Cardinal Godfried Danneels is a name synonymous with "progressive" ideas and (as seems to always be the case) the associated decline in faith and vocations. The 81 year old was the top "progressive" papabile in the 2005 conclave, however, a couple years later his reputation nose-dived as it was revealed that he knew of the sexual abuse of children by priests in his diocese, yet did nothing. Thankfully, even "progressives", who appear to hate what the Church stands for on so many levels, recognise that this is unacceptable.
Danneels has been demonstrably responsible for the decline in vocations and of the faith in general in Belgium as I noted here. He publicly questioned the Church’s teachings on the ordination of women, homosexuality, and contraception, and, in this period, Belgian Mass attendance fell to between 5 and 10 percent. Belgium was among the first nations to legalise abortion on demand, euthanasia, and same-sex marriage—with little Catholic opposition. Priest shortages became endemic. Once a world capital of Catholic learning, the Catholic University of Leuven today makes Georgetown look like Ave Maria.
Many of us were shocked and saddened, therefore, to hear that Pope Francis had selected Danneels as one of his personal choices for the 2014 Synod on the family. The selection was, frankly, remarkable, not only because Danneels was actually caught on tape in 2010 urging a victim who had been sexually abused by a bishop-friend [Vangheluwe] of his to be silent. But also because He praised as a “positive development” that states were opening up civil marriage to homosexuals [!!!].
Rorate Caeli now reveals that two Belgian politicians have admitted for the first time openly that Cardinal Godfried Danneels tried to convince King Baudouin to sign the law on abortion in 1990.
Former politicians Philippe Moureau (PS, Parti Socialiste) and Mark Eyskens (CVP, Flemish Christian Democrats) said this in a documentary for the Flemish Broadcasting Corporation VTMon April 6, 2015 (http://nieuws.vtm.be/binnenland/135916-25-jaar-abortuswet-boudewijn-onder-druk, at 2:05). According to VTM, cardinal Danneels did not want to comment.
A memorandum of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on "Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion", signed by its Prefect, the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and published in July 2004, declared that, if a Catholic politician's formal cooperation in "the grave sin of abortion or euthanasia" becomes manifest by "consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws", the politician's pastor is obliged to instruct the politician about the Church's teaching and inform him that he should not present himself for Holy Communion as long as the objective situation of sin (regardless of whether subjective guilt exists or is absent) persists, warning him that, if he does present himself in those circumstances, he will be refused. As in the case of divorced and remarried Catholics, if these precautionary measures fail to obtain the desired effect or are impossible, "and the person in question, with obstinate persistence, still presents himself to receive the Holy Eucharist, 'the minister of Holy Communion must refuse to distribute it'"
So one cannot help but wonder what this means for the retired Cardinal? Has he excommunicated himself? [Heeft Daneels zichzelf geëxcommuniceerd?] Who will be the pastor to tell him he cannot receive Holy Communion?
Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard succeeded Danneels as primate of Belgium in 2010 and made changes that really turned things around dramatically. As the Rorate article states, he will be handing in his retirement letter this year. I pray that they might replace him with someone who will carry on the good work.
The fact that Cardinal Danneels drove decent parents to have to protest against his sex ed material (which verged on the pornographic) outside his residence [ROEACH] and then to leave these poor parents to have to try and face down the Nuncio who in turn had Belgian police ready round the corner from his house with water cannons loaded to fire on them in defense of the innocent souls of their children is the far greater sin crying to heaven against him for vengeance in my view...for denying the primary educator their inalienable rights before God as he and countless other churchmen do the world over with their morally corrupting sex ed classes in their schools is like unto the worker deprived of his wages..... it is THIS issue that needs more and more attention -in my view- from within the blogosphere....and we need the unmistakable power and efficacy of innocent childrens prayers to help us defeat this Goliath.
Bron: De Omnibus Dubitandum Est.
DE REPUTATIE VAN DANNEELS IN HET BUITENLAND...