Friday, December 15, 2017

Cardinal attacks anonymous book on the Pope

Cardinal Marx: No intrigues against the pope in the Vatican

The Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx has put into perspective reports of alleged persistent criticism of Pope Francis . He could "not identify a weakness of authority" and also not recognise "that a group of curial officials in the back room plots the downfall of the Pope," said Marx at his traditional year-end meeting on Friday in the Munich Press Club. "The Pope is one who governs, that does not please everyone," added the Chairman of the German Bishops' Conference. In particular, "some of the very conservative circles" do not want to accept that.

Marx said he did not want to deal in conspiracy theories, but one would have to ask the question of who has an interest in damaging the Pope. He was in favour of an open discussion, but "anonymous books do not help". He was also worried that the criticism of Francis was in part "very much geared to the reputation of the person". He has said to the Pope, "You know that 90 percent of the people of God are behind you." Francis gives him, Marx, the impression of a "free man who goes on his own path unerringly".

About the Pope, "it's not just about style issues," the cardinal affirmed, "but also a new way of looking at things, without any theological break." Francis also, in the fifth year of his pontificate, in observed worldwide. People were interested in what he said, "even in subordinate clauses and small interviews." For him, Marx, it continues to be "a great pleasure to work for this pope". As a member of the nine-member Cardinals commission, the Munich archbishop is one of the closest co-workers of the church leader. "


Simply untrue.  For if it were true, Catholicism simply would not continue to exist.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Theologian: half of all the words of Jesus translated incorrectly

Have half of Jesus' words in the Bible been translated incorrectly or even deliberately falsified? This view is taken by theologian Franz Alt. Margot Käßmann also speaks in the Lord's Prayer debate.

In the debate about the formulation of the Lord's Prayer initiated by Pope Francis, the theologian Franz Alt spoke of a "spiritual revolution".

"What the Pope has said now is nothing less than a spiritual revolution," Alt told Bild am Sonntag. He was convinced that "half of Jesus' words, as they are in our Bibles, are incorrectly translated or even deliberate forgeries." It helps to clarify how the New Testament came to be. And, "The Bible is a human word about the experience of God," Alt said.

With a statement on the Lord's Prayer Pope Francis had caused in some cases substantial discussions in Europe. The last request - "do not lead us into temptation" - is "not a good translation," said Francis recently in an interview with Italian TV2000. Not God, but Satan leads to temptation.

The debate was ignited by a new translation in France. Since the first Sunday of Advent, the French Catholics pray: "Let us not enter the temptation." The German version of 1971 was developed jointly by Catholics and Protestants.

Herr Alt with the Dalai Lama

Käßmann on the Protestant attitude

Also in "Bild am Sonntag", the Protestant theologian Margot Käßmann affirmed the attitude of her church. "I am in favour of leaving the Lord's Prayer as it is," writes Käßmann in the newspaper. "It really goes back to Jesus himself." She said, "When we start discussing changes, there are countless commissions, proposals, arguments." She called for "the one common prayer of Christendom to work".

Last week, the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD) declared on Facebook: "By the way, the new Luther Bible 2017 states (and we will stick to it): 'And do not lead us into temptation.'"

Cathcon: The Greek and Latin are quite clear, "Lead us not into temptation".  It is not possible to second guess a version before the Greek.   To seek any other translation is to imply the Church could and has deceived for centuries.  It also clearly puts anything known about Jesus at an almost complete discount.  Different people then would also have different views on what is genuine and what is not.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Catholic Church becomes tennis court

Serve to Paul: Church becomes tennis court
Whether St. Paul enjoyed ball games is not known. The famous scenes from the life of the Prince of the Apostles can be seen in the Church of San Paolo Converso - on the tennis court.

Playing tennis in a former church: this is now possible at San Paolo Converso in Milan. The American artist, Asad Raza converted the Baroque building, which has housed an architect's office since 2014, into a fully functioning tennis court. Where once the worshipers followed the Mass, a red court with net has been constructed The scenery is made up of magnificent frescoes from the life of the Apostle Paul from baptism to martyrdom. Equipment and teachers are provided to the players for free.

The interactive artwork of Raza is titled "Untitled (Plot for Dialogue)". For Raza, the game is a method to "transform excess energy into symbolic, but harmless practices," says the explanation of the artwork. As a result of playing tennis, visitors to the artwork would become more than mere spectators. The sacral building of "the converted Paul" dating back to the 16th century was secularised by Napoleon in 1808 and since then no longer has been used as a church.


From another site

"The goal is to subvert the logic of communication typical of the religious context, replacing a authoritarian one-way message, a recreational and exchange activity. 

Sport, in the imagination of the artist, is a metaphor of the importance of unproductive activities that are out of control of work-centered social logics"

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Cardinal Sarah stands firm against the Pope

Cardinal Sarah does not respond to the Pope's request

No denial in sight

It has never happened before. Francis had publicly corrected the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. In a letter to him the Pope contradicts him and demands a reply. But he is silent.

In a theological debate initiated by him Curial Cardinal Robert Sarah has not responded to a request by Pope Francis for a denial so far. It deals with the question of who has the last word in liturgical translations in the respective national language. According to research by the Catholic News Agency (KNA), Sarah by Tuesday apparently did not respond to a request from the Pope to publicize his response to statements by the Cardinal on the Internet. The cardinal from Guinea leads the Congregation for Divine Worship in the Vatican.

Canon 838 of the canon law specified

Francis had specified in his decree "Magnum Principium" Canon 838 of the canon law. For the translation of liturgical texts, therefore, it is above all the national episcopal conferences that are responsible. They should only confirm these with Rome. So if there is there a concern about the change, no alternative translations should be written.

Sarah, however, sees the final decision still with Congregation for Divine Worship. At least that is the result of a post that Sarah let be published on the French Internet portal, L'Homme Nouveau. Several other portals took over this text or quoted excerpts from it.

Letter to the Cardinal
Francis then addressed a letter to the Cardinal questioning Sarah's authorship, but at the same time urging him to promote the dissemination of "this, my answer" on the relevant websites, as well as to all episcopal conferences and members and advisers of his Dicastery".

As confirmed by L'Homme Nouveau editor-in-chief, Philippe Maxence on request, the text was written by Sarah himself. So far, the Cardinal has also made no denial. Also, no request was made to the editors to publish a reply from the Pope. "If I had received something like that, then I would have published it," says Maxence. The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has not yet commented.


