Bishop Mutsaerts: “In 2000 Years, We Have Never Seen So Many People Oppose A Roman Declaration”

Bishop Mutsaerts fearlessly and courageously defends Catholic doctrine from northern Europe through his personal blog. In recent months, this Dutch bishop has positioned himself against Fiducia supplicans, has come out in defense of Bishop Strickland, dismissed a few months ago by Pope Francis, and has been critical of the development of the Synod of synodality.

On these and some other issues, Monsignor Mutsaerts spoke again in an interview with InfoVaticana:

Q-We are going through difficult times within the Church. How would you define the times the Church is experiencing now?

A-The times are extremely confusing. One of the Pope’s main tasks is to create clarity where there is confusion. Pope Francis is selective in answering questions (some dubia are never answered, others are promptly answered), and his answers are often open to multiple interpretations, leading to further confusion and division. He considers Amoris Laetitia. Is it permissible for someone who is not in a state of grace to receive Holy Communion? The Church’s unequivocal answer has always been a resounding “No.” Amoris Laetitia contains many statements whose vagueness or ambiguity allows interpretations that are contrary to faith or morals, or that suggest a statement contrary to faith and morals without actually stating it explicitly.

Q-In your blog, you have spoken very clearly against the Fiducia supplians. Do you see it possible that in the future the Church can take another step in that direction?

A-The Fiducia Supplicans is also problematic. Can a priest bless sinners? Obviously yes. Can he bless sin? Obviously not. It is at this point where FS misses the point. FS says that homosexual unions can be blessed. This is a doctrine contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church. FS generated a lot of controversy. It doesn’t help that Cardinal Fernández makes an artificial distinction between “couple” and “union” in response to criticism. A priest can bless the “couple”, but not the “union”, which makes no sense. At the end of the day it is a couple because there is union. What also doesn’t help is Pope Francis’ claim that priests in prisons can also bless major criminals. Yes, they can, but we do not bless their activities. I can bless thieves, but not their activities. I can bless homosexuals, but not their union. I do not rule out that Pope Francis takes new steps in the direction he has taken. But we also know that where there is no continuity there is a break with tradition. We haven’t seen that before in 2,000 years. That there is a break with Tradition may be evident by the resistance. In 2000 years, we have never seen so many people – not even an entire continent – oppose a Roman Declaration.

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