Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

New Motu Proprio on the SSPX this summer?


From the paleo-left-liberal, more Tablet than the Tablet, French magazine Golias

According to our information, and on the eve of the SSPX ordinations on 27 June in Germany, the Pope wishes to write a second motu proprio in the coming months. The document to be issued this time is not only about the liturgy in Latin, but a more comprehensive reintegration of the SSPX into the Church. This will mean demanding, of course, conditions, but also by engaging the whole Church in this process. Serious!

In other words, the bishops will no longer be entitled to express in a too overt manner open reluctantance and even less to slow the return of the traditionalists. One should understand that representatives of these currents regularly complain to the Pope posed about the obstacles placed to their reinstatement by the bishops and their entourage. Until now, Rome and the Ecclesia Dei commission have been bypassing bishops without, however, in general, openly disavow their views.

Thus, in 1988, the Commission regularised very quickly and in a very caring manner the Benedictine abbey of Barroux, without informing or consulting the Archbishop of Avignon at the time, Archbishop Raymond Bouchex. More recently, Rome proceeded in the same way with respect to the Institut du Bon Pasteur, without informing the Archbishop of Bordeaux, in whose Diocese it was located. Recently, another signal was given by the Vatican when restoring a traditional parish priest in dissent with his bishop in Calvados, just so as to remind the bishops. Following this Motu proprio, a bishop considered too reluctant to welcome the fundamentalists will certainly have his knuckles rapped.

The bishops will no longer be able to express their reservations
Benedict XVI and his advisers intend to enjoy the quiet summer to advance along the path of reconciliation. After the authorisation allowing celebration according to all the old liturgical books (Motu proprio of 2007), after the lifting of the excommunication of the four schismatic bishops ordained by Archbishop Lefebvre, a new stage is opening up, more delicate however: one on divisive theological ground in particular with regard to Vatican II and the Magisterium of the recent Popes. One should know that the Pope has chosen the new secretary of the International Theological Commission, the Dominican Father Charles Morerod, precisely because of his sensitivity towards traditionalist interlocutors. In fact Morerod is the author of a doctoral thesis submitted to the faculty of theology at the University of Freiburg, Switzerland, on the master general of the Dominicans, commentator on St Thomas Aquinas, Thomas de Vio Cajetan (1469-1534) and his polemic debate with Luther.

Father Morerod for theological agreement

But Father Morerod is especially noted for his work Tradition and Christian unity. Dogma is made a condition for the possibility of ecumenism (Word and Silence, Paris, 2005), and he kicks hard against more liberal ecumenism (fron theologians such as Fries, Rahner or Tillard) in emphasizing the essential nature of a true Catholic thought, which must be truly theological and philosophical.

Hence, it accentuates the difference between Catholicism and Protestantism in a way that does not displease the most "tradi" circles. The same Father Morerod sought to comb the thought of a British Liberal Protestant, John Hick and in which work he specifically attacks the relativist spirit. Oh, this reminds us of someone else ... the choice of Father Morerod is therefore not by chance! In very concrete terms, the Ecclesia Dei commission will report to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (cf. Golias Hebdo n ° 85). There was a question at one time of whether it should be joined to the Congregation for Divine Worship, but this would be to forget that the problem is not solely or primarily liturgical. The new Motu Proprio to come, which will be prepared by the principal drafter of the Motu proprio of 2007, Monsignor Nicola Bux, professor of theology at Bari and advisor of Joseph Ratzinger will justifies the importance accorded to the doctrine of the fundamentalist controversy. The role of Don Nicola cannot be stressed enough.

The Italian prelate Nicola Bux for the new Motu Proprio

Consultor to the Congregation for the doctrine of the faith and waiting for a promotion strategy, Msgr Bux, an Italian priest of 63 years is friendly and discreet, but frighteningly conservative and accurate in his argument, being the determined and tireless craftsman not only of moving towards the integrists but of a restoration of traditional Catholicism as a whole. He drafted the 2007 Motu Proprio on the Mass in Latin. In his latest book, released last October in Italy, The Reform of Benedict XVI, prefaced by Vittorio Messori, Msgr Bux said that rebuilding the essence of the "sacred and divine liturgy”, will not be done with the hands of humanity. Otherwise, it "would serve no purpose other than to represent himself and specifially it does not save the man or the world, it does not sanctify it." He is convinced that the Liturgy of Saint Pius V honours to a greater degree the sense of the sacred than that of Pope Paul VI. He criticizes also quite fiercely the reform named after the Montini, a true "decomposition" of the liturgy according to him, and exacerbating what the theologian Louis Bouyer called the "decomposition of Catholicism."

Indeed, Msgr Bux is not confined solely to the liturgical domain. He denounced the opening to the world that defiles the Christian mystery and censures the relaxed life of priests in particular with regard to private life (célibat. ..). He is also against the fundamental deviance according to him of contemporary theology, which uses an "anthropological turn" (which he also denounced, following Cornelio Fabro, in Karl Rahner). He counter-poses a new turning towards the theocentric and Christocentric as symbolized by the celebration back to the East, his back turned to the faithful. It is easy to imagine the content and tone of the Motu Proprio of the near future with such a writer. Cardinal William Levada, Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, who besides health problems is distressed, frustrated and demoralized, no longer has the power to oppose such an ultra-conservative regression. Far from appearing as a defence of the Council, the Motu Proprio will propose a minimalist reading, erasing the new and challenging spirit. In sum, a council "in the spirit of tradition" as Archbishop Lefebvre recognized can be accepted! Is this still the Council whose importance Paul VI proclaimed in 1976 in the face of traditionalist dissent? Nothing is less certain.

