Friday, July 31, 2009

Feast of St Peter in Chains


The martyrs of the Mamertine prison on the right, together with a list of saints who later visited the place.

From the Catholic Encyclopedia

A third Roman feast of the Apostles takes place on 1 August: the feast of St. Peter's Chains. This feast was originally the dedication feast of the church of the Apostle, erected on the Esquiline Hill in the fourth century. A titular priest of the church, Philippus, was papal legate at the Council of Ephesus in 431. The church was rebuilt by Sixtus III (432-40) at the expense of the Byzantine imperial family. Either the solemn consecration took place on 1 August, or this was the day of dedication of the earlier church. Perhaps this day was selected to replace the heathen festivities which took place on 1 August. In this church, which is still standing (S. Pietro in Vincoli), were probably preserved from the fourth century St. Peter's chains, which were greatly venerated, small filings from the chains being regarded as precious relics. The church thus early received the name in Vinculis, and the feast of 1 August became the feast of St. Peter's Chains (Duchesne, op. cit., 286 sqq.; Kellner, loc. cit., 216 sqq.). The memory of both Peter and Paul was later associated also with two places of ancient Rome: the Via Sacra, outside the Forum, where the magician Simon was said to have been hurled down at the prayer of Peter and the prison Tullianum, or Carcer Mamertinus, where the Apostles were supposed to have been kept until their execution. At both these places, also, shrines of the Apostles were erected, and that of the Mamertine Prison still remains in almost its original form from the early Roman time. These local commemorations of the Apostles are based on legends, and no special celebrations are held in the two churches. It is, however, not impossible that Peter and Paul were actually confined in the chief prison in Rome at the fort of the Capitol, of which the present Carcer Mamertinus is a remnant.

Feast of St Ignatius


His statue in the Church of the Jesu in Rome.
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August dedicated to Our Lady


Feast of St Ignatius


Of your charity pray for the repose of the souls of the five Father Gillibrands of the Society of Jesus, including Father William who was the first Catholic priest in Liverpool after the reformation.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Investigations against Bishop Williamson falter

The progress of the proceedings against the Holocaust denier is currently unclear. Problems have arisen with a request to Sweden.

The investigations against the British Bishop Richard Williamson of the people are stalled.

The Chief Prosecutor in Regensburg, Günther Ruckdäschel has confirmed the reports on Bavarian Radio that there are problems with a request for legal assistance to Sweden. The bishop of the controversial SSPX denied the holocaust in an interview with a Swedish television station.

The Swedish authorities have now indicated that the TV journalist, not as by the German investigators wished, cannot be interviewed. Apparently, the status of the reporter in the Scandinavian country prevents interview as a witness.

"We cannot understand the law. For us there would be no problem to interview a journalist," said Ruckdäschel. The progress of the proceedings against Williamson is currently unclear. The Regensburg Prosecutor is awaiting further news on whether the European Judicial Network can still obtain the statement of the television man. "If nothing comes from Sweden, we must pause to consider how to proceed without this statement," said the chief investigator.

The 69-year-old Williamson in the SSPX’s Zaitzkofen seminary near Regensburg had argued against the murder of six million Jews in gas chambers and acknowledged only a smaller number of victims in the Nazi concentration camps. He has responded to the investigation via his lawyer. Williamson said that he had assumed that the interview would not be shown in Germany. In several other states, in contrast to the Federal Republic, denial of the Holocaust is not an offence.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

More non-Muslims turning to sharia courts in UK

Report in The Times emphasising just how close society is to the abyss in the UK.

The Government has reached the end of the economic road. Socialists should never be allowed to play with money.

New Calvinist is but old Calvinist writ large

Calvinism, with its exaggerated Augustinianism is bad news in any age.

New Euro-Church Body proposed by Patriarch

From ENI

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos I, a spiritual leader who represents Eastern Orthodox Christianity, has called for the creation of a churches' umbrella body in Europe to include Roman Catholics alongside Anglicans, Orthodox and Protestants.

"It is only by engaging in dialogue and by closely cooperating that the churches will prove capable of proclaiming the Gospel of Christ to the world in a convincing and effective way," the Orthodox leader said in a 19 July address in Lyon, France to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Conference of European Churches.

CEC now has about 120 member churches, principally Anglican, Orthodox and Protestant, but Bartholomeos said that Europe needs a grouping that includes the Catholic Church.

Will the body allow several Anglican groups to be members?

All 44 churches closed by Allenstown Diocese


A photo album.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

How French children used to prepare for confession


Part II

A Cathcon production!

Vatican teaching Hezbollah how to kill Jews, says Israeli army pamphlet

Cathcon- off topic- but of all the stupid statements that are made in public, this could not be more stupid and is indicative of the general approach of a small part of the Jewish community to the Catholic Church.

The Pope and the cardinals of the Vatican help organize tours of Auschwitz for Hezbollah members to teach them how to wipe out Jews, according to a booklet being distributed to Israel Defense Forces soldiers.

