Bishop: This is an idea of 'white priests' like Bishop Kräutler and not the Brazilian
Kazakhstan (kath.net) Catholics in Brazil do not want married priests. This is an idea of "white priests, not the natives." This was emphasized by Bishop Athanasius Schneider in an interview with "LifeSiteNews." Schneider explained that he himself had been working in Brazil for seven years and that he knew the people very well there.
Married priests are an idea of priests who do not lead a "deep apostolic and self-sacrificing life." According to Schneider, Brazilians are "very pious and simple people. They would never get the idea of married priests.” Two prominent Catholic "white priests" who want to push married priests there are, according to Schneider, the Austrian bishops Erwin Kräutler and Fritz Lobinger. Both are now emeritus, but Kräutler was to be found in the Preparatory Committee for the Amazon Synde.
According to Schneider, the shortage of priests is recognizably only an "excuse to practically (not theoretically) abolish celibacy in the Latin Church.” This was the goal since Luther. For the enemies of the Church and the sects, the first step is always to abolish celibacy. Priestly celibacy is the last stronghold that would be abolished in the Church. The sacramental life is only the pretext for it.
The auxiliary bishop explained: "The shortage of priests in the Amazon is an example to me of the opposite: Perhaps the priests lack a deeply committed and devoted life in the spirit of Jesus, the apostles and the saints. They are therefore looking for human replacement. Indigenous married clerics will not lead to deepening and growth in the Amazonian Church. Certainly the advent of married clerics in the indigenous culture of the Amazon and in other parts of the world of the Latin rite will cause other problems.”
The German-born Schneider is an Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Astana, Kazakhstan.
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