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We Can Perceive the 'Infrernal Smoke' in Synod Interventions

by Archbishop Tomash Peta

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Archbishop Peta Intervention at Synod of Bishops


His Excellency Archbishop Tomash Peta, Archbishop of Astana, intervention made at the Ordinary Synod on the Family on October 10, 2015.

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Voice of the Family, October 14, 2015

Blessed Paul VI said in 1972: “From some crack the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God.”

I am convinced that these were prophetical words of the holy pope, the author of Humanae vitae. During the Synod last year, “the smoke of Satan” was trying to enter the aula of Paul VI.


  1. The proposal to admit to Holy Communion those who are divorced and living in new civil unions;
  2. The affirmation that cohabitation is a union which may have in itself some values;
  3. The pleading for homosexuality as something which is allegedly normal.

Some synod fathers have not understood correctly the appeal of Pope Francis for an open discussion and started to bring forward ideas which contradict the bi-millennial Tradition of the Church, rooted in the Eternal Word of God.

Unfortunately, one can still perceive the smell of this “infernal smoke” in some items of the Instrumentum Laboris and also in the interventions of some synod fathers this year.

To my mind, the main task of a Synod consists in indicating again to the Gospel of the marriage and of the family and that means to the teaching of Our Savior. It is not allowed to destroy the fundament – to destroy the rock.

May the Holy Spirit, who always wins in the Church, illuminate all of us in searching the true good for the families and for the world.

Mary – Mother of the Church, pray for us!

+ Tomash Peta
Archbishop of Astana (Kazakhstan)

Reprinted with permission of Voice of the Family.

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