Until now we suspected, but, according an article in Lifesite News, Synod showrunner Cardinal Baldisseri has confirmed that Pope Francis personally approved publishing controversial propositions that had failed to get the required two-thirds majority vote.
“It was the Pope’s decision to include the points that did not receive the two-thirds majority,” he said.
“The Pope said: ‘These three points received an absolute majority. They were therefore not rejected with a ‘no,’ as they received more than 50 percent approval. They are therefore issues that still need to be developed. We as a Church want a consensus. These texts can be modified, that’s clear. Once there has been further reflection, they can be modified.”
Which presents the question: why have a two-thirds requirement to begin with if the Pope can waive it just because he wants to?
Cardinal Baldisseri revealed the mentality of Francis and his handpuppets:
He assured the 300 conference attendees that “there’s no reason to be scandalized that there is a cardinal or a theologian saying something that’s different than the so-called ‘common doctrine.’ This doesn’t imply a going against. It means reflecting. Because dogma has its own evolution; that is a development, not a change.”
If it were not so dangerous, Baldisseri's doublespeak would beg ridicule. (Why, say "evolution" and wave your hand and anything can happen!)
Bear in mind what dogma is. Dogma is unchangeable. It is not subject to "development" when some ecclesiastical grifters set up their shell game. Dogma may be studied and even reformulated, if need be, but cannot be changed, even if "change" is called "development."
Perhaps if the Pope can entertain a genitally mutilated man calling himself a woman, he thinks he can mutilate the deposit of faith and call it "evolution."
Catholics are forced into an unpleasant hope: that the credibility of many of their fellow Catholics, from the lowliest Patheos blogger to the Pope himself, hemorrhage credibility in 2015. That sounds brutal, but the sooner no one takes these people seriously anymore, the better off the Church will be.
The Bear is hopeful that the Pope's encyclical on climate change will be flat-out crazy. Don't say it can't happen. Global warming is powerful hoodoo to even stable intellects. What it might bring out in an eccentric is anyone's guess.
The Emperor has no clothes. We've all said it. We need to keep saying it. Every rabbit counts.