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October 17th, 2014 by Joel Watts

a few links for Protestants who have no idea about #synod14 but feel compelled to open mouth and remove all doubt

English: Johannes de Campo, St. Peter, a Saint...

English: Johannes de Campo, St. Peter, a Saint Pope, St. Francis, fresco, XV century, Oratorio di San Pantaleone, Boccioleto (VC), Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First, start here.

Yes, there’s chaos, but this too shall pass. Ignore the alarmists. Anyone who disrupts a Christ-centered peace is doing someone else’s work, not Christ’s. Read Church history. We have always been a rather muddled mess. That’s what proves the Church is divinely instituted. No merely human institution could withstand humanity and all its foibles as long as the Church has.

Second, go here.

Only Group B responded to the section of the report on homosexuals. It notes that the church “must continue to promote the revealed nature of marriage as always between one man and one woman united in lifelong, life-giving, and faithful communion.” Gay people should find within the church “a home where, with everyone else, they hear the call of Jesus to follow him in fidelity to the truth, to receive his grace to do so, and his mercy when they fail.”

Reporters at the synod were thrown into confusion when the English translation of the relatio was changed from “welcoming” homosexuals to “providing for” them. No explanation was given for this change that clearly was not an accurate translation of “accogliere in the official Italian. It appears that some of the English-speaking bishops got the secretariat of the synod to change the translation.

You can read more about the various proposals by English-speaking groups here.

Finally, Cardinal Kasper, who gave a homily in honor of John Wesley’s 300th birthday, is under fire. Essentially, he said there are different taboos at work in the Synod. In Africa, as he points out, homosexuality is often something not discussed. It goes without saying that Uganda, under influence of colonizing white Evangelicals, has discussed it – urging death to gays. This is not the only discourse available, but his point is taken.

Now, for Protestants who have no clue about the formation of Catholic moral law, how synods work, or pretty much how theology and doctrine work, well… they can go kiss the back of the Amblyopsis hoosieri‘s head.

By the way, the Cardinal that started this bit and the one who first clashed, heavily with Cardinal Kasper and through Kasper Pope Francis has been ousted.

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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2 Responses to “a few links for Protestants who have no idea about #synod14 but feel compelled to open mouth and remove all doubt”
  1. Finally got around to the last link.
    “Burke confirmed publicly for the first time the rumors that he had been told Francis intended to demote him from the church’s chief guardian of canon law to a minor post as patron to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.”
    Sweet.
    Don’t mess with an X-bar-bouncer.

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