Saturday, September 30, 2006
Not forgetting there are also Papal chocs and candles (which come in all sizes and forms)
Savour the tiramisu (literally from Italian, Pick me up) as a Papal gateau.
If you don't want any of these, there is also the Marktl Umbrella, the sweet Episcopal Headgear, the Papal Beer, the Marktl Pilgrims Stick, the model of the house where the Pope was born and last but no means least Papal Wine.
Not for nothing has the German word for marketing = vermarktung been changed to verMARKTLung. The whole operation stands in stark contrast to the piety of much of the merchandise in pilgrimage shrines such as Lourdes.
Armies of statues can wait until after canonisation.
As Bishop of Linz appoints yet another group to the pseudo-clerical elite of pastoral assistants, calling their job "lay-care of souls". They get paid for this.
The logo at the top sums up exactly where the "event" culture of modern Catholic youthwork that has been extensively covered on this site is heading.
This site, even if it is not an official Catholic site, boasts that it is "German Hardcore Catholicism"
The likes of Stan Fortuna and the Bronx Brothers may not be heretical themselves but they are certainly complicit in this process where heresy is discounted in favour of excitement.
Friday, September 29, 2006
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Christ's way of suffering. See "pain is when metal cuts into stone".
and in the local news this has become "14 columns in understanding of the suffering of humanity" Not quite the same thing. So easy as art becomes abstract to drift off into heresy.
See also video of Padre Pio's Last Mass.
Tips from The Remnant
The allegedly Catholic novelist Graham Greene refused to meet St Pio because he was afraid that his life would have to dramatically change afterwards. Others have been much wiser.
Monday, September 25, 2006
More Catholic youth work in Austria. Surprised that they don't have a rock band called "Apostasy" - that's certainly the long-term effect of their efforts.
This is the cover of the official Austrian Catholic Youth magazine.
"In love, married, divorced?" is hardly a headline which teaches the virtue of fidelity.
Reading the whole magazine, a deep ambivalence can be found depending on whether you take heros (such as Superman) and Hollywood stars as role models or as an example to avoid.
and within they conflate the reality of Jesus with the modern myth of Superman. "What has Superman learnt from Jesus?" Nothing. Superman does not exist, but God does and is not mocked.Their latest Superman poster here.
This is the latest KEY2LIFE Mass.
As sponsored by Raifaissen Bank (the logo on the tents)
Where many are dressed as if they are members of a strange protestant sect.
The reading of the Epistle, which commands the immediate attention of the priests present.
Last year. Flower power.
And look who's came to visit. Its the Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna. The Logo behind, refering to the tram. "Now there is some nostalgia in the journey."
who actively supports these initiatives.
The Bronx Brothers. Maybe they are Franciscans.
But if so, it is not their job to produce HELL ON EARTH.
for Viennese Masses but also
the Wizard of Oz Mass in America and the Ping Pong Mass for real competition in seeing who can squeeze the most liturgical abuse into one Mass.
"There is no intention to reverse this decision and it is fully expected that any person present in the chapel will conduct themselves with all respect for the Holy Eucharist," said yesterday's statement from diocese spokesman Mark Dupont.
Just who is abusing the Blessed Sacrament with a statement like this?
Currently, the ordinance to landmark the church is with the Land Use Committee of the Board of Supervisors. This ordinance will landmark the exterior of the church including the Harry Clarke stained glass windows.
The Land Use Committee will hear the ordinance this Wednesday, September 27. We are hopeful that the ordinance will move out of this Committee and go to the Board of Supervisors for a vote. The owners of the building, the Academy of Art University, oppose the landmarking.
Please attend this meeting and show your support for making St. Brigid Church a City Landmark! It is vital that we have a large presence at this meeting. The hearing begins at 1:00 p.m. in City Hall, Room 263.
