Open Letter: on the probable appointment of Bishop Wilmer as Prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith : STILUM CURIAE

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Open Letter: on the probable appointment of Bishop Wilmer as Prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith

In December (HERE) of last year we learned that Bishop Heiner Wilmer of Hildesheim, Germany, was to be appointed prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith.

At the same time, however, we received news that the appointment was discarded, in part because of the intervention of numerous Cardinals and Bishops who had (and have) the Church and Catholic Doctrine at heart.

Unfortunately, in recent days, it seems that Bishop Wilmer’s candidacy is back in vogue and that his appointment may be coming soon.

We would quietly like to remind all of you, as we did last month, that the appointment of the aforementioned Bishop Heiner Wilmer would be an unprecedented disaster, as he has repeatedly and pertinaciously sided against the Church with statements that, beyond being heretical, border on delusional, and has even supported the work of Eugen Drewermann (here), a former Catholic priest, heretic and schismatic.

This alone would suffice to set aside the appointment.

We take the opportunity to recall several “remarks” made by Bishop Wilmer:

  •  “Eugen Drewermann is a prophet of our time who is misunderstood by the Church.”
  •      “Abuse of power is in the Church’s DNA.”
  • “Sometimes I think: who exactly determines what is Catholic? We keep acting as if it is the hierarchy, as if we bishops are entitled to the Catholic label. This is wrong! We are not a Stiftung Warentest [a German consumer organization and foundation involved in investigating and comparing goods and services in an unbiased way, founded in 1964]. We are to be receivers and listeners learning in dialogue with Catholic men and women, but also with Christians of other denominations and non-believers. If this is theologically clear, so are the consequences on the abuse scandal: to curb evil in the Church, there needs to be an effective check on power in the Church. We need a distinction of powers, a system of ‘Checks and Balances’.”

Additionally, in September 2022, Bishop Wilmer voted for a German Synodal Way resolution to change Catholic doctrine on sexuality and openly lamented its failure to pass (here and here).

We are writing to you from the heart, so that such a disaster for the Church may be avoided.


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