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VATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Walter Brandmüller – one of the two remaining dubia cardinals – has published a new statement in which he calls out the German bishops who approved several heterodox and heretical statements during their recent February 2022 Synodal Path meeting with organized lay people in Frankfurt, Germany. The Nordic Bishops Conference had just issued a similar criticism.

The German cardinal first presents the reforms that have also been approved by most of the German bishops. These are “the abolition of celibacy, as well as the admission of remarried divorcees to communion,” as well as the proposal “that practiced homosexuality is recognized as morally permissible.” In addition, the Synodal Path proposes that there are “now also no real differences between ordained bishops, priests, deacons, and ‘only’ baptized and confirmed,” the prelate explains.

In light of these heretical views, Cardinal Brandmüller concludes that “the Frankfurt Assembly overrules two thousand years of practice and a General Council. And, moreover, it demands that the Sacrament of Holy Orders be administered to women – something that has never been considered possible in two thousand years because, as John Paul II has stated with infallible judgment, the Church has no authority to administer the Sacrament of Holy Orders to women.” Such proposals, he goes on to say, “have aroused horror among ordinary Catholics.”

Cardinal Brandmüller then pronounces his challenge to the German bishops:

The frightening question suggests itself: Did the bishops who were involved in the decision-making process really not realize that they were openly contradicting the truths of the faith, which they had repeatedly sworn to faithfully preserve and proclaim? This question of ultimate existential seriousness must be asked in all severity – and answered by every bishop. The community of the faithful has a right to this!

The Synodal Path has aroused much opposition in Germany (here is a petition by German Catholics) and in the outside world, with the Polish bishops in February and the Nordic Bishops’ Conference only two days ago issuing strong warnings that the German bishops must adhere to the foundation of Catholic doctrine. The Nordic bishops, for example, wrote in their March 9 letter to the head of the German bishops, Georg Bätzing: “It has ever been the case that true reforms in the Church have set out from Catholic teaching founded on divine Revelation and authentic Tradition, to defend it, expound it, and translate it credibly into lived life — not from capitulation to the Zeitgeist. How fickle the Zeigeist is, is something we verify on a daily basis.” The Nordic Bishops’ Conference is the conference of the bishops of Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Iceland.

The German Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller – a former head of the doctrinal congregation in Rome – warned in 2020 against the discussions and decisions of the Synodal Path and compared them with the Enabling Act of Hitler in 1933: “This is like the situation when the Weimar Constitution was repealed by the Enabling Act. A self-appointed assembly, which is not authorized by God nor by the people it is supposed to represent, rescinds the Constitution of the Church of Divine Right, which is based on the Word of God (in Scripture and Tradition).”

The Synodal Path process began in 2019, and even then Cardinal Brandmüller himself had warned against it, saying that it could lead to a “national church” without “nearly any ties to Rome” and  that this would be “certainly be the surest path into the final decline.”

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PETITION UPDATE (3/7/22) - 

To his eternal shame, self-professed "Catholic" Joe Biden has done it again.

In the last 10 days, Biden directly acted to promote the evil of abortion. Twice.

And, to their shame, the bishops of the United States continue to tolerate this ongoing scandal as though it's business as usual.

But, let's not give up on our shepherds!

Please SIGN this petition and let's CONTACT our bishops again, and ask them to do the right thing (or, do something!), and excommunicate Joe Biden.

In the latest episode of this ongoing tragedy, Biden nominated abortion-friendly (and, Planned Parenthood supported) Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court.

Then, as if to underline his Supreme Court pick, Biden made the following statement promoting abortion during his State of the Union address:

"The constitutional right affirmed by Roe v. Wade — standing precedent for half a century — is under attack as never before. If you want to go forward — not backwards — we must protect access to health care. Preserve a woman’s right to choose..."

Of course, we know that making a decision to exclude public figures from Holy Communion is not easy. But, sometimes, this is the only way to make them understand the error of their ways, and to preserve the Church from serious scandal.

And now that Biden has left no doubt as to his intentions and actions - attempting to anchor the United States to the evil of abortion for generations to come - it is high time for the bishops to act to stop this grave scandal from continuing.

Public excommunication would be a suitable response for Biden's obstinate, public and grave sin of scandalously promoting abortion.

