Texas bishop calls on heretical German cardinal to ‘official resign’


Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, on Thursday called for the resignation of German Cardinal Reinhard Marx over his public rejection of Catholic moral teaching.

“Cardinal Marx has left the Catholic faith. He has to be honest and officially resign.” wrote Bishop Strickland on his Twitter account, citing the cardinal’s pressure to change the Church’s teaching on the immorality of gay sex.

In an interview published Thursday, Cardinal Marx – one of Pope Francis’ nine-member advisory team – insisted that the Catechism of the Catholic Church is “not carved in stone” and “one can also doubt it”, based on the Catholic teaching on homosexuality.

“Homosexuality is not a sin. It is a Christian attitude when two people, regardless of gender, stand up for one another in joy and sorrow,” he said, adding, “LGBTQ+ people are part of creation and loved by God and we are called to stand up against discrimination.”

Earlier this year, Cardinal Marx celebrated a Sunday Mass in Munich, Germany, to commemorate “20 years of queer worship and ministry.”

“I wish for an inclusive church, a church that includes everyone who wants to follow the path of Jesus,” the cardinal said in a sermon given at the time to a “queer community”.

In his sermon, Marx insisted that Jesus himself was against “the excluders” but “wants to invite all with the primacy of love!”

“The kingdom of God consists in discovering that God is love – in all its dimensions,” said Marx, which includes “the sexual dimension.”

“All human relationships must be marked by the primacy of love. Then they can be accepted by God,” he added.

Last June, Marx tendered his resignation to Pope Francis, citing the need to address his “mistakes and omissions” in dealing with the clergy sex abuse crisis in Germany.

The cardinal said in a written statement that “it goes without saying that I will face my possible mistakes and omissions on a case-by-case basis during my tenure, which must then be examined and evaluated according to objective criteria.”

“As bishop, I have an ‘institutional responsibility’ for all actions of the church, including its institutional problems and past failures,” he added in the text. Pope Francis refused the cardinal’s resignation and retained him as papal adviser.

Over the years, 68-year-old Marx has been at the forefront of progressive Catholics, pushing for issues such as blessings for gay couples, phasing out fossil fuels, opposition to crosses in public buildings and an immigration policy.

The then President of the German Bishops’ Conference, Marx, stated in 2017 that the three biggest challenges for Europe were “climate change”, changes in the world of work and immigration. In his analysis, the cardinal did not mention the deep crisis of faith in the German Catholic Church, which has been bleeding members for more than 20 years.

In early 2020, Marx came under fire for donating €50,000 from Catholic Church funds to United4Rescue, a coalition of NGOs working to rescue migrants at sea and reportedly funded by left-wing billionaire George Soros through his Open Society Foundations for Migration will.

Marx had already faced harsh criticism for “wasteful spending,” including some $11 million to refurbish the archbishop’s residence and another $13 million on a guest house in Rome.

In September 2019, the editorial board of the US-based National Catholic Register claimed that the Catholic Church in Germany appeared to be taking steps toward a split with Rome under the banner of “synodality.”

Led by Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich-Freising, “the Church in Germany is ready to embark on a radical ‘binding synodal path’ aimed at supplanting established Church teaching in the name of ‘synodality,'” they declared.

The German “Synodal Assembly” partnered with the Central Committee of German Catholics, according to the editors, “a lay group that has called for the ordination of women, an end to clerical celibacy, the Church’s blessing of same-sex unions, and a reconsideration of all Catholic doctrine on sexuality,” the editors say. Texas bishop calls on heretical German cardinal to ‘official resign’

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