27th Sunday AND 28th Sunday and the BISHOP'S SYNOD
1. The Church teaches us the FULLNESS OF CATHOLIC KNOWLEDGE during the whole Liturgical Year. Though it is best to go through the three cycles, it is enough to go through one cycle to have a working knowledge of Catholicism.
The Liturgical Year is divided into two parts. First, a general outline describing the four steps of evangelization, namely, Repentance, Faith, Hope and Charity. This starts from Advent up to Pentecost. Secondly, a more specific description of Faith, Hope and Charity in 33 Sundays in Ordinary Time.
From the first part we extract the four visible signs of the Catholic Church; One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic. The second part will show the visible signs of one who is not a Catholic and one who is truly a Catholic.
To be a Catholic, we must be able to integrate all the Gospel lessons into a united whole like a jig-saw puzzle. We cannot do that now but let us put together, at least, two Gospels showing the two sides that are now having a hotted discussion in the Bishop' Synod.
2. Let us discuss only the 27th and the 28th Sundays in Ordinary time. It describes both the Catholic Church and the individual Catholic.
What happened to the tenants and the messengers and the vineyard? The Gospel states that the tenants refused to give the owner His share. That the tenants mistreated and persecuted the messengers. And they killed the son who was to inherit the vineyard.
What did the owner do to the tenants is important because this is what happened to one group in the Bishop's Synod whom we shall call 'the tenants.' The Gospel states that the Owner took the vineyard away from them.
Keeping in mind that the tenants are the priests, bishops and cardinals, what will be the consequences if the vineyard, which is the Church is taken away from them? They will absolutely have no knowledge of Divine Revelation (since this is infused knowledge that comes with the theological virtues). They will go against the Dogmatic and Moral teachings of the Church due to their lack of knowledge. Without the theological virtues which is the proper disposition for receiving a sacrament of the living like Holy Orders, their ordinations will be invalid, thus they will have no power to absolve sin and consecrate the Bread and Wine.
The tenants, though at the beginning have Faith that enable them to qualify to be tenants and enter the vineyard, suddenly find themselves outside the Church that had been taken away from them due to their infidelity. The description of these tenants is clear in the writings of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church that we can identify them in the on-going Bishop's Synod and even name them. In fact, you can identify them from the news. At the time Cardinal Pell counted them, they made up 1/3 of the Bishops. But they held all the important positions in the Synod.
Since Judas is the biblical type of these tenants they are probably spiritually possessed by Satan as can be seen in what they are doing. They are sending the Mystical Body of Christ to be crucified again, as St. Paul would say.
So let's call these group 'the tenant.'
4. Now, let us look at the Gospel of the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Instead of a vineyard, the Church is described as a Wedding Banquet. The king is God. The Banquet Hall is the Church. Entrance to the Hall is through Faith and sitting down to eat the fatted calf is Charity. Note that to sit down and eat the fatted calf one needs a wedding gown which is Charity. The fatted calf is the deepest teachings of Christ given exclusively to contemplatives and mystics....or those who have reached Charity (or the Unitive way.) The son to be wedded is Jesus Christ. The Church is both the bride and the hall (the little confusion shows the limitations of parables.)
Those invited twice are the tenants who said 'yes' showing little faith but they eventually did not go to the Banquet thus losing their Faith. Those from the by-roads are those neglected by priests, bishops and cardinals. The messengers are as usual God-chosen messengers......in some way 'angels'. Or as Pope John Paul and Benedict described them 'contemplatives'; and further described by St. Bonaventure as contemplatives living a new form of monasticism.
Note that the messengers did not go any more to priest, bishops and cardinals (the tenants), but went directly to the souls in the by-roads. Remember the messengers were mistreated and beaten by the tenants. So the tenants are avoided this time. This is clearly stated in the 'new' evangelization.
The tenants in the 27th Sunday and as described again in the 28th Sunday were sent to hell. St. Thomas of Aquinas writes, not to the inner hell but to the outer hell which is hotter.
