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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Incredible quote

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Think how many blameless lives are brightened by the blazing indiscretions of other people - Pope Paul VI


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Visit to mosque divides Austrian bishops conference

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While the Conference was later united in wishing to wear their Crosses at the Wailing Wall (to the extent reported earlier by Cathcon) 7 out of 15 members of the Austrian Bishops laid aside their crosses to visit a mosque which occupies the Temple Mount.

While it is unreasonable to request any Catholic bishop to lay aside their Cross, you can see why the Jewish authorities might be confused by the double standards.

But they themselves raised no objections when...

Catholicism in Vienna is ever so strange.

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Their Youth Church




The lyrics!
Life, it’s ever so strange
It’s so full of change
Think that you’ve worked it out
then BANG
Right out of the blue
Something happens to you
To throw you off course
and then you

Breakdown
Yeah you breakdown
Well don’t you breakdown
Listen to me
Because

It’s just a ride, it’s just a ride
no need to run, no need to hide
It’ll take you round and round
Sometimes you’re up
sometimes you’re down
It’s just a ride, it’s just a ride
don’t be scared
don’t hide your eyes
It may feel so real inside
but don’t forget it’s just a ride

Truth, we don’t wanna hear
It’s too much to take
Don’t like to feel out of control
So we make our plans
Ten times a day
And when they don’t go
our way we

Breakdown
Yeah we breakdown
Well don’t you breakdown
Listen to me
Because

It’s just a ride, it’s just a ride
no need to run, no need to hide
It’ll take you round and round
Sometimes you’re up
sometimes you’re down
It’s just a ride, it’s just a ride
don’t be scared
don’t hide your eyes
It may feel so real inside
but don’t forget it’s just a ride

Slowly, oh so very slowly
except that
there’s no getting off
So live it, just gotta go with it
cause this ride’s, never gonna stop

Breakdown
Don’t you breakdown
No need to breakdown
No need at all
Because

It’s just a ride, it’s just a ride
no need to run, no need to hide
It’ll take you all around
Sometimes you’re up
sometimes you’re down
It’s just a ride, it’s just a ride
don’t be scared now
dry your eyes
It may feel so real inside
but don’t forget enjoy the ride

Jem Model for Catholic Youth Not!


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Benedictines fit for the Rule

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See especially all the altars being used for Masses towards the end.

Hat tip as they say.

Linz holds a conference on the crisis in the Catholic Church

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and decides that the Church instead of being a religious group should be a pastoral group.

Only goes to show that these arch-modernists are all too aware of the complete pastoral betrayal of ordinary Catholics. But the best way of being pastoral is to be Faithful.

A sick relative in Linz is still awaiting the visit of a parish priest who went on luxury cruise earlier this year. The man is one of the leading lights in the priesthood of the Diocese of Linz. Another shame to add to their list of shames.

Viennese Catholic Church offers confessions

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to anyone whether Catholic or not from 2008 in a "island for a talk" established in the Church where I was married. You could probably count the Scottish monks who established the Benedictine monastery there out of this venture, but they are not around to confirm their opinion on the matter.

The saints are a discovery of the Middle Ages

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says a protestant who preaches for All Saints Day in a Catholic Church. Cathcon was there, translation follows, as hopefully does a letter of apology from the Bishop of Linz, whose office is to defend the Catholic Faith.

Austrian bishops get it right

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barred from Jewish holy site in Jerusalem for wearing crosses

Thirteen Austrian bishops were barred from praying at Jerusalem's Western Wall last week by Jewish religious authorities when they refused to take off their Crosses, according to Austrian officials.

On a planned visit on Thursday to the wall — the holiest place where Jews can pray — the bishops were given an ultimatum by the rabbi of the site: Either remove the crosses or stand behind a fence several meters (yards) from the site. The bishops refused the request and watched people praying from behind the fence, according to an Austrian official.

"They were a bit disappointed they were not let into the wall," said Arad Benko, spokesman for the Austrian embassy. "It was a disappointing moment." He said the bishops were not informed before the visit that wearing the crosses would be a problem.


The Austrian bishops clearly have not travelled very much, if they thought that wearing the symbol of the Catholic Faith would not be a problem.

Thanks to the ever-superlative Kreuz.net.

My wife's second husband was Jewish. He was prepared to accept the Suffering Christ being hung on the wall of their home, but without a Cross behind, so as to deny the historical reality. Christ in some senses stands as a figure of universal suffering. It is true that this is an advance on the Protestants, who refuse Christ, but place the Cross at the centre of their worship.
There is one City ofLondon Anglican church that does not have a Cross at all. A coach party came in when I was visiting. One of the party said to the other, "Do we have a Cross in our church (at home, in Yorkshire), I can't remember?". "Sorry, can't remember myself", came the reply!

I Corinthians 1.23
But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews indeed a stumbling block, and unto the Gentiles foolishness:

Glorious images

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of how to serve Mass.

