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Why this hardship without a glimmer of grace or compassion? - A commentary by Fr Daniel-Ange on the most recent Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes
Father Daniel Ange is one of the most famous priestly personalities in France and founder of the prayer and evangelism school "Jeunesse Lumiere", from which numerous priestly vocations also emerged. After 30 years of monastic life (including 12 years in Rwanda), Fr. Daniel Ange felt the call in the 80s to bring the good news to the young people. At events of the Charismatic Renewal in German-speaking areas, many thousands of people regularly came to his events.
kath.net publishes a letter from the priest on the motu proprio Traditionis Custodes exclusively for the German-speaking area:
I am amazed and dismayed by this Motu Proprio. The least we can say is that it knocks us out! I share the tears of so many of my friends and relatives. I pray that they will not be led to bitterness, resentment, if not outright riot and despair.
Why this hardship without a glimmer of grace or compassion? How can we not be amazed, destabilized?
Of course, among those Catholic brethren who cling to tradition, there are some who - alas! Oh! - hardened, rigid, closed, withdrawn into a ghetto, up to and including the refusal to concelebrate at the chrism mass - which is inadmissible. But wouldn't it have been enough for this small minority to issue a clear warning, combined with the possible threat of sanctions? Inspired by the Book of Wisdom: “That is why you punish sinners little by little; you admonish them and remind them of their sins so that they will turn away from wickedness and believe in you, Lord. But you spared even those because they were human; you sent wasps ahead of your army to gradually destroy them. you only carried out the punishment little by little and gave room for repentance. You knew exactly that their origin was evil and their wickedness innate and that their thinking would not change forever ”(12, 2, 8, 10). [Naturally, no one who contributes here (I hope) agrees with this assessment typical of Charismatics and the dry conservative wing in the Church.]
Refreshing oases in a desert of general apostasy
But does the Pope know, when he only speaks of France, that there are wonderfully bright groups and communities there that attract many young people, young couples and families? The sense of the sacred, the beauty of the liturgy, the contemplative dimension, the beautiful Latin language, the docility to the Seat of Peter, the Eucharistic zeal, the frequent confession, the fidelity to the rosary, the passion for the souls to be saved and so many other elements that they cannot find - alas! - in many of our parishes.
Aren't all of these elements prophetic? Shouldn't they challenge, stimulate, drive us? Wasn't this the intuition of Saint John Paul II in his Motu Proprio "Ecclesia Dei"?
Young people, households and families dominate their communities, with almost 100% attendance on Sundays. It should not be said that they are nostalgic and anachronistic. On the contrary: Latin, mass ad orientem, Gregorian chant, cassock: all this is new to her. It has the allure of novelty.
Is it surprising that monastic communities that hold the Office in Latin and sometimes even the Eucharist according to the Missal of St. John XXIII. celebrate, flourish and attract a lot of young people?
I am thinking in particular of communities that I have gotten to know personally and that I appreciate and admire, such as those of Le Barroux (monks and nuns) and ND de la Garde, as well as the Missionaries of Mercy in Toulon. It is not to be said that they are not missionaries! The Marie Madeleine Chapter with its hundreds of teenagers, not to mention the retreaters who gather there, is grouped around the first. For the latter, there is no better way to evangelize Muslims and our little pagans on the beaches. Not to mention the ever-growing Whitsun pilgrimage to Chartres.
Along with the Boy Scouts and the St. Martins Community, this ecclesiastical movement is the one that brings the most priestly vocations to the Church. I am witness to the wonderful enthusiasm that prevails in the seminary of Wigratzbad in Bavaria, which was founded thanks to a certain Cardinal Ratzinger.
