Monday, February 09, 2015

Cardinal questions, "Islam belongs to Germany"

Cardinal Karl Lehmann has taken up to a critical position on the formulation used by former Federal President Christian Wulff and more recently Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) "Islam belongs to Germany" (Cathcon- could also be “is a part of”- to avoid the idea of ownership which is present).

 In an article published on Tuesday for the newspaper of his Diocese of Mainz, "Faith and Life”, the Bishop speaks of a "slogan" that was "much too vague".
With good will one could discover what was meant by this "shortened phase," said the Cardinal who belongs to the liberal wing of the Catholic Church. Namely that Islam is among the major religions in Germany, "we meet all its members with respect and we have respect for its followers in the context of religious freedom."

At the same time, the Cardinal pointed out that Europe was deeply marked and sustained by "Judaism-Christianity in many spiritual and social entities. In this respect, a simple equation of the association of Islam is historically and in view of the current intellectual and social situation inadequate "and even wrong".
However, this is not an impediment to "a national right of Muslims in Germany and of the existence and activities of Islam with us already offered by the religious freedom ".

Expressly Lehmann warns, the slogan "Islam is
part of Germany" should never be used to construct a concept of an enemy.
Instead, this phase must encourage us to get to know each other better. "This
is lacking," said the Cardinal," not only for Muslims but also for us
Germans and Europeans." Enlightenment is an urgent necessity, even if it
alone will not bring healing.



Those who oppose the Pope


Cardinal Burke enters the resistance

The American Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke does not give into
the changes in the Vatican since the advent of Pope Francis. Dismissed at the
end of 2013 from the Congregation for Bishops, the equivalent of a ministry in
the Catholic Church, Cardinal Burke has not departed from a holy zeal.
Raymond Burke has lost much on the day in February 2013 when
Benedict XVI decided to give up his office. It must be said that this canon
lawyer owes much to him in his ascent to the highest offices of the Roman
Catholic Church. But more importantly, the two prelates were on the same line
of conservative thought. "This is a teacher of the faith," the
Cardinal likes to say in French, who today resembles a bit an orphan.

The advent of Pope Francis in March 2013 for Cardinal Burke
sounded the end of an era of certainty and defence of an institution which
suffers from a transparency deficit. Francis' positions on the family,
homosexuals, careerism of the "princes of the Church," the Vatican
bank's practices, agitate therefore all that the Vatican count as ultraconservatives
who see it as a threat to doctrine. .

Against nature

Dismissed in the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal
Burke loses a decisive power: the power to appoint bishops who are in line with
his conception of the Church. In his place, the Pope appointed a bishop, an American
like him, but much more moderate. Francis thus indicated his willingness to
favour the priests who are “close to the people” rather than “ambitious”, was
not an announcement made just for effect.

Since the Pope did not slow his march toward change,
the more conservative cardinals have become organized. In an interview
broadcast this Feb. 8 by France 2, Cardinal Burke states frankly all that is
upsetting them. "I do not accept that we give Communion to unmarried
couples before the Church. Because their irregular union is adultery, "he
says."As for homosexuals, he says, they have nothing to do with marriage.
It's a pain to be attracted to someone of the same sex. It is against nature,
"Cardinal digs in.

His comments come in response to those of the Pope, who when
speaking of homosexuals, said: "If a person is gay, they sought the Lord
and they are of good will, who am I to judge?". The interview was filmed
in the library of Cardinal, who for the occasion, is dressed in a fashion that
cannot be more traditional-  black
cassock, black cape trimmed in purple cap and red taffeta silk sash, a large
gold cross hanging from a chain,.

The forces of evil

When the France 2 reporter asks what he will do if the Pope
continues in this direction, the Cardinal unapologetically and Italian replied:
"I will resist. I cannot do anything else. Then he resumed, "there is
a malaise that is unmistakable." "It is painful, it is
worrying," the prelate continues. "But I have to get used to the new
Pope, ' he says in conclusion.

Someone that was until 2014 the head (governor) of the
Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the largest jurisdiction of the
Holy See, masters better than anyone the art of dialectic. Thus, when asked if
he thinks the Church is threatened as an institution, Raymond Burke looks down
and replies: "The Lord has assured us, as he assured to St. Peter in the
Gospel that the forces of evil will not win." Obviously no one will know
who these forces of evil are and who embodies them...

1The camera then shifts to a statue of Christ before landing
on a portrait of Pope Francis before which stands the cardinal who checks his
pocket watch. "Is the Pope still your friend?," the journalist then worries.
 A solicitude which starts a smile from
Raymond Burke: "I do not want him to become my enemy," he said in a
half smile, while indicating that the interview is over.


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