Possibly the most awkward and canned moment in the history of the papacy
The Synod on Young People, October 2018
In all charity it must be said that the poor millennials represent possibly the most dumbed-down generation of human beings in the history of the world. It is certainly not their fault, mind you, but that doesn’t alter the tragic reality of what they are. After a hundred years of Modernism in the Church and Secularism in the State, the dismal spiritual, moral and intellectual condition of the millennials offers the most stinging indictment of modernity imaginable.
“Progress” along the path to utopia has left a whole generation of young people unsure of which bathroom to use.
Well played, Enlighted Ones!
Since this article appeared in The Remnant last month, a recent episode of EWTN's The World Over has beautifully confirmed all the suspicions presented in this article. It also features a breath-of-fresh-air exception where the millennials are concerned. This articulate young man offers hope for his entire generation. Watch, then read.
Most people who are awake know this to be the case—most, except for the ageing gentlemen running the Vatican just now. In fact, Team Bergoglio has spent the better part of the past year polling millennials worldwide for their recommendations on where he should take the Church in the years to come. So crucial is the input of the millennials, in fact, that the Holy Father has agreed to let them dictate the direction of the next Synod of Bishops (Rome, October 2018).
Outside the Vatican, this is a giant, unfunny joke, since the only real contribution most of these kids could offer is ironclad proof that the Church of Vatican II has failed an entire generation, having dumbed them down so completely that they have no idea what the Church teaches, how to pray the Rosary, what the Mass is all about, etc. And if there was any doubt of this before, it has been officially removed, thanks to the Final Document from the Pre-Synodal Meeting, which was presented by the Youth of the World to Pope Francis at the Pre-Synodal Meeting on March 19-24 in Rome.
Pope Francis & Co. have reviewed the document and are currently preparing to place the entire Church at the mercy of the most ignorant Catholics on earth. In other words, the shepherd is going to follow his lost sheep all over the pasture…just like a madman.
So if anyone wants to know exactly where the Francis Revolution goes from here, just Google “Young People, The Faith and Vocational Discernment: Pre-Synodal Meeting Final Document.” Brace yourselves, though—it ain’t pretty.
The Pre-Synod meeting in Rome involved hundreds of young people as well as thousands from around the world who participated online—all selected by bishops’ conferences and other church groups. They gathered in Rome to, as one reporter put it, give “the older men who run the 1.2-billion-member church a piece of their collective mind.” They presented a list of grievances and demands to the Pope, which included, among other changes, a “more transparent and authentic church, where women play a greater leadership role and where obeying ‘unreachable’ moral standards isn't the price of admission.”
Yes, “unreachable moral standards”—otherwise known as the daily duty and faithful practice of the Catholic Faith undertaken by millions and for millennium…before the Second Vatican Council. For progressive modern Catholics who can’t possibly be bothered to do as Mother Church asks for the salvation of their souls, that’s now quite “unreachable”...just fifty years after Vatican II.
Whereas at the last Synod—the Synod on the Family—gave us papal permission for public adulterers to return to the Sacraments, this next Synod—the Synod on Young People—will tackle the “big problem” of unequal roles of women in the church. READ: If you don’t want to see all the kids leave the Catholic Church, you’d better start ordaining women deacons, cardinals and eventually priests.
This next stage of the Francis Revolution will also take on what the young people allegedly called "excessive moralism”, which according to this new document is “driving the faithful away” because “out-of-touch church bureaucrats” refuse to “accompany their flock with humility and transparency.”
Quite the coincidence, by the way, that this is exactly what Pope Francis has been saying for five years. Enough of the rigorism and sitting in the chair of Moses throwing rocks at sinners. We need mercy. For the God of surprises, all we need is love! Well, wouldn’t you know it, that’s exactly what the world’s young people want, too.
Well played, Francis!
The young people—which, by the way, included Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and Atheists—also told Pope Francis that "we, the young church, ask that our leaders speak in practical terms about subjects such as homosexuality and gender issues, about which young people are already freely discussing.” No surprise here. The Synod on Young People must —simply MUST! — tackle the Church’s “mean-spirited” prohibition on so-called “gay unions.” After all, it’s for the children!
Again, all of this is uncannily convenient for the Vatican, which now simply must address what they wanted to address anyway—making the Church more user-friendly for those “faithful Catholics” in sodomitical relationships.
The document also claims that at least some young people want the “church to change the Church’s teaching or better explain that teaching on contraception, homosexuality, abortion and cohabitation.” And there’s your Pandora’s Box. We’ll have to wait and see how much the Vatican can get away with from that grab bag.
And why must these moral questions be addressed, since they are already settled in the binding moral law and catechisms of the Catholic Church? Well because, overall— allegedly, according to the young people—the church often comes off as too severe, and its "excessive moralism" sends the faithful looking elsewhere for peace and spiritual fulfillment:
“We need a church that is welcoming and merciful, which appreciates its roots and patrimony and which loves everyone, even those who are not following the perceived standards.”
