Second Synod To Focus On Learning Fundamentals Of Catholic Doctrine

October 17, 2014 by  
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VATICAN–It was announced today that a second synod, tentatively scheduled for mid-January, will solely focus on learning the fundamental teachings of the Catholic Church.

The news comes just days after Pope Francis asked synod participants to “speak clearly,” encouraging them to speak openly.  “Let no one say, ‘This can’t be said, they will think this or that about me.’ Everything we feel must be said, without fear,” Francis said. After reading the badly translated, and what many have called “severely flawed” report called Relatio Post Disceptationem, Francis has since regretted the decision to ask the synod fathers to speak openly, supposedly overestimating their intelligence.

An adviser to Pope Francis has since suggested that before moving on with another synod on the family, that the synod fathers learn some of the basics of Catholicism.

“The synod  will be headed by 16-year-old African Catholic Zyana Ndiaye and is expected to cover such subjects such as Jesus, the Church, as well as sin. Every synod father, except for those from Africa, will remain quiet and will be ignored if they attempt to offer an opinion.”

At press time, Pope Francis has issued a statement to those who will be participating in future synods, saying, “Let everyone say, ‘This can’t be said, they will think this or that about me.’ Everything we feel must be kept quiet, with fear, especially if you are going to make a Kaspar out of yourself.”

  • SmellsBells

    LOL!! Maybe the Church REALLY DOES need to do something along these lines! The “noise” coming from the synod had better abate pretty quickly or it’s going to damage the Church.

  • steve5656546346

    Cardinal Ndiaye is certainly a one to teach it, but the Pope himself seems to be among the most needful of such a class. It wouldn’t help Cardinal Kasper: he knows and doesn’t care… 🙂

    • Kim Poletto

      Re: the Pope, boy did you hit that nail on the head.

  • And could the Vatican please block their access to Google Translate this time?

    • As always, you have had the right instinct, Reverend Sister. You know why they didn’t have a Latin language circulus this time? Google Translator is not available in Latin.

      • (Facebook is, by the way…)

      • No WONDER, then, that when I cut and paste Rorate Caeli blogs into Translator they make no sense! I must simply learn Latin.

        • I can really recommend it — it is a beautiful language.

        • RuariJM

          How do they look before going through the Google Translate mill, Sister? Any better?

      • fredx2

        O most holy reverend Roman Father, of course it is there. But then again, you’ve never been the internet wiz, have you? Let Ganswein show you. They added Latin a couple of years ago.

        • So you call that Latin?

          • Mara319

            Perhaps it will sound better if chanted?

          • For sure it would, but would that make it any better? A little example to illustrate my thought: how do Marty Haugen’s texts sound better: read out aloud, taking them serious as texts with a meaning — or chanted?

            [Researching for this little comment, I went on Youtube and exposed myself to half of a Marty Haugen song for the first time in my life. Two things became clear immediately: a.) What I’ve read about those songs on here seems to be true; b.) I certainly shan’t do it again.]

          • Jude

            The best way to hear his music is as the pages go through a shredder.

          • What a great idea! I DO think I will play that tune right now!

  • John Kloess

    So I was coming here looking for a new article and I was like, “Eye of the Tiber won’t touch the Synod will they?”


  • Aaron King

    That is REALLY beautiful.

  • Brigid

    And here’s some of the basics from the Baltimore Catechism: “255. Q. Does he who receives Communion in mortal sin receive the body and blood of Christ? A. He who receives Communion in mortal sin receives the body and blood of Christ, but does not receive His grace, and he commits a great sacrilege.”

    • Marie Van Gompel Alsbergas

      AMEN!!! We are on the same page!

    • Howard

      I like this prayer before Communion. It is used by the Orthodox and by Eastern Catholics.

      I believe, O Lord, and I confess that Thou art truly the Christ, the Son of the Living God, who camest into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the first.

      I believe also that this is truly Thine own most pure Body, and that this is truly Thine own most precious Blood. Therefore I pray Thee: Have mercy upon me and forgive me my transgressions, committed in word and deed, whether consciously or unconsciously.

      And make me worthy to partake without condemnation of Thy most pure Mysteries, for the remission of sins and unto life everlasting.

      Of Thy Mystical Supper, O Son of God, accept me today as a communicant. For I will not speak of Thy Mystery to Thine enemies, neither like Judas will I give Thee a kiss; but like the thief will I confess Thee: “Remember me, O Lord, in Thy Kingdom.”

      May the communion of Thy Holy Mysteries be neither to my judgment, nor to my condemnation, 0 Lord, but to the healing of soul and body.

      • David Standeven

        Well, in the Assyrian Church there is a general absolution given out so everyone present may receive communion.

        At the same time, I think they might still do the expulsion around the same time as the Creed.

        • Howard

          I think every version of the Mass/Divine Liturgy has something like that, but that it is really for VENIAL sins, not MORTAL sins. Under normal circumstances, confession is necessary for the absolution of mortal sins.

