German Catholic Church attacks existence of priesthood with even more stealth priestesses. Church of the World and not of Christ

 The innovation corresponds to the wish of many families that baptisms should be “individual, personal and family”: In the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart, it is no longer just priests and deacons who will give baptisms.

An earlier commissioning of pastoral assistants

Until now, only priests and deacons were allowed to baptize children in the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart - now Bishop Gebhard Fürst is commissioning pastoral and community advisors for the first time. The 22 female and 4 male theologians will be officially commissioned to administer the Sacrament of Baptism at a celebratory service in Rottenburg Cathedral on Wednesday evening. They had previously taken part in a special preparation course.

When presenting the episcopal decree on "extraordinary baptisms by laypeople", Auxiliary Bishop Matthäus Karrer said that, as is often the case in the Catholic Church, changes follow the impulses from the grassroots. The innovation corresponds to the wish of many families that baptisms should be “individual, personal and family”. The theologian Ursula Renner spoke of a first step that others would have to follow. She cited the sacrament of anointing of the sick and the sacrament of marriage as examples.

The Diocese of Essen published a very similar regulation on baptisms by theologians in March. In the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart, around 10,000 children are currently baptized each year. In the Catholic Church, baptism is the fundamental sacrament ("sign of salvation") through which a person is accepted into the religious community. It is a sign of the special, indissoluble community with Jesus. During baptism, the baptizer pours holy water three times over the head of the person being baptized. In emergencies - an emergency baptism - the sacrament can be administered by any other person.


Cathcon:  They don't want to restore the priesthood, they want a place for themselves, a place entirely separate from the Christian concept of sacrifice because it is all about them and not about Christ.


Deacon Ray said…
Sounds like they are becoming an Ordinariate of the Church of England. Anointing of the Sick-absolution? Lay people forgiving sin? Late comers to Luther’s Reformation. How sad.

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