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In the year of the Reformation, opinions are divided on Martin Luther. For the historian Cardinal Walter Brandmüller it is clear that the exclusion of Luther from the Church was correct.Ecumenism | Stuttgart - 11.04.2017
In the view of the German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, the reformer Martin Luther was wrong. "Naturally I regard him as a heretic, he was rightly excluded from the Church," said Brandmüller in an interview for the ARD documentary thriller "The Luther Matrix".
Luther was, on the one hand, highly intelligent and ingenious, but suffered great mental problems on the other hand. "I do not believe he was able to question himself," said the former head of the Pontifical Commission of Historians.
Cardinal Müller: "Selling indulgences was a fraud"
The German Curial Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller also commented in an interview for Luther's television production. The reformer had been right with his criticism of indulgences. "The indulgence trade was a fraud against the faithful," said the Prefect of the Roman Congregation for the Faith.
The Church had made the mistake of having excommunicated Luther without addressing his concerns. "It would have been more critical to distinguish what he really wanted," said Müller.
In "The Luther Matrix", director Tom Oeckers combines a fictitious crime drama about a whistleblower in the Federal Chancellery with expert interviews. The SWR production will be shown in the ARD on Tuesday at 11 pm. (Rom / KNA)
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Sunday, December 4, 2016
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
(Rome) At certain intervals the rumor mill surrounding the Roman Curia will run. Currently, there are several speculations, of which the most important would be particularly worrisome. Currently, however, it is unclear who is playing what game with the rumors, and which part of the gossip has veracity.
The previous Prefect, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, it is rumored, will be the new Bishop of Mainz and succeed there Cardinal Karl Lehmann, who was retired last May 16 with the completion of his 80th year. The new Cardinal Prefect of the Roman Congregation is supposed to be Vienna Archbishop Christoph Schonborn.
The fact is that the relationship between Pope Francis and Cardinal Müller is severely strained, while the President of the Austrian Bishops' Conference is currently experiencing a flight of fancy in the papal favor. Both such contrasting movements have not the least to do with the Post-Synodal Exhortation Amoris laetitia. It's not about questions of sympathy but a tangible and fundamental factional dispute. Behind this is the question of where Pope Francis will lead the Church. The Pope has ignored Cardinal Müller, who recently, along with the entire CDF, recently attacked. though only indirectly, the unassailable Pope Francis, but with a breathtaking statement, accusing the Pope's ghostwriter, Titular Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez, of being "heretical". The three magisterial documents by the Pope: Evangelii gaudium (2013), Laudato si (2015) and Amoris laetitia (2016) all come from the pen of Fernandez.
Cardinal Schönborn in turn was also rumored in 2005 to succeed Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in the CDF. However, the German pope decided otherwise. In 2012, the Vienna archbishop hailed the decision, to appoint the then Bishop of Regensburg, Gerhard Ludwig Müller, as the new CDF, as an "excellent choice". Since then, however, much has changed, especially the Pope in Rome.
Opaque backers and intentions
The rumor is to be treated with caution: First, the explosive reshuffle has been disseminated by the progressive media. In German-speaking parts it's KNA, the press agency of the German Bishops' Conference was responsible. Secondly, KNA published its information on the basis of information published in the faraway Malaysia Catholic Herald newspaper of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur. Verification was not even possible on demand. The probability that a diaspora institution would serve as the first media reporter of so far-reaching a reshuffle is not impossible, but extremely low.
The closer one comes to the progressive Spanish news site Religion Digital, which is known for its notorious papolatria since the recent conclave. It took over the role of KNA in the Spanish-speaking world and maintains good contacts with the Honduran Cardinal, Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga. The progressive organ headlined several times in recent months, with headlines in the way: "Francis Builds, Müller Destroys."
Rylko back to Poland, Maradiaga still on his second attempt to Rome?
The rumors of personnel changes affect not only the cardinals Müller and Schönborn. According to the same source, the 77-year-old Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the longtime first secretary of Pope John Paul II., is to be replaced as Archbishop of Krakow by Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, the current President of the Council of the Laity. This would be due to the dissolution of the Council for the Laity, whose responsibilities will be incorporated into the upcoming September 1 Congregation for Family, Laity and Health Pastoral. The first prefect of the new congregation would be likely to be the Pope confidant Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga of Honduras.
Maradiaga, who received the title of "Vice Pope" because of his euphoric appearance in the first months of the current pontificate is coordinator of the C9-Cardinal Council in support of Pope Francis in the reform of the Curia and the guidance of the universal Church. Recently, however, it was become pretty quiet around the Honduran Cardinal.
