This just in from Damian Thompson: "Pope Francis yesterday gave an address
to the profoundly divided Synod on the Family in which he confirmed his plans to decentralise the Catholic Church – giving local bishops’ conferences more freedom to work out their own solutions to the problems of divorce and homosexuality.
"This is the nightmare of conservative Catholic cardinals, including – unsurprisingly – those in the Vatican. They thought they had a sufficient majority in the synod to stop the lifting of the ban on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving communion, or any softening on the Church’s attitude to gay couples.
"But in yesterday’s keynote speech, delivered as the synod enters its last week, Francis told them that the decentralisation will be imposed from above.
"While deliberately referring to himself as ‘Bishop of Rome’, to underline his solidarity with local bishops everywhere (as opposed to the Roman Curia – i.e., ‘the Vatican’), he invoked the power of the Supreme Pontiff to overrule mere cardinals." READ FULL REPORT HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: A few questions for the International Una Voce Federation, the Fraternity of St. Peter, the Institute of Christ the King, the Society of St. Pius X, etc., etc.: What exactly are we waiting for? Many conservatives and even neo-Catholics are doing a better job exposing the obvious coup d’état going on right now inside the Vatican while we traditional Catholics are observing a solemn silence and, for the most part, sitting on our hands? I don't get it. This is it. They're taking over our Church. They’re invading our home. They’re raping our mother. Our lives as Catholics will never be the same after this. Please God, who cares about canonical status and Latin Mass permission slips and appearing respectable and mainstream to apostates. Who cares! The ship is going down and we need to march on Rome, if not physically than in every other way including via the Internet and through prayer brigades.
The time for diplomacy has come and gone. Whether we like it or not, they've declared war on us and everything we hold sacred, including the faith handed down to us from our fathers. Let's march then. This may well be our last chance, for once Rome completely capitulates on the moral issues we will no longer have recourse to the "conscientious objection" clause when the thought police come pounding on our doors in the middle of the night. We won't be able to appeal to our religious beliefs when it comes to accepting gay 'marriage" and cohabitation and all the rest. If we teach our kids the old faith and the old morality in the days to come, we will be branded as fundamentalists and haters who are unfit to raise our own children. These modernist madmen in Rome are right now setting the table for the worst persecution of Catholics in history. And when that happens I wonder how concerned we’ll be that there was a time when people called us ‘rad trads’, accused us of being in ‘schism’ and lacking due canonical status. Again, WHO CARES! The time to rise up and fight back is right now, and to do anything less will surely cause history to condemn us as aiders and abettors of those snakes and demons who did all in their power to destroy the holy Church of Jesus Christ the King. May God help us all to do the right thing right now.