Sunday, September 30, 2007

Te Deum Laudamus

In future, following the first Latin Mass in Regensburg for many years (which was attended by the Pope's brother) in the future there will be a regular TLM in the Collegiate Church of St. Johann every Sunday at 11:00 am.

As this, the most beautiful Church in Regensburg, is in the shadow of the Cathedral of Regensburg, there could not be a greater symbol for the present status and future glory of the Latin Mass as she regains her rightful place in Catholic liturgy. Inside ten years, there will be a Mass in the Cathedral, given that the Collegiate Church is too small, and inside twenty, the Latin Mass will be the principle Mass on Sunday morning.

tip to the New Liturgical Movement- see comments to this post.

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Must have more of these

Latin Masses in former monasteries organised by the organisations set up to preserve the same monasteries.

Pope's brother attends Latin Mass in Regensburg.

Cathcon has the pictures. If you use any of these pictures, please acknowledge by making a link to Cathcon. Msgr Georg Ratzinger occupied one of the stalls in the Church. His biography.

He gave interviews. More coverage coming soon here- hopefully a video.

The Mass celebrated by Father Walter Lang from Munich.
It was organised by the Peter Canisius Circle of Regensburg,
who are associated with Pro Sancta Ecclesia.

The Pope's brother in prayer during the Mass.
The Mass took place in one of the most beautiful Churches in Regensburg, which lies in the shadow of the Cathedral, the Collegiate Church of St John.

It is a place of pilgrimage containing the image of Our Lady Beautiful.

Our Lady never looses her beauty, but the Mass is regaining it, thanks be to God working through Jesus Christ's Vicar on Earth and brother of Msgr Georg Ratzinger.
See Msgr Georg Ratzinger on the Modern Church.

Last book in German!

Mass of St Henry, Patron of the Benedictine Oblates, directed by Msgr Ratzinger.

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Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll

to continue after Archdiocese drops its opposition.

Feast of St Michael


On Mount Gargano (in Italy), the venerated memory of St. Michael the Archangel. Here, a Church was consecrated in his name, built indeed on a humble plan but marked by heavenly power. A totum duplex feast of the first class.

The following St. Michael's Prayer is the original version as written by Pope Leo XIII. It is taken from The Raccolta, twelfth edition, published by Burnes, Oates & Washbourne Ltd, publishers to the Holy See, London, 1935. It was originally published in the Roman Raccolta of July 23,1898, and a supplement approved July 31, 1902:

The shorter form which is said after Mass, was removed from what has become the ordinary form of Mass, by Archbishop Bugnini.

"LONGER" Prayer to St Michael the Archangel

O Glorious Archangel St. Michael, Prince of the
heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare
which we carry on against principalities and powers,
against the rulers of this world of darkness, and
spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God
created immortal, made in His own image and likeness,
and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the
devil. Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together
with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the
leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate
host, who were powerless to resist Thee, nor was there
place for them any longer in heaven. That cruel, that
ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan, who
seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with
his angels.

Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has
taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he
wanders about with all the multitude of wicked
spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the
name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay and
cast into eternal perdition souls destined for the
crown of eternal glory. This wicked dragon pours out,
as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on
men; his depraved mind, corrupt heart, his spirit of
lying, impiety, blasphemy, his pestilential breath of
impurity and of every vice and iniquity. These most
crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall
and bitterness the Church, the Spouse of the
Immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her
most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself,
where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter
and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world,
they have raised the throne of their abominable
impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the
Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be scattered.

Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against
the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God,
and give them the victory. They venerate Thee as their
protector and patron; in Thee Holy Church glories as
her defense against the malicious power of hell; to
Thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be
established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God
of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far
conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in
captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in
the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly
conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down
the dragon, the ancient serpent who is the devil and
Satan, do Thou again make him captive in the abyss,
that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.

V. Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered, hostile
R. The Lion of the tribe of Judah has conquered, the
root of David.
V. Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord
R. As we have hoped in Thee.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee

God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon
Thy holy name, and we humbly implore Thy clemency,
that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin
Immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious
Archangel St. Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us
against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who
wander about the world for the injury of the human
race and the ruin of souls. Amen.

Pope Leo XIII, 1888
Raccolta 1933 (300 days indulgence, each day)

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A nuclear power plant looks better


Than the ugliest Catholic Church on the planet, according to a correspondent.

