Sunday, September 13, 2015

German Bishop at Synod for ecclesiastical recognition of same sex relationships

Bishop Bode about his expectations for the family Synod in Rome
"Openly discuss various Positions"
The Osnabrück Bishop Franz-Josef Bode takes part in early October in the World Synod of Bishops in Rome on the subject of the family. In an interview with the Catholic news agency, he commented on his expectations for this meeting.

KNA: Bishop Bode, what do you expect  in terms of atmosphere at the Synod of Bishops?
Bode: There will be a special atmosphere. Because a synod was already held last year in preparation. And because it has first given out surveys among the faithful about the issues at stake. These opinions and directions have evolved. Therefore, this Synod is eagerly awaited. This is also true for myself.

KNA: A major issue will be the divorced and remarried.  You have advocated, under certain conditions to allow those who sufferer this situation back to receiving Holy Communion. Which conditions?
Bode: Marriage is indissoluble according to the will of Jesus. With a sacramental marriage, something is concluded that never dissolves easily. Given the weakness of human life, this relationship can still break and fail. People can come into a new relationship that is mature, but sacramentally not of the same value as the first. The question is whether this new reality, which might better equate to the covenant of God with men than the first, always must lead to the exclusion from confession and communion. We should include the question of what circumstances have led to the breakdown of the marriage. So far, we have treated everyone in the same way, whether someone carries guilt or not. In addition, this is tied to a question of the understanding of the Eucharist. Is it really the only representation of a perfect unity in faith and Church or does it also help for lives that have their wounds? And that people cannot express themselves in confession and obtain forgiveness, I find almost more difficult than the question of Communion.

KNA: A large theme will also be dealing with homosexuals and an ecclesial appreciation of their enduring partnerships.  Can you describe a solution for this?
Bode: The Catechism makes clear that we do not discriminate against these people. As with others who live together before marriage, it is also a matter of recognizing their strengths and not only their weaknesses and shortcomings. Civil unions are not to be equated to marriage. Marriage is the relationship of husband and wife which can produce children for us.   The Church can help the civil unions in discussions and in the positive support and assist them. However, it is not able to give anything which is tantamount to marriage. But with prayer and a private form of blessing, you will be able to accompany their way.

KNA: Where loyalty and reliability are lived, may there be a recognition from the Church?
Bode: A recognition of what is lived there. A sacrament is not. But when I basically have the openness not to demand everything or nothing, then the same is true for homosexuality. Whereby that is dependent of course on cultural and political contexts. Even the last Synod has highlighted the differences in the universal Church. Maybe because you have to go different ways.

KNA: What opportunities do you see for uniform solutions in the Catholic Church around the world?
Bode: The opportunity there is always because we believe working together on the one Christ, because the basis is the Scripture and because we have a tradition of the Church as a whole. That was always the advantage of the Church that it is a community across borders, beyond cultures.  In the basic conception of marriage and family,  there is however unanimity. With regard to homosexual ways of life, you will need to assume a greater diversity in the cultures.

KNA: What will change in  pastoral care after the Synod?
Bode: A synod is not a Council, which adopts resolutions, which are then pastorally implemented. The Synod makes recommendations to the Pope, who authored a directional work from it. In it, he can of course also set new pastoral priorities. In our recommendations we can keep the doors open for pastoral solutions locally. It is conceivable to give the priests their own powers, so that in pastoral work they can find  responsible solutions for the divorced and remarried. There have already been for many years in the dioceses suggestions on how parish priests should deal with the matter. I hope that this can be done in a theologically founded direct manner. We have almost always only in view what dogma tells pastoral work, but rarely what pastoral work tells dogma. Here that's a dialogue, an innermost connection.

KNA: In Rome, conservative and reform-minded bishops meet together. Will they not hold back behind closed doors?
Bode: I hope for a climate in which the different positions can be openly expressed. And not just in the three-minute statement at the beginning of the Synod, but also in small groups with each other. This must be done to retain the factual nature. Elements of prayer, deliberation, of retreat and re-gathering are important to. Above all, it takes time. I do not know how far we go in three weeks.

KNA: How important is the participation of non-clerics?
Bode: We cannot discuss as clerics and men alone, the questions of family.  Yes. It is absolutely necessary that married couples are present. In addition,  a very honest statement of the position comes out of the opinion survey. In addition, the bishops have spoken beforehand with consultants and spouses, especially with women.

KNA: How important is to you as a celibate man's own family?

Bode: I have four older sisters. All four are married and two children. And who now already eight grandchildren. As uncle and great-uncle, I have a good normal family life. Unfortunately, two of my sisters have already passed away, so I also know this situation of severe illness and widowhood. In my circle of friends, I have friends whose marriages have failed and have made new good beginnings. Also, I meet regularly with the six couples of a family circle of the  parish in which I was a parish priest. I am very involved in my family.


