Saturday, June 9, 2018

DOES THE POPE REALIZE THAT WHEN YOU PULL OUT ONE THREAD OF CATHOLIC MORALITY ALL THE OTHERS BECOME UNRAVELED? AND HAS CARDINAL KASPER, WHOM POPE BENEDICT SIDELINED AS A CARDINAL, LOST FAVOR WITH THE POPE? IT IS ALL SO VERY PECULIAR AND POINTS TO A VATICAN IN A MESS

There is something in the German culture, perhaps a disorder in their genes, that has cause two world wars and now a segment of this superiority complex is trying to create one in the Church--in fact they have been doing so ever since Vatican II and German theologians like Kasper began to exert their superiority complex onto the Church universal.

This is an excerpt from CRUX which you can read in full HERE and we see that good old and aging Cardinal Kasper is trying to manipulate things again in his favor.

German bishops react to Vatican decision on communion for Protestants

German bishops react to Vatican decision on communion for Protestants
Cardinal Walter Kasper. )Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA.)

...On June 6, the Chairman of the Ecumenical Commission of the German Bishops’ Conference (DBK), Bishop Gerhard Feige of Magdeburg, published an editorial on katholisch.de, a DBK website, in which he expressed disappointment at the response from Rome, and sharply criticized the “moral double standards” of bishops raising concerns over the proposal to the Vatican while allowing Protestants to receive Communion in their own diocese for pastoral reasons.

The Bishop of Magdeburg drew a connection between allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive communion in some circumstances, which the German Bishops Conference, amongst others, introduced in guidelines issued in the wake of Amoris Laetitia.

“A similar conflict, on the grounds that this was a topic that ‘pertains to the faith of the Church and is of relevance to the universal Church’, could have been triggered by the wording of the German Bishops’ [Conference guidelines] on marriage and family ministry, given the statements about the possibility for individuals who remarried after a divorce to receive the sacraments. Why, then, has there been an escalation when it comes to interdenominational differences?”

One day after Feige’s remarks, Cardinal Walter Kasper also went public with an editorial published by the German bishops’ conference website.

After writing that he is “furious” that the letter to Marx apparently was leaked to the press before even reaching its destination, Kasper expressed “puzzlement” at “the impression that even those who should know better should claim that non-Catholic Christians are fundamentally excluded from communion, or that this should at least first be clarified by the Universal Church.”

Kasper, who is the emeritus Archbishop of Rottenburg-Stuttgart, also flatly rejected concerns that the German proposal constitutes a Sonderweg, i.e. a form of German exceptionalism.

Furthermore, Cardinal Kasper wrote that he is “all the more surprised” since in German dioceses “there already is a widespread practice of non-Catholic spouses, who consider themselves serious Christians, stepping up to [receive] Communion, without any bishops, who after all know of this practice, thus far voicing concerns.”

In his comments, Kasper also rejected concerns - raised by several other cardinals and bishops - that the German “pastoral handout” would constitute a normalization of Protestants receiving Holy Communion in general, explaining that proposal’s approach pertained to an “individual decision of conscience and pastoral counseling.”

8 comments:

Henry said...

I suspect it's naive to assume that the Holy See's disapproval of the German bishops publication of an intercommunion policy was based on some newly found concern for the integrity of the Blessed Sacrament.

After all, the practice apparently is already widespread in Germany, approved by a blind eye by their bishops and no objections from Rome. It appears the problem is not the practice itself, but the public statement of its approval.

Ab. Ladaria's statement--that "this question has effects on ecumenical relations with other Churches and other ecclesial communities that are not to be underestimated"--may be a key.

Any stated policy of intercommunion with Protestants would close the door to any possibility of progress toward reunion with the Orthodox. The Russian Orthodox, in particular, are so hard core on communion that--at least in some parishes I've heard of--allegedly one cannot receive communion on Sunday unless the priest personally recognizes him as a Russian Orthodox in good standing who attended Vespers and went to confession the previous evening.

Though it's hard to see how such a requirement could be enforced in larger parishes. Except on a voluntary basis. Just as in the pre-Vatican II Catholic the policy of "no communion except in a state of grace" required no enforcement. Because no Catholic--whether good, bad, or indifferent--would have even considered going to communion without confidence in his state of grace, ordinarily on the basis of very recent confession. Since even the least pious Catholic knew (and accepted) that sacriligeous reception of communion was a certain ticket to hell if he died unshriven.