More pictures here of this Church.
And just to get Cathcon readers really annoyed- this is the Church that this modern monstrosity replaced.
The architect who designed the Church in 1992 has by the mercy of God only built one other Church. The commission here however clearly envisaged the eventual transformation into a mosque, even down to the courtyard with the gently flowing fountain and the minaret.

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Pious readers of Cathcon should sit down immediately


or they may faint with anger in Buchrain, Switzerland.

This is a Catholic Church.
This is the ugliest Church that I have ever seen.
Has anyone seen worse?

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Ecclesiastical buildings

sold off:

"The Czech Republic's predominant Catholic Church has been forced to sell properties at vastly reduced prices in an effort to cope with falling attendance, writes Jonathan Luxmoore. 'We simply don't have the money to keep them,' explained Martin Horalek, spokesman for the Prague-based bishops' conference, whose Church saw its membership drop from 41 to 27 per cent of the 10.2 million-strong population between 1991 and 2001. 'Some priests are spending most of the time just maintaining their churches,' Mr Horalek said. The Church had been compelled to offer cut prices to private buyers, since most buildings required extensive investment"

Solemn Joy

Latin Mass celebrated in Sleepy Hollow

"Joanne Riccoboni, 43, of Brewster attends the Mass regularly with her husband, Gene, and their four children. Like many of the women there, she wore a lace mantilla. She recalled how she felt when she first attended a traditional Latin Mass as an adult. 'Tears just filled my eyes, and I had goose bumps all over,' she said. 'I had been away from Mass for a long time, and it brought me back. I just felt at home again.'"

A Redemptorist priest writes

Who asks his identity to be withheld.
Once again I write with sadness about a Redemptorist Church with a great history that has lost it's focus. The Parish of St. Alphonsus in St. Louis, MO was one of the greatest of all Redemptorist Parishes in the US. How those holy priests and brothers who labored to build the church and parish dedicated to their founder would feel seeing this video clip I cannot imagine. It saddens me that we have lost the vision of St. Alphonsus and the zeal of St. Clement Hofbauer as exemplified by what takes place in so many of our churches and missions.

From "the Rock," so named because of it's granite walls, countless missionaries went throughout the Midwest preaching parish missions and instilling in people devotion to the Crib, the Cross, the Sacrament, and to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. It was at this church that the "perpetual novena" to Our Lady of Perpetual Help got its start in the United States, spreading throughout the country and the world. From this great heritage I cannot see how such a travesty could occur, but it does over and over again. If only the rule had been kept as given us by our holy founder!

It is tragic the this great monument to St. Alphonsus was struck by lightening and burned, but it is more tragic that it was turned into a dance hall where, rather than worshipping God, people go for a show on Sunday morning. Perhaps it is better that the lightening struck. Unfortunately, when rebuilt, I doubt it will be any better.

If you wish to publish my comments, please do so. But I ask that you withhold my name. It would have serious consequences for me.

May Our Mother of Perpetual Help guide you always

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Having done all they can to restrict access to the Latin Mass

German Bishops now say in the communique of the Bishops Conference

"In most German dioceses, with permission of the Diocesan Bishop, Tridentine Masses took place on Sundays and weekdays even before the new Motu Proprio. An survey in the last year showed that the need is to a large extent covered."

But importantly following

Therefore the Liturgy Commission has decided in the past year that the framework theme for the years 2006 to 2011 will be a working emphasis on Ars celebrandi (from the Latin = „the art of correctly celebrating “). A multiplicity of measures is to contribute to the strengthening of positive developments and correct problematic tendencies.

So even the German Bishops' Conference can head in the right direction, if it puts it mind to it. At last they recognise, they have a problem.

Archdiocese steps in

to halt revue at former church

"The St. Louis Archdiocese on Thursday blocked the first public performance of 'Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll' at the Ivory Theatre, saying the edgy musical revue doesn't belong in the former church. St. Louis Circuit Judge Philip D. Heagney issued a temporary restraining order Thursday and scheduled a hearing today to consider making the order permanent. The Carondelet theater was previously the St. Boniface Catholic Church before the church was closed in 2005 and sold to developers. One of the conditions of that sale prohibits shows aimed at 'an adult audience rather than the general public.' The archdiocese took action, in part, after seeing advertisements for the show."