Officials encouraging the booklet's distribution include senior officers, such as Lt. Col. Tamir Shalom, the commander of the Nahshon Battalion of the Kfir Brigade.

The booklet was published by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, in cooperation with the chief rabbi of Safed, Rabbi Shmuel Eliahu, and has been distributed for the past few months.

The booklet, titled "On Either Side of the Border," purports to be the testimony of "a Hezbollah officer who spied for Israel."

"The book is distributed regularly and everyone reads it and believes it," said one soldier. "It's filled with made-up details but is presented as a true story. A whole company of soldiers, adults, told me: 'Read this and you'll understand who the Arabs are.'"

How German children used to prepare for confession


A Cathcon production!

Rome preparing to appoint new auxilliary in Linz?

All Roads Lead to Rome

The Pope has injured his wrist after a fall on Friday during his holiday in Italy.
After a brief treatment in the hospital, he is carrying on with his holiday after an unusually intense and difficult half year, said a press release from "Kathpress," the Catholic news agency.

But the Diocese of Linz currently has caught nothing of the holiday mood. The "dismissal" of Ferdinand Kaineder as head of the Communications Office of the Diocese of Linz, again ensures that the grass roots of the church are again agitated. Bishop Ludwig Schwarz is accused of bowing to the wishes of arch-conservative groups in the Diocese of Linz.

Not only Kaineder himself, but also the campaign group “We are Church” and Catholic Action Upper Austria see the dismissed press chief as a victim of ultra-conservative circles.

Kaineder was blamed, as he himself reported, for the diocesan Youth CD from 2006 which contained open statements about sexuality.

Also, that he is a representative of the "Linz Way" and that as spokesman of the Bishop, he did not entirely conform with the programme, outlook and statements of the Bishop gave rise to anger among the conservatives.

Bishop Ludwig Schwarz justified the dismissal so that Kaineder as a committed colleague always drew attention to himself for controversial positions.

This brought him in tension with his tasks as spokesperson of the Bishop. Schwarz has offered his ex-press chief however, other specific employment opportunities in the Diocese.

Immediately after his firing Kaineder said that from specific parties a defamation campaign had been run against him for a number of years

Defamation campaign

After Rundschau am Sonntag showed him an emailed linked from the campaign, Kaineder’s suspicions were confirmed.

From outside, the impression was always woken that there could be a connection between and the initiative, Kirchentreu

It was always known to me that they worked together. It appeared to me that the information channels between Rome and functioned well.
“I believe also that these channels are responsible for my sacking”, said Kaineder.

Explosive email

In the cited email of 4th February, Franz Gangl, head of the movement, Kirchentreu and producer for KTV invited his colleague Klaus Fruhstorfer to a meeting with Roland Noe, the chief editor of the internet platform,

Gangl wrote about a press conference at which Bishop Schwarz and parish priest, Gerhard Maria Wagner were present.

He joked about Kaineder and told Fruhstorfer that his concern about the Nudist Doorkeeper (Cathcon??!!) (meaning Kaineder) was completely unfounded. At that time, the consecration of Gerhard Maria Wagner was still to be taking place.

Gangl wrote that he had whispered to Wagner at the end of the press conference that the church tax boycott could now end and that the money that had been paid into escrow accounts could be handed over to the new Bishop as a welcome gift.

That Rome has spoken influential words in the Diocese was made clear to Rundschau am Sonntag by a church insider.

"Supposedly the Kaineder documentation has been on the desk of the pope. Furthermore in Rome, the appointment of a new auxiliary bishop shall be prepared. "
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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Linz gives platform to atheist at Ecumenical Summer Academy


"One can be quite certain that God does not exist when one takes together the results of historical studies, also religious studies, and before anything the results of natural science, and really seriously and genuinely examine their consults, one must really come to the conclusion that God does not exist and that the belief in God can only be maintained against an overwhelming flood of counter-arguments. It is more important to have a good job or a happy relationship or pleasant friends than to worry about whether God exists."

Professor Dr Wetz

Cathcon: not even the Church of England would be so stupid as to give Professor Dawkins a platform.   But anything becomes possible when Papal authority is rejected.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Cardinal in ecumenical chorus line in Berlin for bread blessing

Festival of the Churches at the beginning of the month. The Cardinal is Georg Kardinal Sterzinski, and the protestant representative, Bishop Huber already reported on this blog for a variety of reasons.

Kyrie eleison!

