ROME - The German bishops' conference reported this week that 221,390 people left the Catholic Church in Germany during 2020, continuing a mass exodus of disgruntled believers that shows no signs of abating.
As Breitbart News has reported, the liberal German Catholic Church has been in freefall for years, hemorrhaging more than 5 million members over the past 25 years.
Since 1996, the number of Catholics in Germany has shrunk from 27,533,000 to 22,193,347 - a drop of nearly 20 percent (19.4). During that same period, the overall German populationrose from 81,323,664 to its current level of 83,900,473, an increase of 3.2 percent.
This means that Catholics make up an ever-smaller percentage of the German population, from 33.9 percent in 1996 to just 26.5 percent today.
In a 2015 article titled "The Bleeding German Church," Vatican journalist Marco Tosatti examined the underlying causes of mass defections from the Catholic Church in Germany, underscoring two primary factors.
The first was the close alliance between church and state, with believers paying the special church tax, which has led to a very wealthy Church unwilling to challenge its members.
The Church in Germany is the second largest employer in the country, with only the government employing more people. Many Church employees are non-believers, and the Church's considerable institutional presence conditions people's rapport with it, tending to create a more formal, and sometimes utilitarian, relationship.
The second cause of the exodus of German Catholics has been a progressive trend away from traditional Christian belief toward a liberal position often associated with mainline Protestantism, Tosatti reported.
As a body, the German Church has become known as one of the most progressive in the world, a trend that has made the Church ever more irrelevant for many.
A 2016 academic study found that churches that embrace conservative theology tend to draw more adherents than those that have fallen into liberalism.
The Canadian study, published in the Review of Religious Research, found that successful churches "held more firmly to the traditional beliefs of Christianity and were more diligent in things like prayer and Bible reading".
The leadership of the German Catholic Church has been in quasi open rebellion for years, thumbing its nose at the Vatican, unilaterally relaxing sacramental discipline and diluting the Church's moral teachings.
In 2019, the German Catholic bishops' conference issued a statement declaring homosexuality to be just as "normal" as heterosexuality while adding that adultery can no longer be considered a "serious sin."
Both the homosexual and heterosexual orientation "belong to the normal forms of a sexual predisposition that cannot and should not be changed by any specific socialization," the bishops' communiqué stated.
[Ron: Homosexuality is not normal. If it was normal humanity on this planet would have ceased to exist because human communities would fail to reproduce themselves. The differentiation in biological sex is essential to enable continuation of human life and societies. Similarly, heterosexuality is necessary to properly exercise that sexual predisposition, ie the ability, of males and females to reproduce humans and thus continue human society.
Biological sex is determined at conception and is immutable, ie, it is NOT an 'orientation' because orientations are variable and result from socialisation.
Also, male homosexual practices are not normal in that anal intercourse is physically, psychologically and spiritually detrimental for those practicising them.
Adultery is also harmful to society and for individuals who engage in it. It breaches the bond between partners in families and that is detrimental for children in families where it occurs. However, labelling adultery as a 'serious sin' is misleading in that that label gives it a pejorative religious connotation when it merely evidences mistaken spiritual and psychological attitudes and physical practices by immature individuals.
The statement that homosexual and heterosexual orientations 'belong to the normal forms of a sexual predisposition' conflates contrary realities. Arguably a sexual 'predisposition' stems from the individual's biological sex determined at conception and apparent at birth; whereas an 'orientation' is created by socialisation after birth. Only biological females can conceive and give birth to offspring. That is a predisposition not an orientation.
It is a contradiction to assume that a predisposition is an orientation. And claiming that a socialisation process that results in a homosexual orientation is actually a predisposition is special pleading.].
On Friday, the Wall Street Journal published a provocative essay titled "Is Pope Francis Leading the Church to a Schism?" in which writer Francis Rocca examines the role of the German Catholic Church in pushing forward progressive "reforms" that fly in the face of Catholic belief.
"German Catholics have been meeting since last year to consider major changes to church life, including the blessing of same-sex relationships and the ordination of women," Rocca notes.
He cites Cardinal Rainer Woelki of Cologne, one of Germany's few conservative bishops, who cautions that Germany's quiet revolt could lead to a schism and even "a German national church."
Already in September 2019, the editors of the U.S.-based National Catholic Registerwarned that the Catholic Church in Germany seemed to be moving toward a schism with Rome under the banner of "synodality," or a more democratic, independent approach to local Church governance.
Under the leadership of Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich-Freising, "the Church in Germany is poised to pursue a radical ‘binding synodal path' that seeks to dislodge settled Church teaching in the name of ‘synodality,'" the editors wrote.