          • David Standeven

            I think those in grave or “mortal” sins in the Assyrian Church (Byzantine and Oriental churches don’t have a clear legal definition of the concept, just that there are big and little sins) leave as they did in ancient times (Roman Mass of Catechumens/Faithful, Byzantine “The Doors! The Doors!”, etc.).
            My point is, if anyone stays for communion it is usually expected they will receive.

          • Howard

            That may be so in some places, but it does not seem to be true for Eastern (as opposed to Oriental) Churches in America. I have a friend in the OCA, and I know that they have no pause between, “The doors! The doors!” and “In wisdom let us attend….” The same is true of the Ruthenian Rite churches I have attended.

            I have no experience with Oriental Churches — only the Latin, Byzantine, and Maronite.

  • Marie Van Gompel Alsbergas

    Perhaps Zyana Ndiaye could bring along that old box of “Baltimore Catechism” books from which they have been learning the faith since receiving said box of books from AmChurches in the wreckovations of the 1970’s…

  • Guest

    Brigid! We are on the same page!!! AMEN!!!

  • AdumbroDeus

    and a third one to teach the African bishops the fundamentals of the Catechism perhaps?

  • Thibaud313

    Best. Post. Ever.

    If only that were true.

  • Fr. John Higgins

    I won’t comment. That’s real obedience to the Pope!

  • fredx2

    There is, however, great danger that a 16 year old from Africa will be too far over their heads. Better make it a 12 year old.

  • To play the Dutch uncle once in a while: the cardinal’s name is KaspEr, like the Hanswurst puppet, not KaspAr, like the Magus.

    • Mara319

      Papa Bene, I heard from Southern Orders that Card. Mueller [with an umlaut] may soon be replaced by Abp. Bruno Forte as prefect of CDF. Forte isn’t German, is he? That’s why he’ll need to attend this catechism class?

      • I think most of us could benefit very much from Zyana, although it seems to me that Cardinal Müller is a man who has done his homework particularly well so far.

        And here is a little gift for you to copy and paste: Ää Öö Üü and, last but not least: ß.

        Perhaps you could pray a Hail Mary for me in return?

        • Mara319

          Dear Papa Bene, I’m Filipino and English is my second language. I thought my use of “may” would indicate that Fr. McDonald may have just been guessing [wishing?] In that case it definitely was not a rumor, just an interesting thought.

          While I do miss you terribly, that’s not why I haven’t quite warmed up to Pope Francis yet. He may not be vindictive, but he appears to have no qualms at scolding traditionalists without any provocations.

          I don’t belong to any schismatic groups, neither sedevacantist, nor SSPX. I’m a Summorum Pontificum :] traditionalist, yet I never knew who among us trads Pope Francis meant to strike with his “insults.”

          If PF could attack us before we could even make a move, why do I think he could not demote Cdl. Muller just as he did Cdl. Burke or fire conservative Paraguyan Bishop Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano [who claims his side was never heard.], or close down the FFI, or take away Summorum Pontificum from us?

          It’s quite unsettling to think anything can happen under this pontificate. Please pray for us.

          Thank you for the gift to copy and paste: “Ää Öö Üü and, last but not least: ß.” [The last one is the double S, no?]

          And yes, I’ll chant the Ave Maria for your intention, with all my heart.

          • Look at the two of us talking per speculum, in aenigmate! 🙂 English is actually my fourth language, so as you may well see, I have many an issue with discerning the nuances in English texts. You were most probably right, and I misunderstood you, wherefore I beg your pardon.

            As for my beloved successor — in some ways, he seems to be quite different from me and my predecessors indeed: he is a spirited*) man with a bubbly personality, and his background and his approaches are very unlike ours. This might have made him a difficult person for many from the start — but he is the Pope, and as Christians, we have the duty to view all the deeds and sayings of our Holy Father in the light of charity and of the Spirit. If we are in any doubt about his actions, we must be faithful that they are for the good of the Church.

            I admit that this sometimes seems difficult. But why? Think of the so-called “spirit of Vatican II”, the Konzilsgeist! We all know that what the media and even many clerics perceived and promulgated the council to be was of only the faintest rememberance of what the council fathers had intended, decided, and declared. The council was like a man we did not know personally, but only from hearsay; we trusted the people who told us about him, and when he finally came and introduced himself, it should have turned out that all we knew about him had been mere rumours, but we refused to welcome him because we had already formed our opinion about him.

            What we are now dealing with is the geist of Pope Francis, and very alike the Konzilsgeist, in the Francis geist, friends and foes of the tradition of the Church err from the truth in the same direction — the difference between the two groups is only in their way of appraisal: whilst the enemies of the Church appreciate the false image they made themselves of Pope Francis and identify with it, her friends find this very same image repelling and appalling. But nevertheless, it is a geist, a mere image, a shadow, vanity of vanities, which is made up to turn the currents of our hearts awry!

            Let us not be fooled by such feints of the devil! Let us be strong against the temptations he darts on us through the media! Yes, let us with God’s help even be strong enough to defend our Church and our Holy Father against our foes and against our friends! Let us stand fast in correcting our brethren, who let themselves be dazzled by the inflictions of the prince of the world, and let us stand fast in not exposing us to his blinding works where we cannot save souls but only endanger our own.

