- In the 1960s the “Rhine Group” successfully gained control of Vatican II and threw out the original document drafts to craft new ones. On the whole, the documents were perfectly orthodox but on particular points ambiguities remained where the Rhine group had successfully lobbied the Council for vagueness. Their aims in doing this (as revealed in the work of their greatest minds Rahner, Kung, and Schillebeeckx) was to use the ambiguities in Vatican II to promote the Modernist evolution of dogma against the Catholic faith. One of these aims was to abolish celibacy and ordain women.
- Reaching for this ultimate goal, the Rhine group has successfully spread the practices of “female altar boys,” female lectors, and female “Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers.”
- Their efforts, however, have been obstructed somewhat by the popes, notably St. John Paul II who issued a document defining that every Catholic must definitively hold that women cannot receive holy orders.
- Pope Francis, however, has given great power to the Rhine group and even praised those who openly promote female ordination. Early in his pontificate it became an open secret (fully documented by well-respected, mainstream journalist Edward Pentin) that the synods are manipulated by the Rhine Group with Pope Francis. The chief author of the Instrumentum Laboris (first draft document) supports female ordination, and his document has been condemned by bishops (and a Cardinal) as “apostasy” and “heresy.” Moreover, it has been publicly admitted by some of the Rhine group that they do intend to ordain married men, then women deacons, then women priests (++Brandmueller confirms this as well). Secret meetings have already been held by the Rhine group ahead of the Amazon Synod.
Opinion: due to the amount of power the Rhine Group holds in the Vatican (and very few bishops oppose them), it is likely their plan for a married priesthood and “unofficial” female orders will succeed. They will ordain married men first, then female “deacons.” Meanwhile, the new Curia constitution will allow women to run dicasteries in the Vatican, which has already begun. After a period of time when women dominate so many forms of leadership, the Rhine group will ask “Why not ordain women?” They will then “ordain” women, but their orders and “sacraments” will be invalid. This strategy has already been executed successfully in the Anglican Church.
As the doctrinal and moral crisis in the Church worsens, Catholics will have much to suffer in the coming years and our Lady, who is witnessing the Passion of the Body of Christ, will see the Death of the Church. Only then will come the Glorious Resurrection. Let every Catholic offer up prayers and sacrifices to petition Almighty God to turn away His just wrath and send us the hoped-for restoration.
Timothy S. Flanders
. The “Rhine Group” is so named because it is composed mostly of Bishops and theologians from Germany, France, Belgium, and Denmark with a few exceptions, notably the powerful Italian Cardinal Martini.
. When these aims became clear, a more conservative group led by Ratzinger broke from the Rhine group journal Concilium to form a rival journal entitled Communio, which promoted a more conservative view of the council.