Thursday, September 28, 2017

Pope to Jesuits: Morality of Amoris Laetitia is Thomist

"In comments made during his recent visit to Colombia, but published for the first time today in the Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica, Pope Francis again responded to critics of his apostolic exhortation on marriage and the family, Amoris Laetitia.

In a question and answer session with 65 Colombian Jesuits in the city of Cartagena de Indias on Sept. 10, the Pope said to understand Amoris Laetitia it is necessary to read it from beginning to end, reflect on it, and read what was said at the synod on the family.

He also insisted the morality of the document is “Thomist, the morality of the great Thomas,” and again directed questions in this regard to Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the Dominican Archbishop of Vienna."

A leading Cambridge Dominican has a very different view, "Change canon law to correct Papal errors".  

Cardinal: no changes expected to Amoris laetitia

The chairman of the German Bishops' Conference (DBK), Cardinal Reinhard Marx, has clearly rejected demands by conservative critics for a correction of "Amoris laetitia". According to Marx, on Thursday, the Pope's letter of 2016, which deals, among other things, with the question of whether newly married divorced persons can be admitted to the communion under certain conditions, is also a word-faithful representation of what the Bishop's synod had decided with a two-thirds majority the Cardinal said at a press conference on the conclusion of the DBK autumn meeting in Fulda.

Germany- increasingly a tale of two cardinals

There could be further debate about this, and he would not mind if critical articles were published. This will not change the decision of the bishops and the Pope. "For me, the matter is clear and decided," emphasised Marx, who had himself participated in the Synod's debates and votes, and in Rome was one of the leaders supporting a "pastoral opening".

The Cardinal declared that he had not yet read the recent thrust of 62 theologians, philosophers, and Catholic priests against alleged heresies in "Amoris laetitia". In the worldwide " Correctio filialis", the critics had asked the Pope to distance themselves from heresies spread as a result of "Amoris laetitia", which had caused confusion among the faithful. In the past few days the theologian and Archbishop Bruno Forte, as well as the influential Curia cardinal Marc Ouellet, had rejected the criticism of the Pope as a factually wrong.

Young people should participate in the survey

On the next world bishop's synod on the subject of youth, which is to be held in October 2018, Cardinal Marx expressed his positive expectations. Youth is the stage of life, in which people make basic decisions about their future lives, said the Archbishop of Munich. This also applies to the development of faith.

That is why it is important that the church is concerned with the question of what young people are doing in an existential way, according to the chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference. Marx praised the preparations made so far for the Synod, which is supposed to meet under the official title "The Young People, Faith and Discernment". He called on the young people to participate in the Vatican's online survey in preparation for the Synod.
Church wants better mission

For the first time at this year's autumn meeting, the Presidents of all Bishops’ Conference committees exchanged view on the form evangelization should take in the future, Marx continued. The bishops would have to think about how the Gospel could be proclaimed in terms of face-to-face changes in the forms of communication and life. According to the Cardinal, the idea of the Papal document "Evangelii nuntiandi" of 1975 was to be continued. The letter described the break between the Gospel and modern culture as the "drama of our era."

Testimony in ecumenism

"Marx was very pleased" with the course of the year "500 years of the Reformation". The "groundwater level of friendship" between the confessions had risen sharply, said the Cardinal. Without friendship, there can be no understanding, he explained.

As to the state of theological differences between Catholics and Protestants, he noted that there were still clearly perceptible differences which, however, did not have to be church-dividing. The differences, even in the social ethics, should not be concealed or plastered over.

It was especially important for him that there was never any anti-Catholic or anti-Protestant polemic, Marx emphasized. As highlights, he described the joint reconciliation service in Hildesheim on 11 March, which also made a great impression on the churches as well as the joint-pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Marx admitted that, despite all the similarities, there were still practical tests. In the words of the Cardinal, two commissions of the conference, namely, those on questions of faith and on ecumenism, are discussing the question of a reciprocal admission to the Eucharist and the Lord's Supper. According to the Cardinal, it is easier to talk about open questions "if one can look into the eyes". The Cardinal said it was wrong to want "to look for a hair in the soup" in view of the entire development.

Civil War in the Church


"The semi-official Vatican outlet Il Sismografo has launched a brutal attack on Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller. Müller had proposed that the Pope creates a group of cardinals in order to engage in a dialogue with his many theological critics.

The Vatican journalist and director of Il Sismografo, Luis Badilla, called this on September 27 a "crazy proposal" adding sarcastically, "We can only pray [for Müller]." The whole article is a nasty personal attack on the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

It can be excluded that the article appeared without Pope Francis' agreement."