In a world so tough, where the struggle for fidelity to Jesus and His Gospel is a heroic one, where they are marginalized, despised and mocked already in schools and in their families, in which all their values are despised, if not prostituted, in which they feel terribly alone and isolated, so insecure, sometimes on the verge of desperation: why, but why are they denied these few fortresses that give them the strength, the courage, the boldness to go into the resistance and persevere? We are in the midst of a tumultuous time for the Church, in the midst of the collapse of faith in the world. The war against Christ and his Church is unleashed, we are in the middle of a murder-against-prince-of-life duel, young people have more than ever a right to be supported, strengthened, armed, and simply secured. We shouldn't close some of our most beautiful hideaways to them. Like a high mountain hut in the middle of deadly crevasses.
In the arid desert of a society in which "the quiet apostasy of man who believes to be happy without God" (John Paul II) is gaining ground, these groups and communities are true and refreshing oases. Her most beautiful flowers are the young people and even children who have reached the shining heights of holiness. How could one not mention Anne-Gabrielle Caron of the Parish of the Missionaries of Mercy in Toulon, whose beatification process has already begun? And the little martyr Jeanne-Marie Kegelin in Alsace, whose two brothers are priests of the Fraternité S.Pierre. (Provided that is not the reason that would delay this thing).
A sterilization syringe?
After all that, how can one understand that the Pope is apparently only aiming at their annihilation, dissolution, pure and simple liquidation? By simply applying the standards now imposed? This can be seen in the fact that their priests are torn out of their parishes and they are forbidden from planting new parishes: isn't that a kind of sterilization syringe? That no new priest of the ordinary rite can celebrate the so-called Tridentine Mass without the permission of his bishop, who is obliged to obey Roman guidelines.
John XXIII is no longer part of the Roman rite, since its "only expression" is now the unique missal of Paul VI. This rite is ipso facto a thing of the past, is outdated and is in a vacuum without weight ...
Isn't this a stab in the back or rather in the heart of our dear Benedict XVI? His stroke of genius was to save this Rite by simply making it the second variant or form of the only Roman Rite. What courage did he need! And this was by no means out of pure diplomacy or ecclesiastical politics, as the Motu Proprio suggests. How many times has he not affirmed that this Rite, which sanctified the Christian people, watered the whole Church and produced so many fruits of holiness over so many centuries, is now fully right and an integral part of the Latin and Roman Liturgy.
It was a scandal to try to eliminate them 60 years ago. And suddenly, with the stroke of a pen, it is overridden by a Pope who is certainly less liturgical than Benedict XVI.
Will Benedict XVI. in his monastic retirement have to ask his successor for permission to celebrate this Rite again, which he loved so much and which he knew how to save so masterfully?
Risk of split or underground?
Here, too, our Holy Father's intention is certainly well and good: to protect communion among God's people. However, the effect is likely to be exactly the opposite.
I am trembling: many might simply be tempted to join Ecône and the Society of St. Pius X, who generously shook hands with Pope Francis in the Year of Mercy. About 40 years ago they heroically parted from Archbishop Lefebvre and returned to the Mother Church in Rome, where they were welcomed with open arms by Pope John Paul II (how could the luminous figure of John Paul Hivernat of Ecône and then Rome and Versailles be forgotten, in the wake of holiness). And now they are forced to say: “You don't want us anymore: We are going back to where we came from”. So many sacrifices have been made for nothing! John Paul II and Benedict XVI. loved and understood us, as did many wonderful and courageous bishops, and we were betrayed overnight.
In short, there is a real danger of "schisms that will flourish on all sides when abrupt bishops exercise their power over rigid abbots" (G. Privat). Otherwise the temptation is great to go underground ...
Doesn't the Trinitarian community mean intra-Catholic ecumenism?
Isn't the ecclesial communion that of the Most Holy Trinity (Jn 17), i.e. that of beauty in all its diversity? The greater the differences - provided that they are lived as a complement - the more beautiful the Church. Isn't being different a condition for fertility? Why is it so difficult for us to receive, accept and love these baptized brothers and sisters with their sensitivity, their longings, their specific charisms, even and especially when they are not our own? Why should we impose our own preferences on young people who are already so sensitive? There is even a congregation dedicated to them in Rome. We admire their magnificent divine liturgies, whether Coptic, Ethiopian, Armenian, Syrian, Maronite, Melchite, Russian-Byzantine or Greek, and we refuse to accept the Latin and Roman liturgy in their traditional form!
