"'We've got to accentuate the positive,' synod bishops say."
Eliminate the negative,
and latch on to the affirmative,
Don't mess with Mr. In-Between.
Well, at least some synod fathers are saying the first part of Johnny Mercer's classic upbeat lyrics, according to John Allen, writing for CRUX.
The news is welcome.
Bishops don't want to send a negative message that normal family life is some unattainable goal. In fact, they acknowledge that many Catholic families are doing just fine, despite a culture that is not always supportive. This is music to the Bear's ears.
In an amazing demonstration of insight, some bishops want to include the Church as a challenge to families. The Bear can hardly resist adding an LOL after reflecting on that. Yes, the Church is a huge problem for families. The bishops need to get their act together and develop a program to teach virtually uncatechized pew sitters of all ages. Stop scaring the sheep all the time would also be a good step. Here we are waiting for the results of a secret synod where many anti-family ideas have been floated in one way or another.
What stands in the way of the bishops addressing the family in any meaningful sense? They just don't care about the family. They care more for trendy causes and feel-good conferences. They'll devote one-hundred times the resources to global warming than they will to the family. They think in terms of "position papers," not actually doing anything.
They're not so much anti-family, as they just take the family for granted. Empty seminaries and the percentage of Catholics contracepting are clues that the humble, ordinary family is the earthly foundation of the Church, even as Peter is the supernatural foundation. And that earthly foundation is crumbling before their eyes, but what are the shepherds doing?
Yes, the synod should add the Church to the family's problems.
One thing they could do would be to immediately call off the synod on the family and burn every document produced or presented. Wouldn't that be a relief?
The Bear hopes the synod fathers remember the rest of Johnny Mercer's song:
You've got to spread joy to the maximum,
Bring gloom down to the minimum,
Have faith or pandemonium's
Liable to walk upon the scene.
The last place the Church should be is Pandemonium. That, of course, is the capital of Hell in John Milton's Paradise Lost. Pandemonium literally means "all-demons." We haven't seen all of 'em, but we've seen enough. The Bear says issue a statement that "The family is an excellent thing," and go home.