You I will praise all the time

Coptic bread blessing

The chorus line
Alt-Katholische Kirche, Anglikanische Kirche, Armenisch-Apostolische Kirche, Äthiopisch-Orthodoxe Kirche, Berliner Mennoniten-Gemeinde, Bulgarische Orthodoxe Kirche, Bund Evangelisch-Freikirchlicher Gemeinden (Baptisten), Christliches Zentrum Berlin, Evangelisch-methodistische Kirche, Evangelische Brüder-Unität Herrnhuter Brüdergemeine, Evangelische Kirche Berlin-Brandenburg-schlesische Oberlausitz (EKBO), Finnische Lutherische Gemeinde (s. EKBO), Freie evangelische Gemeinden, Griechisch-Orthodoxe Kirche (Antiochien), Griechisch-Orthodoxe Kirche (Konstantinopel), Die Heilsarmee, Koptisch-Orthodoxe Kirche, Mülheimer Verband freikirchlich-evangelischer Gemeinden, Niederländische Gemeinde Berlin, Niederländische Ökumenische Gemeinde, Reformiertes Moderamen (s. EKBO), Religiöse Gesellschaft der Freunde (Quäker), Römisch-Katholische Kirche Erzbistum Berlin, Rumänisch-Orthodoxe Kirchengemeinde Berlin, Russische Orthodoxe Kirche, Schwedische Victoriagemeinde, Selbständige Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche, Serbisch-Orthodoxe Kirche, Siebenten-Tags-Adventisten, Syrisch-Orthodoxe Kirche von Antiochien sowie der Rat der afrikanischen Christen in Berlin-Brandenburg und der Internationale Konvent Christlicher Gemeinden in Berlin-Brandenburg.

Lutheran liturgy in Latin- not a common sight!


Stealth priestess gives blessing in the Diocese of Linz


(on St Valentine's Day)

Papal vacation interrupted by slight medical problem


Celibacy becomes private matter for priests in Linz


Father Josef Friedl has confirmed that in five conversations with Bishop Ludwig Schwarz he has dispelled all ambiguities about his attitude to celibacy.
OÖN: Father, has everything been discussed bv you and Bishop Ludwig?

Friedl: Basically it is settled. The Bishop said at a press conference that I can remain a parish priest.There were five conversations with him, but I have to keep to our understanding to say nothing more. I trigger nothing more.

OÖN: This means you have left the relationship with your partner?

Friedl: I will certainly not go into it. I say nothing. I've clarified everything out from my side. My private life is private.

OÖN: Bishop spokesman Ferdinand Kaineder was this week relieved of his duties. What do you say to that?
Friedl: bad, very bad. He is a great man and had many good ideas. It is very unfortunate that one looses such people.

OÖN: Did you fear that conservative groups in the Catholic Church could also boot you out?
Friedl: the right wing circles, yes ... Direct fear not, but they have set directed their fire at me.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

More fallibility and error in the Diocese of Linz


Following yesterday's report from Cathcon, the Upper Austrian Ecumenical Summer Academy, or the Witches' Sabbath as calls the show, entered its second day.

First speaker, Dr Franz Wuketits claims that God plays no role in evolution.

The second, Dr Pietschman then goes on that it is fully impossible that natural science can prove there is no God and likewise fully impossible that theology can show that there is.

St Thomas Aquinas would quarrel with both statements.

There is then a picture of the great observatory of the Monastery of Kremsmunster and the Abbot appears saying that today there is not such a great conflict- which contradicts the initial commentary of the programme.

The faces are in the monastery grounds and are works of modern art. The religious significance is next to nothing.

Le Corbusier has much to answer for


Not least this church, under threat in recent riots, which was inspired by the Cult of Mithras. 

Universal salvation is a heresy- pro multis does not mean for all


which is sadly proclaimed in Novus Ordo Masses in many countries where the words of institution over the chalice by Our Lord have been mistranslated as "for all" instead of "for many". This is a grave error as the words of the Bible have been changed. How can the fruits of the Mass be applied if everyone is saved.

Cathcon has now studied no less than seventy four "words of institution" in the many and venerable rites that at to be found in Eastern Christendom.

Here are the results

Primarily offered for:

You and many
41 times




No words

They who drink

Those who receive

Life eternal



Not specified

Why do Bishop's conferences carry on permitting this manifestly erroneous translation, which conforms neither to Scripture or Tradition?

Full background here.

Catholic university education disappearing in Bavaria

A report from Bild.

After a decision on fundamental principles from the government on the theological training, the Catholic Theology Faculty of the University of Passau will be now closed. The University Board has decided that the Faculty will be merged into the Philosophy Faculty on 1st October, according to a report from the university on Thursday. In future, now more theology diploma students will be taught, only religious studies teachers. The Regional Parliament has decided with the support of the Vatican that in Bavaria there will be only four instead of six Catholic theology faculties. The Bamberg Faculty will be the next to be laid to rest.

Cathcon: looking on the bright side of life- less employment opportunities for modernist "theologians"- but it will be a long way back to reconstruct Catholic theology when there are fewer and fewer faculties.

Telephone interview with future Auxilliary Bishop of Linz

Dr Felix Fromm (which means Dr Happily Pious)
Will celibacy now be finally abandoned in the Diocese of Linz?
Will women be ordained?
Should the laity preach at Mass?
Will there be a Corpus Christi procession with pitta bread ever again in Linz?
Will you conform to the Linz Way?

Which part of the word NO do the liberals of the Diocese of Linz not understand.

