Letter #151, 2021, Friday, November 19: The Schneider Tapes, Tape #5: “I am his best friend”
We have posted the 5th of 10 tapes from my late October interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider, 60, of Astana, Kazakhstan, and it is now available on Rumble (link) and YouTube (link).
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Click the video below for the 5th part of the interview in which Bishop Schneider denies that he is an enemy of Pope Francis and asserts that he is in fact the best friend of the Pope. —RM
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Here is the transcript of this tape. We provide this transcript even though the interview is already in English for three reasons: 1) so you have the complete transcript also in written form to email to others, etc.; 2) so that the transcript in typed form is available to be translated into other languages by those who wish to share the text with people in other countries; 3) so that any expressions which seem unclear in the spoken video are clarified in the transcript.
Transcript, Schneider Tape #5: “I am his best friend”
Part 5: “I am his best friend” (~2:48 minutes long)
Bishop Schneider denies that he is an enemy of Pope Francis and asserts that he is in fact the best friend of the Pope.
Robert Moynihan: So, you are making a critique of the choice of Pope Francis to make statements about medical and political decisions, which he is “seconding”, as it were, and you’re saying he’s going beyond his real mission, and that he’s neglecting, in this way, the mission to evangelize, the mission to preach the Gospel.
But yet, some people wonder if you are an enemy of Pope Francis, but you told me earlier that you are, in fact, his best friend.
Bishop Athanasius Schneider: Well, first, I would say, the word “critique” is today understood in different manners.
It is first, I would say, a very benevolent, if it is a critique, then it is a very benevolent critique, a fraternal correction.
It is a sign of fraternal charity.
The moral theologist says that when you correct benevolently someone, your neighbor, in a benevolent way, this is a sign of the love for your neighbor.
So, and I am his brother in the episcopate. And I want, I only desire for him the best.
And if I would be silent, I think that my conscience would accuse me of committing an omission, a sin of omission.
You could say to your brother, to your elder brother, the Pope, to the Peter something which is important for his salvation, for his soul, for his mission and for the benefit of the entire Church, and you did not. Because you were maybe afraid or you were politically correct.
I think a bishop should not behave himself in such a way. And, therefore, and when you do benevolent, really, correction only for the good of this person and for his task, you have to accompany this with prayers. And this I do.
I never in my life prayed for no one so much as for Pope Francis, in my life, and celebrated holy masses. And, therefore, in this way I will say “Holy Father, I am your real, I am your best friend.”
(To be continued… Tape #6 will be posted at 12 noon on Monday, November 22, 2021)