All sorts of weird breaks out

As I have been traveling, I have not been following a lot of news, ecclesial or secular.   Today, however, some stories invaded and I paid attention.

I have really limited time at the moment, so I will give you the stories.  There is a connection between them.

This will delight certain Jesuits…

«Ok agli atti omosessuali». In Belgio è Chiesa arcobaleno

A Belgian Cardinal – a disciple of Danneels – says that homosexual acts are okay. He says he didn’t think that before (surrrrrre he didn’t…) but he does now. Ain’t he enlightened?

Vescovo austriaco con casula trasparente in plastica

An Austrian bishop with a transparent plastic chasuble. That’s just plain weird. A special kind of creepy weird. He also wants the ordination of women.

«Il Papa non può ammettere l’intercomunione»

The German bishops are going to the zoo about intercommunion. Some bishops went to Rome for a clarification.  I suppressed a chuckle when I read that.  Rome basically punted… which itself was an answer and not a good one.

How not good an answer was it?

Cardinal Eijk of Utrecht explains the situation…. God bless him!

Cardinal Eijk: Pope Francis Needed to Give Clarity on Intercommunion

Here it is… read this carefully. The above shows that things are flying apart with increasing speed and force. Read Card. Eijk.

COMMENTARY: Failure to give German bishops proper directives, based on the clear doctrine and practice of the Church, points to a drift towards apostasy from the truth.

Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk

The German bishops’ conference voted by a large majority in favor of directives which entail that a Protestant married to a Catholic may receive the Eucharist after meeting a number of conditions: he must have carried out an examination of conscience with a priest or with another person with pastoral responsibilities; he must have affirmed the faith of the Catholic Church, as well as having wished to put an end to “serious spiritual distress” and to have a “desire to satisfy a longing for the Eucharist.”

Seven members of the German bishops’ conference voted against these directives and sought the opinion of some dicasteries of the Roman Curia. The consequence was that a delegation from the German bishops’ conference spoke in Rome with a delegation from the Roman Curia, including the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The response of the Holy Father, given through the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the delegation of the German Conference, that the Conference should discuss the drafts again and try to achieve a unanimous result, if possible, is completely incomprehensible. The Church’s doctrine and practice regarding the administration of the Sacrament of the Eucharist to Protestants is perfectly clear. The Code of Canon Law says about this:

“If the danger of death is present or if, in the judgment of the diocesan bishop or conference of bishops, some other grave necessity urges it, Catholic ministers administer these same sacraments licitly also to other Christians not having full communion with the Catholic Church, who cannot approach a minister of their own community and who seek such on their own accord, provided that they manifest Catholic faith in respect to these sacraments and are properly disposed.” C.I.C./1983, can. 844 § 4 (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) no. 1400).

This therefore applies only to emergencies, especially where there is a risk of death.

Intercommunion is, in principle, only possible with Orthodox Christians, because the Eastern Churches, although not in full communion with the Catholic Church, have true sacraments and above all, by virtue of their apostolic succession, a valid priesthood and a valid Eucharist (CCC no 1400, C.I.C./1983 can. 844, § 3). Their faith in the priesthood, in the Eucharist and also in the Sacrament of Penance is equal to that of the Catholic Church. [Well… okay.  This could be tweaked but it is sound.]

However, Protestants do not share faith in the priesthood and the Eucharist. Most German Protestants are Lutheran. Lutherans believe in consubstantiation, which implies the conviction that, in addition to the Body or Blood of Christ, bread and wine are also present when someone receives them. If someone receives the bread and wine without believing this, the Body and Blood of Christ are not really present. Outside this moment of receiving them, there remains only the bread and wine and the body and blood of Christ are not present.

Obviously, the Lutheran doctrine of consubstantiation differs essentially from the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation, which implies the faith that what is received under the figures of bread and wine, even if administered to someone who does not believe in transubstantiation and even outside the moment of administration, remains the Body or Blood of Christ and that it is no longer the substances of bread and wine.

Because of these essential differences, communion should not be administered to a Protestant, even if married to a Catholic, because the Protestant does not live in full communion with the Catholic Church and, therefore, does not explicitly share faith in her Eucharist. The differences between faith in consubstantiation and that of transubstantiation are so great that one must really demand that someone who wishes to receive Communion explicitly and formally enters into full communion with the Catholic Church (except in case of danger of death) and in this way explicitly confirms his acceptance of the faith of the Catholic Church, including the Eucharist. A private examination of conscience with a priest or with another person with pastoral responsibilities does not give sufficient guarantees that the person involved really accepts the faith of the Church. [Sound familiar?] By accepting it [the Eucharist], the person can, however, do only one thing: enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.  [And we could talk about what they think about “priesthood” and Mass as “Sacrifice”, but we are already at “NO!” with the previous.]

The draft directives of the German bishops’ conference suggest there are only a few cases of Protestants, married to Catholics, who would like to receive Communion by making use of these directives. However, experience shows that in practice these numbers will generally increase. Protestants who are married to Catholics and see other Protestants married to Catholics receiving Communion will think they can do the same. And in the end even Protestants unmarried to Catholics will want to receive it. The general experience with this type of adjustment is that the criteria are quickly extended.

