|Oh good. Opus Dei's Greg Burke will get to spin everything that comes out of the Synod for the New Evangelization.
The following article from Catholic News Service is another of those articles that just makes my day. Looks like the Synod on the New Evangelization will be another one of Benedict's puppet shows:
Pope appoints Archbishop Gomez, 35 others as synod members
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez and 35 other cardinals, bishops and priests to serve as full members of the Synod of Bishops. (Oh good, Opus Dei. I bet AB Gomez isn't the only one.)
The papal appointees, whose names were announced Tuesday, will join more than 200 other synod members who were elected by their national bishops' conference, serve as the head of a Vatican office or were elected by the Union of Superiors General, the organization for the heads of men's religious orders.
The synod is scheduled for Oct. 7-28 at the Vatican to explore the theme, "New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith." (Oh good, not one woman will be part of this synod.)
Twelve cardinals, including Australian Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, and diocesan bishops from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe also were named synod members by the pope. (Oh good, Cardinal Pell will be there. I'm sure anglo churches will have reason to rejoice in his presence.)
The prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Javier Echevarria Rodriguez, and the president of the Communion and Liberation movement, Fr. Julian Carron, were among the papal appointees, as were the superiors general of three religious orders of men: the Camillians, the Schonstatt Fathers and the Carmelites.
According to Vatican rules, only priests, bishops and cardinals can serve as full voting members of the synod, but the popes always have appointed laymen and laywomen to be among the synod's experts and auditors. That list is expected to be published shortly. (Oh good, the very head of Opus Dei will be there, and Communion and Liberation. Where or where is the Legion of Christ representative and Kiko Arguello?)
U.S. Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington was appointed by Pope Benedict to serve as the synod's recording secretary, a key role that involves presenting a broad overview of the topics to be discussed and then summarizing hundreds of speeches by synod members in preparation for the synod's work in small groups to develop proposals and recommendations for Pope Benedict. (Oh good, Cardinal Wuerl will be there, as recording secretary no less. I'm sure he will have a back stabbing knife or two with him, if only to use to excise personally offensive passages in any document.)
The synod members elected by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are: Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York; Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky.; and Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio. Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., originally elected as an alternate, also will participate instead of Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago, who is undergoing chemotherapy treatment. (Oh good, Cardinal Dolan, AB Kurtz, and AB Garcia-Siller--more Opus Dei sympathizers. Unfortunately for them, the token 'centrist' alternate will also be going.)
It looks to me like the Synod for the New Evangelization will be convened not to celebrate Vatican II, but to put the final nail in it's coffin and to celebrate the final take over of the Vatican by Opus Dei. Nothing like substituting Catholic elitism for evangelization. This is indeed something to rejoice in if you are convinced that killing most of what's left of the Church in the West is a good thing. No question that Pope Benedict and his predecessor have had that goal in mind for the last forty five years. Better for the Church to take it's marching orders from Opus Dei and Communion and Liberation than leave it up to that agent of religious chaos, the Holy Spirit. No self respecting wealthy conservative could ever let the mooching rabble dictate God's policies for God's people. Can't be lettin' the takers destroy the Church of the makers. Been this way since Constantine.
So much for the teachings of Jesus Christ this Church is supposed to be about. Much better for a money and power obsessed right wing church to follow the teachings of Escriva. No wonder this has all pegged my sarcasm meter.