KRAKOW, Poland, April 21, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – During his Good Friday homily at Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, a Marian pilgrimage site near Krakow and home to a live dramatization of the Passion of Christ, Archbishop of Krakow Stanislaw Cardinal Dziwisz called on the over 150,000 faithful present to show courage and speak the truth in defense of the dignity of human life.
The Cardinal condemned abortion, euthanasia, common-law marriage, homosexual unions and in vitro fertilization.
Speaking to the thousands gathered for the Good Friday service around the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska monastery, Cardinal Dziwisz said that the attitude of Pilate, who knew the truth, but still condemned an innocent man, is still present in the political and social life of Poland.
“Self-interested politicians are like Pilate,” the Cardinal said.
“They kill the truth, fearing the loss of their jobs. They kill the truth about the conceived life of the child in the womb, supposedly claiming it was not even human life. They kill the truth about the sanctity of human life and dignity of the sick and old, saying it was no longer human life. They kill the truth about marriage as an indissoluble communion of man and woman, allowing for divorce and so-called free partnership unions,” Cardinal Dziwisz said….
The Archbishop of Krakow stressed that the family should be the natural environment for new life and the development of children.
“The child has the right to be conceived as a fruit of love in the family, in marriage, not in a test tube.
“Let us be honest and courageous people. Let us not betray the truth about life for any price. Even at the cost of losing power, or places in parliament. Let us be defenders of life, which today is under threat, even in our own country,” Cardinal Dziwisz emphasized.
The Cardinal noted that the Good Friday retelling of the Passion of Christ is a living and unchangeable history, a narrative in which every person must find their place.
“We must place ourselves on every page. We cannot be passive observers,” the prelate concluded.
Cardinal Dziwisz was personal secretary to Pope John Paul II. After the Pope’s death he was appointed Archbishop of Krakow in 2005, and in 2006 was made a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI.
FREIBURG, Germany April 21, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – According to the chairman of the Catholic bishops’ conference of Germany, the death of Jesus Christ was not a redemptive act of God to liberate human beings from the bondage of sin and open the gates of heaven. The Archbishop of Freiburg, Robert Zollitsch, known for his liberal views, publicly denied the fundamental Christian dogma of the sacrificial nature of Christ’s death in a recent interview with a German television station.
Zollitsch said that Christ “did not die for the sins of the people as if God had provided a sacrificial offering, like a scapegoat.”
Instead, Jesus had offered only “solidarity” with the poor and suffering. Zollitsch said “that is this great perspective, this tremendous solidarity.”
The interviewer asked, “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?”
Monsignor Zollitsch responded, “No.”
Archbishop Robert Zollitsch was appointed to the See of Freiburg im Breisgau in 2003 under Pope John Paul II. He is he sitting Chairman of the German Episcopal Conference, to which he was elected in 2008 and is regarded as a “liberal” in the German episcopate.
In February 2008 he said that priestly celibacy should be voluntary and that it is not “theologically necessary.” Zollitsch has also said he accepts homosexual civil unions by states, but is against same-sex “marriage.”
He told Meinhard Schmidt-Degenhard, the program’s host, that God gave “his own son in solidarity with us unto this last death agony to show: ‘So much are you worth to me, I go with you, and I am totally with you in every situation’.”
“He has become involved with me out of solidarity – from free will.”
Christ, he said, had “taken up what I have been blamed for, including the evil that I have caused, and also to take it back into the world of God and hence to show me the way out of sin, guilt and from death to life.”
However, Article 613 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the definitive work issued by the Church explaining the dogmas and doctrines of the Catholic religion, describes the death of Christ as “both the Paschal sacrifice that accomplishes the definitive redemption of men, through ‘the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world’, the sacrifice of the New Covenant, which restores man to communion with God by reconciling him to God through the ‘blood of the covenant, which was poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins’.”
The Catechism continues, “This sacrifice of Christ is unique; it completes and surpasses all other sacrifices. First, it is a gift from God the Father himself, for the Father handed his Son over to sinners in order to reconcile us with himself. At the same time it is the offering of the Son of God made man, who in freedom and love offered his life to his Father through the Holy Spirit in reparation for our disobedience.”