(LifeSiteNews) — German Archbishop Ludwig Schick has stated that rejecting other religions as a Catholic is a sign of “right-wing extremist tendencies” and that he sees these tendencies among “certain pro-life activists.”
Schick, who is the archbishop for the diocese of Bamberg, talked about the danger of “right-wing ideas” among members of the Church in an interview with domradio.de.
“Whoever is a Christian must stand up for freedom, for unity, for worldwide solidarity and worldwide charity, otherwise he does not deserve the name Christian,” Schick stated while condemning “right-wing ideas.”
“For example, I see right-wing extremist tendencies among certain pro-life activists,” Schick said. “When it comes to interreligious dialogue, there too are right-wing extremist tendencies that fundamentally reject other religions because they insist solely on their perceived Catholic position.”
Schick said that Catholics who hold to the teaching that the Catholic faith is the one true religion have “right-wing extremist tendencies,” which he clearly meant in a derogative way.
The German prelate appears to be at odds with Catholic teaching, as the Catholic Church has always held that it is the one true Church that Jesus Christ founded and that the Catholic faith is therefore the one true religion.
In his “Syllabus of Errors,” Bl. Pope Pius IX explicitly condemned the view that the Catholic Church could not proclaim itself to be the only true religion (cf. Syllabus of Errors 21).
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Bishop Joseph Strickland, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Fr. James Altman, and two dozen more faithful Catholic priests & scholars are publicly calling out Pope Francis for his outrageous, dangerous, and heretical teaching concerning reception of Holy Communion.
Pope Francis stated that "faith" is the only requirement for those who wish to receive Holy Communion in his June 29 Apostolic Letter on the liturgy, Desiderio desideravi.
This statement is dangerous because:
- The Council of Trent explicitly anathematized those who make this claim calling it 'heresy'
- Pope Francis omitted the essential step of repentance for sin to worthily receive the Eucharist.
- Pope Francis is thereby allowing the faithful to eat and drink condemnation on themselves, should they receive Holy Communion unworthily
- Pope Francis is supporting moral relativism, eradicating the clear distinction between good and evil
- Pope Francis is eradicating the need for the Sacrament of Confession
- Pope Francis is damaging the teaching office of the Church by sowing doubt and division among faithful Catholics
But there is a way to stop Pope Francis' modernist attack and defend the true Catholic teaching on Holy Communion.
Catholics everywhere must renounce Pope Francis' heresy and uphold the truth: only Baptized Catholics in the state of grace, and therefore free of mortal sin, can receive Holy Communion*.
For those in mortal sin, repentance and absolution must first be sought in the Sacrament of Confession before receiving the Eucharist*.
Pope Francis' statement would mislead many souls, which is why we need your help today to stand with Bishop Strickland, Fr. Altman, Bishop Schneider, and more.
TELL POPE FRANCIS: HOLY COMMUNION CAN ONLY BE RECEIVED IN THE STATE OF GRACE!
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*However, if a Catholic is unable to attend Confession but has a grave reason for receiving the Eucharist (such as a priest who may be required to celebrate Mass at a given time but who is unable to go to Confession), such a person must be confident to the best of his ability that he have perfect contrition for any mortal sins that he may have committed before receiving Holy Communion in an exceptional situation.
Schick’s accusation of right-wing extremism towards faithful Catholics follows similar smears against the Berlin March for Life participants. Gregor Podschun, the head of Bund der Deutschen katholischen Jugend, a major Catholic youth organization in Germany, accused march participants of marching “shoulder to shoulder with Nazis” because a “right-wing conservative” politician from the “Alternative for Germany (AfD)” party took part.
Furthermore, the German Catholic news outlet katholisch.de, which is owned by the German Catholic Church, recently published an interview with Liane Bednarz, an “expert on the topic of Catholics and right-wing populism.”
Bednarz declared that there are “people who consider themselves very pious,” who do not know “with whom they are sympathizing and what kind of enemy images they are adopting” when they support right-wing politicians.
Bednarz also criticized Pope Benedict XVI for his 2005 “Dictatorship of Relativism” remarks, saying they had led to “unacceptable statements” such as Swiss Cardinal Kurt Koch’s comparison of the German Synodal Way to some Protestant Christians in the Nazi era who tried to adapt their faith to the current zeitgeist.
“The problem is that some people who consider themselves very conservative and pious believe that their own attitude is the only true one,” Bednarz stated. “And instead of arguing, they get into this idea that there is a dictatorship of relativism.”
Critics of so-called “right-wing Christians,” like Schick and Podschun, often hold heterodox views, especially regarding the Church’s teaching on sexuality, and align themselves with mainstream narratives on issues like COVID restrictions.
Schick has called for female deacons and married priests in order to discover “sources of error” in the Church sooner. Furthermore, the German archbishop referred to people who criticized COVID-related mandates and questioned the mainstream narrative as “incorrigible Corona deniers who also often espouse inane racism and nationalism.” Schick also claimed that there was a “moral obligation” to take the experimental COVID shots.