Those in the by-roads were led directly to Scriptures and the Fathers of the Church. These sources are the messengers of God. They did not go to human teachers like priests, bishops and cardinals.
They were invited; this is the life of repentance. They entered the Banquet Hall; this is Faith. They went to the table with the fatted calf; this is Charity. One man, however, entered the Hall, showing he had repented and had Faith. But when the King entered to check, as He always does, if all had wedding gowns, He saw that this man had no gown and when asked why, he could not answer. How come he could not answer? Because he had repented and he had Faith. So he should know and should have the power to reach Charity and wear a wedding gown. It was careless negligence. The King had him punished.
The picture of the Banquet Hall, what should be worn and what was the festive meal had been well described by the Scripture and the Fathers. So it is easy to know where is the Banquet and who are attending the feast among those in the Bishop's Synod. We can even group them together and call them by name.
Let's call them the 'by-road'
The vineyard was taken away from the tenants. So they will have no visible signs of Faith, Hope and Charity. They will necessarily go against the Dogmas and Morals of the Catholic Church. And this is what happened to one group headed by Cardinal Kasper, Cardinal Tagle, Cardinal Baldisseri, Cardinal Erdo, Archbishop Erdo, Archbishop Forte, Cardinal Schonborn, and Cardinal Dolan... just to mention a few. They are practically pushing a 'new' church that tolerates disobeying Christ's commands and going against Catholic dogmas like the theology of grace. In effect, this group is starting a schism prompted by their apostasy. They are described as making up 1/3 of the Synod but growing in number every day through manipulation and/or threats. Now they hold all the important positions in the Synod. And the head of this group is Pope Francis himself. How can a pope go against his office to maintain the teachings of Christ by changing established doctrines and introducing totally foreign, if not, heretical teachings? There can only be one reason. He is not a Pope but an anti-pope. Bergoglio had devised this new Protestant church when he was in Argentina with his book 'Church of Mercy' based on the wrong concept of mercy but without truth or dogma introduced by Cardinal Kasper. Both are heading the tenant group.
The tenants are in schism. They are leaning towards a great apostasy. If one of them sits in St. Peter's throne then he would be the much awaited and prophesied anti-pope who will be against Christ. These tenants are ruling the Synod though they are only 1/4; but they are gradually increasing in number. Imagine Bergoglio is the leader of the schism.
The by-road are those who accepted the invitation of the messengers. Unlike the tenants and those under them, they accepted the invitation through a life of repentance; they have received the theological virtue of Faith thus have entered the Banquet Hall. Having Faith they know the basic teachings and commandments of Christ. And this is clearly shown by mass media in such persons as Cardinal Burke, Cardinal Muller, Archbishop Shevchuk, Cardinal Sarah, the African Bishops who were belittled by Kasper, and the Bishops of Poland. Belonging to this group are all those theological lay authors outside the Synod who had been tortured by the machinations of the tenant group. All of them expressed a knowledge only those with Faith can express. And which the other side are completely ignorant of......as expected.
This group are not yet showing that they have the wedding gown which is the perfection of Charity. But this polarizing experience in the Synod will help them progress towards this direction.
The tenants are enjoying great popularity in the world because the world, of which Satan is the prince, is now welcome to this new church that tolerates all wickedness (as Pope Pius X described the heresy of modernism). And it is expected that the majority of the tenant priests, bishops and cardinals in the world will side with them. And those under them, too. The whole world, having lost its Faith, is ready to welcome this group and their teachings. Without knowing that they are being led to the wide, wide road that leads to hell and they don't know it. This is the great chastisement.
Those who accepted the invitation from the by-roads who are in the Bishop's Synod seems to be all there is. Hardly anyone is in the world; probably one or two like Bishop Livieres of Paraguay who was fired for being a good bishop. The few are holding on but are over-ruled, suppressed, unheard, insulted, no media coverage and whose good, orthodox doctrines are not documented in the 'relationes,' the summaries of the meetings.
Next week, the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Gospel will further show the truth of this on-going polarization in the Synod prophesied by St. Paul.