The Diocese of Freiburg has been called to order from the Vatican. It would seem good news, but it isn’t.
Whilst the soon-to-be-retired bishop Zollitsch (take my word on this: one of the very worst even by the German standards; not by coincidence he is also at the head of the German Bishop’s conference) now says the “pastoral” text was published without his consent, he has not condemned with half a word the very idea that public adulterers may be allowed to receive communion. The step was, in short, premature or unauthorised or otherwise unfortunate. But, evil?
The same song is now being sung from the Vatican. The matter “will be discussed”, therefore the initiative of the Freiburg diocese (wherever it came from) is not fitting. Rather premature, you see. Just wait for next October and then the thing will be discussed to their hearts’ content. No need to rush with individual initiatives.
Now, let us stop one moment and think what is happening here. The vey idea that public adulterers may be allowed to receive communion is, in my simple world, tantamount to spitting on the face of Christ, as the Roman soldiers did. It is, I would dare to say, worse still, then the Roman soldiers did not know what they were doing, whilst a priest or bishop (or Cardinal, or Pope come to that) bloody well should.
Look at yourself in the mirror and think if you would be ready to die, today, and go to your judgment knowing that you think public adulterers should be allowed, out of “pastoral care”, to receive Communion.
The discussion therefore looks like this: some German priests – probably among the many accustomed to do so every week, and who have admitted it in public – say “we must be pastoral: let’s spit on the face of Christ!”. The Bishop and Head of the Bishops’ Conference says “the initiative to allow the priests of the Diocese of Freiburg to spit on Christ’s face was not authorised by me; it is a document that was merely circulated privately, examining the possibility that spitting on Christ’s face may be considered “pastoral”. The Vatican also retorts that “whether to spit on Christ’s face will be discussed at the Synod in October 2014, which will deal with the pastoral treatment of public adulterers; so there should be no individual initiative before that time”.
To spit or not to spit?
In Bergoglio’s Church, this is the “pastoral” question.
A Swiss theologian has intervened after the heretical meeting called by Archbishop Zollitsch and has told him what we already knew, but was good to repeat: there can be no deaconesses because a deacon has holy orders, and the Archbishop is confusing the faithful. Again, a couple of considerations are probably in order.
1. Archbishop Zollitsch and his bunch of soutaned prostitutes do want to confuse the faithful. They know perfectly well a “deaconess” in the proper meaning of the word – one able to do all that a deacon can do – is a thing of impossibility, but why should they care? Their aim is simply to appease and encourage the German dissenting Catholics – millions of them, I am afraid – by telling them “German clergy good, Vatican bad!” and in this way keep them from stopping the payment of the Kirchensteuer.
2. There will never be “deaconesses”. But if this were to prove helpful to our heroes to suck it up to the German dissenters, they might well try to introduce “helpers” they would then call “deaconesses”, very probably by way of abuse as happened with the “altar girls” in Paul VI's times, and very probably getting away with it as happened in the same occasion. In this way we would have an army of bitching Zicken insisting to tell the world “I am a Deaconess” and getting extremely angry at every hint they do not have holy orders. After a while, they'd say they think they actually have, and if they haven't it's clearly an injustice. Give it ten years, and some German pew-sitter – and the totality of those never attending – wouldn't even know there's a difference. The priest will, certainly, never mention it.
3. The “female deaconess”, though – assuming she is introduced by way of liturgical abuse – would still only be able to do things like, let me think, undressing women being prepared for baptism? Therefore, whilst our Zicke would still be able to throw some smoke in the eyes of her Protestant Freundinnen, she would be seen as both useless and ridiculous by all those who still care for Catholicism. Still, many of the lukewarm or ill-informed would end up picking up this thing with the wind, that “there are Catholic deaconesses, I have heard someone say”.
Make no mistake, if Zollitsch & Co. think this kind of confusion can be useful to them, they will push it as hard as they can. They will then say they oh so wanted to have “real” “deaconesses”, but alas, it was partout not to be done.
In the meantime, the Pope tells us looking at balance sheets before hiring bad, and company prudence is unjust.
What a fine Papacy we will have.
I have just written about the rather unprecedented (I think; the German clergy is certainly not new to provocations) initiative of the German clergy, who are more or less collectively, and under the protection of a couple of hundred “experts”, attacking the sacrament of holy orders.
The aggressive attitude and the appeal to a number of “experts” – as if Right and Wrong depended on numbers – remind one of the so-called “Dutch Schism”, also carried out with the help of gatherings, votes on motions, and the like.
