Sunday, February 9, 2014

Cardinal Schönborn: "Pope Francis has already changed Church"

The following are excerpts taken from an article on National Catholic Registers.
The full article can be found here:

Original in black. My comments in red.

Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, standing, talks with Pope Francis during a meeting with Austrian bishops at the Vatican Jan. 30. (CNS/Reuters/L'Osservatore Romano)

"It is fascinating to see how Pope Francis is encouraging, reviving and renewing the church. Our meeting with him was an excellent lesson on how to live the Gospel today," Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna said after a 90-minute audience with the pope during the Austrian bishops' "ad limina" visit to the Vatican in the last week of January.
The Austrian bishops took the results of the recent Vatican questionnaire to Rome with them. Responses showed that 95 percent of those who had filled out the questionnaire in Austria were in favor of allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the sacraments.
>> Confirms that at least 95% of Austrians completing the survey do not understand Catholic morality. Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More did not lose their heads to Henry VIII for refusing to support his divorce and remarriage for no reason. It is not possible to approve divorce and remarriage.
“7 For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother; and shall cleave to his wife. 8 And they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. 9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” (Mark 10, also Matthew 19)
“18 Every one that putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and he that marrieth her that is put away from her husband, committeth adultery.” (Luke 16)
Annulments (recognition of an absence of a valid marriage in the first place) are another story. But it is clear from the 2000 year teaching Magisterium that once a man and a woman are validly joined in the sacrament of Holy Matrimony, and when that marriage is consummated, they are one flesh which cannot be divided, especially not by some secular tribunal.
“Til death do us part” they pledge in their vows.
“39 A woman is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband die, she is at liberty” (1 Corinthians 7)
So just because they may in the eyes of the state be divorced and remarried to another person, this does not mean they are fit to go receive Holy Communion…for they are living in a state of persistent and pertinacious adultery and fornication. This, obviously, means they are living outside of a state of sanctifying grace and therefore are entirely unfit for receiving the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
“27 Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 11)
What is most striking and indeed both frightening and sorrowful is that it’s not just Austrians who are unfamiliar with infallible Church morality, it is also the Austrian priests, bishops and cardinals…AND THE POPE HIMSELF!
But it gets worse…
Francis spoke of his experiences in Latin America, where the situation of marriage and the family was, to a certain extent, "far more dramatic" than in Europe, Schönborn said. It is important to realize that today many couples live together without getting married and have children, then later marry in a registry office, with some opting for a church marriage, the pope explained. The church must take this way of life seriously and accompany the couples on their way, Francis underlined. His basic message was "Don't judge, but look closely and listen very carefully," Schönborn said.
>> Okay. Now cue the likes of neo-cons such as EWTN, Mark Shea, et al…or of the pseudo-trads like Michael Voris trying to defend the Pope's comments as taken out of context or not properly understood. No. They are not out of context. It is not a poor translation. This is, and I write this with the UTMOST inner sorrow, how our present Pope thinks and how our present Pope speaks. And Cardinal Schönborn thinks it’s just fantastic. So does Cardinal Dolan, Cardinal O’Malley, Cardinal Tauron…and Hindus, and Buddhists, and Jews, and liberals, and Time Magazine, and even atheists.
It is the man of the birth name Jorge Bergoglio to a “T.” He used the same exact language as underlined above in his book Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio speaking about priests who “fall in love.”
Question: “There are times when a priest does fall in love and must reassess his vocation and his life. Then he must go to the bishop and tell him, ‘I’ve made up my mind… I didn’t know I was going to feel something so beautiful… I truly love this woman’, and he asks to leave the priesthood. And what do you do in these cases?”
Answer (Bergoglio): “I stay with him; I accompany him on his spiritual journey. If he is sure of his decision, I even help him find work… We request what is called ‘dispensation,’ permission from Rome, and then he would be allowed to receive the sacrament of marriage.”
This ties in closely to his much publicized comments a few months back when questioned on an airplane about homosexuals when he responded, again as afore-underlined, “Who am I to judge?”
It goes on…
