Crazed nuns from "The Devils" a film by Ken Russell.
I wrote an email response to a friend just this morning regarding the confusion generated because of the Synod. I actually give credit
to Francis for this. I think this is what he meant by making a mess
. I'm serious - even if he didn't intend for it to be quite as messy as it has become - way before any resolution is even proposed! The thing just started - it's not even close to being concluded.
The scene shown above is from the film, The Devils
. It shows the nuns being convinced to partake in the conspiracy of diabolic possession ... more or less. Huxley's novel is more complicated than that - yet I thought of the scene in relationship to what I've seen online this morning.
People have to get a grip - there is a hysteria brewing and sweeping through Catholic social media, and it seems to me it is rather morbid - if not diabolic. And many people are being convinced by it ...
Watch what you read and say, who you read and listen to. I have to agree with something Eve Tushnet
wrote on the subject: Obviously the “relatio” is not official Church doctrine etc etc etc, and I have no idea how much it even reflects the conversations and thinking of the bishops. I tend to expect the worst from them; put not your trust in princes of the Church and all that.
Although I distrust social media commentators - like myself - even more.
That said, what was stated in the relatio sounded rather familiar to me. It's the type of thing I have heard pretty much all of my life. Now the whole Church gets to hear it.
I trust God. I trust Divine providence. I believe God is allowing this 'division' amongst the hierarchy to become manifest so as to reveal the real state of our Church and society. It mirrors the division in our families.
As the Lord told Peter - Satan will sift 'all of you'.
“Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers.” - Luke 22: 31-32
In other words, God is allowing this sifting of the hierarchy - and the faithful. Keep in mind, "nothing is hidden that will not be revealed." Thus the unmasking
of the crisis in the Church. This must be a purification, a distillation of sorts, and we need to stand fast and have confidence the Holy Spirit is purifying the filth in the Church.
We all know there is division in the Church, in our archdioceses, our parishes, our families, our country. If you are looking for a chastisement - I've got the feeling this is it - and it starts with the Church.
"Pray and don't worry." - Padre Pio
"Be not afraid!" - John Paul II
"Sins of distrust wound Me most painfully." - Jesus to St. Faustina
Make frequent acts of faith, hope and charity. That's how the saints endured their trials.
And laugh. It really helps.