Showing posts with label Limburg. Show all posts
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Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Silk Thread From Freiburg. Archbishop Zollitsch Advises Tebartz van Elst to Suicide

by Peter Stephan

In earlier times, the Turkish sultans sent to high-ranking personalities who were sentenced to death, a silk thread - stylishly usually in a small jewelry box. After receiving, the condemned was strangled by a servant or soldier. This method offered the very great advantage that the sultans could vacate brothers and nephews out of the way to secure their rule, without shedding their royal blood. Occasionally, even the convicted had the opportunity to escape the strangling by suicide. If the blood flowed, this was thus the responsibility of the individuals affected.

The practice is to get rid of unwelcome people by murder or solicitation to commit suicide, has been significantly refined in our society today, especially in the post-Conciliar, 'Love Church', which looks back with particular horror at the terrifying practices of the pre-Conciliar, 'Power Church'. With witch hunts, the Inquisition and poison murders à la Borgia, they want to have nothing more to do. Yes, we have exploited even these downright atrocities to justify the enforcement of a completely new Church image. Gross misinterpretation and exaggeration of the historical facts are thereby considered acceptable. Finally, it's for a good cause.

That the end justifies the means, especially when it comes to the noble goal of their own assurance of domination, not only numerous bishops, but also understood by the employees in the Chancery, the functionaries of the ZdK [German Bishops' Central Committee], the parish councils and many other "engaged" Catholics. Their victims are mostly faithful priests and pastors, as well as followers of the Traditional Rite. The 'progressive' average Catholic keeps his distance from such people, because in secular society it would be considered reasonable and enlightened and therefore to be ashamed of an authentically lived and practiced faith (which he himself lacks of religious education usually no longer recognized or understood). The functionaries and higher officials in turn fear the criticism of the media - and thus the scolding of the media-political class of hearing. One would like to continue to stand in the middle of society, that is: the socio-political establishment belonging - as once the Jerusalem Temple aristocracy.

Nothing would be as unbearable for the majority of the German episcopate, as at a reception in the Chancellery to address an intercession of Jews about the Old Mass, the extravagance of a brother's Office or the backward views of the Pope. Because the sectarian mood can pass quickly. Quickly and could result in a conflagration. Several years ago, in the case Mixa, it went up quickly to 40,000 euros, in a Piranesi engraving which had been (mis)invested. In the causa Tebartz van Elst one takes offense at what is already 30 million for a diocesan center with a two and a half bedroom apartment, which has been successfully re-interpreted by the media to swank episcopal residence. What's next? The many millions, spent by former Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, which in his case was sunk into the completely ridiculous and self-centered redesign of his cathedral - which made Freiburgers so angry, because the funds for the renovation of the cathedral tower are missing? The nearly 20 million, by Cardinal Marx, for the purchase and renovation of his second residence in Rome has been let off free? The 40 million which Gebhard Fürst spent on a diocesan center in Rottenburg - a building that exudes the charm of an oversized District Savings Bank in contrast to the highly successful architectural Limburg Vicarage? And how it looks once the millions to be addressed, the outputs of the German bodies Catholicism for a totally bloated government - or for institutions such as the LCY, the aim now only is to undermine the Church from within and to destroy all which has been built up in this country over generations and half a millennium? There is no fear that you will be expelled from the cosiness of the German church tax haven in the end? What a horrible idea if future bishops must prepare their meals from fungi, which they themselves have collected in the forest! However, not seeing as how Bishop Jaschke flirts on a talk show about humility, but to be truly satisfied? If the German clergy his modesty can not demonstrate through the expensive transformation of sanctuaries and the acquisition of new vestments, but is forced to resort to the existing (high) altars and ancient vestments (which are usually infinitely nicer)?

