In Houston, Talk on Synod Draws a Crowd of Concerned Catholics

September 12, 2023

Concerned Catholics from all over the Houston area gathered on August 28 for a special talk on October’s Synod on Synodality in Rome. Tradition, Family, Property (TFP) and America Needs Fatima sponsored the event at the downtown Coronado Club, which included a book launching and reception.

TFP Vice President John Horvat delivered the talk “How the Coming Synod Could Radically Change Your Parish and the Church.” The crowded room was overflowing with people who wanted to know what the October Synod of nearly 400 bishops and laity members would discuss.



Mr. Horvat also introduced the book The Synodal Process is a Pandora’s Box: 100 Questions & Answers, co-authored by TFP authors Jose Antonio Ureta and Julio Loredo de Izcue. Cardinal Raymond Burke wrote the foreword.

News of the book has spread all over the media, including major outlets like The New York Times and The Washington Post. It was reported in Breitbart, MSN, the Catholic Herald, the National Catholic Register, America Magazine, LifeSiteNews and other sites.

The book is a precious tool to clearly understand what Cardinal Burke means when he says, “Synodality and its adjective, synodal, have become slogans behind which a revolution is at work to change radically the Church’s self-understanding, in accord with a contemporary ideology which denies much of what the Church has always taught and practiced.”

Cardinal Burke is not the only one sounding the alarm. Cardinal Gerhard Müller, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, claims that “They are dreaming of another church that has nothing to do with the Catholic faith…and they want to abuse this process, for shifting the Catholic Church—and not only in [an]other direction but in the destruction of the Catholic Church.”

Mr. Horvat, author of the best-selling book Return to Order, showed how the Synod could represent a revolution inside the Church.

“What the Synod on Synodality teaches is that Church teaching is defined by listening to ‘the spirit,’ not necessarily scripture and tradition,” Mr. Horvat affirmed. He also warned that the Synodal Path could radically change how the Church is governed and oriented.

Indeed, the book arms concerned clergy and laity alike with the doctrinal insight and facts necessary to defend the immutable Catholic teaching against those seeking to change it in the name of “synodality.”

The Houston event was part of a five-city tour reaching New Orleans, Lafayette, Beaumont (Tex.), Houston and Fort Worth, where the topic was received with great interest and concern.

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