            And the most important of all: Let us stand very fast in fasting and prayer for the Church and especially for our Holy Father, for the world is turning against us now, on every level of human actions and in every part of the inhabited earth. Let us cry and send forth our sighs to Mary, the Mother of the Church, and let us trust in the Holy Spirit, the Comforter; let us stand by the Rock, on which our Lord is building his Church, and let us not fear, for the gates of hell shall not prevail against it!

            *) Is this the right word? I meant to say “temperamentvoll”. However, I like the ‘Spirit’ in it (Jn 3:8).

  • imabitterclinger2

    Maybe they could use the Catechism next time instead of the Smilie-Jesus coloring pages.

  • John Albertson

    Zyana Ndiaye? But I thought that the Africans, according the German Cardinal Kasper were ignorant non-Aryans. Since Kasper lied on tape and attempted to calumniate the reporter who interviewed him, the Pope should politely ask him to return his Red Hat. If Kasper refuses, the Pope should grab it, like Czechoslovakia and Poland.

    • Not all Germans are racists. It is not in our blood or something like that.

  • kag1982

    Umm.. you really don’t think that Francis agreed with the original Relatio. Oh and there was nothing against Church doctrine in it.

  • AJ Jackson

    It is now being reported that Cardinal Kasper is saying that while divorced and remarried Catholics may receive communion, any synod father who disagrees with him is “living in sin” and must “discern the body” by refraining the Holy Eucharist.

  • David Standeven

    I propose that for now the only ones who should be allowed to talk at the family synod are the African Bishops and the Eastern Patriarchs.

    The rest will attend a remedial children’s catechism class headed by Bishop Fellay. It will be good recompense for disobedience and a great way for him to help the church.

  • Have you already read the follow-up on Zyana Ndiaye in today’s Osservatore Romano?


    “NAIROBI / ROME. This morning, Zyana Ndiaye, the 16-year-old African boy who is designated to head next year’s synod on learning the fundamental teachings of the Catholic Church, denied he had never said what mass media attributed to him in a series of reports yesterday. According to the newspapers, Ndiaye had told a highly-ranking cleric that ‘ze majority of Europeans don’t [speak about Cassolic Doctrine], because vis zem, it is a taboo. […] Zose German cretins and especially ze Pope should not tell us too much vat ve should teach zem!’

    “‘It is simply not possible!’ Ndiaye, who retreated to a Dominican convent a two days’ walk from his native village immediately after he had learned about the rôle he would have to fill out only next January, told ZENIT news agency: ‘In fact, I haven’t left my cell in a week and didn’t talk to anybody, and I’m planning on staying here for another 33 days to prepare myself for the synod by praying, fasting, and studying the catechism and the teachings of the Church Fathers and the Councils. I presume His Eminence must have been telling a mendacium iocosum. Please ask him again about it; I am confident that it will all turn out as a misunderstanding. And please ask him to pray for me.’

    “Then the boy, who has been fifth-best in an average rural African catechesis class before his confirmation, thanked the reporters and, begging the prior of the monastery, who had released him from his vow of 40 days of silence just to answer the journalists’ questions for a blessing, took his flagellum and strolled cheerfully back to his study.

    “The prior, asked about Ndiaye, said: ‘Zyana is a brave young fellow. He does not give in to the social pressure imposed on him: unlike the other boys in his class, who will all become priests, Zyana questions himself very hard, contemplating if he could possibly be called to a marital life.’

    “Confronted with these findings, Cardinal Walter Kasper, the man who had first set the rumours about Ndiaye into circulation, told Osservatore Romano: ‘Vhy, zis bad boy should really learn how to behave. I have all his unmerciful saying, er, vhat he has said, I have it all recorded on my iPhone. But I cannot find it. It is gone. Perhaps it has been eaten by, er, Cardinal Burke. But I can prove it all. If I find it again. If I find ze iPhone again. But neverzeless ze little man is very illoyal to me, and so he is also illoyal to ze Pope, who is very loyal to me. Ze Pope stands for mercy and for modernism… for modernity, and he backs up all vhat I zink. All vhat I tell you. I know zis, because he told me… secretly. And ze Pope is, er, you know he is very… infallible. But ze little man is very illoyal to ze Pope, and he is obviously a racist, vhich is very common among ze people of African descent. It is a taboo. Do not listen to vhat zis African boy says. I made it not up… did not make it up for ze sake of mercy. I have it all on my iPhone. Somevhere. But ze Church cannot have anosser opinion zan vhich I have. It is impossible.’

    “Again hauled out of his serious and earnest preparations by East African Osservatore correspondent Edward Npentin and asked about Cardinal Kasper’s insinuations, Zyana Ndiaye, who can express himself in English perfectly fine, simply said: ‘What is an iPhone?'”

    • 1crappie2

      A progressive friend of mine suggests this boy may have been part of the Safari that killed Cecil the lion in cold blood. It was said to be an act of revenge against Cecil’s ancestors for that Roman coliseum (lions eating Christians) business a couple thousand years ago.

  • Ursula

    That is funny… except for…it’s not…. I rushed to this article with a niggling deep down that …could it be? no…of course not…sigh…