Nella festa di Santa Chiara d’Assisi e nella memoria del beato Innocenzo XI Odescalchi, il papa della battaglia di Vienna del 1683 contro l’esercito turco, rilancio quest’articolo – in inglese – che tratta dei nuovi “turchi”, cioè degli avversari della concezione cattolica del matrimonio e della famiglia all’interno della Chiesa, e della strategia messa in campo da questi contro la dottrina cattolica in vista del prossimo sinodo autunnale (v. anche qui).
|Anonimo, S. Chiara con l'Ostensorio scaccia i Saraceni, XVIII sec., Chiesa di S. Chiara, Noto|
|Ambito campano, S. Chiara, XVII sec., museo diocesano, Vallo della Lucania|
|Juan Ruiz Soriano, La professione religiosa di S. Chiara, 1734, Ayuntamiento de Sevilla, Siviglia|
|Juan de Valdés Leal, La processione di S. Chiara, 1652-1653 circa, Ayuntamiento de Sevilla, Sala Capitular Alta, Siviglia|
|Beato Innocenzo XI|
|Giovanni Gasparo, Beato Innocenzo XI, 2014|
Close papal advisor heads conference attacking Church’s moral teaching
by Maike Hickson
|Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, a close collaborator of Pope Francis, attends the opening Mass of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family at St. Peter's Basilica on October 5, 2014.|
August 10, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- On August 5, German Catholic author Mathias von Gersdorff posted some important information about an upcoming event in Rome on his own website: “In the meantime, the liberal camp prepares another conference in Rome, to be held on 10-12 September 2015, and which is to deal with the themes of the Family Synod of this Fall.” And he continues:
However, this time, it is not organized by the Germans, the Swiss, and the French. They had already convoked and hosted a similar conference at the end of May 2015, which had caused noticeable irritations. One even considered it to be a “Shadow Synod” and a “Secret Gathering” with the intent to plan the liberal agenda of the Synod in the Fall of 2015 in Rome. Indeed, there spoke [at that May Conference] some of the sharpest opponents of the Catholic teaching on marriage and the family.
The most important Man of the Church at the September 2015 conference will be Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. In spite of [sic] his Latin-American origin, Cardinal Maradiaga represents a strongly liberal position. Numerous speakers defend the abstruse positions of Cardinal Walter Kasper, such as, for example, the German theologian Eberhard Schockenhoff. The conference is being organized by the “International Academy for Marital Spirituality,” a clearly liberal institution. The intention of these new [strategic and tactical] initiatives and statements is arguably to remove the Germans [their liberalizing bishops and laymen alike] out of the line of fire. With their earlier attacks against the Catholic teaching and their partially arrogant advances, the Germans had provoked international resistance and maneuvered themselves into isolation.
This can’t be done, however, without listening to the voices of all the faithful, especially those in families and committed relationships [sic] who day by day live their faith and hope in an authentic way. Attention must also be paid to the “contemplation and study made by believers, who treasure these things in their hearts” – a phrase which the Second Vatican Council uses to describe the work of academic theologians (Dei Verbum, 8). […] This international Symposium, which is open to everyone interested, will provide renewed reflection as well as fresh perspectives on a number of issues that need to be addressed, such as the relation between doctrine and pastoral practice, the sense of the faithful, an ethics of mercy, and indissolubility in the context of a contemporary theology of marriage.
As a theologian, I do not expect that everything will be expressed in a fundamentally different and new way [at the October 2015 Synod on the Family]. For me, a positive [sic] outcome of the Synod would be of course desirable, because it would show that the Catholic Church is able to reform itself, and that the following principle is also important for it: namely, that the search for more adequate forms of expression of its Faith will continue. But, for me as a theologian, the substantial reasons for positions which I represent are the ones that count. For example, concerning the question as to how to deal with remarried divorcees; the reasons for a respectful, accepting treatment also of those people who live in same-sex living [sic] partnerships. If this would now lead to an official recognition by the Synod, then that is good. But, if that fails, then the reasons are not thereby devalued. They, of course, are still valid. And that is the reason why I look forward to it [the Synod] with a certain detachment.
This capacity of questioning oneself respectively the capacity to question one's own point of view and one's own interpretation is an important precondition in order to get closer to the realities and in order to be more just toward people and to enter into a true encounter with them – at least under the condition that closed-in interpretations of the world, of life and of actions are not any more possible [anything goes?]. To put it simply: The competence to perceive means to be able to recognize and control one's own structures of prejudices in encountering other people.
because they touch upon existential life-realizations of people who consider themselves to be mature subjects of their actions and who do not want to see their own lives to be subjected to a moral-religious interpreting authority from the outside [sic], but who, rather, consider themselves as Christians, even in their own conscientious competence.
13 October 2014, Lay Centre, Rome:A Dialogue with John L. Allen Jr, Associate Editor, The Boston Globe and CruxINTAMS brought together a panel of four theologians to dialogue with John L. Allen on "Marriage and the Family Today: Pastoral Challenges and Hopes in Light of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family". The panel was composed of Philippe Bordeyne, rector at the Institut Catholique de Paris, Martin M. Lintner, OSM, moral theologian at the Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule in Brixen, Thomas Knieps and Aldegonde Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn. They offered some thought-provoking theological reflections on the theme of marriage and the family today.
Nevertheless: Not only the discussions during the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops last fall 2014 – but also the recent working paper for the upcoming Synod on the Family in October 2015 – both show, according to Lintner, a “change of mind” in dealing with homosexual persons: “The Church becomes more sensible toward the experiences of suffering by the concerned persons and by families in which homosexual persons are living.” This development seems to the moral theologian from the South Tirol — and a member of the Servite Order — “significant, even if the Church stresses that a homosexual partnership has to remain different from a marriage.”