On Thursday, the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy, Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis' top advisors, opened up to Catholic News Service and gave an eloquent defense of the Catholic tradition, reassuring all faithful Catholics in panic over the loose language present in the Synod mid-term report, particularly in regards to homosexuality and cohabitation, that there will be no capitulation to the "secular agenda" on behalf of the Catholic Church.
From the outset, Cardinal Pell gave zero excuses for Monday's mid-term report, calling it "tendentious, miscued, and didn't represent accurately the feelings of the synod fathers." He also said that Catholics will be "reassured" by the final document released this coming Saturday.
How can Catholics be reassured? According to Cardinal Pell and various reports in Catholic media, "three-quarters" of the synod fathers had problems with the document and sought for a change immediately after its release.
"A major absence was scriptural teaching," said Pell. "A major absence was a treatment of the church tradition and it was as though there was an idealized vision of every imperfect situation. One father said to me about the earlier document is that he wouldn't want his young adult children to read it because they'd be confused."
"We're not giving into the secular agenda," Pell continued. "We're not collapsing in a heap. We've got no intention of following those radical elements within all Christian churches."
Pell also clarified that members of the clergy who wish to bring major changes to the church in regards to divorce, homosexual marriage, and contraception are in a tiny minority and they won't get their way.
"The church cannot go in that direction," exclaimed Pell. "It would be a capitulation from the beauties and strengths of the Catholic tradition where people have sacrificed themselves for hundreds and thousands of years to do this."
Pell then dove into church history back to when Christianity first began under the reign of the Roman Empire, where persecutions ended because the early Christians were so committed to upholding tradition and teaching on sexuality amidst an even wilder sexualized society.
"The pagan Roman empire was a much wilder sexual place than the western world today," said Pell, "and it was precisely in those extremely hostile times that the church grew slowly through the sacrifice, fidelity, and heroism of individuals and families."