CARDINAL Julius Dopfner, the President of the German Bishops' Coilference and Archbishop of Munich and Freising, has asked Catholics to think of those who do not wish to lake part in the new Mass "with brotherly concern", He has. often given warning of the "danger of a schism" in the Catholic Church. Preaching in Munich Cathedral, the Cardinal spoke in detail on the differing opinions within the Church on the "new order of Mass".
He said many people could not bring themselves to go to Mass in the new order. which has been compulsory in all German-speaking countries since March 7, because to them it appeared to be the worship of a "modern Church".
He asked the faithful to think of these Catholics with brotherly concern. His words were: "May it never happen that another altar is erected next to the altar of the Roman Catholic Church which stands against it."
He exhorted priests and people to honour the mysteries of the Lord with true respect in the Church's liturgy. Hespoke at length about the commotion caused by the changes in the Missal. "My Blood which will be shed for many" had become "My Blood which will be shed for all". Scholars agreed that in Hebrew, "many" was to be understood as "all".
It was a true biblical precept that God's salvation was offered to the whole world, even if not everybody actually attained to it. Criticism of this translation was a typical example of the distrust of certain new things in the Church — an inflexible, critical attitude.