Friday, November 10, 2017

Cardinal wants debate on ordination of married men....and more

Marx for debate on ordination of "viri probati"
Even Pope Francis is already talking about it: Cardinal Reinhard Marx wants a broad debate on the ordination of married men. In this context, then another topic would be on the agenda.

The chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, considers a discussion about new approaches to the priesthood legitimate. So the opportunity to ordain proven married men (viri probati) to priests, should be thoroughly thought out and discussed "over the whole range" of the problem, said Marx on Friday evening in Munich at the autumn assembly of the Regional Committee of Catholics in Bavaria.

In a keynote speech, the Viennese pastoral theologian, Paul Zulehner expressed his conviction that Pope Francis will allow new forms of the priesthood. "We'll live to see it if no one shoots or poisons the pope." At the same time, the theologian called on Catholics to "step on the feet" of their bishops. It is "wrong to subordinate the celebration of the Eucharist to the celibacy of priests".

"No movement" in women's issue
Marx further explained that Pope Francis would talk to advisors about the ordination of married people. But it is not that there is a direct impulse from Rome to tackle the issue now. Therefore, he could "promise nothing" in this regard. The cardinal pointed out that in this context the women's question would come onto the table. But he sees "no movement". He had not heard so far from the Pope's commission of inquiry into female deacons.

At the same time Marx affirmed experiments with new forms of church leadership. These would not only take place in his Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. But such models should not be tried oout without or against the priest. Nor does he think anything of priestless parishes, said the Cardinal. "Eucharists must be celebrated." In addition, no quality reductions should be accepted in ecclesiastical actions. "Where we act, it must be good." Those who only occasionally came into contact with the church expected that.


Cardinal Müller criticizes Papal decision

Pope Francis wants to give the episcopal conferences more authority over liturgical translations. He receives criticism from one of his former closest associates, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller.

Curial Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller opposes greater powers of the Episcopal Conferences in liturgical matters. In a recent interview, he has criticised the Pope's decision to give more freedom to the national episcopal conferences in translating liturgical texts. The liturgy cannot and should not separate, said the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the Passauer Neuen Presse on Thursday. Thus, in the translation, attention must be paid to accuracy and fidelity of the content as well as to the actual implementation within the spirit and culture of the target language. "The last authority in the case of doubt" could therefore not lie with the episcopal conferences, emphasises Müller.

The Cardinal pointed to several experiences that translators relied by the Bishops often diluted the biblical texts on the pretext of better comprehensibility. If the powers of the Episcopal Conferences were now increased, it was to be feared that the unity of the Catholic Church would be destroyed in faith, confession and prayer, Müller said. Muller cites "highly demanding teachings" such as the vicarious atoning death of Jesus, the birth of Jesus from the Virgin Mary, the physical resurrection of Jesus or the gift of his true flesh and blood under the species of bread and wine. In some countries, these and other truths have already broken down into ethical appeals and thus been stripped of their Catholic salvific reality.

The background to the discussion is a dispute between Francis and Cardinal Robert Sarah, head of the Congregation for the Liturgy. Francis wants to strengthen the Episcopal Conferences with the Pope's decree, "Magnum principium" ("The Important Principle"), giving them more responsibility in translating liturgical texts.

Francis does not shake faith
In the same interview Müller defended Pope Francis from heresy charges . "There can only be a question of heresy if a Catholic persistently denies a revealed truth of faith that the Church has made binding," said the Cardinal. For popes and bishops, this would be the case if they presented to the faithful a doctrine with the highest authority which contradicted the Word of God in Scripture, the Apostolic Tradition, and the dogmatic decisions of ecumenical councils so far. This is undoubtedly not the case in the few controversial passages of the Papal letter "Amoris laetitia", stressed Müller.

Francis never wanted to shake the foundations of the Catholic faith or modernise the teaching of Christ as if it were outdated, the Cardinal said. Rather, it is about how to help in a pastoral way people in very difficult marital and often tragic family circumstances. At the end of this, the full reconciliation with God and the Church in the sacrament of penance and then participation in communion could also take place.

When asked about his own future, Müller said that he hopes to continue to serve the church in word and deed as well as witness and prayer with God's help. When asked if he would stay in Rome, he replied, "Man thinks, God is guiding." But a cardinal who is not yet emeritus or who does not lead a bishopric as a local bishop or otherwise exercises an office in the universal church, has a duty of residence in Rome. This is because he belongs to the closest advisory body of the Pope. In July, Francis had not extended term of office of Muller, who had led the Congregation of the Faith for five years.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Leading Catholic claims Pope Francis has "Lutheran qualities"

Thierse: Pope Francis has "Lutheran qualities"
Cardinal Marx and Provincial Bishop Bedford-Strohm appear to be "like twins". Pope Francis has "Lutheran qualities". "So why is ecumenism not going any further?" asks Wolfgang Thierse.

Former President of the German Parliament, Wolfgang Thierse (SPD) called on the two major churches to become more ecumenical active. In his speech to the central Reformation commemoration ceremony in the Rhineland-Palatinatem Thierse said in spite of all the happiness he was"dissatisfied". The talk of the "reconciled diversity" of the denominations is not enough, it stands only "for the administration of the difference". Catholics should seize the opportunity to have a head of church "with quite Lutheran qualities" with Pope Francis. The future of ecumenism is a matter for every single Christian.
Herr Thierse is a Catholic

At the same time, Thierse emphasized that Catholics and Protestants are now as close to one another as ever. The bosses of the two big churches in Germany, Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm and Cardinal Reinhard Marx, were "twins" and one could have the impression that nothing could separate them. This was amazing considering the "history of demarcation".

Catholics were called "wrong"
Thierse was satisfied that in the course of the Reformation commemoration that the Protestant church was no longer built up as a church of freedom against the Catholic Church. It was good that this had not been said.

Thierse spoke in the Holy Trinity Church in Speyer. For his speech in the fully occupied church, he received long-lasting applause. The ceremony and the service before that were broadcast live in the SWR. In a personal address, the Catholic also described his growing up in a strongly Protestant environment in Thuringia. He had experienced strong contrasts and the Catholics were described as "wrong""


Luther nearing Hell

Monday, October 30, 2017

St Peter's (Mönchengladbach!) becomes a climbing arena


The destruction of the image of St Peter could not be more symbolic of the secularism and decay which is overtaking the modern Church in the West.