See earlier Cathcon post.

Guidelines of the German Bishops for the Traditional Latin Mass

Many thanks to the ever-excellent

Official document

Cathcon translation of the restricting Guidelines (see rorate-caeli), also for more comments.

Today the German Bishops’ Conference – “Exercising its authority and responsibility for the Liturgy “- published Guidelines on the Motu Proprio `Summorum Pontificum'.

The possibility for the celebration of Mass in the extraordinary form must be carried forward under the leadership of the Bishop by the principle of harmony between the interests and well-being of the Faithful making the request and the orderly care of souls. The permission of the extraordinary form may not reinforce existing tensions or cause new division (see Summorum Pontificum Article 5 § 1).

The ordinary form of the celebration of Mass is using the Missale Romanum 1970 (in the version of the Editio typica tertia 2002 and - up to the appearance of the German issue of the 3rd Edition - `the Missal for the Dioceses of the German speaking areas' 2. 1988 Edition). For the extraordinary form of the celebration of Mass, the Missale Romanum 1962 (e.g. Editio juxta typicam Regensburg 1962, with Diocesan propers ) is to be used (see Summorum Pontificum Article 1).

The Parish Mass is to be celebrated in the ordinary form. On Sundays, one Mass in the extraordinary form, in addition can 0be celebrated, not however replacing the Mass in the ordinary form (see Summorum Pontificum Article 5 § 2).

The request for permission (in accordance with Summorum Pontificum Article 5 § 1) by groups of laymen (see Summorum Pontificum Article 7) can be made to the Parish Priest within a Parish and/or within a Parish organisation or a pastoral unit (Cathcon note- several parishes united together), which is the responsibility of a Parish Priest. If groups, however, consist of members of different Parishes and/or a Parish organisations or pastoral units, the request is to be addressed to the Diocesan bishop.

About the kind and size of the groups making the request, nothing is laid down, in order to be able to respond to the local conditions appropriately.

The necessary suitability of the priests for the celebration in the extraordinary form of the rite (see SP Article 5 § 4) is covered by the following requirements:

- General suitability, which each priest must possess;

- Acceptance of the whole liturgy of the Church in their ordinary and extraordinary forms (see accompanying letters of Pope Benedict XVI.);

- Familiarity with the extraordinary form of the Rite;

- Understanding of Latin .

The Diocesan Bishops will make, as required, provision available for continuing and further training for the acquisition of the familiarity with the extraordinary form of the Rite and for the acquisition of the necessary understanding of the Latin language.

The Parish Priest and/or Rector of a Church is not obliged, even if he possesses the suitability, to celebrate the Missale Romanum 1962. If he believes because of official burdens or for personal reasons that he is unable to meet the wishes of the Faithful, he should turn to the Diocesan bishop. The right of the Faithful in this matter (Summorum Pontificum Article 7) remains unaffected .

The Calendar and order of readings of the Missale Romanum 1962 should be used for the celebration of Mass in the extraordinary form 1962. Attention should be given to the already announced extensions after a period of time of the Calender through the Ecclesia Dei Commission..

For the reading of the readings in the vernacular (see Summorum Pontificum Article 6) the Perikopes are to be extracted from the recognised lectionary of the Missal for the Dioceses of the German speaking areas of 1988. Alternatively, the Schott of 1962 (Cathcon note- the almost universal standard of the Missal of 1962) can be used.

9. The German Diocesan Bishops will make no use until further notice of
the right to the establish of Personal parishes for the celebration of the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite (Summorum Pontificum Article 10)

As the basis the report envisaged after three years over the experiences with the regulations of the Motu Proprio (see Accompanying Letter of Pope Benedict XVI.) the Parish Priest and/or the Rector, if he gives permission for the Mass celebration in the extraordinary form in his Parish and/or Church must make a report to the Diocesan Bishop.

Parish Priests and Rectors, in whose Parishes and/or Churches Mass celebrations in the extraordinary form take place, must inform the Diocesan Bishops on a continuous basis about any development.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Church gutted by fire

Cathcon previously discussed this liturgical dance venue.

Which is no longer available after a catastrophic fire.

