Thursday, February 14, 2008

German Bishops on the Motu Proprio

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German Bishops' Conference

Questions about the implementation of the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum for the Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman rite (taken from the press release of their Beginning of the Year Plenary)

On 14 September 2007, the provisions for the Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman entered into legal force. Pope Benedict XVI issued the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum together with a letter to the bishops on 7 July 2007.

We have again discussed at the General Assembly the implementation of the provisions in the German dioceses. The guidelines, which we adopted at the Autumn General Assembly on 26 in September 2007, have now been put into force by all diocesan bishops and published in the official journals. From the point of view of the number of applications and approvals for the celebration of Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman rite, no significant increase can be reported. The General Assembly confirmed once again that application for and approval of Mass celebrations in the extraordinary form is regulated directly by the faithful and their pastors. If believers come from several parishes, the diocesan bishop however is responsible. Initiatives to promote Mass celebrations in the extraordinary form need no broker or lawyer's role in the diocesan approval procedures.

We expect that a number of outstanding issues (for example, concerning the calendar of readings) will be clarified in the implementing provisions of the Commission Ecclesia Dei, the publication of which has already been announced.

To ensure the comparability of the reports to the Holy See by the diocesan bishops three years after the enactment of the Motu proprio, the secretariat of the German Bishops' Conference will circulate, at the appropriate time, a survey.

What planet are the Bishops' living on?- the number of extra locations this year- shown in yellow.

Doubled in two years, despite the very best efforts of the German bishops to keep the lid on the kettle. Thanks to the ever wonderful

Vice on the altar

At Machine Tool Mass. Seems in this world, the Chief Executive of Johann Rathgeber Moulding and Machine Tool Construction Company Limited (on left) joins the celebrants, led by the Bishop. He presides over his firm, he co-presides (to use that horrible pseudo-political terminology) at Mass.

To Hillary Clinton - just say no!

Archbishop Censures Clinton Stop at Catholic University

More mosques and Islamic instruction in Catholic schools

New Chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Zollitsch speaks out against parallel societies. Cathcon translation of Zollitsch gegen Parallel gesellschaften.

The newly elected Chairman of the German Bishops' Conference has opted for integration and against parallel societies in Germany. About the debate about the speech in Cologne of the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Freiburg Archbishop Robert Zollitsch said this Wednesday in Würzburg:

"If people want to be among us, then it is important that they be integrated, without however abandoning their own language. But they have to live in our society, have to deal with this society and also have to identify with this society. And there cannot be parallel societies. "

On the statement by Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) - "This is our shared country" - Zollitsch fully agrees that she is also the Chancellor of the Turks living in Germany. Both church and society face major challenges on this issue.

"We do a lot for integration as a church. A large number of Turkish children attend our Catholic kindergartens, because they feel that there are Christian values being transmitted. We take them happily because we contribute to integration. We in the Catholic Church have also strongly supported Islamic religious instruction, but in the German language, and with teachers who are trained by us, so that this can also contribute to the integration of these people. Parallel societies are always societies, which are vulnerable to conflicts and crises, because then many people do not feel at home where they live. "

The Church should be present in society. This Zollitsch had emphasised immediately after his election, and that he also wanted to speak politically. In the first interview with Vatican Radio, the Freiburg Archbishop also talked about the conflict over new mosques:

"If Muslims are living in our country, then they have the right to have their own mosques. We urge the same right for Christians in Turkey or in Islamic countries such as Egypt. The fact that, unfortunately, this does not happen, should not lead us to act in just the same way. The other question is, of course, whether mosques of large size with so huge minarets should be built, as are planned by some groups, because it is seen by many as a provocation. "

A group that wants to integrate should not provoke, but to show that they wish to integrate into society, according to Zollitsch. He is critical of the financing of mosques by foreign donors, "and when it comes to Turkish mosques, the imams are appointed by the Turkish government and, unfortunately, some were withdrawn if they are sought too much dialogue with us. Too much from their perspective. I believe that the dialogue is necessary, as we can then go a step forward in dialogue. "

Cardinal supports construction of mosques

Welt Online
Cathcon translation of Kardinal für Bau von Moscheen

The President of the Pontifical Council for the Promoting of Christian Unity, Cardinal Walter Kasper Roman, has concluded his visit Hamburg under the auspices of the Ansgar Week by supporting the religious rights of Muslims to build their own mosques. Their worship should not just in the backyard, he said. However, their new buildings should be integrated into the overall architectural scheme of the city. In Hamburg, there are about 100 mosques and prayer rooms. The global division of the Church into different denominations was called by the "ecumenical minister" of the Vatican as "Disunity and sinful." The long-term goal is to seek the visible unity of the church.

Lest we forget. Vienna 1683