Some would call this heresy with a smiling face.
For the Chairman of the German Bishops' Conference who has fallen away from the Catholic Faith, the crucifixion of Christ is just a psychological support in suffering. On Holy Saturday, the Archbishop of Freiburg and head of the German Bishops Conference, Msgr. Robert Zollitsch, denied the Expiatory Death of Christ.
Archbishop Zollitsch said this in an interview with Meinhard Schmidt-Degenhard on the program "Horizente" of the German TV station 'Hessischer Rundfunk',
Christ "did not die for the sins of the people because God needed a sacrificial offering, like a scapegoat" - said the archbishop.
The Saviour had simply expressed "solidarity" with the suffering of the people even to death
He had shown that even suffering and pain were taken up by God. According to Mons. Zollitsch "that is this great perspective, this tremendous solidarity," that he went so far that he suffered all "with" me.
Schmidt-Degenhard added after this: "You would now no longer describe it in such a way that God gave his own son, because we humans were so sinful? You would no longer describe it like this? "
Archbishop Zollitsch confirmed his fall from the Catholic faith with a clear "no":
"God had given his own son in solidarity with us unto this last death agony and to show: so much are you worth to me, I go with you, and I am totally with you in every situation."
Finally, the archbishop said one’s own sins were responsible that Christ "has become so involved with me". (Cathcon- he seems to row back a tiny way here, but nothing like as far as his original denial went).
"He has become involved with me out of solidarity – from free will."
Christ had "taken up what I have been blamed for, including the evil that I have caused, and also to take it back into the world of God and hence to show me the way out of sin, guilt and from death to life."
The Archbishop denies the pastoral council
The video on the website 'gloria.tv' caused such outrage that nearly seventy reader comments on the statements of the Archbishop were made
They call on Msgr. Zollitsch to finally recognise the Second Vatican Council.
The Pastoral Council says - in line with the twenty preceding Dogmatic Councils - in several documents, that Christ made atonement for the sins of the people.
The reader "Gregor" wrote in the comment part of 'gloria.tv' that the bishops call on the SSPX to fully recognise the Second Vatican Council:
"At the same time, however, the chairman of the German Bishops Conference, himself one of the loudest anti-SSPX bawlers, denies in front of running TV cameras a fundamental truth of faith."
A priest with the username 'Poldi' said that his "sermons of the past Holy Week, would have to be all chased through the shredder."
Reader Catharina finds the statements "essentially more scandalous" than the statements by SSPX Bishop Richard Williamson.
Reader Sonnengesang rejoices that in one week Pentecost arrives and the Holy Spirit comes.
Readers' Quis ut Deus brings the matter sharply to the point:
"This bishop is unfortunately fallen ... we pray for him!"