Whilst the German Zeitgeist-prostitutes (I insist on this term, because it's the most fitting I can find, and think its use in connection with the German clergy should be greatly increased) are for now not at the level of open defiance of Catholic values the Dutch managed to stage (remaining unchallenged for around fifteen years and unpunished afterwards, one must add) they are certainly not very far away; and in fact, to maintain that open defiance should not be a taboo anymore is, in a sense, defiance already in act.
What consequences can, therefore, be drawn by the growing aggressiveness of the German clergy, now fully devoted to Mammon – the Kirchensteuer – in preference to God – Catholic values -? In my eyes, we can draw the following ones:
Already the fact that the exercise (defined as “four-day meeting”, but clearly the dry run of an open revolt) took place shows how much the Papal authority is suffering. No one fears the Pope, least of all the Germans who are the most powerful contributors to the Church finances. With Bergoglio, they knew they had someone they would not have to be worried about. They are now starting to demand the price of their support. The mere fact that the “meeting” took place is a humiliation for the Holy Father; a humiliation which he has richly deserved merely by allowing that such a gathering, and with such an agenda, be thinkable, let alone executed.
In addition, we must consider the “meeting” cannot and will not remain at the present, already extremely grave level of dissent. It is in the nature of such “revolutionary” movements than every cry for reform be outdone for a louder cry for harder reform. When the point is reached where taboos can be individually questioned, who is to say which taboos shall not be questioned?
The situation in Germany is slowing becoming worse than in Austria, because whilst in Austria the likes of Cardinal “how much I like fags”- Schoenborn at least pretends to want to preserve some kind of orthodoxy, in Germany the top ranks of the Clergy have put themselves, as the Germans love to say, “at the top of the movement”, openly encouraging and formerly promoting dissent within the Church.
Unless Pope Francis wakes up – and I use these words on purpose, in the hope that he is merely sleeping the sleep of the parish priest unaware of what happens around him – he will be remembered as a worse accessory of the demolition troops than Paul VI, whom Francis himself dares to call “great”. I have waited a couple of days before commenting on this, in the hope the Pope would move. Alas…
What I fear we must brace ourselves for is a Papacy marked by semi-autonomous provinces, each one lead by a clique of prostituted clergy making their own policy to please the masses, and abandoning themselves to horrible abuses in the sure knowledge the Pontiff – who is even ashamed of the title – will limit himself to this or that admonition and this or that exhortation, but in the substance will simply ... sleep.
Pope Francis is clearly losing control of the Church, and the horrible question is whether he wants it in the first place. What we see as a humiliation for the Pope, he may simply see as the fitting behaviour for… the bishop of Rome.
Even for the heretical standards of the Church in Germany, what has happened in the last days leaves one rather surprised.
The Church in Germany has invited 300 “experts” for a “conference”, described as “the first of his kind”, to “discuss possible reforms”. This is breathtaking. These people think and act as if they were the ones who call the shots and decide what happens in the Church; probably (cough) because in the past they were allowed to do so. This conference doesn't discuss of proper internal matters (say: how to reduce administration costs faced with the possible collapse of the Kirchensteuer) but, as expected, wants to be an ecumenical council in miniature, suggesting on Rome's behalf… what is wrong with God's rules.
Turns out they decide there is a lot that is wrong with God's rules. The biggest injustice perpetrated by God against Zollitsch's faithful (that is: faithful to him) sheep appears to be male ordination. Now, Zollitsch's Sturmtruppen understand priesthood in itself should be left to males, but women deacon should not be a taboo, surely? Look, they could even celebrate marriages outside of Mass! what a “liberation”, and a feminist triumph!
Now, Mister Zollitsch, being clearly Episcopalian, is not informed about the unchangeable nature of the sacrament of holy orders; but it surprises me that the others 300 did not know it either; unless of course they are also Episcopalians, which at this point appears more than probable.
Perhaps some good souls will inform this unhappy bunch that in the Catholic Church taboos are there so that people do not even discuss them. This is, in fact, what the word taboo means. As a consequence, to say that a Catholic taboo isn't a taboo anymore is the same as to say that one isn't a Catholic anymore; or, in the specific case, that it is not a taboo anymore to reflect in which way cats would be allowed to bark.
Now, let be clear on this: the German Episcopalian Bishops will never get their women deacon, unless they make a formal schism and become Episcopalians in name too, in which case they will not be deacons, either. What this conference allows them to do, is to continue to prostitute themselves to their Kirchensteuer-paying sugar daddys, asking them for continued support to the clergy's bank accounts against the German clergy's continued brown-nosing. Purest whoredom, you see, though it is fair to say every street whore is morally far less reprehensible than someone who, like Archbishop Zollitsch, tries to prostitute the sacraments to the interest of his own group.
Archbishop Robert Zollitsch is almost 75. One day, he will meet His Maker. Unless he repents, I would be terrified of dying with his hand of cards.