The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines Anarchy thusly:
an·ar·chy noun \ˈa-nər-kē, -ˌnär-\
: a situation of confusion and wild behavior in which the people in a country, group, organization, etc., are not controlled by rules or laws.
In a recent article in the National Catholic Reporter on Communion for divorced Catholics, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, the Chairman of the German Episcopal Conference, recently stated "...a prefect is not the pope." That is correct, Dear Bishop...but the Head of the CDF rules in the name of the Pope, being appointed by him and as such you are bound to submit to his authority. To deny, disrespect or combat that authority is open violation of those duties, not only to the Holy Father himself, but also to Archbishop Gerard Muller. So...why are you giving bad example and scandal by not submitting to lawful authority? If you disagree, disagree privately, but follow the law regardless, and be a good example to those under your own authority. You have no defense if your fellow bishops, priests or seminarians disobey you, because you give the example to them of your own disobedience - no big deal, right?? RIGHT??
And what of those abandoned spouses in your dioceses - the victims of unwanted divorces - who have chosen to remain faithful to their first vows, spouses and families? How does this defiance of yours show "pastoral care" to them, if you get your wishes - with or without Rome's approval - to allow those living in Mortal sin to suddenly be able to receive the Body and Blood of Our Lord, without first correcting their sin? Why would any Catholic in your dioceses want a Catholic wedding, when you will have gutted two-thirds of the marriage bona by allowing this travesty in your Churches? Our Lord himself condemns those who receive Him unworthily, and you would also defy Him, as well as Rome, with this psuedo-dystopian, all inclusive, can't-we-all-just-be-friends-of-christ dream?
If you want to do your own thing, then please leave the One, Holy, Roman, Catholic and Apostolic Church and start the German equivalent of the "God-Is-Love-In-All-Forms-German-Catholic-Church, INC" and set your own rules and rites. If you don't want to do that, then please submit to those in Lawful Authority over you, bite your tongue and make it bleed and uphold Catholic Teaching, especially on Marriage. You will find your pews and coffers much fuller in a short amount of time once you do so.
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