Catholics must be ‘willing to die’ for faith in face of ‘paradigm’ shifts: Bishop Schneider

LifeSiteNews | 11/8/2018 | Staff
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WEIRTON, West Virginia, November 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A bishop famous for his defence of perennial Catholic teaching urged faithful Catholics to be “willing to die” for their faith rather than compromise in the face of new “paradigm” shifts and other “ruptures” being forced upon the Church from the top down.

Bishop Athanasius Schneider, the auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, gave a prerecorded video presentation about the faith for the 2018 Catholic Identity Conference in Weirton, WV, last week because he could not attend himself.

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Although the lecture consisted mainly of salient passages from other Catholic apologists, Schneider introduced them with his own hard-hitting defence of the faith.

“I would like to encourage you to be proud of our Catholic faith which is the most precious and the most beautiful gift which God has granted us,” he told his hearers.

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“The Catholic faith is indeed not the private property of the pastor of a parish, nor of the bishop of a diocese, and not even of a pope,” Schneider asserted.

“The Catholic faith is greater. It precedes and it transcends the pastors of the Church because they also are the first ones who have to obey the faith--exemplarily.”

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Schneider added that pastors must transmit the faith in its entirety to the faithful and pointed out that it belongs to the whole Church.

“The Catholic faith belongs to all times, to all places, and to all generations of Catholics, starting with the Apostles and going through all the Fathers, the Doctors of the Church, and all the saints we know,” he affirmed.

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The bishop underscored also the immutability--the changelessness--of the faith.

“The Catholic faith cannot admit a change, or a rupture, or a reinterpretation into another signification than it has been constantly believed and taught throughout 2000 years,” Schneider said.

He observed, however,...
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