To avoid this inconvenience, leading representatives of the German Bishops' Conference have decided to sacrifice another pawn. After Walter Mixa, is now Tebartz van Elst's turn. As in the days of the sultans, it comes to secure their own domination how one gets rid of a pesky brother. Naturally this is not accomplished by sending a silk cord. The post-Conciliar love Church prefers character assassination, they are practiced and shoulder to shoulder with the anti-clerical media according to its traditional pattern. Tebartz is no longer acceptable as a bishop according to all that gradually comes to light is one thing. The other, however, is the way how he is systematically demonized and publicly executed. The extent of this manipulative and slanderous propaganda has long since reached the level of, "enforcer" or, "People's Observer". Witch hunt, Inquisition and Borgia intrigue are celebrated - in a new guise - and back with a vengeance.

And as if that is not enough, Robert Zollitsch insisted a few days ago. Very publicly he literally states: "I could not imagine that I could continue living." Of course he did this in an undertone that should have brought his concerns to his stumbling colleague. But it is worthwhile to pay attention to the exact meaning of the words. Zollitsch did not say, "I couldn't imagine, as I could go on living that way." The little word "that way" would be related to the way of life and brought the possibility of a correction to the expression. One can recollect, repent and live on in other ways. The word "there" means in this context, however, a time from which a new, irreversible situation arises - a situation that makes it impossible for Tebartz's afterlife according to Zollitsch. Maybe Zollitsch doesn't know the difference in meaning between modal and time clauses, but as chairman of the Bishops' conference, he should choose his words more carefully. With what he said, he has finally sent his brother in office the silk cord, his concerned tone, like the jewelry box, in which the cord is hidden.

However, Zollitsch and the other officials of the bodies Catholicism ought to foresee. The German Church-tax system is hanging itself by a silk thread. And unlike the silk cords used for strangling, this could tear in the not too distant future. The journalistic pack has long tasted blood in the air. The tactics observed in wolves to isolate a weak animal from the herd, in order to then tear him to pieces has proved successful. In the long term, each Bishop with a decidedly Catholic profile will be attacked. The strategy of the other members of the herd, to save his own skin by delivering others to the wolves will not work.

And who knows! Maybe one day it will even come to the point that tabloids will be the new vox populi in the appointment of bishops creating a list of three from which - after a suitability interview at ZdK - Spiegel appoints a candidate. He is then formally appointed by the Bundeskanzellor - and if need be can be deducted from her again. The sending of silk lines will be a thing of the past.

Prof. Peter Stephan studied History, Church History and Art History and is adjunct professor of Art History at the University of Freiburg in Breisgau. He also teaches as a professor of architectural theory at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.

Image: Wikicommons (Mona days)
Trans: Tancred
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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Bishop Tebartz-van Elst Flies to Rome -- What is Really Behind the Limburg Conflict?

Edit: anyone reading this should be able to recognize the basic pattern being established, and that the same indicators are present in other parts of the world. There is a single diabolical force at work destroying the Church from within.

(Limburg) The Limburg Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst is on the flight to Rome. The already long simmering conflict over his person has its starting point not in the perceived or actual cost of the episcopal residence. It is of an older date and of an entirely different nature. Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo who was himself sent to Limburg to investigate matters finally said: "That there exists also a media campaign is not to be overlooked. The faithful also notice this. The cause of the current conflicts but are much deeper. In my conversations, I have noticed that the latent tensions have existed already for decades and are now manifesting themselves. "Curial Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller described the accusations against the bishop of Limburg even "self-perpetuating lies". So what is real?

The "Synodal Church" of Limburg - 60 Years of Progressive Listing

When former Auxiliary Bishop of Münster came to Limburg in 2008, he found the heritage of the bishops Wilhelm Kempf (1949-1981) and Franz Kamphaus (1982-2008). The diocese on the Lahn was completely in this hands of the progressive camp during the 60s. Die Zeit called Kempf in 1973 a "regional edition of John XXIII." and recognized him thus as one of the leading "representatives" of the "two opposing camps in the Catholic Church." Kempf and Kamphaus were, to put it more precisely, "representatives" of the "spirit of the Council", not the Council itself, and certainly not the Church's tradition. Bishop Kempf did not oppose the theologian Hans Kessler, as this in his book Salvation as Liberation put Christi's Divinity and ​​the mystery of salvation into question. Kempf even took a liking to those non-binding notions which came into fashion in the 60s.

