German Magazine Blasts Pope Francis: “The Silence of the Shepherds”


Breitbart: The German progressive weekly Der Spiegel has ended its love affair with the pope, declaring that the Church’s sex abuse crisis is “increasingly about Pope Francis.”

In a stunning cover article titled “The Silence of the Shepherds,” the magazine blasts the pope for his unwillingness to answer direct questions regarding what he knew about the serial homosexual abuse by U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and when he knew it.

An August 25 report from a high-ranking Vatican official declared that the pope was aware of McCarrick’s misdeeds at least as early as 2013—since the official personally informed him—and yet lifted sanctions against McCarrick that Pope Benedict had imposed and employed him as a consultant in naming new American bishopsmore …

Opinion: I must have missed that last sentence. Pope Francis not only reinstated Cardinal McCarrick with full knowledge of his homosexual/pedophilia past but put him in charge of naming bishops.

This is not going away and may cause the next schism:

The East–West Schism, also called the Great Schism and the Schism of 1054, was the break of communion between what are now the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox churches, which has lasted since the 11th century.

A succession of ecclesiastical differences and theological disputes between the Greek East and Latin West pre-dated the formal rupture that occurred in 1054. The main issues:

  • Procession of the Holy Spirit in relation to the Trinity
  • Whether leavened or unleavened bread should be used in the Eucharist
  • The Bishop of Rome’s claim to universal jurisdiction
  • The place of the See of Constantinople in relation to the Pentarchy (model of Church organization)

From the article:

“And now there is talk of the most serious crisis of the current pontificate, it states, and of a “civil war” among the faithful, which cannot be broken down along traditional party lines of conservatives versus progressives.

Francis is his own worst enemy, the magazine proposes. “He has been railing against global capitalism for years, but, like his predecessors, he took in millions from Cardinal McCarrick,” it notes.”

Germany is 64% Catholic. Suppose a second schism happened in the EU that separated those faithful to Francis and those opposed? In Revelation 2 and 3, Jesus gave us a chronological look at 7 churches beginning with the first church after the apostles at Ephesus and ending with the apostate church at Laodicea.

Revelation 2:18-29 brings the church at Thyatira (4th-5th century), which means in Greek continual sacrifice which takes place in Catholic masses daily all over the world, as Jesus is kept on the cross. It is the first church whose members are divided into two categories: the saved and the unsaved.

Suppose it is the unsaved Catholics who make up the global church in Revelation 13:11-12, the apostate church with a leader with two horns like a lamb (clergy) but speaks like a dragon (Satan). Francis’ latest quip “[John Paul II] was a saint, I am a devil”, comes to mind.

Der Spiegel drew on this statement for its cover title captioning a darkened profile of the pope: “Du sollst nicht Lügen”—Thou Shalt Not Lie.


  1. “Suppose it is the unsaved Catholics…”

    If there are unsaved Catholics that would mean there are saved Catholics, correct? I’m 100% in agreement with your statement if that is what you intended to say. It wasn’t until about five years ago I learned how controversial statement that is. I’ve found this to be a topic where both sides will foam at the mouth in anger.

    Now, I do believe it becomes infinitely more difficult to get saved if you’re a Catholic but I believe it is certainly possible. For instance I had a Catholic friend who very much believed he was a sinner, that Jesus died on the cross for the remission of his sins, that Jesus rose from the dead on the 3rd day, and he declared with his mouth that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9). More importantly for this topic, he absolutely knew he couldn’t do anything to earn this eternal gift. So why did he attend a Catholic church if he believed the way evangelicals do? Self imposed social obligations and he liked what the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine did for the community. Pretty sure he liked the pancake dinners on Sunday, too.

    I’m very curious what the readers of this blog think about this issue.

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