In open opposition to the Vatican, the German Church has partnered with the Central Committee of German Catholics, "a lay group that has demanded the ordination of women, an end to clerical celibacy, the blessing of same-sex unions by the Church and rethinking of all Catholic teachings on sexuality," they stated.
Raymond Arroyo, host of EWTN's The World Over, denounced what he called the German Church's "usurpation of papal power and authority."
"They are becoming their own magisterium, and nobody is saying a word about this, even here in America," Arroyo said.
In a July 14 statement, Bishop Georg Bätzing, current president of the German bishops' conference, said that the continuing loss of Church membership is "painful for our community."
"Many have lost confidence and want to send a signal by leaving the Church," Bätzing said.
The bishops' report revealed that baptisms in 2020 plummeted to 104,610, compared to 159,043 in 2019. First Communions, confirmations, and Catholic weddings have followed a similar steep downward trajectory.
[Ron: Arguably the real evolvement Western Christian civilisation achieved over the last two millennia has not been achieved due to the Christian religion as such but as a result of the retention of the true legacy of Christ Jesus' divine teaching about the need to love Neighbour (everyone and everything), AS Self (one needs to learn to accept and love self) FOR the love of God (ALL that is.).The remnant populations retaining and promulgating this true Christian spiritual legacy have been Caucasian Shemite peoples descendants of the Israelites removed from Palestine around the 7th Century BC.
Arguably, as this latest initiative by these Catholic German bishops evidences, the existence of the Christian religion, established by Pharisees to distort and corrupt the divine teachings of Christ Jesus and further corrupted by Roman emperors for the societal control purposes, has been a palpable, though concealed. In particular the Pharisees removed the crucial "Good News"about the reality of reincarnation and the fact that, like Jesus, EVERY ensouled human being (Higher Universal man ie, HUman) is an only begotten (ie unique) and sovereign son or daughter of the Creator. Why? Because each HUman is indwelt by a fragment of Creator consciousness. For some discussion of these issues see eg:Judaism and Christianity - Two Thousand Years of Lies - 60 Years of State Terrorismhttp://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/Judaism-and-Christianity---Two-Thousand-Years-of-Lies---60-Years-of-State-Terrorism.shtml
These essential truths that constituted Jesus' "Good News" were deleted in order to promulgate the idea that HUmans are dependant suppliants, unable to seek salvation, ie the evolvement of higher consciousness, through their own thought and action; and who therefore required Jesus to "save" them. This infantilises all who believe it and paves the way for the Christian religion to peddle fear of death and Hell.
The false doctrine that Jesus came to save humanity here by sacrificing himself is a LIE which deceives and infantilises all who believe it. It also enabled the controllers of the Christian religion to promulgate the fear inducing LIE that "sinners" ie those who don't accept and live in accordance with the dogmas and dictates of the Christian religious hierarchy (in this case the German bishops), will be damned to eternal torment in HELL. The truth is that there is NO Hell except the misery we may inflict on ourselves and each other during our incarnations. Every HUman will eventually learn to love God and neighbour with his/her whole heart and soul and journey to paradise to meet with the Creator, unless s/he makes a conscious choice to refuse to continue the eternal journey. Such decisions are honoured.
In fact, the real spiritual and civilisational evolvement Western Christian civilisation has achieved over the last two millennia has not been achieved due to the Christian religion as such but as a result of the retention of the true spiritual legacy of Christ Jesus' divine teaching about the need to love Neighbour (everyone and everything), AS Self (one needs to learn to accept and love self) FOR the love of God (ALL that is.).
Arguably 'Christian universalism' was introduced by Emperor Constantine and reinforced by subsquent Roman emperors and temporal rulers to reinforce their temporal power and control. Despite that, the truth that every ensouled HUman is a sovereign individual indwelt by a fragment of Creator consciousness embued many individuals in the European Christian culture that evolved in Europe after the collapse of the Roman empire. That impetus towards higher consciousness created a sense of personal individuality and sovereignty not present in tribal and other cultures not influenced by awareness of Jesus' divine revelations.
The Pharises used the Christian religion in combination with usury and denatured food to destroy the Roman Empire. Ever since achieving that, the demonically controlled Talmudists (ie the Pharisees and the Khazarian dominated neo-Pharisees who say they are Jews but are not) have plotted to do the same thing to the Israelite derived Anglo-Euro populations, using the Christian religion as a Trojan Horse for the purpose, together with usury, denatured food, poisonous medical treatments and warfare etc. See eg:Ezra Pound's formula for preventing Jewish conquest from within -- peaceful methods derived from the Byzantine Empire -http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/Ezra_Pound_s_formula_for_preventing_Jewish_conques_4333.shtml
The Talmudists have spearheaded their assault on humanity using usury, the Inquisition, the Jesuits and promulgation of endless division, conquest and warfare.Today, Bolshevik Communism and cultural Marxism have largely succeeded in demonically enslaving our world. In particular, Christian, Capitalist and Communist mind control methodologies combined with cultural Marxism's insane racist, gender bending LGBTQist dogmas are causing sane societies to commit spiritual, intellectual, psychological, cultural and racial suicide. This German bishop's exercise in rhetorical subterfuge is just the latest example.