In place of "ecclesiastical paternalism" continued Kempf "co-responsibility of the laity and priests, not legitimized by offices, but through democratic elections" as Die Zeit as always thrilled, reported in 1973. What was meant was that the so-called Limburger "Synodal Way," with the specific election by parish councils, district assemblies and a diocesan congregation, plus a Diocesan Synodal Constitution. The search for ideas proved not to be difficult, "democratization" and "participation" were buzzwords of the time and finally took one look over the fence to the Protestants in order to find itself in synodical fraternity. That later a fraternity came of this association was only consequential.

Kempf to Kamphaus: Persevering in the state system for the killing unborn children

Bishop Franz Kamphaus was the ideal replacement for the Kempf-diocese. In the progressive milieu in which Kempf was like John XXIII., today Kamphau would be described as the "regional version of Pope Francis," were he not retired for years. Kamphaus gained fame through his insistence to participate in the state system of killing unborn children. In 1999 John Paul II called, after a long back and forth, for a definitive exit of German dioceses from state pregnancy conflict counseling, which meant an involvement in the abortion industry. "Enlightened" Catholics who did not mind the blood on their hands, defied the papal instruction and founded the still existing club Donum Vitae ( see separate report ). Limburg was the only diocese in which the bishop defied the Pope. John Paul II finally gave the then Auxiliary Bishop of Limburg special powers to carry out the exit of the diocese from the government extension system. Kampfhaus then offered John Paul II his resignation demonstratively, but Rome refused it. Such a break, according to the recommendations from Germany, should be urgently avoided to evoke no schism.

Kamphaus remained in place, and also had much experience in the Church eating out. In 2007, on the completion of his 75th year, Benedict XVI. did not hesitate one second to make him emeritus.

Bishop For Functionary Crew is an Intruder - a Clash of Conflicting Understanding of the Church

 Kempf and Kamphaus left a diocese that was structurally firmly in the hands of the progressive camp, firmly in the grip image of the Zeit Article of 1973. The new Bishop appointed by Benedict XVI., Tebartz van Elst was an intruder from the outset, like an alien species in a largely enclosed habitat. A "progressive" habitat with a "conservative" foreign body. This history is necessary to elucidate the actual context in which the whole current "Limburger conflict" going on.

In Limburg since 2008 there were successive strikes of a contrary understanding against the Church. The partisanship of the media is most easily explained because of the smell of the barn parties. If it is now about Germany's borders in the news about is that there are "many years criticizing an authoritarian style of leadership" of the incumbent Limburg Bishop, as is the fact that there are these "critics" to take absolutely literally, far less the accusation of "authoritarian leadership style." For the proponents of the "synodal" the Catholic Church understanding of authority is in itself unreasonable.

The question of protection of life played a central role from the beginning. The attitude of the rebellious club Donum Vitae is considered a point of intersection in Limburg. Bishop Tebartz van Elst of Limburg stood on the "wrong" side of the establishment from the first day. He insisted that Donum Vitae is incompatible with the Church. This also explains the involvement of the ZdK Chairman Alois Glück against the bishop. Fortune smiled on the founder of Donum Vitae, which has since been in open conflict with the Catholic Church, with all the consequences that hardly anyone dares to speak in church in Germany.

Cost Issues for Diocesan Bishop, Including Center Apartment Forced Issues?

The campaign against the unwanted bishop is not moored of course on substantive issues, that would be under Benedict XVI. would have been pointless anyway an onerous goal. Instead, they discovered a far more promising, because “neutral", battleground. The cost of the renovation of the episcopal palace in Limburg. Bishop Kempf made a demonstration of his humility, left in the episcopal residence and moved to the seminary. The return after decades proved more costly than in other dioceses. Existent alongside the Limburg Cathedral is a mix of old building renovation and new construction. On the cost side, Bishop Tebartz van Elst did not seem to care. He also doesn't necessarily have to. Especially not since the inflated official apparatuses of German dioceses where everything there is subject to specialists and experts. However, concerning 31 million, of which the finance committee of the Diocese now talks, is not the impression manipulated by the critics, only to a small part, the Bishop's house. It's about a building complex comprising a diocesan center and other facilities. The finance committee, which now matches the chorus of critics, however, seem to have been asleep for years.