Please continue to SIGN and SHARE this important petition. Thank you!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

'Biden announces Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace Stephen Breyer on Supreme Court' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/biden-announces-ketanji-brown-jackson-to-replace-stephen-breyer-on-supreme-court/

'Pro-life groups warn about Biden’s Supreme Court nominee' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pro-life-groups-warn-about-bidens-supreme-court-nominee/

'These Republicans could help Biden install his far-left Supreme Court pick' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/these-republicans-could-help-biden-his-left-wing-supreme-court-pick/

'Biden reiterates support for Roe v. Wade, radical LGBT policies during State of the Union' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/biden-again-vows-supports-for-roe-v-wade-radical-pro-lgbt-law/

'Biden says he won’t debate ‘theology’ when asked on Ash Wednesday why he supports abortion' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/biden-says-he-wont-debate-theology-when-asked-on-ash-wednesday-why-he-supports-abortion/

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PETITION UPDATE (9/3/21) - 

Following the US Supreme Court's decision to allow Texas' Heartbeat Law to go into effect, Joe Biden made the announcement that he would initiate a "whole-of-government" response against the new pro-life statute which could ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

This is yet another, outright confirmation of Biden's openly pro-abortion policies, policies which have the main objective of ensuring that women will continue to be able to kill their own children without impediment.

This anti-life, anti-Catholic stance needs to be urgently addressed and condemned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

For the good of the Church, for the good of pre-born babies, for the good of the faithful, and, indeed, for his own good, Joe Biden needs to be publicly rebuked by the bishops and excommunicated until such time as he repents from his pro-abortion policies.

Please continue to SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks the bishops of the United States to act in unison to exclude Joe Biden from Holy Communion for his scandalous promotion of abortion - the murder of the innocent.

After signing, please take a moment to CONTACT the offices of the USCCB to politely, but firmly, encourage the Conference to take the necessary steps to exclude from Holy Communion public officials who continue to show blatant disregard for innocent human life and the Church's teaching.

The USCCB's Office phone number is: 202.541.3000

Thank you!

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"No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." - Matthew 6:24

In the lead-up to their meeting in mid-June, we call on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to exclude Joe Biden and other “Catholic” politicians (like, Nancy Pelosi) from Holy Communion over their public, obstinate, and scandalous promotion of abortion.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which asks the USCCB to act to stop the abuse of the reception of the Holy Eucharist by politicians who promote the murder of innocent pre-born babies.

We know that making a decision to exclude public figures from Holy Communion is not easy. But, sometimes, this is the only way to make them understand the error of their ways, and to preserve the Church from serious scandal.

Indeed, Canon Law (Canon 915) declares that those who persist in manifest, grave sin should not be admitted to Holy Communion

Beyond that, at this point, public excommunication appears as the only suitable response for Biden's obstinate, public and grave sin of promoting abortion.

In doing so, we do not hold ourselves up as judges over Joe Biden's eternal soul, but we encourage the bishops to make known one of the consequences of public and obstinate support of abortion by our 'Catholic' politicians.

The fact is, in terms of the manifest, grave sin of abortion, Joe Biden is as bad as he said he would be before the election.

Therefore, it is cold comfort that the USCCB is only preparing to discuss this issue only now.

But even now, if the USCCB publicly excommunicate Biden for his pro-abortion stance (as well as other pro-abortion politicians), the Conference could reclaim some of the moral authority which they lost by their largely silent assent to Biden's candidacy.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition, now.

Since Joe Biden was sworn-in on the 20th of January, he has wasted no time in signing orders and bills which facilitate the destruction of unborn human life.

  • In one executive order, Biden rescinded the Mexico City Policy prohibiting the federal government from spending taxpayer monies on abortion and the promotion of abortion.
  • Biden also signed (instead of vetoing) the COVID relief bill, which, for the first time in 44 years, contained funding for abortions in America, using taxpayer dollars.
  • Biden said that he wouldn't defend Hyde, and he hasn't.

And, if he and the Democratic Party get their way, a lot more of the same regarding abortion is on the way.

Strong action must be taken lest anyone, especially young people, be confused by the scandal of a "Catholic" in Biden's position aggressively promoting abortion, enabling the killing of innocent human beings.

American rank-and-file Catholics don't want any more compromise and equivocation from the Bishops Conference on this "pre-eminent" life-and-death issue.

We want clear action, not twenty more years of dithering and "dialoguing."

50 million babies have been lost to abortion in the U.S. since Roe!

