Sunday, May 31, 2009

Pope Benedict to receive Obama in Rome

in July - according to reports

Feast of Pentecost


VENI, Sancte Spiritus,
et emitte caelitus
lucis tuae radium.

COME, Holy Ghost,
send down those beams,
which sweetly flow in silent streams
from Thy bright throne above.

Veni, pater pauperum,
veni, dator munerum
veni, lumen cordium.

O come, Thou Father of the poor;
O come, Thou source of all our store,
come, fill our hearts with love.

Consolator optime,
dulcis hospes animae,
dulce refrigerium.

O Thou, of comforters the best,
O Thou, the soul's delightful guest,
the pilgrim's sweet relief.
In labore requies,
in aestu temperies
in fletu solatium.

Rest art Thou in our toil, most sweet
refreshment in the noonday heat;
and solace in our grief.

O lux beatissima,
reple cordis intima
tuorum fidelium.

O blessed Light of life Thou art;
fill with Thy light the inmost heart
of those who hope in Thee.

Sine tuo numine,
nihil est in homine,
nihil est innoxium.

Without Thy Godhead nothing can,
have any price or worth in man,
nothing can harmless be.

Lava quod est sordidum,
riga quod est aridum,
sana quod est saucium.

Lord, wash our sinful stains away,
refresh from heaven our barren clay,
our wounds and bruises heal.

Flecte quod est rigidum,
fove quod est frigidum,
rege quod est devium.

To Thy sweet yoke our stiff necks bow,
warm with Thy fire our hearts of snow,
our wandering feet recall.

Da tuis fidelibus,
in te confidentibus,
sacrum septenarium.

Grant to Thy faithful, dearest Lord,
whose only hope is Thy sure word,
the sevenfold gifts of grace.

Da virtutis meritum,
da salutis exitum,
da perenne gaudium,
Amen, Alleluia.

Grant us in life Thy grace that we,
in peace may die and ever be,
in joy before Thy face.
Amen. Alleluia.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Pope to visit most Godless country in Europe

As Cathcon calls the Czech Republic from bitter personal experience. Radio Vatican more politely says the "most secularised".

Visit will take place between 26th and 28th September.

Hang glider Mass in the Mountains

This 2008 Mass is an annual event, in 2006 the priest decided to give a flying demonstration.

Handy Catholicism

In the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Brussels.
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The Passion of St Jeanne d'Arc


Seven further parts to be found on Youtube.

St Joan of Arc pray for us!


EcoChurch rather than Catholic Church in Belgium

Cover of a leaflet
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Cosmic liturgy for Earth Day at St Joan of Arc Church


Pope is best, greatest and most popular Bavarian of all time

BR-Aktion: Papst ist Bayerns Bester

Pope Benedict XVI. is the absolute number one among "Bavaria's Best!"

For five weeks BR-TV viewers and readers of our newspaper telephoned in their voting preferences: a quarter of all votes were given to the head of the Catholic Church.

In second place was actor Gustl Bayrhammer ( "Meister Eder and his Pumuckl") was selected, the bronze medal goes to the late Franz Josef Strauß, the "greater leader" of the CSU and former Prime Minister.

Sophie Scholl in fifth place

Jakob Fugger of Augsburg, during his lifetime one of the richest men ever and founder of the oldest social settlement in the world (Cathcon- and seller of indulgences!) , gained a surprisingly strong fourth place - resistance fighter Sophie Scholl ( "White Rose") had almost as many votes and was fifth. In the sixth to tenth places: the actress Ruth Drexel, Franz Beckenbauer, Sebastian Kneipp (priest who could be said to be the founder of the modern "wellness" movement), Albrecht Dürer (painter) and King Ludwig II

One would believe that Ludwig Erhard (Christian Democrat politician of liberal tendencies), Ottfried Fischer (rather anti-Catholic actor who plays Father Brown in a modern German version of the stories) and Karl Valentin (comic actor) should have done better , finding themselves on the rear seats in the last round. And Gerhard Polt (comic who has gently made fun of the Pope)- for some people even thw secret favorite for the title of "Bavaria's Best!" - had to be contented with the twentieth and last place.

