It was also Cardinal Ratzinger who, according to her own testimony, advised Sigrid Spath to remain a Protestant, and not to convert to the Catholic Church, as she had considered in a moment of crisis. She could do more for both churches if she remained a Protestant, said the Cardinal. The Carinthian remained in the Protestant Christuskirche in Rome [the Evangelical-Lutheran community of Rome] throughout her life.
This is not something I am going to get all in a tizzy about. I have no idea what the Lutheran body she belonged to was like. Maybe she was more in spiritual communion with the Pontiff than many of the Catholic bishops in Germany at this present time, you know, the ones who would not shake Pope Benedict’s hand when he visited there.
This is the thing about some Trads. They are so juridical, as if the legal thing is all that matters.
It all has to be in black and white, like a legal contract. No salvation outside the Church. Juridical. End of story.
Same thing about marriage. You say the vow, it’s juridical and it makes no difference whether the person making the vow had the capacity to make it.
Now we did hear a version of this in the run-up to the Ordinariates, with some camps saying, better we stay Anglican and continue to have ecumenical talks than to join the Catholic Church (camps within the Catholic Church mind you).