"Christ did not die for the sins of the people": Head of German Catholic Bishops' Conference on TVBy Hilary White
FREIBURG, Germany April 21, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - According to the chairman of the Catholic bishops' conference of Germany, the death of Jesus Christ was not a redemptive act of God to liberate human beings from the bondage of sin and open the gates of heaven. The Archbishop of Freiburg, Robert Zollitsch, known for his liberal views, publicly denied the fundamental Christian dogma of the sacrificial nature of Christ's death in a recent interview with a German television station.
Zollitsch said that Christ "did not die for the sins of the people as if God had provided a sacrificial offering, like a scapegoat."
Instead, Jesus had offered only "solidarity" with the poor and suffering. Zollitsch said "that is this great perspective, this tremendous solidarity."
The interviewer asked, "You would now no longer describe it in such a way that God gave his own son, because we humans were so sinful? You would no longer describe it like this?"
Monsignor Zollitsch responded, "No."
Archbishop Robert Zollitsch was appointed to the See of Freiburg im Breisgau in 2003 under Pope John Paul II. He is he sitting Chairman of the German Episcopal Conference, to which he was elected in 2008 and is regarded as a "liberal" in the German episcopate...
...However, Article 613 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the definitive work issued by the Church explaining the dogmas and doctrines of the Catholic religion, describes the death of Christ as "both the Paschal sacrifice that accomplishes the definitive redemption of men, through 'the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world', the sacrifice of the New Covenant, which restores man to communion with God by reconciling him to God through the 'blood of the covenant, which was poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins'."
The Catechism continues, "This sacrifice of Christ is unique; it completes and surpasses all other sacrifices. First, it is a gift from God the Father himself, for the Father handed his Son over to sinners in order to reconcile us with himself. At the same time it is the offering of the Son of God made man, who in freedom and love offered his life to his Father through the Holy Spirit in reparation for our disobedience."
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The above quoted portions provide a portion of the Catechism of the Catholic Church with which we agree fully (as we do with about 95 percent of it), for it agrees with Scripture. St. Paul summed up the famous Suffering Servant passage (Isaiah 52:13-53:12) and the whole typological message of the Old Testament sacrifices, with a simple and direct summary of the Gospel itself, writing in the fifteenth chapter of the First Epistle to the Church of the Corinthians:
 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;*
 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:*
 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
To teach contrary to the straight forward message of the Gospel is to create a horrible vacuum in which no one can have forgiveness of sins, and in which no one can be cleansed from an evil conscience. What this says about matters related to the Anglicanorum Coetibus people is obvious, and we need not rub it in. We should all agree easily with those members of the Roman Catholic Church who are distressed, and who want to see action taken.