Bishop Schneider praises laity who opposed clerical manipulation of family Synod

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Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, has given a stunning interview about the Synod to Polonia Christiana, a Polish Catholic magazine. Read LifeSiteNews.com’s exclusive English translation. See below our chosen extracts (our emphases in bold):

“During the Synod there had been moments of obvious manipulation on the part of some clerics who held key positions in the editorial and governing structure of the Synod. The interim report (Relatio post disceptationem) was clearly a prefabricated text with no reference to the actual statements of the Synod fathers. In the sections on homosexuality, sexuality and “divorced and remarried” with their admittance to the sacraments the text represents a radical neo-pagan ideology. This is the first time in Church history that such a heterodox text was actually published as a document of an official meeting of Catholic bishops under the guidance of a pope, even though the text only had a preliminary character. Thanks be to God and to the prayers of the faithful all over the world that a consistent number of Synod fathers resolutely rejected such an agenda…”

“By admitting the ‘divorced and remarried’ to Holy Communion those bishops establish a new tradition on their own volition and transgressing thereby the commandment of God, as Christ once rebuked the Pharisees and Scribes (cf. Math 15: 3). And what is still aggravating, is the fact that such bishops try to legitimize their infidelity to Christ’s word by means of arguments such as ‘pastoral need’, ‘mercy’, ‘openness to the Holy Spirit’ … In fact the bishops who support Holy Communion for ‘divorced remarried’ are the new Pharisees and Scribes…”

“It will surely only increase the doctrinal confusion among the priests and the faithful, being in the air, that Divine commandments and Divine words of Christ and those of the apostle Paul are put at the disposal of human decision making groups.”

“In this extraordinarily difficult time Christ is purifying our Catholic faith so that through this trial the Church will shine brighter and be really light and salt for the insipid neo-pagan world thanks to the fidelity and the pure and simple faith firstly of the faithful, of the little ones in the Church, of the ‘ecclesia docta’ (the learning church), which in our days will strengthen the ‘ecclesia docens‘ (the teaching Church, i.e. the Magisterium), in a similar way as it was in the great crisis of the faith in the IV century as Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman stated [in] Arians of the Fourth Century, pp. 446, 466.”

“We have to encourage ordinary Catholics to be faithful to the Catechism … [O]rganize circles of studies and conferences about the perennial teaching of the Church on the issue of marriage and chastity … [F]ound and promote youth groups of pure hearts, family groups, groups of Catholic spouses … [O]rganize groups which will help morally and materially broken families … [C]reate groups who will carefully help persons with homosexual tendencies to enter the path of Christian conversion…”

“That in the very bosom of the Church, there are people who undermine the teaching of Our Lord became an obvious fact and one for the whole world to see thanks to the internet and the work of some Catholic journalists who were not indifferent to what was happening to the Catholic faith which they consider to be the treasure of Christ. I was pleased to see that some Catholic journalists and internet bloggers behaved as good soldiers of Christ and drew attention to this clerical agenda of undermining the perennial teaching of Our Lord.”

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