It would only be logical if we standardized all monastic or religious life! Benedictines, Cistercians, Carmelites, Poor Clares: Goodbye! All spiritual movements should be unified in all their troublesome variety. Neo-Catechumenate, Focolare, Charismatic Renewal, Oaza, Communione e liberazione: exit! Benedictine, Carmelite, Franciscan, Dominican, Jesuit, Vincentine, Salesian etc. Traditions and sensibilities: trash! In the bin!
No and no, unity is not uniformity, but diversity! Community is not horizontality, but complementarity!
Saint John Paul II put it aptly in his Motu Proprio Ecclesia Dei: “But it is also necessary that all pastors and other believers become aware anew that the diversity of charisms and traditions of spirituality and apostolate is not are only legitimate, but represent a treasure for the Church; in this way unity in diversity becomes beauty - that harmony which the earthly Church, stimulated by the Holy Spirit, lets rise to heaven ”.
Will you hear the screams and tears of your own children?
Has the Holy Father gauged the effects, if not the earthquake, that such intransigence threatens to wreak within the Church and even outside the Church? That an atheist with an undeniable charisma like Michel Onfray dares to admit that he is "dismayed". He said, “The Latin Mass is the legacy of the genealogy of our civilization.” And with his usual sarcasm, which of course I don't share, “For those who believe in God, the Latin Mass is that compared to the Mass on the long calm river which is a multi-purpose hall like today's Roman Basilica of St. Augustine... Augustine's contemporary Roman basilica is comparable to a multi-purpose hall in a block of flats: one looks in vain for the sacred and transcendent.”
Has he thought of the shock that our brothers will experience in the holy Orthodox Churches? They were reassured by the Motu Proprio of Benedict XVI, who is valued by them as a great theologian: that the Latin Church would faithfully preserve and protect a liturgical Rite that has endured for centuries. And now they ask the anxious question: Aren't we going to throw it away?
Did he foresee the probable earthquake among so many young people, young couples, entire families who will be destabilized, unsettled, discouraged and led to revolt? Up until now they have loved their Pope Francis - as lovable and confusing as he is - they have been loyal to the Roman Magisterium, and now they are here, threatened by doubts, suspicion, if not rejection, with the bitter impression of being betrayed, denied , if not to have been betrayed.
How can we not cry with them?
May at least a great wave of baptized compassion, brotherly and fatherly affection of our bishops, ardent prayers surround them, comfort them, support them, encourage them, welcome them. Eager. Generous. That is, loving.
Dear Holy Father - whom I love, cherish and admire -, on behalf of many of my friends, young and old, I dare to convey to you, in all childlike simplicity, my deep sorrow. But, inspired by a maddened confidence, I venture to hope that, with the many tears on the cheeks of your own children, you will have the courage and the humility to reconsider such an unrelenting decision, despite your last words: "In spite of everything speaks against it, even if it is worth a special mention ".
Against all hope, I hope!
July 23rd, 40th anniversary of my ordination, at the International Eucharistic Congress in Lourdes
(c) the translation from French by kath.net
Trans: Tancred email@example.com
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Aberrosexual Cliques in the Church - Polish Heresy Hunter Under Fire by Oppressive German Law and Aberrosexual Activist and Fake Conservative
Homoheresy in the Church: How Far Are the Power and Influence of Homosexual Affiliations in the Church? What role does the Munich parish vicar and gay activist Wolfgang R. Rothe play?
A bitter struggle is raging behind the scenes in the Catholic Church: aberrosexual clans and aberrophile circles close to them want to overthrow the Church’s teaching on aberrosexuality and enforce an open aberrosexualization of the Church. The roots of this struggle with increasing intensity go back to the 1960s. A particularly dazzling figure is the Munich priest and gay activist Wolfgang F. Rothe, who has left a trail of devastation in conservative circles over the past 20 years wherever he set foot. The most recent example is a criminal complaint against another priest under the notorious "incitement paragraph". Rothe has acted very differently in the past.
