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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Many thanks to the Catholic Sage

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for the link.

Advertising bans

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Bishop treats the Latin Mass like cigarettes and bans advertising.

Cumann an Aifrinn Laidinigh/Latin Mass Society of Ireland.

Mgr. Michael Schmitz ICR, Vicar-General of the Institute of Christ the King, will be visiting Ireland in March.

The following is the list of the scheduled Masses for Mgr. Schmitz' visit to Ireland. All are confirmed except Galway, but that confirmation is soon expected. In the event that Mgr. Schmitz has to cancel himself, the Masses will be said by Father Richard von Menshengen-Thernberg ICR, Provincial of the Institute of Christ the King in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

The schedule of Masses is as follows:

Dublin Archdiocese: Sunday, 12 March - Second Sunday of Lent, 11 am. St. Audoen's Church, High St., Dublin 8. Celebrant: Rt. Rev. Mgr. Michael Schmitz, ICR. Contact: Éamonn Gaines, e-mail: eamonngaines@yahoo.ie

Down & Connor Diocese: Monday, 13 March, 6.30 pm - Mass, St. Paul's Church, Falls Road, Belfast BT12 6AB. Celebrant: Rt. Rev. Mgr. Michael Schmitz, ICR. Contact: Proinnsias Ó Muireagáin, tel.: 074-9737307.

Raphoe Diocese: Tuesday, 14 March - Mass, 6pm, Letterkenny Cathedral, Co. Donegal (Time to be confirmed). Celebrant: Rt. Rev. Mgr. Michael Schmitz, ICR. Contact: Proinnsias Ó Muireagáin, Tel.: 074-9737307

Galway, Kilmacduagh & Kilfenora Diocese: Wednesday, 15 March -Mass, 8pm, St. Oliver Plunkett Church, Renmore, Galway. Celebrant: Rt. Rev. Mgr. Michael Schmitz, ICR. Contact: John Heneghan, e-mail: sean.oheanachain@nuigalway.ie Tel.: 093-31273

Limerick Diocese: Thursday, 16 March - Mass, 6.30 pm, Jesuit Church, O'Connell Crescent, Limerick. Celebrant: Rt. Rev. Mgr. Michael Schmitz, ICR. Contact: Vicky Nestor, e-mail: nestorvicky@hotmail.com Tel: 061-355120

Limerick Diocese: Friday, 17 March - Solemnity of St. Patrick, Apostle of Ireland. Mass 11.15 am, St. Patrick's Church, Limerick. Celebrant: Rt. Rev. Mgr. Michael Schmitz, ICR. Contact: Vicky Nestor, e-mail: nestorvicky@hotmail.com Tel: 061-355120

Though advertising in the public media is not permitted in respect of the Belfast Mass, this schedule may be disseminated to anyone who may wish to attend any of these Masses.

Your prayers are requested for the efforts of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest to establish an apostolate in the Limerick Diocese.

Cathcon caption competition

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got a life of its own on the ever-excellent Angelqueen. 23 hours left. Prize of a Michael Davies book.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Pimp my Church

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Update on the horror story of Catholic youth work in Luxembourg. Pseudo-shrine prepared for their big event on 22 February. Yes, the Catholic youth programme is called Pimp my Church (see Final Meltdown- and scroll down)


Another installation


I don't think this is what the Second Vatican Council meant by active participation.


Nor this- you were wondering what the chair was for. Now you have found out.


Nor this. Inactive participation in some sort of drama in front of the altar.


The uninspiring looking band- called the Gentles.


The priest unsure of the liturgical season (at very least)

Two clerics in Austria

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unaware of the dignity of the priesthood and the diaconate. The contrast with the previous post could not be stronger.

Clerical dress

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- enjoy!
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Scary tabernacle in Rossdorf in Germany.

Former convent in Wales

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now used for: "Welsh folk dancing, and traditional Celtic music, outdoor Shakespeare, mime, dance, talks, concerts and shows by well known touring companies and broadcasting personalities!"

