Though I know that Truth will win out in the end it is still a bit disconcerting to me as a faithful Catholic, to hear the bits and pieces coming out of the Synod and the debates that have ensued by those in attendance. I know that battles have been fought in the Church before between those who seek to change Church teaching and those who defend doctrine, such as the battle against Arianism in the fourth century. I'm sure those were trying times for the faithful Catholics when they saw Church leaders debating and arguing amongst themselves about our Lord's divine nature. I know. Debates among bishops are nothing new but it is new to me. I wasn't there 1700 years ago to experience it. I am here in 2014 experiencing another chapter of the spiritual battle that is being fought on the battleground called Earth.
What I find disconcerting is that there are Bishops who feel they can voice opinions, and yes, I do mean opinions, contrary to Church doctrine and that doctrine can be and should be changed at will. Are these bishops truly ignorant of the truths set forth in doctrine? If doctrine can be dismissed or changed significantly, what does that say about the infallibility of the Catholic Church? If one iota of the truth of marriage is changed what of the other truths? Are we going to go back to debating our Lords divinity? Or the Trinity? If for instance the Church decides to debate whether or not a particular book in the Bible is divinely inspired and decides to extract that book from the Bible, what of the other books? How do we know they were inspired by God? The Lord told us "I am the way, the truth and the life".
The truth cannot change for our Lord God does not change.Those bishops who are pushing changing the truth of marriage between one man and one woman, wanting to allow communion to divorced couples who have either remarried or cohabiting with another are doing no one any favors. In fact they are being complicit in promoting sinful lifestyles upon those whom the bishops have vowed to shepherd in truth. Receiving the sacrament of the Eucharist in a state of mortal sin exacerbates the state of their souls. St. Paul said as much when he spoke of those who receive unworthily. The bishops know this, or a least SHOULD know this.
To even speak of changing doctrine or watering it down fills me with dread and I'm sure that others feel the same way. Our faith is being tested. Untested faith is a weak faith. I know that when this Synod is finally ended the truth will remain unchanged. Whether or not all accept this end is to be seen. I fear we will lose many if our Church does not "progress" forward as Cardinal Kasper and others desire. Schism? Very possible. As I said, I know truth will win but that does not mean that I am enjoying this spectacle. As a matter of fact, this infantile squabbling over what is already known to be the Truth leaves me with a major pit in my stomach.