Catholic prelates in Germany are doing their worst to make Martin Luther seem a champion of orthodoxy by comparison:
According to the chairman of the Catholic bishops’ conference of Germany, the death of Jesus Christ was not a redemptive act of God to liberate human beings from the bondage of sin and open the gates of heaven. The Archbishop of Freiburg, Robert Zollitsch, known for his liberal views, publicly denied the fundamental Christian dogma of the sacrificial nature of Christ’s death in a recent interview with a German television station.
Zollitsch said that Christ “did not die for the sins of the people as if God had provided a sacrificial offering, like a scapegoat.”
Instead, Jesus had offered only “solidarity” with the poor and suffering. Zollitsch said “that is this great perspective, this tremendous solidarity.”
The interviewer asked, “You would now no longer describe it in such a way that God gave his own son, because we humans were so sinful? You would no longer describe it like this?”
Monsignor Zollitsch responded, “No.”
Go here to read the rest. As that noted philosopher Homer Simpson once said: “This isn’t America! This isn’t even Mexico!” This isn’t Catholicism, this isn’t even Protestantism. The Archbishop has zoomed beyond Christianity entirely and transformed the death of Christ on the Cross into some cheap political statement. And so we go, down the primrose path, in the Age of Francis.