In the course of the past 55 years the initially subversive activities of aberrosexuals in the Church have turned into an open struggle in the course of the sexual revolution, in which aberrosexual clans increasingly seek support from secular circles, especially the media.
A particularly colorful figure in the struggle for the aberrosexualization of the Church is the Munich parish vicar and sodomo-activist Wolfang F. Rothe. Rothe is one of the aberro-activist priests who, in open contradiction to Church teaching, carried out or at least supported blessings for degenerate couples last May. Although a priest, Rothe did not shy away from bringing another priest to a German court, as happened recently against the Polish priest, post-doctoral theologian and university lecturer Dariusz Oko and against the Catholic layman and editor of the magazine Theologisches, Prof. Dr. Johannes Stöhr. Rothe obtained a penalty warrant against those named for allegedly homophobic “incitement”. The proceedings are pending.
Rothe makes use of the controversial instruments that a misguided, left-dominated legislature introduced into legislation in recent years to promote aberrosexualization and to suppress criticism of it and the aberrosexual lobby. The introduction of the offense “incitement” stands by definition for the will to restrict freedom of expression, which happens from year to year on more and more topics. This is exactly the intention of Rothe, who knowingly attacks Church teaching with his complaint.
According to the teaching of the Catholic Church, homosexual [sic] acts violate natural moral law (CCC 2357). They are judged to be morally reprehensible and seriously sinful. This view, taught by the Catechism of the Catholic Church, does not contradict freedom of expression. Thus, in principle, sharp criticism of groups of people using the stylistic devices of polemics is legitimate as long as they propagate an aberrosexual lifestyle. This is all the more true if these people belong to the Catholic Church or are even Catholic priests themselves. Those who adopt the doctrine of the Church must come to judgment: priests who carry out aberrosexual acts, advocate or encourage others in them, do serious damage to the organism of the Church. This is all the more true when they form informal networks that have the purpose of protecting their double life, filling key positions, covering up criminal machinations or even wanting to undermine and overthrow Church teaching.
In the Oko article incriminated by Rothe (Theologisches, January / February 2021), priests who live from the Church and sometimes make a career in it, such as the now legendary Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, use metaphors such as "cancerous ulcer", "cancer metastasis" or "parasites". That sounds drastic. Anyone who, as a priest, belies the morality of the Church to which he has voluntarily committed himself through shameful behavior and causes unprecedented damage to the community of believers, however, must reckon with drastic criticism, from the Church's point of view, and this should be for a priest alone be decisive, is not so drastic: After all, according to Catholic teaching, aberrosexuality is one of the "blatant sins", those sins that are so serious that they cry out to heaven, that is, to God, for vengeance.
Prof. Oko’s criticism of the "homo heresy" in the Church
Of course, one no longer likes to hear that today, especially not in a worldly context in which everything seems allowed, especially what the Church forbids. Nobody has to agree with Oko's choice of words, but every Catholic has to agree with the Church's teaching on homosexuality, which Oko ably defends in numerous writings. Oko was the first to name the activities of subversive gay circles in the Church as "gay heresy". A pioneering formulation. Oko’s studies on aberrosexuality in the Church, especially in the clergy, explain the hostility that gay clusters and homophile circles represent, often from ambush, as they often camouflage themselves in order to be able to lead a double life.
Oko's criticism in theology was not aimed against aberrosexuals, but against blatant abuses in the Church, as the editor of the magazine defended the contribution of the Polish theologian against a penalty notice from the Cologne District Court. The grievances denounced by Oko include:
-lying double standards
-as well as reprehensible protectionism
- and careerism of Catholic priests.
