MONS. HUONDER: TRADI-LIBERAL, PAPÓLATRA AND VATICANOSECUNDÓLATRA
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"Liberalism always has two sides: it affirms the truth, which it claims is" the thesis, "and then in reality, in practice, in" the hypothesis, "as he says, acts as enemies, with the principles of enemies of the Church, in such a way that one is always incoherent. " Monsignor Lefebvre, Sermon in Lille, France, 08/29/76.
"What is the doctrine of the universal church that you represent?" Huonder : The Catholic faith was relaunched at the Second Vatican Council for today, in its documents you will find the tradition and its implementation for today. "
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The Diocese of Chur is in constant dispute. Bishop Vitus Huonder follows the papal line, rejects the Eucharist to the divorced and reinforces the practice of the Mass in Latin. And he expects reconciliation with the Fraternity of Saint Pius X.
Mons. Huonder, the Vatican is shaken by Vatileaks. Why is the creation of transparency through the publication of documents dangerous for the Church?
Huonder: There are leaks in all the important organizations. The question is always when the threshold of pain will be reached, when it will harm those affected psychologically or socially. In addition to transparency, there is also the right to confidentiality and data protection.
The Diocese of Chur has been in trouble for years. There has just been a massive protest against the rejection of the Eucharist for divorced couples who have remarried. Where do you go with your diocese?
Huonder: The bishop has the responsibility of the life of faith in his diocese. Everything that I publish is in the interest of the proclamation of the faith. We have the mission to carry forward the Gospel of Jesus.
This is exactly what the pastors who massively criticize say.
Huonder: A bishop does not speak as an individual, but is connected with the Church throughout the world, with the Pope and with the doctrine of the Church. The bishop is the first teacher of his diocese, as the Second Vatican Council says.
But pastors no longer obey. At least in the case of the Eucharist for the divorced.
Huonder: Catholic identity is important. Say what is the doctrine of the Church. With this letter I wanted to help people who are in a difficult situation due to their circumstances. My intention is to build a pastoral for these people and make it public.
But the town is excluded.
Huonder: We have a pastoral mission to help these people so they can rethink their attachment to the church. But pastoral care can only be done on the basis of the doctrine of the faith of the Church.
Pastoral care could also be, as in Basel, admitting people who are divorced in the Eucharist.
Huonder: The doctrine of the Church protects the indissolubility of marriage. This is the general principle that applies everywhere in the Church. Dealing with divorce is part of the specific pastoral care on the ground.
Would not the church become more popular if it responded to the people?
Huonder: I am with Jesus, who was not populist and never asked how to adapt the message so that it is better received. He was only interested in the truth, whether convenient or inconvenient. It is this attitude that is needed today. Because the Pope says that in Central Europe there is more bureaucracy in the Church than missionary force.
What is the doctrine of the universal church that you represent?
Huonder : The Catholic faith was relaunched at the Second Vatican Council for today. In your documents you will find the tradition and its implementation for today.
So, a pluralistic Catholicism?
Huonder: In the Council, the Magisterium reformulated various aspects of the faith. This does not rule out that then there will be a deeper reflection with different solutions.
But Chur wants a strongly hierarchical Catholic Church.
Huonder: The Catholic Church looks the same all over the world. I want to be allowed to live also in Switzerland, according to its nature: hierarchically, led by the Pope and the bishops.The Council never questioned this order.
The grassroots Catholic movements criticize the process of strengthening the hierarchy.
Huonder: Catholicism can enter into any political circumstance and into any peculiarity of a people. But this can lead to issues that need to be discussed.
They favor the priests who celebrate the Latin Mass. That's right?
Huonder: Not only am I a bishop of the diocese of Chur, but with the Pope and all the bishops I am responsible for the whole church. A single bishop must also take into account all the needs of the Church.
Is it necessary to train priests who celebrate the Mass in Latin?
Huonder: The Holy Father decided so, he made great strides in relation to the traditional Holy Mass. I respect that and I want it to be done.
In the Vatican there is the question of reconciliation with the very conservative Fraternidad San Pio X. How do you see this?
Huonder: Since the beginning of the mandate of Pope Benedict XVI, the Fraternity of Saint Pius X has had great confidence in him. Even before becoming a Pope, he was very understanding of the issues that concern the Fraternity. They sought contact with the Pope and asked for the excommunication to be lifted.
The question of reconciliation is still being debated. What is your position?
Huonder: The talks are in a final phase. The Pope really wants to promote unity and build a bridge.
Even with the Fraternity of Saint Pius X?
Unity with archconservative forces could lead to a split with liberal Catholics.
Huonder: The unity of the Church is a problem at all times. There will always be a spectrum of positions, and therefore the Holy Father should try to reorder it again.
In relation to Richard Williamson, bishop of the Fraternity condemned as a Holocaust denier, there was a scandal in public opinion.
Huonder: The Pope contemplates many people of the Fraternity who want to live their faith. You can not blame them all for the Williamson person. That would be to blame them collectively.
The far-right Internet portal kreuz.net, which calls itself "Catholic News", applauds regularly.That does not bother you?
Huonder: We have clearly distanced ourselves from kreuz.net.
Does not the applause bother you?
Huonder: For me it is important to carry out my task as bishop correctly. If I can say at the end of the day that I have tried, everything is fine for me.
The priest Reto Nay of his diocese publishes on kreuz.net. Why do you tolerate it?
Huonder: In principle, freedom of expression also applies to a priest. I am not aware of any publication of Reto Nay during my time as bishop. It is not appropriate for a priest from the Diocese of Chur to publish on this website.
What do you do if your support in the diocese continues to decrease?
Huonder: I feel that there are many believers who expect the Bishop of Chur to be as he is.
" It's great to be able to offer a home to a bishop like that."
P. Firmin Suter FSSPX, Director of the Sancta Maria Institute, Wangs, Switzerland.