Free Republic
Browse · Search
Religion
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Bishop Athanasius Schneider: ‘We Are in the Fourth Great Crisis of the Church’
The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/6/14 | Sarah Atkinson

Posted on 06/06/2014 4:17:31 PM PDT by marshmallow

During a trip to England the Soviet-born bishop says the Church today is experiencing ‘tremendous confusion’

Liberals, collaborating with the “new paganism”, are driving the Catholic Church towards a split, according to Bishop Athanasius Schneider, the liturgical specialist who is carrying on a rearguard fight against “abuses” in the Church.

So serious are the problems, Bishop Schneider said in an interview last week, that this is the fourth great crisis in the history of the Church, comparable to the fourth-century Arian heresy in which a large part of the Church hierarchy was implicated.

If you have not heard of the Soviet-born bishop, you will. The sincere, scholarly clergyman is auxiliary bishop of the distant Archdiocese of St Mary in Astana, Kazakhstan. But this month he has received a rock star welcome from congregations across the country on his tour of England and he has embraced cyberspace to put over a trenchant, traditional defence of the Church. “Thanks be to God, the internet exists,” he said.

His views are not popular with everyone, especially not some of his liberal colleagues, or, he says, with the mainstream media of the secular world. But his audiences tell another story.

Bishop Schneider is best known for arguing that Holy Communion should be received on the tongue while kneeling, which he insists is the more efficient way to foster respect for the Sacrament and to prevent abuse of the Sacred Hosts. The 53-year-old bishop has called also for clarification (a new Syllabus of Errors), aimed at the clergy, to put a stop to liturgical and doctrinal freewheeling on a range of issues in the “spirit of Vatican II”.

In his interview, Bishop Schneider said the “banal” and casual treatment of the Blessed Sacrament is part of a major crisis in the Church in which some laity.....

(Excerpt) Read more at catholicherald.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Theology
KEYWORDS:

1 posted on 06/06/2014 4:17:31 PM PDT by marshmallow
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: marshmallow
Jesus said a warning: ‘Woe to you when people speak well of you.’”
2 posted on 06/06/2014 4:27:44 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: marshmallow

A toxic blend of apostasy and apathy


3 posted on 06/06/2014 4:31:32 PM PDT by rdcbn
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: marshmallow

I would argue that we are in the greatest crisis of the Church.


4 posted on 06/06/2014 4:33:00 PM PDT by piusv
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: piusv

sadly an amen.....the Church is being taken down from within.


5 posted on 06/06/2014 4:42:43 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Ann Archy

No doubt about it. So heartbreaking to witness.


6 posted on 06/06/2014 4:50:59 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: marshmallow

Hey, Schneider. shsssh... quiet, say that only in a whisper, or else the Goracle might hear it, then try to "balance the earth" again, or something.

I hear he was able to do some heavy-duty coin-shaving, the last time around...book sales...carbon futures...consulting and speaking fees...

Let's not give him any more BIG ideas, eh bishop?

7 posted on 06/06/2014 4:53:37 PM PDT by BlueDragon (the wicked flee when none pursueth, but the righteous...are as bold as a lion)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: marshmallow
OMG, who woke up Bishop Rip Van Winkle ?
It was all just fine when he went to sleep in kinny garten back in '66 !!

8 posted on 06/06/2014 5:29:49 PM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: marshmallow

So what were the other 3 crisis?

Arianism, The Great Schism, and Prostestant reformation?

I tried to google, but just got the “Crisis of the 3rd century” which is a reference to the Roman Empire and not the church.


9 posted on 06/06/2014 5:58:19 PM PDT by ClaytonP
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: marshmallow
Pope Benedict nailed it:

"We are building a dictatorship of relativism", he declared in his homily at the opening of the conclave [in 2005], "that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate standard consists solely of one's own ego and desires."

10 posted on 06/06/2014 6:01:39 PM PDT by cloudmountain
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ClaytonP
So what were the other 3 crisis?
Arianism, The Great Schism, and Prostestant reformation?
I tried to google, but just got the “Crisis of the 3rd century” which is a reference to the Roman Empire and not the church.

Excellent question.
I did like your answers, though. They sound good to me.

11 posted on 06/06/2014 6:05:21 PM PDT by cloudmountain
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: piusv

Athanasius : how appropriate.


12 posted on 06/06/2014 6:29:20 PM PDT by I-ambush (Don't let it bring you down, it's only castles burning)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: marshmallow

ping for later


13 posted on 06/06/2014 6:31:58 PM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline, Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Society: Rack 'em Danno!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: I-ambush
The nun in my 9th grade Catholic high school was Sister Mary Athanasius.

From google:
Athanasius was an Egyptian born in the city of Alexandria or possibly the nearby Nile Delta town of Damanhur around 293–298.
Some Western scholars consider his command of Greek, in which he wrote most of his surviving works, evidence that he was a Greek born in Alexandria.
However, in Coptic literature, Athanasius is the first patriarch of Alexandria to use Coptic as well as Greek in his writings. That Athanasius assumed the Episcopal see of Alexandria at a time of increased local discord against Rome and become a noted Egyptian leader lends additional support to his Egyptian ancestry.

He was exiled FIVE times.

Final years and death: [February 1, 366 – May 2, 373]
After returning to Alexandria in early 366, Athanasius spent his final years repairing all the damage done during the earlier years of violence, dissent, and exile.
He resumed writing and preaching undisturbed, and characteristically re-emphasized the view of the Incarnation which had been defined at Nicaea.

On 2 May 373, having consecrated Peter II, one of his presbyters as his successor, Athanasius died quietly his own bed, surrounded by his clergy and faithful supporters.

14 posted on 06/06/2014 7:36:54 PM PDT by cloudmountain
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: marshmallow
But Bishop Schneider says: “Thanks be to God, Pope Francis has not expressed himself in these ways that the mass media expect from him. He has spoken until now, in his official homilies, very beautiful Catholic doctrine. I hope he will continue to teach in a very clear manner the Catholic doctrine.”

He's got to be kidding.

15 posted on 06/07/2014 5:31:41 AM PDT by piusv
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Religion
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson