Dutch cardinal’s defence of Trent casts shadow over Unity week22 January 2014 11:00
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has been overshadowed in the Netherlands by a row over a statement by Cardinal Willem Eijk that the decisions of the Council of Trent were still fully valid.
Cardinal Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht and head of the Dutch bishops’ conference, told the Protestant daily Reformatorisch Dagblad that the Council’s condemnations of Martin Luther’s teachings, for example on the Eucharist, still justified excluding Protestants from receiving communion in the Catholic Church.
The Council was “a sign of the self-cleansing power” of the Church because it corrected abuses that had developed in its ranks, he said.
Bas Plaisier, former head of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands, said he “didn't understand what [Eijk] is doing.”
A Catholic theologian, Marcel Poorthuis from Tilburg University, said Eijk was being more negative than Pope Benedict XVI about Protestants. [De kritiek komt vooral uit de modernistische hoek!]
Church spokeswoman Anna Kruse expressed shock at the reactions and noted that Eijk had called the Trent condemnations “mainly a theoretical issue” and did not intend to offend Protestants.
Bron: The Tablet [= voormalig katholiek]