Old Saint Mary's Convent

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now- "Luxury Bed & Breakfast"

Magnificent former convent

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for sale in Umbria, Italy if you have almost €2 million to spare.

Former Convent in Sidney, NY

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became a baby killing centre.

Room of Stillness

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or how Jesuits pray in Leipzig, Germany.

Faith Seeking Understanding

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450 years summarised in 60 words.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

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German Catholic Girls Assocation does Carnival 2006

Nazis were enthusiastic ecumenists

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destroying every shred of truth that they could find.

A Convent between massage and Christian meditation

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The Dominican Convent of Arenberg described as "the fitness miracle." If Catholics seek miracles, they do not look for them in fitness centres.

The Convent


The nun too well


Don't forget your zen meditation while you are there.

Have you said your prayers today?


Satisfied customers

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

My house shall be called a house of prayer

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but you have turned it into an advertising spot.

St Stephen's Cathedral Vienna; the only Cathedral in the world that takes advertising. "No house is built forever" the slogan runs from the Erste Bank. The Bank maybe supporting the restoration fund, but what true friend of the Church would insist on advertising.
Matthew 6:3. 'But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.'

Father Zohldorf's Prayer

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Oratio ante colligationem in terrete:
Ominpotens aeterne Deus,
qui secundum imaginem Turam nos plasmasti
et omnia bona, vera, et pulchra,
prasertm in divina persona Unigeniti Filii Tui
Domini nostri Iesu Christi, quaerere iussisti,
praesta, quasemus,
ut, per intercessionem Sancti Isidori,
Episcopi et Doctoris,
in peregrinationibus per interrete,
et manus oculosque ad quae Tibi sunt placita intendamus
et omnes quos convenimus cum caritate
ac patientia accipidamus.
Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen

A Prayer before logging onto the internet
Amighty and eternal God,
who created us in Thy image
and bade us to seek after all that is good, true and beautiful
especially in the divine person of Thy Only-begotten Son, and our Lord jesus Christ,
grant, we beseech Thee,
that through the intercession of Saint Isidore, Bishop and Doctor,
during our journeys through the internet
we will direct our hands and eyes only
to that which is pleasing to Thee
and react with charity and patience all
those souls whome we encounter
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Jesuit

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who clearly has left buildings behind.

New Cardinals

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RORATE CAELI- first for news! Including Archbishop O'Malley of Boston.

kreuz.net

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a series of photos of the youth church

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Superman Mass

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The Cornell Society for a Good Time points me in the direction of this Mass.





What are they on?


Superman arrives just in time


but just displaces the priest and takes centre stage


I fear an attempt has been made to consecrate this bread.
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The tabernacle on the left has already won the scariest tabernacle of all time competition.

This calls for the first Cathcon caption competition.

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e-mail me or comment. Prize a book by Michael Davies, one the greatest defenders of the Catholic Faith in the last forty years.

My heart is weeping

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Esch-sur-Alzette: Eglise Saint Joseph. The glorious Church where "Pimp My Church" is being staged.
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Where modern pastoral work is heading. Blessed Sacrament exposed on the altar (probably). Jesus encouraged the children to come unto him, but not that they should show indifference to his presence and call.

Meanwhile in Vienna

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their Youth Church shows the anti-Catholic movie to end all anti-Catholic movies, Dogma, roundly condemned by the Catholic League.

Yes, the movie was shown in the Church. Here is one of the discussions afterwards. Doubtless discussing whether Catholicism is actually necessary for salvation. The message of the film is that it is not. Strange message to be given by Catholic youth workers.

Any chance the Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna will put an end to the nonsense that he started? Fat chance: they are too busy in the Cathedral blessing homosexual couples on St Valentine's Day (and regretting that the Church cannot provide more for homosexual couples. Never has, never will, so what's the point of the mock tears.)

Again from the excellent kreuz.net.

Lifestyle problems

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almost certainly let the red hat slip from the hands of Archbishop Fitzgerald. Vatican also clearly needs someone in the job who can take account of the rapidly detiorating relations of the muslim world with the West, rather than someone who is a child of 1968.

