Monday, March 31, 2008

Chaiman of German Catholic Bishops' Conference shows his true collours

Radio Vatikan
Cathcon translation of
Beschränkung aufs Kerngeschäft
Limitation to core business

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freiburg resigns - as a theological consultant to the Ecumenical Network "Initiative Church from Below". He had very much enjoyed "mutually benefifical cooperation on their theological advisory board" of the association, said Zollitsch at a board meeting in Bonn. But his new post as Chairman of the German Bishops' Conference forced him "to limit myself to my core business". "Church from Below" is a coalition of nearly forty "base communities, churches and social groups in the tradition of the political left of Catholicism and protestantism and liberation theology". Archbishop Zollitsch was for several years a member of the Theological Advisory Council of the Federation. The Board was formed in 1980 by the late Jesuit and conciliar theologian, Karl Rahner.

Cathcon puts 2 and 2 together and makes 4. Research assistant to Karl Rahner was one Karl Lehmann, later Cardinal and predecessor of Zollitsch as chairman of the Bishops' Conference. Any thought that Cardinal Lehmann would use his influence to get a man in his own image elected as his successor should be immediately be dismissed.

Death for hire

Suicide machine lets you push final button

Roger Kusch was once a Christian Democrat- if the others are anything like him, one cannot wonder that Catholic bishops have speculated openly that the word Christian should be removed from the name. They would then become what they are- democrats who set themselves above the natural law.

Kusch claims to be a right winger- true if you consider right-wingers to be those who pursue national socialist policies which in the end amounts to little more than a death cult.

Belgium argues on about euthanasia


Cathcon translation of
Belgien streitet weiter über Sterbehilfe

A spokesman for the Belgian church defended the Church’s rejection of active euthanasia. Cardinal Godfried Danneels did need to be ashamed of his remarks, said his spokesman Hans Geybels in the newspaper "De Standaard" (Monday). The Brussels Cardinal had notably stated his opposition after the death through euthanasia of writer Hugo Claus who was suffering, placing euthanasia again at the centre of press attention.

At the funeral service for Claus, the writer Erwin Mortier Danneels had demanded that Danneels needed to be ashamed; church dignitaries wanted to give lessons after the death. It was not a heroic deed to play out his alleged moral superiority in such a situation.

Already Danneels had earlier made clear that he had not wished to criticise in his Easter sermon the writer who had died not two weeks before. Among other things, he had to explain that there are other ways to alleviate suffering. Through euthanasia, the meaning of death would be taken away.

Church rejects further legislative changes

Danneels' spokesman said that the Catholic Church was for an extension of hospice medical services and that palliative care should be strengthened. By contrast, the church was against an extension of the Belgian law on euthanasia to dementia patients and minors, as once again the Flemish Liberals had proposed. The Christian Democrat coalition partners already signalled rejection. Liberal politicians therefore announced at the weekend, for an effort to search for majorities outside of the government coalition.

Cathcon comment- Cardinal Danneels does the right thing.

Wailing Wall of Attnang


a wall set up in a parish in Austria does not quite fit into the history of salvation. Seen here with the Pastoral Assistent responsible.

心中一片天 - 小灝

Cardinal Zen says Latin Mass.

Translation anybody!?

Former Chief Rabbi on Rome on Pope Pius XII

Cathcon translation of
Toaff verteidigt Pius XII.

The former chief rabbi of Rome sees the relations between the Vatican and Judaism as not in a crisis. "We are still on the right track," said Elio Toaff in an interview. The excitement around the reformulated Good Friday intercession in the old Rite can be judged in his view as unfounded.To quote Toaff : "Let us be serious. Everyone is free to pray, as he believes. I cannot understand certain polemics "Toaff also defended Pope Pius XII. He is to his mind no anti-Semite. Instead, he rescued many Jews from certain death. "

Magdi Allam recounts

his path to conversion

Poland's seminaries

In 2006, there were 1029 new entrants but in 2007, only 786 entered.

In 2005, hand communion was introduced in Poland for the first time. This was the price of financial support from the Church in Germany.

Decline of the priesthood

According to the Pastoral-Theological Institute of St.Gallen there were 1555 Diocesan priests in Switzerland in 1983, down to 973 in 2005. The number of lay workers has quadrupled in the same period. In 1958, there were 2280 Diocesan priests in Switzerland.

In 1950, there were 2 million Catholics in Switzerland, there are now 3 million as a result of Italian immigration in the 1970s.

But wait a minute, only 25 percent of them practice their religion, so the number of practicing Catholics/ priest has gone down from 877 to 770, if one assumes 100 percent practice- maybe about the same if there was 80 percent practice.

There is a shortage of practicing Catholics, not of priests.

The Wisdom of the Labyrinth and the Christian Experience of Grace


An evening in the Cathedral of Klagenfurt with Bishop Alois Schwarz and the psychologist, Ulrike Blumenthal was accompanied by dancing.

Regina Caeli, Laetare!


Catholic scientist

Sir Leszek Borysiewicz says Church is wrong on hybrid embryo Bill

Just how far does one have to go before you talk yourself out of the Church? I bet he is a friend of Lord Chris "I would die for the principle of intercommunion" Patten.

Christ off the Springboard


A work by one Werner Hofmeister- who claims that the suffering on the Cross is for Christ only a springboard and he has turned the Cross into a symbol of freedom and borderlessness. The rust colour symbolises apparently building works in progress.

A world away from the Passion of Mel Gibson who understood the magnitude of the suffering of Christ.

De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine:
Domine, exaudi vocem meam:
Fiant aures tuae intendentes,
in vocem deprecationis meae.

Si iniquitates observaveris, Domine:
Domine, quis sustinebit?
Quia apud te propitiatio est:
et propter legem tuam sustinui te, Domine.
Sustinuit anima mea in verbo eius:
speravit anima mea in Domino.

A custodia matutina usque ad noctem:
speret Israel in Domino.
Quia apud Dominum misericordia:
et copiosa apud eum redemptio.

Et ipse redimet Israel,
ex omnibus iniquitatibus eius.

Gloria Patri, et Filio,
et Spiritui Sancto.
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper,
et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord: * Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thy ears be attentive * to the voice of my supplication.
If Thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities: * Lord, who shall stand it?
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness: * and by reason of thy law, I have waited for Thee, O Lord.
My soul hath relied on His word, * my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning watch even until night, * let Israel hope in the Lord.
Because with the Lord there is mercy: and with him plentiful redemption.
And he shall redeem Israel * from all his iniquities.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, * and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, * world without end. Amen.

Meanwhile, the artist has gone into mass production.
An old heresy that Christ did not really suffer, dressed up as modern art.