From the point of view of Franken (the more Protestant north of Bavaria), the results are meager: Durer (artist) (9), Hitler assassin Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg (13), (15), Wilhelm Roentgen (x-ray inventer) and Tilman Riemenschneider (fine carver of religious images) (17) - the Fürth resident Ludwig Erhard just managed to land in 18th.

Cathcon- the results would be rather different in the rest of Germany- who a few years ago almost managed to give the evil anti-semite Luther top place in a similar TV show. In Austria, one dreads to think- once organised a balloon debate with Austrian school children, the last two in the balloon were Mozart and Joerg Haider, the rather erratic right wing leader. It was Mozart who plumeted to earth.

Up a creek without a paddle Mass


Captions please- what are the participants saying about their liturgical plight?

I have seen some silly, silly things but beyond this nothing can be imagined.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Cardinal Hoyos to visit SSPX?

from – kreuzmeldungen

Appproaching eachother

France. The President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, Cardinal Dario Castrillón Hoyos, considers visiting on 29 June, the Feast of Peter and Paul, the Seminary for Priests Society of St. Pius X. in Econe in Switzerland. This has been reported by the usually well-informed French priest Claude Barthe on Wednesday in the French newspaper 'Présent'.

Archdiocese of Miami considers church massacre

Archdiocese of Miami considers closing 14 churches - Breaking News -

"South Florida Catholics may learn struggling churches' fates Sunday, when pastors are expected to announce a process that could lead to the closure of 14 churches in the Archdiocese of Miami.

The archdiocese is considering merging eight Catholic parishes and six missions and apostolates with other nearby Catholic communities in coming months, said archdiocese spokeswoman Mary Ross Agosta."

St. Colman Catholic Church plans celebration

after it was spared closure -

"St. Colman Catholic Church will hold a special Mass on Sunday to celebrate its rebirth, following the reversal of Bishop Richard Lennon's decision to close the 129-year-old parish.

Lennon, in his plan to shrink the Cleveland Catholic Diocese by 52 parishes, declared in March that St. Colman's on West 65th Street would close and merge with St. Stephen's on West 54th Street."

Curial cardinal: abortion worse than child abuse.

from KATH.NET - Katholischer Nachrichtendienst

Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, the new prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and former Primate of the Catholic Church in Spain desr in an interview with Spanish television channel TV3, the killing of unborn children as "serious" as the thousands of child abuse cases which have been made public, reported by the "Süddeutsche newspaper reported. The thousands of cases of abuse of children in institutions of the Catholic Church in Ireland was not as serious as abortion. "What some (Irish) schools may be done, is not to be compared with the millions of lives destroyed by abortion ," said the cardinal, but he makes clear that the abuse of children in Ireland was subject to "absolute condemnation" . "We must apologize." Cañizares was appointed by the Pope to be Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship.

Sanity returns to the LMS Leadership

Priests belt out 'God bless the Pope' at Latin Mass Society conference – Catholic Herald Online:

"Dr Joseph Shaw, LMS chairman, said: 'The glorious sight of the great chapel with Solemn Mass, two choirs, more than a score of priests in choir, and a good number of local faithful, was surpassed by the bustle of the enormous sacristy and the whisper of private Masses at innumerable altars in the early morning. What the LMS conference represented is the re-establishment of the Traditional Mass as part of the toolkit of parish priests. It was wonderful to see Ushaw College doing what it has done for two centuries: enabling the training of priests in the Church's great liturgical tradition.' The next conference will be in Hertfordshire from August 24 to August 28."

Full in the panting heart of Rome
Beneath the apostle's crowning dome.
From pilgrim's lips that kiss the ground,
Breathes in all tongues one only sound:


The golden roof, the marble walls,
The Vatican's majestic halls,
The note redoubles, till it fills
With echoes sweet the seven hills


Then surging through each hallowed gate,
Where martyrs glory, in peace await
It sweeps beyond the solemn plain,
Peals over Alps, across the main.


From torrid south to frozen north,
The wave harmonious stretches forth,
Yet strikes no chord more true to Rome's,
Than rings within our hearts and homes.


