The Synodal Church is Shaping-Up to be Protestantism in Union with a Bishop of Rome

In his 1928 encyclical on religious unity, Mortalium Animos, Pope Pius XI wrote that Christian unity can only be achieved through the process of non-Catholics returning to the “one true Church”:

“[T]he union of Christians can only be promoted by promoting the return to the one true Church of Christ of those who are separated from it, for in the past they have unhappily left it. To the one true Church of Christ, we say, which is visible to all, and which is to remain, according to the will of its Author, exactly the same as He instituted it.”

We do not hear this often from bishops today but it remains true, no matter who argues otherwise. The ecumenical movement, which animated Vatican II and has been the driving force for numerous post-Conciliar initiatives, is an attempt to circumvent and oppose the truth that Christian unity can only occur through the return of non-Catholics to the one true Church. In reality, though, the false ecumenism promoted by Rome today can only unite those satisfied with Satan’s lies rather than those who thirst for God’s truth.

As discussed in previous articles, Francis opened the ongoing Synod on Synodality by citing Yves Congar as an inspiration behind the Synod’s effort to “create a different church”:

“The Holy Spirit guides us where God wants us to be, not to where our own ideas and personal tastes would lead us. Father Congar, of blessed memory, once said: ‘There is no need to create another Church, but to create a different Church’ (True and False Reform in the Church). That is the challenge. For a ‘different Church,’ a Church open to the newness that God wants to suggest, let us with greater fervour and frequency invoke the Holy Spirit and humbly listen to him, journeying together as he, the source of communion and mission, desires: with docility and courage.”

Knowing that the Synod on Synodality is completely imbued with the false ecumenism that has thrived since Vatican II, it is natural to consider how the newly created Synodal Church relates to the “one true Church” of which Pope Pius XI wrote in Mortalium Animos. Specifically, is the Synodal Church intended to be a new church which superficially resembles the “one true Church,” but lacks the characteristics that have historically prevented non-Catholics from joining the Catholic Church?

To evaluate this, we can review (a) several statements in the “Synthesis Report” from the October 2023 Synodal session in Rome, and (b) certain developments that have taken place since the October 2023 session that have subtly advanced the Synodal objectives.

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