Friday, May 18, 2012

Cardinal Lehmann- for many means for all

KATH.NET - Katholischer Nachrichtendienst

The new translation of the words for the consecration of the chalice in the Mass ordered by the Pope according to the Mainz Cardinal Karl Lehmann changes nothing.

The biblical texts leave no doubt that Jesus died for the salvation of all people, Lehmann said on Friday at the Catholic Congress in Mannheim. According to the Pope, Benedict XVI the words "for many" Are merely a more accurate translation of the passages that describe Jesus' words at the Last Supper.

The assumption of many theologians, that Jesus used an Aramaic word that meant the "for all", have been put in question by recent research. In this respect the new translation, "for many" at this point is actually more accurate. This change does not alter the fact that in many other places Jesus is shown to have sacrificed himself for all. On the recent rapprochement between the Vatican and the tradtionalist SSPX, Lehmann noted not that this could lead to the Second Vatican Council (1962 - 1965 ) being put into question. In order to defend the council, one must fight for its benefits, Lehmann said to the applause of many in the audience. He made similar comments at the same time to several nationwide Catholic media outlets.
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