Archbishop Henryk Hoser, one of the three members of the Polish hierarchy to attend the Synod of the Family, was quoted in Niedziela as pointing out that many of the Synod Fathers are actually ignorant of Catholic teaching. The Archbishop, noted that many did not have a grasp of important magisterial teachings, such as the critically important Familiaris Consortio.
“With regret, I must say that the teaching of St. Pope John Paul II on marriage and the family is not familiar to many Synod Fathers. Unfortunately, at this moment it is a blank mark in the Church’s consciousness. In the text of the Instrumentum Laboris we find very few references to the teaching of the Pope, recalling to us fundamental teachings of the Church on marriage, such as documents like the Apostolic Exhortation “Familiaris Consortio” and the “Letter to Families”. You cannot fruitfully and effectively direct the Synod on the Family without knowledge of even these two texts”
The Archbishop further criticized a lack of emphasis placed on “Humanae Vitae”. This is not the first time that he has spoken out on this particular issue. Last February he said that Pope John Paul II had been betrayed, and that Church teachings were being contested in all areas.
“We have a lot of terms that are contained in the encyclical “Humanae Vitae ” which should appear in the statements of Synod members, but they do not. We have avoidance of the problem of contraception, of which I spoke in the Synod aula. About the scourge of abortion and disrespect for life, not much is spoken. Generally nothing is said of their consequences, not only spiritual and psychological, but biological, that affects the person and consequently the whole of humanity. Nothing is said about the anthropology of Blessed Paul VI and the Church’s teaching on the unity of the human person consisting of spirit, soul and body, but these are organic components of every human being made by God the Creator”.