By Deacon Nick Donnelly
The day after the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, the faithful woke up and groaned to find the Catholic Church in disarray. Familiar certainties about Rome, popes, and cardinals had been swept away. Among faithful Catholics there is a sense of numb disbelief over the attempted casual and brutal changes to the doctrine of the Faith in the name of pastoral care. There is also grief and anger at the destruction of so much good that was achieved over the last 35 years by Pope St John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.
Deacon Nick Donnelly
Looking at the censorship of the bishops’ interventions during the Synod the bulletins issued by the Holy See’s Press Office which favour dissenting novelty, and, the travesty of Faith contained in the interim Relatio post disceptationem searching questions have to be asked. Has the Extraordinary Synod ‘by fitting means’ striven diligently to ‘inquire properly into that revelation and ‘given apt expression to its contents?
If it is confirmed that officials have manipulated the Extraordinary Synod then it's integrity and authority are in grave doubt.
by Deacon Nick Donnelly
If you hear or read a bishop at the Synod attempting to justify changing the Church’s doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage you will know that they are setting themselves against the teaching of the Catholic Church. As such, it is our duty not to obey.
The question uppermost in my mind as the Extraordinary Synod on the Family begins is how will faithful Catholics respond to those bishops who are openly seeking to undermine the Church’s teaching?
Many of us are deeply concerned about the presence of cardinals and bishops at the Synod who intend to fudge doctrine on the indissolubility of Marriage and overturn the prohibition on divorced and re-married couples receiving Holy Communion.
by John Newman
The Bishop of Galway, Martin Drennan, has issued a strongly worded statement regarding the decision of the SVP Conference in Galway, to provide €45,000 of funding to an LGBT resource centre. Responding to concerns expressed by Catholic Voice editor, Anthony Murphy, the bishop wrote:
Thanks for your concern. I have already written to the local and national office of SVP. It gives them an opportunity to clarify their position. In the eyes of many Catholics the good name of SVP has been called into question. For myself, I’m at a loss in my efforts to understand their decision. SVP does marvelous work, but their image will suffer badly if they cannot rescue themselves from the present debacle where loyal supporters are saying that they will no longer give donations to SVP. These generous people want their money to go to helping the poor and only to that cause. They do not want to support what they regard as immoral activity. They are right.
The conference will be held in Knock October 25-26th with a great line up of speakers details can be found here - the closing Mass will be celebrated by Most Rev. Philip Boyce, Bishop of Raphoe and more speakers will be announced soon. Details of how to order tickets can be found on the pdf and will be available online soon.
by Deacon Nick Donnelly
In light of the fact that many of us have grown up in the ‘spirit of Vatican II’ Church infiltrated at the local level by the dissenters and disobedient, how do we know that we remain true Catholics in true communion? And how do we spot these closet schismatics?
I’m sure many readers of the Catholic Voice share my concern and grief over the broken communion of the Church in our families, parishes, dioceses, and national churches. It is not an exaggeration to admit that for the past fifty years the Church has increasingly been divided by an unacknowledged, but very real, ‘schism’.
The British public were shocked recently to learn that at least 1,400 vulnerable children were abused in the northern English town of Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, mostly by gangs of Pakistani Muslims. An independent inquiry has found that the origin and extent of the abuse was covered up by a range of public authorities, partly because of fear of being racist or Islamophobic. Braver voices have identified factors within Pakistani culture and Islam which at the very least contributed to the scandal.