A Challenge to our National Register and California Register ListingThe Academy of Art University recently petitioned the State Office of Historic Preservation requesting that St. Brigid Church be removed from the Determined Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places (National Register) and from listing in the California Register of Historical Resources (California Register). St. Brigid was added to these listings in 1995. Parishioners, John Herrera, James Peterson, and Robert Tokarski, helped make this possible. The report was written by Anne Bloomfield. The Committee's friend, Loren Charles, produced a 9 Minute video which helped to illustrate the beauty of the church.
There will be two hearings regarding this petition.
The City Landmark Preservation Advisory Board will hear the petition on Wednesday, October 4 at 12:00 or 12:30 pm, City Hall, Rm 400. Letters of support should be addressed to:
San Francisco Planning Department
1660 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 -2414
The State Historical Resources Commission is scheduled to take action on these requests at its regular meeting on Friday, October 27, 2006, to be held in Sacramento, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Please show your support by writing a letter to the Commission. Written comments regarding this matter should be received by the Office of Historic Preservation no later than October 10, 2006. Letters should be addressed to:
Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA
State Historic Preservation Officer
Office of Historic Preservation
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA 94296 -0001
More information on these topics, including letter writing tips.
Please call us at 415-346-1511 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can attend the September 27 hearing. This hearing is very important and we would like to have a count of how many people can attend.
Beatriz St. John
Chair Pro Tem
Friday, September 22, 2006
"L'European Strategic Intelligence & Security Center affirme que les chefs d'unité de la Commission européenne ont vigoureusement appelé leurs collaborateurs à ne pas évoquer la possibilité d'un crime à connotation religieuse. Selon ces mêmes sources, reprises par l'Institut Hayek, les enfants des victimes, qui ont assisté à toute la scène (le diplomate et son épouse auraient été égorgés devant leurs quatre enfants âgés de 4 à 10 ans), ont précisé que l'assassin aurait notamment hurler "Allah Ô Akhbar" en égorgeant leurs parents."
Source Belgigue et Chretiente. The victim was regularly present at conferences of the same organisation. I doubt if he was a friend of Turkey as asserted in their press.
Pray for the repose of the soul of both victims.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
In the Diocese of Aachen, they have decided to turn the inside of St Josef's Church into a graveyard.
One can choose whether your ashes (promoting the very unfortunate practice of cremation) are to be buried either of these
or this, depending on your financial circumstances. They even provide bank details on the website. To be buried in Church, used to be an enormous priviledge. Now anyone can do it, for a price.
This is how they expect the interior layout of the Church to develop.
A stream of water will run through the centre of the Church.
If you have any doubts, you can visit the Church on the (Ultra-Ecumenical) Night of Open Churches on 29th September. They will be an opening Mass at 17.00 on All Saints, and a Latin Requiem on All Souls.
What more significant symbol could there be for the death of the European Church, when instead of Masses and the Faithful, the Church is filled with the dead. The only good side of this is that the Bishop of Aachen (who once said that God is not Catholic) has promised that redundant Churches will not be turned into mosques in his Diocese. But he did give one Church to the radical protestant Vineyard Group which preaches anything but Catholicism week by week.
The Church quite recently has been used for advertising.
The Parish of Corpus Christi is now the Parish of Corpus Christi and St Josephs. However, someone, even the devil himself, must have thought it a good joke to call this disturbingly desolate and empty Church, Corpus Christi.
As one German writer has put it, when statues are removed and altars are no longer used, evil spirits perch. At very least, another form of death but this one far worse, as it is a spiritual one.
Summing it all up. An alien image of Christ in St Gregory's Church, Aachen
Because he hath so magnified thy Name this day, that thy praise shall not depart out of the mouth of men who shall be mindful of the power of the Lord for ever. Judith 13:25
The Feast commemorates all the privileges given to Mary by God and all the graces we have received through her intercession and mediation. On this day in 1683, the Turks were defeated at Vienna and Europe saved.
The great Polish military leader, Jan Sobieski saved the day.
The Capuchin Father, Blesed Marco D'Aviano celebrated Mass for the troops just before battle, leading them in repeated cries of 'Jesus! Mary!' During the fighting, he brandished a crucifix at the Turks, shouting, 'Behold the Cross of the Lord: Flee, enemy bands!'