The young people presented their list of demands to Francis on Palm Sunday, by the way, and this is all on its way to becoming one of the working documents that will guide discussions during the October Synod of Bishops. Stay tuned.
This is so perfect, isn’t it? Millennials putting together a coherent position paper that’s perfectly in line with Pope Francis’s revolution to change the Church in a way that it can never be changed back. And of course the Vatican’s hands are tied. They simply “must” cooperate with this since children are the ones demanding it, and to do anything less would be to scandalize them and we all know what our Lord says about those who scandalize children…
See how it works? Pope Francis is taking a page right out of the books of any number of Masonic revolutionary movements of the 1960s, which first separated young people from their parents, then ginned them up on folk music and dance, and finally “listened” to the wisdom-free voice of youth, knowing exactly where that would lead—i.e., to social and moral revolution.
The hippie movement comes to mind as does the Sexual Revolution, spearheaded by the rock ‘n’ roll industry. Closer to home, the Sillon movement (condemned by St. Pius X in Notre Charge Apostolique), and its little brothers and sisters called the Neocatechumenal Way and Focolare, which, by the way, still offers self-promotion material that is virtually indistinguishable from the Vatican propaganda for the Synod on Young People.
At Foralare.org, for example, we read:
Young people were always present and actively involved in the Focolare Movement ever since its beginnings. But their specific place in the Movement began to emerge in 1967 when Chiara Lubich launched her motto: “Youths of the world, unite!” that laid the groundwork for the youth movements of the Focolare: the Gen Movement in 1968 and Youth for a United World in 1985.
Young people between the ages of 17 and 30, scattered across five continents, of different ethnicities, nationalities and cultures have been responding to her call up to the present day. They belong to various Christian denominations, different religions, or do not profess a religious belief, but they all are united by the desire to build a more united world: to make humankind more and more into a single family, where the personal identity of every individual is honored.
They strive in many ways to build universal brotherhood…
So under the guise of making the Church a safe space for millennials, Pope Francis is engaging in revolution against what is left of the old Catholic order.
And the silver lining? Well, it’s apparently never dawned on our friends inside the Vatican that all this is a tacit admission of the colossal failure of the Second Vatican Council, which has now left the Catholic Church incapable of even keeping her own young people engaged and frequenting the Sacraments.
But wasn’t the whole point and purpose of Vatican II to “update” the Church, to make it sufficiently “groovy” to keep the young people engaged? Wasn’t that what all the hip music and hippie liturgy was about—the young people? Wasn’t a generation of World Youth Days guaranteed to keep all the kids Catholic?
So what happened?
When even the Vatican admits that millions of young people have simply left the Church since the close of the Second Vatican Council, isn’t it time for the rest of us to admit that Vatican II was colossal failure? If not, why not? And if not, why do we need an entire Synod of Bishops to try to find out why the young people are leaving the Church in droves?
And what about the priests…the pastors to all these young people? If everything is so hunky-dory in the Church of Vatican II, wouldn’t the hip young priests be able to keep the kids coming to Mass? Wouldn’t they at least have a pretty good idea of what’s missing from the lives of the youth that stray? They baptized these young people. They watched them grow up. They heard their confessions…presumably.
If Vatican II was such a smashing success, shouldn’t the Vatican just be polling pastors to see what adjustments the Church should make in order to be more relevant to young people? No?
Could that be because the Spirit of Vatican II has driven half the priests out of the Church and left the others struggling with their own sexuality?
Could it be because the Spirit of Vatican II has blown families apart, destroyed the traditions that held parent and their children together, and driven whole generations of young people out of the Church?
And, finally, aren’t we forgetting something? This is the modern Vatican we’re talking about here—the overseers and cover-up agents of one of the largest child abuse scandals in history. These guys have suddenly figured out how to reach out to the kids? Are they kidding?
As my friend the late John Vennari once observed: “I wouldn’t trust Pope Francis to teach my kids their catechism lessons.”
No thank you, Holiness. As a practicing Catholic who’s never missed Sunday Mass in his life and who’s obliged to home-school his seven kids because diocesan schools have become dens of theological iniquity, I think I’ll pass on the Vatican’s Synod on Young People.
In fact, if anyone wants to know my opinion on the Synod on Young People, I’d say that Francis and Company need to stay away from the kids and to stop polluting them with their Modernist rot. They have no solutions. They have no answers. They are the very last people on earth who should deem themselves qualified to address the needs of young people.
But, what do I know…. I’m just another a self-absorbed promethean neopelagian trying to keep the Faith despite the current occupant of Peter’s chair.
From the Synod on Young People, libera nos, Domine (that's Latin, Millennial friends--not Elvish)
Michael Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000. Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll)and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.