So, we will NOT accept any more lives lost as a result of dithering and "dialoguing." [**Please see "Notes" below about how it has been reported that some senior U.S. clerics are trying to prevent this discussion from even taking place.]

And, we will especially NOT accept one life lost to abortion by politicians who claim the Catholic Faith, but who promote grave evil. God forbid!

With all due respect to these bishops, they diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by not imposing public canonical penalties on a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

The bishops are now at a crossroads and must choose either God or mammon.

We call on them to choose God and choose Life!

And we also continue to encourage those brave, true and good bishops who have done well to warn Amercian Catholics about the perils to the unborn and the Faith resulting from Biden's promotion of abortion!

SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks the bishops of the United States to act in unison to exclude Joe Biden from Holy Communion for his scandalous promotion of abortion - the murder of the innocent.

After signing, please take a moment to CONTACT the offices of the USCCB to politely, but firmly, encourage the Conference to take the necessary steps to exclude from Holy Communion public officials who continue to show blatant disregard for innocent human life and the Church's teaching.

The USCCB's Office phone number is: 202.541.3000

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Joe Biden: I support abortion ‘under any circumstance’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/joe-biden-i-support-abortion-under-any-circumstance

Biden administration has opened the way for ‘abortion by mail on a massive scale’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/biden-administration-unleashed-by

‘Catholic’ Biden marks Roe v. Wade anniversary with pledge to make abortion available for ‘everyone’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/catholic-biden-marks-roe-v-wade-anniversary-with-pledge-to-make-abortion-available-for-everyone

BREAKING: DC archbishop affirms he will give Holy Communion to pro-abortion Joe Biden - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-dc-archbishop-affirms-he-will-give-holy-communion-to-pro-abortion-joe-biden

Vatican puts brakes on US bishops confronting problem of pro-abortion Biden receiving Holy Communion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/vatican-puts-brakes-on-us-bishops-confronting-problem-of-pro-abortion-biden-receiving-holy-communion

Abp. Aquila backs call for pro-abortion ‘Catholic’ Joe Biden to be denied Holy Communion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/abp-aquila-backs-call-for-pro-abortion-catholic-joe-biden-to-be-denied-holy-communion

Cardinal Burke floats ‘excommunication’ for Biden over his ‘aggressive’ abortion promotion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-burke-floats-excommunication-for-biden-over-his-aggressive-promotion-of-abortion

Biden’s HHS is lying about Title X to push abortion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/bidens-hhs-is-lying-about-title-x-to-push-abortion

List of US bishops for and against denying Communion to pro-abortion politicians like Biden, Pelosi - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/list-of-us-bishops-for-and-against-denying-communion-to-pro-abortion-politicians-like-biden-pelosi

Notes about USCCB's June Meeting:

For nearly twenty years, the US bishops have been dithering about whether or not to excommunicate pro-abortion politicians by formally withholding Holy Communion from them.

Their indecision on this gravely scandalous matter is a scandal in itself, but one of the biggest obstacles has been internal opposition from senior U.S. bishops.

And, although the faces have changed in the last 20 years, their morally-and-intellectually-challenged arguments against excommunication have not changed.

Liberal bishops of the USCCB say that excommunicating Biden (for example) would divide the Church, divide the bishops, and would politicize the reception of Holy Communion.

Indeed, in the name of “unity,” it is reported that some senior U.S. clerics, including Cardinal Blase Cupich (Chicago), Cardinal Wilton Gregory (Washington, DC) and Cardinal O’Malley (Boston), have been working overtime to prevent any substantial discussion of so-called “Eucharist coherence” (that is, what qualifies as worthy reception of Holy Communion).

It is also reported that at least 57 other American bishops allegedly joined these Cardinals in a recent letter to the Head of the Bishops Conference, Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles, to try to pressure him to drop the planned discussion at the full meeting of bishops in June.

And now, even the Vatican is getting involved, with the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith suggesting that even more “dialogue” is needed.

These same clerics may mistakenly believe that any attempt to suppress the objective connection between a politician’s promotion of abortion and his unworthy reception of Holy Communion will fool anyone.

But, it will not.

Rank-and-file Catholics are not stupid and can smell compromise a mile away, and we’ve had enough.

With all due respect to the Cardinal, bishops, and the Vatican…those who fail to act diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by “dialoguing” with a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition urging the bishops Conference to take action at their June meeting to exclude pro-abortion Joe Biden and other abortion-promoting “Catholic” politicians from Holy Communion.

