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Posted on 08/31/2018 11:19:47 AM PDT by ebb tide
August 31, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia told a conference that had met to discuss the young people of the Church that in light of the abuse crisis in the Catholic Church he had written to Pope Francis asking him to cancel the upcoming Youth Synod set to take place in Rome.
The bishops would have absolutely no credibility in the upcoming Youth Synod, Chaput told the Cardinals Forum, an annual gathering to provide academic formation of seminarians and continuing education for lay people, yesterday. The synod's planned dates are set for October 3-28, 2018.
The August 30 panel discussion, which took place at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, was on the topic of Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. Some 300 participated in the event.
Archbishop Chaput said the Youth Synod should be canceled.
I have written the Holy Father and called on him to cancel the upcoming synod on young people. Right now, the bishops would have absolutely no credibility in addressing this topic, he said.
Instead of having a youth synod, the Archbishop proposed that a synod should be held to address the topic of the bishops themselves.
I have called on him (Pope Francis), in its place, to begin making plans for a synod on the life of bishops, he said.
Chaput's call for a synod on bishops reflects a similar call by Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England. Egan has also written to Pope Francis asking for an "extraordinary synod" on priestly life so as to deal with the "clerical sex abuse" crisis.
I suggest the Synod be devoted to the identity of being a priest/bishop, to devising guidance on life-style and supports for celibacy, to proposing a rule of life for priests/bishops and to establishing appropriate forms of priestly/episcopal accountability and supervision, Egan wrote in the letter that he made public.
Archbishop Chaputs call for the youth synod to be canceled comes at a time when accusations of clergy-abuse cover-up plague top leaders within the Church, including Pope Francis. Last week, Archbishop Viganó release a detailed testimony in which he claimed that Pope Francis covered up for now ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick despite having been given information that the Cardinal was a serial abuser who preyed on seminarians.
A working document for the upcoming Synod on Youth released in March allegedly drafted by young people stated that Catholic teaching on contraception, abortion, homosexuality, cohabitation is especially controversial and that they may want the Church to change her teaching.
Faithful Catholics have raised concern that just as the two Synods on the Family were used by key figures within the Church to undermine the Churchs teaching on marriage and the Eucharist, so too do they fear that the Youth Synod will have an analogous agenda.
Editor's note: Pete Baklinski contributed to this report.
Rule One: NO POOFTERS!
I shudder to think of all those young people among the Cardinals.
I doubt they are going to cancel that “opportunity”.
There is no rule six.
The lay people I know who have attended the big Youth events typically do not mingle with the Cardinals and bishops. They are out in big crowds for public masses. Not a big risk of meeting a corrupt bishop. OTOH, maybe the seminarians and young priests should carry mace.
The Bishops should take it to heart. Many of them should resign, in order to be compliant with the rules.
Knives. Guns, if possible.
Priests are devastated by this news.
You know things are bad when The Flying Circus offers better formation for seminarians than many seminaries.
Chaput for Pope!
Poor Chaput. He tries. Considering that Bergoglio has specifically identified him as the sort of right-wing America bishop he hates, I’m guessing that Chaput’s suggestion isn’t going to carry a lot of weight.
How about Rule 303?
I suspect that the good bishop will view that declaration from the Poofter Pope as a badge of honor.
God Bless AB Chaput!
His voice WILL carry weight precisely because he has been marginalized for being faithful to Christ and His teachings.
There must be a mechanism for the faithful clergy to overcome the stacked deck that Pope Francis and his team have put in place.
Archbishop Aquila supports USCCB Executive Committees call for investigation in wake of Archbishop Viganos testimony
(What am I doing wrong in trying to post an active link?....those arrow used to work?)
May God grant that we don’t have to resort to Rule .303!
Enthusiastically concur with you on that.
1) He admits to having voted for Jimmy Carter
2) He said there was no difference between Trump and Clinton
I couldn’t care less about his mundane politics....I’m far more interested in his Catholic orthodoxy. Compared to the Poofter Pope he is far superior.
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