Monday, February 20, 2006

The final meltdown

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The ever-excellent kreuz.net exposes what is being done in the name of pastoral youth work in Germany. The 1960s generation are responsible for the empty churches; now they claim to be able to fill them by at the same time appeasing and competing with contemporary culture. Totally decadent and often corrupt. The pictures and their titles added by Cathcon- together with a small amount of commentary in square brackets.

40 tonnes of sand inside a Church

provided the translation
In the Diocese of Limburg, Germany three so-called youth churches have been fitted-out in the last three years. Limburg in Hessen on the River Lahn is about 50km northwest of Frankfurt/ Main.
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Frankfurt Youth Church presents Picnic of the Nations in preparation for WYD.



Mass at the Picnic of the Nations

The Youth Office in Spring 2005 publicised themselves with the following leaflet;

"Youth Church is a place to where your friends take you where you experience action and parties. There you can skate, spray, dance away, celebrate with theatre, music, live bands, hip-hop- Mass chill-out. There is a prize to be won if you can think of a knock-out name."

This knock-out name of the Limburg Youth Church was chosen, "Cross-Over", i.e. a "to Cross" and/ or also "Across" or "all over the place". In any case, this is what's going to happen in the Church interior.


Youth are asked to desacralise the church interior as soon as they start with the fitting-out. They remove pews and the tabernacle and the Holy Sacrament which they deposit in a small side-room and this is renamed as the "Room of Silence".



Everything that happens in the Youth Church happens on the inside. The happenings are all mirrored in the publicity and sales promotion and so-called "events".

Spotlighting and light effects are professionally handled and there are break dancing, hip-hop nights and cinema evenings.

Legendary events at the Oberhausen Youth Church were a skating project, a rope garden in the Church itself and the Desert/ Beach Experience – for the latter about 40 tonnes of sand were moved into the Church interior. [Cathcon: The Desert Fathers did not think they were having anything remotely like a Beach experience. This is a trivialisation of spirituality.] "Get the kick" is the title of the new half-yearly programme of "Cross-Over".

Oberhausen is about 200 km north of Frankfurt and actually belongs to the Essen Diocese.

The first German Youth Church was fitted-out in Oberhausen about five years ago. The youth churches in the Limburg Diocese take their inspiration from the Oberhausen concept. The idea for the youth churches is to compete with the professional leisure industry by using the same communication and publicity language as they use, so that the young people are lured away from other commercial entertainment.

Even Bishop Kamphaus was shown off at the "kick-off" of the Wiesbaden Youth Church. He relaxed after Mass in the chill-out area of the Church with SacroPop and a lightshow.

[Cathcon: As the Star Wars music played and the door of the Youth Church opened, it wasn't Darth Vader who came out, but Bishop Kamphaus with Staff and Mitre- from an account of the opening]

The youth chaplains justify currying favour with the commercial spirit of the age as "authentic youth culture". Some of the young people are influenced by this modern event kitsch; " that's real fun". Alina (aged 14) is mad about it and Alexandra agrees with her "it was, for once, something completely different".

But the Wiesbaden Youth Church has also heard critical youth voices. "Let's have no break dance or disco effects in the Mass" says Max and, "The Church must stay authentic and not become a space for partying", as a number of Wiesbaden pupils remarked.


This worryingly entitled group, The Damned played in the Wiesbaden Youth Church.


Featured band in Frankfurt "Sexy Miniskirt" - a strange title for a Catholic group to have.

But such critical voices don't influence the chaplains; they have after all modern pedagogic authors on their side. To quote an example,

"Pedagogical interaction at events, action-orientated identification and movement-intensive provision have an effect on the emotions of young people and train them to acquire soft skills, in which they exemplify the basic ideas of pastoral youth work".

