In New Synodal Document, U.S. Bishops Rejoice at Creating a Safe Harbor for Everyone Except Catholics

On May 28, 2024, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops published its “National Synthesis of the People of God in the United States of America for the Interim Stage of the 2021-2024 Synod.” Relatively few people will take time to read the insignificant document, and those who do will likely find it to be generally incoherent. Whether it is a deliberate attempt to further undermine the Church, or simply a fruit of decades of rampant sin and poor theological training, the USCCB’s new Synodal document provides yet another demonstration of the fact that many U.S. bishops no longer understand the Catholic Faith well enough to defend it.

If there is a general theme of the new Synodal document, it would arguably be that of “tension,” which the document mentions seventeen times:

  • “Along the synodal path the Spirit opens up spaces where we can speak about longstanding tensions while at the same time deepening the bonds of our baptismal communion.”
  • “This moment of maturation has exposed, or brought further into the light, underlying tensions.”
  • “Participants in synodal listening sessions acknowledged that the synodal process has unearthed tensions within our communion, in which some ‘were challenged by the Church’s indecisiveness, by lack of reverence, and by the perception that the Church is changing the traditional methods and accepting current things against our church rules.’”
  • “While this Fiery Communion can sound discordant, the ardent nature of our diverse communion in Christ is not outside of the tradition. These tensions call for a prophetic response, sustained by the Safe Harbor and embracing the Fiery Communion.”
  • “As the People of God recognize this synodal moment, the Safe Harbor provided by and in the Church allows us prophetically to embrace the tensions of the Fiery Communion.”
  • “Participants in synodal listening sessions also recognized that amidst these tensions there was also opportunity, especially around a greater focus on co-responsibility in the pursuit of the mission of the Church.”
  • “Many participants voiced tensions around the active participation of women in the work of proclaiming the Good News of Christ.”
  • “While the tensions within the Fiery Communion can sometimes be palpable and challenging, participants expressed an earnest and urgent desire to address those concerns that most keenly impacted our communion as the People of God. Too frequently, these tensions expressed themselves as ‘confusion’ among the participants.”
  • “This tension arose in more than one area of Church teaching and tradition.”
  • “A third area of disagreement that arose in many of the listening sessions was the tension between a welcoming spirit and the need to articulate Church teaching.”
  • “A related area of tension that came up frequently in the listening sessions revolved around how many parts of the Church – some of her long-established institutions – have become complacent, even ossified.”
  • “This call to move beyond the tensions is a call to form ourselves deeply in the work of encounter and reflection to which the synodal process is inviting us.”
  • “This is the formation necessary to respond to these tensions within our Fiery Communion and deepen the synodal nature of our Safe Harbor.”
  • “Mindful of Pope Francis’ notion of a culture of encounter, tensions remain that will require continued reflection and dialogue. These tensions need not disrupt the communion of charity in the Church.”
  • “This stage has been marked by curiosity, creativity, signs of maturation, and an uncovering of tensions that reveal a desire to enter more deeply into the sources of our hope and trust.”

What causes all these tensions? Ultimately, these tensions arise from the tragic reality that Catholics know the shepherds should be defending the Catholic Faith but instead see them compromising with anti-Catholic, woke ideologies. The shepherds appointed to guide the flocks have stepped aside to let the wolves have free rein.

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