documenting the abuse of authority in the Catholic Church
The suppression of free speech by theologians and
Misuse of Authority. ALERT 2
In order to maintain total control of
opinion and action within the universal Church, the Popes and their Vatican
lieutenants have created a climate in which all forms of 'criticism', 'dissent'
or 'protest' against the official party-line are vigorously suppressed. This
applies especially to theologians and all experts who enjoy a specific area of
official positions (e.g. in dioceses) are put into a straightjacket by an OATH
CATHOLIC INSTITUTIONS: universities
and seminaries, are being kept under close scrutiny. Dissenting theologians are
dismissed from their posts at such institutions.
COMMISSIONS OF THEOLOGIANS, set up to advise the Vatican in various fields,
have been sidelined if they disagree with the official policy. At the moment
they are just being filled with party-liners. Examples: the Biblical
Commission, the Commission appointed to study contraceptives, the Commission to
study the role of women in the Church, etc. etc.
Similar restrictions and pressures are
put on WRITERS, EDITORS and PUBLISHERS.
In effect, free speech is being
suppressed, resulting in a climate of FEAR and DISHONESTY.
These are the principles laid down in Church
* All the faithful, both clerical and lay, should
be accorded a lawful freedom of inquiry, freedom of thought and freedom of
expression, tempered by humility and courage, in whatever branch of studies
they have specialised. Gaudium et Spes,
* “Those who are engaged in the study of sacred
disciplines, in matters in which they are experts, enjoy the just freedom of
inquiry and of expressing their mind prudently, with due obsequium
toward the magisterium of the church.”Canon Law
§ 218; see also 212 § 3.
But what happens in fact? Read what
Professor Ladislas Örsy says:
In reality, the Vatican suppresses all forms of
legitimate disagreement or protest.
The Oath of Fidelity
2.1 All theologians are restrained by a party-line oath of
Theologians are required
to swear the oath of
loyalty which now, since Ad Tuendam Fidem (28 May 1998),
includes agreement to the ban on women priests. The oath contains the following
phrases which express fidelity not just to revealed faith but to what the
Pope imposes as doctrine:
"I also believe with firm faith all those things which are
contained in Gods written word or in tradition and which have been
proposed by the Church in a solemn judgment, in either the ordinary or
universal magisterium as Divinely revealed and to be believed.
I also firmly embrace and keep everything collectively and
individually which with regard to the doctrine of faith and morals is
definitively proposed by the same authority.
I also adhere with a religious obedience of will and mind the
doctrines which either the Roman Pontiff or the college of bishops pronounce
when they exercise the authentic magisterium even though they do not intend to
proclaim them in a definitive act." Oath of Fidelity
Hans Küng speaking in a private
From 1960, Küng was professor of theology at Eberhard Karls
University, Tübingen, Germany. Like his colleague Joseph Ratzinger (now
Pope Benedict XVI), .he was appointed theological expert to the Second
Vatican Council until its conclusion in 1965. At Küng's instigation, the
Catholic faculty at Tübingen appointed Ratzinger as professor of
dogmatics. However, due to the 1968 students revolt, Ratzinger moved to the
University of Regensburg, ending cooperation between the two.
the late 1960s, he became the first major Roman Catholic theologian since the
late 19th century to publicly criticise the doctrine of papal infallibility, in
particular in his book Infallible? An Inquiry (1971). Consequently, on
December 18, 1979, he was stripped of his missio canonica, his licence
to teach as a Roman Catholic theologian.
2.3 The Commissions of Theologians, set up to advise Vatican Departments,
are sidelined when they disagree. Only yes-sayers are selected to be
International Theological Commissions,
advising the Vatican officials on questions of principle and strategy, could
make a difference. However a pattern emerged:
The outcome of such consultations is often manipulated
by Roman interference. An infamous example is the Third World Congress for the
Lay Apostolate (Rome 1967) that manifested the wide range of 'hierarchical
control mechanisms' that Rome has used ever since.
The Commission set up in 1967, under prompting of the
Second Vatican Council, to advise on Family
Planning, concluded that the use of contraceptives should be allowed in
certain circumstances. The report was suppressed. The Pope decreed a total ban
on contraceptives in Humanae Vitae. Click here!
The Biblical Commission
affirmed in 1975 that there were no scriptural arguments against the ordination
of women. The report was suppressed and the Commission made subservient to the
Under pressure of the Bishops' Synod on the Laity, the
Vatican appointed in 1973 a Special Commission on the
Function of Women in Society and in the Church (FWSC) in 1974. However, during meetings of this commission (FWSC)
women members experienced a lack of freedom of expression and of open
consultation. ‘Our views were being systematically suppressed.’
Read the full report
by Dirkje Donders.
2.4 Similar restrictions and pressures are put on writers, editors and
Many Catholic newspapers and magazines are vulnerable
because they are owned by dioceses or by publishing houses owned by religious
congregations. Rome has issued strict instructions to book censors not to give
the Imprimatur or Nihil Obstat to books that advocate
change in the Church.
The Liturgical Press of St. John's Abbey, Minnesota,
North American publisher of Woman at the Altar by Lavinia Byrne,
allegedly burnt its stock of 1300 copies when it was informed by the local
bishop that Rome was displeased with the book.
2.5 The suppression of free speech results in a climate of fear and
The vast majority of theologians knows that
the Vatican position on many issues is academically not correct. While being
afraid to speak out openly about this, they will discuss views opposed to the
Vatican among themselves. Some will teach their students the true findings of
Scripture and Tradition behind closed doors.
the Priest-Prophets? , by Fr Owen O'Sullivan (2003) There is much
untruth in the Church. There is hypocrisy and humbug at all levels. There is
pretended loyalty, outward profession of the official line accompanied by inner
denial; there is the corrupting power of fear.