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Priest allegedly worked as a pimp

From Spiegel Online

He took the matter of charity literally: A French priest found a young prostitute a job in a massage parlor gives. Now he must answer a charge of pimping.

Paris - A French priest from Metz allegedly worked as a pimp. He has been suspended from service. The judiciary have undertaken a preliminary investigation, reported the newspaper L'Alsace. "

According to initial investigations the priest wanted to find a young prostitute a job in a massage parlour in which he himself had been a customer several times. The approximately 50-year-old did not profit from it, but only wanted to help the young woman, his lawyer Alain Behr stated.

Indeed a pimp ring was active based at the massage parlour who offered young women on the internet. The gang was active not only in Lorraine, but also in Luxembourg, Belgium and Paris.

Of the ten suspected members under investigation since June, a pair has spent about ten days in jail, the priest being temporarily held in custody and released subject to bail conditions.

Another Passionist saint?


Never has such a small order, given rise to so many saints!

Linz welcomes Professor who accused Pope of misusing his office

The Upper Austrian Ecumenical Summer Academy which is taking place in the Benedictine Monastery of Kremsmunster opened today.

It is sponsored by ORF Upper Austria und ORF-Religion (Cathcon- state run TV), the Ecumenical Council of Churches in Austria, the Linz Private University for Catholic Theology, the Protestant Educational Movement in Upper Austria, the Linz Diocesan Newspaper, the monastery herself and the Upper Austrian Government.

Linz have excelled themselves- the first speaker of the day was Professor Hünermann who accused the Pope on the lifting of the SSPX excommunications of misusing his office and also said that the lifting was null and void because the necessary act of penance allegedly had not been made. The Bishop of Graz is one of the final speakers so hopefully he will take the opportunity of reminding people of the falsity of these rash comments. The Professor is one of the world's great ecumenists, except when it comes to the SSPX.

From Upper Austrian TV- "the Church becomes more conservative" I, for one, certainly hope so.

Sabine Bieberstein one of the other speakers is a top feminist theologian who definitely supports women preaching during Mass and doubtless their attempted ordination as well. She maintained in one of her sermons that there were no priests in New Testament times- try telling that to those present at the Last Supper.

And another of the speakers, Manuela Kalsky who somehow is a Professor at a Dominican House of Studies has written a book calling for christology to be recast from a feminist perspective and, at the time of the release of Gibson's Passion denied that Christ died to pay the price for our sins.

The same woman "does" feminist theology.

Bertram Stubenrauch yet another speaker has distinguished himself by calling for hand communion, female servers and extraordinary ministers to be introduced into the old Rite, together with Sacro-pop music!

And finally speaker Franz Josef Wetz has written a book called "The Illusion of Human Dignity".

What a sorry hot-spot of dissidence and infidelity.

They seek him there, they seek him there, the Bishop of Linz goes missing


Revolving door personnel policy of the Diocese of Linz will convince no-one in Rome that the Bishop means business


What ecclesiastical office will the Bishop think of for Mr Kaineder?

How many liturgical abuses can you spot in an hour long Mass?

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And Joke, the since sacked stealth priestess at a Pax Christi Mass
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Hardliners in the Vatican blamed

By parishioners in Kirchschlag, where Mr Kaineder was given to preaching and reading the Gospel.

Statement from the Bishop of Linz

Linz ( The Linz Diocesan Bishop Ludwig Schwarz has written a statement about the dismissal of Ferdinand Kaineder as head of the Communications Office of the Diocese of Linz . The Diocese published this on its homepage. The statement was delivered in written form because of the Bishop's illness.

"I have been considering for a long time a change in function for my spokesman." While Ferdinand Kaineder worked as a very dedicated employee, he was himself again and again the subject of controversial opinions, which brought him in tension with his role as spokesman for the bishop.

That is why I have decided on a change of function after several discussions. In these discussions, he was also offered very specific different opportunities to work in the diocese. These are being seriously considered by him and in the foreseeable future decisions will be taken in consultation with him.

To confront various conjectures, I would like to emphasize that this is the functional change in a single specific area. "

Italian journalist fired for patronizing the Pope

From Die Presse

Vatican spokesman calls for respect for the church and person of the Holy Father.

A journalist of the public service TV channel RAI 3 who reports on the Vatican has been removed after his patronizing remarks about the Pope gave rise to protests. In a report on the arrival of Benedict XVI in the mountain village where he spends three weeks vacation, the reporter said on Monday that a "handful of people" were to expected, "who still had the courage and the patience to listen to his words. "

These statements sparked enraged reactions. "Why this anti-clericalism?" asked a parliamentary representative of the opposition PD (Democratic Party), Giorgio Merlo, who called for punitive measures against the journalist. The Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, called for respect for the church and the person of the Holy Father.

After the protests, the editor of RAI 3, Antonio Di Bella, dismissed the journalist, Roberto Balducci who publicly apologised for his words. (APA)

Tree Hugger Diocese

The website of the Diocese of Linz has chosen today of all days to issue a cheery press release about a tree hugging conference it is hosting, which was already highlighted by Cathcon already highlighted by Cathcon when it was announced.