In times of financial crisis and even with the gesture of pressure on the neck by Pope Francis, it will soon succeed in any case to put the bishop into the corner of the accused. The exploitation of envy complexes in parts of the population comes cheaply. The end justifies the means for the Bishop’s opponents.

Cost Criticism on Sandy Soil - Monetary Policy of the Spokesmen of the Bishop’s Critics

The criticism is built on sandy soil, is shown with a view to the spokesman of the Bishop's critics. For this purpose, Frankfurt’s Metropolitan Dean John Eltz has invoked, including supported signature collection of "Frankfurter Catholics" against their bishop. It doesn't help that Dean zu Eltz who accuses the Bishop of "luxury addiction" of "wasting money" and of meticulously riding the cost issue, for his part showed a Christian bookstore in Frankfurt the door because he wants to rent the premises of the building as lucrative church property. If so, according to Dean van Eltz "everything" revolves around money for Bishop Tebartz van Elst, it does not seem to be any different for him, however. And by this, he unmasked his own face, for with his criticism of Limburg Bishop actually stands in the same place: it is primarily a church-political power struggle in order to then tactical resupply and for the collection of auxiliary troops, personnel, interpersonal aspects and joined also to the high renovation and construction costs.

With the exorbitant costs appearing - be careful, because the numbers seem to inflate rapidly in parallel with the escalation of the conflict - ', it is not to quibble for Bishop Tebartz van Elst made himself vulnerable. Since he does little that "disappoints" curious visitors at the open day were, because they found no "golden water taps", but a relatively tight complex. The bishop had granted all access to the new episcopal residence to his critics to take place through inspection, which took the wind out of their sails. After all, brother Paul Terwitte recalled that each kilometer of motorway costs 40 million euros. His colleague, Cardinal Archbishop Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising in 2008 came out with at least eight million euros of renovation costs for his episcopal palace. The order is important to note. Apart from that the Bishop of Limburg seems to be surrounded by bad advisers. After the costs appeared, not once has any asked for them.

Alliances to Destroy "Ratzingerianers"

What is important is that alliances have been found, a conservative force, but above all to destroy "Ratzingerianer" from the ranks of the bishops. There are found brothers in the episcopate, which cut into the chair of their confrere, like the said Cardinal Marx, as well as the chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Emeritus of Freiburg. Under Pope Francis one sees a change in the winds. If it was initially only an intra-church power struggle of local importance, the matter quickly would have received a completely different dimension, as the rumor made the rounds, Bishop Tebartz van Elst could be next succeeding Cardinal Joachim Meisner, Archbishop of Cologne and thus a potential candidate for the Office of the President of the German Bishops' Conference and probably also Cardinal. [Men like him are our last hope.] A development that some will prevent under all circumstances to take place.

The list of "hunted" conservative bishops who were chased from their offices in the German-speaking areas by scandals, sometimes unsavory smear campaigns, is already long. It all started with the Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Hans Hermann Groër (1995), was continued against the Bishop of Chur Wolfgang Haas (1997), who was at least assigned by Rome as Archbishop of Vaduz, followed by Bishop Kurt Krenn of St. Pölten (2004) and Bishop Walter Mixa of Augsburg (2010).

List of Bishops of a Martyr Church's Brutal Political Struggle

However different the situation might have been, they still all share one thing in common, behind them there was always a battle by progressive Church circles who wanted to prevent a resurgence of the forces faithful to the Church. And in each, an unholy alliance was newly formed with unchurched secular media, which generated the necessary public pressure. The role and weight distribution is unique: all "fired" bishops were in the eyes of the hunters, "conservative." The hunters were always progressive. It must be said, given the motivations of the persecutors of martyred bishops.

