Sunday, February 02, 2014

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Cardinal blocks visit of Pope

The script was ready, the security was arranged and money
was not the problem. Pope Francis had actually only had to say when he would
come to Amsterdam. "Invite me out”, the Pope said last autumn l during a
private audience with Bishop Jos Point Haarlem - Amsterdam.

However, that invitation never followed. A visit of the Pope
to the Netherlands was stopped by Cardinal Wim Eijk. Sources close to the Dutch
Bishops' Conference confirm this. The Cardinal feared a lack of enthusiasm for
the Pope among the Dutch public.

On the autumn of 2013, Bishop Point presented his fellow
bishops detailed plans for a one-day Papal visit to Amsterdam. This was to include
in the programme a service at the Amsterdam Arena. In the Conference of Bishops'
meeting last month, Cardinal Eijk said however: "The Holy Father and I
have decided that it cannot go forward." The spokeswoman for the bishops'
conference confirms this state of affairs.

In the middle of "spiritual periphery”

Bishop Punt is "surprised and disappointed" about
the ricochet of the Pope's visit, says Eric Fennis general secretary of the
Diocese of Haarlem - Amsterdam. "From the entourage of Pope Francis, there
were clear signs that there were opportunities". The Pope would even find Amsterdam
to be a very suitable destination being the middle of the "spiritual
periphery”. During the visit in 1985 of Pope John Paul II to Netherlands
Amsterdam was just aware about beaten.

When Cardinal Eijk mid last month in Rome paid a personal
visit to Pope Francis, they would have decided that a Papal visit to the
Netherlands was not feasible. However, insiders have told this newspaper that a
visit to Amsterdam was never discussed by Eijk and the pope. The spokesman for
the Cardinal cannot say what has been or is discussed, because it is

Keep trying
Bishop Punt of Haarlem - Amsterdam suffers another defeat on
this matter. In 2001 he tried in vain to get Pope John Paul II to come to the Netherlands.
 General Secretary, Fennis says: "The
Pope then reacted positively, but of course he was already old and in poor

Now that a visit by Francis does not go through, Bishop Punt
is by no means discouraged, says Fennis.  "It is in the nature of the bishop to
keep trying. When he returns to Rome, he will let the Pope know how enthusiastically
friend and foe has reacted to the mere rumour of a visit."


Archbishop Müller attempts to head off Pope on church reform

The Prefect of the Vatican Congregation , the German Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, has warned the local churches of taking special regional paths. The "separatist tendencies" of national episcopal conferences could harm the church, Müller writes in an article for the Vatican newspaper "Osservatore Romano" (published this Friday). Individual conferences could never write arbitrary statements, which relativized the "definitive dogmas" of the Church or her sacramental structures.

The Prefect, who will receive the dignity of Cardinal in February, warned of a " power struggle " between the centralist and particularist forces in the Catholic Church . "At the end, only a secularized and politicized church would remain, which would only be slightly different from a non-governmental organization. "

In this context, the Head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith criticized "superficial interpretations " of the doctrinal document,  "Evangelii gaudium" of Pope Francis. Their supporters felt themselves able to see in Pope Francis a revolution in the relationship between the Pope and the bishops of the universal Church . In fact, according to Müller's words, the Pope only has reaffirmed the results of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) on the collegiality between the two. The Pope and Bishop of Rome , according to Müller, is more than the " honorary president " of a worldwide association.

Elements such as language, culture and nation, according to Müller, although they are means to spread the church's message, could never constitute the Church herself. This consists of the community of all the local churches .

Cathcon:  The head of the CDF has become emboldened by his Cardinal's hat.  The Pope has spoken warmly of giving more disciplinary power to Bishops' Conference to stem the flow of dilations to Rome of teaching from erroneous theologians.  This statement is indicative of an enormous power struggle going on at the top as those who were at seminary in the 60s attempt to preserve that "beautiful work of the Holy Spirit", the spirit of Vatican II.  This whole debate only arises because of the teaching on collegiality in chapter III of Lumen Gentium, which so concerned Pope Paul VI that he caused a corrective note to be inserted into the document.