THE SERVANT GENERAL
CHANGE IN CHURCH TEACHING?
April 28, 2015
German laity want changes in Church teaching. The voice of
the people is the voice of God, right? Wrong. The Jews also
cried out for the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus.
In fact, in today’s darkened world, values have been
turned topsy-turvy. What is good is bad and what is bad is
good. The world has accepted sexual licentiousness and secular
humanism, while rejecting traditional Christian family values.
So we should not look to the demands of the mob, or even the
directions of progressive clerics and prelates. Rather, we
look to the teaching of Jesus, to the authority of the Bible,
to centuries-old tradition, and to the Magisterium of our
The German bishops report of complaints about an “idealization
of marriage and family” in Church teaching, and calls
for new pastoral initiatives to help families that fall short.
We cannot achieve the high ideals so let us just discard them,
right? Wrong. Christians are called to the highest ideals--holiness,
discipleship, perfection. Moses allowed divorce because of
the hardness of heart of the people, but Jesus brought the
teaching back to how it was at the beginning. We are not called
to accommodate what is wrong, but to strive, even in our weakness,
by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, for
what is right.
The report finds a gap between the lived reality of families
and the teachings of the Church. So conform the teachings
of the Church to the lived reality of families, right? Wrong.
That would not be a solution but an exacerbation of the problem.
We will only lose more families. Rather, families should be
helped to achieve the high ideals of marriage and family life,
and thus be in conformity with the teachings of the Church.
It is interesting that 42% of German priests do not pray every
day, and that 54% go to confession only once a year. Right
there is the problem. If the pastors of the Church do not
pray regularly, and fervently, then the modernist world and
its thinking can easily take over their minds and hearts.
If they confess only once a year (I wonder how many do not
even do that), then the lack of humility that comes with a
deep sense of sin can easily lead them to look to their own
liberal opinions and preferences rather than to God’s
No wonder then that the German laity are like that. They take
their cue from their pastors.
German bishops' report: laity want change in
Church teaching; many priests do not pray regularly
World News - April 23, 2015
The German Catholic bishops’ conference has made public
a report on a survey of the faithful in preparation for the
October meeting of the Synod of Bishops, finding a “gap
between the lived reality of families and our communities”
and the teachings of the Church.
The report complains of an “idealization of marriage
and family” in Church teaching, and calls for the approval
of new pastoral initiatives to help families that fall short.
The bishops “expectations among the faithful are very
high” that the Church will approve new policies. And
the bishops recall the decision of their own episcopal conference
to endorse a policy allowing divorced and remarried Catholics
to receive Communion.
In a separate report, the German bishops’ conference
has released the results of a survey that found more than
half (54%) of the country’s Catholic priests go to confession
no more than once a year, and only 58% of German priests report
that they pray every day.
Additional sources for this story
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Erste deutschlandweite Seelsorgestudie der katholischen
Kirche (German bishops' conference)
des zweiten Fragebogens zur Bischofssynode in Rom (German