Feast of St John the Baptist


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Make sure you have the approval of the World Catholic Association for Communication

Before you start a website that considers itself Catholic. They have issue a statement today criticising the increasing number of "private" Catholic internet sites, such as , and which has been seized on by the Diocese of Linz and the Archdiocese of Vienna.

Tough! No apologies! Cathcon carries on- as I am sure the esteemed websites above will do. We are in the business of truth and reality- what business is the Diocese of Linz in? I know! Pitta bread supply!

The Magnificence of the Pilgrimage to Chartres

Video from PBS

Our Lady of the Afflicted, pray for us!


Image of St John of God, from the days when hospital wards contained an altar at the end for Mass to be said day by day.

One glory after another

Scenes of Catholic life from old films ofBritish Pathe

The Highland Club - Your historic home beside Loch Ness

The Highland Club - Your historic home beside Loch Ness

"Today the austerity of monastic life has given way to the warmth of modern leisure living.

The Raven Group is dedicated to preserving the special character and many beautiful features of the abbey, its cloisters and the great towers that make it such a landmark. But inside, a programme of total renovation and discreet building is transforming the original spartan accommodation into ninety three distinctive one, two and three bedroom apartments. In addition, there will be twelve charming cottages in the grounds.

Wherever possible period features have been retained. So don't be surprised to find a gargoyle or two gazing down on you. Or a stained-glass window in your living room. "

The glorious history of Fort Augustus Abbey

St George, pray for England!

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Harrods sells part of Douai Abbey for over a million

Upper Woolhampton, Berkshire, RG7

With over 5000 square feet of outstanding accommodation including master bedroom with his and hers en suites, three further double bedroom suites, a cinema, stunning reception areas with vaulted oak ceiling and stone mullioned windows, state of the art kitchen and smart wiring integrated systems - a most outstanding apartment within the conversion of the famous Douai Abbey School.
Leasehold 999 years STC
Guide Price £ 1,850,000

4 Bedrooms
3 Reception Rooms
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Bishop Fellay video of new interview


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Monday, June 22, 2009

Mass under the name of Allah!

See 46 minutes in. The banner was already there in 2005.

They have removed statues and replaced them with formless pieces of "modern art".

Examine closely what passes for an altar. Videos here of what it replaced, already ghastly.

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God of Life, Father and Mother

Liturgical abuse in Brussels. 25 minutes in it goes from attrocious to worse.
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Two years earlier with a better view of the ghastly altar, now, horrible to say, replaced with something far worse- pictures to come.
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Out with the old model of priesthood


And in with the new!

And don't panic, they are Anglicans!

As is now he- not the model of priesthood, I originally advertised Fr Cutie as.

What a mistake to make! The Anglicans can keep him, the road back would be as painful as the way out was easy.

One of the last Masses of Joke, the Stealth Priestess

Before she was placed under Vatican ban in 2007. In 2006, she had already attracted Cathcon's attention but I doubt if the events are linked. The priest continues his weary way, but I think is being slowly replaced by other and more varied priests Sunday by Sunday.
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Bowling time again- nun at provincial chapter in Austria

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To be on the way-how an Austrian nun sees religious life


PS the woman in the picture is not the nun!
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Feast of St Alban


After that Julius Caesar, the first emperor of Rome, had divided the land of France, he made a shipping in to Great Britain, which now is called England, in the time of Cassibelaun, king of the Britons. And twice he was driven out, and the third time by the help of one Androgeus, duke of Kent, he had victory and conquered the realm and subdued it to Rome, and made it to pay yearly tribute, and ordained and stablished certain statutes in this land which were long observed and kept. Among which he ordained that none of this land should receive the order of knighthood, but only at Rome by the hands of the emperor, lest peradventure the rude people and unworthy would take upon them that order unworthily, which is of great dignity, and also they should make an oath never to rebel ne bear arms against the emperor, which statutes were used in all places obedient to Rome and under their subjection. Then reigned in the land of Britain, which is now called England, a king named Severus, which for to please the emperor Diocletian, who sent his son that hight Bassianus with many other lords' sons, of Cornwall, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, unto the number of a thousand five hundred and forty, among which was a prince's son of Wales in great array which hight Amphiabel, a goodly young man, and well learned in Latin, French, Greek, and Hebrew. Also there was in his fellowship a lord's son of the city of Verulam named Alban, which was a well disposed and seemly young man, and discreet in his governance. And all this fellowship came prosperously to Rome in the time when Zephyrus was pope of Rome, which saw the great beauty of this young company, and had compassion that they were not christian, and laboured as much as he might to convert them to the faith of Jesu Christ.

