Cardinal Castrillon’s reaction to Swedish Bp. Arborelius: “calumny”

I don’t have the time and energy to do the translation at the moment, but I thought I would help get this interesting piece from Fides et Forma

His Eminence Cardinal Castrillon, former President of the Pont. Comm. Ecclesia Dei had an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Some readers can chip in.

CASTRILLON: QUELLA DI ARBORELIUS E’ UNA "CALUNNIA"

di Francesco Colafemmina

Come volevasi dimostrare il Cardinal Castrillon si rivela un vero Cardinale, ossia un uomo che (a differenza di altri omuncoli) veste color porpora per ricordare il sangue che egli è disposto a versare per la Chiesa di Cristo. Oltretutto il Cardinale non è uno sprovveduto e nonostante l’età (80 anni) è uomo esperto di software e computer (magari non così tanto da mandare emails ai giornalisti…).
Castrillon afferma al Suddeutsche Zeitung in una lunga intervista la sua posizione. Quella di Anders Arborelius la bolla come una "calunnia". E aggiunge: "Mi dispiace ma questa dichiarazione è molto dubbia, perché è sbagliato (…) noi archiviamo tutti i documenti che abbiamo ricevuto in forma digitale. Il Vescovo Arborelius dovrebbe dire, come, chi e quando ha comunicato questa informativa, e se ciò è accaduto per via scritta o orale".  [Bp. Arborelius ought to say how, who and when this information was communicated, and if this happened in a written or oral form.]

Come già detto sarà opportuno cercare i responsabili nell’ufficio preposto alle relazioni con i Nunzi Apostolici: Prima Sezione per gli Affari Generali della Segreteria di Stato! In quale cassetto di quell’ufficio si è smarrito il report sull’affaire Williamson inviato da Arborelius?
Aggiunge poi Castrillon sulle sue relazioni con Benedetto XVI: "Abbiamo sempre lavorato gomito a gomito. Il papa è un teologo eccellente, un campione della fede, un amico che ha sempre fiducia in me". Leggere anche questa intervista pubblicata da Pontifex.

L’intervista a Castrillon non è disponibile integralmente sul sito on line della rivista. Ne ho tradotto gli estratti resi noti che chiaramente illustrano con chiarezza la posizione che la Chiesa di Cristo deve avere in merito alla questione.

In un’intervista al Süddeutsche Zeitung il Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos prende posizione:

SZ: Lei ha affermato di non essere a conoscenza dell’intervista di Williamson. Cosa avrebbe fatto il Papa se lo avesse saputo?

Hoyos: Non vorrei accampare ipotesi riguardo a quello che il Papa avrebbe potuto fare. Mi riferisco solo a ciò che egli sapeva, al momento in cui la revoca della scomunica è stata resa pubblica. In quel momento nessuno di noi conosceva minimamente le affermazioni di Williamson. Nessuno di noi! E nessuno aveva il dovere di conoscerle!

SZ: Lei condivide le posizioni della FSSPX?

Hoyos: La FSSPX pensa che loro stiano difendendo la verità sulla tradizione sacra e che non possono essere scomunicati per questo. Ciò può essere compreso, sebbene non condivida tali opinioni. Quanto a questo è indiscutibile che loro abbiano spezzato una legge fondamentale della Chiesa.
SZ: Lei si è mai domandato se le vostre decisioni potevano avere delle conseguenze politiche?

Hoyos: La scomunica di quattro vescovi non è un atto politico. E’ un atto di misericordia. E’ quindi un problema pastorale e teologico, non una interferenza della Chiesa nella sfera politica. Perciò non mi preoccupo. Il mio lavoro non è quello di giudicare un mio fratello vescovo. Questo è il compito della Congregazione per i Vescovi e della Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede.

SZ: Ma la Chiesa cattolica ha una sua opinione su antisemitismo ed olocausto.

Hoyos: Il rigetto da parte della Chiesa di ogni violenza ingiusta subita dal Popolo Ebraico è piuttosto chiara. Tale tippo di genocidio razziale è un crimine immorale contro l’umanità.

SZ: Perchè allora non ha bloccato la revoca della scomunica ad un negatore dell’Olocausto?

Hoyos: Williamson è stato scomunicato per la sua ordinazione episcopale illegittimam non per le sue teorie, giudizi o affermazioni sull’Olocausto. Guardare i problemi in un altro senso è un tipico errore tedesco!

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11 Responses to Cardinal Castrillon’s reaction to Swedish Bp. Arborelius: “calumny”

  1. tomseeker says:

    here is a rough translation:
    CASTRILLON: THAT OF ARBORELIUS IS A “SLANDER”

    of Francis Colafemmina

    As volevasi demonstrate Cardinal Castrillon is a real cardinal, i.e. a man that (unlike other omuncoli) wears purple to remind the blood that he is prepared to pay for the Church of Christ. Moreover the cardinal is not a sprovveduto and despite the age (80) is experienced man of software and computer (perhaps not so much to send emails to journalists…).
    Castrillon says to Suddeutsche Zeitung in a long interview its position. The bubble of Anders Arborelius as one “slander”. And adds: “I am sorry but this statement is very doubtful, because it is wrong (…) we archiviamo all the documents that we received in digital form.” “Bishop Arborelius should say as who and when told this privacy policy, and if this happened by written or oral”. [BP. Arborelius ought to say how, and when this information was communicated, if this happened and who in to written or oral form.]

