The Vatican’s eagerly anticipated Synod on the Family closes tomorrow without any agreement to change Catholic dogma. The month-long assembly of bishops only served to reveal the deep divisions within church leadership with progressives pressing for changes in policy towards remarried Catholics and LGBTs and with conservatives digging in and holding the line.
The American Catholic church is losing members like a sieve with one of the reasons thought to be its treatment of remarried Catholics as second-class citizens by barring them from receiving the eucharist. Pope Francis understands impediments must be removed if the church is to stay afloat. No one seriously thought anything resembling consensus would come out of this synod but liberals saw it is a necessary step in building consensus for change in the future.
My thoughts? Catholic apologists like to claim their church is the “unchanging” foundation of truth despite the testimony of history, which reveals the church has often radically changed its doctrines and policies to fit changing circumstances. Conservative bishops see any policy shift on remarried Catholics as a blatant admission of church inconstancy and a recognition that previous church doctrine was incorrect.
I certainly don’t believe Catholic priests change bread wafers and wine into the literal body and blood of Jesus Christ. And I certainly don’t believe ingesting those wafer hosts does one, single thing for the recipients. Catholics believe they receive grace by ingesting the eucharist, which allegedly then helps them from committing “mortal” sins. Catholics believe they must obey the Ten Commandments perfectly (impossible!) to be in a “state of grace” so they will be allowed into Heaven when they die. But receiving Christ is NOT ingesting a bread wafer, it’s accepting Him as Savior by faith. God’s Word makes clear that NO ONE is able to obey their way into Heaven. Christ came to save sinners, not the religious self-righteous who think they are doing a good job obeying the Ten Commandments.
Place your faith in Jesus Christ, not in religious leaders who make idols of their changing traditions. Find an Evangelical church in your area which preaches the Gospel of grace without compromise.
“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. – John 1:12-13
“I have not come to call the (self) righteous, but sinners to repentance.” – Luke 5:32
Pope Francis fails to persuade majority of bishops on remarried Catholics
By Stephanie Kirchgaessner