Cardinal Karl Lehmann (Mainz)
At least seven high-ranking German Catholic prelates have distanced themselves publicly from the Vatican on the matter of the anti-Semitic SSPX. While all statements have been respectful of the Pope, as indeed they need to be, none left a doubt that these high-ranking bishops, and in one case a cardinal, were dismayed by the anti-Semitic implications of the Vatican’s reaching out to the SSPX sect.
These are the seven whose statements I have seen so far:
1) Cardinal Karl Lehmann (Mainz)
2) Archbishop Reinhard Marx (Munich)
3) Archbishop Werner Thissen (Hamburg)
4) Bishop Joachim Reinelt (Dresden-Meissen)
5) Bishop Franz-Josef Bode (Osnabrueck)
6) Auxiliary Bishop Hans-Jochen Jaschke (Hamburg)
7) Bishop Gebhard Fürst (Rottenburg-Stuttgart)
The German news service Tagesschau carries most of the details. The particularly strong statement by Cardinal Lehmann, demanding an apology from the Vatican, is reported by swr.de.
UPDATE, Feb. 4: Yet another German cardinal, George Kardinal Sterzinsky, the archbishop of Berlin, has critized the Vatican: “To lift the excommunication of the four SSPX bishops is, for most people, incomprehensible and outrageous,” according to the report by Bild.
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