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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  •  July 1, 2019

Bishop Overbeck: ‘Nothing will be the same’

Both good and bad bishops are saying the upcoming Pan-Amazon Synod will be revolutionary in its attempts to change the priesthood for the entire Church.

Last week’s Instrumentum Laboris, or working document, for October’s Pan-Amazon Synod is calling for female deacons and married priests and was thus condemned on June 27 as “heretical” by Cdl. Walter Brandmüller, who added that it was a sign of “apostasy”:

It is impossible to conceal that the “synod” is especially to help implement two most cherished projects that heretofore have never been implemented: namely, the abolishment of celibacy and the introduction of a female priesthood — starting first with female deacons.

Liberal German prelate Bp. Franz-Josef Overbeck of Essen spoke last month on the synod, saying the changes coming from it would forever change the Church in drastic ways. Overbeck foresees the synod bringing the Catholic Church to a “point of no return,” saying in its wake “nothing will be the same as it was.”

Following last week’s secretive pre-synod planning meeting in Rome, a report summing up the meeting was published June 26 opening up the question of female deacons. This topic was definitively closed as heretical by Pope John Paul II in his 1994 apostolic letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis:

Wherefore, in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church’s divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of confirming the brethren (cf. Lk 22:32) I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful.

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, officially confirmed in 1995 that John Paul II meant for his statement, discrediting the validity of female ordinations, to be taken infallibly. After meeting with the Holy Father, Ratzinger spelled this out in his following response addressed to those who were questioning this very point:

This teaching requires definitive assent, since, founded on the written Word of God, and from the beginning constantly preserved and applied in the Tradition of the Church, it has been set forth infallibly by the ordinary and universal Magisterium. … Thus, in the present circumstances, the Roman Pontiff … has handed on this same teaching by a formal declaration, explicitly stating what is to be held always, everywhere, and by all, as belonging to the deposit of the faith.

The sacramental priesthood is not a matter that can be decided upon — or re-defined — in the Amazon region. Holy orders is the three-fold sacrament by which men become deacons, priests and bishops. They all partake of the one priesthood of Christ but in varying degrees. The Catechism of the Catholic Church in paragraph 1536 teaches, “Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate.” The day after Cdl. Brandmüller condemned the October synod as heretical, Bp. Marian Eleganti also slammed the synod for broaching the subject of female deacons. The auxiliary bishop of Chur, Switzerland, on June 28 wrote:

The sacramental priesthood is not a matter that can be decided upon — or re-defined — in the Amazon region. … The question of women may not be abused as leverage in order to depart from it and to create new offices for women. The hierarchical-sacramental structure of the Church is not up for consideration. It is not possible … to start a laboratory experiment in the Amazon region, which in turn then will contaminate the whole Mystical Body of the Church — and gravely damage it.

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  1. I would say that the ‘celibate’ male clergy have not done a very good job.
    If Gold rust, then what shall iron do ? ( Geoffrey Chaucer)


  2. newsandtimes says:

    There are many young ordained men out there, that would be happy to tackle this challenge, It was the drive and need of the early churches expansion in colonial America that made it so remarkable and succesful. The idea is somewhat redundant in it’s inception. The Church is not capable of making longer term arragements? there are thousands of Spanish speaking and multi lingal, fearness men who would volunteer. They would be following in the footsteps of the first priests to fan out into he unknown wilderness to spread the word of God.


  3. David says:

    Sheer madness.


  4. David says:

    If I wanted this, a surrender to the Zeitgeist and nothing more, I would have stayed Protestant. There is a reason why a priesthood of celibate males, was established. We know there are exceptions. The homosexual clergy were ordained by sinister and evil bishops, the Spelmans and McCarricks who thought they could destroy God’s Holy Church. Our Lord will prevail.

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  5. This is not consistent with the Faith and as usual, their ideas will be carefully worded to make their “ideas” acceptable. But it will still amount to apostasy. It will offer an apparent solution at the price of apostasy from the Truth. I shudder because I think the schism will be definitive after this.


  6. newsandtimes says:

    not to sound like a heretic or paranoid, but from the events in past 5 years, it is apparent this is take over by design. The church actually warned us about years ago. I wonder if someone could dig out old books from 1980s and 90s and even before, the v2, beatles, sexual revolutuion, the fake priests who were sex ofenders, the forced immigration polices into the west, the medias war on christinaity while worshipping other ‘religions’, the spread of communism and mazixst ideas, the pill, row vs wade all sounded like the church was overracting. But all was right.


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