**Photo Credit: Joshua Roberts / Getty Images

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Please see here the English translation of Cardinal Brandmüller’s new statement:

Quo vadis, Germania?

By Walter Cardinal Brandmüller

So now the German “Synodal Path” has reached its first stage. In the elaborated texts – as to be expected – demands are raised which are in clear contradiction to the authentic Catholic faith, to the hierarchical-sacramental constitution and to the binding moral teaching of the Church. All this was “decided” with a large majority. The fact that not a few of these “yes” votes came from bishops indicates the seriousness of the situation – and raises fundamental questions.

Now it certainly came as no surprise to find among the “reforms” that were approved the abolition of celibacy, as well as the admission of remarried divorcees to communion, and so on. All this has been sweltering underground since the Würzburg Synod of 1971-1975, which was never confirmed by the Holy See. What is new, however, is that practiced homosexuality is recognized as morally permissible. That now no real difference between ordained bishops, priests, deacons and “only” baptized and confirmed should also be recognized, on the other hand, corresponds completely to the teachings of Martin Luther. The Second Vatican Council, however, teaches that the ministerial priesthood, that is, the hierarchical priesthood of the consecrated, differs from the universal priesthood of the baptized not merely in degree but in essence. Thus, the Frankfurt Assembly overrules two thousand years of practice and a General Council. And, moreover, it demands that the Sacrament of Holy Orders be administered to women – something that has never been considered possible in two thousand years because, as John Paul II has stated with infallible judgment, the Church has no authority to administer the Sacrament of Holy Orders to women.

These, then, are the spectacular demands of the Frankfurt companions, which have aroused as lively an enthusiasm in the circles of functional Catholicism as they have aroused horror among ordinary Catholics.

The frightening question suggests itself: Did the bishops who were involved in the decision-making process really not realize that they were openly contradicting the truths of the faith, which they had repeatedly sworn to faithfully preserve and proclaim? This question of ultimate existential seriousness must be asked in all severity – and answered by every bishop. The community of the faithful has a right to this!

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In order to assess the seriousness and scope of this question, it is now necessary to trace the roots of the crisis that came to light with “Frankfurt”.

In this beginning, looking back at the end of the 19th century, we encounter the phenomenon of “Modernism”. What is really at stake here is the very fundamental question of the nature of religion: What actually is religion?

For a series of attempts to answer this question discussed around the turn of the 20th century, especially in France and England, Pius X came up with the collective term “Modernism”. This was a heterogeneous complex of ideas and approaches that were – and still are – incompatible with the Catholic faith in various ways.

One might think of attempts to illuminate the meaning of human existence, to cope with the experience of man’s finiteness, of the primordial experience of the depths of the person, of the unconscious or subconscious, etc. In addition, there is another constitutive element: that of evolution. In their own way, the person as well as society are subjects of evolution. In these cases, however, evolution takes place according to Hegel in the three-step process of thesis, antithesis, and synthesis. But this means that today could be true what yesterday was false, and vice versa, in order to be questioned again in the next step – and so on. Thus this development, also of the religious consciousness, takes place on the always higher level of the respective time. This means, however, that contents of faith, practiced faith, or life are to be formulated on their momentary stage of development and are to be expressed in the practical life.

In any case it is about the “I”, which experiences itself, understands itself, articulates itself. Fixated on itself and circling around itself – enclosed in itself. A solitary monologue.

Now it would have been a most urgent task of theology to deal with these currents and the reaction of the ecclesiastical Magisterium to them – one thinks of the encyclical Pascendi and the decree Lamentabili of Pope Pius X – in a serious and calm way.

However, precisely this did not happen. This was a truly tragic consequence of the rapid political-cultural-economic development of the Western world, which soon perished in the primordial catastrophe of the First World War. The old powers were replaced by communist – fascist – dictatorships, whose clash in World War 2 led to the almost complete collapse of Europe.

The consequence of this was also “Inter arma silent musae” – i.e., where the weapons speak, the muses are silent – that theology in the first half of the 20th century turned less to the fundamental than to the momentarily current. Thus, however, there was no thorough and comprehensive examination of the complex phenomenon of Modernism. However, the problem continued to smolder underground.

The crisis finally erupted in the run-up to Vatican Council II, followed by serious intrusions into the faith and life of the Church. One need only refer to the nouvelle théologie to which Pius XII responded with his encyclical Humani generis. Soon after, the now graying generation of ’68 [the cultural revolution of the 1960s], which again set the tone in Frankfurt, attempted to change the course of events.

