Skip to comments.Cdl. Brandmüller: Promoters of Female Priests Are Heretics and Excommunicated
Posted on 05/21/2018 8:31:21 AM PDT by ebb tide
Cardinal Walter Brandmüller one of the four dubia cardinals just published in the German newspaper Die Tagespost a commentary responding to the recent claims put forth by the right hand of Chancellor Angela Merkel, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. That is to say, especially her call for female priests in the Catholic Church. Brandmüller thus firmly says that the question of female priests has been authoritatively ruled out by Pope John Paul II and that, therefore, anybody who insists upon this matter to include the ordination of female deacons has left the foundations of the Catholic faith, fulfills the elements of heresy which has, as its consequence, the exclusion from the Church excommunication.
As Onepeterfive had reported earlier, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer who is nicknamed Mini Merkel and who is said to be the likely successor to Merkel as party leader declared in a 10 May interview with the German newspaper Die Zeit that It is very clear: women have to take positions of leadership in the Church, adding that she could very well imagine that there would be a female quota for the Catholic Church. Most importantly, she, as the General-Secretary of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), even called for the female priesthood: I wish that the ordination of female priests would be coming. However, since she sees that there would be obstacles to that demand, Kramp-Karrenbauer now concentrates on a more realistic goal, the female diaconate, a real diaconate, that is to say a putative ordination.
Cardinal Walter Brandmüller himself responds to these claims with a well-informed indignation. He now says it is astonishing or is it not, after all? with what pertinacity certain themes are being conscientiously kept alive with German Catholicism. Such themes are always the same: female priesthood, celibacy, intercommunion, remarriage after divorce. Just recently there has been added the Churchs yes to homosexuality. While some expect a Catholic spring from such changes, explains the cardinal, the German Evangelical Church where all these demands have already been actually fulfilled could now also show us that such demands have had the effects of emptying out the churches.
The German cardinal and respected church historian reminds Kramp-Karrenbauer in his commentary that the Catholic Church is not a human institution. The Church is, rather, a community of those who believe in Jesus Christ, and it is founded through the Sacraments. The Church lives, adds the cardinal, according to the forms, structures, and laws as given to her by her Divine Founder about which no man has power [to change] also no pope and no council.
Brandmüller reminds us that Pope John Paul II defined, on 22 April 1994 in his Apostolic exhortation Ordinatio sacerdotalis, a dogma which has been self-evident for 2,000 years, but which has been now in recent times disputed by feminist activists. The cardinal quotes here John Paul IIs words: In virtue of my ministry to strengthen my brethren [ ] I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Churchs faithful. [emphasis added]
Cardinal Brandmüller makes it clear that this papal statement where the pope explicitly refers to his authority and where he speaks on a matter of faith for the whole Church and makes a final decision, binding upon all faithful fulfills all the preconditions which are necessary for an infallible that is to say, an irrevocable dogmatic decision. It is in this context that the cardinal makes the above-quoted clear statement that those Catholics who insist upon the female priesthood (as well as the ordained female diaconate) have left the foundation of the Catholic faith, thus falling into heresy which has as its consequence the exclusion from the Church excommunication. Importantly, Brandmüller applies this statement not only to lay people, but also to clergymen: This has to be said in all earnestness also toward those who hold offices in the Church. This is not a question of opinion or of suppression of opinions, he adds, but it is about a dogma as revealed by God Himself and about the Church of Jesus Christ whose sole Lord He is.
Cardinal Brandmüller whose family name partially means a burning fire ends this important doctrinal commentary with the following pertinent question:
At the end, [there is] one more question: How is it that since the days of the revolution of 1968 [the deep cultural revolution of the 1960s], these above-mentioned topics are being hashed about again and again, ad nauseam, even though there have been given clear theological and magisterial answers? Who is it, whose agenda is being warmed up untiringly, again and again?
This is not the first time that Cardinal Brandmüller has shown himself willing to speak clearly and in fiery ways and with authoritative strength. As some might recall, in 2015 in the middle of the discussions concerning the synods on the family, he insisted that those who wish to change the Churchs teaching concerning the remarried divorcees and even if they be prelates are heretics. He then said:
In the same manner, every pastoral practice has to follow the Word of God if it does not want to fail. A change of the teaching, of the dogma, is unthinkable. Whoever nevertheless consciously does it, or insistently demands it, is a heretic even if he wears the Roman Purple.
Later, in October of 2017, the German cardinal made it once more clear that those who claim that a divorced Catholic may enter a new, quasi-marital relationship are excommunicated. He then said:
That is to say, he whoever claims that one may enter a new relationship while ones own lawful wife is still alive is excommunicated because this is an erroneous teaching, a heresy.
This statement is further explained by his own words: Thus, if someone thinks he can contradict the defined Dogma of a General Council [Council of Trent], then that is indeed quite vehement. Brandmüller then adds: Exactly that very thing is what one calls heresy and that means exclusion from the Church because one has left the common foundation of the Faith.
