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Tue Sep 15, 2015 - 12:00 pm EST
Rigging a Synod? Author discusses how the Synod on the Family seemed ‘stacked’ against orthodoxy


ROME, September 15, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – This month, respected Vatican journalist Edward Pentin published a thorough examination of the machinations surrounding the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family. The book, The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation of Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, has provoked a great deal of discussion.

Here Pentin discusses the book with LifeSiteNews in an exclusive interview.

LifeSiteNews: Was there a single incident that prompted you to write the book?

Pentin: The catalyst for writing it wasn’t just one incident but more the cumulative effect of hearing about a number of cases of alleged manipulation. This gave the impression that a general injustice had been committed within an important debate on some of the most crucial issues facing the Church and society as a whole. As a journalist, I felt somewhat obliged to look into this in more detail to get to the truth about these allegations.

What are the main manipulative steps that you were able to detect during your research?

I really try to leave it for the reader to decide based on the evidence that I present in the book. But I think it’s clear that those placed in authoritative positions in the Synod of Bishops had an agenda which they were intent on pushing through. For many, this didn’t add up: the Pope had called for a free and open discussion in which he had encouraged all to speak with parrhesia — that is, candidly and boldly — and frequently underlined the importance of synodality and collegiality. And yet from the beginning of the process, the debate appeared to be stacked against a particular group so as to push through this agenda. What was particularly bizarre to many people was that those being sidelined and marginalized to make way for this agenda were those simply defending the Church’s tradition and doctrine. Whatever the merits the synod managers had for forcing through their ideas, the repression of such an important voice was viewed as unjust and contrary to what many believed was the Pope’s overall vision. 

Which of the alleged incidents of manipulation at the 2014 Synod is perhaps the worst and most destructive?

It’s difficult to say and I think it’s also best to leave this for the reader to judge that for themselves, but at the end of the book I catalogue all the evidence pertaining to manipulation amounting to about 30 examples in total. Some had already been well documented earlier this year by the pro-life group Voice of the Family, but I also add other incidents such as how the election of Archbishop Bruno Forte as special secretary to the Synod of Bishops appeared to be rigged.

How could the broken trust be restored after last year's manipulations?

I don’t know for sure, but I suspect those unhappy with the last synod would say this could be done simply by ensuring that those in charge of the synod allow those upholding the Church’s doctrine and tradition to be given fair representation and equal authority. How that might work out in practice is another question, but at least changes could be made to allow all sides to be heard. It seems somehow ludicrous for one side to have to propose that those upholding orthodoxy be given fair representation at a Vatican synod, but that’s where we are.

What was the attitude of those you spoke with during your research to these accusations of manipulation?

It depended on how sympathetic they were to the agenda that was being pushed. If they favored the line being taken, naturally they preferred to say there was no manipulation of the synod, even if they conceded there was some heavy handedness to introduce reform in the face of stiff resistance. If synod fathers felt steamrollered, they argued, it was because they were (wrongly) opposed to the synod process and the “progressive” agenda being presented to them. They were obstructing the debate over contentious issues and current problems and challenges facing the family.

Those wishing to hold fast to the Church’s teaching and practice would stress that the manipulation was aggressively imposed in the face of legitimate and stiff resistance based on the Church’s tradition. For them, the synod managers had no sense of fair play but were also inept. In fact, one senior official thanked the Lord for their incompetence as he feared what might have happened had they been more capable.

What has been the response to your book so far?

It’s been very positive, but I’ve been surprised that the secular media have yet to report on it given the extent of allegations and the evidence presented. That maybe because it’s not in line with their narrative of this pontificate, or perhaps they simply have too many other things to cover. I do wonder, though, if it would have been met with the same response had these allegations occurred during Benedict XVI’s pontificate.

What are we to expect from the October 2015 Synod with regard to the attempt to steer the discussion into a certain direction? How might the Pope’s recent annulment reform affect it?

I believe the will to push through this agenda will continue, and possibly in more subtle ways, which is why I think it’s important to be alert to such attempts. In the book I quote a synod official saying he’s sure the synod won’t change anything. I’m not certain that’s the Holy Father’s view. Rather, his annulment reform shows his determination to force through certain changes he would like to see, with or without the synod process he introduced.



The book in question (LifeSite doesn't link to it, but if you know of any Amazon account of theirs, buy it through them since this is their article!):


[Image: riggingasynod.JPG]


Print Length: 167 pages
Publisher: Ignatius Press (August 31, 2015)
Publication Date: August 31, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B014QC51DI

Interview with the author:

World Over - 2015-09-03 – 'The Rigging of a Vatican Synod?'
Edward Pentin with Raymond Arroyo




Rigged or not the outcome is going to be considered part of the magisterial teaching of the Church is it not? There is no way whatever comes out of this Synod is going to be considered as anything less than the very words of God  Himself spoken through His representatives on earth. That's the thing...

I think whatever comes out of it will be ambiguous mush that can and will be spun any which way so that the Pope and bishops can just nod and smile no matter what.  Like anything else in modern politics,if you keep it vague you'll be able to keep people guessing who stand on both sides of an issue.  Modern Roman Catholicism at the level of the Vatican is nothing more than a political circus with a religious veneer.

