Priests Appeal Teaching Errors

Priests Appeal to World’s Bishops to Address ‘Pastoral Crisis’ in the Church

Their plea to reaffirm the Gospel comes in response to errors in teaching which they say have their roots in ‘secular mentalities and the false moral theology of past decades.’

A group of priests has issued a plea to all the world’s bishops to “reaffirm Christ’s teaching” in the face of today’s “pastoral crisis” in the Catholic Church.

Fifteen American and European clergy, including Father Gerald Murray, a frequent guest on EWTN’s The World Over program, highlight a resurgence of “gravely harmful moral errors” regarding the feasibility of living Jesus’ teachings, the nature of conscience, and the role of the Church.

With measured and respectful words, A Pastoral Appeal to the Bishops for an Apostolic Reaffirmation of the Gospel expresses the hope that “much of the damage” caused by this trend “could be healed or mitigated” if bishops were to “reaffirm Jesus’ teachings and to correct those errors with the full authority of your apostolic office.”

Doing so would “benefit those entrusted to your care,” they continue, and would “contribute greatly to the unity and well-being of the universal Church.” The priests warn that “without such assistance, this detrimental situation will worsen significantly.”

The priests’ appeal, signed on April 22, Good Shepherd Sunday, comes after frequent statements and actions from some of the hierarchy, theologians and even Pope Francis himself which many of the faithful believe question or even openly contradict the Church’s established teaching and pastoral practice.

Without referencing the Holy Father or any particular document, priest, bishop or theologian, the priests highlight a general “mistaken approach” which asserts that those who “commit objectively evil acts, and judge themselves subjectively free of culpability, must be allowed to receive Holy Communion.”

They argue that this can lead to the mistaken belief that, although certain behaviors are always evil, “in some circumstances those behaviors are the most realistic good that can be achieved or, indeed, are simply good.” Taken even further, they argue that this could lead to believing that such sinful “behaviors can be approved or proposed by God.”

“Christ’s life and moral teachings are thus presented as abstract ideals that must be adjusted to fit our circumstances, rather than as realities already attuned to free us from sin and evil in every situation,” the priests explain.

Read more at the NCR here

This latest appeal comes in the wake of literally daily scandals where the faithful are crying out to their priests and bishops about the apostasy and heresy in the Catholic Church.

For example Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the Archbishop of Munich and Freising, criticised a mandate from Markus Söder, Bavaria’s Prime Minister, that all state buildings should display crosses by June 1st. This has German journalists scratching their heads, as when Benedict XVI was Pope, Marx protested when a politician said he WOULD NOT hang crucifixes in public buildings!

Are we seeing a pattern among this bishops and cardinals? Can we see how they blow wherever the wind that will bring them power blows? How do we reconcile such blatant, wilful, unapologetic hypocrisy in men who have the duty of spiritual care for millions of souls???

This comes after he and another German prelate HID their pectoral crosses on a visit to Jerusalem! 

The Cardinal also recently claimed that Karl Marx, father-of-communism unmistakably influenced Catholic social doctrine, adding that he was “impressed” by the Communist Manifesto. Karl Marx has often been referred to as the father of Communism, a political theory linked to the deaths of millions.
Cardinal Marx, one of the council of nine cardinals chosen by Pope Francis to advise him, is at the forefront of pushing what is being hailed as a "new paradigm" in the Church that departs from previous Church teaching on sexual morality (here, here, and here) and marriage.

As the news website of the German bishops reports on 30 April, Cardinal Marx, the archbishop of Munich-Freising and president of the German bishops' conference, told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung that the Communist Manifesto “quite impressed” him. That declaratory document had been written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels and promulgated in 1848.

In another recent interview, Cardinal Marx admitted to finding the writings of Karl Marx “fascinating,” adding that the Communist Manifesto has “an energy” and “a great language.” “One only has to read Karl Marx without prejudice, then his power will surprise,” the prelate explained. “There is an inspiration, a revolutionary impetus,” he stated.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx , and the Council Chairman of the Evangelical Church in Germany, the Bavarian Regional Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm hiding their pectoral crosses.

The apostolic nuncio to Austria has strongly criticised this opposition to the mandate to display Christian crosses in the entrances of all government institutions, saying such an objection is a “disgrace.”

Speaking to an audience at Hochschule Heiligenkreuz, a pontifical university near Vienna (see this report), Archbishop Peter Stefan Zurbriggen said that speaking as a representative of the Holy Father, he was “really sad and ashamed that bishops and priests, of all people, have to criticise it when they want to erect crosses.

“That is a disgrace which mustn’t be accepted!,” he said in a loud voice and to a round of applause.

Let's face it folks, this is Our Lady of Akita's warning of Cardinal against Cardinal become reality before our very eyes! It is like civil war out there!


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