This week: A Synod on the Family wrap-up – a good written summary from Mary Jo Anderson and brief video summary from Cardinal Pell. Raymond Arroyo has another truly excellent interview on synod issues. Lutheran Satire takes on eternal truth (and a bit of scripture mis-interpretation). For the first time, two ladies experience flight. One prisoner who will not submit to the confines of his imprisonment. A commercial invites us to reconsider our biggest political choice. On second thought, do not reconsider anything – the debate has ended, the matter is settled (everyone says so).
The first phase of the Synod on the Family is over (finally). As you know from news reports, the Church is throwing out all the old, hateful, intolerant, oppressive doctrines and warmly embracing all the enlightened secular “values” of the modern world. NOT. (1) Doctrines of the Church are eternal truth, shared in loving charity and (2) they can not be changed – not now, not ever.
Unfortunately, many people were misled and now have dashed false hopes. Good people, people Pope Francis and all the faithful want to reach, may now feel even less welcomed. Mary Jo Anderson writing for the excellent Crisis Magazine has a good summary of what happened. Cardinal Pell (Australia), interviewed by CNS, also offers some very brief comments:
Raymond Arroyo (EWTN) as usual, has another truly excellent interview on the Synod. Here, he interviews Fr. Robert Dodaro (author of Remaining in the Truth of Christ) on some problematic viewpoints:
Perhaps you are still unconvinced of the unchangeable nature of Christian truth. Lutheran Satire to the rescue! These guys produce some really good stuff we Catholics can wholeheartedly agree with.
Vodafone has a brand image marketing campaign which introduces people to firsts. That is, it introduces people to things that they have never done before. Here, two senior ladies take their first flight:
No prison can hold me!
I hope people are coming to their senses like the lady portrayed in this commercial. While the president’s ratings are supposedly terrible, it still amazes me how many people, even if far fewer than before, still believe he is wonderful. To say they are projecting their hopes and dreams is an understatement.
When the intolerant left is not calling for imprisonment or even execution of those in opposition, they take another tact. Simply declaring the debate to be over (when it is anything but). If you disagree, you are a poopy-face and action should be taken against you. Andrew Klavin summarizes:
Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Jen for hosting this project!