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Saturday, September 05, 2015

Cardinal Sarah attacks Cardinal Marx for heresy.

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"Heresy and dangerous schizophrenia". With sharp words, the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Cardinal Robert Sarah, in his interview book expresses his views on current statements by Cardinal Marx. He dares say something which hardly one German bishop would say.

 Despite or even because of the clear words in connection with Marx's views on the admission of remarried divorcees to communion, the interview volume seems to find supporters: Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis, at whose Schloss at Sankt Emmeram the recently released book was presented on Tuesday strongly worked for the German translation. Curial Archbishop Georg Gänswein wrote the foreword. Bishop Gerhard Ludwig M came all the way from Rome to present the book personally.

 A few days ago Alois Glück, Chairman of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), called in view of the Synod of Bishops in Rome, when it comes to matters of marriage and family, for "a fundamental opening of more regional scope". On Tuesday at St. Emmeram were heard quite different tones: Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis had invited an illustrious group of clergy, as the Augsburg affiliated Prelate Wilhelm Imkamp and the Pope's brother Georg Ratzinger, as well as representatives of local prominence for the book launch.

 The Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Robert Sarah, who is regarded as conservative, had published he interview book "God or nothing - a conversation about Faith" earlier this year in French. Now it comes out in German. Hailing originally from Guinea, the Cardinal, who is considered papabile, does not put any restrictions on clear statements in the volume.

See comments earlier this week by Cardinal Müller warning of split as big as the Reformation.

  This time- let not the Rhine flow into the Tiber!


Cardinal Lehmann praises Catholic renewal movementsin the Reformation period

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In reference to the Reformation anniversary in 2017, Bishop Karl Lehmann of Mainz has highlighted the Catholic renewal movements of 500 years ago.

At the opening of an exhibition about the social and cultural life in the Middle Rhine in the period around 1500, the Cardinal on Friday in Mainz Cathedral criticised "restrictions" in the representation of the history of the Reformation. "Without denying Martin Luther's originality", also the manifold new reform and renewal movements in addition to the Reformation would have to be respected. Here Lehmann cited "the great importance of German mysticism, the late medieval theology of lived monasticism and the contemporary reform movements".


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This is doubtless a coded response to Cardinal Müller. Lehmann, the great reformer- his work is never done.