Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cardinal Meisner Wants Nothing to do with Katholikentag

Cardinal Meisner
Edit: More of a pop concert, the Katholikentag, which has been going on since 1848 in Catholic Germany,  reports coming out tend not to favor this event.   Those who planned it and are participating  in it have a lot to answer for.  Cardinal Meisner of Cologne, Germany, wants nothing to do with it.  He's in the Holy Land doing his job.

Cologne (kathnews/RV)  The Cardinal of Cologne doesn't see a real chance for any breakaway in the Mannheim Katholikentag.  The numbers show, "that it clearly doesn't belong to a trend for Katholikentags.,"  said Joachim Meisner to the "Bonn General-Anzeiger" and the "Cologne Rundschau" this Wednesday.  The Cardinal criticized that such meetings are missing "the Catholic middle",  where unity with the Pope, Bishop, Priest and the people of God is palpable.   The Cardinal said:  "The Katholikentage is in my eye, no longer what it once was."

With a view to the 30,000  Mass goers in the Cologne Cathedral between Christmas and the Epiphany (Three Kings Feast) as well as the Trier Holy Robe pilgrimage with more than a half a million pilgrims he said:  "This is the breakaway.  The people of God even came on foot".  The Archbishop of Cologne did not participate in the Mannheim Katholikentag.  He will be blessing the Benedictine Abbey in Tagbha in the Holy Land during the same time, as +Meisner says: "Jerusalem is older than Mannheim."

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Anonymous said...

Hans Kung wants nothing to do with Katholikentag--at least its celebration of the 50th anniversary of Vatican II:

Swiss theologian Hans Küng says no to Vatican 2 anniversary celebration; says Catholic Church is in "sore distress"

May 21, 2012
By Dakota O'Leary

Swiss author, priest and theologian Fr. Hans Küng, distraught at the state of the Catholic Church which he terms is in "sore distress," has declined an invitation to attend the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council at the German Katholikentag at Mannheim,which was held from Friday, May 18, to Sunday, May 20. The Tablet, a Catholic news weekly, notes Küng's reply:

"I was honoured to receive the invitation but is one really in the mood to celebrate at a time when the Church is in such sore distress?" Fr Küng asked in his four-page reply. "In my opinion there is no reason for a festive Council Gala but rather for an honest service of penance or a funeral service," he said.

Küng is perhaps most famous for rejecting the Catholic Church's doctrine of papal infallibility, which he discussed in his book Infallible? An Inquiry (1971). In retaliation, the Church stripped him of his missio canonica, his licence to teach as a Roman Catholic theologian, but he carried on teaching as a tenured professor of ecumenical theology at the University of Tübingen until his retirement (Emeritierung) in 1996. To this day he remains a persistent critic of papal infallibility, which he claims is man-made (and thus reversible) rather than instituted by God. He was not excommunicated ferendae sententiae (incurred only when imposed by a legitimate superior or declared as the sentence of an ecclesiastical court). He is also active in interfaith dialogue, forming Weltelthos, or the Global Ethic Foundation as a forum to discuss similiarities, rather than differences, in various faiths.