Also mentioned in this context that prevented appointment of Rev. Gerhard Maria Wagner as Auxiliary Bishop of Linz (2009), a diocese, which is controlled by the prototype of a de facto "bishop-less" diocese, by a progressive, green-catechism functionary apparachiks, in house Liberal clergy who are assigned to leadership positions. Also, there is a prototype for numerous good faith initiatives and Catholics and priests faithful to the Church, but they were made leaderless by the prevention of Bishop Wagner. It can be claimed that the prevailing progressive circles just want to maintain or achieve this lack of leadership on the other side.

Now Bishop Tebartz van Elst is no Bishop Krenn, but that should not blind us to certain commonalities that we think we see on the other side, on the side of his critics and hunters. The longer the list of successful bishops who are forced out of office, the more arrogant is the party of the hunt. It presents the impression already that is made unpopular, if necessary, through a targeted and coordinated campaign by progressives, that "superior" Bishops can be thrown out again. A devastating impression that the understanding of the Church can be clearly placed in the latently schismatic part of the Church. In this regard, it would be more desirable than that Tebartz van Elst, Bishop of Limburg remains. The signs are, however, not for that. The Hunting Party is powerful. Bishop Tebartz van Elst is seated on a flight to Rome. This will bring clarity. But what?

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
 Image: Wikicommons
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmailcom

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Monday, November 26, 2012

More News Stories -- Resistance Against French President -- Underground Bishop Dies

Resistance Against the Homosexual Comrades

France.  Two thousand French mayors are asking of French President, Comrade Francoise Hollande, that no homosexual marriages are to be conducted. On Wednesday, the speaker of the Socialist government, that no mayor will be able to fall back on his conscience.

Limburg:  Diocesan Speaker Leaves After Three Months

Germany.  Eva Demmerle (45) is resigning from her post as Press Speaker of the Diocese of Limburg after only three months for family reasons.  This was reported by the site ''.  Frau Demmerele made her decision while on vacation.  She was the Press Speaker of the Emperor's eldest son Otto von Habsburg (+ 2011).

Underground Bishop Has Died

On November 6th the Chinese Underground Bishop Samuel Guo Chaunzhen (94) died. This was reported by Vatican newspaper 'L'Osservatore Romano' recently.  The deceased began in 1944 with his priestly ordination.  After the Cultural Revolution he spent sixteen long years in a work camp and under house arrest.  In 1963 the Communists forced him to work in the food industry, so that he could not be active as a priest.  Then 19 years later he could work as a pastor.  In 1983 he founded a Seminary in eastern China.  In 1988 he was named by John Paul II as the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Jinan.

Hate as an Answer to Truth

Germany.  On Monday the famous Cologne Capuchin, Father Paul Terwitte, in the broadcast 'Hart aber fair" in the forced church tax broadcaster 'ARD' about euthanasia.  In the broadcast Witwer introduced a lady who had been euthanized by a Death Doctor.  The priest asked the husband: "Why should your wife conduct her suicide with the help of a doctor?  Why didn't you find a razor with which she could have cut an artery?"  Already during the broadcast, there was a hate campaign against the critics of euthanasia.  On Wednesday the intimidated priest apologized on ''.  In a forced church-tax broadcaster he should have asked "more sensitive questions".  He still remains, however, an opponent of euthanasia.

Insurance Fund Pays for the Killing of their Customers

Holland.  The Netherlands introduces euthanasia on a health insurance certificate.  The Insurance Fund 'Menzis' has already been working since March together with mobile death teams. The governing body of the Insurer openly lets its members offer euthanasia.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Neo-Conservative Bishop Makes Old Rite Priest Cathedral Rector

Editor: this man may have some say in who the next Bishop will be.  It's also a strong indicator for Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst who's not been always the most traditional friendly of Bishops.