Articles of Faith calls Linz eccentric- that's what happens when you start trying to create your own realities. Not for nothing is it called The Linz Way.

As a Salesian, the Bishop of Linz should know what to do next


Anchor his Diocese firmly between devotion to Our Lady, Help of Christians and the Blessed Sacrament, in total dependancy on the Barque of Peter.


"Imagine yourself to be with me on the seashore, or better, on an isolated rock and not to see any patch of land other than that under your feet. On the whole of that vast sheet of water you see an innumerable fleet of ships in battle array. The prows of the ships are formed into sharp, spear-like points so that wherever they are thrust they pierce and completely destroy. These ships are armed with cannons, with lots of rifles, with incendiary materials, with other firearms of all kinds, and also with books, and advance against a ship very much bigger and higher than themselves and try to dash against it with the prows or burn it or in some way to do it every possible harm."

"As escorts to that majestic fully equipped ship, there are many smaller ships, which receive commands by signal from it and carry out movements to defend themselves from the opposing fleet. In the midst of the immense expanse of sea, two mighty columns of great height arise a little distance the one from the other. On the top of one, there is the statue of the Immaculate Virgin, from whose feet hangs a large placard with this inscription: Auxilium Christianorum - "Help of Christians"; on the other, which is much higher and bigger, stands a Host of great size proportionate to the column and beneath is another placard with the words: Salus Credentium - Salvation of the Faithful (Believers).

"The supreme commander of the big ship is the Sovereign Pontiff. He, seeing the fury of the enemies and the evils among which his faithful find themselves, determines to summon around himself the captains of the smaller ships to hold a council and decide what is to be done.

All the captains come aboard and gather around the Pope. They hold a meeting, but meantime the wind and the waves gather in storm, so they are sent back to control their own ships. There comes a short lull; for a second time the Pope gathers the captains around him, while the flag-ship goes on its course. But the frightful storm returns. The Pope stands at the helm and all his energies are directed to steering the ship towards those two columns from whose summits hang many anchors and strong hooks linked to chains.

"All the enemy ships move to attack it, and they try in every way to stop it and to sink it: some with books and writings or inflammable materials, of which they are full; others with firearms, with rifles and with rams. The battle rages ever more relentlessly. The enemy prows thrust violently, but their efforts and impact prove useless. They make attempts in vain and waste all their labor and ammunition; the big ship goes safely and smoothly on its way. Sometimes it happens that, struck by formidable blows, it gets large, deep gaps in its sides; but no sooner is the harm done that a gentle breeze blows from the two columns and the cracks close up and the gaps are stopped immediately.

Meanwhile, the guns of the assailants are blown up, the rifles and other arms and prows are broken; many ships are shattered and sink into the sea. Then, the frenzied enemies strive to fight hand to hand, with fists, with blows, with blasphemy and with curses.

"Suddenly the Pope falls gravely wounded. Immediately, those who are with him run to help him and they lift him up. A second time the Pope is struck, he falls again and dies. A shout of victory and joy rings out amongst the enemies; from their ships an unspeakable mockery arises.

But hardly is the Pontiff dead than another takes his place. The pilots, having met together, have elected the Pope so promptly that the news of the death of the Pope coincides with the news of the election of the successor. The adversaries begin to lose courage.

"The new Pope, putting the enemy to rout and overcoming every obstacle, guides the ship right up to the two columns and comes to rest between them; he makes it fast with a light chain that hangs from the bow to an anchor of the column on which stands the Host; and with another light chain which hangs from the stern, he fastens it at the opposite end to another anchor hanging from the column on which stands the Immaculate Virgin.

At this point, a great convulsion takes place. All the ships that until then had fought against the Pope's ship are scattered; they flee away, collide and break to pieces one against another. Some sink and try to sink others. Several small ships that had fought gallantly for the Pope race to be the first to bind themselves to those two columns. Many other ships, having retreated through fear of the battle, cautiously watch from far away; the wrecks of the broken ships having been scattered in the whirlpools of the sea, they in their turn sail in good earnest to those two columns, and having reached them, they make themselves fast to the hooks hanging down from them and their they remain safe, together with the principal ship, on which is the Pope. Over the sea their reigns a great calm."

And some comment from The Times, Catholic Herald and a pointless ball from a paleo-liberal.

The "bishop" who seized the Host giving her opinion of ecclesiastical authority


St Peter's Seminary Cardross before the vandals arrived


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Why is the Bishop of Linz being criticised on the Linz Diocesan website?

Margit Hauft who seems incapable of giving a simple yes or no answer to whether she assents to Catholic teaching on the reservation of the priesthood to men has issued a statement as President of Catholic Action Upper Austria, which is actually on the Linz Diocesan website. Either that statement should go or she should go. Either she assents to Catholic teaching as an office holder in the Diocese or she should go.

