In the Roman Catholic Church there seems to be a conflict between liberal and conservative forces. The spirits are currently arguing about the structure of the marriage. A very possible calculation for the “golden mean” that is actually being sought.
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Don’t lump everything together
Even in the belief system of the Roman Catholic Church there are still voices that one can agree with. Even a cardinal can use individual statements to prove that not every single Catholic automatically represents the Roman Church system, but that his personal faith is much closer to the Gospel than the doctrine of this institution actually allows.
There are also people in the Church of Rome who maintain the true faith in the Savior Jesus Christ, who view the “adoration” of the “Mother of God” very skeptically and who cannot do anything with the armada of “saints”.
Nevertheless, healthy skepticism is always appropriate, even when it comes to well-sounding statements from bishops and cardinals. You don’t become a bishop or cardinal in this church if your views contradict the Roman Catholic catechism. The background and desired goals must always be kept in mind. This is all the more true if the representative of this church was once prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (head of the Inquisition).
Jesus would be imprisoned today
German Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller had a conversation with presenter Jacob Rees-Mogg from the British news channel GB-News (GBN), as “The Christian Post” reported.
In this conversation, Müller stated that Jesus had a very difficult time in today’s world. In Western societies today, Jesus would be imprisoned for advocating biological sex and traditional marriage. “Jesus also ideologically contradicts these methods that seek to relativize or even destroy a marriage between men and women and the family of parents with their own children,” said the cardinal.
Jesus defended marriage between a man & a woman
Müller used the account in Matthew 19 as an example. The Pharisees attempted to trap Jesus Christ by questioning his views on marriage and divorce. But Jesus, said the cardinal, hit back by affirming that marriage between a man and a woman is God’s intention.
He would be condemned today not only because Jesus “was the Messiah,” but also “because he spoke the truth about marriage between a man and a woman,” said Müller. In Canada, the United States, and European countries, Jesus would go to prison today.
Bishop of Rome provides the music
The conversation was held after the Vatican recently signaled that it would allow same-sex marriage to be blessed. The views within the Church of Rome are anything but harmonious. While Pope Francis brought in a kind of “foreign wind” with his “theology”, conservative forces are still fighting with all their might against any changes. These parties could also be roughly divided into the Francis and Benedict camps.
But the current Pope still has the longest lever. And to make matters worse for the conservative forces, Francis is also a member of the Jesuit order. The public appearances between Pope Francis and the Superior General of the Jesuit Order, Arturo Sosa, are always very cordial. Just as the Dominican Order suffered at the time of the French Revolution, the Knights of Malta also suffered recently.
While the Dominicans suffered persecution and extermination in the turmoil of the revolution and thereby lost their dominance over the Inquisition to the Jesuit order, Pope Francis recently also cleaned up the Malta order (Info).
It is “sorted”
Shortly after the start of his pontificate, Francis fired Cardinal Raymond Burke from his position as head of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signatura in 2014. Burke was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI. Burke also lost his position in the Congregation for Divine Worship and also his patronage of the Order of Malta.
Since this was obviously not enough, Francis withdrew the cardinal’s apartment in the Vatican and his salary a few weeks ago (Info).
One could also speak of “pope critics”. Cardinal Müller is apparently one of them. His representation that Jesus would go to prison today because of his views on the subject of marriage, which also contradict the papal ideas, is at least a clear indication of his critical attitude towards it.
The “no alternative” golden mean
But this church would not be the Roman Catholic Church if there was no agenda behind even the quarreling that was brought to the public. In politics it is also everyday life. Two opposing camps argue extensively and, above all, in a highly public manner and ultimately “painfully” agree on a compromise. The result is exactly the same as the objective already set during planning. However, the public sees this as the “golden mean with no alternative” that ultimately “satisfies everyone”.
With the aim of the Pope as the highest global moral authority, the church’s internal conflict is also a suitable path for the final satisfaction of every contemporary who is actively involved in this issue. For a play like this, the selected distribution of the individual roles is also important.
If Cardinal Müller, when he speaks of “Jesus”, also meant the Jesus Christ of the Bible, then Jesus Christ would also answer the cleric today:
Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
Bible verses from King James Version