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Saint made demonic in Vienna Cathedral


More propaganda from Linz

Mehr Propaganda aus Linz - –

More propaganda from Linz

Austria. On Monday the Catholic-Theological Private University of Linz gave canon lawyer amd Redemptorist, Father Bruno Primetshofer, an honorary doctorate which was reported by the Diocesan newspaper. The priest compared in his speech the Latin Canon Law with the Code of Canon Law of the Orthodox Eastern Churches. He claimed that for the Byzantines it was "unthinkable" that a bishop could be appointed without the involvement of dioceses. The reverend gentleman awaited the day when "the rigidity of the Western canon law no longer prevails."

Mrs Thatcher Meets Pope Benedict:

and prays at the tombs of the Popes.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Cathcon's back!

"In our time more than ever before, the chief strength of the wicked, lies in the cowardice and weakness of good men... All the strength of Satan’s reign is due to the easy-going weakness of Catholics. Oh! if I might ask the Divine Redeemer, as the prophet Zachary did in spirit: What are those wounds in the midst of Thy hands? The answer would not be doubtful: With these was I wounded in the house of them that loved Me. I was wounded by My friends, who did nothing to defend Me, and who, on every occasion, made themselves the accomplices of My adversaries. And this reproach can be leveled at the weak and timid Catholics of all countries."

Pope St. Pius X, Discourse at the Beatification of St. Joan of Arc, Dec. 13, 1908"

Sunday, May 24, 2009

In the name of Allah.

Video from BBC NEWS

"A Catholic church in Malaysia which prays to Allah has prompted a court case over who can use the word.

Muslim leaders say Islam should be the only faith to use it, saying its use in other faiths could lead to confusion and conversions."

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Obama not pro-abortion


says Editor-in-chief of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano"

Conversion of Russia begins tomorrow

RORATE CÆLI: Traditional Latin Mass in Moscow, Russia

Feast of the Ascension


Feast of the Ascension


Act 1.11
Ye men of Galilee, why stand you looking up to heaven? This Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come, as you have seen him going into heaven.

Viri galilaei quid statis aspicientes in caelum hic Iesus qui adsumptus est a vobis in caelum sic veniet quemadmodum vidistis eum euntem in caelum

Twittering Cathcon

Have put my twitter updates at the top of the page- more of a mixture of religion and politics- but means whenever you check back on Cathcon, there is bound to be something new.

Monday, May 18, 2009

When will the Pope next celebrate the Latin Mass?


Sub tuum praesidium


Wife of French President adopts un-Catholic attitude to Pope

Carla Bruni criticises Pope Benedict XVI - Telegraph

Are you not ashamed, Cardinal?

Are you not ashamed, Cardinal?
By Martin Mosebach

I have still a few questions: Martin Mosebach
For the writer Martin Mosebach, further clarification is needed in the affair of the Hessen Culture Prize. Can the Islamic doctrine on the Cross be something new for a theologian? Was the procedure fair? Twelve questions to Cardinal Lehmann.

Eminence! Did you believe that you could reckon that the Hessen State Chancellery would respond to your notice that you would turn down the prize if Navid Kermani received it at the same time, taking away from the German-Iranian writer the already announced prize? When the high ranking Professor Fuat Sezgin turned down the prize because he does not wish to appear with his political opponents Dr. Salomon Korn a different procedure took place - they accepted the withdrawal and sought another candidate. Is the reverse procedure in the Kermani case to the one of Professor Sezgin not a little embarrassing for you?

Was the Islamic doctrine on the cross and suffering and resurrection of the Son of God something new for you as a theologian? Were you surprised by hearing from a devout Muslim something other than a fundamental rejection of the Cross?

Do you share the conviction of the apostle Paul, the message of the Cross is "a folly to Gentiles and to the Jews a stumbling block"? The question of which of two groups from the view of Christianity Islam should be assigned to, is deliberately omitted here.


Does the courtesy of the court tea ceremony apply, not to raise religious differences very clearly, even in your long sought dialogue between the religions? Is the avoidance of stating unambiguously what divides, perhaps another reason for the disappointment at the failure of ecumenism between Catholics and Protestants?