In several interviews shortly before leaving Vienna, Schönborn advocated a more rational, down-to-earth approach toward family relationships. "For the most part, the church approaches the [family] issue unhistorically," he said. "People have always lived together in various ways. And today, we in the church tacitly live with the fact that the majority of our young people, including those with close ties to the Catholic church, quite naturally live together. The simple fact is that the environment has changed."
>> Okay. This paragraph is preposterous on numerous levels. Cardinal Schönborn is first calling for a “more rational” approach toward family relationships. This implicitly means that, up until now, the Church has – according to him – been irrationally dealing with family relationships. How outrageous!
Second, he is CLEARLY spouting the very definition of Modernism by stating that  because times change and people live in new ways, the Church needs to recognize and respect that, even if it means people living together in sin.
“80. The Roman Pontiff can, and ought to, reconcile himself, and come to terms with progress, liberalism and modern civilization. – CONDEMNED” (Pope Pius IX, Syllabus of Errors, 1964)
Schönborn "in no way" wanted to advocate changing canon law but merely to show how difficult it was to bring the ideal family model into line with reality. "The decisive point is not to condemn the way most people actually live together, but to ask, 'How do we cope with failure?' " he said.
>> He doesn’t want to change canon law, because he knows he can’t do that. He just wants to turn a blind eye to it and to disregard it.
Also, again with the “don’t judge, don’t condemn” theology. Look, I understand being sensitive, patient and tender to those who are ignorant of truth and blind to eternal realities. But there is also a grave responsibility of those in positions of ecclesiastical authority to defend truth and to condemn, yes CONDEMN error.
“Let your apostolic zeal shine with benign charity. If it be necessary -- and it is everyone's duty -- to fight error and repel vice, the soul of the priest must be ever open to compassion. Error must be fought with all our might, but the brother who errs must be loved intensely and brought to salvation…he who to please men would gloss over their evil inclinations or be indulgent about their incorrect ways of thinking or acting, thereby prejudicing Christian teaching and integrity of morals, would be betraying his ministry
“It must be added that the priest who is the "salt of the earth" and "the light of the world" must labor mightily for the defense of the Faith by preaching the Gospel and confuting the doctrinal errors opposed to it which are disseminated today among the people by every possible means. But these errors cannot be efficaciously fought if the unassailable principles of Catholic philosophy and theology are not thoroughly known.” (Pope Pius XII, Menti Nostrae - Thoughts for the Clergy of the World, 1950)
Why, why is it that I, a 28 year old lay person, know this basic truth of the faith, but an entire country of ordained and consecrated men and the Sovereign Pontiff do not? They do know. But they are choosing to disobey, and they are “betraying their ministry” and solidifying themselves amongst the ranks of Judas as betrayers of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Austrian bishops also discussed with the pope the Austrian Priests' Initiative, which has called for the ordination of married men and women, and their "Call to Disobedience," Schönborn said. The pope advised them that the most important thing for bishops is always to be in close contact with their priests, the cardinal said.
>> For more information on this, please go to the following two links:
Prepare to be astounded.
And then take a moment to think. The trailer to the documentary of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre’s life asks the following question:
“How did this bishop, a former missionary in Gabon, Archbishop of Dakar, Apostolic Delegate for all of French-speaking Africa, Superior General of the Holy Ghost Fathers get to this point [branded as a ‘rebel’ and ‘excommunicated’]?”
And how is it that these 313 clergy in open revolt against the Church and against Almighty God do NOT find themselves even being discouraged from behaving this way!? The Pope is silent on the matter, and just says it’s important that the bishops be “close to their priests.”
Schönborn said he was convinced that far-reaching church reform was on the way, "but it will not be achieved through big words and programs but through people like Pope Francis." One could already see that the pope has become a role model, Schönborn said. "The atmosphere is changing and his behavior is making itself felt," he said. What impressed him most about the pope was his charisma. "You can feel his inner devotion to God from which his compassion, his warmth and his infectious sense of humor emanates," the cardinal said.
“26 Woe to you when men shall bless you: for according to these things did their fathers to the false prophets.” (Luke 6)
“24 For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect.” (Matthew 24)
“23. Roman pontiffs and ecumenical councils have wandered outside the limits of their powers, have usurped the rights of princes, and have even erred in defining matters of faith and morals – CONDEMNED” (Pope Pius IX, Syllabus of Errors, 1864)

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