For example, the “clinical findings” for the patient “German Church”: a non-governmental organization – NGO – with humanitarian, cultural goals. An impressive artifact, limited to the here-and-now, circling around itself – superfluous.

***

The human being, however – so a comparison from mathematics – is neither a straight line without beginning and end, nor does he resemble the line segment, which is limited by both. He is rather like the ray which has a beginning but no end. Man does not exhaust himself in his life on earth. According to Judeo-Christian conviction, he is a creature and image of that Infinite Spirit Whose Will has called all that is into existence, but religion is the way how the creature man responds to it, recognizes his Creator, and meets Him. “Religion” is not a monologue, but essentially a dialogue.

With such considerations we move, certainly, still on the level of natural religion, which results from the realization of the finiteness, of the createdness of man and establishes an existential relationship of worship and devotion to the Creator. At the same time, there is still no mention of Christianity.

Are these self-evident facts – one wonders in astonishment, dismay – really lost to the Frankfurt companions?

Do the “synodalists” not realize that they are on a wrong track that is lost in nothingness?

In the end, the result of the enterprise “Synodal Path” is fatal: The Frankfurt papers are no longer only about false doctrine, heresy; in these texts hardly anything false is said about God. But God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are simply no longer mentioned. But this means “Atheism in Christianity” – the title of a book by Ernst Bloch from 1968 – he, Bloch, a “Frankfurter,” too.

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In contrast to this we hold: Religion in the Jewish-Christian understanding is not the result of human self-experience or existential reflection, but the answer of the creature man to the self-communication, revelation of the Creator to His creature man. A call from beyond the created, which as such recognizably went out in the course of history to mankind, to the “chosen people” of Israel. In retrospect it becomes visible how in the religious tradition of this people from initially rather shadowy inklings an ever clearer, more sublime picture of the Creator of man and universe was recognized.

The Jewish-Christian author introduces his Epistle to the Hebrews with the words: “Many times and in many ways God once spoke to the fathers through the prophets,” but then he continues: “at the end of these days He has spoken to us through the Son.”

“The Son”, however, is the historical Jesus of Nazareth, whose last years of life, whose death on the cross, occurred in the brightest light of publicity, and are all the more extensively documented than those of his most prominent contemporaries. These testimonies are the writings of the New Testament.

Researchers agree that most of these were written and distributed during the lifetime of contemporaries of the reported events. Therefore, there is no reasonable doubt about their historical statements. In short, faith in Jesus Christ, the Incarnate “Son of the Living God,” is not based on ideas, myths, etc., but on verifiable historical facts. From the number and enthusiasm of the eye- and ear-witnesses of the events surrounding Jesus of Nazareth, the Risen Christ built on Peter, the rock, His Church, which the Apostle Paul was soon to portray as the Body of Christ, a living organism animated by the Spirit of God, the new way of the presence of the Risen Christ in this world.

And now the astonishing and dismaying statement: all this plays no role in “Frankfurt.” And there is no mention of death, judgment, and eternal life.

But what is understood there by religion, Christianity, the Catholic Church?

Indeed, “atheism in Christianity”. Is the “Church” then indeed only a socio-cultural – and among so many others – superfluous NGO?

“Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God” (Hosea 14:2).

Translation by Dr. Maike Hickson

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Dr. Maike Hickson was born and raised in Germany. She holds a PhD from the University of Hannover, Germany, after having written in Switzerland her doctoral dissertation on the history of Swiss intellectuals before and during World War II. She now lives in the U.S. and is married to Dr. Robert Hickson, and they have been blessed with two beautiful children. She is a happy housewife who likes to write articles when time permits.

Dr. Hickson published in 2014 a Festschrift, a collection of some thirty essays written by thoughtful authors in honor of her husband upon his 70th birthday, which is entitled A Catholic Witness in Our Time.

Hickson has closely followed the papacy of Pope Francis and the developments in the Catholic Church in Germany, and she has been writing articles on religion and politics for U.S. and European publications and websites such as LifeSiteNews, OnePeterFive, The Wanderer, Rorate Caeli, Catholicism.org, Catholic Family News, Christian Order, Notizie Pro-Vita, Corrispondenza Romana, Katholisches.info, Der Dreizehnte,  Zeit-Fragen, and Westfalen-Blatt.

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