Monday, February 04, 2008
Fr Aidan Nichols, the English theologian most closely associated with the thinking of Benedict XVI, has appealed for England to be “re-made” as a Catholic country.
He set out his radical and comprehensive programme for Catholic renewal in a new book entitled The Realm: An Unfashionable Essay on the Conversion of England, published by Family Publications.
He admits that the conversion of England is “an absolutely colossal agenda”, adding: “It can only be brought into being, so far as it depends on us to do so, by a coordinated strategy for recreating a full-blooded catholicity with the power to... transform a culture in all its principal dimensions.
Fr Aidan Nichols's plan for renewal:
Firmer doctrine in our teaching and preaching
Re-enchant the liturgy
Recover the insights of metaphysics
Renew Christian political thought
Revive family life
Resacralise art and architecture
Put a new emphasis on monastic life
Strengthen pro-life rhetoric
Recover a Catholic reading of the Bible
Here is a man whose Faith beats in his heart, as it did in the heart of the the Custos of the Capuchin Mission in England in 1701, when he said,
O England, dear to God, once thou wert happy and holy, that thou be again as thou wert, such is the burden of our prayers.
Anglia cara Deo, felix et sancta fuisti, sis modo qualis eras, sic pia vota petunt.
Anyone got other suggestions/ additions for the plan?
The Curt Jester: Two words that don't belong together
Dance of the Vestal Mothers on Holy Thursday last year in the same parish.
The originally beautiful church of the Holy Rosary in Vienna was erected in 1909 in the neo-romanic style.
In the aftermath of a restoration in the fifties, the interior of the church was completely destroyed. Statues, stucko work and other debris were thrown into a basement.
Today, the church is a symbol of destruction and desolation.
But now, students of the Technical University in Vienna have provided for an unexpected resurrection of the old beauty.
Then and now
One of the three paintings now hanging over the principal altar.
Where will such religion be when the rains come?
Near the end of the 17th century, Emperor Leopold I of Austria took refuge in the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Pasau, when 200000 Ottoman Turks besieged the capital city of Vienna. Pope Innocent XI united Christendom against the ominous attack of Mohammedanism. A great victory occurred thanks to Mary Help of Christians. On September 8th, Feast of Our Lady's Birthday, plans were drawn for the battle. On September 12, Feast of the Holy Name of Mary, Vienna was finally freed through the intercession of Mary Help of Christians. All Europe had joined with the Emperor crying out "Mary, Help!" and praying the Holy rosary.
Unlike, this painting.
Cathcon translation of Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins: Seligsprechung von Papst Pius XII- The beatification of Pius XII is not shelved
Interview about upcoming canonisations and beatifications
In the process for the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, the Medical Commission of the Congregation currently considering the alleged miracle of the year 2000. For this reason, it still requires some time. If the miracle is recognized, it would be an event of great importance, particularly in the area of ecumenism.
Cardinal Saraiva Martins also spoke about the new "Instructions for the handling of Diocesan and Eparchial Investigations during Beatification and Canonisation Processes". The instruction is entitled "Sanctorum Mater" and has not been formally presented.
With this new document, the Congregation intends to clarify existing provisions and their application to facilitate and specifically indicate how they will apply both for the existing processes as well as for those newly launched. In the document, the Cardinal said, all procedures will be explained with great care that the Dioceses have to follow in their investigations of sanctity. There will be thus an even more stringent evaluation of the cases.
That it is a lot of money does not disturb him, according to Westphal. Even the attendees (says confirmands but he gave it to anyone attending) spend the five euros on French fries and cola, they will still always remember this special worship. In addition, Bible studies and church meetings always cost money: "And no one asks where the money comes from and where it goes."
The action has caused a nationwide stir. Numerous journalists and two camera teams visited the church service, reported Westphal. On Tuesday, he will be a guest and be presenting the idea in the TV show "Johannes B. Kerner" at around 11 pm on ZDF (last Tuesday!)
Rarely are the expectations of a Catholic bishop as high as those placed on Reinhard Marx, who becomes head of Germany's second largest diocese in the Liebfrauendom today in Munich. Many Catholics in the Archdiocese have the Papal speeches about a somewhat tired Christendom still in their ears and hope for a fresh wind. The Freisinger Episcopal Conference (Cathcon: the Conference of Bavarian Catholic Bishops) will be vigilant about what political policies Marx sets out in the national capital. The Bavarian head pastors need the support of the Archbishop of Munich to calm down a media rather excited about the church in politics and to pay more attention to inherited problems in their dioceses. This includes the integration of "Donum Vitae" within the work of the Catholic laity - an unsolved problem, to which also Marx in Munich can bear witness to. And many bishops would like it if the Westfalian (Cathcon- from where Marx comes) in a few days took over a third office: the Presidency of the German Bishops' Conference. Marx has no great desire for this role. More cannot be said. A definitive no from the mouth of the Munich archbishop would just be seen by some of his pious brother bishops as a sign of true vocation.
The election of the Chairman could be a forced ride, directed by the determined hand of Cardinal Lehmann. (Cathcon- mixed metaphor!!!) Above all, the early election date could make more detailed discussions of matters in the foreground more difficult: not 24 hours after the opening of the Spring General Meeting, the name of the successor should be established. Much speaks for Marx: as skilful with the media, a humorous intellectual, who understands how to present the positions of the Catholic Church in political debates, he persuades the public. Marx as a pastoral priest does not avoid discussions with either traditionalists or sceptics and embodies a new impartiality. A chairman who has not actively campaigned for the office would be for many of the Faithful, after the era of Lehmann, a refreshing change. (Cathcon- what a condemnation of the departing Chairman).
Despite his undeniable suitability, Marx would certainly stand on the verge of squaring the circle. Before he should take up these three mammoth and tiring tasks, it remains to be clarified, whether he actually needs to be selected by the General Assembly in February. If the bishops postpone the election until the autumn, and the deputy chairman Bishop Mussinghoff continues the business of the outgoing Chairman, all parties have won a grace period - and the Faithful have lost nothing (Cathcon -as long as Mussinghoff in his six months of glory does not go on German TV and say "God is not Catholic" as he once preached to my very ears in Aachen Cathedral) Because the chairman is, as Cardinal Lehmann once rightly said, not a "German Pope." Things can move even move on without him.