Cardinal Pell: Pause, pray, catch your breath

From Catholic News Service:

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6 Responses to Cardinal Pell: Pause, pray, catch your breath

  1. mkenny114 says:

    God bless Cardinal Pell (as well as Cardinals Burke, Napier and Sarah)!

    I just read an interesting comment on this video at, to the effect that the sorry incidents of the past few days may actually have some positive side-effects, insofar as they have highlighted the above cardinals as reliable pastors who really care about the spiritual health of the faithful (and thus perhaps making them more ‘papabile’ in the future), shone a light on the beauty of the Church’s teachings (contra the confused and damaging compromises offered by Kasper, Forte, Baldisseri, etc), and exposed the agenda of Kasper et al for what it really is – i.e.; an attempt to change the Church into something other than the Mystical Body of Christ and continue the process of secularisation that has made such in-roads into her life over the last fifty years.

    Basically, from now on, it will be a lot harder for the likes of Cardinal Kasper (especially after the unbelievable comments in his latest interview) to be able to pass himself off as anything other than someone hell-bent on subverting Church teaching to secular ends. Whether this was an intended by-product of the open-floor synod model that Pope Francis insisted on or not, God only knows; but it seems the Holy Spirit has certainly been able to bring some good out of a very messy situation anyway.


  2. I agree absolutely with the last comment (mkenny114), and I think the key sentences by Cardinal Pell in this intervew are these:

    “Another important thing to remember is that Communion for the divorced and remarried is – for some, very few, but certainly not the majority of the synod fathers – it’s only at the tip of the iceberg, it’s a stalking horse. They want wider changes: recognition of civil unions, recognition of homosexual unions. The Church cannot go in that direction.”

    It is perhaps useful to remember that the Holy Spirit does not operate through “a stalking horse,” but the Father of Lies does.


  3. mkenny114 says:

    This is very true Robert – we need to be aware of that ‘stalking horse’, and what we’ve seen at the Synod has certainly made it very clear who is driving it forward. It is indeed good to remember that this mode of operation is characteristic of the Devil, but equally important to remember that God will write straight with his (and our) crooked lines. This is the truly wonderful thing about the Church – that it is an institution human AND divine, and whatever failings of ours we bring to the table, or whatever malign influences are introduced to it, the Holy Spirit can and will bring Goodness and Truth out of it all. Although sometimes great amounts of patience are required of course 🙂


  4. mkenny114 says:

    I’d just like to add as an aside how disappointed I’ve been with Austen Ivereigh of Catholic Voices on this topic. He’s usually very reliable, but the bulk of his articles on the Synod seem to ignore just how problematic the ‘progressive’ proposals are, and in his most recent post he even seems to support Kasper’s statement that the Africans aren’t ‘ready’ to sensibly discuss the issue of homosexuality.

    Yours sincerely, Mr Not Impressed of Broom Monochorum.


  5. Brother Burrito says:

    Gee, keep your powder dry brethren!

    Early days yet. The “secrecy ” of the synod was nothing more than “Chatham House rules” which is UK speak for full and frank speech with no fear of being victimised for speaking one’s mind.

    The drama of the synod is for our benefit, and is being directed by God, I am sure. So much is being laid bare and gives food for prayer.

    I would be more uneasy if the synod had proceeded more like a Swiss watch, or worse, a German automobile.

    Messy is good, messy is like Calvary. Don’t lose hope.

    PS: Great video by +++Pell. He knows the score, and knows how to tell it. No worries, as they say in Australia.


  6. johnhenrycn says:

    Cardinal Kasper, who did indeed say that Africans should not tell us what to do (about homosexuals), should remember that north Africa was part of the Christian heartland centuries before Germany, which remained a pagan backwater well into the first millenium. I wonder what those primitive Africans – Tertullian, Clement, Origen, Cyprian, Anathasius and Augustine would have to say about the views of His Eminence about their views on homosexuality?


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