Matt C. Abbott
Of a pointless synod, revolution, and...frozen eggs
By Matt C. Abbott
October 20, 2014

Phase one of the Synod on the Family is complete.

A "pastoral earthquake"? Well, yes – and a catastrophic one at that. Heck, who would have thought the synod could actually be considered more "pastoral" than Vatican II itself?

At any rate ... now for the wrap-up.

How's this for scary?

First, from AFP:
    Adolfo Nicolas, superior general of the Society of Jesus, or Jesuits – to which Francis belongs – told the I.Media religious news agency to watch for a possible 'revolution' a year from now.

And Steve Jalsevac of hits the nail on the head in his latest commentary:
    The reality is that the impact of the past week's misdeeds [at the synod] has been far more than just one step in 'sausage making.' They have done long-lasting damage to the Body of Christ, which it appears was intentional by some within the Church....

    ...The manipulators within the Church have shown that they will not be deterred and are very determined to do whatever it takes to get their way – lying, bullying, mafia-like techniques, financial and other threats, smearing personal reputations, media control and leaks, blackmail (a common tactic), appointments and firings within the Church and more. Yes, all of these really do happen in the Church and are done even to bishops, cardinals and popes. I have seen it all over the years.

    Note what happened to the Ed Pentin interview on ZENIT of [Cardinal] Kasper's comments against the African bishops that suddenly disappeared, even though it has been proven to be accurate beyond a doubt. No doubt ZENIT was threatened by Kasper's friends to remove the interview.

    The time for naiveté and overly pious responses to harsh realities that have now been exposed is over.
Amen! Enough of the pious poop. The war, spiritual and cultural, rages on.

Who will be left standing?

Our Lady of Akita, pray for us.

In other news...from
    Two Silicon Valley giants now offer women a game-changing perk: Apple and Facebook will pay for employees to freeze their eggs.

    Facebook recently began covering egg freezing, and Apple will start in January, spokespeople for the companies told NBC News. The firms appear to be the first major employers to offer this coverage for non-medical reasons.

    'Having a high-powered career and children is still a very hard thing to do,' said Brigitte Adams, an egg-freezing advocate and founder of the patient forum By offering this benefit, companies are investing in women, she said, and supporting them in carving out the lives they want.

    When successful, egg freezing allows women to put their fertility on ice, so to speak, until they're ready to become parents. But the procedure comes at a steep price: Costs typically add up to at least $10,000 for every round, plus $500 or more annually for storage.
Emily Zender, executive director of Illinois Right to Life, had the following response to the "egg-freezing" story:

"Corporations should focus on empowering women instead of pressuring them to choose between being a mother and having a successful career. Encouraging women to go through an invasive procedure to allow them – at a highly unsuccessful rate – to manufacture children at a later date doesn't empower women. It denies a part of women's femininity at the benefit of the corporation. Instead, let's focus on why their corporate structure is not supportive of mothers' careers and add benefits to alter that culture."

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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

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