(Berlin) The suspended priest, theologian and critic Gotthold Nathan Hasenhüttl sees no "serious movement" under Pope Francis towards progressive demands and cites as an example that Franzikus "strictly refuses women to the priesthood". Hasenhüttl said, leading to an interview that the Saarbrücken newspaper on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
The former Professor of Systematic Theology at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Saarland became known when he celebrated Mass in support of the Ecumenical Church Council in Berlin, where he also expressly invited Protestants and non-Catholics to the reception of the Holy Eucharist, and which he in the current interview referred to as the "most beautiful church service I have held in my life." 2004 saw his suspension from the priesthood by the Vatican, 2006, the withdrawal of permission to teach by the then Bishop of Trier, Reinhold Marx. In 2010 Hasenhüttl , who considers himself "through and through Catholic", departed from the Roman Catholic church, since he felt "much the same as before," he told the Saarbrücken news. He is proud that he had "frequently met students, that I had freed from a Catholic corset."
Hasenhüttel Proud of his Theology Students From Having "Catholic Corset"
Hasenhüttl admits the new Pope is indeed "sympathetic in his way. as he approaches people" . But he misses the next "new momentum", which are the actual reforms as Pope, "you have to look exactly at what he really does. So far, there are mostly announcements. Particularly bad says Hasenhüttl , that Francis does, is the encyclical "Lumen Fidei" signed by his predecessor, Benedict XVI.: "This is a very reactionary encyclical which repeats what the theology in the 19th Century has said. "
When asked which of the six popes who Hasenhüttl liked the most since his ordination in 1959, and his "views on the next" coming, he exclaims "without a doubt. John XXIII. He then yes also considered whether to lift the celibacy law", the suspended priest claims to know. He continued: "As we all had high hopes that the 2nd Vatican Council would be that something would happen in terms of openness and new movements. John XXIII. has opened the windows and doors of the church. But the popes have not only closed a window to others, but even bricked it in part. In this way, the reactionary forces have prevailed in the Church. "
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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