Philosophy:Günther Storck

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Günther Storck (2 October 1938 – 23 April 1993) was a conservative Catholic bishop from Germany. He was ordained to the priesthood on 21 September 1973 by sedevacantist Blasius Kurz (de), Roman Catholic apostolic prefect of Yungchow, China, and consecrated – without permission of Pope John Paul II – a bishop on 30 April 1984, in Etiolles, France, by sedeprivationist bishop Guerard des Lauriers.

Biography

Early life

Günther Storck was born on 2 October 1938 in Borken, North Rhine-Westphalia, as the youngest child of the Storck family, who ran a craft business. The father died early, so that the mother not only had to take charge of the family, but also had to run the business. The young Günther Storck was regarded as mentally very sensitive and highly gifted.

Academic career

After his Abitur (1958) he studied classical philology and German studies at universities in Münster, Berlin and Munich. For his vocation to the priesthood he returned to Münster, his bishop's resident city, where he started a degree in theology at the seminary Collegium Borromaeum (de) (1962). In the meanwhile he passed his state examination in philology, philosophy and theology. He escaped from the beginning influence of Vatican II on Münster[1] – Karl Rahner, the former council adviser to Cardinal Julius Döpfner,[2] took over the chair in dogmatic theology and history of dogma at the University of Münster (1967-1971), that Joseph Ratzinger had recently vacated (1963-1966)[3] – to Munich (1967), where he continued his studies at the theological and philosophical faculties of the University of Munich. Few years later he became Research Associate of Leo Scheffczyk, which meant that Cardinal Döpfner's allowance to become ordained to the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Munich and Freising became a remote likelihood, which is why he switched to Egg in Switzerland for ordination (21 September 1973). The day after he celebrated his First Mass in Damenstiftskirche St. Anna. He did his doctorate in theology with a tripartite graduate thesis on Johann Gottlieb Fichte's Wissenschaftslehre of 1794/95[4] (first part) and on his Wissenschaftslehre of 1804[5] (second part); its concluding third part achieves the theological application to the doctrine of the Trinity.

Death and afterward

Although many were concerned about the poor health of Bishop Günther Storck - he had been lying in a Munich hospital after a collapse for about a month - so the news of his death on 23 April came as a surprise to outsiders. There was a prospect of improvement and arrangements had already been made for a subsequent spa stay. But it turned out differently. Bishop Storck had internal bleeding that could no longer be stopped. Informed about the possibility of premature death, his priests had gathered at his deathbed and a small circle of people who had been especially close to him lately. On Friday, April 30, the solemn requiem was held for the deceased in St. Mary's Church, Munich – exactly nine years after his consecration as bishop. On the following Monday, 3 May, the funeral took place at the Munich West Cemetery.

The first review of Storck's thesis appeared twenty years after its publication (see § Secondary literature). Seven additional years later, his teacher in philosophy resumed Storck's application of transcendental philosophy[6] to the Trinity Doctrine, claiming that "the absolute difference between the Godmanhood of Jesus and the pure essence of God should have been worked out": "Godmanhood is not simply the same as the Godhead." Which eventually is confirmed by a revisionist reading of the Islamic view in Quran 5:116–117: "One notices the reference to Matthew 24:36: »Yet no one knows the day or hour when this will be, not the angels in heaven, nor the Son. Only the Father knows.«"[7]

Whatever may happen – we can not oversee it, we can not know it – if I am firm in faith then my life, through God, will make sense.

— Günther Storck, The power of faith[8]

