The German Church Has Fallen—Why Is No One Reporting This?

The German bishops have formally rejected the constant teachings of the Catholic faith on sexual morality, teachings that go all the way back to the Apostles and Sacred Scripture. At least that appears to be the case based on a press release from the German Bishop’s Conference of December 5th. LifeSite News has done an admirable job of reporting this historic break from the Apostolic faith. And it is thanks to their reporting that I was able to find out anything at all about this tragic event. NO ONE ELSE IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE WORLD IS COVERING THIS STORY! Which is an important story all by itself, as some astute Twitterers have observed:

I’m amazed that Catholic Twitter seems to be silent on this, the formal apostasy from the Catholic Faith of an entire national Church.

@BenedictCarter6, Twitter

The Heresies

The LifeSite article has reported, and I have been able to confirm from a robo-translation of the press release, that the German Church has introduced at least two new teachings on sexual morality that contradict Scripture and Sacred Tradition. Here they are:

  • That sexual relations in a second marriage after a divorce is not a serious sin and, thus, such couples can be admitted to the Eucharist.
  • Homosexuality is a normal expression of human sexual desire. It is not intrinsically disordered.

These conclusions came from the bishops’ “expert” panel, which, according to the press release, necessarily included experts from the sciences.

Does God Have Any Say in the Matter?

Some of you may recall what the German bishops have apparently forgotten. Jesus had something to say on the matter, as did His Father before Him. In fact, they handed down to us a law, succinctly summarized for us by St. Paul:

Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, sodomites, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbers—none of these will inherit the kingdom of God. 

1Cor. 6: 9–10, NRSV

And only a few chapters later, St. Paul warns us not to present ourselves for the Eucharist if we are in a state of serious sin (1Cor. 11: 27–30). So the question that must be asked of the German bishops is this. What gives them the authority to change this teaching? For it was none other than Jesus Himself who taught,

Whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. 

Mt. 5:32, RSV

The Catechism teaches that “sin is an offense against God” (CCC 1850). And so serious sin is a serious offense against God, which the Church, following Apostolic tradition, has always taught leads to hell. The question that any rational human being should have is this: Who is qualified to say what does and does not offend God? Who is qualified to know when God is seriously offended and when he is not? The German bishops claim to have assembled a panel of experts who are qualified to judge in such matters. And apparently, according to the press release, it is scientists and sexologists who are not only qualified, but in fact essential to judging these matters.

What sane person believes such utter rubbish? Every human being without exception—and this includes even such harsh critics of religion as the New Atheists—should be able to agree that there is no scientist or human expert of any kind who can say what is and what is not offensive to God. I’ll go further. No saint or doctor of the Church is qualified to judge such matters. Nor is any pope so qualified. And I’ll go further still. Neither are the Apostles of Jesus Christ qualified to judge such matters. Moses? Not qualified. How about the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, conceived without sin, holy and immaculate? Not qualified. How about the very angels of heaven? Sorry, not qualified. So who is qualified to judge?


This of course is why the divinity of Christ is an essential teaching of Christianity. Even the people of his day understood that “he taught with authority” and not like other teachers. Which is why he was accused of blasphemy and executed—because he assumed for himself an authority which the Jews correctly understood belonged uniquely to God. But since Jesus is God, no problem. The only reason that we take mere humans like Moses and the Apostles seriously is because they spoke directly with God and were vested with the authority, by God Himself, to communicate His divine laws and teachings. St. Paul correctly taught that, because his teachings came directly from God, no one—not even the angels of God—had the authority to alter Apostolic teaching: 

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and turning to a different gospel–  not that there is another gospel, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed.  As we have said before, so now I say again, If any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed. 

Gal. 1:6–9, RSV

So what grand and divine authority do the German bishops cite for their new teachings on homosexuality and adultery? Amoris Laetitia.

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So much for the argument that Amoris Laetitia proposed no doctrinal changes. Certainly you remember that take? It was vociferously promoted by the Catholic News Agency who used its influence to quash other opinions. And whether academics, canon lawyers, and other apparatchiks of the Clerical Party of the Catholic Church are willing to admit it or not, the German Bishops got Amoris Laetitia right. As I explained in my book and articles this past summer, in fact, AL replaced theology with science as the authority for determining sexual morality.

  1. According to AL 280, science is essential for sex education.
  2. According to AL 3, the magisterium is not essential in all doctrinal matters.

So find a “sexologist” that says homosexuality is natural and not disordered, and AL gives you the green light to ignore the Bible and 2,000 years of consistent moral teaching. That’s exactly what the German bishops have done because, frankly, that’s what AL allows.

Why No News Analysis?

The story coming out of Germany is going to be a difficult one to cover for those like CNA* who defended Amoris Laetitia. For the German bishops have strengthened the argument that, in fact, AL is heretical. But more than that, the Germans have completely vindicated my analysis of AL’s heresies, as will become more apparent in upcoming reports from NewWalden. (Stay tuned!)

