Monthly Archives: October 2014

A Walkoff Grand Slam Post About the Synod

23 October 2014

The Synod of Excess
by Elizabeth Westhoff
at the Blog of the Saint Louis Review of the Archdiocese of St. Louis
Virtual Vestibule
October 21, 2014 A.D

Opening_Session_of_the_Extraordinary_Assembly_of_the_Synod_of_Bishops_at_the_Vatican_on_Oct_6_2014_Credit_Mazur_catholicnewsorguk_CC_BY_NC_SA_20_3_CNA_10_7_14-150x150Last week I found myself growing increasingly irritated with the Synod going on in Rome and the various reports coming out of it.

While I understand that the family is the core of the Church and by strengthening the family you strengthen the Church, and while I appreciate the fact that it is important for the Magisterium to look at the family in the 21st century, reading all the reports coming out of Vatican City, I became acutely aware of the fact that, what seemed to be the main points of discussion in the morass that, from all external appearances, was that Synod, are all issues rooted in excess.

What was being discussed at the Synod: divorce, remarriage, homosexuality, are all symptoms of a culture that is living beyond its means, beyond its capacity to control itself, and is bemoaning its own self-inflicted injurious acts, with the Synod acting as a Band-Aid–letting enough air pass through to allow a scab to form over a wound, but not doing anything to address the scar that will be left behind in the aftermath.

While the Magisterium was treating these issues of excess with kid gloves, while there were Princes of the Church giving rise to scandal instead of defending the teachings of our faith, while the Vatican Communications Office was releasing documents that read as if they were translated by Google Translate, and media gleefully reporting on all of it as if it were a trashy reality show, Christians around the globe continued being slaughtered by hate-filled zealots simply because they exist.

For the rest of the best post on the Synod please click HERE


LizzieBElizabeth Westhoff is the Director of Marketing & Mission Awareness Archdiocese of St. Louis. A new media Catholic. Writes the Pop Culture Catholic Blog for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Daughter of St. Francis de Sales.
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SynodWatch14: Bishop Morlino gets it and @CatholicLisa does also!

6 October 2014

Bishop Morlino: The real underlying issue of the synod is the mind-body split

posted By Lisa Graas
at her Blog,


Last night, I watched a video of Bishop Morlino’s speech at Institute of Catholic Culture on the topic of the upcoming synod on the family. In the speech, he gives voice to the core reality of Christian life that I have been trying to preach from my little housetop in the context of identity in Christ. Identity in Christ is just one of the many teachings involving Christian family life that are denied by what Bishop Morlino refers to as the “mind-body split.” The mind-body split is essentially a relativist claim. It is claimed that what you believe in your mind is the reality that you must live, that there is not objective reality that you must adhere to.
Watch the video here.

Excerpt from Bishop Morlino’s speech, emphasis mine:

I used to tell college students all the time in the Seventies and the Eighties, the mind-body split is going to ruin society, and we’re getting close. We’re a lot closer now than we were in the Seventies and the Eighties.
So, Familiaris Consortio, the nuptial meaning of the body, the sacredness of the one flesh union, the place of God’s presence where he can indeed step in and create new life; a space, the one flesh union that belongs to God in a very special way.
The Instrumentum Laboris for the synod. What is an Instrumentum Laboris? It means the outline of the work we’re going to do. The Instrumentum Laboris is not a document that offers Catholic teaching. It’s an agenda for a meeting. This is what we’re going to talk about this October when the synod gets together.
bishop morlino offering EF MassIt’s an extraordinary synod. It means all the presidents of the bishops’ conferences throughout the world and a small group of others that the Holy Father appoints. An extraordinary synod is different from a general synod. When we have the general synod in 2016, we bishops get to elect other bishops besides the president of the conference to go. It’s bigger. So this extraordinary synod that’s coming up in October is preparatory for another larger synod to be held in a year, 2016.
So, this is the agenda for the meeting. These are the questions that we want to talk about, and they’re all the questions with regard to the family that we’ve discussed so far, and then some. There are more issues to be brought up, but the real underlying issue of the synod which just stays beneath every question and every topic is the mind-body split, and if one were to read the Instrumentum Laboris that way, you see that it’s about many different issues, but in the end it’s about one thing, the relationship of the human mind to the truth. Whether human freedom is meant to dominate nature and biology, or whether human reason should be accountable to nature, and so direct freedom according to the Natural Law.

Please go to Lisa’s site by clicking HERE to finish the article before listening to Bishop Morlino’s speech. This truly is the best starting place before listening to any of the information coming out of the Synod. Bishop Morlino is my Bishop and I know that his mission is a clarion call for Catholics to be faithful to Truth…no matter what.

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