The movement to decentralize the Church and essentially democratize it as openly proposed at Vatican II and contested with the Infallible teachings declared at Vatican I on the floor of the council did not stop there as many might believe
In it’s work around mode it somehow established itself and continues to grow through the establishment of Episcopal Bishops Conferences and is now being revisited in it’s questionable power structures.
The impact on the inter- relations of the Bishops with the Islamic situation is uniquely hard linked, and surprises many, on the dynamics of struggle between the two situations
Found here in a new story the propaganda arm of the USCCB – CNA –(The Catholic News Agency) just put out ” A Bishop challenges Catholics to combat ‘ugly tide of anti-Islamic bigotry”
(In what world is this coming from ?!)
On the ground is of course daily reality ignored
Brooklyn: Muslim wounds two cops in shootout
Much of this disconnect and discord is found at it’s origin in national Bishops Conferences having practically become semi-autocephalous from the Church in several regions – with the US being one of them
The aspects of the civil war in the Catholic Church have been overlooked and purposely white-washed not just by various members of dicastries but by practicing supposedly well meaning Catholics believing that defending the errors of the Church by minimizing them, under reporting them or omitting them from – discussion –consideration and concern somehow helps the Church when effectually it contributes to the now defunct culture that led to the clerical sex abuse cover ups
In the lead-up to the 2008 U.S. election, Bishop Joseph Martino, then the ordinary in Scranton, was forced to intervene when a liberal Catholic group at a parish used lines from the USCCB document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship to justify voting for a pro-abortion candidate, and declared . “No USCCB document is relevant in this diocese,” the bishop said, noting that he had produced his own pastoral letter insisting that Catholics must vote pro-life.
The most incisive criticism of modern bishops’ conferences was offered by Pope Benedict XVI himself before his election.
In The Ratzinger Report, his 1985 book-length interview with journalist Vittorio Messori, Cardinal Ratzinger explained that while the Second Vatican Council sought to restore the role of individual bishops, in practice the post-Conciliar period unfortunately saw a reduction of their role because of the greater emphasis on the conferences.
“The decisive new emphasis on the role of the bishops is in reality restrained or actually risks being smothered by the insertion of bishops into episcopal conferences that are ever more organized, often with burdensome bureaucratic structures,” he said.
Echoing Müller’s observation that the conferences are of human origin, Cardinal Ratzinger said they “have no theological basis, they do not belong to the structure of the Church, as willed by Christ, that cannot be eliminated; they have only a practical, concrete function.”
“No episcopal conference, as such, has a teaching mission: its documents have no weight of their own save that of the consent given to them by the individual bishops,” Cardinal Ratzinger added.
As Pope – Benedict XVI added to that
“National Bishops Conferences can never substitute for an individual bishop’s authority and duty to guide his people.”
In Pope John Paul II’s Moto Proprio (a creation of Church law out of a portion of Vatican II) on the subject of National Episcopal Conferences and after much rhetoric such as
“Episcopal Conferences constitute a concrete application of the collegial spirit. Basing itself on the prescriptions of the Second Vatican Council, the Code of Canon Law gives a precise description: “The Conference of Bishops, a permanent institution, is a grouping of Bishops of a given country or territory whereby, according to the norm of law, they jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of their territory in view of promoting that greater good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate which are fittingly adapted to the circumstances of the time and place”
The bottom line is found in the Art. #2 Summary – “No body of the Episcopal Conference has the power to carry out acts of authentic magisterium. The Episcopal Conference cannot grant such power to its Commissions or other bodies set up by it”
And also found in Christus Dominus and Canons 447 and 753 of the Code of Canon Law.(36)
Bishops Conferences Have Absolutely No Doctrinal Weight and Are Not Binding On The Individual or Conscience
Out of the Second Vatican Council, as some critics have argued, Bishops’ conferences have assumed too much influence in the lives of local churches and in some cases have diminished the authority of local bishops.
Pope – Benedict XVI (now Emeritus) further added that “The role of the Conferences and structures of the episcopal conference in their original intent was to serve the bishops, not to create a hierarchy above them. “
If the next upcoming Synod is successful in formalizing the previously introduced hierarchical democracy as the new form of Catholic government what will happen – The already pre-analyzed impact is both masonic and islamic
What Comes after (Catholic) Democracy? by Atila Sinke Guimaraes
What is also interesting as found in John Salza’s expert Catholic apologetics book, his witness to his escape from masonry , his return to the heart of Catholicism and his testimony as to how the upper degrees of freemasonry – to which he was once apart of is entrenched in “islamic doctrine”
Found in both his of his excellent books of both 2006 and 2009
Our Lady in Fatima:
“Many nations will be annihilated”