If a Bishop cannot control his own Diocesan website, he can hardly control his Diocese and perhaps he should be considering his position as well. 
Replacing an arch-liberal with a paleo-liberal (or is that the other way around) at the head of the communications office will have done nothing for his credibility in Rome. 

"I have absolutely nothing to apologise for" -former press spokesman for Linz Diocese

I would not try saying that at the gate of heaven- St Peter might wonder why you opposed his successor as Pope when he wanted to appoint a good and holy man as auxiliary Bishop of Linz.

Incredibly the guy remains on the payroll. Why? What will his next job be? Whatever the case, as long as he holds any office, he will be trying to subvert the will of the Bishop and of Rome.

Mood of depression hangs over Linz diocesan functionaries (and Josef Ertl!)

(Katzenjammer- means also a chorus of cats wailing or hangover!)

President of Catholic Action speaks after the Kaineder sacking about certain internet sites and direct intervention from the Vatican - Josef Ertl: Now we know who governs the Diocese of Linz: the Catholic fundamentalists grouped around

In the Diocese of Linz, a chorus of whining cats can be heard from some diocesan officials after the sacking of controversial diocesan spokesman Ferdinand Kaineder.

Margit Hauft, President of Catholic Action Upper Austria believes the Diocese of Linz to be currently in "a worrying situation" and says: "It is no secret that Bishop Ludwig Schwarz is very much under pressure from ultra conservative groups," said Hauft. Thus, for example on some internet sites and through direct intervention by the Vatican the removal of the head of the diocesan communications offices have been requested over a long period of time. She also asserted that "a commitment to preaching and vibrant parishes" was a special merit of Ferdinand Kaineder and that he " always acted as a spokesman of the whole diocese and not individual groups seen" did. Moreover, he had stood "fully loyal" to the Bishop.

Can sit up and Gabriele Eder-Cakl, the new diocesan spokeswoman. She spoke in a first statement about a "difficult time" and told the media that she was "very disappointed" because the decision to dismiss Kaineder was made on the basis of "denunciation".

Josef Ertl, the former editor in chief of the Upper Austria-Rundschau, says on his weblog that he is disappointed: "Now we know who governs the Diocese of Linz: the Catholic fundamentalists grouped around They have achieved their goal. Ferdinand Kaineder, the diocesan spokesman, whose head they have demanded, must go. Thus, Bishop Ludwig Schwarz has taken a further decision, which lead the Diocese away from a contemporary proclamation of faith towards a traditionalist, backward looking course.

Cathcon: Margit Hauft is also putting her own position in danger by not stating publicly her fidelity to Catholic teaching on the ordination of women. She wants the office but is not prepared to carry the obligations that go with it, as witnessed by a recent interview. A string of emails from Cathcon to her office have brought no response. A yes or no would have done.

As for Kaineder successor, she was a contributor to this ghastly and vacuous book, so lacking in content it went straight in the circular filing cabinet in the corner of the room, which is emptied every day. If the Bishop of Linz thinks he is going to save his skin by throwing one liberal off the merry-go-round to put another on it, he must have another think coming. She is yet another member of that pseud0-clerical elite that have brought the Diocese to its knees.

Cardinal wants regular mini-Vatican II Councils

From Radio Vatican

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini would like to see the calling of a Council every twenty or thirty years. The former archbishop of Milan stated this in an interview with the daily newspaper "La Repubblica". Such regular Councils, as the Council of Constance had called for at the beginning of modern times should "only consider a maximum of two subjects”. Martini said that he wanted, above all, to have a council on how the Church should deal with the issue of divorce. This issue affects more and more people within the church. Another urgent issue, which a Council should consider is a revival of the Sacrament of Penance. - The Jesuit Martini went into the subject of the Second Vatican Council in the interview. This set as goal forty years ago of putting itself in the context of “modern science and society" said Martini : "This discussion has remained marginal. We are still far from having solved this problem. It seems almost, as we look more backward than forward."

The Church has been happily delivered from a Martini Papacy.

Feast of St Bonaventura


The saint shows St Thomas the true secret of Christian wisdom.

Feast of Blessed Humbert of Romans


Fifth Master of the Dominican order. A magnificent work of his on preaching which modern priests could do well to read and practice.

A sermon on deficient preaching. The apostles with one sermon converted thousands, now with thousands of sermons----

Voice of Faithful may close national headquarters

More good news

Diocese of Linz press spokeman resigns- the cleanout required by Rome begins

From Uppper Austrian News

As Upper Austrian News exclusively reported, the presumed member of the liberal camp and Head of the Communications Office of the Diocese of Linz, Ferdinand Kaineder has to go. He has been “relieved of his functions” since last Tuesday says the official website of the diocese. Bishop Ludwig Schwarz cannot be reached for a statement: Because he was ill, the secretary broke the news.

