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Difficile est satiram non scribere “it’s hard not to write satire. attributes the criticism to the conferences of the Nordic and Polish bishops, who are deeply concerned about the truth of the gospel and the unity of the church, as well as the fear in the open letter of 74 American and African cardinals about the theses of the Germans. lack of intellectual competence of the authors and their signatories.

disunity

In his view, their warning of a schism can only be justified by the fact that these “dignitaries” have never taken seriously the enlightened critique of ecclesiastical and sacramental Christianity and, above all, the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. And even if they had read the most important authors of religious revelation and criticism since the 18th century, then they would never have been able to understand or even deny them a priori. Because only at the intellectual level of German theology and its branches, he believes, can a foreigner go beyond the few phrases taught in the neo-scholastic colleges of his homeland.

Apparently, the official response of the President of the Conference of German Bishops to his colleagues from the world church, who suffer from a lack of awareness of the problem of modern times, was not enough to push the German claim to world leadership. kishe. Therefore, the Great Synod Street Ross-Ross had to be thrown into the fray. For according to the Great Striet, the truth revealed is only a fabrication of intellectually limited bishops and popes, who, in spite of their lack of education, are nevertheless quite cunning, who “the very complex history of Christianity, characterized by turmoil and “transformations of tradition. belief, which has sometimes existed only in the plural, or simply want to avoid any discussion through the singular construction they constructed.”

“Because only at the intellectual level of German theology
and its branches, he says
a stranger comes for those few phrases learned
in the neo-scholastic study houses of his homeland ”.

Juvenile pride

Professor Striet is now 58 years old himself and should have passed the zenith of youthful pride in his hyper-intelligence and professor post and achieved a little more in Socratic modesty: “I know I know nothing.” Or simply put: “Others know something and I do not know everything or always better.” As much as we value reason in its synthesis with belief in Catholic theology, as opposed to the simple religion of feeling, we should not expect the late wisdom of the past to realize that the ultimate reason, cast behind itself, comes only for a “knowledge that swells as love is built.” God enables us to know him in the light of his Spirit, because he has known us before (cf. 1 Cor 8: 2). Revealed faith saves all who accept it, even if they understand nothing of theological discussions. Theology is important to the church and its teaching office, but not necessary to salvation for the faith of the simple and the weak. Grace is enough.

Our professor delights somewhat sweetly with the protagonists of the synodal path when he doubts behind their agenda the heroic struggle for the rights provided by law for self-determination. They are already being practiced in liberal democracies and only now must they fight against the “decision-making monopoly of truth” of the episcopal hierarchs. In the struggle to defend the self-determination rights of every individual Christian in whatever is subjectively true or good and therefore personally pleasing to him, a division must also be accepted, following the example of Jesus. The prayer for the unity of the disciples in faith in the Father and the Son, so that the world might believe in him as the Father’s messenger, could easily be dispelled with doubts about its historical authenticity.

Gerhard Ludwig Mueller

Photo: Francesco Pistilli (KNA) | Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller harshly criticized the Magnus Striet statement.

German institution

Jesus’s message of the kingdom of God, which comes with his teachings and was historically fulfilled on the cross and resurrection, is by no means the “gospel nucleus” for Striet. Only for him, essential, exemplary and worthy of imitation of Jesus is his consciously applied disunity to the religious power of the time.

Of course, he does not intend to place German church officials with their voluntary representatives in bishoply clothes, but “the pope and the bishops in union with him, to whom Christ has entrusted the care and leadership of his church” (cf. Vatican II Lumen Gentium 8). . According to this, Jesus in no way “shed his blood for us for the remission of sins.” Only “for his critique of an exclusionary, religion-based morality did he die.” Be it the German Synodalists, in their struggle against the repressive sexual morality of the Catholic Church, for the blessing of homophile couples and against the sacramental priesthood and celibacy, against the hierarchical constitution of the Church and against the supremacy of Roman teaching and jurisdiction. Did the Pope give him a “schismatic pursuit of Jesus” to death or would he rather “silence” the Catholic faithful?

The professor states very clearly: If Jesus were still alive today, he would be on the side of the German-Synodal road. We can interpret the Bible only in the spirit of this long-dead man, who was probably raised only in the imagination of liberal Catholics, as Striet would say. It suffices to learn from the quarrels in the history of the church and the dogmas that there is no revealed truth of God which can be ascertained by the church, “to which man trusts himself entirely to God in liberty with reason and free will. In faith, hope and love. ”(cf. Vatican II, Dei Verbum 5). .

Do not be afraid of heresies

So do not take cardinals and bishops too seriously! Do not be afraid of abandonment, heresy and disunity! Everything will be fine if we just take Professor Striet seriously and blindly follow his intuitions.

It is no coincidence that the professor raised his index finger and index finger just at the beginning of his speech, by which he warned his invited bishop audiences to give an answer only if they had been asked before. Otherwise, the professor deals only with people who have received the “taste of freedom” that many Catholics have long wanted to enjoy as compatible with the gospel.

Schism as a loss of unity with the rest of the world church negligible is not to be feared because it has been anyway for a long time and acts as a catalyst on the path to autonomy of all Christians by the word and will of God , as the magisterium in the faith and catechism presented. Catholics who have had the “taste of freedom” are finally being separated from the “Roman Catholic Church, which meets under the Pope, and a doctrine of unity,” which the Reformers had already successfully demonstrated in the 16th century. It is now a matter of boldly coming into the modern era and adopting its recipe for success for the self-secularization of the church.

Professor of acrobatics

Christianity is not the unity of the disciples in the belief in Jesus, Christ, and the “Son of the living God,” but in essence a contest and struggle for the interpretation of an unknown truth. One is only surprised to pass that, given the fundamental ignorance of natural and revealed truths, the professor intellectually extremely superior, nevertheless made the distinction between “right liberal Catholics” and unrighteous Catholics, viz. “foreign cardinals who should not be.” taken intellectually very seriously and bishops ”is undoubtedly related to the enthusiasm for the“ rights of LGBTQ persons ”and the acceptance of biological non-males“ in the offices ”and the unconditional yes to the“ so-called ”.
gender ideology ”.

After so much professor acrobatics, my intellectually drowned episcopal mind wants to return to the simple logic of a second-century Catholic church doctor whom Pope Francis proclaimed “Doctor unitatis” on January 21, 2022. In 185 AD Christ, Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, wrote against the pluralist and subjectivist falsification of the apostolic faith by the Gnostics: right.Therefore the traces of their teachings are meaningless and irrelevant.But the way of those who come out of the Church leads to the whole world, because it has a strong tradition from the apostles and lets us see the same faith in everything , all accepting the same and the same God the Father and believing in the same saving commandment of the Incarnation of the Son of God, they know the same gift of the Spirit and meditate on the same commandments and keep the same form of ecclesiastical constitution; they await the same coming of God and hold fast to the same salvation for all man, that is, for body and soul. Therefore, the preaching of the Church is true and strong; with it is found the same way of salvation throughout the world ”(Against Heresies V 20, 1).

break the monopoly

Do not be afraid of a rift, for that rift is already there. This is how the Freiburg theologian Magnus Striet reacted, who reacted to a contribution to the criticism of cardinals and bishops from the universal church in the synodal way. For Striet, it is now about removing the monopoly of episcopal hierarchies, including the Pope, in decisions about truth. Jesus, too, was on the side of the German Synodalists because he also shared with the religious structure of his time. But there is no truth in belief about Striet.

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