To really understand the seriousness of the fact that the majority (104 out of 178) of the Catholic Bishops at the recent Synod on the Family actually voted in favor of admitting the divorced and remarried to Sacramental Communion, one must examine the origins and reasons for their Modernist mindset. “It is in the mind and writings of Joseph Ratzinger that we will find the explanation.” To date, I have read no better explanation for this betrayal of the traditional Catholic position than a recent article by noted commentator James Larson, from which the above quote is taken. Mr. Larson, a frequent contributor to journals such as Christian Order, is an expert on Catholic philosophy and the thought of Fr. Ratzinger.
Larson begins by discussing Ratzinger's now famous 1972 article, in which he had initially concluded that reception of the Eucharist for those in the divorced and remarried situation “seems to be nothing more than fair,” and is in keeping with Church tradition. While this conclusion has been deleted in the new edition of his complete works, Larson shows that deleting the conclusion “solves nothing,” since the entire article is devoted to proving why pastoral practice can tolerate such a situation. What is needed is an admission that the entire article is wrong, and its renunciation.
Larson then delves into the former Pope's writings, and illustrates by direct quotations that essential Catholic concepts are rejected in them: specifically the absoluteness of Divine Revelation, the principle of non-contradiction, and the Catholic concept of substantiality. These foundational principles which are necessary for “thinking with the Church,” have been uprooted from Catholicism by reductive science and technology, and their denial can only be counteracted by a return to Thomistic Metaphysics. Their rejection has so imbued the contemporary Catholic that Larson writes that “It can seriously be doubted, therefore, if there was even one bishop in the Synod who fully 'thinks with the Church,' despite the fact that there was a significant minority that possessed the good will to accede to traditional Catholic doctrine."
The Church's teaching on the absolute indissolubility of the marriage bond is the foundation of the entire structure of the family. This teaching “now hangs upon a delicate thread,” and the means being used by Satan to sever this thread “is the Catholic episcopate itself.”