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More criticism of Benedict XVI from Cardinal Lehmann

While it's not the first time in the last few months he's done this, the former head of the German Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Karl Lehmann of Mainz, has once again publicly attacked Benedict XVI. 

From The Tablet:

Cardinal Karl Lehmann of Mainz has criticised two major liturgical changes introduced by Pope Benedict XVI.

The former president of the German bishops' conference said that he did not think the co-existence of the old-rite liturgy alongside the new was a good idea, and that the proposed change in the German Missal from saying Christ died "for all" to "for many" was a sign of Rome trying to appease traditionalists.

He complained there were now more Tridentine Masses on offer than there was demand for and questioned the motives of fans of the old-rite Mass. He said enthusiasm for the Tridentine Mass seemed to have "a lot to do with prestige".

Lehmann also questioned why Rome was changing the translation of pro multis to "for many", noting that Pope Benedict had said that both translations were legitimate.

13 comments:

  1. Seems like that poison has never stopped flowing from the Rhine.

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  2. Thankfully, unpleasant people like Cardinal Lehman are becoming less and less prominent in the Church. In a way, his crankiness and disrespectfulness is a good sign because it's probably demonstrates the Church is moving away from the "spirit of VCII". The high point of his clerical experience was likely instituting the modernism of the Council and now he sees that's in danger of being rolled back.

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  3. "Lehmann also questioned why Rome was changing the translation of pro multis to "for many"...

    Because, my Lord Cardinal, "for many" IS the correct translation of "pro multis".

    Good grief...!

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  4. All Cardinal Lehmann needs to do re: "pro multis" is to consult St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Alphonsus Ligouri, both of whom addressed the issue quite directly.

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  5. This old tosser still alive?

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  6. It sounds another Churchman has lost the Faith.

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  7. How audacious he is.

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  8. To those readers that thing the kind of Card. Lehman are being pushed back: the said truth is that his successor (as the head of the German Bishops' Conference), Robert Zollitsch, is not any better.

    Zollitsch is considered to be a liberal in his convictions, and has described himself as being "theologically and personally" close to Cardinal Lehmann.

    My favorite quote from him comes from an interview. In the course of discussing the significance of the Crucifixion, there was this exchange:

    Zollitsch (Christ) did not die for the sins of the people as if God had needed a sacrificial offering or something like a scapegoat. He entered into solidarity with us men, with our suffering, even unto the end; and showed that in the suffering of man, every pain and even death is taken up by God and transfigured by God in His Son Jesus Christ.

    Schmidt-Degenhard You would now no longer describe it in such a way that God gave His own Son, because we humans were so sinful? You would no longer describe it like this?

    Zollitsch No.

    Source: http://www.catholic-forum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31814

    So... no, I don't think we are out of the water.

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  9. There is a perfect answer to all that confuses Cardinal Lehmann. The Cardinal is a modernist who like all modernists place the created above the Creator. He needs to make a great return to God.

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  10. "he did not think the co-existence of the old-rite liturgy alongside the new was a good idea, and that the proposed change in the German Missal from saying Christ died "for all" to "for many" was a sign of Rome trying to appease traditionalists."

    I think Cardinal Lehman is right that the co-existence of the old-rite liturgy alongside the new was not a good idea. I really agree. Why? Because we cannot change our Lex Orandi. The new Mass is a protestantized mass which poisons many souls.

    "now more Tridentine Masses on offer than there was demand for and questioned the motives of fans of the old-rite Mass"

    It would have been better if the Pope Emeritus stand firm on his statement that the new liturgy was only fabricated. He should have fully restored the tridentine mass because for sure, many will obey than those who will disobey.

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  11. Anonymous11:29 AM

    It seems not improbable that the Cardinal will discover the difference between "for many" and "for all" the day he dies.

    As long as he lives, though, I don't buy it that his Latin is so bad that he doesn't know what "pro multis" means.

    Mundabor

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  12. These guys have been undermining the faith for decades, the Popes continue to allow this. The Popes should stop worrying about the SSPX and take care of these guys. The SSPX didn't molest or cover-up any scandals it was this bunch!

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