So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Bishop Rehabilitation: His Excellency Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst

A German bishop who was wrongly made the centre of a controversy involving an expensive building project and renovations has been appointed as a delegate to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.

A CNA article based on a National Catholic Register report states that Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst will begin his new assignment this coming March.

F-P Tebartz v. Elst/Wikipedia

Having not paid too much attention to news from Germany of late, having perhaps hastily concluded too many members of the German hierarchy are faithless heretics unworthy of additional attention (cf Weigel, First Things, Jan. 2015 CLICK HERE), this recent news tends to reverse the temptation to be dismissive. The news exposes the subterfuge in Germany and elsewhere regarding the unfair treatment of orthodox bishops.

Let His Excellency's appointment as a delegate on catechesis serve to catechize his accusers on their lack of Christian charity and lack of responsibility to the truth.

Truth will out!
Excerpt from a CNA article by the astute Edward Pentin.
Vatican City, Feb 10, 2015
Bishop Tebartz van Elst (TvE) was at the center of allegations that he had approved a $40m remodeling and building project in his diocese that included the bishop’s residence. The expensive project had actually been ordered by his predecessor, (the abortion supporter) Bishop Franz Kamphaus, who retired in 2007. (It was Kamphaus, not Tebartz van Elst who initiated the project... a fact conveniently left out of the narrative to crush TvE.)
Many believe Tebartz van Elst was the victim of a smear campaign and forced out because of his orthodoxy. (The bishop's appointment to a Pontifical council, no less, might be seen as a deserved rehabilitation.)
In 2008, he drew the ire of some of the German hierarchy when he dismissed a local priest for blessing a same-sex union. Some local priests also criticized his homilies and statements, and drew up a petition. (The leftwing attack dogs could care less about right and wrong, orthodoxy or heresy.)
Bishop Kamphaus, on the other hand, sparked controversy in the early 2000s by refusing to comply with several request from Pope John Paul II to stop issuing certificates that opened the way for women to have abortions.
The allegations against 55 year-old Bishop Tebartz van Elst also stand in contrast to the high spending of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, which has just spent $150m on a new diocesan service center. (Where are the money-sensitive media and "progressive" types now?)
Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who heads the archdiocese and is president of the German bishops' conference, has also just had his residence renovated at a cost of $9m, paid for by the state of Bavaria. But unlike Tebartz van Elst, the media has paid little attention to the high spending.
Somebody give Mr. Pentin an award for the perspicacity that undergirds his excellent journalism that he employs in service to God and Church. He has a knack for exposing half-truths, outright lies, coverups and manipulation.

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