Secret Meetings … So?

I caught a few headlines (like this one) on those supposedly secret meetings in Rome among those seeking to advance/derail the synod agenda.

I think I’m not invited to most meetings in the Church. So if some people want to get together and talk about stuff, I’m not getting upset because I wasn’t invited to the party. It’s certainly no reason to cancel the synod. At least they didn’t write a book, eh?

It seems that a lot of people in the Church don’t get involved in crucial meetings–that’s been the modus operandi in many cases. Notably over the past few decades when theologians or bishops or other clergy are investigated from afar. Consider: did LCWR reps get invited when Cardinal Rodé first wanted investigations? I don’t recall it.

Catholics are invested in what their prelates say and decide. I get that. To a degree, such things are out of our hands, and if they are open to the Holy Spirit, out of their hands too. One yardstick I usually apply in these cases is to assess if objectors are referring more to the Church, the institution, and tradition and less to God or the mission of Jesus or the Holy Spirit.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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5 Responses to Secret Meetings … So?

  1. charlesincenca says:

    This popped into my peabrain, “What you see in the dark, proclaim in the light. What you hear in whispers, proclaim from the housetops. (B. Farrell)” One has to admit the cognitive dissonance that results when, on one hand, you have the Holy Father giving a very public exegesis on the sacramentality and beauty of holy matrimony, and then a substantial group of central European prelates and theologians basically holing up in full view, sans scrutiny.

  2. Todd says:

    I think Ms Farrell picked up that phrase from Dan Schutte. But even though that group didn’t write a book, it seems they are being subject to a good deal of scrutiny. Perhaps more than the cardinals who wrote that book last year. Just saying.

  3. Liam says:

    I thought the song was “What you do in the dark, you’ll regret in the light.”

  4. Devin says:

    A private meeting is a more accurate description. Nothing wrong with that. Though I am not sure what the group is trying to accomplish with their semi-public release of information. Anyway, as Cardinal Marx said in the Jan 2015 American interview : “…the synod cannot decide; only a council or pope can decide”. The Pope’s public statements on same sex unions have been consistent and clear and is in line with most of the bishops, so no surprises expected there. As for the communion for the civilly divorced and remarried, people have been trying to read the tea leaves for the past two years but October is coming up shortly and we should have some sort of answer. Unless the it is continually kicked down the road….

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