You have entered church history with the phrase "I've learned to deal with texts”, as when the the German bishops were commanded by the Pope to leave the government sponsored pregnancy advice service, it was reinterpreted as a support for remaining. Did this versatility not help you to interpret the abuse of the Cross in Kermani’s Guido Reni essay as a tribute to the Cross?

Are you really unaware that such a reinterpretation was not needed because Kermani’s Guido Reni text actually calls out the way from an abuse to a homage of the Cross? Are you interested that this text is not derived from Kermani’s work, but stands in a series of meditations on Christian art? Kermani, for example, has written in the context of the description of an early Christian icon of the Virgin Mary as far as I know the only Marian text of modern German literature has been written? Cannot his entire work - from the highly publicized investigation "God is beautiful" to "Attar, or the horrors of God" –occupied with the repulsion and attraction of Christianity which be seen as unique in the Islamic world?

More soon

Cardinal Lehmann puts borders on religious dialogue.

German original here

A German Tragedy

In December of last year, it was reported that the Hessen Cultural Award of 2009 would be awarded on March 22nd. The decision of the jury rejoiced in the spirit of religious dialogue. A Catholic, a Protestant, a Jew and a Muslim should be honoured; Peter Steinacker, former President of the Protestant Church in Hessen and Nassau, Cardinal Karl Lehmann, Salomon Korn, the Vice President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, and Fuat Sezgin. 

Sezgin teaches and researches, even after his retirement, at the Frankfurt Institute for the History of Science, and is the successor to the legendary Willy Hartner. Hartner was an expert on the Arabic and Chinese astronomy. Sezgin has made unending contributions to the study of academic sources in the Arab and Islamic world. Very rightly so, the Hessen Minister President Koch could claim "the outstanding commitment of the four winners to inter-faith dialogue in Germany. For many years, they have worked for the peaceful coexistence of the three great Abrahamic religions - Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Their commitment to a respectful and tolerant relationship between faith communities is an encouraging example that can serve as a model far beyond our national borders." 

22nd March came and went without any further news of the 45,000 euros prize. Fuat Sezgin had in the meantime decided against being among the prize winners, as reported by the Board of Trustees, because he had reservations about Salomon Korn: during the war between Israel and the Palestinians, “he publically so commented that it was not acceptable for him to receive the prize given his political beliefs and his cultural understanding " 

In this situation, the Board of Trustees turned to Navid Kermani and told him that he was now to receive the Hessen Culture Award. Also this was a gratifying decision. The writer and journalist was born in 1967 in Germany as the son of Iranian parents and combines a high literary and artistic sensibility with an excellent and dedicated knowledge of the Koran and Islamic tradition. In 1999, his book appeared "God is beautiful. The aesthetic experience of the Koran. " He is a member of the German Academy for Language and Literature. Last year, he was a guest at the Villa Massimo in Rome. In the first instance, the decision for Kermani had the consent of the other winners. 

Against the Theology of the Cross 

From Rome however Kermani wrote an essay for the "Neue Zürcher Zeitung" which appeared on 14 March and which should have incalculable consequences. He meditated on a picture by Guido Reni, the "Crucifixion" in the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Lucina. Kermani as a devout Muslim had deep reservations about the Cross which he expressed in very clear language: "I'm basically negative about crosses." Indeed, he was even sharper: "For me, I dramatically formulate the rejection of the theology of the Cross: idolatry and blasphemy. " 

But if you read Kermani correctly , then it was only the starting point to further formulate ideas – leading to a very different view of the Cross. Guido Reni took "the suffering from the physical to the metaphysical. His Jesus has no wounds. He looks into the sky, the iris from the white of the eye has nearly disappeared: Look here, he seems to call. Not only: Look at me, but: Look at the earth, look at us. Jesus does not suffer, as the Christian ideology maintains that God is relieved of a burden. Jesus accuses, not why have you forsaken me, no, rather why have you forsaken us? "Before the altar painting, wrote Kermani further, he found the sight of so charming, so full of blessing, he no longer rise from his place. For the first time,I thought: I – and not only me, but everyone, could believe in a Cross. " 

Implacably attacked 

This bold, dramatic consequence of Kermani’s thought which for a Muslim must lie on the threshold of heresy, was not understood by Peter Steinacker and Cardinal Karl Lehmann. These leaders of a liberal theology of inter-church and interreligious "dialogue" objected to the newly envisaged prize winner - precisely because of the Cross. Both would not accept the prize if Navid Kermani received it at the same time 'because of such a fundamental and implacable attack on the Cross as the central symbol of Christian faith". The Board then asked Kermani for an "explanation" of his thoughts - this was rejected: as far as the person who is responsible is concerned, the texts speak for themselves. 

