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Synod office reportedly blocked delivery of book challenging Kasper proposal

February 25, 2015

The Vatican’s Office of the Synod intercepted mail to prevent delivery of a book to bishops participating in last October’s session of the Synod, journalist Edward Pentin reports.

Remaining in the Truth of Christ, a series of essays about Catholic teaching on marriage, was published just before the Synod meeting. The book, published simultaneously in several languages, was a response to the proposal by Cardinal Walter Kasper that Catholics who divorce and remarry might be allowed to receive Communion. Among the contributing authors were three cardinals: Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Cardinal Raymond Burke, who was then the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura; and Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, the retired president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences.

The editors and publishers of Remaining in the Truth of Christ sent advance copies to score of the bishops who were in Rome for the October Synod meeting. But the books that were addressed to bishops staying at the Vatican were not delivered, Pentin reports.

Father Joseph Fessio, SJ, the editor of Ignatius Press, which published the American edition of the book, confirms that dozens of books were received by the Vatican City governorate, but never reached the prelates to whom they were addressed.

According to Pentin, the books were intercepted on orders from Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the secretary-general of the Synod of Bishops. Pentin writes that Cardinal Baldisseri was “furious” about the book, and said that it would “interfere with the Synod.”

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  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Feb. 26, 2015 10:27 AM ET USA

    May we guess who appointed Cdl Baldisseri?

  • Posted by: abc - Feb. 25, 2015 8:46 PM ET USA

    The other bomb that CC must cover is the censorship attempt by Fr. Rosica to silence the traditionalist Canadian blogger. This is monstrous. It really doesn't matter if the guy is right or wrong. The idea of a powerful Vatican official going to the secular legal system to try and silence a catholic blogger is unbelievable.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Feb. 25, 2015 7:28 PM ET USA

    The politics being employed by the liberal coalition is scandalous. If it were conservatives doing such things, the MSM would be all over it.

  • Posted by: rjbennett1294 - Feb. 25, 2015 6:25 PM ET USA

    Manipulate the Synod? Of course not. Who would even dream of such a thing? Crisis? What crisis?

  • Posted by: unum - Feb. 25, 2015 6:20 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri is setting a terrible example of dishonesty and power politics for the faithful to follow. He should remember that, "What you are speaks so loud I can not hear what you say!"

  • Posted by: unum - Feb. 25, 2015 6:20 PM ET USA

    Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri is setting a terrible example of dishonesty and power politics for the faithful to follow. He should remember that, "What you are speaks so loud I can not hear what you say!"