Protestant Reformation Redux

This is the biggest religion news story since the Protestant Reformation, and whether or not anyone else ever gets around to reporting on this Protestant Reformation redux, you will be able to find news and analysis right here at NewWalden.

*(CNA published its first report on December 12th.)

17 thoughts on “The German Church Has Fallen—Why Is No One Reporting This?

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  2. Julia

    We just need to keep the Ten Commandments, say our prayers and try to make reparations in order to be active little soldiers/servants of Jesus Christ. Never forget Blessed Mother is in for the long haul with us, call on her for help.

    We do not have to make life choices that go against what we know God asks of us. We can stay faithful.

    Keep our eyes on Jesus and His Holy Gospels and the scriptures. All will be well. Our job is to pray for the wolves; but leave their conversion in the hands of God. Trust God to come to our rescue through Jesus and Blessed Mary. Amen.

  3. Chris

    Mr. Gravino, I’m a convert, so pardon my question if it’s incorrect. What about papal infallibility? I thought the Pope is incapable (no matter who he is) in writing and releasing apostasy in formal documents on faith because God would not allow it. Doesn’t Amoris Laetitia count as such a document? Thank you.

    1. John Gravino

      Chris, I saw the correction you left below–you meant “heresy,” not “apostasy.” Papal infallibility only holds in a limited number of contexts that include the concept of “ex cathedra” pronouncements. This area that you touch on is actually quite technical, and I am no expert. St. Robert Bellarmine, Doctor of the Church, wrote on the topic of papal infallibility and heresy.

      I attended a lecture on Bellarmine given by a scholar who attends my church. He claimed that Amoris, since it is an apostolic exhortation, does not count as an infallible document. Also note that popes have, in the past, been guilty of heresy. See John XXII and Honorius for examples.

  4. Steve B.

    Do any, ANY of these people have any fear of God?! I am continually amazed of the number of priests, bishops, religious and even the Pope who are saying things contrary to the teachings of the church, and of Christ himself. I am reminded of what two priests have told me in the past, stay close to the sacraments. I think the most any of us can really do is pray and stay faithful the the church’s teachings. But we faithful Catholics do have a voice and need to be using them. When I think of all the money given to the church by the faithful over the hears to help in her mission, and priests, bishops and religious squandering it makes me fighting mad.

  5. Franklin P. Uroda

    There are circumstances that the Church declares a First Marriage null and void. Here, it seems, the article is dealing with a second marriage that does not come after such a declaration, i.e., the first marriage is a valid marriage.

  6. Dan

    The Church will survive in Germany and thrive, God will and is accomplishing a great work to turn people back to himself. The SSPX will be a chosen instrument of the Divine plan I’m sure.

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  8. Christopher J Michalak

    Good summary of the situation. I wish your analysis wasn’t correct. We do have to trust in God, but in the mean time we need to continue to make our concerns known to the hierarchy and give comfort to our fellow Catholics who lose hope.

  9. Don Black

    I am appalled. I can’t get anyone to pay attention.
    I send out truth by way of honest and truthful Catholic websites such as LifeSiteNews but
    get few if any comments. What is wrong with
    everyone? Even our parish priests and deacons.
    It’s getting very discouraging. The evil one is
    racking up victory after victory. But one thing I
    hold close to my heart is that he may win some
    battles but he won’t win the War. Jesus Himself
    has proclaimed this in his gospels.

      1. Don Black

        When you see little to no progress in bringing these homopreditors to indictment in fact it’s
        still going on and covered up. Then on top of that
        there is malfeasance in the Vatican Bank and the
        Papal Foundation where lots of money is missing
        and no progress in finding out who is responsible.
        Also we have the Amazon Synod which is a
        picture of the sinister direction the Vatican is
        taking our Church. It seems to me that the elitist
        bishops, archbishops, Cardinals, and the pope
        himself are all protecting their positions and all the
        perks rather than doing what is best for the Church. Not only that, but the socialistic background the pope brings to the Vatican from
        Argentina and his position representing the Church
        In Argentina is seeping into the magisterium and the papacy itself.

        1. Bob

          We need to understand that we live in volatile times in the Church. Our generation was made for these particular times to fight these battles. Others have come before us in order to battle the evil in their times. Never forget where our Hope lies, Jesus. We fight not only for Him but with Him by our side. We use the weapons at hand;prayer and fasting. Do not be concerned whether or not you are attracting the attention of others. Your job and mine is evangelizing to others whether they listen or not. It is God’s job to stir the heart of the evangelized. You do your job and I will do mine. That is all we can do. Why worry about which we cannot control. Let God do that. As you said the war is already won. It is the skirmishes that we now deal with. It is in these skirmishes where we show God our faith and resilience.

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