Now the award will go on 5 July to Salomon Korn, Steinacker and Cardinal Lehmann. Kermani learnt of his exclusion by the way, in a call yesterday to this newspaper - an additional tactlessness. As a consolation prize, he is invited together with Fuat Sezgin and the three prize winners to a panel discussion which seeks(of course!) "to trigger public debate”. The formulation can only be mocked, that they wanted “to reach a point that even such large differences can be reconciled not by talking against each other, but talking with each other." The Board of Trustees of the Hessen Culture Prize includes Frank Schirrmacher, publisher of this newspaper. He was not involved due to absence in the decisions on this year’s prize. 

Rapid decision

Why did the Board, after Lehmann and Steinacker refused their agreement to Kermani decide also not to award it at least to these two intended recipients? The Board of Trustees deems it "unacceptable", to withdraw the "already publicly expressed honour for their undisputed major life's work in the interaction of religion and culture to the personalities of Cardinal Karl Lehmann, Peter Steinacker and Salomon Korn." The Regional Government is obviously striving to accept Lehmann and Steinacker’s interpretation of Kermani’s understanding of the image and to make the evil verdict of irreconcilability their own. But the latest contribution of the two clerics to the interaction of religion and culture is for the time being the most striking part of their life’s work. 

One is amazed by the sudden determination of the ecclesiastical figures. Not least because even last Easter, the terms used by both churches for the death on the Cross was distant from a conception of sacrificial reparation: it was only as a sign of "solidarity" of Christ with humanity which makes the Cross still important. And one should remember a few years ago: The Bishop of the Northern Regional Church, Maria Jepsen suggested instead of showing the Crucified as the Cross has been envisaged for 2000 small children at play should be substituted. 

Record of failed attempts 

Lehmann, Steinacker and Korn receive the award "in recognition of their life’s work for inter-religious cooperation and the creation of a culture of respect." The State of Hessen "plans with the prize to point out that religion is a crucial part of the cultural life of a free society." For the record, there have been "two failed attempts to honour a Muslim citizen for cultural exchange on the basis of religious belief." On 5 July, now just two Christians and a Jew will be honoured. A Muslim apostle of tolerance with a life’s work worthy of honour as one will read at a later time in the list of winners has not been found in 2009. It is obvious who has been lacking respect. 

Where the greater disrespect of the Cross lies - in Kermani’s heretical ideas or in the newer cosy interchurch religion is a theological question, on which the last word probably has not yet spoken. Dialogue as some say after this demonstration is only possible where it actually makes sense. When things get serious, where one must start, one breaks off. From the faraway world of the noisy sixty-eighters, a phrase comes which well describes this case- "repressive tolerance". The farce around the Hessen Culture Prize is an invaluable image of German manners. Dialogue in this country offers at the same time an invitation to make ready a padded cell for the proceedings as you certainly cannot get hurt there.

Pro-life demonstration in Linz 1971

The main square- now they are down to forty people who demonstrate every month outside the Linz General Hospital where abortions take place. On the same site, compulsory abortions were carried out in Nazi times.

A short interview with Engelbert Kefer, then Linz Secretary of the Catholic Men's Movement appeared recently.

What interests you about the history of the Catholic Men’s Movement
I find it today interesting with what feeling after the catastrophe of WW2, priests and laity have understood the serious spiritual difficulties and tried to deal with them. Priests and laity on the same eye level as “Ministers of the Apostolate”, as the phrase goes, was somewhat utterly new and had no tradition.....

