Crafty, cagey Francis crafts his message . . .

. . . for co-conspiring bishops in advance of alleged open-“dialogue” synods.

It’s here as told by said bishops, in the know — new at the game but willing, oh so willing.

via Papal Promises and Maneuvers: the Revelations of Cardinals Sistach and Meisner – OnePeterFive

For intance:

. . . what Archbishop Bruno Forte . . . revealed less than a year after the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family, in May of 2016 . . . .  reported, as follows:

Archbishop Forte . . . revealed a “behind the scenes” [moment] from the Synod: “If we speak explicitly about communion for the divorced and remarried,” said Archbishop Forte, reporting a joke of Pope Francis, “you do not know what a terrible mess we will make. So we won’t speak plainly, do it in a way that the premises are there, then I will draw out the conclusions.” [emphasis added]

With the holiest of wink and nod.

And . . .

. . . Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach, the retired Bishop of Barcelona. Sistach . . . . appointed by Pope Francis to participate in both the 2014 and the 2015 Synods on the Family. In February of 2017, in an article in L’Osservatore Romano,  . . . [telling how Francis instructed him]:

This greater potential “integration” [sic] of the divorced and “remarried” includes different forms, which could extend to the celebration of the Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist.

Remember that this new orientation during the Synod – to talk about greater “integration” rather than about receiving absolution and the Eucharist – was introduced in the synodal assembly in mid-October 2015.

After the coffee break, as I walked back into the classroom, I had the privilege to converse with the Pope, who told me it was better to talk about integration. I immediately prepared a proposal with this new orientation . . .  and I distributed it to my friends (cardinals) in the different groups. . . . we prepared a new proposal speaking of “integration”, and within the group three similar proposals were formulated, [preparing] . . . one formulation, which was approved by the group and was then included in the final document, and therefore our work [that day] became part of the final draft of Amoris Laetitia.

I think it was a very positive change in orientation; rather than focusing on the ability of our brothers and sisters to be able to go to confession and receive Holy Communion, we agreed to talk about greater “integration” in the Christian community.

And we know that in order for greater integration to be achieved, it takes an accompaniment and discernment which are the instruments of this integration. [emphasis added]

And presto change-o, we have what we want. Slipped one over, you know. Bingo!

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