely. And I think the concerns voiced by both Cardinal Burke and Cardinal Kasper have merit and are worthy of discussion. I didn’t particularly care for the concession to the gay lobby, but I was encouraged that they took the offending language there out of the final document.

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