Putting the pessima in corruptio optimi pessima.
From a reader:
Apparently, the Vatican has accepted P. Wucherpfennig SJ as rector of the Jesuit High School Sankt Georgen in Frankfurt, Germany. He was recently denied the nihil obstat by the Vatican because of his stance for a woman diaconate, and for a blessing of homosexual couples which he suggested might be proper forms of romantic relationships, and which he called “virtuous” – as you may already know.
After theologians from Germany have signed a document supporting Wucherpfennig, and criticizing the cruel and anti-science stance of the Vatican, this Thursday, the Vatican finally gave the nihil obstat to this Jesuit, which means he is confirmed again as rector of the Jesuit High School, where he can continue with his “research”.
I give you my personal translation of the article on kath.net (http://kath.net/news/65895):
“The Jesuit priest Ansgar Wucherpfennig can finally take up his office of rector of the Catholic High School [Hochschule] Sankt Georgen in Frankfurt [Germany]. The Vatican has issued the required confirmation, as the German province of the Jesuits announced this past Thursday in München. The General Superior of the Society of Jesus, Arturo Sosa, has received this required statement of credibility (“nihil obstat”) from the Vatican, and Pater Wucherpfennig has been “appointed the rector of the High School [Hochschule] Sankt Georgen effectively immediately.”
The Congregation for Catholic Education of the Vatican had issued the statement of credibility “after Pater Wucherpfennig accepted a declaration, in which he assured that he as priest and religious was obligated to follow the authentic Magisterium of the Church”, as the press release of the German province states. Where Pater Wucherpfennig’s offices would require it, he would explain the Church’s teaching on the possibility of ordination for women, and on blessing services for same-sex couples “completely and comprehensibly” [vollständig und verständnisvoll].
Pater Wucherpfennig already in February has been re-elected for a third term as rector of the Philosophical-Theological High School [Hochschule] Sankt Georgen. The dioceses of Hamburg, Hildesheim, Limburg, and Osnabrück use this institution for the training of their seminarians. The Vatican rejecting to issue the required “nihil obstat” to Pater Wucherpfennig, caused major upheaval in broad parts of Church, Science, and Society. In Interviews, the Jesuit priest has repeatedly criticized the Church’s dealing with homosexuals and women, and supported a blessing service for homosexual relationships.\
In his declaration addressed to the Vatican, Pater Wucherpfennig – according to the press release – additionally explained that the questions he as a pastor and scientist posed to the Church’s teaching, would also prospectively be labeled as his own by him. As Christian and scientist, he personally hoped for a further opening and advancement of the Church’s teaching regarding those points. His public statements about a women’s deaconate and a blessing service for couples which a sacramental marriage is denied, targeted this very advancement, as Pater Wucherpfennig explained.
The agreement between Vatican and Pater Wucherpfennig also includes Pater Wucherpfennig being obligated to now publish articles wherein he further elucidates and presents the results of his scientific research – “in loyal and creative continuity with the fundamental opinion of the Church regarding both issues”.
Georg Bätzing, bishop of Limburg [where the institution is located], remarks according to a press release of the diocese: “With many others, I have anticipated this decision with great hope”. The Provincial superior of the German Province of the Society of Jesus, Pater Johannes Siebner SJ, showed himself relieved that Pater Wucherpfennig could finally be appointed, and thanked the General Superior, Pater Sosa, expressively for his dedication to the cause.”