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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Year's end

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I thought it would be good to put up a few quotes that I have come across about Cathcon on the internet. Wishing everyone a happy and prayerful and above all Catholic New Year.

No idea what these people are saying about me

Not for the faint of heart

The Lord Baltimore of Blogyland. Veddy British...
Veddy Catholic. Pip, pip cherrio and all that rot. WHAT WHAT?!"


Catholic Church Conservation does find the wackiest liturgical photos

A site for sore souls

The Belgian media, along with their International, English-speaking counterparts, was remarkably silent, and it was only the Catholic Church Conservation blog that made the story available to the general public.

Catholic Church Conservation has interesting bits on information

The most depressing blog on the net

Right most of the time

Catholic Church Conservation, which is certainly my favorite web log


You rock!

Portland church property

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tied to settlement

"A judge ruled Friday that the Catholic Archdiocese of Portland, not its parishes, owns church assets, dealing a major blow to its efforts to protect property from lawsuits filed by alleged victims of priest sex abuse."

Friday, December 30, 2005

Thursday, December 29, 2005

These are the Patron Saints of Austria.

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However, the celebrations of 50 years of Austrian freedom, gained after a famous Rosary Crusade have been ruined in a pathetic attempt to be modern and provocative. If this is what they have to resort to in order to promote the EU, the EU will soon be finished. Except that the Lord build the house, in vain do its builders labour.

All Saints of Austria pray for us!
Maria, Magna Mater Austriae- Great Mother of Austria pray for us!

The immediate family of Our Lord

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Superb collection of Christmas images

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from kreuz.net

Anglicans

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Not only heretical and schismatic but also very rude.

If you've got to preach today

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in the Salerno Metropolitican Seminary; don't forget your powerpoint presentation

Very little chance, however, that the congregration will get distracted by the beauty of the stained glass in the chapel. Said to be the new creation but looks like Adam and Eve to me.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Feast of St Thomas of Canterbury

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"I never go to Canterbury but I think of it as the city of the Empty Space, the empty space in the heart of England. Of St Thomas, the hero of Canterbury and its maker, the friend and champion of the poor, you find no memorial in this stricken city, the city of the empty space.

Passing the battered but beautiful gate which leads into the precincts, and whose chief adornment is an empty niche, I enter the Cathedral. It is an extraordinary experience to stand in Trinity Chapel, on the site of St Thomas's First Mass, among those splendid columns erected to encircle his shrine, and there to contemplate the Empty Space. No vestige of the shrine remains; only the hollow worn in the hard stone by the feet of centuries of pilgrims as they knelt there tells me where it stood. In the surrounding arcade, crowding into this place of honour lies buried a king, a cardinal, an archbishop, a prince and a dean; but of the saint himself there is no memorial save the worn stones of that desolate pavement." Comments in Boulter's Pilgrim Shrines of England which all Catholics can make their own.

But just to prove anti-Catholicism and the spirit of Henry VIII (who forbade the cult of St Thomas) lives on in England.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

EU to Catholic Doctors

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Thou Shalt Abort in a perverse defiance of the natural law, at whose core are the Ten Commandments.

Today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents.

Matthew 2:16 Then Herod perceiving that he was deluded by the wise men, was exceeding angry; and sending killed all the men children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the borders thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremias the prophet, saying: 18 A voice in Rama was heard, lamentation and great mourning; Rachel bewailing her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

Pilgrimages dedicated to the Christ Child

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Christkindl, the most famous of all, after the Infant of Prague, close-by Steyr, Austria
The Loretokindlein venerated in Salzburg

The Child Jesus venerated in the Convent of St Elisabeth, Vienna

The "Bell Child" found at Filzmoos, also in Austria

More photos and information to follow.

Christmas Crib

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in the Beguinage of Turnhout, Belgium.

Church and mosque

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become interchangeable as venues for concerts promoting inter-religious dialogue. This group also used the Church of the Magdalene in Bruges/ Brugge for a concert. Religious relativism condemned by the Pope encouraged in the Diocese of Bruges in once Catholic Flanders. As I asked when I was interviewed on Flemish TV, "What will become of Flanders, when it is no longer Catholic?"