And among all other he converted the prince's son of Wales, Amphiabel, and baptized him, and informed him secretly in the faith. And then this holy Amphiabel forsook the pomp and glory of the world, and took on him wilful poverty for the love of Jesu Christ, and ever after continued his life in perfection. Also there were many other converted at that time whom Diocletian did do seek, but none could he find. Then he ordained a day in which these young men should receive the order of knighthood of the emperor's hand; and he himself girded their swords about them and informed them the rule and estate of the order. And when all the ceremonies were done longing to the order, and the oath sworn, Bassanius, son of king Severus, desired of the emperor that he might prove the feats of knighthood there in jousting and tourneying, which was granted to him and greatly allowed for his manly desire and noble request. In which tourney and jousts Bassanius and his fellowship had the prize and victory. And among all other, Alban was the best knight, and most best proved in strength, wherefore he had a sovereign name tofore all other, whose arms were of azure with a saltire of gold, which arms afterward bare the noble king Offa, first founder of the monastery called Saint Albans, and he bearing those arms had ever glorious victory, and after his death he left those arms in the monastery of Saint Alban. Then, when Bassanius and his fellowship had long sojourned in Rome, they asked licence of the emperor to return home into Britain, which the emperor granted to them all, save to Alban, whom for his manliness and prowess he would retain for to be in his service about his person, and so he abode with him there seven years. And after, for divers causes, Maximian, which was fellow to Diocletian was sent in to Britain with a great army for to subdue the rebels, with whom Alban came and was ordained prince of his knights, and so entered into Britain again. In that time Saint Pontian sat in the see at Rome, which by himself and virtuous men that preached, and by showing of miracles, converted unto the faith of Jesu Christ and christened in the city of Rome sixtysix thousand men.

The bookshop in the Cathedral Church of St Alban, now in Anglican hands, told me St Alban did not exist so they did not have any images of him.

His relics however rest behind the High Altar

England's most glorious martyrs- St John Fisher and St Thomas More


Even though today is the Feast of St Alban, the above being celebrated on July 9, posted for the sake of those who follow the new callendar. A card from before their canonisation.
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The answer to the Catholic crisis is not.....

If women's ordination and married clergy were the solution, England would have been converted.

Worldwide Twitter Campaign for Vocations


Worldwide Twitter Campaign for Vocations:

"The world needs priests. In some dioceses, the situation is critical - almost nobody seems to answer the call to the priesthood anymore. The remedy is given by Jesus himself: “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” (Matthew 9, 37-38).

In this Year Of The Priest, join the world wide Twitter Prayer Relay for future priests. Here is how it works:

1 - Choose a day and pray specifically for future priests (you will find prayers in several languages on this website).

2 - Post a Tweet that you are praying for vocations and invite your Twitter followers to do the same. Use #futurepriests in your Tweet so we can assemble all messages related to the campaign on this website.

The goal is to have several people praying for future priests on each day of the Year of the Priest.

On this website, you will not only meet other people who are praying for vocations, but you will be able to see who you are praying for: we will post interviews with seminarians from all over the world, sharing their experiences and telling us about how they discerned the call to the priesthood."

Two whole days of Papal time not wasted on Austria

Latest Newsflash - Inside the Vatican Magazine:

"'Two whole days!' a German friend told me last evening. 'Two whole days the Pope spent with the Austrian bishops this week! He stopped everything and focused only on that! Frankly, I can tell you, he read them the riot act on priestly celibacy, which is much-questioned in Austria. But that he took this amount of time is is unheard of!'"

Tu es Petrus!


Years of the Priesthood

Words of the Holy Curé of Ars

If we really understood what it meant to be a child of God, we would not be capable of doing evil (…) to be a child of God, oh, the beautiful dignity!

God’s mercy is like an overflowing stream. It sweeps away hearts as it passes.

It is not the sinner who returns to God to ask for forgiveness, it is God who runs after the sinner and makes him return to him.

Let us therefore give this joy to this good Father: let us return to him… and we will be happy.

The good Lord is always ready to receive us. His patience waits for us!

There are those who turn a cold heart to the Eternal Father. Oh, how mistaken they are! The Eternal Father, to disarm his justice, gave his Son an excessively good heart: you cannot give what you do not have…

There are those who say: "I have committed too many sins, the Good Lord cannot forgive me”. This is a gross blasphemy. It is the same as putting a limit on God’s mercy, which has none: it is infinite.

Our errors are grains of sand beside the great mountain of God’s mercy.

When the priest gives the absolution, we should think of only one thing: that the blood of the good Lord is poured out on our soul to wash it, purify it and make it as beautiful as it was after baptism.

The good Lord, in the moment of the absolution, tosses our sins behind his back, that is, he forgets them, erases them: they will never again reappear.

We will no longer speak about the sins which have been forgiven. They have been erased, they no longer exist!

The Eucharist and communion

All the good works put together do not equal the sacrifice of the Mass, because they are the work of men, while the Mass is a work of God.

There is nothing as great as the Eucharist.

Oh my children! What does Our Lord do in the Sacrament of his love? He took his good heart to love us, and extracts from this heart a perspiration of tenderness and mercy to drown the sins of the world.

There he is: the one who loves us so much! Why not love him!

The nourishment of soul and body is the blood of a God. If one thinks about it, one could lose oneself for all eternity in this abyss of love!

Come to communion, come to Jesus, come to live of Him, in order to live for Him.

The good Lord, wanting to give himself to us, in the sacrament of his love, has given us a great and profound longing that only he can satisfy.

