PopeWatch: Sins

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.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. I don’t think there is anything to say, it is disgusting. This goes beyond giving a wide berth to nonsense and treating all mildly. The German Church is creating scandal left and right and nary a warning, much less a correction.

    There used to be a Church for Nicaea but now it’s just the Church for Nice.

  2. In this pontificate we might see a prominent position appointment for Monsignor Zollitsch, but I doubt we will see him reprimanded by those in authority. I hope I’m wrong.

  3. “Instead, Jesus had offered only “solidarity” with the poor and suffering. Zollitsch said “that is this great perspective, this tremendous solidarity.”

    Who then, if not sinners, are the poorest of the poor. The bondage of sin causes Great suffering.

    And the German Catholic Church wonders why it’s in a state of decline. Go figure;

    Money can’t buy ya love…as the song goes.

  4. God our Father gave his only Son over to a gruesome death for solidarity? How utterly ridiculous. Why would God, much less anyone else, do such a thing? I guess we are all just so wonderful on our own we had no need of a savior. Either we redeemed ourselves or we had no need of redemption. To paraphrase the serpent in the garden: God didn’t really die for your sins. Pure evil! Well, lucky for this man, God did redeem us. Someone needs to share with him that bit of Good News. On the other hand, those poor German Catholics. My heart goes out to them.

  5. Phillips link is unthinkable.
    I’m just naive I guess.
    It would be difficult not attacking this German Shepherd, after hearing or reading this “pronouncement” from his own lips or hand.


    btw…I didn’t mean to demean k-9’s by my comparison….this priest, so-called, is far below the animal kingdom. A tick is a better comparison.

  6. Jesus Christ suffered died and rose again for me and for every human person, a lamb led to the slaughter, who now is being slaughtered again through His Church as those who profess true faith are being slaughtered even now throughout the world while the Judas’s of the world betray Him once again.

  7. This statement is utterly heretical. Then this bishops is excommunicated ipso facto, latae sententiae.
    If he doesn’t publicly repent before his death he will end into Hell forever.
    Here are some among the most vicious wolves in lamb’s clothes who are currently ruling the german dioceses. Will the Pope reprimand him ? Certainly not since he agrees with this bishop.
    One better understand why the catholic faithfuls are fleeing the german catholic churches in droves. The pews are empty.
    But the german government continues susidizing them as if they were full. Crazy.

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