Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Vatican Cardinal: Protestant Reformation "sin"

"Vatican Cardinal refuses to celebrate the upcoming 2017 500th anniversary of the Reformation" (Angelqueen, June 20, 2012).

[The] head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch refuses to celebrate the anniversary of the Reformation. According to the Cardinal, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation – the events that split the Catholic church can not be called a holiday. According to German site, Koch categorizes the date of coming as a “remembrance of the Reformation”.

“We can not celebrate sin” – said the cardinal, and added that he was aware of the fact that after this speech can be branded “anti-ecumenical”.

Related: Michael Voris (ChurchMilitant.TV, June 27, 2012).


Liam Ferguson said...

Better to be anti-ecumenical than anti-truth.

Robert Allen said...

Read Belloc or Coulombe. The protestants then and now were out for mammon, plain and simple. Theirs is a worldly religion. Luther, Calvin, and their fellow disobedient, rabble rousing, benighted theologians were the pawns of the proto-capitalists who sought to rule this demon infested realm without interference from the Holy See. The seed money for their takeover of Christendom was expropriated from the HMC, including the land and tools of the peasantry toiling under her protection. May God Almighty soon remove the scourge of protestantism from our midst and send it to Hell where it belongs. For now, the TLM is the only means of escaping it.

Pertinacious Papist said...

The turning point in my perceptions in this regard came while I was teaching in the UK in 1999 and picked up William Cobbett's book on the Reformation in England and Ireland in the Brompton Oratory book shop. Amazing book. Cobbett, though Anglican, was irate when he discovered the truth of English history, and honest enough to write that the Reformation was "engendered in beastly lust, brought forth in hypocrisy and perfidy, and cherished and fed by rivers of innocent English and Irish blood." And he gives you the numbers.

JFM said...

I'd take two books of Luther's over twenty of Karl Rahner's any Sunday, but that's another story. So, even if I disagree with him partially, it is so good to hear *Catholic* sentiments form Catholic prelates that I say You God Cardinal!

Ralph Roister-Doister said...

PP, perhaps the real story about Cdl Koch resides in this interview from 3/11:

It does not exactly reveal him to be a soul brother of William Cobbett.

Pertinacious Papist said...


In the sense that Luther shared, at least, a traditional framework of truth as a correspondence between the knower and the reality known, whereas Rahner is beyond the pale in a Heideggerian world of truth as "encounter," I would agree.

Yet I am increasingly wary of the fundamental distortions underlying the magisterial Protestant Reformers. They uncritically presuppose a worldview suffused with all the distortions of via moderna nominalism, empiricism, and first-hand experience.

Pertinacious Papist said...


Thanks for the Koch link. Enlightening.

Ralph Roister-Doister said...

"I'd take two books of Luther's over twenty of Karl Rahner's any Sunday"

A ridiculous choice in any Catholic's book, unless we are talking about using 22 books to make a bonfire.