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The Synod’s Art – Part III

Weaving a Tapestry of Diversity

Rita A. Stewart
Before Vatican II, every Catholic understood that Faith is about God, not man. As the Baltimore Catechism states, “God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next.”

Unfortunately, progressivists have tried to invert the purpose of life, making it about man’s comfort and community. According to this line of thinking, the core problem in society is not sin against God, but class struggle (which more broadly refers to conflict among different social groups). We must atone for classism, clericalism, racism, sexism and all the other “isms” said to be the primary cause of society’s ills. The third art piece from the Vatican’s Synod on Synodality displays this false understanding.

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This image, entitled “Journeying from Fragmentation to Wholeness,” displays a tapestry being woven on a loom. Its different threads include include “Parish church,” “Black church,” “Asian church,” “Latino church,” and so on, conveying the belief that Catholics are currently divided, but must begin to peacefully coexist. Music notes next to the tapestry are perhaps a reference to the harmony of such a union.

On the left side of the image, we can see a monstrance, possibly representing the “communion of the faithful.” As a young child, I was taught at my progressivist parish that “communion” is between members of the parish community. The Mass, called the Supper of the Lamb, is not a sacrifice, but a meal in which Catholics break bread together. The Body of Christ is a merely a metaphor, symbolizing the people of God coming together. This is the "new catechism" being taught to the youth.

All of this is heretical in its own right, but also hints at an obsession with identity politics and implies that the Church needs to be more inclusive. By reinterpreting the past as backwards and oppressive, progressivists claim there is justification for restructuring the Church. The Hierarchy is purportedly outdated and out of touch, failing to adequately represent the interests of laypeople.

artist becky mintryre

McIntryre claims to be ‘following the spirit,’
but what spirit?

The Synod, with its surveys and local meetings of the laity giving voice to their concerns, is a product of the desire to democratize the Church. In her summary of the art piece, artist Becky McIntryre,asks, “What is the Spirit asking of us?” revealing the desire for individuals to privately interpret the voice of God. This is a philosophy remarkably similar to that of Protestantism.

In order to be truly "inclusive," many progressivists advocate that the Church be "de-Westernized." The art piece hints at this with the tapestry, which has a tribal style. Perhaps this alludes to Pope Francis’ call for the Church to develop an “Amazonian face.”

Pretending to combat white supremacy, this "call" really means condemning colonization and the Church’s historical missionary spirit. As TIA has previously explained, the Conciliar Church uses pre-Hispanic tribal societies as a model for all cultures. They are seen as pure, natural and innocent, unlike the supposedly contrived and corrupted Catholic civilizations.

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‘Homo church,’ a part of the Conciliar Church unity

In the same vein of inclusion, the piece mentions the “LGBT community” as one of the threads of the Church. Authentically Catholic understandings of marriage and gender roles are rebranded as hateful and exclusive, something that must be updated in order to create a truly “equitable” Church.

In her summary of the art piece, McIntyre writes: “Both students who prefer traditional worship as well as those who prefer more modern or multicultural worship agree it is important to offer options that appeal to the diverse members of the Church.” If this is the case, what is causing the division in the first place?

Ironically, this division is the result of Progressivism. Such a buffet of liturgical styles did not exist before Vatican II. Mass was understood to be about God, not the personal preferences of men. The elimination of Latin and influx of liturgical freedom in the Novus Ordo has caused confusion and disunity, making the purpose of the Mass unclear.

Before, there was no need to weave together a tapestry of threads representing the various politically correct currents in the Catholic Church. The Church was One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic, marks that the progressivists are attempting to erase at a fast pace today in the Synod.

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Posted January 16, 2023

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