Holy Communion produces in the soul something like a rush of air on a fire that begins to extinguish, but where there are still many embers!

When we began, if someone were to ask us: "What do you bring home with you?", we could respond: "I bring heaven".

Do not say that you are not worthy of it. It is true: you are not worthy it, but you need it.

Almost Bishop Wagner gives new interview


The parish priest of Windischgarsten in conversation about his absenteeism from the Mass yesterday, Reconciliation, Father Friedl and the division in the Catholic Church.

OÖN: Father, what did you do this afternoon?

Wagner: I was visiting.

OÖN: Did you not think of visiting a Church?

Wagner: The reconciliation Mass? No! I do not know what exactly there is to be reconciled. I see no
need for negotiations. And incidents like the Corpus Christi procession in Linz with the focaccia bread “monstrance” annoy me.

OÖN: This sounds like a convenient excuse.

Wagner: No! I have said about two weeks ago before witnesses that I would participate in the reconciliation Mass. Actions such as those with the monstrance concern the unity of the church.

OÖN: What are you doing for that?

Wagner: There is still much to be done. Catholicism must clearly result. The split in the diocese is
there, you cannot talk nicely around it. If I have a problem today, I must consider it and talk.

OÖN: Did you recently have contact with Bishop Schwarz?

Wagner: We have been on the phone two days ago for half an hour. He invited me to the reconciliation Mass. I told him: Please do it as you want, but we both have nothing to reconcile. Whether he has a strong regard for my person or is concerned about it, I do not care. Everyone has a different lifestyle.

OÖN: Just like the Ungenach priest Josef Friedl.

Wagner: I do not know anything from my side. Do you know of anything ? Supposedly Friedl has changed his attitude, says Schwarz. I hope he is right. This is the best for Friedl and Bishop. A return to celibacy would be good for all concerned.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Pontifical High Mass in New York


A warning to the US!

Extract from email received tonight

"Lastly, thank you as always for exposing the madness and lunacy of the Austrian bishops. You are a warning to us Catholics in the US of what's coming down the pike if we don't fight with all our might!"

New and important interview with Bishop Fellay in Austrian press

SSPX: "We are the black sheep in any case"

Despite conciliatory gestures to the Vatican, the arch-conservative SSPX on Saturday will illicitly ordain priests. Bishop Bernard Fellay, the successor of Archbishop Lefebvre explains why.

The Press: How is the dialogue going between the SSPX and Rome, which created so much dust in January?
Bishop Bernard Fellay: We have set out our ideas out in early June. The decision of the Pope on the design of the talks will be announced in the next few days. It is true that a special Commission will be set up for the discussion - with some Roman theologians and some of our priests.

What is your goal of getting closer: a special way for you in a small niche – or is a fundamental change in the church in your mind?
Fellay: It's a good question: Who or what should be changed? It is not true, of course, if someone claims that the whole church must change. We are not the great enemy. Our situation, I would rather compare with a thermometer that shows that there is a fever in the body. The fact is that there is a problem to be solved. And it is not our problem, but one of church leadership. The church suffers from a serious crisis, and Rome will treat it so gently that the disease developed and no end to the crisis is any more visible. We propose measures which could help.

There are two points of conflict: on one hand your thesis, the deposit of the Faith is generally in danger, and your rejection of specific documents of the Second Vatican Council. Do you want Rome to to take back or modify these documents, or is a "we agree to disagree" possible?
Fellay: The current confusion comes in large part from a cultural crisis of our world and not just the church - a crisis of thought, of philosophy. Some points of the crisis however also took concrete form in the Council. We see some causes of the crisis in the Council. Rome should be prepared to foster clarity, because there are many interpretations of the Vatican Council. What exactly should we recognize? Every theologian interprets the documents so differently. The Holy Father had to condemn already the interpretation of the Council as discontinuity and a break with the past. But 80% of bishops and theologians want this fracture. In this matter, we are not the problem.

You not only reject certain interpretations, but some Council documents themselves - when it comes to religious freedom and respect for other religions.
Fellay: One example: The Declaration on the Collegiality of the bishops (Conciliar document, Lumen Gentium) which was even corrected during Vatican II by Pope Paul VI.. The Conciliar text can only be interpreted in a Catholic sense with a text that the Pope issued, a so-called Nota praevia. (Pope Paul VI stated that the bishops can only lead the Church, as a collegial group, only “under and with the Pope”.) Sadly some read the Council without the Nota praevia.

Would a papal Nota praevia about these two contentious statements satisfy your requirements?
Fellay: We cannot pretend that we dictate how and what we in the Church thinks. That's never been our view. We say: The church has until now taught such and such, and there now arises something that is not clear. We ask for this clarification.

The other major sticking point between you and Rome is the Tridentine Rite. Due to the Pope’s re-authorization of this Rite, this has at least largely been defused. Is this enough for you already, or would you have expected even more?
Fellay: I'm sure there will be even more coming. Not from us, but for Rome itself the liturgical situation must be improved. That will come.

The Pope has easily adapted the old Rite, for example by a revision of the Good Friday prayers for the Jews. Do you pray the old version?
Fellay: We pray the old one.

Would it be possible that you to follow the Pope and introduce the new prayer?
Fellay: Yes, it would be conceivable. What the Pope is saying, does not contradict the faith. It is more of a problem against the backdrop of history, also because of the attitude of the believer - the Good Friday Prayer is one of the oldest prayers that we have.

