Vatican Caves In To German Bishop On Abortion Certificates
by Christopher A. FerraraAlthough Pope
John Paul II has ordered the German bishops to cease issuing counseling certificates which allow German women to obtain abortions, the Bishop of Limbourg, Franz Kamphaus, is defying the Vaticans order and will continue issuing the certificates. [See CWNNews.com, Jan. 22, 2000]
After more than a year of haggling with the Pope, all the other German bishops have ceased issuing the certificates. Without a counseling certificate no abortion is permitted under German law. Issuance of the certificates is thus material cooperation in an abortion, as the Pope recognized in forbidding any further involvement of German bishops in the counseling scheme.
In typical neo-modernist fashion, Kumphaus has feigned obedience by meeting with Cardinal Ratzinger and Cardinal-elect Giovanni Battista Re (head of the Congregation for Bishops) at the Vatican to express his agreement with the Popes objective of ending Church involvement in Germanys counseling scheme. Instead of ordering Kumphaus to stop issuing certificates which are virtual death warrants for the unborn, however, Ratzinger and Re apparently did nothing to stop him.
Instead, on January 22 both Kumphaus and the Vatican issued statements to the effect that Kumphaus would continue to allow counseling centers in his diocese to issue the death-warrants for another year, after which he would compare his experience with that of the bishops who obeyed and stopped issuing the certificates. In other words, the Vatican caved in.
Giving a woman a certificate she needs to get an abortion, after counseling her not to abort her child, is rather like handing a loaded revolver to someone you have counseled not to commit suicide: Counselor: I implore you not to commit suicide. Counselee: Ill think it over, but Ill take the loaded gun. Kumphaus directly facilitates murder in the womb, yet the Vatican does nothing but issue a press release, while giving him permission to go on facilitating abortions for another year.
Meanwhile, the head of the German Bishops conference, Bishop Karl Lehmann of Mainz, Germany, was suddenly added to the list of new cardinals to be invested on February 21 a week after John Paul II had published what was supposed to be the definitive list. Lehmann has openly dissented from Church teaching on the admission of divorced and remarried Catholics to Holy Communion, and in his theological writings has questioned the Bodily Resurrection of Christ. His reward is to be made a cardinal.
And so it goes in the post-conciliar Church: neo-modernist termites are coddled and even rewarded with red hats, while Father Nicholas Gruner receives a threat of excommunication from the Congregation for the Clergy. Excommunication for what? For nothing. In the post-conciliar Church it is safer to facilitate abortions than to preach the Message of Fatima.
Sister Lucia spoke of a diabolical disorientation in a number of those who have great responsibilities in the Church. What more proof do we need that Sister Lucia spoke the truth?