Kaineder was appointed Head of the Communications Office under Bishop Maximilian Aichen, the predecessor to Schwarz Conservative ecclesiastical circles were at loggerheads with him again and again. Among other things, they criticised a cd mailed in 2006 to 15,000 young Catholics in Upper Austria. The cards contained some surprising statements about sexuality. Specifically that discrimination against homosexuals could not be justified on the basis of Christian principles and on contraception, there was a note: "We live in the 21st Century ". One group used the CD to launch a boycott of the church tax and to demand the resignation of Kaineder. The Communications Office was responsible for the content of the CD.

Officially, it was, Bishop Schwarz on Tuesday who decided after several discussions to make a personnel change with regard to his spokesperson and the management of the communications office of the Diocese of Linz. Kaineder was told on Monday that he was “relieved” of his functions. His former deputy Gabriele Eder-Cakl takes over the leadership and will take further the diocesan communication concept. She spoke in a initial statement of a "difficult time". She was "very disappointed" because the decision to dismiss Kaineder was taken on the basis of "denunciation".

In information given by Kaineder to diocesan staff, Schwarz had taken his decision on the grounds that "from one side" it is still the case that the youth-CD card is the grounds for great reproach and even to this day letters and questions arrive. Kaineder also can be seen by many as a strong representative of the so-called "Linz Way" and the spokesman of the bishop must completely identify with the tasks, views and statements of the bishop.

Kaineder stated that, he would not deny that from a certain website in the last few years, a veritable "defamation" campaign had been conducted against him personally in his capacity as head of the communications office and what still causes him a lot more pain, against his purely voluntary activity that he undertook in Kirchschlag Parish Church as the Chairman of the Church Council and Honorary Chaplain (he took to reading the Gospel and preaching even after a ban from the Bishop on lay preaching). He was really surprised and disappointed that in recent years "above" had given more credibility to the informers than to their own colleague. That these international internet networks have good, yes, the best contacts in Rome, was now quite well known. He can see and experience this kind of "merciless reporting" as a real threat to an open, dialogical Church, with faith in God turned unconditionally towards the people.

Kaineder is 52 years old. He studied theology and held various posts in the Diocese of Linz, inter alia, as an education lecturer at the Petrinum (1978-80), as a pastoral assistant in the Cathedral Parish (1982-92), at the same time training theology students (1989-2000) and since 2000 has been operating as the Head of the Communications Office. He could not yet provide details on his professional future.

The sheer quality of the work of Mr Kaineder can be seen in the subtility and his originality of the use of bananas to promote Catholicism.

He already has his own website offering group and individual communications coaching.
"Visions, goals and paths"

Visions of a Catholicism with a powerless Papacy, seeking secular goals, following Protestant paths.

Its that Jesuit again, dancing his way into Germany


This time, this is actually part of a Mass.

Original story here

Just how bad the Jesuits have got.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