The Catholic spokesman for Christians in the AfD-Nord, Adam Golkontt, said:
"The penalty order against Prof. Dr. Dr. Dariusz Oko is an attack on our fundamental rights. The judgment attacks the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of science, religion and expression. I call on everyone to show solidarity with Prof. Oko by signing the petition in his defense and reading his draft. Because a court's attack on fundamental rights affects all German citizens regardless of their ideology. "
Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller reacted with horror, who said in an interview with the Polish paper Do Rzeczy:
"As a German, I am ashamed that it is again possible in my home country to convict a Polish scientist of sedition just because he gave the facts."
A Catholic theologian raised questions about the Rothe case in connection with Oko's conviction:
“In the end, one will have to ask the question whether the priest and gay activist Wolfgang M. Rothe, who years ago was involved in a sex scandal in the St. Pölten seminary and was reprimanded by Rome as a result, who possibly can’t bear pointed criticism of his double life?
Why does he persistently spread the slanderous claim that Prof. Oko had disparaged aberrosexual persons as such, when it is easy to see that this was not his intention? "
Conservative circles abused for self-interest
The complaint against Father Oko by Father Rothe, of all things according to the "incitement paragraph", which is an instrument for gagging opinions, actually raises questions and seems to support Oko's main thesis in an exemplary manner. On the basis of his studies, Oko came to the conclusion that there are aberrosexual clusters in the Church that cover each other and create an aberrosexual milieu in which young seminarians and other young men are sexually corrupted and minors are seriously harmed. This includes the fact that the Church authorities in Munich and Rome have kept secret, that at least 80 percent of the unspeakable sexual abuse scandal by clerics against minors is made up of aberrosexual perpetrators and aberrosexual abuse.
Speaking of Munich: shortly after Cardinal Reinhard Marx became Archbishop of Munich and Freising, he accepted Rothe in his archdiocese in 2008. That Rothe, who four years earlier had been at the center of a scandal about the existence of an aberrosexual cabal at the seminary of St. Pölten as Sub Régent. This scandal was exploited by progressive church circles, which had allied themselves with left-wing liberal secular media, to overthrow one of the outstanding episcopal figures in the German-speaking area, Bishop Kurt Krenn, which also succeeded.
Rothe, a doctorate in canon law - his doctoral supervisor at the Pontifical University of Santa Croce in Rome was the current Archbishop of the Curia and private secretary of Benedict XVI., Msgr. Georg Gänswein, which opens many doors in conservative parts of the Church - stubbornly denied the aberrosexual charges raised against him. Conservative Church circles, who wanted to protect themselves in front of Bishop Krenn, made themselves - obviously in good faith like Krenn himself, as was now to be seen - also defenders of Rothe, who gladly took advantage of this defense.
Even more: the lawyer Rothe became an advisor to the conservative network of Catholic priests in the Federal Republic of Germany after a few years of hiding and incardinated in the Archdiocese of Munich-Freising, and it is precisely in this context that further questions arise today. It seems to be largely due to Rothe’s influence that the Priest Network vehemently opposed the decision of the German Bishops' Conference of June 2011, the well-known criminologist Christian Pfeiffer and his colleagues at the Criminological Research Institute Lower Saxony (retired public prosecutors and judges) to inspect the personal files of the priests of the past To grant ten years, in some dioceses even until 1945, to search them for evidence of sexual assault. In January 2013, the bishops surprisingly canceled the commission, citing the reservations of the Network of Priests as reasons.
What was Rothe's interest in the fact that the personnel files should not be viewed? How strong are the gay cabals in the Church in Germany? How is Rothe's career since 2008 related to this?
In this case, too, well-known elements were repeated, which seem to be a pattern: Rothe called in unsuspicious conservative circles for his cause. In plain language the question is: Did Rothe abuse the Network of Priests to protect aberrosexual clergy in the Church?
Rothe’s trail of devastation
Rothe, who initially had little contact with believers as a hospital chaplain in the Archdiocese of Munich, has shifted in the past decade to the rather weird topic of the “spirituality” of whiskey, which earned him the nickname “whiskey vicar”. In Munich, where he has been working in pastoral care again since 2012, the staunchly conservative Krenn-Adlatus, who resolutely denied any gay entanglement, became an avowed gay activist. The way from Paul to Saul, whereby Rothe was probably always a Saul, who for a while only disguised himself as Paul.