"Evil Inside" Techno-Liturgical Experiment


The liturgical experiment in Suite 15 was successful. Around 100 mainly young guests enthusiastically took up the alternative service in the discotheque. Under the name "Evil Inside", the Kolping Youth and the Association of German Catholic Youth (BDKJ) had invited people to a devotional hour on St. Peters Way. 

Poverty, hunger, war, flight and expulsion - all these were addressed by the Kolping diocesan chaplain, Stefan Wissel on Saturday evening in that "Techno worship", which was understood by his visitors as an appeal to humanity. Among other things, Wissel picked up on the biblical theme of fratricide and asked whether evil in man is also slumbering. "Man stifles by his own indifference and oblivion," he denounced in his sermon. Wissel critically considered border closure within Europe and the increasingly hostile attitude towards refugees. "Lonely and abandoned", they have to endure at the borders of Europe.

 The "Techno worship" in the Suite 15 on Saturday evening took up issues such as war, flight and expulsion. The dancers of the Hoffmann ballet school realized this content artistically "What is really important to us in life?" Wissel asked. To grieve once collectively - and "continue as before?". In the end, according to his conclusion, each person contributes with his personal decision to the big picture. "You co-create good in the world or build your end in indifference and selfishness. You decide." 

 The techno service was accompanied by dancing performances by the ballet school Hoffmann. The young actors entered the stage wearing worn clothes and depicting those who fled the war and had to leave everything behind. Covered in blood and bullet holes in their T-shirts, they wandered around - not knowing where to go. "It was a great challenge for us to portray this," said trainer Bettina Hoffmann in an interview with our newspaper. In order to plan the choreography, she had been given insight into the pictures, which were then presented on the big screen during the service. So, she adapted her stage program to the scenario of war, violence and expulsion, to implement the subject in an artistic way. 

 In the opinion of the visitors, this was just as successful as the worship itself. "I'll go there more often," said 18-year-old Patrick Willner from Kelheim. "The choreography is well done and appeals to young people like me. The service is just different. " Kerstin Dietzinger from the Kolping Diocesan Youth sees this similarly. At the end of the devotional evening, she was "torn" by the images, scenes and words that accompanied the service. Furthermore, she thinks it's great that the service took place where the "life-world of young people" takes place. And even the music selection, which included even Metal and Industrial music, was the evening justice. 

 With the “Our Father" and the blessing Wissel concluded the extraordinary event.

Cathcon: the chaplain appeals to Pope Francis saying that people should be met where they are......this just leaves them where they are!

"Mysticism, drama and cult music will be experimented with. Although the spoken word is not the main element as in traditional worship, it will still be a part of the sermon. Wissel sees it as an "attempt to go to the edges with liturgy" and reach out to people - especially the youth. He cites Pope Francis in a similar way, who demands that exactly those people at the margins of the church should say how they should be and how they should change. For he too does not shy away from the fact that in the meantime it would only be a "residual church".

  Source- which was an announcement of the event now taken place.

The priest subsequently resigned from Kolping for unclear, personal reasons....

Cardinal Müller comes out strongly for "Amoris laetitia"

Cardinal Müller defends "Amoris laetitia"
Only recently Cardinal Walter Brandmüller defended the "Dubia". Now, Cardinal Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller speaks out and supports the Papal letter, "Amoris laetitia".

Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller has defended the Papal letter, "Amoris laetitia" from criticism. Under certain conditions the reception of the Sacraments of Penance and Communion is possible, writes Müller in the preface for a book by the former Italian European minister, Rocco Buttiglione (Cathcon: he who thought female Cardinals were a good idea!. It needs discernment "beyond a slight adjustment to the relativistic spirit and a cold application of dogmatic rules and canonical provisions," said the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Buttiglione as well as Müller turn against conservative critics of the Pope, who accuse Francis of error in his letter, " Amoris laetitia " (2016) on marriage and family issues in their "fraternal correction" of heresies published in September. The volume "Well-intentioned answers to critics of 'Amoris laetitia'" appears in Italy on 10 November.

The dogmatic theologian, Müller points to situations in which an abandoned spouse has "no other way out than to trust a kind-hearted person". Moreover, a Catholic could come to the conclusion that their marriage, which was concluded in earlier years, was "not sacramentally valid" and that the new connection, especially when marked by children and a "cohabitation lived together over time", represents a genuine marriage before God,

It may also happen, according to Müller, that the invalidity of the former marriage cannot be proved by the church. Nevertheless, it is possible that the "tension between the public / objective status of the "second " marriage and the subjective guilt" opens a way to receive the Sacraments. This leads to the "pastoral distinction" in the non-public space.
God is particularly close to the man who is "on the road to repentance" and who "assumes responsibility for the children of a woman who is not his legitimate wife and who nevertheless does not fail to provide for her" , This also applies to someone who does not "make it through weakness and not out of stubborn resistance to grace" to "comply with all requirements of the moral law".

A "sinful action" would not be legitimate or even culpable. But their imputability as guilt can be diminished if the sinner appeals with humble heart to the mercy of God and asks, 'Lord, be merciful to me sinner,' "the Cardinal said.

However, a graduated application of the church law to a "concrete person in their existential living conditions" is not easy to implement in practice, emphasizes the cardinal. This is often not properly grasped in the consideration of the Papal letter, "Amoris laetitia". Also, Müller opposes that a stubborn sinner "wants to assert rights before God he does not have".


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Cardinal Brandmüller - long interview on impending Church crisis

Interview in leading German newspaper which appeared today

Cardinal, at the moment the waters are rising very high in the Catholic Church. The Pope is suspected by some of heresy and celebrated by others as a Lutheran reformer. The stumbling blocks are questions of sexual morality as addressed in the Papal letter, "Amoris laetitia" on marriage and family. The debate is held in a very fierce and fundamental manner around the world, since one bishop's conference is against the other, when it comes to the admission of remarried divorced to the sacraments. From a secular perspective, it is first of all interesting to see how in the 21st century one can still expect to standardize sexual life, provided the partners have reached agreement among themselves.

We should, I think, first ask this fundamental question: What is religion? What does a Catholic understand by religion? Religion in today's understanding is for many a merely psychological, socio-cultural phenomenon.

According to Catholic understanding, religion, however, is not a product of the human mind, nor is it an attempt to illuminate existence by means of philosophical reflection. Religion is the response of the human being to a call coming from outside. And thereby the question about God is put, accordingly the Creator, without which man would not exist. This God, according to the self-understanding of Christianity as a religion of revelation, has revealed himself to man. And indeed, by going himself along the plane in which people exist. According to a general Christian conviction, God became man in Jesus of Nazareth, entered history in order to meet man and to carry out his definite self-communication. The answer of man to this self-communication of the Creator is religion, which, of course, also influences the way of life.

