Phoenix, Ariz., Jan 1, 2020 / 09:27 am
The crisis facing the Catholic Church today has arisen from an attempt – even by some within the Church - to align with the culture and abandon the teachings of the faith, said Cardinal Gerhard Mueller Jan. 1.
"The crisis in the Church is man-made and has arisen because we have cozily adapted ourselves to the spirit of a life without God," the cardinal told thousands of Catholics gathered in Phoenix for the 2020 Student Leadership Summit hosted by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS).
"The poison paralyzing the Church is the opinion that we should adapt to the Zeitgeist, the spirit of the age, and not the spirit of God, that we should relativize God's commandments and reinterpret the doctrine of the revealed faith," he said.
He cautioned that even a number of people in the Church are "longing" for a kind of Catholicism without dogmas, without sacraments, and without an infallible magisterium.