Friday, November 13, 2015
THIS AGING BELGIUM CARDINAL JUST DOESN'T GET IT AND IT IS BREATH-TAKING!
The retired Cardinal of Belgium, Godfried Danneels in a recent interview unbelievably predicts that what happened to Belgium on his watch will happen in Africa sooner or later (he hopes sooner, it appears). He blames secularism that took young people after Vatican II away from the Church. He says these young people were brought up by conservative pre-Vatican II parents. Where the good cardinal is in complete denial, though, is that these rebellious young people were aided and abetted by the hierarchies of these countries. The interpretations of Vatican II completely abandoned historic Catholicism and it was taught by cardinals, bishops, priests and religious.
They promoted a hermeneutic of rupture as it concerns the Catholic Church. They let the secularists infiltrate the Church and lead the anarchy. Pope Saint John Paul II went to these areas of Europe and tried desperately to bring them back from the abyss Think of the Dutch Catechism!. They did not listen and continue to spew forth even to this day the very poison that has nearly killed them to the rest of the world. Just think about the recent synod on the marriage and the family. And think about this cardinal, his new successor and what so many want the Church to do today.
Triumphalism is not the problem of Africa!
Cardinal Godfried Danneels is either being provocative, sarcastic or joking!
‘Steer clear’ of triumphalism, Belgian cardinal tells African bishops
November 13, 2015
In an interview with La Stampa’s Vatican Insider, Cardinal Godfried Danneels directed pointed words to bishops in Africa.
Advising “everyone to steer clear of all forms of triumphalism and claims to self-sufficiency,” the retired archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels said:
Some African bishops tell us: you are pagans. You wiped everything out. But I remember Belgium being full of vocations, there were huge seminaries and novitiates being built up until the 60s. Christian families did everything they could to give their children a sense of belonging in the Church. (My comment: Is is joking???? Belgium was a wonderful place until the radicals in the Church destroyed it all in the name of the "spirit" of Vatican II! They grossly misinterpreted the Council and continue to this day to import to the rest of the world their ideologies that destroyed their Church! It is to laugh if it wasn't so sad! Cardinal Danneels is having a senior moment or a Freudian moment. It hits the nail on the head as it concerns what happened to the Church on his watch yet takes no responsibility for it and castigates the Africans who aren't taking his route in the least!)
But we started seeing the faith dwindling in boys and girls aged 17-20. This wounded them it caused great suffering. Is it right to say it was their fault and that the parents were not good Christians? No, that’s not the case. The act of becoming Christians and persevering in the faith remains a mystery and is not the result of some educational or sociological mechanism. It seems to me that all the talk about “robust” Churches that should save the rest of Catholicism, is for the purpose of ecclesiastical politics. The abstractness of it is striking.
Cardinal Danneels added:
European Churches have been overrun by the effects of secularization that have also led to rising individualism. But this very individualism could reach Africa sooner or later: that phenomenon that sees people thinking of themselves as individuals rather than as members of a group, a community, or a mass. It is possible that the crisis we have had will spread there too, with all that this entails. Africans may also experience a situation similar to ours. Then they might call us up to see how we dealt with it. To get some useful tips. (I am breathless at such arrogance coming from an aging Cardinal who just doesn't get it! It would be funny if not so sad! I am crying not laughing!)