A scathing article written by the late Cardinal George Pell was published a day after his passing in January, which described a key Catholic Church leadership group as a “toxic nightmare”.
The Synod on Synodality is where mostly bishops from the religion conduct a series of meetings with Pope Francis to forge a direction for the church.
But Cardinal Pell said documents from the gatherings were “couched in neo-Marxist jargon”.
Moreover, in his Campion College lecture in August last year Cardinal Pell said the Synod was “largely irrelevant to the preaching of the gospel and the threat of decline, being more concerned with redistribution of power”.
In opening the Synod process in 2021, Pope Francis called for the Catholic Church to “encounter, listen and discern”.
But the meeting avoided any mention of being guided by doctrine and the church’s God-given mission of teaching the faith: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28: 19-20).
All the while Francis condemns those who resist this project as “reactionaries,” stigmatising them as nostalgic, if not unbalanced, “backwardists” who suffer from an unhealthy attachment to an ideology.
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