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The head of the Synod of Bishops recently offered some reflections on the pope's "Synod on Synodality."
Church Militant's William Mahoney looks at those reflections, and the heterodox prelate presenting them.
Cdl. Mario Grech: "The Church of God is convocated in synod."
Maltese cardinal Mario Grech is the chief organizer of the Synod on Synodality, a two-year process that began in October and will conclude in 2023 with a meeting of the Synod of Bishops.
Musing on that process a few a weeks ago, Grech contended the synodal process is one of discernment, and not a sociological analysis of the Church: "Because, after all, this is not an exchange of opinions — I say mine and you say yours — but together as a community, we try to do this personal discernment and this ecclesial discernment that is listening to the Holy Spirit together."
Cdl. Grech: "To fail to listen to each one is to cripple the Church both within and, therefore, without."
The Maltese prelate asserted the Synod on Synodality is trying to answer the question "what is the type of Church that the Holy Spirit is enlightening us to have for today?"
According to Grech, the synodal process seeks to engage the people of God in this discernment process. However, in 2017, Grech had no interest in dialogue when he threatened to punish clerics should they refuse to give Holy Communion to the divorced and civilly remarried.
Cdl. Grech: "It also demands a willingness on the part of all to give up strongly held positions and goals and to adopt a culture of dialogue."
In 2018, as bishop of Gozo, Grech appeared on Maltese television. When asked about the legalization in Malta of so-called same-sex marriage, the prelate responded he was satisfied with the decision.
Cdl. Grech: "They have a right to be respected. They have a right to fidelity. And they have a right to everything they deserve as a couple."
In a 2015 interview with the Times of Malta, Grech gave a pass to Catholics getting a divorce: "Life is not black or white — there are also a lot of shades in between. What makes a good Christian? Perfection? If this were the case, it would probably be beyond everybody's reach."
Cdl. Grech: "To rethink the relationships between the laity, consecrated persons and ordained ministries."
Though his musings on the synodal process are hazy, Grech's heterodox positions are crystal clear.