Unfortunately it gets worse. Paragraph 17 of the “preparatory document” for the Synod introduces an image for the journey:
“An original scene appears, in its fundamental structure, as the constant of the way in which Jesus reveals himself throughout the Gospel, as he announces the coming of the Kingdom of God. Essentially, three actors (plus one) are involved. The first, of course, is Jesus, the absolute protagonist who takes the initiative, sowing the words and signs of the coming of the Kingdom without ‘showing partiality’ (cf. Acts 10:34).”
The next several paragraphs of the Synod’s preparatory document purport to teach us about the way in which Jesus reveals himself throughout the Gospel. This little introduction intentionally sparks our curiosity — it speaks of “three actors (plus one)” involved in the process . . . who is the “plus one”?
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The introduction also mentions that Jesus is the “absolute protagonist” because He “takes the initiative,” not because He is God. In paragraph 18, we learn that Jesus’s work depends in some way on His “constant openness” to the second actor in the scene, the crowd following Him:
“In fact, the work of evangelization and the message of salvation would not be comprehensible without Jesus’ constant openness to the widest possible audience, which the Gospels refer to as the crowd, that is, all the people who follow him along the path, and at times even pursue him in the hope of a sign and a word of salvation: this is the second actor on the scene of Revelation. The proclamation of the Gospel is not addressed only to an enlightened or chosen few. Jesus’ interlocutor is the ‘people’ of ordinary life, the ‘everyone’ of the human condition, whom he puts directly in contact with God’s gift and the call to salvation. In a way that surprises and sometimes scandalizes the witnesses, Jesus accepts as interlocutors all those who emerge from the crowd.”
Francis has already familiarized us with his god of surprises, who “sometimes scandalizes.” Unlike Jesus Who tells souls their Faith has made them whole and that they should sin no more, Francis’s god of surprises tells them their human dignity has made them free and they can sin forevermore.
Paragraph 19 introduces the third actor, the Apostles:
“The third actor’s entrance on the scene occurs not thanks to a cure or a conversion, but because it coincides with Jesus’ call. The election of the apostles is not the privilege of an exclusive position of power and separation but the grace of an inclusive ministry of blessing and fellowship. . . . Thanks to the gift of the Spirit of the Risen Lord, they are to guard the place of Jesus, without replacing him: not to put filters on his presence, but to make it easy to encounter him.”
Indeed, during sane periods of Church history, Catholics would have been forbidden to participate in such an unholy and dangerous spectacle.
So Jesus, our protagonist, took the initiative to spread the word about the Kingdom of God to the crowd, and the Apostles are there, “not to put filters on his presence, but to make it easy to encounter him.” Just as we do not get any sense that Jesus is the “absolute protagonist” because He is God, this view of the Apostles does not include any sense that they are entrusted to faithfully transmit what Jesus has taught them. This idea that they are “not to put filters on His presence” seems to suggest that the Apostles would violate their mandate if they tried to teach anything.
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Thus we have the “three actors,” but we know from paragraph 17 that we still need to meet the mysterious “plus one.” Paragraph 21 tells us about this “extra”:
“Then, there is the ‘extra’ actor, the antagonist, who brings to the scene the diabolical separation of the other three. Faced with the perturbing prospect of the cross, there are disciples who leave and mood-changing crowds. The insidiousness that divides—and, thus, thwarts a common path—manifests itself indifferently in the forms of religious rigor, of moral injunction that presents itself as more demanding than that of Jesus, and of the seduction of a worldly political wisdom that claims to be more effective than a discernment of spirits. In order to escape the deceptions of the ‘fourth actor,’ continuous conversion is necessary.”
It seems odd that anyone would be excluded from the feel-good synodal path but here we understand that the fiendish “antagonist” will not be receiving the official Synod crayons to design a new church. These insidious extras operate with “religious rigor” and “moral injunction.” In other words, they believe and practice the Catholic Faith as it has always been believed and practiced. And for Francis these antagonists are obstacles, who “thwart a common path” because they do not give proper weight to the “discernment of spirits.” As a result, Francis and his collaborators must “escape the deceptions of the fourth actor” through some mysterious process of “continuous conversion.” In short, if you are a faithful Catholic, you are the insidious extra who is not welcome to join the Synodal journey.
Above all else, though, we need to become saints, now.
The Synodal path began in hell and leads to hell, so we should not feel too distraught about not being invited. Indeed, during sane periods of Church history, Catholics would have been forbidden to participate in such an unholy and dangerous spectacle. But we cannot ignore this diabolical disorientation, for it attacks the Mystical Body of Christ: we must pray, perform penance, fight for the truth, and refute the monstrous lies Francis and Satan intend to spread in the name of Catholicism. Above all else, though, we need to become saints, now.
May the Blessed Virgin Mary help us to fight these demons that she will ultimately crush. Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us!