THE CHURCH IN EACH NATION IS NOT A SEPARATE CHURCH, IT IS RATHER A REALIZATION OF THE BODY OF CHRIST UNDER THE SPECIES OF EACH INDIVIDUAL CULTURE WHILE REMAINING THE SAME BODY OF CHRIST IN ALL

Cdl. Woelki in Emotional Speech: Intercommunion Debate is About Life, Death

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(Emphasis in red type by Abyssum and {Commentary} in red type by Abyssum)

Last Thursday, on the Feast of Corpus Christi, Cardinal Rainer Woelki, one of the seven German bishops who opposedthe new German intercommunion handout allowing for some Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive Holy Communion, gave a moving speech at the end of the Procession and Pontifical Mass in his Cathedral of Cologne.

In this speech, Cardinal Woelki made it clear that he will not give up the fight for the right way with regard to matters of intercommunion, saying that this question is not “nonsense,” but, rather: “Here, it is about questions of life and death!” “It is about death and resurrection. It is about eternal life,” Woelki added. “Here, it is about Christ, it is about His Church, and thus it goes straight to the heart of the matter.”

{The Host that Cardinal Reinhard Marx would place on the tongue of a Lutheran is not a German Host, it is the same Host that I place on the tongue of a Catholic in Corpus Christi, Texas.  The law determining who may receive the Host in Communion is not differentiated by national or state boundaries.  It is the same law promulgated by Saint Paul and Saint Peter and all the apostles which the Church has faithfully adhered to throughout two thousand years of its life.  It cannot change to suit the shifting winds of social and political movements.  Because it is truly the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ it is not a tool for advancing political agendas.  It is truly about the life and death of Jesus Christ and the life and death of every Catholic and of the Church itself.}

The German cardinal and successor of Cardinal Joachim Meisner as the Archbishop of Cologne continued, saying:

That is why we have to fight for it and to find the right path — not any path, but the Path of the Lord which He points out to us. He alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Cardinal Woelki, who together with other six German bishops had written a letter to the Vatican in protest against the recent German intercommunion handout, rejected the claim that he had worked behind the back of Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the head of the German bishops, saying: “I answer with [the words of] the Holy Scripture: I appeared openly and freely, and I wrote and said that which needed to be written and said, in all publicity.”

The German prelate also warned against turning the Catholic Church in Germany into a “national church.” “We are not a national church.” Woelki, who was visibly moved while speaking, insisted that all national churches in the world have to walk together, as members of the Mystical Body of Christ. “We walk toward Christ, in fidelity to the Deposit of Faith, as it has been handed down to us by the Apostles.” He also encouraged the congregation to “deepen your faith in the Holy Eucharist” which is “the beating heart of the Church.”

Woelki finally invited all Catholics to work together, rather than against one another.

His homily was welcomed by the faithful with a big applause.

Cardinal Woelki’s words not only express a deep faith and devotion to Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist and a fidelity to the traditional teaching of the Catholic Church, he also reaffirmed hereby his decision to oppose a liberalizing attitude with regard to the question of Holy Communion for Protestant spouses. Only recently, on 18 May, he met in private audience Pope Francis in Rome, and Catholic observers assumed that the German intercommunion debate was the topic of this audience. No information was given by the Vatican concerning the content of that 18 May meeting.

However, the fact that Cardinal Woelki still now stands strong and firm and full of fire for Christ in the Holy Eucharist is a most encouraging sign.

 

 

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2 Responses to THE CHURCH IN EACH NATION IS NOT A SEPARATE CHURCH, IT IS RATHER A REALIZATION OF THE BODY OF CHRIST UNDER THE SPECIES OF EACH INDIVIDUAL CULTURE WHILE REMAINING THE SAME BODY OF CHRIST IN ALL

  1. It seems only one prelate out of 214 is prepared to stand for Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Where are the others? Hiding, silent & betraying as the First Apostles, with the exception of John, at the time of His arrest, passion & death. It is hard to understand why ++ Burke continues to renege on his promise of a formal rebuke to PF, followed by the calling of a council of legitimate cardinals to state he has excommunicated himself & to convene another conclave. Faithful Catholics have a right to be assured that the CC will be wrested from Satan by courageous, spiritually strong & competent leaders who will collectively restore the OHC&A Church to its rightful glory.

  2. Mary Deliduka says:

    Bravo Cardinal Rainer Woelki !

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