Sunday, April 29, 2007

Looking for the Church Treasury in St Truiden, Belgium

You will have to enter the sanctuary. When the moderns talk of the Eucharist as a transignification (rather than a transubstantiation) perhaps this is what they mean. Signification in the Sanctuary.

A significant step towards intercommunion

As the announcement that "the major branches of Christianity in Germany and 11 other Churches and ecclesial communities will mutually recognize baptisms carried out in their denominations" is being seen on German TV tonight. One woman who was interviewed said that there was in any case no differences between the Catholic and protestant church services. A priest said that he would give the Sacraments to any protestant who believed as the Catholic Church believed. Litmus test for Catholic belief, Father? It is called CONVERSION.

While even I recognise that my twin brother who is an Anglican vicar can manage to carry out a baptism, this statement clears the way towards Catholic children being regularly permitted to be baptised and raised in protestant communities (guess what beliefs they will come out with) and protestant pastors turning up in Catholic Churches to perform baptisms. Just how welcome a Catholic priest would be performing baptisms in a northern German church does not need to be even guessed. Modern dialogue is a one way street.

Some protestant pastors will even manage to invalidate a baptism. Not easy but perfectly possible. Cardinal Lehmann will have managed to turn baptism into a Carnival.

Will he go unto the Altar?

Priest's ordination card from 1956, even then in the question showing a certain sense of unease.

But I am fairly confident that this same priest was twelve years later, the young dynamic priest who was ripping out stained glass and the altar rails, replacing the pulpit (known as the Throne of Truth in French) with a nave altar and installing modern art from Marcel Nulens (example below) in his Church.

In memoriam l'abbé Pâquet 2001
Tous ceux qui l'ont connu ont éprouvé une réelle douleur à l'annonce du décès de l'abbé Jacques Paquet, qui fut curé de Bambois de 1968 à 1973.

Succédant au P. Cornet, ce jeune prêtre dynamique arriva au Bambois le 30 août 1968. Après l'abbé Cambier de vénérée mémoire, la paroisse de Bambois avait connu des prêtres extraordinaires :l'abbé Piérard et le P. Cornet ; l'abbé Pâquet ne le fut pas moins. D'un contact humain et franc, il avait le don de créer la relation. Dans son église, il entreprit d'audacieuses transformations : suppression des vitraux, le banc de communion, la chaire de vérité pour placer un autel (ceuvre de l'ébéniste L. Topet) face à l'assistance ; il fit repeindre tout l'édifice, électrifier les cloches, placer un splendide Christ en dinanderie (de Marcel Nulens)... II s'attacha aussi, bien sûr, à la vie paroissiale, suscitant un dynamisme nouveau dans la chorale, confiée à Jean Boccart et à de nombreuses manifestations religieuses.

Cinq ans plus tard, il fut nommé curé à Moignelée puis à Gilly et enfin aumônier à la clinique Saint-Luc à Bouge. Hélas, voici un an, un cancer se déclara. II est mort à Hanret jeudi dernier et ses funérailles ont eu lieu lundi. Durant sa maladie, il avait composé un fort beau texte « Mes rêves sont pour vous » et s'adresse à tous ses amis qui ont peuplé ses jours.

C'était un authentique homme de Dieu et un véritable ami de tous, joyeux et chaleureux.

His ordination card says "Priest for God and for mankind, my brothers".

Pray for the repose of his soul.

And here is the 1956 ordination card of Fr Paul Detienne SJ. The priest who was living in India at the time thought that it represented Our Lady Seat of Wisdom. This only goes to show that the problems of the Church pre-date the Second Vatican Council. He was in Bengal at the time, has subsequently been quite a successful author of spiritual works, and now lives in Brussels (as far as I am aware) where he continues dialogue rather than mission.

Interculturation, known to the British foreign office as going native, has been practiced by missionaries for years. It is just an exagerated anxiety to please which can been found throughout the contemporary Catholic priesthood.

Here Our Lady, Empress of China at Pentecost.

In contrast, to all of the above, the ordination card of a good and holy priest from 1906. I have no details about him other than that he dates the card, 28th Mary's Month and that he asks Our Lady, Queen of Priests to pray for him. Please pray for all these priests.

Before Cardinals Suenens and Danneels

Catholicism was actually popular in Belgium. The National Eucharistic Congress 1930.

All Peoples shall serve him. From sea to sea shall he reign!