Matt C. Abbott
The synodal war cometh: the devilish Danneels
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By Matt C. Abbott
September 26, 2015

A recent column of mine featured an excerpt from Catholic journalist Edward Pentin's new e-book on the upcoming Synod on the Family in Rome.

It looks like the Synod, to quote Father John Zuhlsdorf, "is going to be a war."

From the National Catholic Register:
    Further serious concerns are being raised about Cardinal Godfried Danneels, one of the papal delegates chosen to attend the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family, after the archbishop emeritus of Brussels confessed this week to being part of a radical 'mafia' reformist group opposed to Benedict XVI....

    The cardinal is already known for having once advised the king of Belgium to sign an abortion law in 1990, for telling a victim of clerical sex abuse to keep quiet, and for refusing to forbid pornographic, 'educational' materials being used in Belgian Catholic schools....

    At the launch of the book in Brussels this week, the cardinal said he was part of a secret club of cardinals opposed to Pope Benedict XVI. He called it a 'mafia' club that bore the name of St. Gallen. The group wanted a drastic reform of the Church, to make it 'much more modern,' and for Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio [now Pope Francis] to head it.
(Click here to read the Register article in its entirety.)

Scary.

As for the pope's visit to the U.S., I'll just say that there were at least a couple of seemingly golden opportunities missed in terms of speaking clearly and specifically about unpopular moral truths; and I absolutely agree that his impromptu blessings of disabled persons are moving and Christ-like gestures.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

Update as of Sept. 26:

Click here to read Edward Pentin's latest article on this ongoing saga.

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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 'Unsolved' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wis., and has been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and other media outlets. In 2005 and 2006, he was among the first writers to expose former cardinal Theodore McCarrick's abuse of power with and sexual harassment of seminarians. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.

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