A reconciliation with Rome, you probably need to give some kind of declaration of loyalty. Can you give this even if the church does not in all points return to dressing herself in the pre-Vatican II garment?
Fellay: I would rather say: If Catholic principles have been clarified, even though not everything has been resolved, then it is possible. There is a very practical question, which is now evident and that is: How are we accepted? There is a very sharp blockade. That is presently stopping us from going on. If we see too much opposition, then we simply say: Well, we still wait a bit.

A current bone of contention is the SSPX announcement of the ordination of three priests on the 27th June in Zaitzkofen in Germany. Many see it as a provocation for Rome and the Pope, whose outstretched hand now will be beaten back.
Fellay: I regret that this is seen as a provocation. These ordinations have been done annually for 30 years in the same form. When we have spoken with Rome about the excommunication, etc. there never has never been any question that these ordinations should no longer take place. For us it is a question of life, just as breathing is, we need these priests.

All cannot be focused on these three ordinations. Would not it be prudent to suspend the ordinations in order to improve the climate?
Fellay: The problem lies only in Germany. In Rome, there is sympathy for these ordinations, even if they say it is illegal and not according to the canon law. We were told that we are in an intermediate state in which we can talk peace, in which Rome can also observe us. We have nothing against it, if Rome would send an observer to us. We have offered, but perhaps not clearly enough.

Were you surprised that Rome had no conditions for the lifting of the excommunications?
Fellay: No, not really. It is about a rapprochement. This can only happen through small steps- for all wounds, and what has happened. In this sense, this gesture of the pope, which we gratefully accept was also meant as a gesture to improve the climate. For our part there is opening, but in no way to displace our work.

With the lifting of excommunication, the Pope was often compared to the father taking back his lost son who returned remorseful. Was there such a step, or do you not see yourself as a repentant lost sons?
Fellay: Yes, yes, but no longer in that direction. But there is an opening on our part. We have asked for these talks, and this request was accepted. We regret that certain parties try to sabotage them, with their present hatred.

Why do you not have the priestly ordinations elsewhere? The sharp reaction of the German bishops was to be expected.
Fellay: At this point, one sees that there will be evil. We can do whatever we will, we are the black sheep in any case. That is my impression. At some point, we say we will not now further retreat. You have to understand.

You therefore do not recognize any repudiation of the Pope in your acts?
Fellay: That would be a wrong interpretation of the deed. This is not a hostile act, I have written to the Pope and asked him, he should consider these ordinations as: not as a rebellion, but as a step of survival in difficult and complex circumstances.

However you want to interpret the ordinations, the Pope is being placed at any rate in an unpleasant situation.
Fellay: I understand that well. This situation is very unpleasant for all. Let me repeat: This problem comes from the different currents in the church, which themselves can hardly endure. This problem can ultimately only be resolved by the Pope. But I'm not even sure whether it ever can be resolved.

What is Bishop Williamson doing now?
Fellay: He is in London. He prays, he is studying, nothing else.

Is there a foreseeable end to the internal exile?
Fellay: I see none. The whole matter depends on him.

You would probably like a greater distancing from his Holocaust-denial.
Fellay: If such statements recur, then it would be unbearable.

Father Friedl announces he has not changed his life

Despite the best efforts of the Bishop of Linz to imply otherwise. The Bishop knows when Friedl goes, there will be more and more priests that have to go.

One Cathcon contact says he knows of at least seven others- Cathcon knows one from personal experience.

More soon.

Bishop of Linz needs to practice ecumenism within his Diocese

before worrying about it outside the Diocese.
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Latin Mass Society on Gloria TV

This video and many more besides

Why not become a priest?


(and test your language skills!)

Altar used as parking place at Bikers Mass in Germany


St Rose of Lima pray for us!

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Let's all hold hands in Linz

A meeting of nuns in that Diocese (again!)

Christian Europe's Vital Signs!?

from the National Catholic Register:

"Perhaps nowhere is this more true than within European Catholicism, where new religious currents have become a potent force. Examples include movements such as the Focolare,

the Emmanuel Community,

and the Neocatechumenate Way,

all of which are committed to a re-evangelization of Europe. These movements use charismatic styles of worship and devotion that would seem more at home in an American Pentecostal church, but at the same time they are thoroughly Catholic. Though most of these movements originated in Spain and Italy, they have subsequently spread throughout Europe and across the Catholic world. Their influence over the younger clergy and lay leaders who will shape the church in the next generation is surprisingly strong."

Catholic Workers Movement

Or Sacred Heart Marxists as they are known in Germany, taking a cross around the parishes of Cologne showing the number of unemployed in place of the titulus.

