Cardinal Koch: Catholic Church’s mission not to adapt to the Zeitgeist, but to follow Christ!

Another Cardinal has joined the chorus now pointing to the bizarre anti-Catholic comments recently made by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, head of the German's Bishop's Conference.

Voice of the Family reports:

In an interview with the German Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost, Cardinal Kurt Koch firmly (but politely) refuted the proposal of Cardinal Reinhard Marx and Bishop Franz-Josef Bode, both delegates to the upcoming Synod on the Family, that the Catholic Church has to adjust herself more to the ‘life realities’ of Catholics today, and liberalize its attitude toward remarried divorcees. Cardinal Marx had even declared that the German bishops will make their pastoral decisions independently of Rome.

Cardinal Koch’s comments followed a strong rebuke of Cardinal Marx by German Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes. ‘A Cardinal cannot easily separate the pastoral approach from the teaching,’ Cardinal Cordes said, ‘unless he wants to ignore the binding meaning of Christ’s words and the binding words of the Council of Trent.’

Cardinal Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said that Bode’s words should remind us of a similar historical situation: namely the time of the Third Reich, where the ‘German Christians’ adjusted their faith to the worldview of National Socialism, namely its racist and nationalistic ideas. He said: ‘Let us think of the ‘German Christians’ during the time of National Socialism, when, next to the Holy Scripture, they also raised up the Nation and the Race as sources of revelation, against which the Theological Declaration of Barmen (1934) [which rejected the submission of the Protestant churches under the state] protested. We have to differentiate very carefully here and listen with sensitivity to the signs of the times – and to the spirit that reveals itself in these signs: Which ones are signs of the Gospel, which ones are not?’

With this comment, Koch made clear that it is not the Catholic Church’s mission to adapt her irreformable teaching to the spirit of the time, the Zeitgeist, but, rather, the Church has to follow Christ’s teaching at all times, throughout history.

Well said your Eminence! Thank you!

Read the full article here.


  1. Good on that Cardinal! I have a copy of the Barmen Declaration. It's published in the current edition of the Lutheran Catechism (along with a modern Creed that is altogether another kettle of fish ..... that one does adapt to the Zeitgeist, but I don't know if they use it or it's just there to make people think.)

    St Maximillian Kolbe, pray for us!
    Bl Clemens August, Graf von Galen and Bishop of Munster, pray for us!


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