Now the Holy Father has informed the delegation of the German episcopal conference that it must discuss again the draft proposals for a pastoral document on, among other things, administering Communion, and try to find unanimity. Unanimity about what? Assuming that all members of the German bishops’ conference, after having discussed them again, unanimously decide that Communion can be administered to Protestants married to a Catholic (something that will not happen), will this — while being contrary to what the Code of Canon Law and the Catechism of the Catholic Church say in this regard — become the new practice in the Catholic Church in Germany? The practice of the Catholic Church, based on her faith, is not determined and does not change statistically when a majority of an episcopal conference votes in favor of it, not even if unanimously.  [For God so loved the world that He did not send a conference.   I once was chatting with then-Card. Ratzinger about German theology.  With a twinkle he related how relieved he was that Peter stopped in Rome and didn’t go to Germany to establish a Church.  “Imagine,” he said, “the mistakes that could have been made and the efficiency with which we would have made them.”]

What the Code of Canon Law and the Catechism of the Catholic Church say should have been the reaction of the Holy Father, who is, as the Successor of Saint Peter “the perpetual and visible principle and foundation of unity of both the bishops and of the faithful” (Lumen Gentium no. 23). The Holy Father should have given the delegation of the German episcopal conference clear directives, based on the clear doctrine and practice of the Church. He should have also responded on this basis to the Lutheran woman who asked him on November 15, 2015 if she could receive Communion with her Catholic spouse, saying that this is not acceptable instead of suggesting she could receive Communion on the basis of her being baptized, and in accordance with her conscience. By failing to create clarity, great confusion is created among the faithful and the unity of the Church is endangered. This is also the case with cardinals who publicly propose to bless homosexual relationships, something which is diametrically opposed to the doctrine of the Church, founded on Sacred Scripture, that marriage, according to the order of creation, exists only between a man and a woman.

Observing that the bishops and, above all, the Successor of Peter fail to maintain and transmit faithfully and in unity the deposit of faith contained in Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, I cannot help but think of Article 675 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

“The Church’s ultimate trial

Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the ‘mystery of iniquity’ in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth.”

+Willem Jacobus Cardinal Eijk

Archbishop of Utrecht, Netherlands

Utrecht, 5 May 2018

Fr. Z kudos.

More good “remedial reading” but in Italian.  This is very good.

In principio era l’azione: il legame tra Amoris Laetitia e l’intercomunione con gli Evangelici

The writer, a good priest, shows the link between the line of thought in Amoris laetitia and the intercommnunion question in Germany and the clear non-answer answer in Rome.

Update: Here Fr Z looks at more weird developments 

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6 Responses to All sorts of weird breaks out

  1. Toad says:

    While some Catholics are kicking Lutheran spouses around over points of abstruse and arcane detail Instead of uniting against a common foe – Muslim fanatics are killing Christians indiscriminately.
    How weird is that?

    As Benjamin Franklin said: ”If we don’t all hang together, assuredly we will all hang separately.”

  2. Mary Salmond says:

    Europe, especially Germany, hasn’t read a catechism or the Code for at least 100 years, have they? Fr. Z has pointed out how far people will go to skew the truth. More of liberation theology? Germany may need a new wall and keep all their bishops inside!

  3. Things cannot go on like this much longer.

  4. kathleen says:

    I highly recommend this powerful talk given by Elizabeth Yore at the recent Remnant conference. It truly opens one’s eyes to why we are seeing so much that is undeniably weird in the Church today. She has been infiltrated by minions of the secular elite who are orchestrating a diabolical plan for the downfall of their greatest enemy and stumbling block, the Catholic Church, and to form the establishment of their godless New World Order!
    It is a long video, over 1 hour 10 mins., but well worth watching to get a clear picture of the ugly face of the beast we are fighting.

  5. Mary Salmond says:

    Thanks, Kathleen, will do. She is good, thorough, and credible!

  6. kathleen says:

    Yes, Mary, she really is! Thank heavens we still have many courageous Catholics, each in their own field, fighting back against this diabolical disorientation in the Church today. Understanding what the Enemy’s plans of attack are helps us to know what we are up against so we can draw our own ‘battle lines’!

    Because honestly, things could hardly be worse at the moment with every sort of abomination not only being tolerated, but even actively promoted by enemy infiltrators inside the Vatican!
    It’s as if all the devils of Hell have stormed the Bride of Christ to rob the souls of men!

    Following the link in the “Update” at the bottom of the post I came across another unbelievable abomination permitted by Pope Francis – inviting a lesbian, pro-abort, New Age spiritualist, Kate Perry, to give a talk about Transcendental Meditation! This is what Father Z says about it:

    ”I believe this is the pop tart who made a name for herself with a bisexual song and a video about canibalism. During the conference, they passed out stuff of a new age theme tinged with satanism.”

    Can you believe it?!! Inside the Vatican!

    And would you see what Michael Matt at The Remnant today thinks about this newest outrage:

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