Children being misinstructed about the Mass

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Feast of St. Juliana Falconieri


from the Catholic Encyclopedia

Born in 1270; died 12 June, 1341. Juliana belonged to the noble Florentine family of Falconieri. Her uncle, St. Alexis Falconieri, was one of the seven founders of the Servite Order (q.v.). Through his influence she also consecrated herself from her earliest youth to the religious life and the practices of Christian perfection. After her father's death she received about A.D. 1385 from St. Philip Benitius, then General of the Servites, the habit of the Third Order, of which she became the foundress. Until her mother's death she remained in her parents' house, where she followed the rule given her by St. Philip Benitius, practicing perfect chastity, strict mortification, severe penance, zealous prayer, and works of Christian charity. After her mother's death she and several companions moved into a house of their own in 1305, which thus became the first convent of the Sisters of the Third Order of Servites, Juliana remaining the superior until the end of her life. Their dress consisted of a black gown, secured by a leathern girdle, and a white veil. As the gown had short sleeves to facilitate work, people called the sisters of the new order "Mantellate". They devoted themselves especially to the care of the sick and other works of mercy, and the superioress, through her heroic deeds of charity, set a noble example to all. For thirty-five years Juliana directed the community of Servite Tertiaries.

An extraordinary occurrence, mentioned in the oratio of her feast day, took place at her death. Being unable to receive Holy Communion because of constant vomiting, she requested the priest to spread a corporal upon her breast and lay the Host on it. Shortly afterwards the Host disappeared and Juliana expired, and the image of a cross, such as had been on the Host, was found on her breast. Immediately after her death she was honoured as a saint. The Order of Servite Tertiaries was sanctioned by Martin V in 1420. Benedict XIII granted the Servites permission to celebrate the Feast of St. Juliana. Clement XII canonized her in 1737, and extended the celebration of her feast on 19 June to the entire Church. St. Juliana is usually represented in the habit of her order with a Host upon her breast.

As Cathcon will soon be know- from The hermeneutic of continuity: Via Twitter

Sadly someone has already claimed it- entirely blank, unlike Cathcon.

Zero news in the Diocese of Winona.

How the Americans responded to SSPX ordinations, in contrast to the extreme noises of the German bishops.

Bishop Rifan in New York

Father Zuhlsdorf in procession- somewhere!

"My name is Bunny, I know nothing" Bishop of Linz


The tragic history of Father Friedl

Among flowering trees in the beautiful soft meadow
were the two of us in the sun, your head on my lap.
We were in love and touching
Then loud rustling, and before the two of us, a rabbit appears astonished
The rabbit is amazed and says:
O pardon me!

My name is Bunny, I know nothing!
Is this what happened? I have seen nothing !
Only grass and clover in the winter and much snow.
My name is Bunny, I do not know what to do

Every day when you were free, then we went beyond the meadow
which was then our house.
We dreamed and slept together.
We were alone, only in the tree the wind sang softly:
You can depend on me!


Where we both loved, only straw lies today.
I go my way alone, where are you, tell me where?
I complain to the world and cry out by night:
What have you done? Where is my happiness?
But only an echo comes back:

Cathcon- inspired by Father Friedl knowing nothing, but rather more applicable to the Bishop of Linz who knows less.

The Bugs Bunny Version

The Seven Requests of the Austrian Bishops

following their meeting this week.

To show Christ to people

To learn and to teach how to pray

To increase and to deepen the knowledge of the Faith

To display signs of being Christian

To protect the culture of the Sabbath

To protect and expound life

To support solidarity in Europe and worldwide

Cathcon has two comments,

and where are all the Catholics in Linz when it comes to demonstrating outside Linz General Hospital about the abortions carried out there? Too busy writing to Rome to protest against Fr Wagner and his kind.

Comedy Showtime in the Diocese of Linz

Reactions – Linzer Komödiantenstadl

The Conciliar Church in the scandal Diocese of Linz is more and more a sad collection of comedic figures which serve to amuse the populace. Yesterday, Bishop Ludwig Schwarz of Linz came up with a sensational announcement.

The collar and tie wearing Linz priest and breaker of celibacy vows, Revd Josef Friedl (65), had decided to abandon his dissolute life and take his priestly obligations seriously again.

The controversial priest had even before the recent trip of some Austrian bishops to the Vatican signed a written declaration. This was also shown to the Pope.

On the same day, Revd Friedl denied the version of the Bishop of Linz on the anticlerical 'Austrian Broadcasting Service’.

Bishop Schwarz fell from every cloud. To the news agency 'kathpress', he displayed amazement that Father Friedl,knew nothing of his return to priestly life.

This is contrary to the results of the personal meeting between himself and the celibacy breaker - asserted Mons. Schwarz. He promised to clarify the situation as quickly as possible.

The public taken for stupid

A few minutes after publishing the release of the Bishop of Linz, the paleo-liberal spokesman of the Diocese of Linz, Ferdinand Kaineder, on Friday evening,issued a further "statement".

It should be seen as a "misunderstanding" - Kaineder declared.

Fr Friedl spent the last two weeks spent in the Holy Land. Upon his return, he immediately held a funeral (Cathcon- whose ? - the Diocese ?).

Bishop Schwarz and Hw. Friedl could no longer speak about the results of recent meetings with the Pope.

"Hence, Fr Friedl in very short phone discussions responded each time with: 'I know nothing' or 'I know nothing about a letter (from Rome) '."

The cleric had so far received no news, that the statement which he delivered to his bishop had been considered and taken seriously in Rome.

However, 'Austrian Broadcasting Corporation' wrote on Friday before the opinions of the priest were known, that it "had the impression" that he did not wish to part from his concubine of 25 years standing.