Nun pleads no contest to molesting two boys

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Post-Conciliar life was liberating for this sad nun, who took up child abuse almost immediately after the Council finished.

Ten Questions For “Folk” Choirs

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from The Recusant Cricket Club

1. Why when many churches have perfectly adequate choir lofts do you have to stand in full view in front of/in the sanctuary?

2. Why should a ‘folk’ group have a sound system roughly the size of a Rolling Stones tour ca. 1976?

3. The GIRM provides for periods of silence in Mass. Have you read this?

4. Why are folk groups nearly always ‘led’ by a woman - not very inclusive is it? (and if you are so keen on actuosa particpatio why is everything pitched for castrati?)

5. Why do folk groups dress for a midweek trip to the pub rather than an encounter with the Lord God Almighty?

6. Why does every intro start “Dum-dum-dum-dum-chinga-dum-chinga-dum-chinga….”?

7. Is there no folk setting for Faith of our Fathers or Sweet Sacrament Divine? (It’s always Eagle’s Wings and the like)

8. Given that proper folk artists like Kate Rusby produce music which is by turns melodic, plaintive or joyous, how come most folk groups sound like The Wurzels?

9. Do you really have to start loud conversations immediately after Mass in/in front of the Sanctuary as you dismantle your equipment and as other people are making their thanksgiving after Mass?

10. How do I get rid of you?

The Don Bosco Rap

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From the German Don Bosco Fathers. Text and translation below.

In Becchi geboren und von einer Witwe großgezogen
begann ein kleiner Junge schon sehr früh Zaubertricks zu proben.
Ungelogen wollte er schon mit elf Jahren Priester werden,
sich mit Leuten viel beschäftigen und sie zu Gott bekehren,
Redete als Pfarrer oft mit armen Waisenkindern.
Es kamen immer mehr, um ihre Probleme zu verringern.
Er gab Gefängniskindern Unterkunft, Nahrung und Wissen
und festigte sie im Glauben, sie wollten ihn nicht mehr missen.
Nun gibt es auch heut noch viele Menschen in sozialen Bereichen,
die nicht wegschauen, sondern helfen und die Jugend begleiten.
Es sind auch heute noch schwere Zeiten, immer wieder gibt's Probleme.
Oft durchkreuzen Unglück, Pech und Schmerzen unser aller Pläne.
Viele Wege auf der Erde offenbaren uns Gefahren.
Umso besser ist es, dass es Leute gibt, die uns davor bewahren.

Es gibt so viele Situationen, die uns nicht passen, die wir hassen.
Wir sollten fröhlich sein, Gutes tun und die Spatzen pfeifen lassen.

Er ist noch heute Vorbild, bekannt für jene gute Tugend,
mit Problemen umzugehen, vor allem mit den Problemen der Jugend,
denn ihr gehört die Zukunft, wenn wir alt und krank sind,
brauchen wir 'nen frischen Wind, der uns Kraft und Freude bringt,
brauchen wir Leute wie Don Bosco, die sie erziehen,
ihnen Christus näher bringen, mit ihnen essen und spielen.
Deshalb sollten wir denken an Giovannis Werk und an alle,
die es fortsetzen, denn die Zeiten sind hart.
Oft sind wir in der Jugend noch zu jung, um Dinge zu kapieren,
und brauchen Hilfe von den Alteren, die mit sowas schon hantierten.
Denn sie haben oft Rat und Erfahrung und sehen Sachen dann verschieden
und spornen uns an, uns in wirklich Wichtiges auch richtig reinzuknien,
denn manchmal fehlten noch der klare Durchblick und die klare Sicht,
dass man das Ziel niemals vergisst und seine Chance auch mitkriegt.

Es gibt so viel Situationen, die uns nicht passen, die wir hassen.
Wir sollten fröhlich sein, Gutes tun und die Spatzen pfeifen lassen.

Tausende von Leuten folgen ihm und seinem tollen Beispiel,
alles mit Humor zu sehen, auch wenn ihm was nicht gefiel.
Er ließ niemanden unten durchfallen, sprach mit Bösen und mit Mördern,
denn anstatt wen zu bestrafen, wollte er Talente fördern,
opferte seine Familie und sein ganzes Leben,
wollte Gottes Weg nachgehen, Leuten geben statt zu nehmen.
Wenn wir heute von ihm reden und von seinem Werk erzählen,
können wir behaupten, ohne ihn würde uns ein Heiliger fehlen.
Wir leben in einer Zeit, in der Geld in fast dem ganzen Lande fehlt,
wo viele nur auf Geld aus sind und man nur von Geld erzählt.
Doch grade da sollte auch die Jugend nicht vergessen werden.
Denn wenn die Jugend heut verliert, wird's morgen schlecht für uns auf Erden.
Das hätt Don Bosco nicht gewollt, da bin ich sicher und zwar ziemlich.
Das war nicht in seinem Sinn und allgemein nicht gut so, find ich.
Doch auch heut gibt es ja noch Menschen, die die Jugend unterstützen,
ihr ihr ganzes Leben widmen und daher Courage besitzen,

Es gibt so viele Situationen, die uns nicht passen, die wir hassen. nien,
Wir sollten fröhlich sein, Gutes tun und die Spatzen pfeifen lassen

Translation
(tough to translate such verse which mentions God in passing but concentrates big time on social justice).

