At the time, several vaticanists noted that the Synod on Youth, held in Rome in October 2018, seemed to have been conceived by prelates who still believed in the tenets of the student revolt and general strike of May 1968, 50 years later. The Post-Synodal Exhortation Christus vivit, published on April 2, 2019, amply confirms this impression.
It reads that the Church should no longer be “on the defensive,” but “listening;” that she should not “lock herself in the past,” on pain of becoming a “museum,” and that she must have an “inclusive” interpretation of the faith that welcomes all differences, all divergences. “It is forbidden to forbid,” they shouted on the barricades of the Latin Quarter. Under the paving stones, they hoped to find liberty. In reality, they found a “liquid society:” without reference, without authority, without stability. A whole generation led up the garden path, a rudderless ship: without a tiller or a compass.
The old, decrepit men of today chanted, as they did in their youth, but now in a rather quavering voice: “It is forbidden to defend.” You must not be defensive anymore, no longer have an immune system that protects the body. We must be inclusive, because “everyone is beautiful; everyone is nice,” as they sang in the 1970s. Their eminences are always dreaming of the thirty-year postwar boom [1945-1973]: the cardinals in wonderland!
They are working to tear down the Church: no more doctrine and morality set in stone! They hope to find idyllic shores that will attract young people, without being at all concerned that these young people might be the sad victims of the dissolution of doctrine and liquefaction of morality.
On December 7, 1965, Paul VI said that the attitude of the Second Vatican Council had been “very much and deliberately optimistic”: “a wave of affection and admiration flowed from the Council over the modern world of humanity;” “instead of depressing diagnoses, encouraging remedies.” In 2019, it is high time to move on to accurate diagnoses and effective remedies.
Fr. Alain Lorans