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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

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Defender of Infidelity

FSSP Latin Mass training video

Where is the outrage on the death penalty? Cathcon note- first Pope to oppose the death penalty was Pope John Paul II.

Forced abortion in China

Grotesque Cardinal's Mass

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see What Does The Prayer Really Say?:

"Rivaling everything ridiculous done during the three days of darkness in LA, Vienna has thrown its miter into the ring for sheer liturgical dopiness."

and many other excellent comments beside.

Obama- my own personal Jesus

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See “Obama and the bishops are talking the same platform”:

Kmiec described another exchange at the same meeting in which Franklin Graham (son of famed Protestant evangelist Billy Graham) asked Obama whether or not the senator believed that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Obama paused, said Kmiec, and responded: “No, I believe He’s my way.”

Church becomes synagogue

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Cathcon translation of
Das tragische Ende einer Kirche


Everything began with a Jew and a founder of a religious order who was reborn in Christ. Now Jews who do not wish to know anything of the light of the Gospel, take the building.

(Cathcon note- every change in use or destruction of a Catholic Church is a tragedy- and the Gospel is preached to all nations).

Last Sunday the conversion of the Catholic Church of St. Guido in Speyer to a Jewish synagogue was officially begun.

Present were the Socialist Prime Minister of the Rhineland-Palatinate, Kurt Beck, Bishop of Speyer, Karl-Heinz Wiesemann and Offenbach Rabbi Mendel Gurewitz.

This was reported on the website of the Diocese of Speyer.

The Jews had searched for the planned synagogue in a historic area. They finally opted for the Church, as it already had a religious layout.

The design for the synagogue was developed by the architect and synagogue builder, Alfred Jacoby from Frankfurt.

The synagogue will be placed in the former choir of the church.

A community room will be constructed in the former nave and basement area.

The cost for the construction with a total area of approximately 400 square meters is around 2.5 million euros.

The Jewish community from the Rhine Palatinate will contribute 750,000 euros which is less than a third. The remainder, 875,000 euros each will be paid by the Rhineland-Palatinate and the City of Speyer.

The purchase of the building, as well as a financial subsidy, are included in the figures.

The Church of St. Guido has a glorious historical past which is now to be ended. In the Middle Ages, the Church was one of the four major spiritual centres of the City of Speyer.

In the course of 1689, the French destroyed the Church.

After reconstruction, one of the towers collapsed in 1754. In 1794, French troops once again looted the Church. In 1822, the last tower fell victim to the pickaxe. In the year 1839, a fire consumed the rest of the Church.

A new beginning was marked the year 1922. By the conversion of a tobacco shop, the St. Guido Mission House was erected.

It served the Mission Order of the Spiritans as a study centre. The Spiritaner were founded by the son of an Alsace rabbi and convert, Father François Libermann († 1852).

The founder of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre († 1991), belonged to this Order.

In 1930, some of St Guido’s relics were returned. 60,000 people lined the route of the procession. Siemens installed their first public address system along the route.

In 1935, the new St.-Guido church was opened.

After the Second Vatican Council the choir - which now is to be a synagogue – was ripped apart in accordance with the then rampant liturgical fashions.

The Meal Table - which now has finally finished its service - wasconsecrated on 18 November 1968 by the then Bishop Frederick Wetter. In Jewish worship, there is no liturgy "turned towards the people."

The post-conciliar slump forced the Council inspired Spiritans to give up the mission house in 1991.

The new owner was the Diocese of Speyer. They used the buildings for some years as a transitional residence for asylum seekers.

St.-Guido church was closed.

6 cardinals and 13 bishops present at Orthodox Liturgy

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The Bishop is pleased.....

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that Churches are just leaping off the shelves to satisfied secular users.

Five former Catholic churches are being reused for worship by other religious groups, a couple of them have been turned into museums, and several are being converted into living spaces.

Since its restructuring effort began in 2005, the Diocese of Buffalo has sold about a quarter of the 77 worship sites that have been closed or are slated to close.

The diocese so far has sold 18 churches. Four other properties are under contract to be sold, and a couple more are nearing a deal, according to diocesan spokesman Kevin A. Keenan.

“Things are going very well. The bishop has been very pleased with the number of properties that have been sold,” Keenan said. “It has exceeded our expectations to this point.”

Tuesdays - dedicated to the honour of the Holy Apostles

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Happy coincidence with today's feastday.