Theater in old church


offers 'new life':

"The performance of 'Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll' at the Ivory Theatre might seem an odd fit for what, up until two years ago, was St. Boniface Catholic Church — the spiritual heart of Carondelet since it was built in 1860. "

See also

New Line Theatre was created in 1991 to involve the people of the St. Louis region in the creation and exploration of provocative, alternative, politically and socially relevant works of musical theatre – daring, muscular, adult theatre about religion, race, politics, sexuality, art, obscenity, violence, drugs, the media, and other contemporary issues.

Jesuits think they don't need Churches

as one Jesuit once told me

In a hotel room.

At the top of a mountain in South America. Note Jesuit graphiti! Hope they did not leave litter.Jesuits, a once great army, use the Mass to protest against a new military base.
How Jesuits in Asia think about the Last Supper. Christ and the Twelve Gurus.

A Jesuit Mass in South America.

The chapel in their former formation centre in Montreal, now a library.

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Altar at centre of Labyrinth

And to make matters worse, it is a stational altar for a Corpus Christi procession of a parish in Augsberg Diocese.

The meaning of labyrinths is sub-Christian at best. See the Maze Craze.

Another parish day out by the water.

And they have such a fine Church.

Click on the label below to see more examples of these terrible labrinths. But this is the worst example to date.

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The Mass Reduced to a Show

by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. Preface to the French edition of the Reform of the Roman Liturgy by Msgr Klaus Gamber.

A Young priest recently told me: "Today we need a new liturgical movement". He was expressing a desire, these days, only deliberately superficial souls would ignore.

What matters to that priest is not the conquest of new, bolder liberties. For, where is the liberty that we have yet to arrogate ourselves? That priest understood that we need a new beginning born from deep within the liturgy, as liturgical movement intended . . .

In its practical materialization, liturgical reform has moved further away from this origin. The result was not re-animation but devastation.

On the one hand, we have a liturgy which has degenerated so that it has become a show which, with momentary success for the group of liturgical fabricators, strives to render religion interesting in the wake of the frivolities of fashion and seductive moral maxims.

Consequently, the trend is the increasingly marked retreat of those who do not look to the liturgy for a spiritual show-master but for the encounter with the living God in whose presence all the "doing" becomes insignificant since only this encounter is able to guarantee us access to the true richness of being.

On the other hand, there is the conservation of ritual forms whose greatness is always moving but which, when pushed to extremes, manifests an obstinate isolationism and leaves, ultimately, a mark of sadness.

There is no doubt that between these two poles there are priests and parishioners who celebrate the new liturgy with respect and solemnity. But they, too, are made to feel doubtful by the contradiction of the two extremes and, in the final analysis, the lack of unity within the Church makes their faith seem - and wrongly so in most cases - just their own personal version of neo-conservatism.

Therefore, a new spiritual impulse is necessary so that the liturgy becomes a community activity of the Church for us once again and to remove it from the will of parish priests and their liturgical teams.

There can be no "fabricating" a liturgical movement of this kind, just as there can be no "fabricating" something which is alive. But a contribution can be made to its development by seeking to re- assimilate the sprit of the liturgy and by defending publicity that which was received.

The new beginning needs "fathers" who would serve as models, who would not content themselves with just showing the way . . . It is difficult to express in just a few words what is important in this diatribe of liturgists and what is not. But perhaps what I have to say will be of use. J.A. Jungman, one of the truly great liturgists of our century, offered his definition of the liturgy of his time, as it was intended in the West, and he represented it in terms of historical research. He described it as "liturgy which is the fruit of development".

This is probably in contrast with the Eastern notion which does not see liturgy as developing or growing in history but as the reflection of eternal liturgy whose light, through the sacred celebration, illumines our changing times with its unchanging beauty and greatness. Both conceptions are legitimate and by definition they are not irreconcilable.

What happened after the Council was totally different: in the place of liturgy as the fruit of development came fabricated liturgy.

We left the living process of growth and development to enter the realm of fabrication. There was no longer a desire to continue developing and maturing, as the centuries passed and so this was replaced - as if it were a technical production - with a construction, a banal on-the-spot product.

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Book of the Gospels


Placed open on the altar during the Second Council of the Vatican. At the Council of Trent, the Summa Theologiae of St Thomas Aquinas was also placed on the altar. History would have been very different if the practice at Trent had been followed.

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So open to the world

that images of the world camoflage the Cross at the World Youth Day Mass organised by the Jesuits. God is offered a rucksack.

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