Dogma or Die, by David Warren

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*Image: Benedict XIII Presiding over the Provincial Roman Synod of 1725, Basilica of St. John Lateran by Pier Leone Ghezzi, c. 1725 [North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh]

By David Warren, The Catholic Thing, Nov. 8, 2019

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David WarrenIn order to advance an agenda, one must have an agenda. It will have to be something outwardly positive, for advancing nothing wouldn’t count.

Hence the cornucopia, or welter of proposals that came with the Amazon Synod, and has come with every other “synodical” exercise by which Catholics have been afflicted through the last six years and seven months or so.

I thought I knew what a synod was, until recently; that I grasped the outline of its history and many of its associations. My mental picture was of a classical meeting of bishops, under their metropolitan, generally to affirm the faith on some substantial matter, or settle regulatory issues. It was the same thing as a council.

A meeting of world bishops under the pope was an “ecumenical council,” of grand significance, but not different in kind from a provincial or plenary session. It was not a parliament.

For we are a kingdom, not a republic or democracy. We are united under the Kingship of Christ, and our government is a hierarchy descending from Him. One is free to call that a tyranny or dictatorship, but that is not a Catholic view. In the Catholic view, in Christ is our freedom.   ….