Let ‘er rip, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller!
It is evident that the pastoral practice of the Church cannot stand in opposition to the binding doctrine nor simply ignore it. In the same manner, an architect could perhaps build a most beautiful bridge. However, if he does not pay attention to the laws of structural engineering, he risks the collapse of his construction. In the same manner, every pastoral practice has to follow the Word of God if it does not want to fail. A change of the teaching, of the dogma, is unthinkable. Who nevertheless consciously does it, or insistently demands it, is a heretic – even if he wears the Roman purple. (Source)
He also said that pressure for change in the Church’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage is an “expression of a deeply rooted loss of faith.”
As Don Cherry would say, what a beauty! (note: I’m not a Cherry fan :))
A couple of things to notice from his comment:
– He’s starts with “it is evident”. This isn’t quantum mechanics, folks. It is inconceivable that bishops and cardinals are even having this debate unless, as the Cardinal says, it’s because some of them have lost their faith. For those of you who are new to the Faith, I’m deeply sorry that you have to witness this intestine battle. Rest assured that there isn’t really a “debate” happening, in the sense of two defensible positions confronting each other. There’s only one legitimate position here for a faithful Catholic, and Cardinal Brandmüller just summed it up.
– He yanks off the masks and red herrings by clearly explaining how the proposed innovation du jour violates doctrine, pure and simple. That translates into… that mean word… heresy. As much as the proponents of communion for the re-married tie themselves into knots saying that they only want to change pastoral practices and not doctrine, that’s an oxymoron.
I’m rarely on the optimistic side, but I have a feeling that this fall’s Synod will be an anti-climax. I think the faithful prelates will be too well prepared and organized. They won’t be caught off guard like last time, playing catch-up the whole time.