The Monastery of St. Francis, Gorton, Manchester

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Church betrayed by Franciscans. The area is very run down- should have been ideal for the Franciscans.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Happy Christmas to all

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From the Martyrology
In the 5199th year of the creation of the world, from the time when in the beginning God created heaven and earth; from the flood, the 2957th year; from the birth of Abraham, the 2015th year; from Moses and the going-out of the people of Israel from Egypt, the 1510th; from the anointing of David as king, the 1032nd year; in the 65th week according to the prophecy of Daniel; in the 194th Olympiad; from the founding of the city of Rome, the 752nd year; in the 42nd year of the rule of Octavian Augustus, when the whole world was at peace, in the sixth age of the world: Jesus Christ, the eternal God and Son of the eternal Father, desiring to sanctify the world by His most merciful coming, having been conceived by the Holy Ghost, and nine months having passed since His conception (A higher tone of voice is now used, and all kneel) was born in Bethlehem of Juda of the Virgin Mary, having become man.

Anno a creatióne mundi, quando in princípio Deus creávit cœlum et terram, quínquies millésimo centésimo nonagésimo nono: A dilúvio autem, anno bis millésimo nongentésimo quinquagésimo séptimo: A nativitáte Abrahæ, anno bis millésimo quintodécimo: A Moyse et egréssu pópuli Israël de Ægypto, anno millésimo quingentésimo décimo: Ab unctióne David in Regem, anno millésimo trigésimo secúndo; Hebdómada sexagésima quinta, juxta Daniélis prophetíam: Olympíade centésima nonagésima quarta: Ab urbe Roma cóndita, anno septingentésimo quinquagésimo secúndo: Anno Impérii Octaviáni Augústi quadragésimo secúndo, toto Orbe in pace compósito, sexta mundi ætáte, Jesus Christus ætérnus Deus, æterníque Patris Fílius, mundum volens advéntu suo piíssimo consecráre, de Spíritu Sancto concéptus, novémque post conceptiónem decúrsis ménsibus (Hic vox elevátur, et omnes genua flectunt), in Béthlehem Judæ náscitur ex María Vírgine factus Homo.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

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Life or death in Linz. Joining an anti-abortion demonstration on the Christmas Market. Posted by Picasa

Catholic Charities

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now also for sale! And they have been bought!

"On the matter of adoptions by gay couples, Hehir explained that Catholic Charities, a faith-based organization that uses government money, must abide by state laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation."

NCR should not be condemned but commended for summarising in one article all too much of what has gone wrong in the last forty years.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The Angry Twins

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tell the truth about the Chinese Patriotic Church. Sadly none of this stopped Cardinal Mahony celebrating Mass with them.

"Cardinal Mahony, however, told the Times that distinctions between the patriotic and underground churches are "evaporating." "Those labels probably fit 10 years ago, but they certainly don't fit today," said Mahony." There has never been such a betrayal since Catholic bishops supported King Henry VIII.

Christmas in the Pope's home Diocese of Passau, Germany

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The Virgin Mary and St Joseph, both faceless, seek lodgings - an illustration from the front cover of the Diocesan newspaper.

What a contrast with MariaHilf (Mary Helper), one of the major pilgrimage shrines in the Diocese.

The retreat centre of the Diocese has been placed under the patronage of Mariahilf. It is also called Spectrum Church. The Germans trying to keep up with the Austrians and their plague of rainbow churches.

On the 8th December, they forgot the Feast of the Immaculate which the rest of the Catholic world were celebrating but rather celebrated a Festival Mass to commemorate "40 years of the spirit of Vatican II".
I am sure that Cardinal Koenig, the late Archbishop of Vienna would drink to that.

The reality is that the years since the Council have been a disaster for the Church. Never has such a particularist "spirit" so dominated the Church.
Lest we think however that the Spectrum Church has forgotten Christmas, they have organised an exhibition "Marienleben- the Life of Mary". But don't get excited. Get angry.

Here is St Joseph.

In the foreground the Annuniciation. Left, the taking down from the Cross and in the background, Pieta. Or at least that's what the artists call these pieces of metal.

Virgin Mary and Child!