In 2010, he was already being talked about as candidate for a Prefect of a Roman Congregation. He was to take over the management of the Congregation of Religious. However, the Brazilian Joao Braz de Aviz was appointed, who has been hunting the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate since 2013. Stubborn voices wanted to know if Cardinal Maradiaga had recommended himself recommended for the Roman post.
Cardinal Angelo Amato, the current prefect of the Congregation of Saints is to be replaced because of his age of 78 years by the current substitutes of the Cardinal State Secretariat, Curia Archbishop Angelo Becciu. New assistant and thus right hand of Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin will be the current apostolic nuncio in Lebanon, Titular Archbishop Gabriele Caccia.
The next few days and weeks will bring clarity. Until then, the rumor mill should be given little credence, since for the time being things remain opaque, what game is to being played at and which part could be true. The fact is that the rumors claiming personnel switches around the CDF would drive the wedge of Pope Francis and his entourage deeper into the body of the Church. In the past few days another German cardinal, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, warned of the "very great danger" of a schism.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Religion Digital (screenshots)
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Monday, May 2, 2016
Vatican City (kath.net/KNA) Many commentators believe that after the Pope's Letter on Marriage and Family "Amoris laetitia," there was a possible admission of remarried divorcees to communion in individual cases. In the interview with the Katholischen Nachrichten-Agentur (KNA), Cardinal Walter Brandmüller (87) explained how he thinks this is a misinterpretation, for example, how the footnote number 351 is read and that "Amoris laetitia" can be a "wake-up call" for the Catholic Church in Germany.
KNA: your Eminence, you were described by the newspaper "Bild" as a critic of the post-synodal letter "Amoris laetitia" of Pope Francis. What do you not like about this document on marriage and family?
Brandmüller: On that I must disagree. This is a misrepresentation of the facts. I have not yet publicly expressed myself after the publication of the letter. I have published an aid to interpreting the expected document only before publication. So to talk about a criticism is also incorrect.
KNA: In your guide to interpretation you speak against any exceptions for the admission of those divorced and remarried in individual cases. But many commentators have understood "Amoris laetitia" exactly as this. Are your fears justified then?
Brandmüller: Yes, some interpretations in fact go wrong. To allow exceptions in individual cases is a dead end. I made that clear in my aid to interpretation. What is fundamentally impossible for reasons of faith, it is also in the individual case. This was prior to the appearance of "Amoris laetitia" as well as afterwards. It is Catholic doctrine that a validly concluded and consummated marriage can not be dissolved by any power on earth - certainly not by the Church. Jesus says: "What God has joined together, man must not separate." And: Whoever divorces his wife from the marriage and marries another, commits adultery against her. Even a woman commits adultery when she divorces her husband and marries another." So now the question: Can I really receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ, that is, Himself, being aware what He said and yet disregarding it?
KNA: Pope Francis himself answered the question in the affirmative, if through his writing, where "specific new possibilities" for the divorced and remarried have been created. What are these then?
Brandmüller: There are parts of the letter "Amoris Laetitia" that are very beautiful and leading spiritually into the depths and has more significant things to offer than answers to the marginal problems of the so-called remarried divorcees. Anyone who thinks there is an opportunity to receive absolution and communion in "Amoris laetitia", they would have to seek it in the footnote 351 in Chapter 8. There is talk that such believers in the Church could be provided the means to the Sacraments, in certain cases. This was interpreted in fact in the said sense.
But: the nature of specific cases which might be, remains unsaid. Also, it must be asked whether a footnote of about three lines is sufficient to overthrow the entire teachings of popes and Councils on this subject. Certainly not! Rather this footnote should be interpreted even more strictly in accordance with the constant teaching of the Church. The Church can not contradict itself.
KNA: What does this writing mean for the Catholic Church in Germany?
Brandmüller "Amoris laetitia" should really serve as a wake up call in Germany. It is now at last insists not only upon focusing in the marriage preparation on sociology and psychology, but to convey the profound teaching of the Church on the sanctity and beauty of authentic marriage and helps young people to succeed in marriage and a hand at building a family.
