Bishop Athanasius Schneider has warned that current trends in the Catholic Church, especially the Synod on Synodality, are “dangerous” to the Catholic faith and are “spiritual poisons.”
Speaking to LifeSiteNews recently in Rome, the auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, discussed “ecological conversion” and ecumenism, but also the dangers presented by the Synod on Synodality.
Bishop Schneider warned how the current Synod on Synodality is “a tool used to dilute evermore the clarity of the Catholic faith, as we are now observing, dribbling evermore confusion and doctrinal confusion into the life of the Church.”
“It’s a grave abuse of the institution of the synod, which the Church for 2,000 years understood,” he stated.
The Vatican has highlighted how the multi-year Synod on Synodality is about “listening,” even to the point of “listening” to non-Catholics or lapsed Catholics.
But Bishop Schneider noted that a properly ordered synod has clear prerogatives: “The synod is an instrument of the Magisterium, but its first aim is to clarify doctrine without any ambiguity, without any doubt.”
The second task of a Synod should be to “reject the errors of the time,” yet Schneider warned that the current actions of the Synod are allowing “poison, spiritual poisons” to spread. A true synod should also be concerned with “disciplinary” issues to give a “remedy against abuses,” he noted.
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