Born in Becchi, raised by a widow
the little boy began very early on
to rehearse magic tricks.
At eleven years old he wished to become a priest,
To occupy himself with people
and to convert them to God
He talked often as a pastor with poor orphans.
Their problems were always reduced.
He gave children of prisoners
accommodation, food and knowledge
and cemented them in Belief
so that they could no longer do without him.
Now there are still many people engaged socially today
Who do not clear off but help and assist the youth.
There are still difficult times, there's always problems.
Often all our plans are thwarted by disaster, misfortune and pain.
Many roads on the earth are hazardous.
All the better that there are people who go before us.

There are so many situations that do not suit us, we hate them.
We should be happy, do good and whistle like the sparrows.

He is still a model, known for the good virtue,
to deal with problems, especially with the problems of youth,
because in the future, when we are old and sick,
we need a fresh wind, which brings strength and joy
we need people like Don Bosco,
who educate us closer to Christ,
eat with us and play.
Therefore, we should think of Giovanni's work
and to all who share it
because the times are hard.
Often, we are still too young to understand things,
and need the help of older people,
with something that they have already experienced.
Because they often have advice
and experience and see different things,
and then encourage us to get stuck int the really important matter,
and the right way of handling them
because sometimes the view and the viewpoint is not clear
that sometimes the goal can be forgotten
as well as the opportunity.
So, a thankyou to all people who support youth,
Be it with food, drink, places to sleep or helpful words.

There are so many situations that do not suit us, we hate them.
We should be happy, do good and like the sparrows whistle.

Thousands of people follow him and his great example,
Everything with humor can be seen, even though he was not liked.
He did not let anyone down,
spoke with the evil and with murderers,
Because instead of punishing them,
he wanted to encourage talent,
Sacrificed his family and his whole life,
He wanted to follow God’s way, to give to people instead of taking.
When we speak today of him and tell of his work
We can say, without him we would be missing a saint.
We live in an era in which money is lacking in almost the whole country,
Where many only base their lives on money, and speak only of hard cash.
By degrees, the youth should also not be forgotten.
Because if the youth loses today, tomorrow it's bad for us
on Earth.
Don Bosco would not have wanted that, I am sure, in fairness.
That was not his message and not so good, I decide.
But even today there are still people who support the youth,
who devote their entire life to them, and therefore possess courage,

There are so many situations that do not suit us, we hate them.
We should be happy, do good and like the sparrows whistle.
An entire site devoted to Catholic Rap. At least, more doctrinal content can be detected (the guy is a convert!)

Sisters of Don Bosco in another world in the Netherlands.

Neither have any idea how to evangelise the young. Presenting the children with rap, which they already have, will lead them to lapse. The nuns themselves are too elderly and diminished in numbers to have any impact on the world- the world that the Vatican Council told them to be so open to.

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Percentage of Catholics in the US

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The map does not make any allowances for quality. Look at California! It would be interesting to see the map change as the figures were adjusted for daily and weekly Mass attendance.

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I sometimes think that the Devil lives in Islington and reads the Tablet

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she announced shortly before she died.

‘But I may be doing him an injustice.’ She would have been pleased to know that her obituary in the Tablet this week was short and mean-spirited. In fact, Anna lived in a part of Camden every bit as right-on as Islington. She was a conservative in Bohemia. Like James Lees-Milne, she had converted to Catholicism only to discover that Mother Church was just about to dismantle her glorious heritage with Zwinglian zeal. Unlike Lees-Milne, who scuttled back to Anglican Choral Matins, she stayed and fought her corner. It was a messy, prolonged and (for her admirers) enjoyable battle. Here is a much abbreviated list of things that Anna disliked about the modern Catholic Church: the ineptly translated English Mass; the ‘sign of peace’; nuns who wore Crimplene instead of burka-like habits; lay people strutting about the sanctuary; the word ‘empowering’; folk hymns; and the Most Revd Derek Worlock, Archbishop of Liverpool. "

Episcopalian priestess

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guest of the Augustinians of the Assumption. Her major work of theology- nothing if not of this world- a book called God also wears Prada. Help!

In Jerusalem, of all places

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Austrian bishops refuse to carry their crosses as the ever-excellent kreuz.net reports on their visit in civilian clothes to the mosque that occupies the Temple mount.