Top Church leaders attend Youth Synod dance party: Catholics react
VATICAN, November 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — A video of cardinals and bishops dancing and clapping alongside attendees of this year’s Youth Synod is being criticized by Catholics on social media.
The controversial, some say rigged, synod ran from October 3 until October 28. Included in its vigorously debated 60-page final document are passages on synodality, sexuality, and the role of women that some believe will result in a more liberal, homosexual-friendly Church.
Vatican News reported that the “evening of entertainment,” held on Friday, October 26, was organized by young people who audited the gathering and who wanted to thank the Pope and the Synod Fathers for listening to them.
“We want to affirm that we share your dream: an outgoing Church, open to all, especially the weakest, a field hospital Church,” the 35 young people said in a letter to Francis.
The celebration, which featured what appeared to be lavender-colored strobe lights, took place in the atrium of Paul VI Hall. Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the Synod’s Secretary General, played piano while “poetry, dance, song and music also formed part of the show,” according to Vatican News.
Baldiserri, who also served as the Secretary General of the contentious 2015 Synod on the Family, defended the use of the term ‘LGBT’ in the Youth Synod’s working document, despite young people not asking for it to be included.
None whatsoever - I was too busy filming! pic.twitter.com/uv1avkYLfK— Archbishop Peter A Comensoli (@BishopComensoli) October 27, 2018
Catholics on Twitter were shocked that such a thing would be taking place, especially in light of the ongoing sex abuse crisis.
Stephen Herreid, Managing Editor Online at CatholicVote.org and Host and Executive Producer of the Stephen Herreid Show, said:
"Dance like nobody's watching [the horrific, unresolved sex abuse scandal]." https://t.co/vkkXk3N6aR— Stephen Herreid Resists (@StephenHerreid) October 26, 2018
LifeSite journalist Maike Hickson wrote:
Dancing with the bishops. Some of them covered up for the sexual abuse of the young? And now this? What a strange combination. That's why some said earlier that they would never let their adolescent children participate in this synod. Don't dance - protect the youth! https://t.co/CWlSKPt4Vm— Maike Hickson (@HicksonMaike) October 26, 2018
Church Militant Senior Executive Producer Michael Voris tweeted:
One of the establishment Catholic media termed th work of th Synod and th youth a hard 23 days so when it was over it was “pure joy” to go dance with the bishops. Avoiding all accountability, being deceptive and engaging in Stalin type tactics IS exhausting. So, off to the Disco.— Michael Voris (@Michael_Voris) October 28, 2018
Raymond Arroyo, host of EWTN’s The World Over, remarked:
Sometimes words fail...yes, the Synod Dance Party. https://t.co/YXEsKQQjCr— Raymond Arroyo (@RaymondArroyo) October 26, 2018
The optics here are just...nevermind. https://t.co/9OhIHllvKS— Raymond Arroyo (@RaymondArroyo) October 26, 2018
Former LifeSite Vatican Correspondent Hillary White tweeted:
Others suggested that adoration or a Solemn High Pontifical Mass would have been a more fitting way to conclude the synod.
Despite the near-universal outrage, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier defended the Bishop’s and Cardinal’s decision to gyrate alongside young Catholics, telling an interviewer “it was such an innocent thing.”
The dancing that took place on Friday, October 26 wasn’t the first time this year’s synod featured something atypical.
On October 6, just days after being opened, the 2018 Youth Synod hosted a hip-hop dance in Paul VI Hall.
Les surprises du #Synod2018 : quand les prélats de l'Eglise écoutent du hip-hop, au cours de la rencontre du pape avec les jeunes. #Mustwatch #dejaculte— KTOTV (@KTOTV) October 6, 2018
➡️ https://t.co/3tHGVcoVo1 pic.twitter.com/JpXId9ELv2
Dancing bishops and Cardinals were also featured at the 2013 World Youth Day in Rio de Janero, Brazil.
Brian Holdsworth, a popular Catholic YouTube videographer, described the dancing at the 2018 Youth Synod as an attempt at “pandering” by old people "trying to fit in” with young people.
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