    As already said you should search for managers in the Office responsible for relations with the Apostolic Nunzi: first Chamber for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State! What tray that Office is lost the report on the Williamson case sent by Arborelius?
    Adds then Castrillon on its relations with Pope Benedict XVI: “We always worked elbow elbow.” “The Pope is an excellent theologian, a sample of the faith, a friend always has confidence in me”. Also read this interview published by Pontifex.

    Interview with Castrillon is not fully available on the online on site of the magazine. I have translated the extracts made known that clearly illustrate clearly the position that the Church of Christ must have on the matter.

    In an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos takes position:

    SZ: You said not to be aware of the interview of Williamson. What would have done the Pope if had known it?

    Hoyos: I do not neglecting assumptions regarding what the Pope would have done. I refer only to that he knew at the time the withdrawal of the excommunication was made public. None of us knew minimally Williamson statements at that time. None of us! And no one had a duty to know them!

    SZ: You share the FSSPX positions?

    Hoyos: The FSSPX thinks that they are defending the truth about the sacred tradition and may not be scomunicati for this. This can be understood, although I do not agree with these views. With regard to this is no doubt that they have broken a basic law of the Church.
    SZ: You have you ever wondered if your decisions could have political consequences?

    Hoyos: The excommunication of four bishops is not a political act. It is an act of mercy. It is therefore a problem theological and pastoral, not interference of the Church in the political sphere. Why not I am concerned. My work is not to judge my brother Bishop. This is the task of the Congregation for the bishops and the Congregation for the doctrine of the faith.

    SZ: But the Catholic Church has its opinion on Holocaust and anti-Semitism.

    Hoyos: The rejection of the Church in every unjust violence suffered by the Jewish people is quite clear. This tippo racial genocide is an immoral crime against humanity.

    SZ: Why then has not locked the withdrawal of the excommunication to a negatore of the Holocaust?

    Hoyos: Williamson is scomunicato for his Episcopal ordination illegittimam not for his theories, opinions or assertions about the Holocaust. Look at problems in another sense is a typical German error!

  2. Fr. John Mary says:

    “Cardinal against Cardinal; Bishop against Bishop; priest against priest and Bishop”…do I see the fulfillment of the revelations of our Lady of Akita (Japan)?
    Prayer (the rosary) and penance are the only remedy to this siutation. As well as devout participation at Holy Mass and reverent/worthy reception of our Lord in Holy Communion. Am I wrong?

  3. Jordanes says:

    Cardinal Castrillon has called Bishop Arborelius’ bluff.

  4. fcolafemmina says:

    Dear all,

    translation achieved here:

    http://fidesetforma.blogspot.com/2009/09/castrillon-that-of-arborelius-is.html

    Best regards

    Francesco Colafemmina

  5. albizzi says:

    In the case the Pope wanted to maintain the excommunication of Bp Williamson because of his bizarre views about the Holocaust, he would have been obliged in the same time to excommunicate, ipso facto latae sententiae, all the catholic people who agree too with revisionism.

    This would be a dangerous and slipping slope since revisionism is a vague word that one may apply to a number of situations other than the Holocaust.

    Is the belief in the Holocaust really belonging to the catholic faith? I don’t think so. This is hard to make an atheistic journalist to understand.

  6. TNCath says:

    Wow! Lately, it seems that the bishops have not minded calling one another out publicly on issues. The “calumny” charge and the last sentence of the interview, “Guardare i problemi in un altro senso è un tipico errore tedesco!” are things we won’t be hearing the end of anytime soon.

  7. RichR says:

    Let’s see…….

    How many times is the secular media going to bombard the Vatican officials with the same question in nuanced form?

    “Does the Vatican endorse anti-Semitism?”

    And how many times has the Vatican repeated the same answer?

    “No.”

    Don’t you think it’s getting a little old. I mean, the media really are looking desperate to try and nail the Church on this.

  8. mpm says:

    Since there are no Catholic dogmas about temporal matters, nobody could be justly excommunicated for a temporal belief or mistake, however ridiculous! “History” is nothing if not temporal.

    However, being ridiculous is not supposed to be the mark of a bishop. And I don’t just mean Bishop Williamson.

  9. mpm says:

    Q: How many times will the Media repeat the same question?

    A: As many times + one as “officials” continue to take their question seriously and respond to it.

  10. techno_aesthete says:

    Francesco Colafemmina, grazie per la traduzione. Mi piace l’immagine di Cardinal Castrillon lavorare al suo computer.

  11. Thomas S says:

    Bishop Anders Arborelius has been a repeat guest of Fr. Pacwa’s on EWTN Live. I don’t read Latin, but I get “calunnia.” Surprised by this.