Four minutes to midnight in Linz


Pope losing patience with Austrian bishops, Vatican-watcher reports

And about ten to in the rest of the country.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ecumenical Corpus Christi Procession in Erfurt

Preacher carrying Bible next to the Blessed Sacrament.

I was reminded of Dom Bede Jarrett's anecdote in his History of the English Dominicans.

King Henry II of England was "in worldly affairs imprudent, but in Spiritual affairs most devout." It is the pious side of the King's character that is of most interest. For example, he notes that daily the King heard three sung Masses (cum nota, i.e., chanted to plain song) and several low Masses. To him Saint Louis of France urged one day, when the two lay encamped in France, in half-scandalized banter, that it was also a good thing to hear sermons, which Henry apparently avoided. The Saint's rebuke was answered with " courtly humour," says the chronicler (with deep mystic insight we would further add):

"I would rather see my Friend than hear another speak ever so well of Him."

Alienated children- Diocese of Linz celebrates 30 years of youth Masses


Jesus was (not) grilled in Linz

Lupe, der Satire-Blog: Jesus wurde in Linz gegrillt

Cathcon cannot believe for one moment that the Eucharist at which the Donner Kebab bread was used was in any way valid.

St Maria Goretti and the English Madonna


And the most remarkable repentence ever known.

12 Million Rosaries! Crusaders now carry a weapon more effective than any sword!


NB Not an SSPX production but by someone who is closely associated.

Bishop of Linz on Corpus Christi Scandal

Statement published in Linz- Cathcon translation

The five Linz parishes of St. Mark, Christ the King, Urfahr City Parish, St. Leopold and the Linz City Parish together celebrated Corpus Christi this year on the square between the Ars Electronica Centre and Urfahr Parish Church. The form of the ceremony has triggered irritation.

For the Eucharist, the five Parishes used bread baked specifically according to relevant regulations. It was consecrated in Mass and distributed in communion. Some bread remained left over. Sisters thereupon brought this consecrated Bread to the surrounding parishes, so it could be used in the services. So they were used at two Masses in the Basilica on Pöstlingberg. The Parish Priest Joseph Pichler OSF also offered communicants the opportunity to receive the usual Hosts.

On an internet platform , the form of the celebration was criticized. The Linz parishes showed surprise at the criticism. The ceremony itself was conducted in a worthy manner with no criticism in the parishes.

Special forms need permission.
Diocesan Bishop Ludwig Schwarz now points to the regulation of Corpus Christi processions produced by the Austrian bishops in 1979. Catholic parishes testify in the Corpus Christi procession testify to their faith and devotion in the sacrament of the Eucharist and specifically in public. This should be “dignified and without compromising the required reverence”. Therefore, special forms of the procession or the Eucharistic adoration should be agreed with the Bishop. Celebrations should not cause offence. In specific cases, when such an agreement is not given, the Bishop cannot identify with the extraordinary form of worship followed.

"Even if some prayer groups know the use of Focaccia bread, this does not correspond to the tradition of our culture, especially not for the Eucharistic Adoration, "said Bishop Schwarz. The Adoration should therefore take place in the whole diocese in the usual way with the consecrated Host in the appropriate receptacle- the monstrance .

"It is very unfortunate and makes me suffer as a bishop, if a Celebration which should express intimate communion and the unity with the Lord and the church among themselves should be the occasion to give scandal to believers", Bishop Schwarz stated.

The difference between a dustbin and the Vatican

is not clear to the Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna

Vatican throws down gauntlet to SSPX

Reuters story

Almost Bishop Wagner

According to reports in Die Presse, Father Wagner is leaving open whether or not he will attend the Reconciliation Mass announced by Bishop Schwarz.

Priest of the Diocese of Linz


The one with the saw- this is not a stealth priestess picture!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Vatican issues declaration on Church in Austria


It concerns, before anything else, the situation in the Diocese of Linz (Cathcon- you can say that again).

The Holy See has today, Tuesday, issued the following Declaration on the two meetings of Cardinal Schönborn and the three other Austrian Bishops which have taken place since yesterday, Monday, with Pope Benedict XVI. and with leading representatives of the Roman Curia in the Vatican. The new Apostolic Nuncio in Austria, Archbishop Peter Stephan Zurbriggen attended.

The Holy Father asked the shepherds, in particular, to attempt renewal by engaging in catechesis in the light of the Catechism the Catholic Church. Tomorrow, Wednesday, the summer session of the Austrian Bishops' Conference begins in Mariazell.
* * *
Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn
Archbishop of Vienna, Chairman of the Austrian Bishops' Conference
Archbishop Alois Kothgasser
Archbishop of Salzburg
Bishop Egon Kapellari
Bishop of Graz-Seckau, Vice Chairman of the Austrian Bishops' Conference
Bishop Ludwig Schwarz Bishop of Linz
Also present was:
Archbishop Peter Stephan Zurbriggen
Apostolic Nuncio to Austria
From the side of the Roman Curia:
Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re
Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops
Cardinal William Joseph Levada
Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Cardinal Claudio Hummes
Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy
Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski
Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education
Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko
President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity

At this meeting, genuine collegiality was identified and in a fraternal dialogue and in a constructive spirit some topics relating to the situation of the Diocese of Linz and the Church in Austria were discussed, solutions for current problems being addressed. The Holy Father recalled the urgency of deepening of faith, full fidelity to Vatican II and the Magisterium of the post-conciliar Church and the renewal of catechesis in the light of Catechism of the Catholic Church. Moreover, doctrinal and pastoral issues and issues pertaining to the situation of the clergy, the laity, the seminaries and Theological Faculties in Linz and in other dioceses in Austria were discussed.

