Catholics Push Back on Synodal Word Art

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by Nicholas Wylie  •  •  September 29, 2022   

Images shared online tout dissident talking points

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VATICAN ( — Modernists are lauding artwork posted to a Vatican social media account while faithful Catholics express outrage. 

Over the weekend, the official Synod of Bishops accounts on Facebook and Twitter posted scandalous images designed by artist Becky McIntyre. The Synod of Bishops is a permanent body of bishops acting in an advisory role to the pope via periodic meetings.

McIntyre was commissioned to create the pictures for the Philadelphia Catholic Higher Education Synod, a series of 40 "listening sessions" with students at Catholic colleges and universities.

Perhaps the most egregious of the six artworks depicts a group of five individuals in front of a church. One of the women is dressed in priest attire and another young person — whose gender is ambiguous — appears to be shouting, "We are the young people of the future, and the future is now!"

The disturbing post prompted Catholic commentator Matthew Hazell to tweet, "Oh, and just in case you were really worried the #Synod on Synodality wasn't going to meet expectations, behold: women priests & pride shirts as the 'future'!"

Another telling picture spells out the artist's view, and seemingly the Synod's as well, of changes that need to happen to the Church.

Another of the art pieces lists the things viewed as wrong in the Church and then depicts a bridge "to accountability."

Building a bridge "to accountability."

It counts "hierarchy," "partisan politics" and "priest biases" among the problems facing the Church. These are grouped with left-wing talking points like "gender and LGBTQ+ discrimination," "racism" and "exclusion."

The document goes on to reveal many respondents want a more "welcoming" environment for sodomy and for women to have governance, including ordination. 

What's Next?

Many faithful Catholics are worried about what will happen when the bishops meet next October for the Synod on Synodality. This global meeting in Rome in 2023 will come on the heels of local meetings of laity in dioceses around the world. In many places, documents resulting from the processes on the local level discuss heterodox positions.

The Vatican has done little to dispel the faithful's fears, as the official website for the Synod on Synodality has posted pro-gay material — even lauding gay adopters as pro-life champions.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops clearly acknowledged in the National Synthesis report — which reflects a broad array of input by local Catholics — many are calling for heterodox changes within the Church. The report quotes one "synodal consultation" document as saying:

People noted that the Church seems to prioritize doctrine over people, rules, and regulations over lived reality. People want the Church to be a home for the wounded and broken, not an institution for the perfect. They want the Church to meet people where they are, wherever they are, and walk with them rather than judging them; to build real relationships through care and authenticity, not superiority. 

The official website for the synod has posted pro-gay material.

Speaking last week on the laity's role in the Synod on Synodality, Maltese cardinal Mario Grech — head of the Vatican's synod office — stated, "Let us trust in our people. Let us trust that the Holy Spirit acts in and with our people. And this Spirit is not merely a property of the ecclesial hierarchy."

The hierarchy is now seemingly trusting the people it has failed to catechize for decades to help create a revolution in the Church.

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