Friday, September 11, 2015

Explosive video. "Pope will show whose side he’s on" at the synod

Interviews with Archbishop Lenga, Bishop Schneider and Cardinal Burke.

"If this means that cardinals will be opposed to cardinals, then we simply have to accept the fact that...that that's the situation which we find ourselves. Certainly for my part, I don't look for this kind of conflict, but...if in defending the truth of the faith I end up in a disagreement or a conflict with another cardinal what has to be primary to me is the truth of the faith and to, as a teacher of the faith, as a pastor of souls, to defend that truth." - Cardinal Burke in the interview.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Cardinal Secretary of State- Church needs perpetual reform

The Church always needs reforms in order to be true to itself. So says the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin in an interview with the Flemish weekly Tertio. The Church needs a "constant process of adaptation", because of changing circumstances. That does not mean that the substance of faith is changed. For the language and structures, this adjustment is very suitable. At the same time one must distinguish exactly what is compatible with the Gospel, and what is not.

On intra-ecclesiastical disputes before the next Assembly of the Synod, the Cardinal said that different opinions initially be a sign of vitality. Pope Francis indeed wanted an open discussion as he had clearly called for at the beginning of the last General Assembly of the Synod. In any case, there is unity in the belief that it is a matter of proclaiming happily and bravely the doctrine of marriage based on the words of Jesus.

Tertio conducted the interview on the occasion of the anniversary of the inauguration of Parolin exactly two years ago.

Cathcon: perpetual revolution is a recipe for disaster, constantly eroding the core of the Faith.


Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Hungarian bishop speaks of Muslim "invasion"

Hungarian bishop speaks of "invasion" of Muslim refugees

The Hungarian Bishop Laszlo Kiss-Rigo causes a sensation with his dramatic statements. Muslim refugees in his country were a threat and also arrogant. Francis had no idea of the situation.

On a highway refugees on Monday night journey in the direction of the Hungarian capital Budapest. The police could not hold them back.

While Pope Francis calls Europe's Catholics to greater solidarity with refugees, one of his bishops in Hungary causes a stir with his dramatic statements.

"They are not refugees. This is an invasion, "said Bishop László Kiss-Rigó. "They come here and shout out 'Allah is great'. They want to take control. "

 The bishop of the border town of Szeged, on the border with Serbia and Romania, where tens of thousands of refugees from countries such as Syria have reached the EU, stood behind Prime Minister, Viktor Orban and his hard-line policy on refugees.

"I fully agree with him," said the 60-year-old Bishop Kiss-Rigó. Pope Francis on the other hand, "does not know the situation." The Muslim refugees are a threat to Europe's "universal Christian values." They do not deserve support because they had money. They also left behind garbage and behaved in an "arrogant and cynical" manner.

Hungary is not considered a particularly religious country. Many are proud of the historical role of their country as a European bulwark against attacks from the Orient. Hungary's national holiday commemorates the Christianization of the country more than 1,000 years ago.
Other church leaders want to help

With his statements Kiss-Rigó apparently does not speak for the majority in the Hungarian Catholic Church. The Pope's call to open parishes and Catholic centrrs for refugees, the Church will comply with "with joy and willingness", declared Hungary's Primate Cardinal Peter Erdo and the President of the Hungarian Bishops' Conference, Andras Veres, on Monday, according to the Italian Catholic press agency, SIR.


Inside the mind of a modernist

"A transcript of the Holy Father’s prepared statement, which merits closer attention than one might imagine, is available on the Holy See’s website in Spanish, the language in which it was delivered, and Italian, the text that I parsed for the present discussion.

Revealed within the Pope’s words (or better stated, reconfirmed within his words) are the machinations of a modernist mind; the same that conjured up the idea of appointing a Synod of Bishops to deliberate changes to ancient pastoral practices that can admit of no such thing without undermining the immutable doctrines from which they spring.

In his message to the gathering of theologians, Pope Francis spoke of an allegedly healthy tension between the Universal Church, custodian of the “received tradition,” and the local Church, where the faith is actually lived in “reality.”"

Cardinal Müller with considerable foresight sounded alarm bells about this false dichotomy.

“nothing more than the introduction of subjectivism and arbitrariness, wrapped up in sentimental and smug religious terminology.” 

Full article:

To rig one Synod, Pope Francis, may be regarded as a misfortune. To rig two looks like more than carelessness.

To paraphrase Oscar Wilde....

"A new book, The Rigging of a Vatican Synod?: An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, will shed much light on allegations that the Extraordinary Synod, held in Rome last October, was subject to manipulation. The book has been written by highly respected Vatican journalist Edward Pentin and carries the endorsement of Wilfrid Fox Cardinal Napier, Archbishop of Durban. Cardinal Napier is one of the fifteen members of the permanent council of cardinals and bishops overseeing the Synod of Bishops, he attended the Extraordinary Synod and was a member of the committee that drafted the final relatio synodi of that Synod."

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