But then the quarrel begins. God does not speak clearly, if one assumes his existence. Revelation has to do with interpretation as it is about language. Are there not different theological schools? In fact, the problem at issue here seems to go far beyond questions of sexual morality. Is it not the core question of the reasons why someone - an institution, a single person - can claim to be able to speak bindingly in the name of God? And could not it be that this age-old religious-critical question now also breaks out within the Papacy for the first time, which is why a letter like "Amoris laetitia" is deliberately kept blurred?

First of all, there is a natural law basis on which marriage, love, family can also be perceived.

The appeal to natural law, however, merely shifts the question: Who interprets it with what reasons?

The law of nature, to which Catholic dogmatic theology refers, sees marriage as a bond of life between man and woman with the aim of the spread of human life. This natural marriage is lifted by Christ into a supernatural, divine sphere and made a sacrament. Sacrament is an outward sign that is used by Christ to show and effect a grace in the soul of man. Sacraments effect what they express. According to this view of the Church, which cannot necessarily be shared by agnostics and atheists, but in this view marriage is no longer a matter only between man and woman and society, but a matter between man and woman and God, who gives them, as it were, the authority to continue his creation. The Apostle Paul says: Christian, sacramental marriage is a real reflection of the relationship between Christ and his Church. We proclaim here a message which surpasses human reason but does not contradict it.

As a poetic view of love, one would like to leave it like that. But as a normative presupposition, this view of life encounters harshly with that self-determined conception of gender relations as it prevails today. The love-relations have radically de-traditionalized. The cultural choices for the child, male partner or female partner, for hetero- or homosexual connections, are decoupled from biological prescriptions. Also, one can mutually agree on these matters. Is the loosening of sexual morality in the theological sign of mercy, as Francis evidently strives for it, not to lead the way, if the Church wants to have something to say to man in the future?

The Gospel of Jesus Christ opens horizons which, without which, what we call revelation, are initially inaccessible to natural reason. This means that a contradiction between Gospel and social plausibility cannot come as a surprise. Jesus himself speaks plain text in the context when he speaks unmistakably of the indissolubility of marriage and the reprehensibility of adultery. So, when I am Catholic, I move within this framework. It is a framework which takes into account the reality of the possible failure of a marriage and allows for the separation of the table and the bed in the event of the incompatibility of the spouses.

Going out to yes, once again marrying no? Is not that an exasperating conviction remote from life, which would be corrected by "Amoris laetitia", perhaps in theologically sloppy manner but none the less authoritatively?

As I said, Jesus himself speaks of the indissolubility of marriage and the reprehensibility of adultery. Though the possibility of failure has always been taken into account in the church framework. This has often happened, that one of the married partners turned out to be unbearable in the literal sense. But there is no possibility of remarriage. It did not exist in the whole of Christian history up to Luther.

The separation of table and bed reminds of the English aristocracy, where one always said in relation to the spouse: divorce never, murder at any time. When I get to know my neighbour in the stairwell and am no longer with my wife and am "separated from bed and table", but move to the neighbour - what is then happening?


And if I remain with the neighbour for the next ten years, without repentance, but with feelings of happiness?

Then this is a concubinage. Continued adultery.

How would that be placed in the hierarchy of the offence?

A serious sin.

But not comparable to remarriage?

No, because the concubinage is always solvable - also humanly, socially. You just go out and go somewhere else.

Does this position not seem quite formalistic to you? Nor does it seem to be compatible with a language of love.

Yes, but excuse me! Christianity, especially in its Catholic form, is an annoyance for the world. And Christ was and remains a challenge to the world. Christianity and the Church are not on the panting hunt for plausibility and applause. That will not do.

What then do you say to those who say: If we do not change now, then we are going to go down.

Oh, you mean the church is going down?

Well, here it is, to put it carefully, here and there the impression remains.

Excuse me, what does the Gospel stand for? The Gospel does not prognosticate a glorious triumph of faith and the Church, but the great fall. I need not to even open the Apocalypse of John, the four Gospels suffice. And the decisive factor is that the Church as such does not perish. "Fear not, little flock," says Christ, "for my Father hath promised to give you the kingdom." These are things which we must recognise and say with all clarity. And this constant cramping effort to cause no offence, in all things to be childish, is not compatible with the Gospel, with the existence of the Christian in this world. The cooling of love is discussed in the Gospel. Do we have a warming of love? We have such a coldness of love that we kill unborn children and the old, demented, sick people. Is that cooling of love? I think so. Today we are doing for what for years people have been sentenced to death.

Do you mean systematic euthanasia as well as the possible help in death from dementia?

Of course.

In your "Dubia," in which you with other cardinals have addressed your doubts to the, Pope, you refer to the encyclical "Veritatis splendor" of John Paul II and the doctrine of the "moral absolute". So, there are things that never depart, no matter how aggravating circumstances and good intentions may be. Among these, killing of innocent people, torture, or even adultery. Whether or not you are in the right or wrong about "Amoris laetitia" – your polite remarks to the Pope, your "Dubia" will appear to us unobjectionable. Instead of the requested clarification, however, there were threats and insinuations, your questions were referred to as Pharisaic questions. The chairman of the Central Committee of the German Catholics said that "it was a question of vile and shabby trick questions and traps".

We take it easy about that.

But you understand that the making public of the questions addressed to the Pope is questionable?

That may be, but the publication of the questions took place after a month of waiting for an answer, including an acknowledgement of receipt, which has never been done. And especially with regard to the fact that many believers had and have the same questions and are waiting for an answer. We, the Cardinals do not live outside the world. We have many connections. What do you think of the many phone calls, letters, queries we get? In these, among other things, it is also asked: Why do you not do anything, you cardinals? After all, we have taken an oath of office and are the official adviser to the Pope. We asked for audience and did not get an answer.

We see rightly that the dispute over "Amoris laetitia" is at the core of a footnote in which, according to your opinion, the transcendent doctrine is overridden by a loophole, inasmuch as the circumstances and intentions of an action entitle the taking of “so-called in themselves bad actions - killing innocent, torture, adulteration - to make a "under certain circumstances" action permitted?

The main point is footnote 352. And now I am being told that the entire moral theological tradition of the church can be overridden by a footnote. In doing so, one refers to the church fathers.

