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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Spirit of WYD?

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Out-of-control Belgian nun in the arms of priest at WYD. The fact that WYD has created the conditions for such an incident to arise must concern Catholics throughout the world. The Pope hopes that WYD will be a "laboratory for vocations". Not on this evidence. More likely it will catalyse another grim round of "ex-priest - ex-nun" marriages.

The nun did not properly apologise (my apologies for earlier believing she had). This is the translation of the text by the front page news story.

'The dancing nun who went crazy last weekend in Cologne at the WYD was disciplined by her novice mistress "She thinks I have to be more careful. I must realize that I represent the whole community", said Sister Johanna Vertommen of the Monastery of Our Lady of Bethany of Loppem"

Not that she regrets her wild dance steps in the presence of the Pope. "I would not do this at home", she admited "but at a gathering like this I let myself be carried along by the enthusiasm of the group."

She belongs to an order of Missionary Benedictines! Precisely what this behaviour has to do either with Mission or the Order that St Benedict, Patron of Europe founded is unclear. If a representative of the order that originally evangelised Europe behaves like this, hope is on hold for quite a few generations.

To protest, I suggest contacting

Revd Mother Superior
Priorij Onze Lieve Vrouw van Bethanie
Sysen 8
B-8210 LOPPEM-ZEDELGEM
E-mail priorij.bethanie@kerknet.be

The monastery


This is the foundress of the monastery

Mother Marie Paule Blomme represented on a prayer card published at the time of her death in 1944. The initiator of the foundation was Dom Theodore Neve of the Abbey of St Andries, Zevenkerken (which was once a great liturgical centre).


Dom Theodore
















On the card, Mother Blomme asks her children to:
"Prefer nothing to the work of God and remain faithful to the Benedictine Rule"



The priest in the picture is, according to reports, a missionary of the Sacred Heart, based in Brussels. The idea after the Second Vatican Council was that orders should live according to the charism of the founder, rather than their rule (horror, as if the two were seperate). This gives an idea just how far this priest has departed from both.

Even before it started, the questionable spirit of WYD could be seen.

Here a woman pretends to be Jesus during preparations for WYD in Berlin 2004. This was in the presence of a Cardinal and the Nuntius and was broadcast across Germany!!.


We should not be too surprised then when the Three Kings turn into Two Queens and a King at WYD.

Cardinal Danneels regrets?

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(translation from Belga- Belgian Press Agency)
Cardinal Danneels and Pope Benedict XVI talked over possible misunderstandings that arose after the Pope's election. There are no misunderstandings anymore, Danneels said to VTM-News last Thursday.

After the election of Benedict XVI, Danneels seemed unable to hide his disillusion. On this subject, Danneels told VTM last Thursday that he had met the new Pope and brought the subject to his attention. He (Danneels) said to the Pope that there was an interpretation going around with which he did not agree. The Pope answered, according to Danneels: 'Never mind, I have read your sermon. Let us say no more about this, it is no problem.'

The Catholic Key

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Latin Mass in Kansas

"... a 90-minute question-and-answer session following his announcement, a few members of the community expressed misgivings about the costs of restoring Old St. Patrick, about moving from Our Lady of Sorrows which is one of the diocese's most beautiful churches, and about the permanence of the new arrangement.
Bishop Finn told the community that while he cannot bind his successors to any of his decisions, it is his intention to help the community grow."