Source- the very wonderful

Cardinal: Muslims must adapt their faith to the world of today

Cardinal Reinhard Marx has asked the Muslims to adapt their faith to the world today. And they must renounce terror.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the chairman of the Catholic Bishops' Conference in Germany, has called on the Muslims to "reinterpret their sacred traditions in the light of contemporary life". In this way, Islam would "be further developed and opened up to the principle of civic justice and modern democracy", says Marx on the conclusion of the General Assembly of the Catholic Bishops' Conference on Thursday in Fulda.

Marx spoke of a "return of many Muslims, which can also be felt with us, to Islamic traditions, which are often combined with traditionalist or Islamic interpretation patterns."

The clarification is therefore remarkable because Marx expressed his opinion in the context of an opinion on "Islamist terror or the struggle of civilizations?". So far, the Catholic Church had largely avoided such advice to the Muslims.

According to a message from the Bishops' Conference, the Cardinal said that there was "a besetting experience that in the Jihadist movement an ideology had won an influence which bases violence (even against those un-involved) on religion ." The Muslim authorities could not "do enough to counteract this perversion of religion".

The Christian churches, according to Marx, on their side "must contradict the "false equation of Islam and Islamic violence, which is common in some parts of the population." Not least the interreligious dialogue "helps to overcome stereotypes and prevent violence". 

Cardinal Secretary of State wants dialogue with critics of the Pope

Parolin for dialogue with critics of the Pope
The discussion about the "Correctio" of the pope continues. While Cardinal Secretary Pietro Parolin wants to go to meet the critics, Cardinal Marc Ouellet defends "Amoris laetitia".

Criticism of the Pope
Cardinal Secretary Pietro Parolin has spoken out for the dialogue with conservative critics of Pope Francis. "It is important to be in dialogue with each other," said Parolin on Thursday at the Vatican, according to the Italian news agency ANSA. If one does not agree in terms of content, one must try to "understand each other", said the "number two" of the Vatican.

Parolin, among other things, referred to the criticism of 62 priests, theologians and laity in "Amoris laetitia", formulated in a letter to the Pope. This demanded a correction of several alleged "heretical" passages. Among the signatories is Bernard Fellay, Superior 

Cardinal Marc Ouellet sees an "alarmist" interpretation of "Amoris laetitia".

The Vatican Prefect for the Bishops' congregation, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, has also spoken about the critics. He accused them of interpreting the document "alarmist". On the occasion of the annual meeting of the Canadian bishops in Cornwall, the Cardinal of the Curia said that the assertion that Francis had broken "with the tradition" and made it easy to admit divorced divorced to the sacraments, did not correspond "to the Pope's text and intention. The former Cardinal of Quebec held that Francis was not concerned with doctrine, but with a different pastoral activity. The "key to interpretation" of the papal document can be found in the eighth chapter. "Amoris laetitia" which must also be understood "in its entirety".

Quellet described the teaching as an attempt to re-introduce the joy of the Gospel to cultures far removed from faith. "This is especially urgent in Canada," added the Cardinal. There is the gap between the official doctrine of the Church and the "lived experience of couples and families". Without pastoral change, the Prefect said in his speech before the 80 bishops, it is impossible "to create a climate of welcome, listening, dialogue and compassionate grace".


Cardinal: Bishops could also enter into dialogue with the German right

The chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, has not categorically ruled out discussions with the newly elected AfD party in the German Parliament, the Bundestag. "When any party represented in the Bundestag who wishes to have a dialogue with us, we will examine with them and clarify how such a conversation can take place. There is no general refusal to talk to any party on the part of the German bishops. This is quite clear to me, "said Marx on Thursday at the conclusion of the four-day autumn meeting of German Bishops' Conference in Fulda.

Frau Merkel in happier days.

Marx made a recommendation to the parties after the Bundestag elections last Sunday: "A verbal disarmament appears urgently necessary." The AfD, which became the third strongest force with 12.6 per cent, had formulated in election battle announcements that it wanted to hunt down Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). In all political confrontations, the respect for the other should take precedence, said Marx. In the struggle for the best solutions to the society, hate and exclusion are not appropriate.

Before political discussions are held by church representatives, however, the parties should first sort themselves out. "I see no urge for hurrying.  Everyone should be in peace with this new parliament, "said Marx.


St Boniface, at your tomb, we pray for Germany, whose Apostle you were and are.

Cardinal: God has also become a "great unknown" in the Church

Cardinal Woelki: Bishops, do not resign yourself!

Fewer and fewer Catholics, fewer and fewer priesthood candidates. The social influence of the church also diminishes. But the Church does not live by numbers and successes, says Cardinal Woelki.

