Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Graveyard Church


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

Feast of the Holy Name of Mary

Tell me by what name art thou called? Genesis 32:29
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.

Once Catholic Flanders


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"."

Glory of Carmel

Forty-eight wooden panels in the Carmel of Ghent, Belgium. To go to next group, click at the bottom of the page.

The family that prays together, stays together II

The Pope calls for families to say prayers together.