Who thought it was a good idea to ask the least wise, most inexperienced, worst educated people, whose only specified merit was lack of age, how they thought the Church was doing?
Skip that. Here’s what the darlings wrote at the end of the festivities (translation from the Vatican). The emphasis is mine:
Dearest Pope Francis,
We, the young people present at the Synod, want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude and joy to you for having given us the space to make this little piece of history together. New ideas need space and you gave it to us. Today’s world, which presents us young people with unprecedented opportunities but also a lot of suffering, needs new answers and new power of love. There is a need to rediscover hope and live the happiness that is experienced in giving more than receiving, working for a better world.
We want to affirm that we share your dream: an outgoing Church, open to all, especially the weakest, a field hospital Church. We are already an active part of this Church and we want to continue to make a concrete commitment to improve our cities and schools, and the social and political world and working environments, by spreading a culture of peace and solidarity and by putting the poor at the centre, in whom Jesus himself is recognized.
At the end of this Synod we wish to tell you that we are with you and with all the bishops of our Church, also in times of difficulty. We ask you to continue the journey you have undertaken and we promise you our full support and daily prayer.
The letter was signed in crayons—I kid you not—in all the Colors of the Rainbow, save yellow. Which presumably would not reproduce well on paper. I wonder who thought this a good idea?
Now this is just the kind of lispy wimpy swishy pablum that is expected from any SJW-centered NGO. It’s most charitable description is that it sounds as if it were written by Madeline Bassett (“Beautiful smiling flowers, all wet with the morning dew. How happy flowers seem”).
The worst description doesn’t need telling. But notice, though they did manage to slip in the Most Holy Name, they did so in a political way. Nothing but warm-hugs talk about perfecting life on this sorry planet. And not one damned word about salvation.
How can you take it seriously?
Answer: you cannot.
You can’t blame the kiddies, because they learnt how to write badly from their papa (again my emphasis; second ellipsis original).
My Dear Young People,
I am pleased to announce that in October 2018 a Synod of Bishops will take place to treat the topic: “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” I wanted you to be the centre of attention, because you are in my heart. Today, the Preparatory Document is being presented, a document which I am also entrusting to you as your “compass” on this synodal journey…
I would also remind you of the words that Jesus once said to the disciples who asked him: “Teacher […] where are you staying?” He replied, “Come and see” (Jn 1:38). Jesus looks at you and invites you to go with him…Have you felt this urge to undertake this journey? I am sure that, despite the noise and confusion seemingly prevalent in the world, this call continues to resonate in the depths of your heart so as to open it to joy in its fullness. This will be possible to the extent that, even with professional guides, you will learn how to undertake a journey of discernment to discover God’s plan in your life. Even when the journey is uncertain and you fall, God, rich in mercy, will extend his hand to pick you up.
Blech. It goes on with thoughts like “A better world can be built also as a result of your efforts,” etc., etc., which sounds like a come on in a Peace Corps pamphlet. Again, not one word about taking up Crosses or the need for salvation.
Not. One. Word.
The good Pope Francis, God bless him, takes up his “journeying” theme in the mass he said for the synod. In which the Pope even admits “we act more like an NGO”. But, and for the third time, not a word about needing salvation.
Well, I remind you the Pope told a reporter, on more than one occasion, that bad souls are “annihilated”, which does indeed cut out the need of salvation. When offered the chance to correct this manifest heresy the Pope said ” .”
Coincidentally, that’s the same response he’s given to every critical question put to him about the faith. Don’t despair, because the Pope is angry that people are calling out the pervert bishops and priests who are anxious to explore the rectums of their parishioners, saying “accusation becomes persecution” and that this is the work of the “Great Accuser.”
There’s more: squishy words about “paths of accompaniment”, “sexual inclinations”, “integrate the sexual dimension”, and other week-old oatmeal. But this is enough for now.