What is your most impressive memory?
The big demonstation of “Action for Life” in 1972 on the Main Square of Linz. This demonstration admittedly remained without any political effect but it showed a distinctive sign against the spirit of the age. I organised it.

Cathcon- of you degrade the priesthood, the world will degrade the Church.

The top of the Catholic Men's Movement in Linz today- more concerned about being on the ball than anything else. But is Team Linz any longer Catholic?

Episcopal Role of Honour

List of Bishops Opposing the Notre Dame Invitation and Award to President Obama

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Restore the correct observance !

Holy Days petition - Hosted by

"We would like Archbishop Vincent Nichols to reinstate the celebration of Ascension, Corpus Christi and Epiphany to their correct days."

Saturday, May 16, 2009

What is the province of the laity?


"To hunt, to shoot, to entertain", according to Msgr Talbot writing to Manning in 1867. He also added Dr Newman was the most dangerous man in England, an opinion doubtless shared by Anglicans.

Newman in his Apologia says

"The Catholic Church holds it better for the sun and moon to drop from heaven, for the earth to fail, and for all the many millions on it to die of starvation in extremest agony, as far as temporal affliction goes, than that one soul, I will not say, should be lost, but should commit one single venial sin, should tell one wilful untruth, or should steal one poor farthing without excuse."

Song of Songs of Love

Interpreted with dance and violin in Linz church.

Latin Mass in the Pantheon in Rome


Coffee Table Catholicism in Linz

in front of the Blessed Sacrament

And below the Bishop of Linz, together with the Regional Governor, Josef Puhringer proud to have brought their personal interpretations of Vatican II to the one church in Linz which has celebrated the Old Rite from 1969 onwards and now is cared for by the FSSP, who are relaxed about this development, unlike Cathcon. Puhringer was also one of the ringleaders behind the moves against Father Wagner becoming a Bishop. He is a former religious education teacher who hopefully the voters of Linz will eject from office in the forthcoming elections.

Why is an ecumenical meeting impossible in Linz?

Answer- because there is no Catholic Church left in Linz!

Video arrest of priest at Notre Dame


"Just what Church are Notre Dame and its supporters “in,” anyway?"


a very good question.

Any Cathcon readers got suggestions?

Friday, May 15, 2009

Neocatechumenal Way Founder Awarded Doctorate


from ZENIT :

"The Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family is awarding an honorary doctorate to Kiko Argüello, one of the initiators of the Neocatechumenal Way.

The institute, situated at Rome's Lateran University with other locations around the world, announced that on May 13 it will invest as doctors 'Honoris Causa' both the Spanish founder, Francisco (Kiko) Argüello, and an Italian sociology professor, Pierpaolo Donati."

Click here to find out what Cathcon thinks about this.

Corridor of the Kings of France in Versailles

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Text of Notre Dame's Honorary Doctorate Degree

from Christian Newswire

"At the 164th Commencement The May Exercises The University of Notre Dame Confers the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, on the 44th president of the United States, whose historic election opened a new era of hope in a country long divided by its history of slavery and racism. A community organizer who honed his advocacy for the poor, the marginalized and the worker in the streets of Chicago, he now organizes a larger community, bringing to the world stage a renewed American dedication to diplomacy and dialogue with all nations and religions committed to human rights and the global common good. Through his willingness to engage with those who disagree with him and encourage people of faith to bring their beliefs to the public debate, he is inspiring this nation to heal its divisions of religion, culture, race and politics in the audacious hope for a brighter tomorrow.

On Barack H. Obama, Washington, District of Columbia"

Oh yeah.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Cathcon announcment

I have cancelled my plans to retire to the City of Linz. I have no intention of dying gazing at a people's altar however beautiful the Church on which it has been imposed.

Plans subject to change but not before an Apostolic Visitation, a change of bishop and regional governor and the Episcopal Consecration of Bishop Wagner!

The news will be greeted with relief in some quarters in Linz but they should read the writing on the wall.