This reforming enterprise is not, in fact, inelegant. One leaves the traditional doctrine, and the Catechism truths unaffected, but loosens their commitment, their binding force. According to this, Cardinal Walter Kasper had hit the bull's eye when he said that nothing was changed by this letter, "Amoris laetitia," and yet everything has changed.

What you put there as instances does not effectively sting. It was based on a single author who, on his part, had worked not only sloppily but ideologically. And then I will be told that one is relying on the fathers. I say: That which does not exist. The whole is a dishonest story, which is manipulation of the sources. And, as a historian, one is particularly allergic to this. You should never do that.

Does the impression deceive or do you believe that the pontificate of Francis church-historically to be an episode that will be corrected by his successors?

The question, as you once said before, is: Is there a binding, obliging authority in religious questions? Such exist. When Jesus took leave of his disciples, he said, "I am with you every day, even to the end of the world, go and teach all nations. And then he says, "It is good for you that I go, for then the Spirit of truth can come, the Spirit who will lead you into all truth, which will always be with you. That is, the apostles are the authentic preachers of the Gospel of Christ. The Apostles' successors today are the Pope and the Bishops. So, there is an ecclesiastical teaching authority which proclaims bindingly in the authority of Jesus Christ, which is the gospel of Jesus Christ. This proclamation occurs in such a way that it is binding in conscience.

Because there is no room for discussion in the line of your presentation?

If I say "no" to the proclamation, I risk my eternal salvation, so it is a dogma. A dogma can be proclaimed in a certain form by a General Council or even by the pope alone under certain conditions. It is the dogma that marriage is a sacrament and consequently indissoluble. Do not forget that it was the Council of Trent (1546 to 1564), which, in the context of the marriage scandal of Henry VIII, and the “allowed" double marriage of Philip of Hesse, approved by Luther and Melanchthon, proclaimed the permanent doctrine of the Church as formal dogma,

What does that mean in concrete terms? And how important would a contradiction be in the concern for the afterlife?

That is to say, whoever asserts that one can enter into a new relationship during his lifetime of his lawfully married wife is excommunicated because this is an erroneous teaching, a heresy. Whoever claims it. And whoever does it, sins heavily. And then it comes to the situation whoever is aware of a serious sin - can only go to the Eucharist - if they have done penance before, has confessed, and has been absolved. If, then, one thinks to be able to contradict the defined dogma of a General Council, then that is already a serious matter. Just that is called heresy - and this means exclusion from the church - because of leaving the common ground of faith.

And who, even as a Pope, who simply considers the world of yesterday and says: I am a man of today?

Whoever thinks this has long been overtaken by the social, cultural development, takes their stand on classical modernism of 1900. They should do so quietly. It is not Catholic any more. These theological modernists - that is, modernists in the technical sense, not now in general - have done nothing other than to adopt Hegel and evolutionism. The evolutionist concept in theology means that man constantly develops upward, from one cultural level of consciousness to the next. And with him religion develops. So that tomorrow it may be true, that which was yesterday's mistake. And vice versa. The modernists, in the course of the twentieth century, have transferred these theories of development to theology. And we already have the unholy theological mess of today
The liberal Freiburg theology, Magnus Striet, wrote at the beginning of the year in the Herder Correspondence. "If it is presently heard that" Amoris laetitia "had not altered the doctrine of the Church, but only deepened understanding, it was already astonishing. One wants to please openly say that it is changed with this letter.

Of course, he is right. There are actually people who can still think. I have great concern that something explodes. The people are not stupid. The mere fact that a petition with 870,000 signatures to the Pope with the request for clarification, that fifty scholars of international rank remain without answer, raises questions indeed. This is really hard to understand.

In this connection, the critics point out that the Pope who behind the smiling façade is an authoritarian type, who has a dubious way of dealing with staff. He therefore exchanges theologically highly trained staff for less crafted people. This included a thorough direction of the Synod when the foundations for "Amoris laetitia" had been discussed in Rome, combined with Jesuit refinement. 

Yes, such criticism is being made to an increasing extent, even in Ross Douthat's articles in the New York Times. There are journalists who say that the atmosphere in the Vatican was totally transformed. One speaks only with the closest friends. When you are on the telephone, use the mobile phone. What can I say?

What do you think of the construction of the "emeritus pope", as Joseph Ratzinger claims?

The "Papa emeritus" as a figure does not exist in the entire church history. And that a Pope is now Such, and a two-thousand-year-old tradition is overthrown, that has not only made an impact on the Cardinal. I had guests on that Shrove Monday of 2013, an interesting table discussion. We were sitting at the aperitif and are waiting for the missing guest, as a journalist calls with the question: Have you heard it already? I even thought it was a Carnival joke.

Which of your doubts formulated in the "Dubia" -letter is the central one? How would you try to explain it to a layman?

First, "Dubia," that is, doubts, to address questions to the Pope, has always been a process to eliminate ambiguities. Completely normal. Then, to simplify the question, the question is: Can today be something good that was yesterday's sin? In addition, the question is asked whether there are actions which are always morally reprehensible, under all circumstances. For example, the killing of an innocent - or adultery? This is the end of it. If in fact the first question should be answered with yes and the second with no - then, then this would be heresy, and as a result schism. Division of the church.

Do you think a schism is actually conceivable?

May God prevent this.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Cardinal Brandmüller demands Pope answer Dubia

Cardinal Brandmüller defends "Dubia"

Last year, four cardinals had made public their criticism of the Pope with their "Dubia". For this they learned a great deal of counter-criticism. One of them now defends the requests to Francis.
The Four Dubia Cardinals- two now dead.

The German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller defended the "Dubia", which he co-wrote, to Pope Francis. He understood the criticism that had triggered the publication of the questions. But the step was "only taken after a waiting for an answer", he said in the interview of the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" (Saturday). "And especially with regard to the fact that many believers have had the same questions and are waiting for an answer," the Cardinal explained.

"What do you mean, what phone calls, letters, inquiries we get?", Brandmüller continued. "They also say," Why do you not do anything, you Cardinals ? "We finally made an oath of office and are by office advisers to the Pope." They had asked for an audience, but they also did not receive an answer on this, the 88-year-old said.

In the context of his view of liberal interpretations of the Papal letter, the Cardinal emphasised: "It is a dogma that marriage is a sacrament and therefore indissoluble." This means, "He who asserts that one can enter into a new marriage during his lifetime of his lawfully married wife is excommunicated, because this is an erroneous teaching, a heresy." Whosoever is aware of a serious sin such as adultery, can only go to the Eucharist if he has previously repented, confessed, and been forgiven.

