Sunday, November 28, 2010

Rome is Powerless in Germany

Most of the colleagues in 'Networks of Catholic Priests' are not prepared any longer to endure the patience-solutions, which have been proposed by the Roman authorities.

There are still only old Liberals coming in German, unscrupulous careerists in mitres.

( "As the Priest Network was in Rome for the Priestly Year this Summer and we have been in contact with various dicasteries,  we were shaken by the powerlessness and helplessness of the Roman authorities in the face of Germany's plight."

Hendrick Jolie (46) said this in an interview in the most recent edition of the Catholic monthly magazine 'Kirchliche Umschau'.

 Fr. Jolie is a Pastor in the Diocese of Mainz and member of the Spokesman Committee of the 'Network of Catholic Priests' [Netzwerks Katholischer Priester].

"It is not even so, that one doesn't know in Rome, what is going on in Germany." -- he continued.

The 'Network' has been on a visit to Rome preparing an appeal, as it brought its own dossier on conditions in the German Church: "The opposite was actually the case."

A Congregation answered that it is "still much worst" than portrayed in the dossier.

In Germany The Problems Pile Up

Especially in connection with the British Hero Bishop Richard Williamson Rome was schoked, that the Bishops themselves were not too shy to distance themselves from the Pope rather than defend him.

Fr. Jolie counted numerous problems in the German Church:

-  The Pro-Abort organization 'Donum Vitae'

-  The ecumenical scandal- 'Kirchentag' with its homosexual propaganda

-  The distribution of Holy Communion to unbelievers.

-  The 'Central Committee of German Catholics' with its unspeakable President

-  The infamous ‘Königsteiner Erklärung’

-  The so-called pastoral teams which bury the office of shepherd.

For Fr. Jolie it is "always the same little game":  "Rome writes an instruction, a reprimand or the Pope admonishes the Bishop personally, to correct certain erroneous developments, and what happens -- nothing!"

The Thread of Patience is About to Break

 In Rome they feel powerless to go publicly against the powerful German Church-tax apparatus:

"Letters, reprimands and directions from Rome are met by the local authorities with so much disinterest, that it takes your breath away, is what someone in the Secretary of State Office told us."

For Father Jolie nothing else can be done, "than either to wait for the disintegration of the German Church-tax Monster or even waiting for a >>biological soluion<< in expectation on a decision maker."

Then he finally adds:  "Most colleagues in the Network are not ready to put up with the "Patience-Solution" being proposed by the Roman authorities.

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Anonymous said...

I understand the frustration but there is NO excuse for another Luther. He MUST be patient and place his trust in God to work through the Church.


Dan said...

Please forgive me for flogging this well and truly dead horse again, but please explain this to me: why doesn't the Pope take decisive action in this as in many other cases? Why doesn't the man simply fire the recalicitrant priests and Bishops?

And, with all possible respect, please don't offer any tortured explanations as to why Benedict cannot do that, etc., etc. He can do that. He has the power to face these jerks eyeball-to-eyeball and demand that they get in line or else. He is not powerless, you know. He simply needs the will, or the backbone, to take decisive action. These pseudo-Catholics aren't impressed by words; but I can assure you they would be impressed by actions.

As to why the Holy Father refuses to act I cannot say. I wish someone would. I admire much of what Benedict has done (while deploying other things he has done, and not done), but like the priests mentioned in the article, I too am tired of the "patience solution." It is now time for the "action solution."

Tancred said...

They don't listen to him when he takes action as you can see for yourself, but that's really not always the case. It really depends on the Diocese. Germany has a more interesting situation because of the Church-tax which keeps a lot of dead weight in power.