1 Corinthians
[3] For I delivered unto you first of all, which I also received: how that Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures: Tradidi enim vobis in primis quod et accepi : quoniam Christus mortuus est pro peccatis nostris secundum Scripturas :
The Cardinal with his illustrious predecessor, Cardinal Meisner, who was one of the last bulwarks in the German church.

Bishops Annual Plenary Meeting Fulda - 27.09.2017

The Cologne Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki appealed to the German bishops not to become resigned in face of declining numbers and a "clearly diminishing social influence" of the church. The Church does not live by numbers and successes, "but only by "being regarded" by God," said Woelki on Wednesday in Fulda Cathedral. The Church must testify to God by a good word, a good outlook and a helping hand in everyday life, according to the Cardinal of Cologne in a Mass with the German bishops. They have been meeting at Fulda since Monday.

Woelki named Saint Vincent de Paul (1581-1660), whose feastday the Catholic Church commemorates today. Vinzenz, through his simple, inconspicuous activity in everyday life, had made the poor and needy people feel how good and merciful God was. Vincent is considered to be one of the founders of modern ecclesiastical care for the poor.

Woelki: God has also become a "great unknown" in the Church

At the same time, Woelki also diagnosed an increasing religious ignorance within the Church. God had also become a "great unknown" to many Catholics. Altogether the Christian, especially in ecclesiastical form, seems to evaporate today, according to the Cardinal.

The focus of the debates of the bishops today is the environmental encyclical "Laudato si" by Pope Franziskus from the year 2014.

Acts of the Apostles 17
[22] But Paul standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are too superstitious. Stans autem Paulus in medio Areopagi, ait : Viri Athenienses, per omnia quasi superstitiosiores vos video. 
 [23] For passing by, and seeing your idols, I found an altar also, on which was written: To the unknown God. What therefore you worship, without knowing it, that I preach to you: Praeteriens enim, et videns simulacra vestra, inveni et aram, in qua scriptum erat : Ignoto Deo. Quod ergo ignorantes colitis, hoc ego annuntio vobis.

Cathcon: This gives a whole new meaning about going back to the early church.   All too many have kept on going and reverted to paganism.

Support for more religion, less politics in inter-religious dialogue in Germany

The German Bishops' Conferencing consults on an interreligious dialogue
"Less talking about political, more about religious issues"

"With cleverness and love"

Inter-religious dialogue is a theme of the autumn plenary session of the German Bishops' Conference in 2017.

In the interview, the head of the Bishops Conference Special Office on Islamic-Christian Dialogue, Dr. Timo Güzelmansur, on the relationship between "Church and Islam". You have over 35 years of experience in inter-religious dialogue. What fruits could you harvest?

Dr. Timo Güzelmansur (Managing Director of the Christian-Islamic Meeting and Documentation Centre, Bishops Conference): A lot. Above all, through the documents of the German Bishops' Conference, a discussion of the debate was carried out on issues such as mosque construction. The point is that we are not just talking about fear, but about people who are looking for places to practice their religion.

Another topic is Islamic religious education. The possibility that Muslims would like to pass on their religion adequately to the coming generations. This is not to take place somewhere in the back room, but in the school as equal citizens in this state and by scientifically well-trained persons. These are topics that would not have been achieved without the dialogue efforts of the Catholic Church. With the AfD, a party which is very far right has now moved into the German Parliament. A deeply divided society in Germany can also be identified. Does this make your work more difficult?

Güzelmansur: Definitely. I myself experience when I am speaking, in a parish, in a church, or in an academy, that people there express questions or thoughts that may be close to this party.

This makes it difficult to talk with one another objectively and it creates fears. However, if you listen carefully and follow up, they are generalized judgments that have nothing to do with actual reality. That worries us. You consult the German Bishops' Conferences with your specialist office and exchange information. What does this advice look like?

Güzelmansur: We are involved in different opinion-forming processes, we also pass on our expertise on various topics. I am also involved in the sub-committee "Inter-religious Dialogue". The flow of information and the exchange are also available - also bilaterally with the consultants of the sub-committees. We try to pass on our knowledge and competence to the various bodies. Do you have a desire for inter-religious dialogue for the future?

Güzelmansur: I have the desire that we talk less about political and more about actually religious topics. We are religious people, carry out this dialogue out of deepest religious conviction and also want to understand the religious view of the others.

We want to see where we can work together for this society in a peaceful way so that we can develop our society in the best way possible. My wish is that we can make the good potentials of our religions available to other people and report on them. Can you speak of a friendship created by the interreligious dialogue?

Güzelmansur: Yes. I notice this in many meetings with Muslim dialogue partners. You can always experience this at the Catholics events, on the podium, for example. There is a deep friendship with some Muslim dialogue partners. It is always nice to meet. You can tell, if you embrace, how to greet the other - this is always a nice experience.