Germany, Limburg.  Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst has named Fr. Gereon Rehberg (55) as the new Cathedral Rector in the Cathedral Chapter.  This has just been reported by the Limburg Diocesan homepage.  The new Cathedral Rector has been since the Feast of the Assumption also the new Cathedral Pastor.  He is also the director of the Pastoral Area of Limburg.  He's been celebrating the Wednesday Mass in the Old Mass for years in Wiesbaden.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Old Liberals in Limburg Sense they are Junkers: Hurray for Bishop Tebartz

He's Tougher Than He Looks
These Limburger Tie-Priests have done nothing else their whole lives long, than attempt to destroy the Church.  Five minutes before their retirement they rebel one last time against their Bishop, who they fear, will institute necessary reforms.

(, Limburg) Ten hotheads from time immemorial, old Liberal pastors from the Diocese of Limburg have written and published a hate letter against their Bishop, Msgr Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst.

Their pamphlet was  eagerly awaited by the anti-Church media.

The Situation in the Diocese of Limburg is Catastrophic for the Old Liberals

Under the protection of Anonymity one of the snipers blusters from the website '': "The situation in the Dioceese of Limburg is catastrophic.  The concern is monstrously large."

 The infamous Limburg Judas-Priest, Fr. Hubertus Janssen is using his full name to rail against his Bishop.

Fr. Janssen must not be afraid of anything.   For he is under the protection of particular powerful media bosses.

This 1st of December he will be 73 years old when he goes into retirement.

Days before his retirement he will not let "forbid his mouth from speaking" -- bragged ''.

Even two critics, with names presented, are two or three years before their retirement. He had some days ago decried his Bishop for a German anti-Church magazine  and earned much applause.

It's a question of Pastor Albert Dexelmann (63) from Runkel in the vicinity of Limburg-Weilburg.  He opnly said that, "not much can happen" to him -- for he is also trusting in the potential outrage of the media bosses.

Our Health in the Body of Christ?

The hate letter against the Bishop swelled in emotions, strident vocabulary and painted in black and white.

Since Bishop Tebarttz-van Elst is leading the Diocese,  "heads are hanging low" -- is the lamentation.

Meaningful elements, "support our piety", even "our health in the body of Christ" are "everything is carried on in oblique in a very dicky [incompetent] and clandestine way"  -- horrify the church's enemies upon what is really laughable.

The letter excuses all possible groupings of their special hate:

-People in the community, who are seeking supposedly "spiritual guidance"

-the opportunistic people responsible in public life

-the anti-Church journalists and press

-decadent artists and intellectuals

-people who are hungry for the old Liberal version of the word of God

-young people, who want nothing to do with yesterday's old liberal soup

-Church tax papers and donors

The laymen -- which is put in quotes in the letter -- would feel, "that clerical scenes are created that leave them disturbed viewing it from the outside" --so hopes the mutineer.

Journalists and the Press, who earlier served the old Liberal Abortion-Bishop Franz Kamhaus as a court crier, will now experience an "absconding" churchman -- says the letter, although the naive Bishop Tebartz-van Else has already run into the knife of the Church-hate magazine 'Spiegel'.

The hate letter also says that the allegedly experienced minister  "who has had the idea put in his head" would, as if they notice, how the "clerical darkness" is leading priest candidates by the soul.

In reality the old Liberal darkness in the Dicoese of Limburg is the problem, because he hinders the principle errors of the Post-Conciliar past and sees that they are reformed and corrected.

Because of this fearful process of destruction from these uninsightful old Liberals, young priests today have inherited a difficult legacy.

Meeting the Devil Halfway

The self-loving preachers of hate care for themselves:  "Are we obsolete models?" -- they hit the nail on the head.

At the same time they call a worthy lLiturgy -- which is oriented on God -- "a Ritual of Self-Love":

"The Legionaires of Christ and the Society of Pius X expect to send us to the junkyard." -- explained the junker.

It isn't just then, "a little, short-term spiritual blooper to deal with", rather a "bitter, persistent problem" -- so the Bishop-hater correctly analyzes his own problem.