Dan said...

"Furthermore, Cardinal Kasper wrote that he is “all the more surprised” since in German dioceses “there already is a widespread practice of non-Catholic spouses, who consider themselves serious Christians, stepping up to [receive] Communion, without any bishops, who after all know of this practice, thus far voicing concerns.”"

Gosh, it'd be nice if a pope would step in and put a stop to practices that the Catholic Church used to condemn.

Anonymous said...

The vast majority of German bishops don’t care about the Church or God. They care about the Church tax they receive. There is no faith left in Germany and the bishops are just trying to keep what’s left of people who identify as Catholic in Germany and still pay the tax. Those “Catholics” long ago abandoned the truths of the Faith and like the church in America are basically protestant. So to keep them happy and to keep the money rolling in the Germans will back anything under the sun to keep them happy. And without a doubt Francis will reverse course and grant all their wishes because cash is king......not Christ....to that bunch.

George said...


"His mother kept all these things in her heart"

Amongst all the feasts of the Virgin Mary that of her heart is like the heart and queen of all the rest because the heart is the seat of love and charity. What is the subject matter of this particular solemnity? It is the heart of the well-beloved, only Daughter of the eternal Father, the heart of the Mother of God, the heart of the Bride of the Holy Spirit, the heart of the best of Mothers to all the faithful. It is a heart wholly on fire with love for God and aflame with charity towards us.

Saint John Eudes (1601-1680), priest, preacher, founder of religious institutes
The wondrous Heart, Book 9, ch. 4

George said...

The Immaculate Heart of Mary- July 9th

The Heart of Mary is the center and source of her love for God. The Blessed Virgin was, by the grace and gift of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, conceived undefiled by sin. More than that, in being "highly favored" by God, she was gifted with a fullness of grace above that of any other creature. From her Immaculate Heart springs a purity and depth of love for God that surpasses that which can come from any other being. St. Augustine said that “Mary first conceived in her heart by faith and then in Her womb” ( Sermon 293). Just as Mary was Immaculate in her womb where the Son of God was conceived, so it is right and proper that her heart where Christ was first conceived is referred to as the Immaculate Heart. The overflowing fullness and purity of Love for God which pours forth form the Immaculate Heart is available to make up for what is lacking in our own response to Divine Love. With her love for the Divine Trinity, Mary brings her maternal solicitude and compassion to God on our behalf.

The heart of the Blessed Virgin, due to her special and unique relationship with God, is united in a special and profound way with that of the Divine Trinity. I speak here of the heart which is more than just a physical organ but is also the spiritual heart of the soul which corresponds with and responds to that grace which is the presence of God within it. Mary being “full of grace” signifies to us that there is a more complete presence of the Holy Spirit within her, above that of even the saints. There exists a unique spiritual relationship between her and God which is superior to and transcends that of any other creature, even the most holy.
Man, as scripture says, is “made in the image and likeness of God”. Mary is the pinnacle and ultimate example and reality of that image.

The Blessed Virgin is the Mystical Splendor of the Celestial and Earthly Realms, a Heart of Love unsurpassed by any creature,a Heavenly Channel of Divine Grace, a Holy Fountain of God's Blessing, a brilliant Conveyance of Divine Light, a Supernal Model of Holy Virtue, the Exemplar in serving the Divine Will, a Paragon of Holy Wisdom, and the Treasure of God's Creation.


rcg said...

Kasper does not sound all that smart. Maybe he is getting senile. Even if his logic is intended to be self-serving it is pretty lame.

Gene said...

All of this nonsense and political bickering has no place among God's people. I get pretty disgusted listening to it. I am always put in mind of Amos when I hear it and wonder about God's view of it: "Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever flowing stream." (Amos 5: 23-24) Justice, in this instance, is the Word of God...righteousness, our wills in harmony with His. The Church is wandering...

Joe Potillor said...

"The Russian Orthodox, in particular, are so hard core on communion that--at least in some parishes I've heard of--allegedly one cannot receive communion on Sunday unless the priest personally recognizes him as a Russian Orthodox in good standing who attended Vespers and went to confession the previous evening.

The canon is that confession has to be recent, It is this way at my parish. As long as you've gone to confession recently, or inform the priest who you are, and you get the blessing to receive Communion it's not that big of a deal.