Retired cardinal sounds alarm: sees in Church ‘a perverse lust for self-destruction’
July 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- The retired Vatican cardinal and Church historian, Walter Brandmueller, has given an interview in Germany in which he rebukes the liberal agenda among Germany’s bishops. The interview, entitled “The Good Shepherd May Not Fear the Wolves,” was published on July 1 in the German regional newspaper Rheinische Post.
The cardinal sees in certain circles in the Church almost a “perverse lust for self-destruction,” for example, “by undermining the procreation of life in different ways and in putting into question the natural sexual identity of man and woman.”
Cardinal Brandmueller describes the danger of adapting to “political correctness,” admitting that violating it entails “risking execution by the Media.”
He decries the “dynamic of silence into which the majority” of bishops have slipped “and thus silently watch the execution.” No one can claim “such conduct is worthy of a Christian,” he adds, “especially when dealing with fundamental questions concerning the teaching of Faith and Morals of the Gospel of Christ.”
“For what purpose did we receive the Sacrament of Confirmation?” he asks. “And, did not the bishops at their consecration promise that they would proclaim faithfully the Gospel of Christ and would preserve, pure and entire, the Deposit of the Faith according to the Tradition as held by the Church, always and everywhere?”
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The cardinal calls for a “de-secularization” of the Church, meaning a form of thinking which does not follow earthly principles and calculations but “follows the Truth of the Faith.” Instead of “preaching ‘Christianity light,’” he said, “we should have the courage to demand a program which is in firm contrast to the societal mainstream of today and lives out fully” the commandments.
“The Church can and must proclaim the Natural Moral Law which has been perfected by the Gospels and which is understandable for the man of good will,” he says. “Thereby, the Church should not allow herself to be deflected by the [growing] resistance against her message.”