Liturgical monstrosity in the most beautiful (traditional) Church in the world


The Minoriten Church in Linz, which is staffed by the FSSP, is now the less than proud owner of a people's altar. The Church herself is owned by the Regional Government, whose head an allegedly Christian Democratic politician and former religious studies teacher actively campaigned against the appointment of Father Wagner as Auxilliary Bishop, which is why the FSSP were able to come there in the first instance. He once told Cathcon "This is my church".

Up to now there has been an unbroken tradition of the Latin Mass in this Church, but Cathcon has been told that normally this altar will be set to one side in a niche, unless it is a Mass being given for a formal occasion, under the sponsorship of the Regional Government. For instance, the Knights of Malta have a new Mass in Latin every year- it remains to be seen whether they will be traditional enough to turn their backs on this new altar and towards God. But there are others who will clearly use this altar and break a glorious post-conciliar tradition.

The Kirchenzeitung says that it is to meet the requirements of the Vatican Council- they clearly have not read Michael Davies or even if they did, did not understand him.

The presumpteous installation of this altar has finally convinced Cathcon that the liberals will not go down without a fight. Let they who have no stomach for this fight depart.

Apostolic Visitation now! Justice and Episcopal rank for Father Wagner !

Head of Council of German Jews expects clear words on Williamson from the Pope

from Ad-Hoc News

Knobloch expects from the Pope clear words on Williamson

President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Charlotte Knobloch, expects from Pope Benedict XVI during his visit Israel a clear message on the holocaust denier and traditionalist Bishop Richard Williamson.

"I assume that the Pope will make a statement during his visit to Israel," Knobloch said to the news agency Reuters in Munich. Benedict XVI during his visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, "especially when he is in the children's pavilion should worry about a Williamson and a Society of St Pius X». The Pope visits Jordan and Israel between 8 and 15 May.

Knobloch also again criticized the dealings of the Vatican with the British SSPX Bishop. Williamson had been give a period of 21 days to withdraw his Holocaust denial. "These 21 days are long gone. A similar statement by Mr. Williamson, which the Vatican will also have to publish, is not in front of me, "she said.

For the Jewish world it was the case that Williamson was still not "again completely off the table," said Knobloch. She feels as a still greater discrimination the re-introduced Good Friday bidding prayer of the Tridentine liturgy for the "enlightenment" of the Jews, Knobloch said, stressing: "This Tridentine Good Friday bidding prayer is something that will remain incomprehensible to me."

About the development of the Church under Pope Benedict XVI, Knobloch was totally baffled. In the Catholic-Jewish relationship something had been broken. This must be rebuilt. "We must get back together and keep in mind the importance of a dialogue between Christianity and Judaism," she said.

Cardinal Kasper: Church teaching has prepared the foundations for anti-semitism

Kardinal Kasper: Kirchenlehre hat Boden für Antisemitismus bereitet News Adhoc

The German Curial Cardinal Walter Kasper has conceded that the centuries of anti-judaism in the Catholic Church was ther breeding ground for anti-Semitism of the 20th Century. The question: "Is Jesus the Messiah?" was for Jews and Christians the foundation of their identity, Kasper said to the news magazine "Focus", according to a preliminary report. But from this it is not necessary to make a conflict.

"We should recognize the difference in others," said Kasper. It was clear that for a devout Catholic anti-Semitism constitutes a sin.

Kasper said the trip by Pope Benedict XVI to the Holy Land to serves the purpose, inter alia, to improve the living conditions of the Christian Palestinians. "Many young Arabs do not have equal opportunities to be accepted in society, although they have a better education than they used to have," said Kasper. Also, the mass emigration of Arab Christians to Europe or America causes him concern. "We want on our pilgrimages not only to see dead stones," said the cardinal, who is responsible for the dialogue between Jews and Christians is responsible. The Vatican was clearly for a two-state solution in the Holy Land.

Bishop reverses another church closing:

St. Ignatius stays open

Saturday, May 02, 2009

New Russian Orthodox Church in Rome

Consecration scheduled for May 24

'You can't talk to young people about salvation."

What does that mean to them?' - Catholic Herald Online

Quote from the newly appointed head of catechesis for the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

Hat tip to Holy Smoke.

