Two rays extending from the same point get farther and father apart the longer they extend. If the one ray is the trajectory of Christ’s true Church, then the other ray, that departs from it, get’s farther and father away with every moment of its “progress”.
This comes from Focus.de:
According to a media report, the Evangelical and Catholic Church in Germany will be missing around 14,000 pastors by 2030.
The Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK) expects that by then about 7,000 of the current 13,500 clerical posts can no longer be filled, writes the “Focus”. This development is “catastrophic,” said ZDK President Thomas Sternberg the news magazine. “We will not be able to keep the usual structures. Lay people have to be able to take on much more tasks in the future. ”
The Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) have similar problems, writes the “Focus” on. The pastor’s association assumes that the number of currently about 21,000 pastors will reduce by about one third. According to this, around 7,000 jobs could not be filled by 2030. “This leads each pastor to its limit – and beyond,” said the chairman of the pastor’s association, Andreas Kahnt.
Catastrophe. Catastrophic. That’s the situation in Germany.
To paraphrase Card. “Accompany” Kasper to the world about African bishops, I don’t think Germans should be telling us what to do. Everything they do is wrong, it seems. German bishops and theologians seem to be the caput malorum omnium.
“But Vater! But Vater!”, some of you libs are hooting, “You don’t understand anything about what’s going on. This is the time of change and innovation. Surely it is clear even to someone as backward as you that you have to break eggs to make omelets. So the Church in Germany is broken. So the Churches in Europe are demographically diminishing. It’s quality we want, not quantity! We are living the dream of the new Vatican II springtime! We are forward looking visionaries blue-skying and singing a new church into being! But you…. YOUUUUU…. don’t get that because YOU HATE VATICAN II!”
What I get is this.
According to one smart German speaking, one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
It is at least stupid, if not insane.
We have serious choices to make. How conscious I am of the poignancy of reading that piece and writing these words I am, since we are on the brink of another plenary meeting of the USCCB. One meeting of bishops can’t solve The Present Crisis. However, one meeting can suggest to us who watch from the outside just what our bishops are made of.
Will they stand upright and set their jaw and take their hands out of their pockets? (Perhaps I should say “take their hands out of our pockets”?)
Or will they produce the same old same old.
On the other hand, perhaps the “same old same old”… the real “same old same old” is exactly what we need. We need a recovery of Tradition in order to produce a revitalization of our Catholic identity.
Folks, before the bishops meet, may I make a couple suggestions about what YOU can do?
- Go to confession.
- Make a good Holy Communion and offer it to God with your petition that the Holy Spirit prompt the bishops to true pastoral care, the kind that shepherds summon when the wolves are circling.
- Pray to your Guardian Angel and the Guardian Angels of your own local bishop to protect him, during the meeting, from the influence of The Enemy, the attacks of the demonic through their attachments to the place they are in, the food they may eat, even the oppressors of their brother bishops if they are in that sorry state.
- Find out the times that the bishops are meeting next week and prayer a Rosary for them during that time or stop at church and pray before the Blessed Sacrament for them.
- Take on some penance, some mortification during their meeting and offer it that the Holy Spirit increase in them, through the sacrament of confirmation and through orders, their strengthened sense of vocation and of the Four Last Things.
Tolkien wrote about the eucatastrophe, the catastrophe that has to happen so that greater good can result.