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Schismatic Catholic News Agency ‘Report’ German Catholics are leaving the Church in hordes

Is like reporting that “Church leaders and Catholics alike, are alarmed at number of fallen angels”

Schismatic and Anti-Pope Francis

Catholic News Agency’s AC Wimmer ‘reports “400,000 Germans Quit Catholic Church as Talks Between Vatican, Synodal Way Continue – While this represents a decrease from the 522,000 departures in 2022, the trend remains alarming for Church leaders and Catholics alike.”

Then, to prove his point, Wimmer, rattles a number of statistics such as: ” Currently, there are 20,345,872 Catholics registered in Germany. If trends persist, the number could drop below 20 million in 2024.

Moreover, only 6.2% of Catholics regularly attend Mass: This translates to approximately 1.27 million practicing Catholics in a country of over 80 million, CNA Deutsch noted.”

And such ‘report’  is shamelessly repeated by the National Catholic Register. Such reporting is like the National Catholic Reporter ‘reporting’ that Church leaders and Catholics alike, are alarmed at number of fallen angels.

Saint Paul tells us in Romans Chapter 10 that “But not everyone has heeded the good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what was heard from us?” Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ. “Their voice has gone forth to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.”

Catholics in Germany, whether those leaving the Church, or those who decided to stay, have heard the good news – yet some decided to leave – its a free-will world! Free to choose good or evil. Free to doubt, like Doubting Thomas. Whether Germans, Americans, Russians or Chinese.

The Church is not a theme park or an entertainment center in need of modern marketing practices. The Church (CCC 778) is both the means and the goal of God’s plan: prefigured in creation, prepared for in the Old Covenant, founded by the words and actions of Jesus Christ, fulfilled by his redeeming cross and his Resurrection, the Church has been manifested as the mystery of salvation by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. She will be perfIIected in the glory of heaven as the assembly of all the redeemed of the earth (Rev 14:4).

In Eph 2:19, Saint Paul makes it clear that all who so choose, are fellow citizens; “Brothers and sisters: You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord; in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Eph 2:19. Even Doubting Thomas became a believer: “But Thomas said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” JN 20:24

The Church teaches (CCC 2148) that one sin has been declared in all three synoptic gospels by Jesus himself as “unforgivable” – blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Whoever says a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. (Mat 12:31)

All sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin. (Mk 3:28)

Every one who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. (Lk 12:10)

The Holy Spirit is the personification of God’s love and, as such, “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us,” (Rom 5:5). This gift of love that has been poured into our hearts is the agent of forgiveness offered to us by God (CCC 734). In other words, through the Holy Spirit, we receive forgiveness for our sins, which finds its source in the sacrifice of Jesus ( CCC 735).

Rather than remaining dormant in our hearts, the Holy Spirit offers us help to access that forgiveness. It is from the Holy Spirit that we receive gifts and fruits that form our consciences, enabling us to know right from wrong so that we may follow his will, leading us on the path to Heaven. It is the Holy Spirit who inspires us to act rightly, but perhaps more importantly, he is also the agent of change in our hearts who inspires conversion when we act wrongly. Our response to the Holy Spirit’s urgings prompts us to be sorry for our sins and seek out God’s infinite mercy.

The Catholic Catechism also  teaches (CCC 391)  that “behind the disobedient choice of our first parents lurks a seductive voice, opposed to God, which makes them fall into death out of envy. Scripture and the Church’s Tradition see in this being a fallen angel, called “Satan” or the “devil”.The Church teaches that Satan was at first a good angel, made by God: “The devil and the other demons were indeed created naturally good by God, but they became evil by their own doing.”

The Church further teaches (CCC 1730-1735) God created man a rational being, conferring on him the dignity of a person who can initiate and control his own actions. “God willed that man should be ‘left in the hand of his own counsel,’ so that he might of his own accord seek his Creator and freely attain his full and blessed perfection by cleaving to him.”

Man is rational and therefore like God; he is created with free will and is master over his acts.

Freedom is the power, rooted in reason and will, to act or not to act, to do this or that, and so to perform deliberate actions on one’s own responsibility. By free will one shapes one’s own life. Human freedom is a force for growth and maturity in truth and goodness; it attains its perfection when directed toward God, our beatitude.

As long as freedom has not bound itself definitively to its ultimate good which is God, there is the possibility of choosing between good and evil, and thus of growing in perfection or of failing and sinning. This freedom characterizes properly human acts. It is the basis of praise or blame, merit or reproach.

The more one does what is good, the freer one becomes. There is no true freedom except in the service of what is good and just. The choice to disobey and do evil is an abuse of freedom and leads to “the slavery of sin.”

There’s no cause for alarm. The Germans who decided to leave the Church are merely exercising their free will. They have chosen the Ego-Drama over the Theo-Drama Let us pray for their repentance.

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