(Vienna) Vienna Archbishop Christoph Cardinal Schönborn is "convinced" that if Pope Francis maintains his "pace" that there would be "changes". This was reported by the Rheinische Post in its Tuesday edition. There will be more "signs and wonders" by the current pope. The Cardinal considers it "frightening" that the Western governments in their defense and military strategies are oriented more and more "inward" against their own people.
"Reforms" of Remarried Divorcees and Against Celibacy ("Maybe")
"Reforms", the magical magic word was actively worked from Vienna's archbishop in this interview. "Changes" and "pace of change" would also be the "hot potatoes" like the approval of remarried divorcees to Communion and the abolition of priestly celibacy, says the Cardinal. With the only restriction of the little word "perhaps". Schönborn, is so certain of the papal reforms that he spoke of "signs and wonders" that will be "done" by Pope Francis.
Choice of Francis "Demonstration" for the Cardinals: "The Horizon Must Expand"
The reigning Pope for the last 17 months from Argentina knows "no prohibitions of discussions," said the chairman of the Austrian Bishops' Conference . But the Pope was concentrating less on "hot potatoes", but mainly on a "Church of the poor for the poor". With the election of Pope Francis the Cardinals had wanted to "also demonstrate": "We need to expand our horizons." So far the Austrian cardinal has only attributed the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the Catholic Church's leader to the "supernatural character" of the Holy Spirit.
The Pope, says Cardinal Schönborn, is "more prophet than a revolutionary", so he'll make be more concerned about "sensation and restlessness": "Francis must and will remain authentic"
The reform program of the Pope is "ultimately" modeled on St. Francis copied : The general aim was "to put the gospel in the first place" and to make the Church "more Jesus". The "difficulty" is the discernment of spirits, because "who proclaim the gospel, are ready for the reform, or who resist reforms."
Schönborn Contradicts EKD Church President Schneider: No Consent for Euthanasia
In the interview, the Cardinal contradicted the Chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Nikolaus Schneider, who had spoken in favor of euthanasia. Cardinal Schönborn said: "There can be no debate about the absolute no to euthanasia." The Church will never give Her consent. The cardinal reminded here of the word of his pre-predecessor Franz Cardinal König, according to which man should "die holding the hand, but not by the hand of man."
Pope Denounces "Blatant Injustice of Turbo-Capitalism"
The statement by Pope Francis in his Apostolic Letter Evangelii gaudium : "This kills the economy. 'A real find' for Vienna's archbishop, expressly was "not" based on the social market economy, which was influential in the post-war period for the Federal Republic of Germany and Austria. The papal statement was directed against "capitalism and the blatant injustices, which brings the liberal turbo-capitalism with it". The economy stands before a "crossroads", as Pope John Paul II. in his social encyclical in 1991, Laborem exercens had anticipated.
"Concern" for Governments Equipping Against Their Own People
Finally, Cardinal Schönborn warned of negative developments in the western states: "Not enough" is spoken about the fact that the military and defense strategies are increasingly "directed inwards, with a view to possible uprisings in their own countries." This development is "appalling" and the whole drama illustrative of the present situation, because one, the Cardinal does not say who, is preparing to "face a growing discontent among the population." The Church has "only to remember in this situation that there is still time to repent."
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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