So much for their version of the Christmas Crib. I will publish shortly pictures from the so-called "Crib City" of Linz, Austria. I don't know what they are celebrating but it is not Christmas.
Just down the hill from the Pilgrimage Church of Mariahilf is the once beautiful Church of St Gertraud.

The liturgical barbarians also arrived here early in 1968. However, this expensive restoration dates only from last year. Decorating Churches with smudges of paint.

Worst of all, all the servers in the Pope's home Parish of Marktl (see earlier report), like in some many parishes in Germany and beyond, are now girls. Serving used to be the great calling ground to the priesthood. What a disastrous decision to permit female servers- but not the only that has been take in the last forty years.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Pope Pius XI, "The Pope of the Missions"

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consecrates the first six Chinese bishops on 28 October 1926

One of the greatest fruits of the Association of the Holy Childhood.

Pontifical Association of the Holy Childhood

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and the Franciscan Missionaries of Maryamong others. Images from the evangelisation of China. An early Christmas present for the Angry Twins - who are surely the Happy Twins at Christmas time






Monday, December 19, 2005

The Jesuit- once Soldiers of Christ

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now holding His Mother in contempt.

"Commercialised" Mass

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- and the Catholic Church complains about the commercialisation of Christmas- is this is what was meant by openess to the world called for by the Second Vatican Council?

Together with the "Rite for the Blessing of Footballs" also carrying advertising

Our Lady in Expectation

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venerated at Bogenberg in Germany

Our Lady and St Elizabeth in expectation of Our Lord and St John Baptist

All Woodstock!

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Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary School Ball in Austria. Just how long will it take for the Catholic Church to emerge from the long shadow of the Woodstock generation.

My poor country

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institutionalises violations of the natural law.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Sell-out

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by leading Catholic university.

Dialogue instead of the missionary imperative of Our Lord.

Matthew 28:18
And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. 19 Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.

Sale of Traditional Church

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Signals Death Knell for Catholic Boston

How not to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

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in Linz, Austria in the grounds of the Cathedral.

Boney M in their heyday- almost thirty years ago. They dressed as eskimos to sing Mary's Boy Child.


Ty Tender sings Elvis songs.

Seems like the Catholic Church is "Caught in a trap" of the years immediately after the Council.

Bishop Franz-Joseph Rudiger built the Cathedral in honour of the definition in 1854 of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

Allah welcomes you to Church this Christmas

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in the Parish of St Nicholas, Eupen in Belgium.



Close-up. God-Jahwe-allah


Inside the Church - "we have come to worship Him". The Saviour's Name is not allah but Jesus.


A better picture of the Church

Pulpit still in use

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for proper purpose in the Minoriten Church, Linz, Austria


An excellent idea of the beauty of this Church.

Liturgical chaos

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on the top of a mountain in Bavaria. The parish seems to think that they are nearer to God on the top of a mountain. Seeing this, I doubt it.

More "mini-priestesses"

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serving Mass for the Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna in St Stephen's Cathedral. Despite the Divine Name, not acting in persona Christi.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Short break

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Cathcon will be back towards the end of the week, firstly with pictures from a pro-life demonstration in Linz, Austria and much more from the Diocese that has pushed the liturgical reform to the outer limits of belief.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

40 years on

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from the close of the Second Vatican Council and nothing to celebrate.

More shame

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in Boston

Today is also the Feast of

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Pope Saint Eutychianus

Council of Trent

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opened on 13 December, 460 years ago.

Vatican Council

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136 years ago today the Vatican Council opened

They make a wilderness

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and call it peace. Forty catastrophic years for Catholicism since the Second Vatican Council.

Michael Schiavo

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tries to enter the history books but he will be forever, "The man with no shame".

Church for sale

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in Argentina as reported by the Rio paper, the Globe.

"The [Parish] Church of St. Joseph the Worker, in Barra Mansa, RJ [State of Rio de Janeiro], built 50 years ago, is on sale.

"The deal has caused protests from the faithful, even though the Church has been closed for seven years. One of the bidders, willing to pay 350,000 reais (US $ 170,000), is an evangelical preacher. It makes sense." That should be "no sense at all!"

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

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O Mary conceived without original sin, pray for all those who have recourse to thee.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

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