THE SERVANT GENERAL
ADVICE FROM A LIBERAL PRELATE
Cardinal Danneels, a top liberal among liberal prelates, tells
the African bishops, who are faithful to Christ and to the
Church Magisterium, to “steer clear of all forms of
triumphalism.” No, Cardinal Danneels, what the African
bishops are proclaiming is not triumphalism but orthodoxy.
Cardinal Danneels laments the statement of African bishops
that in effect calls Christians including bishops in the West
pagans. Well, someone has to say it. You indeed are pagans,
who no longer teach the authentic teachings of Jesus, who
have ravaged the gospel as you have embraced the culture of
Cardinal Danneels remembers Belgium being full of vocations.
Yes, that is precisely what we lament. The Christian nations
of Europe, who helped spread the faith, are the ones now rejecting
authentic faith in Christ and who are spreading the errors
Cardinal Danneels asks whose fault it was that the faith in
Europe dwindled? Your fault, Your Eminence. You embraced the
culture of the world. You embraced political correctness.
You accommodated sin in the guise of mercy.
Cardinal Danneels heaps scorn on the thought that “robust”
churches (like in Africa) would save the rest of Catholicism.
Well, yes, Your Eminence, that is exactly what they can do.
They are still living out authentic faith, and they can help
show the way back to authentic faith for Europe, which you
are already failing to proclaim.
Cardinal Danneels says the time will come when secularization
and individualism will come to Africa as they did in Europe.
Yes, that is exactly what we are afraid of. That is exactly
why the African bishops do not want to commit the mistakes
that European prelates did. That is exactly why they want
to proclaim and live out authentic faith in the here and now,
and resist such secular humanism and Modernism from the Western
Finally, in a bit of sarcasm, Cardinal Danneels says that
when such a time comes, “Then they might call us up
to see how we dealt with it. To get some useful tips.”
We already know how Europe dealt with it. So now we know what
not to do. Thanks for the useful tips.
clear’ of triumphalism, Belgian cardinal tells African
November 13, 2015
In an interview with La Stampa’s Vatican Insider,
Cardinal Godfried Danneels directed pointed words to bishops
Advising “everyone to steer
clear of all forms of triumphalism and claims
to self-sufficiency,” the retired archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels
Some African bishops tell us:
you are pagans. You wiped everything out.
But I remember Belgium being full of vocations, there were
huge seminaries and novitiates being built up until the 60s.
Christian families did everything they could to give their
children a sense of belonging in the Church.
But we started seeing the faith dwindling in boys and girls
aged 17-20. This wounded them it caused great suffering. Is
it right to say it was their fault and that the parents were
not good Christians? No, that’s not the case. The act
of becoming Christians and persevering in the faith remains
a mystery and is not the result of some educational or sociological
mechanism. It seems to me that
all the talk about “robust” Churches that should
save the rest of Catholicism, is for the purpose of ecclesiastical
politics. The abstractness of it is striking.
Cardinal Danneels added:
European Churches have been overrun by the effects of secularization
that have also led to rising individualism. But this very
individualism could reach Africa sooner or later: that phenomenon
that sees people thinking of themselves as individuals rather
than as members of a group, a community, or a mass. It is
possible that the crisis we have had will spread there too,
with all that this entails. Africans may also experience a
situation similar to ours. Then they might call us up to see
how we dealt with it. To get some useful tips.
reform and Francis’ “apostolic sufferings”