‘The Rigging of a Vatican Synod?’ (Two interviews with author, Edward Pentin)

Edwin Pentin is a journalist on the National Catholic Register. His just released e-book, “The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation of Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family”   has caused an immediate media stir! Please watch this 15 minute interview with Raymond Arroyo on “World Over Live”:

And his seven and a half minute interview with Mark Brumley, President of Ignatius Press:


More about the book (from Insight Scoop):

“Intrigue or inexperience? Did key leaders of the recent Extraordinary Synod of Bishops try to manipulate the outcome to support a change in Catholic practice and perhaps in Catholic teaching on divorce and remarriage and same-sex activity? Did they undermine Pope Francis’ vision of an “open” discussion?

Critics claim Cardinal Baldissieri, the man Pope Francis trusted to oversee the Synod’s discussion of family issues, along with some of his associates, tried to predetermine the outcome of the Synod’s deliberations and its documents. Supporters say Cardinal Baldissieri was inexperienced at running a synod and any missteps were innocent mistakes.

International reporter and analyst Edward Pentin investigates the allegations, accusations, and facts surrounding the controversial meeting of select bishops of the world.”

Fr. Z has also written an interesting article on the subject.

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6 Responses to ‘The Rigging of a Vatican Synod?’ (Two interviews with author, Edward Pentin)

  1. Michael says:

    Two very interesting interviews Kathleen – thank you for posting them! There were three things in particular that seemed to be to be of central importance here:

    1. That there will indeed be (and, thanks to Mr Pentin’s book, even more so) much greater awareness of the agenda and tactics of those trying to subvert Church teaching this time around – their cards are all out on the table, and they have lost any element of surprise they may have had last time around. Defenders of the Church’s teaching will be much better placed to put their case forward, and will be extra vigilant regards any attempts to manipulate the proceedings.

    2. The forthcoming Synod will, as Pentin says, be more concerned with solutions than problems. As the first Synod was dealing with problems affecting the family today, this allowed people to force through all manner of things that they consider to be issues of importance (same-sex unions, etc). Whereas now, looking to solutions, the Fathers will have to look to the Church’s treasury to engage with the problems that the modern family faces, and offer a vision of mutual faithfulness grounded in both charity and truth.

    3. Following on from this, Mr Pentin made a very interesting point, namely that the Synod could actually be of ‘catechetical’ value to those who don’t really understand why the Church teaches what she does on marriage, etc. This of course depends on the outcomes of 1. and 2. above, but if the subverters hands are tied to some degree, and the Synod does finally view modern problems through the lens of doctrine, rather than the other way around, it could well be a great opportunity for re-presenting those teachings in a way that many Catholics deprived of a robust catechesis themselves can understand and see the value of. Certainly food for thought anyway – thank you Edward Pentin (and for the book too)!


  2. kathleen says:

    Are you going to buy the book, Michael? I don’t possess a kindle, and though I could read it on the computer I suppose, I prefer to not read long book-length studies on a screen, finding it too tiring on the eyes… Therefore unless Edward Pentin’s interesting and informative book comes out in paperback I’m afraid I won’t be reading it. (If you do though, I could always cheekily pick your brains as to anything I might have missed! 😉 )

    I’m remembering Cardinal Raymond Burke’s words in an interview he gave in Le Figaro Magazine on 19th December, 2014: “…and I call upon all Catholics, laymen, priests, and bishops, to involve themselves, from now up to the upcoming Synodal assembly, in order to highlight the truth on marriage.”

    If only Card. Burke had not been dismissed from the next Synod!! But there are still some good faithful cardinals we must put our hope and trust in… plus plenty of prayer to the Holy Spirit for them.


  3. Michael says:

    I’m afraid I don’t have a Kindle either, and am not too keen on reading things off the screen. I might try and so the latter anyway though, or just wait a while and see if it comes out in print, then order a copy!

    Re Cardinal Burke’s presence at the Synod – yes, I agree, it would be good if he could be there. But there are indeed plenty of faithful cardinals there anyway – it is thanks to their votes (presumably) that the elements included in the final report didn’t get the two-thirds majority necessary to actually warrant their inclusion. I can see perhaps a few other names becoming more widely known for defence of orthodoxy after the forthcoming Synod – apart from anything else, it will certainly help to show who stands firm and who doesn’t!


  4. Michael says:

    P.S. This article (sort of – in the sense that the involvement he urges can only really follow from what the article describes) complements what Card, Burke said:



  5. johnhenrycn says:

    “…if…the Synod does finally view modern problems through the lens of doctrine, rather than the other way around…”

    Nicely put, Michael. but no one seriously believes October will bring anything but compromise and confusion, do they? We should, we must hope and pray for the best: that is to say for the unreserved affirmation of every last jot and tittle of doctrine as it relates to people as sexual beings. Still: mene, mene, tekel, upharsin.


  6. Michael says:

    no one seriously believes October will bring anything but compromise and confusion, do they?

    Well, certainly confusion – that is to be expected. One can only hope that the end product is clear, and also doesn’t compromise on the fundamentals.


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