The Talmudists' current puppet Pope Francis and his intention and efforts to create a Talmudic global religion and segue the Catholic Church into it are obvious. A major mission of Abundant Hope is to change the face of religion by introducing a truly spiritual personal dimension in which humans on this planet learn the truth about life, the universe and everything. In truth, EACH HUman needs to personally forge a spiritual relationship with the Creator via his/her indwelling fragment of Creator consciousness.
Christ Michael Aton, the creator of this planet and local universe, declared the establishment of his Millennial Reign on Gaia on 5 Februsaty 2019. The Christian religion and all current religions will be superceded by real spirituality and practice after the coming planetary Magnetic Reversal and Stand Still. So be it.].
ESU IMMANUEL, THE CHRIST, WAS NOT A JEW - http://abundanthope.net/pages/Phoenix_Journals_61/ESU_IMMANUEL_THE_CHRIST_WAS_
CREATOR GOD ATON/HATONN: THE TORAH vs. THE TALMUD http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/CREATOR-GOD-ATON-HATONN-THE-TORAH-vs-THE-TALMUD.shtml
A REMNANT BOOK REVIEW: How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/A-REMNANT-BOOK-REVIEW-How-the-Catholic-Church-Built-Western-Civilization.shtml
How They Do It - Jewish Leaders Call for New Editions of the Bible and the Koran to carry 'trigger Warnings' highlighting anti-Semitic Passages - http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/How-They-Do-It-Jewish-leaders-call-for-new-editions-of-the-Bible-and-the-Koran-to-carry-trigger-Warnings-highlighting-anti-Semitic-Passages.shtml
Marxism And Marriage - http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/Marxism-And-Marriage.shtml
The Problem with Gay Marriage - http://abundanthope.net/pages/Human_Animal_Rights_104/The-Problem-with-Gay-Marriage.shtml
Hungary Moves To Protect Children http://abundanthope.net/pages/Other_Spiritual_Pieces_68/Hungary-Moves-To-Protect-Children.shtml
The Deconstruction of Marriage. See: http://abundanthope.net/pages/Other_Spiritual_Pieces_68/The-Deconstruction-of-Marriage.shtml
The Problem with Gay Marriage http://abundanthope.net/pages/Human_Animal_Rights_104/The-Problem-with-Gay-Marriage.shtml
Religious Liberty & 'Gay Marriage' Cannot Coexist. See: http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/Religious-Liberty-Gay-Marriage-Cannot-Coexist.shtml
DOJ: The Use of Husband and Wife is Now Hate Speech. See: http://abundanthope.net/pages/True_US_History_108/DOJ-The-Use-of-Husband-and-Wife-is-Now-Hate-Speech.shtml
Same-Sex â€˜marriage': Religious right was Right All Along http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/Same-sex-marriage-Religious-right-was-Right-All-Along.shtml
The gay plague. See: http://abundanthope.net/pages/Human_Animal_Rights_104/The-gay-plague.shtml
The revolution of the family: the Marxist roots of â€˜homosexualism'. See: http://abundanthope.net/pages/Health_and_Nutrition_37/The-revolution-of-the-family-the-Marxist-roots-of-homosexualism.shtml
The homosexual activist tyranny is growing and it is a real tyranny - http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/The-homosexual-activist-tyranny-is-growing-and-it-is-a-real-tyranny.shtml
Jewry's Push For Homosexual Unions. See: http://abundanthope.net/pages/True_US_History_108/Jewry-s-Push-For-Homosexual-Unions.shtml
Jewish Groups In Hungary Insist On Their Right To Show Homosexual Material To Underage Children -
SAVING The Republic Of The United States of America - From The Knights Who Stole Her! http://abundanthope.net/pages/Political_Information_43/Jewish-Groups-In-Hungary-Insist-On-Their-Right-To-Show-Homosexual-Material-To-Underage-Children.shtml
"It is LOVE that Put the Stars in the Sky and it is LOVE that Holds Them There and Makes them Shine." - http://abundanthope.net/pages/Other_Spiritual_Pieces_68/It-is-LOVE-that-Put-the-Stars-in-the-Sky-and-it-is-LOVE-that-Holds-Them-There-and-Makes-them-Shine.shtml