The Synod, centered on Scripture, is titled “The Word of God in the Life and
the Mission of the Church”, opened October 5 and will last until October 26.
It is considered one of the major events of the Pauline Year.|
It will be the first Synod held not at the Vatican, but at St.
Paul-Outside-the-Walls. This, no doubt, is to emphasize the ecumenical
aspect of the Synod. St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls has effectively become an
“ecumenical basilica” due the recent history of ecumenical milestones
connected with it.
Opening the Synod at St. Paul Outside the Wall
It was at St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls that Pope John XXIII first announced
the Second Vatican Council in 1959. At this same basilica, Pope Paul VI, on
December 4, 1965, held a special “Liturgy of the Word” service for the
Protestant Observers who attended Vatican II.
St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls was the place in which Pope John Paul II
announced his plans for the 1986 pan-religious
prayer-meeting at Assisi, and where the same Pope opened the Holy Door
for the year 2000 Holy Year flanked by the Schismatic Patriarch of
Constantinople and the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury.
St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls is also the site each year of the concluding
liturgy for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, a once-Catholic program
that has become ecumenical since the Vatican II, and now held in conjunction
with the World Council of Churches.
Pope Benedict’s first Motu Proprio, issued on May 31, 2005, dealt
with the canonical structure of St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls. In this
document, the Pope celebrated the memory of St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls as a
place of ecumenical happenings and encouraged more such enterprises in the
Then on January 21 of this year, Vatican Information Service
confirmed that as part of the Pauline Year, St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls will
open an “ecumenical chapel”
wherein members of various non-Catholic sects can hold their prayer
In announcing the Pauline year, Pope Benedict said on June 28 2007 that the
Pauline Year would be characterized by the “ecumenical dimension.”  The
October Synod proves Benedict true to his word and to his fierce attachment
to Vatican II’s new program.
On October 18, as part of the Synod, Pope Benedict and Schismatic Patriarch
Bartholomew I will preside at first Vespers. Each will give an address on
the subject of Scripture, with a special reference to the Pauline Year.
The first time a Schismatic leads a liturgical service and speaks at a
It will be the first time a Schismatic Patriarch addressed the Synod
Fathers. Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, secretary general of the Synod of
Bishops, explained, that the Patriarch “will bring the greetings of
‘Orthodox’ Churches that the Apostle to the Nations founded before going to
Rome where he suffered martyrdom.”
The Synod will also welcome other members of the Schismatic Orthodox, as
well as members from various Protestant sects.
Asia News reports, “Representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate will
be present along with others from the Patriarchates of Moscow, Serbia and
Romania, from the Orthodox Church of Greece and the Armenian Apostolic
Church, as well as from the Anglican Communion, the World Lutheran
Federation, the Church of the Disciples of Christ and the World Council of
In another ecumenical “first” a Rabbi lectured the Synod Fathers. On October
6, Chief Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen of Haifa, Israel, addressed the assembly
on how the Jewish people read and interpret Sacred Scripture — which is a
reading of the Old Testament that has nothing to do with Jesus Christ.
Nonetheless, Asia News celebrated, “It will be the first time that a
rabbi, and a non-Christian, has addressed the Synod Fathers.”
Other special guests will include Rev. A. Miller Milloy, secretary general
of the United Bible Societies, and Frère Alois, prior of the Taizé
Community. The Synod will truly have an unprecedented ecumenical dimension.
Rabbi Cohen lectures the Synod: Jews "cannot forgive and forget" that Pius
XII didn't do more to help them. Below, Benedict congratulates the
rabbi after his insults.
St. Maximilian Kolbe rightly decried ecumenism as the enemy of the
Blessed Mother. Saint Maximilian said, “There is no greater enemy of the
Immaculata and her Knighthood than today’s ecumenism, which every Knight
must not only fight against, but also neutralize through diametrically
opposed action and ultimately destroy.” 
Our Lord gave His Apostles the duty to “go forth and teach all nations” to
bring all peoples into the one and only true Church that Christ
established. Ecumenism does the opposite. As the eminent theologian Father
Edward Hanahoe lamented, today’s ecumenism has the effect of “perpetuating
the state of separation, serving rather to keep people out of Church than to
bring them into it.” 
It is the unchangeable teaching of the Church that any “ecumenical” contact
with members of false religions can have only one purpose: to convert the
non-Catholic to the Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation.
This was the clear teaching contained in Pope Pius XII’s 1949 Instruction
on the Ecumenical Movement – a teaching that conformed to the perennial
Magisterium of the centuries. Here Pius XII said, "True reunion can only
come about by the return of dissidents to the one true Church of Christ."
Yet the motley collection of false religions that will be visible at the
upcoming Synod represents an ecumenism that Pope Pius XI condemned as a
false unity "quite alien to the one Church of Christ.” 
Pope Benedict claims to be operating according to a “hermeneutic of
continuity” that insists Vatican II contains no rupture with the past.