He had "great concern that something would explode," said the former President of the Vatican Historical Commission. The fact that the requests of thousands of people remained unanswered, raised questions. "This is really hard to understand," the prelate said.

After all, the central question is: "Can something good if something was a sin yesterday?" In addition, the question is asked whether there really are acts that are "morally reprehensible" under all circumstances - such as the killing of an innocent or adultery. "If in fact the first question should be answered with yes and the second with no - then this would be heresy, and, as a result, schism, division of the church," said Brandmüller.

The Papal letter "Amoris laetitia" of 2016 is the reason for the "Dubia" (doubts). The Pope said that Catholics who had married again after a divorce could be admitted to the communion. The Cardinals Walter Brandmüller, Raymond Leo Burke and the now deceased Carlo Caffarra and Joachim Meisner first asked Francis personally, then in November last year publicly to clarify the interpretation and categorisation of "Amoris laetitia".


Friday, October 27, 2017

Cardinal: African priests should stay in Africa and not come to Europe

"Vatican: African priests should go into the slums.  A Curial Cardinal complains that many African priests would rather work in Europe than in the slums of their homeland. He calls on the clergy to have more missionary zeal.

The Vatican calls on African priests to be more willing to stay in their home country and not to go to Western countries. Many African priests wanted to work as missionaries in Europe and the US, but were not as willing to go to the poor regions of their own country or continent, said Cardinal Fernando Filoni during a visit to Uganda, as Radio Vatican reported on Thursday.

Filoni is the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the Vatican official responsible for the local Churches in Africa.
Filoni urged the African priests to visit the slums of the big cities. The Italian Curial Cardinal told priests, religious and priesthood candidates in the capital of Uganda, faith should be proclaimed not only within the church walls. What is needed is a genuine missionary zeal. The celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Archbishopric of Kampala is the occasion of Filoni's visit, which lasts until Sunday. "


See also Cardinal forced to apologise for remarks about Africans. The Cardinal does not seem to be aware of the great contribution Africans make to the Church at a time of acute crisis in the European Church (and beyond).

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Erotic Mass for Youth organised by Catholic Diocese of Würzburg

Bistum.TV der Diözese Würzburg - „Erotik-Messe“:

"On February 14th is Valentine's Day, the day for all lovers. In the Schweinfurt Youth church, this day is also marked by love. Yes, even in the Bible, it crackles. Eroticism in the Holy Scriptures? Answers to this question are available at the Erotic Mass."

The Erotic Mass took place on Sunday, February 14, 2016, in the Church of St. Kilian, Schweinfurt.
Note Blessed Sacrament reserved

See also "Erotic Church Service- More Sex for the Vicar"

German parents not allowed to call child Lucifer

Parents may not call a child Lucifer
The devil has many names - and one of them is Lucifer. A Kassel couple now wanted their son to be named in that way. The local court then intervened.
The Fall of Lucifer from Heaven

With the unusual name "Lucifer" for their child, parents in Kassel failed to the authorities. According to Matthias Grund of the District Court of Kassel on Wednesday, a city clerk had assumed that the first name could jeopardise the child's welfare. The official had gone to the court to clarify the case. Initially, the "Hessisch Niedersächsische Allgemeine" newspaper reported on the case.

In a non-public hearing the parents were convinced by another name - now the child will be called "Lucian". This is a variant of the Roman name "Lucius", which among other people already was the name of three Popes. If the parents had insisted on their name selection, the Court of Law would have had to decide whether the name Lucifer is permissible.

According to Frauke Rüdebusch of the German Society for German Language (GfdS), there is no general ban on certain names in Germany : "There are guidelines, but no laws". "Lucifer" is a term for the devil . Originally, this name in antiquity designated the Morning Star. Literally translated, the Latin word means "light carrier". It was only in the course of the centuries that the name became identical with the devil and absolutely evil. In early Christianity the name had a positive sound and was used as a baptismal name.


Bishop St Lucifer of Calgari in Sardinia- a fierce opponent of the heresiarch, Arius

No-one more Jesuitical than the Pope according to theologian

"For Hünermann, no one is more Jesuitically-formed than Francis
Tübingen's theologian: With the election of Francis, the church begins to "learn from the spirit of the Church in the South"

The Tübingen theologia, Peter Hünermann does not know a priest who is "more Jesuitical than Pope Francis". In all the difficult phases of his life, Jorge Mario Bergoglio had relied on the result of the four-week retreat developed by the founder of the Order, Ignatius of Loyola. These are spiritual exercises for the "distinction of the spirits".

The 88-year-old Tübingen dogmatist is the founder and founder of the "European Society for Catholic Theology" (ET). Hünermann is also one of the co-founders of a fellowship in Latin America-Germany. He has been personally acquainted with the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires and today's Pope for more than 40 years. The theologian spoke at the Catholic Church Centre in Stuttgart on Wednesday evening.

After the election of the first Pope from the southern hemisphere, Hünermann's view began to "learn from the spirit of the Church in the South". Hünermann rated the reactions of the European church representatives to the new style of leadership as "very mixed". The Catholic Church in Europe has not yet adjusted up to this point in time. As an example, Hünermann gave the questionnaires on specialist topics, which Pope Francis had sent out before a church assembly. However, in order to change the "course of a big tanker", patience is always needed", according to the theologian.


Cathcon: There is not a more decadent order in the modern Church than the Jesuits- as documented on this site among others.  Peter Hünermann accused Pope Benedict of "abuse of office" when he lifted the excommunications of the Society of St Pius X.

Augustinian Order ashamed of Luther, will not be celebrating Reformation

Luther's former Order sees reformers critically
For the Augustinian Order, the anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation is no reason to celebrate. For her former member, Martin Luther, not only left the order, but also harmed many monasteries.

The Augustinian Order critically assesses the Reformation initiated by its former member, Martin Luther. The Wittenberg theologian had not only turned away from the Augustinians personally, but had "condemned the religious life" with all his might "and promoted a mass flight from the monasteries. "The damage to the Order and the religious life in Germany was enormous", writes the General Prior of the Augustinian Order, Alejandro Moral Anton, in a contribution to the Vatican newspaper, "Osservatore Romano" (Thursday).

