Monday, June 4, 2018


The first major document to come from Cardinal-Elect Ladaria was a very good document clarifying what Pelagianisn and Gnosticism are--especially the "neo" kind. What I found fascinating is that it appeared to me that Archbishop Ladaria was clarifying Pope Francis' use of these terms which have always struck me as, let me say diplomatically, WRONG!

Then we had heard that Archishop Ladaria had issued a document to the German bishops saying that it was inopportune to have inter-communion with Protestant spouses only to have Pope Francis seemingly turn that around and asking the Germans to work it out for themselves without any definitive direction from the Pope which enraged many in the Vatican including the former prefect of the Congregation for the Faith Cardinal Mueller.

I think this set in motion appeals from Cardinal Volkee the orthodox Cardinal in Germany and others as well as Cardinal-elect Ladaria and thus we have Pope Francis telling the heterodox bishops "no."

Then we had Cardinal Ladaria issue yet again another declaration from his office over the decades that it is a part of the Ordinary Magisterium of the Church that Holy Orders can only be received by men.

This is what I think really impressed me, because if you read between the lines, it is really Pope Francis who is causing the recovery of 1970's thinking on so many issues that have been well-settled under the last two pontificates. We can't live as though Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict had no papacies.

This is what Cardinal Ladaria wrote:

The prefect says "it is a matter of serious concern to see the emergence in some countries of voices that question the definitiveness of this doctrine." By “sowing these doubts creates serious confusion among the faithful not only about the sacrament of orders as part of the divine constitution of the church, but also about how the ordinary magisterium can teach Catholic doctrine in an infallible way,”

Here is Cardinal-Elect Luis Ladaria's letter:

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Prot. N. 212/2018 - 64727

Vatican City
Palace of the Sant’Uffizio

May 25 2018

To His Most Reverend Eminence
Cardinal Reinhard Marx
Archbishop of Munich and Freising
President of the German Episcopal Conference
Kardinal-Faulhaber Str. 7
D-80333 München
Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Your Eminence, Most Illustrious President!

At the end of our fraternal conversation on May 3, 2018 on the document "Mit Christus gehen…" [“Walking with Christ. On the path of unity. Interconfessional marriages and joint participation in the Eucharist. A pastoral guide from the German episcopal conference"] we determined together that I would inform the Holy Father about the meeting.

Already in our audience of May 11 2018 I spoke with Pope Francis about our meeting and gave him a summary of the conversation. On May 24 2018 I again discussed the question with the Holy Father. Following these meetings I would like to bring to your attention the following points, with the explicit approval of the pope.

1. The multiple ecumenical efforts of the German episcopal conference, in a particular way the intense collaboration with the council of the Evangelical Church of Germany, deserve recognition and appreciation. The joint commemoration of the Reformation in 2017 has shown that in recent years and decades a foundation has been found that allows bearing witness together to Jesus Christ, the savior of all men, and working together in an effective and decisive way in many areas of public life. This encourages us to move forward with trust on the road of an ever deeper unity.

2. Our conversation of May 3 2018 showed that the text of the guide raises a series of problems of noteworthy significance. The Holy Father has therefore reached the conclusion that the document is not ready for publication. The essential reasons for this decision can be summarized as follows:

a. The question of admission to communion for evangelical Christians in interconfessional marriages is an issue that touches on the faith of the Church and has significance for the universal Church.

b. This question has effects on ecumenical relations with other Churches and other ecclesial communities that are not to be underestimated.

c. The issue concerns the law of the Church, above all the interpretation of canon 844 CIC. Since in a few sectors of the Church there are open questions in this regard, the dicasteries of the Holy See concerned have already been instructed to produce a timely clarification of these questions at the level of the universal Church. In particular it appears opportune to leave to the diocesan bishop the judgment on the existence of “grave and urgent necessity.”

3. For the Holy Father it is of great concern that in the German episcopal conference the spirit of episcopal collegiality should remain alive. As Vatican Council II has emphasized, “the Episcopal bodies of today are in a position to render a manifold and fruitful assistance, so that this collegiate feeling may be put into practical application” (Dogmatic Constitution “Lumen Gentium” no. 23).

Bringing this to Your attention, I send You fraternal greetings and wishes of blessing.

Yours in the Lord,

Luis F. Ladaria, S.I.
Titular bishop of Thibica

Copied to:

His Most Reverend Eminence
Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki
Archbishop of Cologne

His Most Reverend Excellency
Felix Genn
Bishop of Münster

His Most Reverend Excellency
Karl-Heinz Wiesemann
Bishop of Speyer

His Most Reverend Excellency
Rudolf Voderholzer
Bishop of Regensburg

His Most Reverend Excellency
Gerhard Feige
Bishop of Magdeburg


Anonymous said...

I don’t trust this document for a second. Francis is furious that some bishops have stood against him so he will take the situation in his own hands and make intercommunion with anybody, not just Protestants, possible not just for Germany but the whole Church. Just wait. He has something up his sleeve. He will probably use the upcoming phony synod to issue some reversal of doctrine and practice because a bunch of kids who don’t believe in the Faith said that’s what they want. I don’t trust anything coming from the Vatican while that guy is alive.

Marc said...

Even if this document resolves the issue in a way that favors Catholic teaching, which is debatable in that it seems to resolve nothing at all, it is important to keep in mind that, in saner times, bishops calling for inter-communion with Protestants would've been suspected of heresy and called to account for it.

It is also important to keep in mind that it is the new ecclessiology of Vatican II and its practical outgrowth in the new Code of Canon Law that allow this issue to exist in the first place. There is a fundamental problem with the new ecclessiology, and the German bishops are merely taking it to its logical conclusion. And the new Code of Canon Law allows them to do it.

Furthermore, since the purveyors of Vatican II and the new Code are now canonized, the German bishops can be emboldened in their errant decisions. It is important to recognize there are multiple levels of machinations going on to prop up this revolution and to make it unassailable in the future.

Anonymous said...

Toxic cynicism...

Marc said...

"Toxic cynicism..."

That's a good point. How cynical are these German bishops that don't think the truth of the Catholic faith and converting grace of the Holy Ghost have the power to convert the Protestants!

Anonymous said...

The toxic cynicism is in the Anonymous post of 7:38 a.m. and your post of 9:14 a.m.