Orgasm "Church" worshipping Our Lady of the Orgasm- the logical development of Protestant freedoms

Gericht verbietet „Orgasmus-Kirche“ - Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

"Orgasm Church" – is this name offensive and contrary to morality? Or maybe it rightly stresses that an orgasm can be "the ultimate encounter with God"? A Swedish court makes matters difficult for the disciples of the peak of sexual life difficult.

MALMÖ - Sweden will no longer be allowed to attend the "orgasm Church". The newspaper "Sydsvenskan" (Malmö) reported on Thursday that the Upper Regional Court of Gothenburg has prohibited the use of the long disputed name to the free church community of the Spanish born artist Carlos Bebeacua based in the southern Swedish Lövestad. The court overturned an opposite verdict from the Court of the First Instance, and based its decision on the name being "offensive" and "contrary to morality".

Bebeacuas large painting "Madonna of the Orgasm" hangs in the "prayer room of the "church" with allegedly several hundred members. The artist who lives in Sweden caused outrage at the 1992 World Exhibition in Sevilla, because many visitors felt the picture to be pornographic. Bebecua has sought recognition in vain in Sweden for his initiative as a religious faith community. He argues that an orgasm is "the ultimate encounter with God."

"Mainstream" Protestants queue for erotic church service

Big New Scientology Church in Brussels

L'Eglise de scientologie prépare son siège central à Bruxelles RTBF INFO

The headquarters of the Church of Scientology in Brussels, which will be inaugurated in autumn 2009 on boulevard de Waterloo in Brussels, has six floors and an area of 2200m2, Le Soir writes Saturday that could see the plan.

These 2200 square contain fully computerised offices and include auditoria for demonstrations and of the electrometer (and their rehearsal) and saunas for purification. The Church of Scientology ASBL is the subject of two judicial inquiries in Belgium for fraud, one of them also investigating the illegal practice of medicine and pharmacy and a breach of the privacy and criminal organization law.

Legally, each Scientologist group uses a distinct legal personality. The European office of Scientology, which is already located on rue de la Loi in Brussels, is a legal entity different from other churches of Scientology. The proprietor for the location on the Boulevard de Waterloo is a company registered in Delaware. "Thus, if the Belgian group is convicted, it will be difficult to seize the building," writes Le Soir.

Cathcon-my bet will be in the end they have more influence over more key figures at the top of the European institutions than the Catholic Church.

Friday, May 01, 2009

A la carte Catholicism in Belgium


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Battle for the Cross in Vienna schools

Strache fordert Kruzifixe für alle Wiener Klassenzimmer

It is the wish of the Austrian Freedom Party that the crucifix should be a fixed furnishing of all classrooms in Vienna. The fact that currently Crosses are hanging in ever fewer schools, was criticised by the FP leader Heinz-Christian Strache on Thursday during a press conference. The FPoe also demand that the religious symbol should be found even in those classes in which Christians are in the minority.

"Crosses belong to the identity of our country, therefore, include them in the classroom," said Strache, who also pointed to the Concordat. Austria has resulting from this treaty concluded with the Holy See the "international obligation", to hang crucifixes in schools. Exceptions could occur if more than 50 percent of the students have another confession.

But this was just "may", said Strache. He spoke in favour of crucifixes be mounted in any case - regardless of the number of students with different religious beliefs. For those who have come as guests to Austria had to take note that the "majority religion" is still Christian.

The FP-chief is not only worried about Austria: "If we do not remember our Christian roots, tomorrow, Europe will no longer be Europe." The "salvation of the Christian West" should be made safe. A first step, the Freedom Party has already taken itself: since today, Thursday, a small wooden cross hangs in the office of the Town Hall FPoe Group Leader, Eduard shock

Strache also criticised the fact that there are federal states, where the portrait of the Regional Governor is not found in every classroom. Although the installation of a portrait was legally provided, the respective officials can waive the requirement - as Michael Häupl in Vienna does. According to Strache "the principles of the state" should be more strongly lived. These include the presence of Regional Governor in the schools.

The FPoe have reiterated today its call for a ban on headscarves in public service or in the schools. In the end, this is a "symbol of oppression", as it was said: The ban should apply for both teachers and students.

Assassin of Pope now Catholic

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