Editor : The same sorts of problems occur over here, although our Bishops tend to avoid responsibility for the Theology faculties altogether by saying that they have little power to effect what happens in their Universities.
The Cardinal of Cologne complains about the theologians, whom he himself had named, and about the situation with religious instruction where he has unleashed church haters and homosexually disturbed persons upon the children.
Six weeks late the neo-Conservative Cardinal of Cologne has criticized the Old Liberal theologians' pamphlet against celibacy.
The Cardinal's statement was published in the Newsletter of the Archdiocese of Cologne. The pamphlet being criticized appeared in the beginning of February.
"In my episcopal service -- in any case almost thirty six years -- there has seldom been an announcement from the theological side made known to me which was so shocking and saddening as this Memorandum" -- the Cardinal emotionally explained at the beginning of his address.
The specifications and suggestions of the pamphlet must be contradicted "almost in every point".
Then followed the obscure verbiage.
For example, this: "That I have to take it on myself to express there is already a disagreement: for the first and foremost belongs foremost thing is the service of the office in the Church: to spread the truth of Christ, 'if one will hear it or not'.
Or, directly after: "This proclamation is in no way a "message of biblical freedom", rather in the power of the Holy Ghost in the passing down and continuation of the word and grace of the Son of God made man."
Wishy-washy in place of clear words
One can not bring concerns and criticism in such a way as if the Church were just "any human institution" -- said Cardinal Meisner.
A fruitful discussion within the Church can only succeed if one affirms the Church in its "deepest natures".
These "deepest natures" the Cardinal defines with a wishy-washy term used in the Church Constitution of the Second Vatican Council, "universal sacrament of salvation".
All Are Guilty, Just Not the Bishops
He locates the problems particularly -- where the blame should fall squarely on the Bishops -- on deficits in the faith knowledge and in a widespread lack in living the faith.
These should bring the theologians "to thinking to what extent this actually casts their bad influence in their ranks upon their brothers and sisters in the faith-- and just look at what is taught in religious education!"
The Bishops are responsible for the quality of religious instruction -- not the theologians.
The teachers were appointed by the Bishops
The the Cardinal turns a melodramatic pirouette.
"I can not conceal my greatest concern" - he sighs:
"How can I entrust the Church to future priests, deacons, religious instructors and pastoral caregivers whose lives are a deficit to the life of the Church."
The Cardinal is not one to cry over this like a woman, what he won't defend like a man.
The following active Cologne theologians have signed the pamphlet:
-The lay theologian Michel, Andreas, since 2006 at the University of Cologne
- The lay theologian Saskia Wendel, since 2008 at the University of Cologne
- The lay theologian Hans-Joachim Hohn, since 1991, at the University of Cologne
Cardinal Meisner has been in office as Archbishop of Cologne since February of 1989.
He appointed these theologians and should do justice by them.
Original, kreuz.net, here...