Bibliography

Primary literature

Secondary literature

References

  1. Lauth, Reinhard (July 1971). "Besser als Christus" (in de). Einsicht (Zeitschrift) (de) (Eurasburg: Freundeskreis der Una Voce e.V.) 1 (4): 1. http://www.einsicht-aktuell.de/index.php?svar=5&artikel_id=454. Retrieved 2018-10-26.  "He had almost emptied the bitter cup of several years in a modern seminary, where he had to endure a cynical lack of faith and a practice bordering on blasphemy." German: "Er hatte den bitteren Kelch einer mehrjährigen Existenz in einem modernen Priesterseminar schon nahezu geleert, die dort herrschende zynische Glaubenslosigkeit und die das Blasphemische streifende Praxis ertragen."
  2. Langendörfer, Hans, ed. "Julius Kardinal Döpfner, Erzbischof von München und Freising, Vorsitzender der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz 1965–1976" (in de) (PDF). Bonn: German Bishops' Conference. p. 1. https://www.dbk.de/fileadmin/redaktion/bildmaterial/ueber_uns/Kardinal-Doepfner-Lebenslauf.pdf.  German: "Er steuert nun, beraten von Karl Rahner, den Fortgang des Konzils, sodass viele Konzilsdokumente seine Handschrift tragen."
  3. "WWU Münster > Fachbereich 2 > Seminar für Dogmatik und Dogmengeschichte > Rahner, Karl, Prof. P. Dr., SJ ✝" (in de). University of Münster. https://www.uni-muenster.de/FB2/personen/dogmatikunddogmengeschichte/rahner.html. "WWU Münster > Fachbereich 2 > Seminar für Dogmatik und Dogmengeschichte > Ratzinger. Joseph, Prof. Dr." (in de). University of Münster. https://www.uni-muenster.de/FB2/personen/dogmatikunddogmengeschichte/ratzinger.html. 
  4. The edition (in German) of Fichte's son Immanuel Hermann Fichte at Zeno.org. — Medicus, Fritz, ed (1997) (in de). Grundlage der gesamten Wissenschaftslehre. Als Handschrift für seine Zuhörer (1794) (student's edition; with an introduction, index and bibliography by Wilhelm G. Jacobs (de)). Philosophische Bibliothek (de) Band 246 (4 ed.). Hamburg: Felix Meiner Verlag (de). ISBN 978-3-7873-1334-1. Heath, Peter; Lachs, John, eds (1982). The Science of Knowledge. With the First and Second Introductions (reissued; first published by Meredith Corporation 1970). Texts in German Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-27050-2. 
  5. Lauth, Reinhard; Widmann, Joachim; Schneider, Peter, eds (1986) (in de). Die Wissenschaftslehre. Zweiter Vortrag im Jahre 1804 vom 16. April bis 8. Juni (student's edition). Philosophische Bibliothek Band 284 (2 ed.). Hamburg: Felix Meiner Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7873-0677-0.  The Science of Knowing: J.G. Fichte's 1804 Lectures on the Wissenschaftslehre (with an introduction by the translator and a German-English glossary). SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press. 2005. ISBN 978-0-7914-6449-6. 
  6. Radrizzani, Ives (2017). "Die Originalität von Reinhard Lauths Beitrag zur Erneuerung der Transzendentalphilosophie" (in de). Vergegenwärtigung der Transzendentalphilosophie. Das philosophische Vermächtnis Reinhard Lauths. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann. pp. 19-36. ISBN 978-3-8260-6115-8. https://books.google.com/books?id=8woaMQAACAAJ. Retrieved 2018-10-12. 
  7. Lauth, Reinhard (2003) (in de) (PDF). Abraham und die Kinder seines Bundes mit Gott (biblical and qur'anic monograph in the tradition of Gabriel Théry (fr), Bruno Bonnet-Eymard (fr) and the Saarbrücker Schule (de), devoted to the "defenders of the Church of the Nativity in spring 2002"). München: Christian Jerrentrup Verlag. p. 458. http://www.christoph-heger.de/LAUTH_14.PDF.  ISBN 3-935990-14-6 (pbk). ISBN 3-935990-15-4 (hbk). German: "Der absolute Unterschied zwischen der Gottmenschheit Jesu und der reinen Wesenheit Gottes hätte herausgearbeitet werden müssen." "Die Gottmenschheit ist nicht einfachhin gleich der Gottheit." "Man bemerkt die Bezugnahme auf Matth. XXIV, 36: »Jenen Tag und jene Stunde weiß niemand, weder die Engel des Himmels noch der Sohn, sondern allein der Vater.«"
  8. Rissling, Eugen, ed. "Die Kraft des Glaubens. Predigt von S.E. Bischof Günther Storck vom 19.04.1982, aus dem Gesprochenen leicht überarbeitet" (in de). Ulm: Arbeitskreis katholischer Glaube. http://www.arbeitskreis-katholischer-glaube.com/texte/bischof_storck/Die_Kraft_des_Glaubens.htm.  German: "Mag auch geschehen, was will – wir können es nicht überschauen, wir können es nicht wissen –, wenn ich fest bin im Glauben, dann wird mein Leben, und zwar durch Gott, sinnvoll."
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