To the editor:
The Synod of Bishops is over. What a waste of time. One of the news reports had it that the level of theological reflection was so low on the Eucharist that the Pope himself had to intervene with a brilliant 15-minute reflection. The Bishops really did nothing. They still cling to the idea that married men should not be ordained priests. They really give no reason other than it wouldn’t solve the shortage of priests or, as Bishop Wilton Gregory so lamely put it, that the married men might lack proper formation! Whaaat? Both reasons are irrelevant. And of course, the divorced and re-married were slapped in the face again.
They are a fearful group — afraid of a change that would open Holy Orders to men of talent and probity and experience and virtue. They are afraid of the consciences of divorced and re-married persons who value marriage, who love Jesus, who made mistakes and have likely been forgiven by God.
Yes, there were many bishops who spoke from their hearts about these situations, but the majority brushed them aside and they voted to keep the safe and comfortable disciplines of the past.
Based on news reports, I am glad that neither Cardinals Pell, nor Scola, nor Arinze were elected Pope. I credit Pope Benedict with asking that there be more debate. I hope he listens to the hearts of those bishops who raised the issues which were not allowed in previous synods. And I hope he listens to the Melkite Patriarch who took Scola to task.