“It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city.”
These words spoken by Jesus Christ Himself are contained in the Gospel of Saint Matthew (10:15).
And the first thing to be deduced from them is that Jesus Christ recognizes what was suffered by the two cities as real punishment and, therefore, the depravities committed by those two cities as true sins, wherefore both suffered the wrath of God in the form of fire falling from heaven that reduced them to ashes. The full particulars of this event are described in the complete narrative provided by chapters 18 and 19 of the Book of Genesis.
But the words of Christ were spoken to men of all times and in all places. Hence we may infer, with complete certainty, that the same punishment will be applied to any city that is in the same circumstances. Next, we should ask ourselves to which city Jesus Christ might be referring that is to be treated even more severely than Sodom and Gomorrah. These famous words of Saint Augustine may help us: Two cities have been formed by two loves: the earthly by the love of self, even to the contempt of God; the City of God by the love of God, even to the contempt of self (Saint Augustine, The City of God, Book 14, Chapter 28).
Next October, a Synod on the Family will be held in Rome. Gathered together will be a large number of influential members of the Hierarchy of the Church, Bishops and consultants from around the world: The Pope as General President, a Secretary General, several Delegate Presidents, a Rapporteur-General, Special Secretary, various Commissions of the Eastern Catholic Churches, the Presidents of Episcopal Conferences worldwide, leading Cardinals of the Dicasteries of the Roman Curia, members of the Ordinary Counsel, other members of the Pontifical Payroll, a large number of Collaborators, and a long etcetera that make up an extensive list.
As expected, the ordinary Christian has every right, always maintaining due formality and respect, to think and express his thoughts about what the Hierarchy that governs the Church to which he belongs does or says. Saint Paul exhorted the early Christians with the following counsel: Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. From all appearance of evil refrain yourselves (1 Thess 5: 21-22). Moreover, Christianity is the religion that most advocates the search for truth: I have not written to you as to them that know not the truth, but as to them that know it, and that no lie is of the truth, said the Apostle Saint John in his First Letter (2:21).
And the first thing that any thinking ordinary Christian questions about such a colossal and important ecclesiastical event is its purpose and, of course, its opportuneness. Undoubtedly, in convoking this event, the legitimate Hierarchy has set its concrete goals, prompted by a clear need and always looking for the greatest benefit to the Church and what is most conducive to the salvation of souls. Obviously the Church must adapt to the demands of the times and the requirements of all places.