Voice of the Family has received the gracious permission of His Excellency Archbishop Tomash Peta, Archbishop of Astana, to publish the text of the intervention he made at the Ordinary Synod on the Family on 10th October 2015.
Blessed Paul VI said in 1972:
“From some crack the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God.”
I am convinced that these were prophetical words of the holy pope, the author of “Humanae vitae”. During the Synod last year, “the smoke of Satan” was trying to enter the aula of Paul VI.
- The proposal to admit to Holy Communion those who are divorced and living in new civil unions;
- The affirmation that cohabitation is a union which may have in itself some values;
- The pleading for homosexuality as something which is allegedly normal.
Some synod fathers have not understood correctly the appeal of Pope Francis for an open discussion and started to bring forward ideas which contradict the bi-millennial Tradition of the Church, rooted in the Eternal Word of God. Unfortunately, one can still perceive the smell of this “infernal smoke” in some items of the “Instrumentum Laboris” and also in the interventions of some synod fathers this year.
To my mind, the main task of a Synod consists in indicating again to the Gospel of the marriage and of the family and that means to the teaching of Our Savior. It is not allowed to destroy the fundament – to destroy the rock.
May the Holy Spirit, who always wins in the Church, illuminate all of us in searching the true good for the families and for the world.
Mary – Mother of the Church, pray for us!
+ Tomash Peta
Archbishop of Astana (Kazakhstan)
However, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has revealed that Archbishop Peta wasn’t the only Synod Father who spoke about the “smoke of Satan” having entered the Church via the Synod. According to Coleridge, another (unnamed) Synod Father hit back at Archbishop Peta saying the “smoke of Satan” would enter the Synod “if we succumbed to an anxious and ideologically driven spirit of partisanship that violated the communion of the episcopal college and the Church and reduced the Synod to no more than a political cause where power is what really matters. Satan is ‘diabolos’, the separator.”
It would be most interesting to learn the identity of this Synod Father who sees in Archbishop Peta’s fight for truth as the work of Satan.
Synod Fathers expressing worries anonymously
While the official talk at the Synod is all about openness, and heretics are seemingly comfortable enough to express themselves freely, some traditional Synod Fathers have felt the need to express their concerns anonymously. A good source for those anonymous quotes is the National Catholic Register’s Ed Pentin, the famed Rome reporter who revealed Cardinal Kasper’s anti-African rant and the author of The Rigging of a Vatican Synod, whose Twitter feed is regularly updated with such quotes as:
- “There are wolves in sheep’s clothing in the synod hall, speaking eloquently but wanting reform.”
- “Germans and a few French are the major force pushing reform, trying to change doctrine on divorce-remarriage.”
- “Sacrament of marriage under attack, it’s like running on razors. Synod being run chaotically.”