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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Scary concert in Salzburg Church

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Lets all hold hands and it will be just OK

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German Catholic youth work

Flower power

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Stricter new rules for the celebration of the ordinary form of Mass are not envisaged

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Archbishop Ranjith says his remarks were taken out of context.

The end of the reform of the reform?

Jewish boycott of German Catholic Church Congress

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Cathcon translation of
Karfreitagsgebet für Juden-Bekehrung überschattet Katholikentag:
Good Friday Prayer for the Conversion of Jews overshadows German Catholic Church Congress.

The new Catholic Good Friday prayer for the conversion of Jews has now affected the upcoming German Catholic Church Congress

The representative of the World Union for Progressive Judaism in Germany, Walter Homolka,

has cancelled his participation in the Christian meeting in Osnabrück in May. The Catholic prayer for “enlightenment of the Jews", after the guilt of the Catholic Church "in the history of their relationship with the Jews" and most recently in the time of National Socialism, is "totally inappropriate" and "should be rejected in the strongest terms," he said on Monday in Potsdam.

The World Union with 1.6 million members in 46 countries is the world's largest Jewish religious organization. The liberal rabbi, at the same time, criticised the announcement by the Episcopal Conference at its spring meeting restricting possibilities for further multi-religious celebrations. "The relations between the Catholic Church and the Jewish community by these hostile acts stand at a testing time and at the lowest point for decades," said Homolka, who directs in Potsdam, the Abraham Geiger College, the only German training center for rabbis .

In this climate, the maintenance of hospitality is no longer possible, according to Homolka. Catholic-Jewish community celebrations and the common reading of the Christian New Testament establish mutual confidence, "Which as far as I am concerned, cannot be felt anymore." Included in the programme of the 97th German Catholic Congress are included a so-called "Centre for Christian-Jewish Dialogue" and a "Centre of Islamic-Christian Dialogue".

Pope Benedict XVI has in the past year again permitted the controversial Latin Tridentine Mass. The associated Good Friday intercession "for the Jews", which, inter alia, speaks of the "blindness" of the Jews was issued in a changed form in February. The impact of the text was defused, but still calls for "enlightenment" and "salvation" of the Jews by the Christian God. The Italian Rabbinical Assembly subsequently cancelled talks with the Catholic Church. The Good Friday prayer in the new form is to be used in Catholic church services for the first time this year.

The liturgical reform was a victory for frivolity

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Leading Italian journalist speaks out against liturgical reform and for the Latin Mass.




Cathcon translation of
Die Liturgiereform war ein Sieg der Frivolität

The direction was false: "Have you ever seen a general or leader who marches backwards."

"I have no doubt that the Tridentine rite is the true liturgy," the journalist Michele Mirabella (64) has said to the Italian website 'Papanews'.

Mirabella is a well-known television presenter on Italian state television. He loves the Latin language: "A frivolous modernism has meant that in recent times even the Church has neglected the Latin language " - he says.

The outriders of the Second Vatican Council claimed to be able to rationalise what by nature cannot be rationalised:

"Therefore, frivolity and a tendency to the banal too often triumphed, while in the old Rite everything was more sober, purer and more elegant."

For Mirabella, the liturgy is order, elegance and harmony: "These are properties that the old Rite perfectly and completely preserved."

The journalist has known both forms of the Mass - the old Latin Mass as well as Mass in the vernacular: "I do not deny that I prefer the first."

He is personally convinced that the priest should look towards the tabernacle, to the east,: "Because it is Christ, not His servant, who leads the people of God."

"Have you ever seen a general or leader who marches backwards." - Mirabella asked the interviewing journalists.

During a celebration of Mass, the priest should turn his back to the people and towards the Tabernacle. His face should rather be giving attention to the radiance and glory of Jesus Christ:

"I am speaking not piously, but as a thinking layman."

Mirabella does not understand how it is possible not to love Gregorian Chant.

Victory of the banal
Further, he strikes out for the Latin language: "Those who claimed that one understands little because of the use of Latin during Mass are deceivers "

If this really would be a problem, one could teach more Latin in schools:

"The pious old woman of yesteryear understood perhaps no Latin. But she participated with Faith, honesty and respect in the great mystery of the Mass. "

Because the old Rite is for him sublime, uplifting and beautiful: "Those who condemn the Mass have not understood."

The journalist defended the old Rite, in contrast to the "transitory and empty" ideas that have spread among the Faithful after the Second Vatican Council:

"It is the translation of the Missals into the new language, which is frankly, colourless, ugly and inelegant, which makes me quite sick."

The use of guitars and other instruments in anti-liturgical worship Mirabella holds to be a "blasphemy":

"I have nothing against the guitar itself, but I think the improvised concerts during the Eucharist to be an insult to the aesthetic taste. They limit the spirituality. "

TheMotu proprio to free the Latin Mass, Mirabella calls an "act of justice and freedom". He calls for progressives and modernists, to be tolerant and to respect others.

The Pope believes the journalist to be an "extraordinary intellectual - a person with a huge education."

Mirabella expressly stressed that he did not want to make comparisons.

But he said that the late Pope John Paul II is rightly praised for the many documents of this great Pope which had been drafted with the valuable assistance of the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

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Modernism- beached, upside down and about to be deflated.