Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cardinal Brandmüller: Enthusiasm Surrounding the Pope is Superficial

"That is superficial. Were this a religious movement, the churches would be full "- Regarding the abolition of celibacy and women priests: "We draw clear boundaries faith clear. This is not a sign of weakness but of strength"

Hamburg (kath.net/KNA) Emeritus German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller (85) does not think much of the enthusiasm for Pope Francis: "It is superficial. Were this a religious movement, the churches would be full," said the former president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, in an interview with the Hamburg magazine "Zeit Geschichte" Brandmüller opposes the abolition of celibacy and is against women priests: "We draw clear boundaries regarding faith. This is not a sign of weakness but of strength," he said.

 A "laissez-faire, laissez-aller would mean watching passively the devastation of the Church from within," said the 85-year-old.

An ecumenism uniting the Protestant and Catholic believers could not exist with this doctrine, because "what is true now was true then, the Church in Luther's sense was a purely spiritual mass. Thus Protestantism is contrary to the Catholic faith."

 As the greatest threat to the Church today Brandmüller sees the absolutism of the individual: "Modernity does not ask: What is true?, but: What good is it? Is it feasible? Pragmatism and utilitarianism are the great heresies of our time."

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25 comments:

  1. There are still some good Cardinals and hierarchy around , although they appear to be in a great minority - but no matter , I can dream and pray that one day they will unite and at the right moment denounce and contest openly and unitedly the modernist totalitarianism currently running the Church at the highest levels and which threatens to envelop even more that entire universal Church...the synod in October would indicate this concern...in my view

    Most definitely the crowd-worship for Pope Francis is superficial and cannot last ...I can pray that he himself will break the nonsense by speaking clearlyy the ethical truths of Catholicism publically...about sex and Islam ...the two subjects should he state the Catholic truth will destroy his "pop" Pope image ...


    Barbara

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  2. Who was the man who had the dove land on his head and they made him pope?

    ....perhaps we could surreptitiously train a dove to land on Brandmüller's head at the next conclave? I know he's 85 and all, but hey...a dove landing on his head would be pretty hard to say no to, eh? uh? no?

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  3. The cardinal is 100% correct. Francis appeals to people who hate or do not believe what the Catholic Church has always taught and believed. Francis appeals to people who are easily led by the silliness of the times they live. These people have no Catholicity about them.....pretty much like a "Catholic" who says things like "the Blessed Mother felt betrayed at the foot of the cross"', or that we can't obsess about issues like abortion ( what Church is he talking about, I have never heard a homily preached against abortion in 50 years). Let's be honest here, people who worship at the feet of Bergoglio have problems with the Church's moral teaching which of course leads to the denial of her Doctrinal teachings as well. Change, change, change is the mantra of Bergoglio and his mob. They hate obvious Catholicism that does not compromise with Protestant heresy and the Jews and the Muslims.

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    1. I have a son, a priest, who preached against abortion and was roundly challenged by a prominent catholic in his own church. The sound good orthodox priests believe me are marginalised, he will never make bishop, despite the beauty of his preaching and the tireless work he does supporting those who are 'true' catholics desperate to hear the truth. What you say is so right and the trouble is within, what the protestant reformation wanted to achieve is happening from within the church herself. Pope Benedict knew it and has written of it.

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    2. God bless your son. He may not be made a bishop for the time being, but tell him to have courage and not be silenced because:

      1) This is what the true prophets of God have always done.
      2) God sees and will reward his fidelity with a glory beyond that of any bishopric.
      3) Those priests who are silent now will receive a terrible judgment greater than any suffering endured now were they to speak out as they should.
      4) The fact that his words wound consciences means he's getting through to souls instead of leaving them in their "somnolence". Would a good doctor let his patients sicken and die out of fear of causing them pain?

      I will commend your son to Mary, Queen of the Apostles. Please let him know.

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  4. I think the celibacy and female clerics non-issue is just a ruse, an excuse to call this phony synod. What they are really after is to chisel an opening for same sex unions and endorse their perversions. Just watch!

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    1. Those issues are all tied together in the editorial slant of modernist publications like America and CTA, or part of dissident organizations of priests and religious in or out of "good standing" but pushing for a more modernist Church all the same.

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    2. Celibacy is not, and never can be , a matter of catholic faith.
      It is purely a matter of clerical discipline and as such can be changed without in any manner altering catholic belief.

      Homosexuality has always been condemned as sinful therefore
      to opine that same sex marriage will be condoned by the forthcoming synod makes no sense.

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    3. Who are you, please?

      Celibacy is an apostolic mandate, it has always been the practice of the Church and those who advocated it being abolished or abrogated are always progressives.

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    4. Wasn't clerical celibacy made mandatory in the Western Church about 1050?? Also the Eastern Catholics such as Maronites do not insist on priestly celibacy.

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    5. "Celibacy is not, and never can be , a matter of catholic faith."
      Not true. The Magisterium could define it dogma that those with Orders cannot marry.

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    6. Also, Maronite bishops have to be celibate and unmarried, being monks, but indeed, they do insist upon it.

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    7. Yes, celibacy is mandatory for bishops who are drawn exclusively from monks, but as far as I'm aware Maronite parish priest do not have to be unmarried.

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    8. Therefore, celibacy mandatory.

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    9. And they're not exclusively drawn from the monks.

      I want to assume good faith, but I suspect you're too well informed in the dishonesty of dissidents to be anything but dishonest.

      No one who advocates abolition of celibacy and isn't an idiot or just listening to idiots, is not a dissident.

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    10. http://eponymousflower.blogspot.com/2012/10/maronite-cardinal-warns-against.html?m=1

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    11. The Church allows married men to become priests, but never has the Eastern or Western Church allowed priests to marry.

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    12. That's an important distinction I wish I'd already made, thank you.

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    13. I wasn't aware of that subtle distinction. Some of my views do fall into the 'dissident' category, so I'll rephrase my position and say I believe it would be beneficial for the Latin branch of Catholicism to follow the Eastern practice, and perhaps even the Orthodox Churches, in freely allowing family men to be priests. It seems to me that a major weakness of the priesthood in the West is personal isolation, often crippling loneliness, and detachment from the community they seek to serve.

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    14. You believe? Who cares? I'm more concerned with the constant practice of the Church, rather than novelties and various attempts to get along with the Zeitgeist.

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  5. The way things are going practically anything will be permitted in Catholicism/Christianity. So what will be the point of belonging to any 'church'?
    I was reading in the DK guide to Lithuania, (ok, hardly an authoritative source), that many are reverting to their pre-Christian 13th century beliefs.

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