November 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- One of the world’s most outspoken bishops regarding the current crisis in the Church has said that at the final judgment God will ask Catholics living today who ignored the crisis why they did not ask the
Pope to end the confusion in the Church.
Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of Astana in Kazakhstan, said in an interview with Michael Matt of The Remnant newspaper that “the true friends of the
Pope” are those cardinals bishops and laymen “who express their public concern about these very important issues, about the state of confusion in the Church. They are really the friends of the Pope.”
He called the concerns and calls for clarity, “an act of charity towards the
Pope.” He added that he was convinced that when the Pope faces his judgment before God, “he will be thankful to those” cardinals, bishops and lay people who called on him to offer clarity.
Archbishop Schneider said that those who perform “adulation of the
Pope” and “deny the evidence” that ambiguity in the Pope’s teachings is causing confusion are not helping the Pope nor themselves when they will face their final judgment.
Regarding those who tell the
Pope, “It’s all okay,” despite the “disastrous situation,” the archbishop warned that at their judgment God will ask them “what have you done when there was confusion, why have you not raised your voice to defend the truth?”
Bishop Schneider sees the Church as a “big family of God” and that within the family we have to have the opportunity to speak “without fear of being punished or isolated.” He noted that this “spirit of family” was “stressed that the second Vatican council” and that a “climate of family” should be fostered in the Church.