Friday, January 30, 2009

15 theologians re-excommunicate Bishop Williamson

Tübinger Theologen klagen an- Tubingen theologians accuse.

Fifteen theology professors from Tubingen have criticized the lifting of the excommunication of the bishops of the Piusbruderschaft by Pope Benedict XVI. The action constitutes "a nuisance and a heavy burden" on not only their work, but also the work of many priests, pastoral staff, teachers and religious teachers, the Catholic theologians write in a joint statement. They fear that lifting the excommunication of the bishops has highlighted a turning point in post-Conciliar ecclesiastical history . Whoever strives on the basis of the Second Vatican Council for a church and a theology "in an open dialogue with the world and the religions, especially Judaism, are" feels that they have received a punch to the head. We respect the efforts of the Pope for the unity of the Church. Nevertheless, there is now in the Catholic Church bishops who reject "freedom of religion and conscience”, show an openness to an anti-ecumenical understanding, representing a clerical image of the Church within which the common priesthood of all believers has little meaning, and who "deliberately underestimate" the “Conciliar Church”. One of these bishops also denies the full extent of the Shoah and displays an anti-Semitic thinking. He stands thereby, as before, outside the communion of the church. The statement is signed by Urs Baumann, Albert Biesinger, Franz-Josef Bormann, Thomas Freyer, Ottmar Fuchs, Norbert Greinacher, Bernd Jochen Hilberath, Andreas Holzem, Joachim Kohler, Karl-Josef Kuschel, Dietmar Mieth, Andreas Odenthal, Richard Puza, Hans Reinhard Seeliger and Michael Theobald.
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