A confirmation group accepts the offer of the Youth Church on the topic "Faith in God". 40 young people gather in the sanctuary in which a rope ladder dangles, leading upwards. The youth chaplain lights a camp fire in a clay pot and talks about the story of Jacob's dream and the ladder into heaven, as in ancient times the Bedouins did.

The group's task is now to saw the rungs of the ladder which are made of foam plastic (action orientation). They are then asked to colour them in various colours (emotional, aesthetic information). Finally, they need to connect the rungs with the ladder (soft-skill team ability).

All this goes on in Church. The rope ladder is then hung-up in the side room. No exegesis or catechism takes place. The learning targets of the Youth Churches do not expressly teach the content of the Bible or the liturgy of the Church, but rather they are events for youth to find their own selves in these tasks.

It is not surprising that Masses of such an "experimental character" only take place only two or four weeks, even if they talk broadly of a liturgical pulse which should be the core of the projects.

The actual leitmotif of the Youth Church is the concept of self-realisation. This is the main thread which has been drawn in church youth work since the Würzburg Synod. This concept is diametrically opposed to the pastoral youth work of World Youth Day. [Cathcon: I think this means that WYD is less individualistic.]

Those that set-up the youth churches says that self-realisation occurs in love and fun.

The Limburg Youth Churches offers workshops for orientation days for school leavers under the motto "No love-no fun" [Cathcon: in contrast to "no love without sacrifice"].

Frankfurt Youth Church Night of Light. Yes, they have a labyrinth, naturally enough. The Way of the Cross is not for them.

Alarming altar illumination at that same Night of Light.

Lichtkirche- Church of Light

The Nazis got there first! The Lichtdom - Cathedral of Light designed by Albert Speer for Nuremburg.
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Church prepared for Mass at the Frankfurt Youth Church.



Priest and people



Relax no sacrifice today - just fun.
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The Franfurt Youth Church is undertaking the project "Jonah in Love". On the 12 February, the musical "Erotica" in a "red light" environment was performed in the Youth Church space.

The actors in the performance came from the Oberhausen Youth Church. [Cathcon: the pictures I have seen of the performance are indecent, including actresses who look under 16 in sexually provocative roles.

Two further pictures to illustrate the depth to which the Catholic Church has sunk – all the other pictures are far worse]




But Cathcon has discovered even worse:
In Luxemburg there is a project "Pimp My Church" which is being run in a magnificent Church of St Joseph in Esch.

Don't believe me: here is the advertising


The priest responsible is a Father Paul Galles. I asked by e-mail where is there a injunction in the Bible to "Pimp My Church" which is made to sound as if it is a command from God. Our Holy Mother is not a whore. The phrase originates from American evangelical groups; sick protestant minds .

He replies:
Thanks for the question.
But don’t you have a bible?
And why do you ask such a rhetoric question?


This is a plague of Youth Churches often using disused churches. The "catechism" that takes place is devoid of Catholicism, so it is not surprising that there is a strong ecumenical aspect. The Youth Church Network has been set up as a joint project by the German Bishops' Conference and the Evangelical German and promotes "Pimp My Church". Youth End result: young people cannot distinguish between Catholicism and protestantism. The Bishops often blame changes in society for their inability to communicate the Catholic Faith. No: it is the way they have chosen to communicate the Faith. If you can call it communication. It is not the Faith for which the martyrs died. Not so strange then they are called only Youth Churches and not put under the patronage of saints.

Society of St. Catherine of Siena

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promoting liturgical renewal.

Spiritual crossroads

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offered instead of pastoral care by Catholic hospital in Brussels. Some people in this hospital will be near the end of their life. To offer them religious indifferentism is about the most wicked thing that anyone could do. Carrefour is also a supermarket. Pick and choose what religion suits you.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Gillibrand Hall

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Gillibrand Hall. Sold by the family in the 19th century. Latterly a convent for the La Sagesse sisters, but they pulled out ten years ago transfering the property to a nursing home.
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Tai Chi now offered in the former Beguinage in Diest.

Glorious chapel in Austria this Christmas.

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Pity the locals no longer show the respect that they once did.