It does seem stacked though, but than again what did you expect a man who wears his 1970's and 1980's Arrupean Jesuitism on his sleeve to do? He said himself he wanted to make a mess, well here he goes.
I am encouraged by the Holy Father's impending canonization of Saint Therese of Lisieux's parents in the midst of all the discussions about the Synod. I think that's a good sign. That said, I think we are in for a bumpy ride.
(09-16-2015, 07:01 AM)Share Love Wrote: [ -> ]I am encouraged by the Holy Father's impending canonization of Saint Therese of Lisieux's parents in the midst of all the discussions about the Synod. I think that's a good sign. That said, I think we are in for a bumpy ride.

For some reason, when I read the highlighted part I had the following 2 thoughts: 1) It's already been that for a while; and then 2)
Quote:Truckin' Lyrics
Truckin' got my chips cashed in. Keep truckin', like the do-dah man
Together, more or less in line, just keep truckin' on.

Arrows of neon and flashing marquees out on Main Street.
Chicago, New York, Detroit and it's all on the same street.
Your typical city involved in a typical daydream
Hang it up and see what tomorrow brings.

Dallas, got a soft machine; Houston, too close to New Orleans,
New York's got the ways and means; but just won't let you be, oh no.

Most of the cats that you meet on the streets speak of true love,
Most of the time they're sittin' and cryin' at home.
One of these days they know they better get goin'
Out of the door and down on the streets all alone.

Truckin', like the do-dah man. Once told me "You've got to play your hand"
Sometimes your cards ain't worth a dime, if you don't lay'em down,

Sometimes the light's all shinin' on me,
Other times I can barely see.
Lately it occurs to me what a long, strange trip it's been.

What in the world ever became of sweet Jane?
She lost her sparkle, you know she isn't the same
Livin' on reds, vitamin C, and cocaine,
All a friend can say is "Ain't it a shame?"

Truckin', up to Buffalo. Been thinkin', you got to mellow slow
Takes time, you pick a place to go, and just keep truckin' on.

Sittin' and starin' out of the hotel window.
Got a tip they're gonna kick the door in again
I'd like to get some sleep before I travel,
But if you got a warrant, I guess you're gonna come in.

Busted, down on Bourbon Street, set up, like a bowlin' pin.
Knocked down, it get's to wearin' thin. They just won't let you be, oh no.

You're sick of hangin' around and you'd like to travel,
Get tired of travelin' and you want to settle down.
I guess they can't revoke your soul for tryin',
Get out of the door and light out and look all around.

Sometimes the light's all shinin' on me,
Other times I can barely see.
Lately it occurs to me what a long, strange trip it's been.


Truckin', I'm a goin' home. Whoa whoa baby, back where I belong,
Back home, sit down and patch my bones, and get back truckin' on.
Songwriters: GARCIA, JEROME J. / WEIR, ROBERT HALL / LESH, PHILIP / HUNTER, ROBERT C.
Truckin' lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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(09-16-2015, 06:26 AM)formerbuddhist Wrote: [ -> ]Rigged or not the outcome is going to be considered part of the magisterial teaching of the Church is it not? There is no way whatever comes out of this Synod is going to be considered as anything less than the very words of God  Himself spoken through His representatives on earth. That's the thing...

I think whatever comes out of it will be ambiguous mush that can and will be spun any which way so that the Pope and bishops can just nod and smile no matter what.  Like anything else in modern politics,if you keep it vague you'll be able to keep people guessing who stand on both sides of an issue.  Modern Roman Catholicism at the level of the Vatican is nothing more than a political circus with a religious veneer.

It does seem stacked though, but than again what did you expect a man who wears his 1970's and 1980's Arrupean Jesuitism on his sleeve to do? He said himself he wanted to make a mess, well here he goes.

Once again, nicely said, FB.

I wonder if I keep digging under my rock in order to protect myself from what you describe I'll end up someplace like this.  :Hmm: ???
J Michael, +1 to you for the Grateful Dead reference.  :grin:
(09-16-2015, 01:46 PM)Share Love Wrote: [ -> ]J Michael, +1 to you for the Grateful Dead reference.  :grin:

Thanks! :)
(09-16-2015, 01:46 PM)Share Love Wrote: [ -> ]J Michael, +1 to you for the Grateful Dead reference.  :grin:

Ha, I second that! You know archive.org has some amazing old Grateful Dead shows for free to download. My old iPod is stacked full of them but it doesn't hold a charge unless it's plugged in.  :)
I don't think we should worry;

13 When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi 9 he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" 14 They replied, "Some say John the Baptist, 10 others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." 15 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" 16 Simon Peter said in reply, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." 17 Jesus said to him in reply, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood 12 has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. 18 And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, 13 and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."

If Jesus says that teh gates of Hell will not prevail against the Church then that is reason enough for me to be optimistic. Also in the end of the Twenty Eighth Gospel of Matthew Jesus said, "And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."

If Jesus promises this then even when things are at their darkest we still have reason for being optimistic.



(09-16-2015, 08:36 PM)formerbuddhist Wrote: [ -> ]
(09-16-2015, 01:46 PM)Share Love Wrote: [ -> ]J Michael, +1 to you for the Grateful Dead reference.  :grin:

Ha, I second that! You know archive.org has some amazing old Grateful Dead shows for free to download. My old iPod is stacked full of them but it doesn't hold a charge unless it's plugged in.  :)

Little known (to non-Dead-Head's) facts:  Ken Kesey (of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest fame)had a farm outside of Eugene, Ore.  Ken Kesey was buddies with Jerry Garcia and the Dead.  They'd come up and visit him.  While there, they'd often play for FREE!! at the University of Oregon where yours truly was ostensibly a student.  :) :)  Some of the very best concerts I ever attended!!!!
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