SSPX urges immediate withdrawal of false doctrine publically proclaimed by Archbishop Zollitsch
On Holy Saturday, the Chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, Robert Zollitsch, on "Horizons" (HR, 11. 4. 2009) denied the expiatory nature of the suffering and death of Christ. God through the suffering of his son, only showed solidarity with humanity in order to stand by them them in suffering and death. Indeed Jesus had taken on the sins of the people. He had not atoned for them, but but only born them from a sense of togetherness out in order to come close. False, indeed heretical, is the denial of expiatory sacrifice required by the Father. This denial according to the clear teaching of the Church can be seen as heresy! The Archbishop is hereby urged to withdraw his false public statements.
The crucial passage in the interview reads:
"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?"
"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”.
Thereby the chairman of the German Bishops' Conference and Archbishop of Freiburg, Robert Zollitsch denies a dogma of the church. If he not withdraw this denial he runs the risk, according to canon law of formal heresy.
The doctrine of this church is clear:
The meretricious cause is the only begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ, "when we were enemies," [Rom 5.10], "because of the great love with which he loved us" [Eph 2,4], through his holy Suffering on the Wood of the Cross merited our justification [Ch. 10], and to God the Father, has made satisfaction for us (Council of Trent, DH 1529).
From Pius X. the decree "Lamentabili" the following sentence is condemned as modernism: "The doctrine of Christ’s expiatory death is no teaching of the Gospels, but only Pauline" (DH 3438).
The testimony of Scripture is inexhaustible. Here are just a selection:
"Now that we are justified by his blood ... we were reconciled by the death of his Son" (Rom 5.10).
"He has our sins in his body on the wood taken to Himself so that we, being dead to sin, are made righteous" (1 Pet 2.24).
"By his wounds have you been healed " (Is 53.6).
"This is my blood, shed for many for the forgiveness of sins" (Matt. 26.28).
To summarize, this can be said that Archbishop Zollitsch makes out of the expiatory sacrifice in reparation a " victim in solidarity " Christ suffers from a sense of community as therapeutic companion in our troubles, but not because the need of salvation from sin exists.
We therefore call on the Archbishop of Freiburg and chairman of the German Bishops' Conference to make an immediate retraction. This statement must be described as a heresy, and as setting aside the doctrine of the Catholic Church because from the mouth of a leading bishop it causes serious harm.
We hope that the clarification of this statement will occur publicly and in the next few days.