Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, YES and forever.
Today the Catholic Synod Begins with Pope Francis opening a gathering of Roman Catholic delegates today in Vatican City. I walked those grounds just six months ago. The artist’s vendors and religious items are beautiful and people visiting really respect a kind of holiness still in that great city, Roma. They are discussing the future of the Catholic Church and how it can be more ‘consultive’ in its governance. Consultive is intended to give professional advice or recommendations but only 365 are voting members. There is also a mention that 15% of those voting members are, yes, you guessed it, women. I don’t mind the reference but if they start qualifying their members by the other non-spirituals like skin color, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, I will probably faint. Jesus is the same, God’s word is the same, our faith is the same. Although time has morphed, and we with it, God is not like us. We are created in His image but not yet in that regard. The goal with this gathering, or any other religious body, should only be, how can we practice our faith in a more accurate way according to God’s word. Period. But on the agenda are items that may or may not accomplish that. I will let you consider but here are some topics: elevation of women in ministry, welcoming of divorced individuals and the LGBTQ+ (whatever could that ‘+’ include?), priest celibacy and marriage. It may be sweeping reforms vs potential breaches of established doctrine. The catholic (universal) church does not respect all expressions of faith across the globe, as Pope Francis has expressed it but ONLY what God says in His word – no additions, subtractions, or misinterpretation. Results on October 28th, 2023. God help us.