Germany: Toward the Collapse of the Seminaries

July 18, 2020
Source: fsspx.news

In 1962, the year the Second Vatican Council opened, Germany ordained 557 priests. Almost 60 years later, in 2020, only 57 of those priest remain in the priesthood. The German Church, stuck more than ever in the synodal swamp, is struggling to find solutions.

“This is an alarming trend,” worries Thomas Sternberg, president of the Central Committee of German Catholics (Zdk), who explains that “last year, there was one ordination for 11 priests who left for retirement.”

A fundamental trend which does not seem likely to be reversed given the situation of German seminaries: “the number of candidates for the Catholic priesthood has decreased from 594 in 2011, to 211 currently,” explains Msgr. Heinrich Timmerevers, Bishop of Dresden-Meissen. A figure that reveals the collapse of the number of seminarians in formation houses.

Predictable consequence: only three diocesan seminaries—Mainz, Munich and Munster—may be able to remain open, as estimated by the working group of the Bishops’ Conference of Germany (DBK), co-chaired by Msgr. Timmerevers.

In view of such a catastrophic situation, the fruits of accelerated secularization and the silent apostasy of a large number, the only solution would be a return to Tradition, to the Mass of all times, to the philosophy and theology of Saint Thomas Aquinas, which would imply moving away from the novelties which have the Second Vatican Council as their poisoned source.

Shipwreck of Faith

Alas! The German prelates are not ready for such a rebuff and prefer to deny reality by further accelerating the revolution. Thus, Msgr. Georg Bätzing, Bishop of Limburg and president of the German Bishops’ Conference, envisages a new way to alleviate the crisis of vocations. In order to rectify the situation, he believes he has found a solution in the Synodal Path process, and recommends “asking the Vatican about the proposition of ordaining women as deacons, reopened once again by the Pope, that it be continued and that Rome responds positively to it.”

The blindness of the German Church unfortunately is nothing new. The most progressive theses, especially in morals, have flourished there for 50 years with the blessing of the bishops. Having sown the wind and harvested the whirlwind, the time of reckoning has come.