Wolves in Wolf's Clothing
by Christopher A. Ferrara
Thats gratitude for you. No sooner does Karl Lehmann get his Cardinals hat than he calls for a Third Vatican Council to address problems with the papacy. This is the same Cardinal Lehmann who, as Bishop Lehmann, publicly defied the Popes directive that the German bishops cease issuing counselling certificates to German women which they were using to obtain abortions.
Now we find that, according to The Tablet (April 28, 2001), the Vatican Secretary of State, Angelo Sodano, had originally supported Lehmanns position in the controversy over whether the Catholic Church in Germany should continue to provide some of the pregnancy counselling centers there, as Lehmann desired. The question was whether the Church was colluding in abortion by issuing certificates confirming that pregnant women in distress had been given counselling, if these were then used to secure a termination. It had been Sodanos opinion that such matters could be decided by the local bishops conferences, but eventually he was forced to sign a decree together with Ratzinger which compelled the German Catholic bishops to pull out . . . This is the same Cardinal Sodano who, in his famous address at the Lateran in 1998, praised the writings of Hans Küng, and called him the German theologian, even though Cardinal Ratzinger (by order of John Paul II) had stripped Küng of his theological credentials in 1998.
The Tablet sees in the elevation of Lehmann and his fellow dissenter in the German episcopate, Bishop Walter Kasper (whose writings cast doubt on the Bodily Resurrection and the existence of the person of Satan), the end of the Ratzinger era. The newspaper noted that During the ceremony in St. Peters Square, it was noticeable how cordially Cardinal Sodano, Secretary of State, embraced Cardinal Lehmann at the kiss of peace, whereas Cardinal Ratzingers congratulation was monosyllabic.
Interesting, Cardinal Sodano, who oversees the persecution of Father Nicholas Gruner, warmly embraces a Cardinal who defended the practice of Church facilities issuing abortion certificates used to kill children in the womb. And now we have two new German Cardinals Lehmann and Kasper who take it as their mission to undermine the centrality of the Roman Church for the sake of ecumenism. Cardinal Kasper has just published an article rejecting Cardinal Ratzingers theological statement The Church as Communion, which he issued in 1992 as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. This document (however ambiguously) upholds the primacy of the universal Church, centered in Rome, over local particular churches. As The Tablet notes: Lehmann and Kasper seek to curb Roman centralism in favor of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council that is, the progressive interpretation of Vatican II . . . Cardinal Kasper in particular objects to the notion that the one universal Church is . . . identified with the Roman Church, and de facto with the Pope and the Roman Curia. That is, he objects to the constant teaching of the Church that, as Saint Pius XII affirmed in Humani Generis, the Mystical Body of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church are one and the same thing.
The Tablet also noted that In criticizing Roman centralism, Cardinal Kasper was speaking not only as a theologian, but as the president-to-be of the Council for Promoting Christian Unity. God help us. The man in charge of ecumenism at the Vatican does not believe in the primacy of the Roman Church.
Our Lord warned us about wolves in sheeps clothing who would come in to ravage the flock after He had ascended to Heaven. But here we are dealing with wolves in wolfs clothing, who can be seen a mile away. Why in heavens name was this pair of professional Church-wreckers given red hats?