As a reminder, Bishop Athanasius Schneider actually just made very similar statements about heresy and excommunication in an interview with Onepeterfive concerning the female diaconate and female priesthood. For the sake of further strengthening us in the truths of our faith, I therefore present a longer and sincere, as well as confirmatory, quote from him:
By Divine institution, the sacrament of Holy Orders (sacramentum ordinis) can be administered only to a male person. The Church has no power to change this essential characteristic of this sacrament, because she cannot change a substantial aspect of the sacraments, as taught the Council of Trent (cf. sess. 21, chap. 2). Pope John Paul II declared that the impossibility of ordaining women is an infallible teaching of the Ordinary Universal Magisterium (cf. Apostolic Letter Ordinatio sacerdotalis, n. 4), hence it is a Divinely revealed truth, belonging to the deposit of faith (cf. Response of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith from October 28, 1995).
Whoever obstinately doubts or denies this revealed truth is committing the sin of heresy, and by doing it publicly and pertinaciously, the sin becomes a canonical crime, which entails the automatic excommunication (latae sententiae). There are a number of clerics, and even in the episcopal ranks, who are nowadays committing that sin, thereby separating themselves invisibly from the community of the Catholic Faith. To them one could safely apply these words of God: They have gone from among us, but they never really belonged to us (1 John 2:19).
No Pope and no Ecumenical Council can ever permit a female sacramental ordination (whether deaconate, presbyterate or episcopate). [emphasis added]
To end with another, and a more encouraging, quote from Bishop Schneider; for, he has just said in yet another interview that those with erroneous teachings might have the administrative power, but we have the faith. And this faith will last:
In the cause of truth, it is not a case of numbers, but the truth itself will triumph. In the 4th century, there were only a couple of non-Arian bishops, you could count them on your fingers, and even so, they were supported by the faithful. St. Athanasius said to the faithful Catholics, The Arians (the public bishops in those times), they have the churches, the buildings, but we have the faith. Today, again it is true, they have the administrative power, but we have the faith. And this faith is more powerful; this is what will last.
Some say the Catholic Church as gone a bit overboard with their veneration of Mary; going beyond simply giving Mary her due.
If true, could that have resulted in greasing the skids to usher in female priests? Or is Mary’s status used as a pretext to justify females on the Altar, at the pulpit, and eventually in the hierarchy?
So those who advocate female priests are to be drummed out of the church, while the pope himself is getting celebrated for declaring that homosexuality is practically a gift from God.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer...check out her images she looks lesbianated. Though she has a spouse named Helmut...or is it Deiter?
C'mon, folks. The proper term is priestesses.
“So those who advocate female priests are to be drummed out of the church, while the pope himself is getting celebrated for declaring that homosexuality is practically a gift from God.”
Maike Hickson wrote this article and the publication is One Peter Five. Which one of those two has ‘celebrated’ the Pope’s position on homosexuality?
Link or reference please.
Otherwise you should post an apology to them for that insinuation.
Not the same people advancing those two positions, you’ll note.
Mary was never a priest or bishop. That fact alone is strong evidence that the apostles did not view themselves as capable of ordaining women.
Since we are all, male and female, made in God’s image I can’t object to women priests in theory. Women in our culture are actually taken seriously in ways they were not 2000 years ago.
However, as a practical matter, I look at all of the Protestant churches who have opened their clergy to women, and I see that the only ones who seem to want the job in large numbers are whacko Leftists and Lesbians.
No, just the opposite. Mary is not admired by the feminists and leftists. The veneration and love for Mary is much deeper and centuries older than the postmodern demand for women in Church leadership. Mary is not a leader, that is part of her beauty.
married male priests or female priests - both would move the entire Church leftward, make it more political, more an NGO, less contemplative (if any after Francis), less doctrinal, more gay/lesbian, and the liturgy more emotive and communal. No question.
I have always understood it as rather the opposite - that the markedly gendered nature of the Latin church system (all single men) necessitated particularizing the female principle in a single individual.
“Women in our culture are actually taken seriously in ways they were not 2000 years ago.”
I beg to differ - women just had different roles than men.
Jesus Himself did not indicate that women were not, as a group, taken seriously during that time -I don’t recall women’s role in society and the Church being an issue for Jesus Christ in any of the Gospels.
Sure, there were injustices against women, just as there were gross injustices committed against men. That results from a sinful and fallen world (just like it is today) and can only be rectified upon Jesus’ return.
Finally, God chose a woman (Mary) to bear Jesus in her womb as opposed to,say, the Savior simply appearing out of nowhere. That looks to me like the female of the species gets quite a bit of respect and is taken seriously from God Himself - yet He saw fit to assign men and women different roles in society and within the Church.
Even some of Paul’s Epistles indicate a significantly different role for men and women in the Church.
Women have always served the Catholic Church as Nuns and correctly teaching and disciplining the young Christian. Not only are women not sidelined by the Church, they complete the Church - in the proper capacity.
“...particularizing the female principle in a single individual.”
Can you elaborate on that a little? I’m not quite sure what that means.
I’m not sure I can say it much better. I was raised Protestant so I have no childhood understanding of who Mary is in the grand scheme of things. Luke I says more to Catholics than it does to Protestants, apparently.
So the “masculine” principle on display surrenders generativity, which is, of course, one of the essences of masculinity. Now, if that is a sacrifice for the Kingdom, it is good and holy, but it appears that there are many men among this body for whom forgoing relations with a woman is not a sacrifice.
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