The Regensburg Bishop, Rudolf Voderholzer recently made this insightfully important point: especially the pastorally unilateral acts should cease that negate the Church's credibility and bring about disagreement and confusion. "Amoris laetitia" could be the new start to an ecclesial pastoral care of marriage, if one choses to align pastoral practice clearly with the doctrine of the faith. Everything else would fail from its own inner untruthfulness. (C) 2016 CBA Catholic News Agency. All rights reserved. Photo: (c) kath.net
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Cardinal Brandmüller criticized German bishops: have not the bishops promised at ordination to proclaim the Gospel of Christ faithfully and to preserve the deposit of faith in the Church always holding tradition pure and complete?
Rome (kath.net) The German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller has directed harsh criticism of the German Bishops on certain social developments in an interview with the "Rheinische Post". When asked whether the affluent Church has a lesson to learn by being publicly beaten, Brandmüller said that it is the forces that dominate so-called public opinion, which has succeeded in formulating laws of "political correctness". Anyone contrary to this, is risking a media execution.
At the same time we have the phenomenon of the spiral of silence. In this succession, the majority which may see such an execution sits in silence. "The fact that such behavior was appropriate to Christians when it comes to fundamental questions of faith and morals of Christ's Gospel, no one will argue. What did we say when received the Sacrament of Confirmation? And: Did not the bishops promise at their ordination, to proclaim the Gospel of Christ faithfully and to preserve the deposit of faith, according to what was always and everywhere held in the Church's tradition, purely and completely," said Brandmüller. The cardinal recalled that the good Shepherd is not likely to be afraid of the wolves. He sees the Christian spirit the most in youthful movements and communities, but not in "ecclesiastical establishment."
Critical to Brandmüller was then also critical of the "institutional tank" of the Catholic Church in Germany. "What good is a 'Catholic' kindergarten when Santa Claus, an the Easter Bunny, etc. is mentioned instead of Jesus Christ? What help is a Catholic 'hospital when there get there no priest, no sister, who prays for the sick and operations are performed, which are contrary to the Christian moral law? It would be better, indeed necessary, in fact, that the Church is separated from such ballast, if it is not possible to fill the empty vessels with a Christian spirit," says the Cardinal.
To the development that believers are becoming fewer and that money increases, Brandmüller says that this is absurd. "The churches empty, and the coffers are filled. What is in place is a self-sufficient expensive apparatus, which drowns the voice of the Gospel with his rattling. Here, in fact, detachment from the world is called for, that is a thought that does not follow earthly economic principles, but the truth of the faith. We should at last, instead of preaching a 'Christianity light', have the courage to call for a program contrasted from today's the social mainstream, and exemplify what the Ten Commandments and the ethics of the New Testament contain. This alternative to the morbid world of antiquity was then a successful program. It would also prove its attraction again today. " Entire Interview with: Walter Cardinal Brandmüller in German: "The good shepherd must not be afraid of wolves" Link to Kath.net...
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Monday, April 20, 2015
Cardinal Walter Brandmüller is one of the leading critical voices bracing themselves against the Vatican Family Synod proposals to undermine the Catholic Sacraments- and moral teaching. He is one of five cardinals, who appeared out in the anthology "Stay in the Truth of Christ" along with Gerhard Müller, De Paolis, Burke and Caffarra for the Synod of Bishops on the family in 2014, where they took a stand against Cardinal Kasper's proposal, to admit those in irregular living situations, to be admitted to communion.
Dr. Maike Hickson interviewed Cardinal Brandmüller for Life Site News . The courageous Catholic ( Open letter a concerned American Catholic Pope Francis ) is considered to have the provided special thanks questions and answers.
LifeSiteNews: Could you present once more for our readers clearly the teaching of the Catholic Church, as it has been consistently taught throughout centuries concerning marriage and its indissolubility?
Can the Church admit remarried couples to Holy Communion, even though their second marriage is not valid in the eyes of the Church?
Can the Church deal with the topic of marriage in a pastoral manner that is different from the continual teaching of the Church? Can the Church at all change the teaching itself without falling herself into heresy?
Is not the whole discussion about the admittance of remarried to the Holy Eucharist also an expression of the fact that many Catholics do not believe any more in the Real Presence and rather think that they receive in Holy Communion anyway only a piece of bread?
Why is there nowadays such a strong attack on the indissolubility of marriage within the Church? A possible answer could be that the spirit of relativism has entered the Church, but there must be more reasons. Could you name some? And are not all these reasons a sign of the crisis of Faith within the Church herself?
In this context, one can state that there was little talk in the last decades about the teaching about the Fallen Human Nature. The dominant impression was that man, all in all, is good. In my view, this has led to a lax attitude toward sin. Now, that we see the result of such a lax attitude – an explosion of inhuman conduct in all possible areas of human life – should this not be a reason for the Church to see that the teaching on the Fallen Human Nature has been confirmed and to therefore proclaim it again?