Augustinians do not want to celebrate Reformation

The Order has "no reason to celebrate the beginning of the Reformation 500 years ago, but certainly to remember it," says Moral. The head of the Order referred to "positive aspects", such as the appreciation of the individual, the central position of the Bible and a liturgy close to the people, but also the development of a sense of community and "healthy secularity". A central point in Luther's thinking, the grace in the doctrine of justification, is "in the Augustinian line."

Luther undoubtedly triggered a "religious crisis". This was the reason "not for a secularism, but for the process of secularization and the birth of a new Europe". At the same time, the Order emphasized that Luther had signed "Martin Luther, Augustiner" until 1521, and until 1524 he had worn the clothing of his order and kept the habits of his monastic life until the end of his life .


Reformation Rap, Luther, the Wittenberg boss, friend of Pope Francis

"Theology students successful with Luther-Rap According to the motto "Luther did not put a sheet in front of his mouth", theology students from Tübingen have rapped a song about the Reformer - with success. But not everyone likes the risqué language. "If the 95 theses had not been then, who would read Bible?" - 

One week before the conclusion of the Reformation Anniversary, Protestant theology students from Tübingen published a rap song about Martin Luther. The video, "The Boss from Wittenberg " was viewed 3,000 times on YouTube on the first day. On Wednesday, the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD) also shared the video on their social media channels. "The language in the song sometimes sounds risqué," says 26-year-old Christopher Hopp, "but Luther did not put a sheet in front of his mouth." Together with Leon Hanser and Jonathan Bühler, he rapped to the music of the US rapper Macklemore sentences like "(I,) the Wittenberg boss, let Papal Bulls burn. Thrust out Scripture, make your nobodies cry”. But there are also theological statements and anecdotes from the life of Luther. 

Luther, the Reformer had never been embarrassed by clear words, but had not only sought out confrontation but also the strengths and similarities among the others, Hopp reports. After the first stanza tells of the break which Luther experienced, the second stanza gave an outlook on the connecting elements and the similarities in the Catholic and Protestant Church. In the present, it was then sung that Luther and Pope Francis understood each other well and both pointed to Jesus Christ. One year from the idea to implementation Chris Hopp and Leon Hanser, who is currently spending his theological study year in Jerusalem, have already rapped a song that brought over 5,000 clicks in 2015. At that time it was about life Albrecht-Bengel-House , the student-supporting dormitory of the theological studies in Tübingen with which they were acquainted. Most of the nearly 40 contributors to the current video of "The Boss from Wittenberg" are connected to the Bengel House or the Protestant Foundation of the Regional Church, according to Hopp .

Completely finished, I enter 1505 into the monastic life and duck me away and drop prayers daily. How can I be just before God, who is perfect? (...) But God who freed, does let not loose, I understand - Romans One Seventeen, black on white, God gives you faith, God gives you grace.

Raputation in "The Boss From Wittenberg" 

 Both Protestant institutions were behind the private project of their students, "but there was also some criticism of some linguistic formulations," says Hopp. In principle, however, the fact was welcomed that students took the trouble to take up the life and theology of Luther in a creative, modern form. And it was a great effort: the idea of ​​a rap song and the first lines they had already had in mind at the beginning of the Reformation jubilee, said Hopp, who studies theology and English at the teaching institution. Until they had finished the text, recorded the song, received the permission to use the nearby Bebenhausen monastery, and had shot the video recordings, almost a year had passed. 

Gospel Praise instead of rapper scene 

Although it seems as if the young students are not from the rapper scene. Hanser may prefer rock music and he himself is located in the modern Gospel and Praise prevailing in Protestant community work, reports Hopp. As a child and adolescent, he found rap music just funny, but he and Hanser had learned to appreciate the dynamism of the singing. And he adds - probably with a view to the biography of Luther -: "You can get through a lot of lyrics in rap songs." 

 The media people of the Protestant Church of Germany also seem to have thought this way when they shared the five minute video on Twitter and Facebook. Her commentary: "The music video for the # Reformation jubilee is almost half a sermon in length. Who has looked through it to the end: How do you find it?"


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Cardinal Müller calls Reformation "Revolution against the Holy Spirit"

Cardinal Müller criticizes Reformation under Luther 

"Revolution against the Holy Spirit"

The German Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller has turned against a softly swept ecumenism. What is termed Martin Luther's Reformation was, in fact, a revolution and "contrary to the Holy Spirit." according to Müller.

The former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith wrote this in a contribution to the website "La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana". 

The desire for good relations with non-Catholics can only have the aim of leading to full communion with the Catholic hierarchy, assuming the "apostolic tradition according to Catholic doctrine". 

Not a church reform in the Catholic sense 

 In Luther's opinion, the struggle against some abuses at the time of indulgences or against the "sins of the Renaissance Church" was by no means sufficient, according to Müller. From his writings, "it is absolutely clear that Luther has left behind all the principles of the Catholic faith behind him." 

 Thus he had replaced the "objective efficacy of the sacraments with a subjective faith." The abolition of five of the Seven Sacraments, the denial of the Eucharist, and the criticism by Luther of office meant that the Reformation could not be described as a "church reform in the Catholic sense." 

 Luther was seen too enthusiastically  

Luther was often discussed "too enthusiastically", wrote Müller. The reason for this was an ignorance of the theology of Luther, his polemic, and the "disastrous consequences of this movement which, for millions of Christians, meant the destruction of unity with the Catholic Church."

Today, one must also perceive the action of the Holy Spirit in non-Catholic Christians; they did not commit the "sin of separation from the Catholic Church". A reconciliation, however, could not happen "at the cost of truth." 

No dialogue on the substance of the doctrine of faith 

 There could be no dialogue with the Protestants on the substance of the doctrine of faith; put another way, the Church "has taught," for more than a thousand years of faith, a faith which we know-and this is a kernel of the doctrine of faith-that the Church can not err in the handing on of salvation in the sacraments. " 

 At the same time, Müller complained of a "confusion" regarding the binding nature of the Catholic doctrine. Many thought "the Pope is infallible when he speaks privately," but they disputed what "the popes throughout history" represented. Müller was, since his appointment by Benedict in July 2012,  the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith . After the expiration of the five-year term, Pope Francis Francis nominated as his successor, the secretary of the Congregation, Archbishop Luis Ladaria."

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Bishop tells Pope-critical Catholics to stay away but welcomes Imam


Pope-critical journalists create "confusion" among the faithful, finds the bishop of Modena. Therefore he does not want to see them at church events. And this also applies to other people.