Without this victory, it is unlikely that any European would have a homeland worthy of the name today.
where now the Flemish Government boasts of the invaluable contribution to Harry Potter movies.
The Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913 "Flanders may, indeed, be considered the bulwark of Catholicism in Belgium. The Socialists are well aware of this fact, but the Catholics realize it just as clearly, and their defence is equal to the enemy's attack. Every Flemish community has its parochial schools; the Catholic press is equal to its task; and the "Volk" of Ghent has been organized to counteract the evil influence of the Socialist "Voruit"."
Monday, September 11, 2006
Just had the pleasure today of seeing on German TV a Franciscan respond to a protestant minister who accused the Pope of conducting too Catholic an occasion during his pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Altötting in Bavaria. He said that he had bent over backwards for the protestants, visting schools and "churches" but they were divided, their services cold and you could believe anything and nothing. Apart from that they were good people. When protestants convert and pray in the Catholic sense, they will find the unity they crave.
I am visiting the Pope's birthplace of Marktl next week that has now given rise to a new word in German, vermarktlung (vermarktung =marketing) given the commercial exploitation of all things Papal. See earlier post on this issue. Let's see if the Pope's visit changes anything.
The Pope will arrive in about an hour in Marktl. Overnight, two pots of blue paint were thrown against the Pope's childhood home, but the Bavarians have worked at top speed to remove any effects.
Our Lady, Patroness of Bavaria, pray for us!
In St Joseph's Church, Montana. It is an obscure reference also to the tent of the presence which was the travelling tabernacle used by the Jewish people prior to the construction of the Temple.
But at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on John d'Or Prairie, Alberta, Canada, the Sisters of St Cretienne had a whole church built as a teepee, thinking this would impress the locals. This is yet another failed attempt at interculturation, building respect but no conversions. There used to be 16 sisters working in the area in the not too distant past, there are now 2.
And two more examples at an unidentified parish somewhere out West!
First the Church is discoved playing cowboys and then at being Indians. I know St Paul suggested being all things to all men but this is taking matters a bit too far.
As well as my previous report, pictures from two Cow-herders Masses in Brazil.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Friday, September 08, 2006
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
“Our people sacrificed themselves, even saving on food, to be able to build this church. But now the government ignores the blood and sweat of these poor people and is destroying everything. All this is completely ridiculous and we feel pained and indignant!”
Where are all the human rights and peace and justice activists when you need them?
All Saints of China, pray for us!
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
It served for a short time as John Fitzgerald Kennedy School. My wife remembers being told by the Salesian nuns to pray for the beatification of this well known moralist in 1963, just to prove how strange the world had become around the time of the Second Vatican Council.
I will return to the subject of the virtues of Junior Seminary (of which, St Joseph's was an example) at a later date, not least since the alternative presented by the contemporary Church is permanent deacons, however worthy, nearing their retirement age or older, attempting and failing to do the job of priests.
One can only cry for the vocations that have been missed by the closure of these institutions across the Catholic world. There is a famours book in German called "The Wounding" about the baleful life of Catholic seminaries in the post-Vatican II world in the late 1960s and early 1970s and about the psychological damage that they did both to future priests and to those who could no longer stand the pressure and ran away.
St Joseph's Seminary was a casualty not just of the post-conciliar world, but of the plans that were being made by modernisers well before the Council, not least in liturgical matters as has been illuminated here and countless other blogs.
More information on St Michael's Orphanage here and the chapel here. Pugin designed the whole building complex.
Mark Cross in old pictures.
Monday, September 04, 2006
Threatened with closure. Many will have survived the Communist and Nazi years, only to have the Diocese close their Church in America. It is a direct attack on ordinary Catholics by the Diocesan elites.
The Hill of Crosses in Vilnius
Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn, pray for us!
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Pope St Pius X and all holy Popes, pray for us!