The high numbers of abortion especially in the West have done great harm, not only for those killed babies, but also for the women (and men) who decided to kill their child. Should the prelates of the Church not take a strong stance about this terrible truth and try to shake the consciences of those women and men, also for the sake of their salvation? And does not the Church have a duty to defend with insistence the Little Ones who cannot defend themselves because they are not even allowed to live? “Let the Little Ones come to Me....”
Which steps would you recommend for the Church to strengthen the call to holiness and to show the path how to attain it?
What would you say about the recent statements of Bishop Franz-Josef Bode that the Catholic Church has to adapt increasingly to the “life realities” of the people of today and adjust accordingly her moral teaching? I am sure that you as a Church historian have in front of your eyes other examples from the history of the Church, where she was pressured from outside to change the teaching of Christ. Could you name some, and how did the Church in the past respond to such attacks?
Is the German Catholic Church permitted to go her own paths in the question of the admittance of remarried couples to the Holy Eucharist and thereby decide independently of Rome, as Reinhard Cardinal Marx pronounced after the recent meeting of the German Bishops Conference?
Cardinal: The answer is to be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church no. 1638-1642.
That would be possible if the concerned couples would make the decision to live in the future like brother and sister. This solution is especially worth considering when the care for children disallows a separation. The decision for such a path would be a convincing expression of the penance for the previous and protracted act of adultery.
It is evident that the pastoral practice of the Church cannot stand in opposition to the binding doctrine nor simply ignore it. In the same manner, an architect could perhaps build a most beautiful bridge. However, if he does not pay attention to the laws of structural engineering, he risks the collapse of his construction. In the same manner, every pastoral practice has to follow the Word of God if it does not want to fail. A change of the teaching, of the dogma, is unthinkable. Who nevertheless consciously does it, or insistently demands it, is a heretic – even if he wears the Roman Purple.
Indeed, there is an indissoluble inner contradiction in someone who wants to receive the Body and Blood of Christ and to unite himself with Him, while in the same time he disregards consciously His Commandment. How shall this work? St. Paul says about this matter: 'Who eats and drinks unworthily, is eating and drinking his judgment...' But: You are right. By far not all Catholics believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the consecrated host. One can see this fact already in the way many – even priests – pass the tabernacle without genuflection.
Of course, if certain moral standards that have been valid generally, always, and everywhere are not any more recognized, then everybody makes himself his own moral law. That has as a consequence that one does what one pleases. It can be added the individualistic approach to life which regards life as a single chance for self-actualization – and not as a mission of the Creator. It is evident that such attitudes are the expression of a deeply rooted loss of Faith.
That is true, indeed. The topic 'Original Sin' with its consequences, the necessity for Redemption through the suffering, death and Resurrection of Christ has been largely suppressed and forgotten for a long time. However, one cannot understand the course of the world – and one's own life – without these truths. It is unavoidable that this ignoring of essential truths leads to moral misconduct. You are right: one should finally preach again about this topic, and with clarity.
Here one can say that the Church, especially under the last popes as well as under the Holy Father Francis did not leave any room for doubt about the despicable character of the killing of unborn children in the womb. This applies no doubt also to all bishops. However, another question is, whether and in which form the teaching of the Church has been witnessed and presented in the public realm. That is where the hierarchy certainly could do more. One only has to think of the participation of cardinals and bishops at pro-life marches.
One certainly has to witness to the Faith in a way that is fitting for the specific situation. In which form this can happen, depends upon the specific circumstances. There opens up a whole field for creative imagination.
It is completely clear and also not new that the proclamation of the teaching of the Church has to be adapted to the concrete life situations of society and of the individual, if the message shall be heard. But this applies only to the way of the proclamation, and not at all to its inviolable content. An adaptation of the moral teaching is not acceptable. 'Do not conform to the world,' said the Apostle St. Paul. If Bishop Bode teaches something different, he finds himself in contradiction to the teaching of the Church. Is he conscious of that?
The well-known statements of Cardinal Marx are in contradiction with the dogma of the Church. They are irresponsible in a pastoral respect, because they expose the faithful to confusion and doubts. If he thinks that he can take nationally an independent path, he puts the unity of the Church at risk. It remains: the binding standard for all of the teaching and practice of the Church are her clearly defined doctrines.