The Austrian Bishops thanked the Holy Father for his paternal care and for this encounter, as a sign of his solidarity with the Church in Austria, and expressed to him their full communion and loyalty. The Austrian Bishops also thank the Roman Curia for the fruitful cooperation and for their readiness to assist in the matter.

Cathcon: Linz has got a very limited time to come to order or there will be an Apostolic Visitation, and a new Bishop.

Linz Bishop to celebrate Mass

A second service for the unity of the Diocese is to take place on 21st June. This, unlike the last one, is to be a Mass- Cathcon suspects instructions from Rome as this has been released while the Bishop is away. Finally, the Bishop discovers that his celebration of the Eucharist is at the centre of Diocesan unity.

Caution: could be a diversionary tactic- it may be that Bishop Schwarz will no longer be the bishop by then!

They did not know for He whom the bell tolled, it tolled also for the death of Catholicism

By long-tradition the muffled bell for the dead (used also for funerals) is rung at 3 pm on Friday from the Cathedral of Linz to commemorate the death of Our Lord

Bishop Ludwig and the Donner Kebab Priests

More satire from Austria, showing that the Cardinal also finds the use of leavened bread acceptable.

Music from Ali and the Donner Kebab Boys

Bishop Fellay responds to threat of re-excommunications

ZENIT - Pius X Society: Restructuring of Ecclesia Dei Imminent

Bishop Fellay counters that the Society of St. Pius X already delayed subdiaconate ordinations in Regensburg earlier this year, and that he believes that the Vatican now "has no basic problems" with the upcoming priestly ordinations.

"We cannot just now say, 'stop breathing,'" he argues in defense of the society's continued administration of the sacraments. "We need to breathe. And, definitely, if the Pope was so good to take away the excommunications, that mean he doesn’t want us now to die."

The society is planning to proceed with the ordinations, despite Bishop Fellay’s concern that new excommunications could "jeopardize everything" and derail the society’s discussions with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Central to those talks will be the society's unambiguous condemnations of the Second Vatican Council, particularly in reference to the council’s affirmations of religious liberty, ecumenism and the separation of Church and state.

The threat of excommunication used against the SSPX devalues its use against people who really are in need of excommunication.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Illustration for article on Corpus Christi

In the Linz Diocesan Newspaper
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Second meeting with Pope planned for Austrian delegation

This will take place tomorrow after the one which took place today. Looks to Cathcon that examples of how not to proceed are to be made of Austria in general and Linz in particular. reports tonight that the notorious Corpus Christi procession in Linz has been a cause of irritation in Rome. In some parts of the curia, irritation is probably an understatement.

Nuntius- 28th May- Everthing in Linz is Absolutely Wonderful


Church as family- and what a happy family it is not in Linz.

The Bishop of Linz is so worried that he promotes tree huggers

He has just issued a press release supporting sustainable business and a change in lifestyle to combat global warming and inviting his diocese to a Global Church Specialist Seminar in the Benedictine Monastery of Lambach (where incidentally one Adolf Hitler was a server).

One of the speakers Dr Vandana Shiva is an eco-feminist which is another name for

Among the sponsors of the seminar is something called KOO the Coordination Office of the Austrian Bishops Conference for Development and Mission/ Just Improvement in Climate Campaign (what a mouthful but that is their title!).

The seminar has a whole list of questions to be answered. The best of them- are you yourself in a crisis?

Really what a diocese!

They talk about justice when it comes to climate change and did no justice to Father Wagner. They promote tree huggers instead of the veneration of the Cross of Christ, our and their only hope. They want to develop the rest of the world when the Diocese is falling apart in front of their noses. This diocese without new leadership is not a sustainable business and the bishop long overdue for a change in lifestyle. They could certainly do with chopping down a few less trees for the overblown bureaucracy needed to serve the pseudo-clericalised lay elite of the Diocese.

Bishop sues nuns

Must be an almost unique case- motto don't close viable schools.

Linz Rite of the Mass

Christ becomes known in the gathered community- did someone never tell them that Christ is behind many of them in the tabernacle. The eternal presence rather than one dependent on the contingent congregation.

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Corpus Christi as Catholics celebrate the Feast


Hat tip

Month of the Sacred Heart


Linz- how much longer? Deep satire


Brilliant- see also if you can spot the stealth priestess.

Corpus Christi venues

19th century Hofgastein

21st century Linz- the Ars Electronica Centre

Having failed to unite church and state in the Anglican manner, the Diocese of Linz tries to unite church and technology.

There will be Corpus Christi processions in the traditional manner, long after all the glowing glass panes of the Ars Electronic Centre have been shattered and the whole building crumbled to dust.

Diocese of Linz take communist attitude

Just like the Communist who airbrushed out embarrassing people from official photographs, the picture of the notorious Linz monstrance has now disappeared from the website.

All too late to save their ecclesiastical careers in Rome.

Apostolic visitation now!

Tale of two Feasts of Corpus Christi


For comparison

Linz Rite Linz Corpus Christi