Here followeth of Saint Peter the Apostle, and First of his name- from the Golden Legend

Peter had a great name, for he was called Simon Barjona. And Simon is as much to say as right obedient or committing great heaviness. Barjona is as much to say as son of a dove, or of a culvert He was obedient when our Lord called him, for at the voice of one only calling, he obeyed to our Lord. He was committing heaviness and sorrow when he rented Jesu Christ, for he went out and wept bitterly. He was son of the dove, for he served God with simple intention. Secondly, he was called Cephas which is as much to say as chief, or stone, or blaming with the mouth. He was said chief by reason of the principality in prelation; a stone by reason of his steadfastness in his passion; blaming with his mouth by reason of constancy in his preaching. Thirdly, he was called Peter, which is as much to say as knowing or unhosing, and shoeing or unbinding knowing, for he knew the dignity of Christ when he said: Thou art Christ, son of the living God. In unhosing and shoeing, when he unshod his feet from the affection of all deadly and earthly work, saying: Lo! we have left all things, etc. Unbinding, for he hath unbounden the bonds of sin, and that was by the keys that he received of our Lord. And he had three surnames. He was said Simon Johanna, which is as much to say as the beauty of our Lord. Secondly, he was said Simon Johannis, that is to say, to whom it is given. And thirdly, he is said Barjona, that is to say, son of the dove, by which is given to under- stand that he had beauty of manners, gift of virtues, and abundance of tears, for the dove hath wailing for her song. This name Peter, Jesus promised to put to him: Johannis primo Thou shalt be called Cephas, that is to say, Peter. Secondly, he did that he promised, as it is said, Mathei quarto: And he named Simon Peter, etc. Thirdly, he confirmed it, Mathei XVI.: And I say to thee that thou art Peter, and upon this stone, etc. His martyrdom wrote Marcellus, Linus pope, Hegesippus, and Leo the pope.

Of Saint Peter.

Saint Peter the apostle among all other, and above all other, was of most fervent and burning love, for he would have known the traitor that should betray our Lord Jesu Christ, as Saint Austin saith: If he had known him he would have torn him with his teeth, and therefore our Lord would not name him to him, for as Chrysostom saith: If he had named him, Peter had arisen and all to-torn him. Peter went upon the sea; he was chosen of God to be at his transfiguration, and raised a maid from death to life; he found the stater or piece of money in the fish's mouth; he received of our Lord the keys of the kingdom of heaven; he took the charge to feed the sheep of Jesu Christ. He converted at a Whitsuntide three thousand men, he healed Claude with John, and then converted five thousand men; he said to Ananias and Saphira their death before; he healed Æneas of the palsy; he raised Tabitha ; he baptized Cornelia; with the shadow of his body he healed sick men; he was put in prison by Herod, but by the angel of our Lord he was delivered. What his meat was and his clothing, the book of Saint Clement witnesseth, for he said: Bread only with olives, and seldom with worts, is mine usage, and I have such clothing as thou seest, a coat and a mantle, and when I have that, I demand no more. It is said for certain that he bare always a sudary in his bosom with which he wiped the tears that ran from his eyes; for when he remembered the sweet presence of our Lord, for the great love that he had to him he might not forbear weeping. And also when he remembered that he had rented him, he wept abundantly great plenty of tears, in such wise that he was so accustomed to weep that his face was burnt with tears as it seemed, like as Clement saith. And saith also that in the night when he heard the cock crow he would weep customably. And after that it is read in Historia Ecclesiastica that, when Saint Peter's wife was led to her passion, he had great joy and called her by her proper name, and said to her: My wife, remember thee of our Lord.

Feast of the Dedication of the Basilicas of the Apostles St Peter and St Paul

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At Rome, the Dedication of the Basilicas of the Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul. The Basilica of St. Peter was solemnly consecrated on this day by the Sovereign Pontiff Urban VIII, after it had been rebuilt on a larger scale. The Basilica of St. Paul had been entirely destroyed by an unfortunate fire;


it was rebuilt in a more imposing manner and was consecrated with solemn ritual by Pius IX on December 10; its annual commemoration was transferred to this day. A totum duplex feast.

Of your charity, pray for the repose of the soul of

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Cardinal Pole- a Requiem was held in Oxford yesterday.

On 17 November 1558, Reginald Cardinal Pole, the last Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury passed from this world, just hours after Queen Mary Tudor, arguably the last pre-Protestant Reformation Catholic monarch of England. So too died their attempts to restore Mary's Dowry to her ancient Catholic Faith, and for almost three hundred years, England was without a Catholic hierarchy, the Mass was outlawed, and hundreds of priests were martyred for bringing the sacraments to the recusant Catholics of this land.