Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A problem in Catholic Germany

Comment: we generally don't cover international stories, but this is bizarre. Here is a carnival in Dusseldorf. The Germans are obviously sensitive about anti-semitism, and have a sense of special connection with - even ownership of - the Pope because he is a German. But not content with (literally) demonising Bishop Williamson, they want to do something similar to Papa Ratzinger.

The Church in Germany and Austria is in deep trouble. It was the source of much of the worst liberal theology before and after Vatican II, and this kind of theology, given time, makes a wasteland of the Church. Pope Benedict understands how important the Church in Europe is, especially the German church, because it gives intellectual leadership to the Church worldwide. It doesn't matter how exciting the vocations numbers are in the Far East or Nigeria, they will all read the theology of German liberals unless they are offered something better carrying the same intellectual prestige. Benedict's conflict with the German church is of crucial importance to the Church everywhere.

H-t to Cathcon (passim).

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen