Ladies Monks and Synthetic Ecumenism – Fr. Dwight Longenecker


In a submit at LifeSite Information Julia Meloni reviews on Cardinal Brandmuller’s opinions in regards to the working doc making ready for the upcoming Amazon synod:

Right this moment, we face an Amazon synod that, as Cardinal Walter Brandmüller places it, “intends, above all, to assist implement two most cherished initiatives that heretofore have by no means been applied: particularly, the abolition of priestly celibacy and the introduction of a feminine priesthood—starting with feminine deacons.”  Within the lead-up to the synod, Pope Francis has forebodingly praised the unconventional work of Bishop Fritz Lobinger, who seeks to ordain married “elders” for the “complete Church.”  By vastly outnumbering common monks with these married elders, Lobinger hopes to proliferate “group-conducted” Lots celebrated by “the financial institution supervisor, the bus driver, the carpenter.”  Lobinger brazenly admits that some present monks will finally be granted exceptions to marry, and he has repeatedly steered that his “community-based” mannequin of the priesthood will pave the way in which for girls’s ordination.

Is that this simply rad-trad scare ways? Are the liberals nonetheless worming their approach into the workings of the church to herald ladies monks and married monks by stealth? Meloni feedback additional on the motivation for this: it’s eventual church unity with the Protestants.

Pope Francis has thus chosen a synodal muse who embodies the aspirations of the “ante-pope” and chief of the St. Gallen mafia, Cardinal Carlo Martini.  At a 1999 synod, Martini introduced his “dream” of utilizing “synodality” to resolve, amongst different issues, the “scarcity of ordained ministers,” the “function of girls” within the Church, and the “have to revive ecumenical hopes.”  In Evening Conversations, his later blueprintfor the Francis preach, Martini praised the ordination of married males, the concept of “deaconesses,” and different church buildings’ agenda to ordain ladies.

As he defined:

In Canterbury in the course of the nineties, I visited Archbishop Dr. George Leonard Carey, then Primate of the Church of England.  His church was struggling tensions due to the ordination of girls.  I attempted to present him braveness to take a danger that might additionally assist us deal with ladies extra pretty and perceive how issues would possibly develop additional.  We shouldn’t be sad that the Protestant and Anglican church buildings ordain ladies and are thereby introducing one thing necessary into the world of wider ecumenism.

In Edward Pentin’s 2015 ebook The Rigging of a Vatican Synod?, Cardinal Brandmüller prophetically outlined the revolution’s arc and its connection to radical ecumenism.  As he put it:

Communion for the divorced and ‘remarried’ [comes] first.  Then abolition of priestly celibacy, second.  Priesthood for girls is the final word purpose, and lastly unification with the Protestants.  Then we could have a nationwide German church, impartial from Rome.  Lastly, along with all of the Protestants.

Extra shock, horror scare ways from the outdated guard–inflexible and disapproving of all change?

I’m afraid my very own expertise of the church in England and the USA doesn’t give trigger for optimism. I can keep in mind a dialog with a Vicar Normal of a diocese in England. He defined how he thought there have been too many monks in England and Wales. He had been out in Peru the place the priest scarcity was far more acute and thought it was great how the lay individuals “did church” and not using a priest. That they had the sacrament every year. That was okay. Then he stated what the actual ambition was. With nice enthusiasm he stated, “A few of us are literally discouraging new vocations–particularly among the many younger males who can not catch this wider imaginative and prescient–so with fewer monks we should transfer over to the mannequin in Peru the place parishes are run by the lay individuals. Bishops will appoint a lay chief who may very well be a person or a girl suitably certified. They may do all the pieces. They may have communion companies as a substitute of Mass and the priest will come to consecrate some hosts as soon as a month or so.”

Actually. Fairly aside from the magical method to the sacrament, this excessive rating priest was principally saying, “If we will’t have ladies monks we’d somewhat don’t have any monks.”

Catholics who observe the historic religion ought to understand that this radical agenda is not a figment of the creativeness. It’s an agenda that has been working behind the scenes for 50 years now. This explains why some Catholic leaders aren’t so apprehensive about ladies monks within the Anglican Church or about similar intercourse marriage or married monks. They’re for this stuff and observe the identical line given by the Anglicans that they’re the pioneers and what they do ultimately Rome will observe. I’ve heard them say it to my face, “We Anglicans are merely pioneers in these issues. We had the liturgy within the vernacular first. It took you 500 years to catch up, however you’ll ultimately even have married monks and ladies monks.”

Well mannered smile. Sip of candy sherry.

This reveals what I name “synthetic ecumenism”. The progressives are unified of their dedication to the secular, humanist agenda. They understand this as the trail to “church unity”. However there may be no unity except there may be reality, and unity with out reality relies on a lie. It’s the synthetic ecumenism of the World Council of Church buildings–a person made group caught along with costly conferences, concordats, devices of unity, pacts, agreements and much and much and many meaningless, sentimental blather which has nothing to do with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In distinction, on the bottom it has been my expertise that there’s way more of an ecumenical spirit between true Catholics and true Protestants who genuinely imagine the Bible and the important truths of the Nicene Creed. When I’m with my Baptist and Evangelical brothers and sisters working in a professional life trigger, working with the poor, standing as much as the politically right bullies and basically defending and residing the prayerful lifetime of the gospel I’m experiencing true, joyful, spirit crammed unity in Christ by the ability of the Holy Spirit.

We don’t have many official conferences of the management. Our theologians hardly ever get collectively and have discussions. We wouldn’t have often scheduled conferences in search of methods ahead in ecumenical partnership. We wouldn’t have any illusions about our variations. Our denominations or organizations aren’t going to merge. We’re not going to have full communion. We understand there are historic, theological, cultural and liturgical boundaries.

However on the very coronary heart of the matter we additionally understand that we’re brothers and sisters in Christ and there may be an invisible bond between us that’s larger than any deliberate, organizational buildings for unity.

Subsequently I’ve all the time distrusted the official efforts at ecumenism. They’re actually devices of appeasement. Not solely are each events on the desk making an attempt to appease each other, by compromising their beliefs they’re additionally appeasing the world. They’re doing the church unity factor with human effort, with human enterprise, with human concepts and cleverness. It’s all on paper and on the greater echelons of energy the place nothing is actual and nothing however speak about concepts and when they’re going to have their subsequent assembly.

Within the meantime in my parish within the poor a part of city the place we now have the homeless, drug addicts, prostitutes, gangs and drop out youngsters we now have this terrific free church Christian known as Pastor Johnson. He runs “Church With out Partitions”. He goes in to the flophouse resorts and the drug dens on Sunday mornings, units up a folding desk, palms out the hymn sheets and does church. He’s not a Catholic, however we work with him and we assist to fund his work as we will. And he sends people to our Mom Teresa Home–a drop in and referral middle for the needy. We pray collectively and we work collectively.

And for my cash that’s not synthetic ecumenism. It’s genuine ecumenism.


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