In Modena, Italy, the bishop called on the faithful not to invite papal-critical journalists to churches and other Catholic institutions. When "seers, charismatics, journalists and intellectuals, who are in a subtle or open contradiction to the official church, and especially to Pope Francis," appear in church buildings, this creates "confusion" among the faithful, writes Archbishop Erio Castellucci in the current edition of his diocesan newspaper.

Freely expression of opinions is not in question, "but not on the stage of Catholic sites," Castellucci continued. The concrete reason for this statement remained unclear. The Italian daily "Il Resto del Carlino" speculated on Tuesday, possibly mystics, who were invited by local prayer groups.


For context, the following article

The happy look of Archbishop Erio Castellucci: the Muslims were there! But the others? ...

 His Excellency Rev. Msgr. Erio Castellucci, Archbishop-Metropolitan of Modena-Notantola after the opening ceremony of the Holy Door in the Cathedral before the celebration of the Mass, cordially posed with the delegation of the Muslim community of the Modena Mosque and Imam Idriss Bakari invited for the occasion. His Excellency and various emeritus Bishops concelebrated, His Excellency Rev. Mons. Giacomo Bernardini, Bishop Emeritus of Smirne (Turkey) and His Excellency RevMons. Ignazio Bedini, Bishop Emeritus of Ispahan for the Latins (Iran) currently "sede vacante" *** We have been looking for news on the net if, at the opening of the Holy Door in the Cathedral of Modena, there were also representatives and representatives of other religions operating in the Emilian capital: Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, etc. We have also bee looking if representatives of other Christian confessions in the Emilia-Romagna capital were invited to the Holy Door ceremony.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Cardinal Müller thinks Pope surrounds himself with spies and informers.

Last Saturday, Pope Francis received the community of the Pontifical Brazilian College of St Pius
In his address to the seminarians and priests, Pope Francis also spoke of the Roman Curia, and of the "message" of the Mother of God to the Curia staff:

"What the priestly fraternity is most destroyed by is gossip. Gossip is a "terrorist act," because you are throwing a bomb with the talk, destroying the other while you are quite calm. Therefore, it is necessary to protect priestly fraternity. Please, no gossip. It would be very good to have a sign at the entrance: 'No gossip'. Here (in the Apostolic Palace) is the image of Our Lady of Silence, in the elevator of the first floor; the Mother of God says, 'No gossip.' This is the message to the Curia. Observe it likewise. "

The reality practiced by the Pope does not seem to agree with his request ("message"), according to Cardinal Gerhard Müller.

Concerning spies, informers and denunciators

On 20 October, the first day of the meeting "Leader or Follower?" organized by the Iniziativa Subalpina Foundation took place in Stresa on Lake Maggiore . Massimo Franco, a journalist of the Corriere della Sera , conducted a conversation with Cardinal Gerhard Müller, who, on 30 June, was dismissed by Pope Francis as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Faith without being told why

Massimo Franco first referred to the statements of Cardinal Müller that the reigning Pope had reached the Chair of St Peter on a wave of "scandals."

Franco then quoted the Cardinal's statements, which he made in an interview published by Edward Pentin at the beginning of October in the National Catholic Register. Cardinal Müller expressed clear reservations about the people surrounding Pope Francis. Francis receives his information about what is happening in the Congregations and offices of the Curia, not from the Prefects and responsible directors, but from spies and informers.

Massimo Franco: In this interview, you also said that the Pope is surrounded by some spies who report directly to the Holy Father every criticism, even the smallest, which is opposed to him, and that provokes a rather harsh reaction from the pope, that many are dismissed because of these anonymous actions. Do you see this as a strong threat to the Papacy?

Cardinal Gerhard Müller: I did not want to speak publicly about such things. In our case, however, there were three good members of our Congregation, persons with full authority in Church law and a good spiritual life as priests. I was really astonished, for the very fact that the Pope was interfering in such matters. The state president, who looks after the employees in any ministry.

Someone had gone to the Pope and has spoken badly about these people without concrete arguments. He had not spoken to me as the responsible person. I asked him what accusations and evidence there were, but he gave me no answer. The people could not imagine why it was rumoured that they would had done something, otherwise they would not have been sent away. That's why, in my position as the person responsible, I felt compelled to defend the good reputation of these three people.

Massimo Franco: Your defence, as it seems to me, did not help.

Cardinal Gerhard Müller: No, in the end, it did not help at all.

Massimo Franco: Because the Pope was determined to dismiss them?

Cardinal Gerhard Müller: Right, to dismiss them.

Massimo Franco: But What I wanted to understand is that today there are many of these people around the Pope who, as you say, slander. What is your impression?

Cardinal Gerhard Müller: I have only the examples and hear from other dicasteries that the Prefect, although the chief person responsible, is not the Pope's interlocutor, but there are other ways behind the scenes. That does not seem good to me. I think everyone has his rank and responsibility and that should not be circumvented.

Massimo Franco: You say that the Pope does not get to know about the activities in the Congregations via the Prefects, but via people who seem to enjoy his confidence but who, according to your opinion, are not the appropriate channels for the Pope to receive information. Is that correct?

Cardinal Gerhard Müller: That is how it happened in my Cngregation.

Massimo Franco: That is how it happened in your congregation. So, you have felt a bit passed over? You felt betrayed?

Cardinal Gerhard Müller: Yes.


Francis, the polariser is beyond ideology, neither "right" nor "left"


Pope Francis polarized, also unintentionally. Some conservative Catholics criticize him, others start a solidarity initiative. According to the Jesuit Antonio Spadaro, Francis is not associated with any political direction.

"His approach has always been spiritual and never ideological," said the Jesuit Antonio Spadaro in Rome on Saturday evening at the presentation of his interview book with the Pope, which has just been published in Italy. It is impossible to pull Francis into a direction like "right" or "left".

Pope refused an ideologization

The Pope had emphasized that he had never been "right". He thus referred to allegations of a proximity to the Argentine military dictatorship (1976-1983) during his time as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, according to Spadaro. Likewise, Francis had said that he had never been a communist, according to the head of the Jesuit magazine Civilta Cattolica. (Cathcon: well that is a relief)

This, too, shows that the head of the church is miles apart from any ideological approach. "The Pope refuses an ideologization of Christianity, that is, a transformation of Christianity into a religious ideology," says Spadaro.

Interview book by Antonio Spadaro

Spadaro, who, like Francis, belongs to the Jesuit Order, is editor of the interview book "Adesso fate le vostre domande" ("Please ask your questions").