And to think that I have a priest friend in the Diocese of Chur. To think that Archbp. Wolfgang Haas was once Bishop of Chur.
The Diocese of Chur includes Zürich. Three famous Benedictine abbeys are in the diocese Einsiedeln, Engelberg, and Disentis as is the shrine of St Nicholas of Flüe.
Swiss bishop Joseph Maria Bonnemain of the Diocese of Chur has abolished the office of exorcist in his diocese.
Bonnemain said in an interview with SRF that there would be “normal solutions” for most problems that people have and that he has “never been confronted with a person” that needed a major exorcism.
“For many questions, we do not need to look for extraordinary causes, rather we are all human beings who have strengths and weaknesses in ourselves, who are confronted with difficult family, social, and professional situations,” Bonnemain told SRF. “And there are normal solutions for this, i.e. medical, psychological, psychotherapeutic, and one does not need to want to find secret causes.”
The essence of Modernism is the reduction of the supernatural to the natural.
Bishop Bonnemain is well-known for his heterodox positions.?The Swiss Opus Dei bishop expressed support for same-sex unions and knowingly gave Holy Communion to non-Catholics during his ordination ceremony.
Furthermore, the Swiss prelate has been accused by priests in his diocese of implementing “LGBT ideology” in the Church “under the guise of preventing sexual assault.”?Bonnemain has also been accused by two groups of lay Catholics of knowingly tolerating liturgical?abuse in the form of women “concelebrating” at Catholic Masses in his diocese.
In October of this year, Bonnemain failed to correct one of his employees who endorsed the use of pornography.
Bonnemain was appointed by Pope Francis as Bishop of Chur in February 2021.
Does this say something about the direction Opus Dei has gone?
Apart from that, I have a sneaking suspicion that most bishops don’t know what exorcism is, or what the differences are between minor exorcisms, the exorcisms in the traditional baptismal rites, the exorcisms used in some blessings and, especially, the differences between chapters 2 and 3 of the older Rituale Romanum and what is in the different Appendices of the post-Conciliar book.
That said, the chief exorcist of every diocese is the diocesan bishop. So…
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