At the Synod of the family we heard a lot about how Pope Francis. From the MSM we heard that he was doing his best to try to change how Gay Marriage and Divorce were viewed by the church and on the right we heard he was conspiring with German Cardinals to change church teaching on confession and communion.
Well this week he met with German Bishops and delivered a dramatic critique of the German church:
He called on the bishops to use the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy to revive the Church through rediscovering “the Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist” in the face of a collapse in sacramental participation in the country.
But in his morning homily, too, the Pope appeared to speak to the German hierarchy, warning against the temptation to ecclesiastical “worldliness”, and urging those present not to become “dominated by money and power.”
This is an underlying problem frequently attributed to the German church, most notably by Benedict XVI in his “enweltlichung” speech during his visit to Germany in 2011.
He further talked about the sacraments
He told the bishops to highlight the importance of Confession during the Year of Mercy, which can help “reform the Church”, and to stress the “intimate connection” between the Eucharist and the priesthood. The “precious collaboration” of the laity cannot be a “surrogate” for the priesthood. “If there is not priest, there is no Eucharist,” the Pope said.
On the theme of evangelization, he said it is “essential” that the bishop “conscientiously perceives his task as teacher of the faith, of the traditional and lived faith in the living community of the universal Church.” The Pope also stressed that “fidelity to the Church and to the Magisterium does not contradict academic freedom, but it requires an attitude of willingness to serve in relation to the gifts of God.”
The Pope further reminded the bishops that the Church must “never get tired of being the advocate of life, and should never step back from proclaiming that human life must be protected unconditionally from conception to natural death.”
Now given all we’ve heard this must have been a media sensation in the Catholic Press, right?
Switching web pages we immediately find editorials at the Fishwrap (National Schismatic Reporter) applauding the Pope’s words about confession and abjuring their heretical notions about the ordination of women, which Pope Francis at other times has said is impossible.
Oooops… no! Wait. I had a monsignor moment there. Scratch that last part. As a matter of fact, I didn’t see there any report on the Pope’s stern speech to their German episcopal Liebchen.
What the Fishwrapers want is what the Germans have been up to for years. And now even Francis has called the German Church to wake up.
Because if there is one thing that isn’t news, it’s the Pope being Catholic, like the revival of the Church in France by orthodox Catholics, it’s just not newsworthy.