Wherever Rothe appeared, he left a trail of devastation in conservative circles. Even in tradition he briefly put out his feelers and was trained by a priest of the Society of Saint Piis X in the celebration of the traditional Rite, but then withdrew again. Some conservative circles, on the other hand, let themselves be captured by him and gave him a trust that they bitterly had to pay for.
Bishop Kurt Krenn, who promoted Rothe's career, enabled him to pursue a doctoral degree, obtained a lectureship at the Philosophical-Theological University of St. Pölten and appointed him Sub-Rector at the seminary there, as well as being his secretary and legal advisor in the last months of his episcopate, got entangled because of pedophile and aberrosexual scandals at the seminary, in its center among others. Krenn was so under public fire that he was retired from Rome as diocesan bishop. On September 29, 2004, Msgr. Krenn resigned at the request of Pope John Paul II.
As a result, conservative journalists such as Felizitas Küble and the magazine Der 13th began a dogged defense of Rothe, although this was primarily aimed at Bishop Krenn. They leaned far out of the window, too far, as Rothe's gay activism now shows.
The conservative Network of Catholic priests trusted Rothe and, incomprehensibly, opposed a consequent reappraisal of the sexual abuse scandal. The Network of Priests actually no longer exists today. It was decimated and leaders subjected to repression while Rothe continued his career, now under the protection of Cardinal Marx.
And another explosive question arises in view of the new circumstances around Rothe. From 2004 to 2012 the controversial and very hostile site Kreuz.net was active. The site went online a few weeks after the resignation of Bishop Krenn, who had put an end to Rothe's career, at least for the time being. When Kreuz.net was discontinued at the end of 2012, Rothe's most recent mutations began as whiskey and gay activist. His observation time in the Archdiocese of Munich ended at that time and opened the way to parish pastoral care for him in Autumn 2012.
The eight turbulent years in which Kreuz.net existed did serious damage to faithful conservative Church circles. As early as autumn 2004, the German and Austrian Bishops' Conferences distanced themselves from the site that seemed to confirm all prejudices that are cherished by poorly sympathetic liberal circles against Church orthodoxy and its representatives.
The radicalism with which it used, especially against homosexuality and homosexuals was polemicized, and was useful to homophile Church circles, as the finger could be pointed at the supposedly homophobic conservatives in the Church, with whose attitude the bishops wanted to have had nothing to do with the published opinion. [Kreu.net popularized Oko and his work, while exposing the activities of antifa, aberrosexual cults and evil clergy alike. They certainly didn’t deserve to be hounded out of existence and have their careers destroyed or eliminated. ]
Even more serious: Because of the lack of Catholic media, various conservative authors, priests and laypeople gathered around Kreuz.net who saw it as a publication platform, but in reality burned themselves and their concerns with it. [Only because the German government turned the secret police on them.]
The hunt for the makers of Kreuz.net, fueled by secular media, became the hunt for outstanding conservative priests throughout the German-speaking area who were also active in journalism. Although some of these were unrelated to the site, others had only published articles there, they were reprimanded by their bishops and their activities were slowed down. [Hardly surprising when you look at the sorry state of the German-speaking episcopate.]
Early on, the suspicion arose that the actual creator himself might be homosexual, as a conceivable psychological interpretation— and that Kreuz.net was a false flag operation. Anyone who still remembers the development and, above all, the fight against Kreuz.net, knows what damage the site has inflicted on conservative institutions, personalities and their concerns. [Kreuz.net attacked Rothe before Katholisches.info did. Let’s blame the victim, and accuse them of being sods, since they fell under the same unjust law Rothe is making use of here to silence Oko.]
This closes the circle on Rothe and its trail of devastation in conservative circles. His most recent victims include Prof. Oko, Prof. Stöhr and the magazine Theologisches.
Text: An anonymous theologian / Giuseppe Nardi
Trans: Tancred firstname.lastname@example.org