At the same time, he launches unprecedented initiatives that have no
continuity with anything in Church history, and that would have been
condemned by every Pope prior to Vatican II. Sadly, this new “hermeneutic of
continuity” only works for those who are prepared to abandon the principle
of non-contradiction. 
As I have noted elsewhere, Benedict’s “hermeneutic
of continuity” has little to do with re-establishing tradition. It is
another failed attempt at a “new synthesis” between various aspects of
Catholic Tradition and the liberalism of Vatican II. His main purpose, I
believe, is not so much to rescue Tradition, but to save Vatican II, the
disastrous Council on which he has built his entire ecclesiastical career.
In fact, the entire notion of the regular “Synod of Bishops” is a direct
application of Vatican II’s collegiality. Never before in Church history did
we witness bishops from world over gather every two or three years in Rome
for a month at a time to discuss a given topic to death. Synods used to be
rare occasions, but they are now a permanent “collegial” structure in the
Church. Most importantly, the Synod has been established in order to advance
the implementation of Vatican II throughout the world over time. 
We see that at this latest October Synod, we will witness an advancement of
the Conciliar revolution. Now Rabbis and schismatic patriarchs address the
Bishops, and various non-Catholics are invited to participate.
The ecumenical element of the October Synod guarantees the perpetuation of
this liberal ecumenism throughout the Church, to the detriment of Tradition.
It will embolden diocesan bishops to host similar ventures, such as joint
conferences on religious topics with schismatics, Protestants and rabbis.
Concerned Catholics who complain of these activities will be shouted down by
the Chancery. The bishop will justify his actions on the plea he is merely
following the actions of the “conservative” Pope Benedict XVI.
This is scandal. There is no other word for it.
Do we wonder why the world appears to be is falling apart? Why God seems to
be withdrawing His blessings? What can we expect when Catholic leaders
launch public initiatives that were always rightly denounced as grave sins
against the First Commandment?
Maximilian Kolbe: ecumenism is the greatest enemy of the Immaculata. We must
resist the coming Pan-religion
In 1918, Belgium’s Cardinal Mercier wrote a pastoral letter entitled The
Lesson of Events in which he said that World War I, more than anything
else, was a punishment for states and governments placing the one true
Church of Jesus Christ on the same level as false creeds.
Mercier wrote, “In the name of the Gospel, and in the light of the
Encyclicals of the last four Popes, Gregory XVI, Pius IX, Leo XIII, and Pius
X, I do not hesitate to affirm that this indifference to religion
which puts on the same level the religion of divine origin and the religions
invented by men in order to include them in the same skepticism is the
blasphemy which calls down chastisement on society far more than the sins of
individuals and families.” 
Cardinal Mercier noted that this was a punishment for governments giving
equal place to false religions. How much worse is it for Catholic leaders to
effectively grant false religions legitimacy within the walls of a major
It is long past time to say “enough”! Concerned Catholics must step up their
resistance to this error rightly condemned by St. Maximilian Kolbe as the
“enemy of the Immaculata”. Today’s ecumenism is a manifestation of modernism
and religious indifferentism. It is a central error of liberal Catholicism.
There is no excuse for a Catholic to defend it or take part in it in any way
1. For documentation on everything said concerning
St. Paul-Outside-the-Walls, see
“Ecumenical Chapel at St. Paul Outside-the-Walls”, Feb. 2008, Catholic
Family News. Online at: www.cfnews.org/EcuChapel.htm
2. “The Holy Father Proclaims a Year Dedicated to St. Paul”, Vatican
Information Service, June 28, 2007.
3. “Synod: 253 Bishops from around the World but none from China,” Asia
News, October 3, 2008.
4. Entry of Diary dated April 23, 1933. Cited from Fr. Karl Stehlin,
The Immaculata Our Ideal (Warsaw: Te Deum, 2005), p.37.
5. One Fold: Essays and Documents to Commemorate the Golden Jubilee of
the Chair of Unity Octave, 1908-1958, ed. by Edward F. Hanahoe and Titus
F. Cranny (Graymoor: Chair of Unity Apostolate, 1959), p. 121.
6. Mortalium Animos, Pope Pius XI, 1928.
7. A thing can not both be and not be at the same time under the same
8. This is discussed at greater length in “A Key to Benedict XVI: The Oath
Against Modernism vs. the Hermeneutic of Continuity.” See
9. That is how it I heard it defined by Father Kenneth Boyak, who had worked
with the USCCB. I discuss more completely the notion of the Synod and it’s
relation to Vatican II in “Catholicism Dissolved, the New Evangelization”, a
four-part series that ran in CFN, October 1998 through January 1999. For
information on this article, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
10. Quote taken from The Kingship of Christ and Organized Naturalism
by Fr. Denis Fahey (Regina Publications, June, 1943), p. 36. Footnoted as
cited from Cardinal Mercier’s Pastoral Letter, 1918, The Lesson of Events.
(Emphasis added). See also "The Schismatic Orthodox and Conversion," [at
www.cfnews.org/Ortho-convert.htm] which includes Pope St. Pius X's teaching
on the necessity of the "Orthodox" to convert for salvation.
Posted October 8,