21 October 2015

"Gallicus C"

Msgr. Paul-André Durocher, Author of the Gallicus C Report

I'm working through the synod small group reports, to the extent that I can.  I just read through Gallicus C, with the help of Google Translate. The document is longer than average, and manages to say approximately nothing.  It was too absurd not to share, and the worst part is that the absurdity is clearly not, for the most part, the result of translation error.  Excerpts below (unedited):

"As agronomists who discuss various water supply methods, we discussed the method of our Synod. Is it well adjusted to its purpose? We make a huge amount of energy, all points of view. People are exhausted by dint of working. The result he will be worth the candle? Perhaps could we identify some specific issues to be addressed between the two synods, and give us more time to study? Will he appoint pontifical commissions the work we were hoping to do? And this third part: it hardly corresponds to the last stage of the 'see-judge-act' where we would have had to review the findings of the first stage to suggest possible solutions or action. She would have won multiple naming pastoral practices already existing in the various spheres of the Church. The fact remains that we enjoyed the increased time that was given to us in small groups. Our exchanges emerges strongly the ministry of communion that is ours as bishops."

"Each of us is different as a stream of water coming watering the fields. Some currents come from the east, some from the west, some from the northern glaciers and other tropical rain seasons. Each with its very specific minerals which water the fields of their various nutrients. There are also the great river of the Bible and the living Tradition of the Church, the many streams of ecclesial experience of our commitments, the two major streams of theology and pastoral which at their confluence, produce waves and swirls. How to channel these two torrents, and all other tributaries, into a whole able to irrigate various fields according to their own needs?"

"And you give us an example of this pastoral conversion to which we are invited, we first bishops. We must abandon itself to reach out to families, especially those that are more remote. We should marry that attitude. In that sense, we feel that the Synod is doing something in us. Should we feel at the end of this Synod, the Church is opening a new dialogue with families: not just for us to repeat what we have always said, but to meet families where they are in all their complex realities. In doing so, we need the treasure of our message clearer, and that, too, we have much to do. A conviction within us: to bring water to these fields, we must find a way to 'tell it'. It's not only a content, but a way of being. And in this research, we feel that the key is the Word itself, that which was sown by the Sower. This does not just recite verses, but to tell a story. And find this story in our world today. To say that the Church teaching is not enough: you have these stories that give life to our convictions."

"Each of us leave here changed a bit: perhaps this an essential criterion in assessing the success of the synod. We experienced a real time theological and pastoral recycling, retirement time, even, that invites us to rethink the way we live our ministry in the heart of the Church. We can dream of speaking various family fields that host the seed, by sketching water supply methods, naming our hopes for fruits. But can we achieve these dreams? Do we have the resources to do so? Concrete life does allow us to do so? And these desired fruits for the glory of God and the salvation of the world, what does it happen? This world is it so sated he will not want these fruits? Is it so fed other products that will not even have the curiosity to taste it? What will the media of our proposals, how governments respond, which conjure the challenges of poverty, persecution and war? This is the reality that awaits us."

Someone needs to do a dramatic reading of this document.