Is Synodal Path in Germany a road to schism?
Crux has a very good article on the actual schism in Germany which makes Lefebrev’s movement look like child’s play. In Germany or the Germanic nations, we have cardinals and bishops, many priests and a goodly number of laity who are spinning off into schism.
But this caught my eye in the Crux article:
If you’re seeking power and influence, the last standing institution (in Germany) that is interesting for the people, it’s the Catholic Church,” Schnabel said. “Less than one percent of Protestants go to church in Germany. Being a Catholic is more attractive. What they dream about already exists, but they don’t want to join a sinking ship; they would rather try to change the course of a ship that is doing quite well in comparison.”
Father Nikodemus Schnabel, from the German Benedictine Monastery Dormitio in Jerusalem, said he is not truly afraid of schism, though he sees many in his country adopting an “I’m Catholic but” attitude.
He claimed that it’s often forbidden to argue that these “forward looking” ideas haven’t worked in other churches, despite this fact being an unavoidable elephant in the room: “We have the Protestant church, and it’s more catastrophic.”
You read that correctly! Only 1% of German Protestants go to church. Yet the schismatic Germans don’t want to be Lutheran which is the dead faith of progressives and the faith that is dead, they want to make what success the Catholic Church has with Mass attendance just like the dead progressive Lutheran Church.
IT IS ABSOLUTELY ABSURD!
Then, I was on a tweet by Rocco Palma reporting what the Cardinal Papal preacher said at the Lenten Retreat for Pope Francis and the Curia:
"Tradition is the living faith of the dead; traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.
Who is Cardinal Cantelemessa speaking of? Which nation in the world is so traditional that it is a dead nation? Or is he speaking of the growing SSPX? Or the growing FSSP or traditional Masses which are seeing increasing numbers especially with young people and young married couples with many, many children.
Just who is the Cardinal speaking about and why did he not say one negative word about the dead church in Europe which is far from tradition and traditionalism. Why did he not call out the German Church and how progressivism since Vatican II has destroyed religious orders, caused a decline in vocations to the priesthood and left Europe decimated? Why not a word of praise for the USA, especially in more traditional dioceses, seeing growth and in conservative Africa, Asia and South America?
IT IS ABSURD!
The problem in progressive Rome and progressive Catholic media is they suffer from some kind of mental illness. Theology can’t help that, only Sigmund Freud!