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More Bergoglian Carnage: Priestly celibacy, homosexual clergy to be the next battlefields in this Pontificate

More Bergoglian Carnage: Priestly celibacy, homosexual clergy to be the next battlefields in this Pontificate

Married Priests - The Germany-Brazil Axis
In the accounts of a German theologian and a Brazilian bishop, Francis’s plan to allow local exceptions to the norm of clerical celibacy.... beginning with the Amazon. by Sandro Magister,

Amazon Bishop Erwin Kräutler

ROME, January 12, 2016 – An exchange of letters, a conversation, and an innovation already become law confirm the intentions of Pope Francis to extend the presence of married clergy in the Catholic Church, as already anticipated in this article from www.chiesa:
"The Next Synod Is Already in the Works. On Married Priests" (9.12.2015)

The exchange of letters took place through the initiative of a high-ranking German theologian, Wunibald Müller, 65, who in December of 2013 wrote an open letter to the pope, prominently displayed on the official website of the episcopal conference of Germany under the title “Pope Francis, open the door,” asking him to remove the stricture of celibacy for priests.

Müller is not just anyone. He is a psychologist and a prolific writer. He founded and directs the “Recollectio-Haus” at the Benedictine abbey of Münsterschwarzach in the diocese of Würzburg, for the care of priests and religious in existential crisis, financed by another seven dioceses (Augsburg, Freiburg, Limburg, Mainz, Munich-Freising, Paderborn, Rottenburg-Stuttgart) and with the spiritual assistance of the most widely read Benedictine not only in Germany but in the world, Anselm Grün.

Müller’s stance is represented well by the titles of his undergraduate and doctoral theses: “The priest as spiritual guide of homosexual persons” and “Homosexuality, a challenge for theology and the care of souls.”

Not having received a reply to his first missive, in April of 2014 Müller took another shot with a second letter to Jorge Mario Bergoglio. And almost twenty months later, the pope finally responded to him.

Last November 25, the “Katholische Nachrichten-Agentur,” the press agency of the German bishops, published news of the correspondence and of signals of “openness” from the pope. And on January 4, the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” interviewed Müller and asked him for more details:

Q: You wrote a letter to Pope Francis.

A: I asked for a relaxation of celibacy. There should be married priests as well as celibate, homosexual as well as heterosexual.

Q: And the response?

A: Francis thanked me for my reflections, which made me very happy. He says that my proposals cannot be realized for the universal Church, but I think that this does not rule out solutions at the regional level. Francis has asked the
Brazilian bishop Erwin Kräutler to find out if in his diocese there are married men, of proven experience, who could be ordained priests. The pope is seeking places where something can be changed that can then develop a dynamic of its own.


Erwin Kräutler (in the photo above), the bishop who is retiring for reasons of age from the immense Amazonian prelature of Xingu but is still very active as secretary of the episcopal commission for the Amazon, is precisely the Brazilian bishop who a few days before Christmas had yet another conversation with Pope Francis about the possibility of recourse to a married clergy in territories dramatically devoid of celibate clergy.

Vatican Radio covered the news of the conversation between him and the pope in an interview with Kräutler on December 22:

Q: What did the pope say about communities without a priest to celebrate the Eucharist?

A: He told me that we must make concrete proposals. Even bold, daring proposals. He told me that we must have the courage to speak. He will not take the initiative on his own, but in listening to people. He wants the creation of a consensus and the beginning of attempts in a few regions aimed at making it possible for the people to celebrate the Eucharist. If one reads the apostolic exhortation of John Paul II “Dies Domini,” this says very clearly that there is no Christian community if there is no gathering around the altar. According to the will of God, then, we must open up ways so that this may happen. In Brazil a commission is already working on what these ways may be.

Q: So what should we expect on this point from the pontificate of Francis?

A: A turning point. Even more, we are already at a turning point. I believe we have already come to a point of no return. Even the next pope or the one after him will not be able to turn back from what Francis stands for and is doing today.

In a previous article of July 12, 2015 in the Italian magazine “Credere,” Kräutler had confirmed that “the pope asked the commission for the Amazon for a concrete proposal as far back as last April,” and since then “we have been hypothesizing a few ways for all communities to have the possibility of participating in the Eucharist more than three times a year.”

Among these “ways” is precisely the ordination of married men, in order to compensate for the fact that - as Kräutler went on to say - “for 800 communities we have only 30 priests, and the region is truly very vast.”

It must be said, however, that the lack of vocations to the priesthood in Brazil could also be due to the terrible example that part of the clergy of that country are giving, if there is truth in the depiction provided a while ago by a Catholic magazine as authoritative and unexceptionable as
Il Regno:

“The faithful have no alternative but to gather in church to celebrate a sort of priestless Mass even in the cities where there is no lack of priests. On Sunday they could fan out to the various churches, but instead they prefer to concelebrate among themselves and leave the faithful to the mercy of unbridled fanatics, when the fanatics are not the celebrants themselves, who sometimes modify the liturgical texts as they please because they are not even capable of understanding them, who turn the singing of the Sanctus into a dance rhythm, who do not commemorate the pope, the bishop, the deceased. Priests so shiftless that typically on Mondays, like the barbers in Italy, they take a day off and do not celebrate Mass, not even in the cathedrals. Or do not visit the sick, do not bring viaticum, do not celebrate funerals. And they cannot always justify themselves by bringing up the scarcity of their numbers.”


Another factor, but not a secondary one, in the march toward the ordination of “viri probati” in the Latin Church is the authorization given to married priests of the Eastern Catholic Churches to operate even outside of their traditional territories. That is, no longer just in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, but all over.

The authorization was given by Pope Francis, through the Vatican congregation for the Oriental Churches headed by Argentine cardinal Leonardo Sandri, on June 14, 2014. And it eliminated a century and a half of intransigent prohibitions.

Above all in the Americas and Western Europe, in fact, the Latin Catholic hierarchs maintained that the presence of Eastern rite married priests in their territories, arriving in the wake of migrations, would bring “gravissimum scandalum” to the faithful.

Pope Francis has instead allowed such a presence, under certain conditions. And he cited in his favor the 2009 apostolic constitution “Anglicanorum Coetibus,” with which Benedict XVI admitted the presence of ex-Anglican married priests in regions still under the ban against Eastern rite married priests.


One last observation. The ordination of married men to the priesthood, “in particular cases and for pastoral necessities,” has already been taken under examination by a synod, that of 1971 dedicated to “the priestly ministry and justice in the world.”

The hypothesis was put to the vote in competition with another, which would keep celibacy in place for the whole Latin clergy, without exceptions.

And the latter won, by 107 votes against 87.

Since then 45 years have gone by, and evidently Pope Francis believes that the time is ripe to reexamine the question and make an opening for married clergy, starting with a few areas of Latin America particularly afflicted by the shortage of priests.

Without drama. Because this - he [recklessly] claims - “is a question of discipline, not of faith."

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cfn_mueller German theologian, Wunibald Müller


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