Pubescently, he declares for a "major network" he desires for socializing.

Finally they say again in their letter, incorrectly, gratuitously:  "The Legionaries of  Christ and the Society of Pius X are waiting, to junk us."

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Church Can't Make Mothers out of Fathers: Bishop van Elst Critical of Ephemeral Zeitgeist

The Bishop of Limburg found joyful words against woman's ordination, for celibacy and criticized the adaption of the ephemeral Zeitgeist.

[] Bishop Franz-peter Tebartz-van Elst stood critically against "commonly accepted proposals for modernization".

He explained this on the 1st of October for three journalists of the newspaper 'Nassauische Neu Presse' which was very hostilely inclined to the Bishop.

The Priest Functions as a Father

The Bishop spoke forcefully against the effort to the theologically impossible ordination of priestesses.

For: The priest has a father function within the community: "The Father is the Father, the Mother is the Mother."

The Church is then for that reason not in a position to ordain women priests.

Jesus had made men to be his Apostles, thereon the Church buttresses itself.

The question if women may be priestesses is no question of adequacy -- rather a question of the concrete pattern of Jesus.

In answer to a - stupid - request the Bishop explained that God loves women exactly as much as men. It is also important that women participate in the Church.

So he was occupied with a few positions concerning women.

Relative to the priesthood the Bishop was clear: "Those who are to become Priests, it is to say, they will be called by the Church."

There is no right, therefore, to be a Priest: "That doesn't just go for women, rather for men as well."

Journalists have Problems with Celibacy

The obligatory question about the abolition of celibacy was not answered so directly by Msgr Tebartz-van Elst:

"Many priests to live and are aware that they have then decided to devote their lives to God."

The Bishop contradicted the theory, whereon celibacy is a reason that today so few young men want to be priests.

He reproved the communities - and pastoral ministers, who have children and stay away even without celibacy.

"The reason for the priest shortage is much more in the secularization of life. Many people could imagine a life without God."

Secularization means Wordly

As a further reason for the priest shortage he identified lack of support, whereby the decision to become a priest can be hindered.

Thus he proposed: "We need evidence of Faith."

Thursday, August 26, 2010

A German Longing for Sects is Nothing New

A Catholic Confessor-Bishop prepared the old liberals of yesterday an abrupt, but well-earned end.

By Alexander Bauer

[] Already 200 years ago -- during the so-called Enlightenment -- starstruck, fashionable German Archbishops were infatuated with schism from the Catholic Church.

At a meeting in Bad Ems -- in the modern state of Rheinland-Pfalz -- the Archbishops of Germany declared their indedependence and pastoral authority from the Pope's in 1786.

They insisted in the principle, that every German Bishop with jurisdiction receives his power from God just as the Pope receives his. For this reason, they would not accept Papal regulations for their diocese.

The Archdiocese put the Pope under pressure, to accept the conclusions of the "Emser Punktation". Otherwise they resolved to put their interests with the general German national council.

Indeed, the rpelats broke then with their plans. Really, it was not appealing to other Church respresentatives to fall further into provincialism.

Now The Old Liberal Horn Grumbles

In the year 1818 a robber-synod of a dozen priests from the Westerwald attempt to establish a "liberal Church Constitution" in the Diocese of Limburg.

The Papal Curia were to be kept out of all legal and liturgical matters.

A Diocesan Synod was to ratify these decisions in future.

The provincial pastor even pushed for the abolition "of the standing priestly celibacy because he found himself unqualified for such a difficult and unreasonable."

Such schismatic tendencies were even spread to episcopal circles in the first half of the 19th Century in German speaking areas.

Crushing Defeat

At the same time the movements of the traditionalists and loyalists -- "Ultramontane" -- Catholics ever stronger.

In the year 1842 the Holy Father sent the Ultramontane Confessor-Bishop Peter Josef Blum (+1884) in position.

Under his forty year long, holy leadership, the Diocese found the Catholic Faith and became once again true to the Holy See.

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