One Church, one Faith, one Lord


Feast of St Veronica


From the Golden Legend
And when Pilate had delivered Jesu Christ to the Jews for to be crucified he doubted the Emperor that he should be reproved of that which he had judged an innocent, and sent a friend of his for to excuse him. And in this while Tiberius the Emperor fell into a grievous malady. And it was told to him that there was one in Jerusalem that cured all manner maladies. And he knew not that Pilate and the Jews had slain him. He said to Volusian, which was secret with him: Go into the parts over sea, and say to Pilate that he send to me the leech or master in medicine for to heal me of my malady. And when he was come to Pilate and had said his message, Pilate was much abashed, and demanded fourteen days of dilation, in which time Volusian found an old woman named Veronica which had been familiar and devout with Jesu Christ. He demanded of her where he might find him that he sought. She then escried and said: alas! Lord God, my Lord, my God was he that ye ask for, whom Pilate damned to death, and whom the Jews delivered to Pilate for envy, and commanded that he should be crucified. Then he complained him sorrowfully, and said: I am sorry because he may not accomplish that which my lord the Emperor hath charged me. To whom Veronica said: My lord and my master when he went preaching, I absented me oft from him, I did do paint his image, for to have alway with me his presence, because that the figure of his image should give me some solace. And thus as I bare a linen kerchief in my bosom, our Lord met me, and demanded whither I went, and when I told him whither I went and the cause, he demanded my kerchief, and anon he emprinted his face and figured it therein. And if my lord had beholden the figure of Jesu Christ devoutly he should be anon guerished and healed. And Volusian asked: Is there neither gold ne silver that this figure may be bought with? She answered: Nay, but strong of courage, devout and of great affection, I shall go with thee and shall bear it to the Emperor for to see it, and after I shall return hither again. Then went Volusian with Veronica to Rome and said to the Emperor: Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou hast long desired, Pilate and the Jews by envy and with wrong, have put to death, and have hanged him on the cross. And a matron, a widow, is come with me which bringeth the image of Jesus, the which if thou with good heart and devoutly wilt behold, and have therein contemplation, thou shalt anon be whole. And when the Emperor had heard this, he did anon make ready the way with cloths of silk, and made the image of Jesus to be brought before him. And anon as he had seen it and worshipped it he was all guerished and whole. Then he commanded that Pilate should be taken and brought to Rome. And when the Emperor heard that Pilate was come to Rome, he was much wroth, and inflamed against him, and bade that he should be brought tofore him. Pilate ware always the garment of our Lord which was without seam, wherewith he was clad when he came before the Emperor. And as soon as the Emperor saw him all his wrath was gone, and the ire out of his heart; he could not say an evil word to him. And in his absence he was sore cruel towards him, and in his presence he was always sweet, and debonair to him, and gave him licence and departed. And anon as he was departed he was as angry and as sore moved as he was before, and more because he had not showed to him his fury. Then he made him to be called again, and sware he should be dead. And anon as he saw him his cruelty was all gone, whereof was great marvel. Now was there one by the inspiration of God, or at the persuasion of some Christian man, caused the Emperor to despoil him of that coat. And anon as he had put it off, the Emperor had in his heart as great ire and fury as he had before, wherefore the Emperor marvelled of this coat, and it was told to him that it was the coat of Jesus. Then the Emperor made Pilate to be set in prison till he had counselled what he should do with him. And sentence was given that he should die a villain's death. And when Pilate heard the sentence, he took a knife and slew himself. And when the Emperor heard how he was dead, he said: Certainly he is dead of a right villainous death and foul, for his own proper hand hath not spared him. Then his body was taken and bounden to a millstone and cast in the river of Tiber for to be sunken in to the bottom. And the ill spirits in the air began to move great tempests and marvellous waves in the water, and horrible thunder and lightning whereof the people was sore afraid and in great doubt. And therefore the Romans drew out the body and in derision sent it to Vienne and cast it in to the river named Rhone. Vienne is as much to say as hell, which is said Gehenna, for then it was a cursed place, and so there is his body in the place of malediction. And the evil spirits be as well there as in other places, and made such tempests as they did before, insomuch that they of that place might not suffer it. And therefore they took the vessel wherein the body was, and sent it for to bury it in the territory of the city of Lausanne. The which also was tempested as the other. And it was taken thence and thrown into a deep pit all environed with mountains. In which place, after the relation of some, be seen illusions, and machinations of fiends be seen grow and boil. And hitherto is this story called apocryphum read. They that have read this, let them say and believe as it shall please them.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Life is worthy of Life by Franz Lehar


Life unworthy of life- today and in Nazi Germany

Feast of St Olga, grandmother of Vladimir

Please pray for the repose of my grandmother, who was called Olga.

Feast of Pope St Pius I


From the Catholic Encyclopedia- the protypical Pope called Pius, the hammer of heretics.

Date of birth unknown; pope from about 140 to about 154. According to the earliest list of the popes, given by Irenaeus (Against Heresies II.31; cf. Eusebius, Church History V.6), Pius was the ninth successor of St. Peter. The dates given in the Liberian Catalogue for his pontificate (146-61) rest on a false calculation of earlier chroniclers, and cannot be accepted. The only chronological datum we possess is supplied by the year of St. Polycarp of Smyrna's death, which may be referred with great certainty to 155-6. On his visit to Rome in the year before his death Polycarp found Anicetus, the successor of Pius, bishop there; consequently, the death of Pius must have occurred about 154. The "Liber Pontificalis" (ed. Duchesne, I, 132) says the father of Pius was Rufinus, and makes him a native of Aquileia; this is, however, probably a conjecture of the author, who had heard of Rufinus of Aquileia (end of fourth century). From a notice in the "Liberian Catalogue" (in Duchesne, "Liber Pontificalis", I, 5), which is confirmed by the Muratorian Fragment (ed. Preuschen, "Analecta", I, Tübingen, 1910), we learn that a brother of this pope, Hermas by name, published "The Shepherd" (see HERMAS). If the information which the author gives concerning his personal conditions and station (first a slave, then a freedman) were historical, we should know more about the origin of the pope, his brother. It is very possible that the story which Hermas relates of himself is a fiction.

During the pontificate of Pius the Roman Church was visited by various heretics, who sought to propagate their false doctrine among the faithful of the capital. The Gnostic Valentinus, who had made his appearance under Pope Hyginus, continued to sow his heresy, apparently not without success. The Gnostic Cerdon was also active in Rome at this period, during which Marcion arrived in the capital (see MARCIONITES). Excluded from communion by Pius, the latter founded his heretical body (Irenaeus, Against Heresies III.3). But Catholic teachers also visited the Roman Church, the most important being St. Justin, who expounded the Christian teachings during the pontificate of Pius and that of his successor. A great activity thus marks the Christian community in Rome, which stands clearly conspicuous as the centre of the Church. The "Liber Pontificalis" (ed. cit.) speaks of a decision of this pope to the effect that Jewish converts to Christianity should be admitted and baptized. What this means we do not know; doubtless the author of the "Liber Pontificalis", here as frequently, refers to the pope a decree valid in the Church of his own time. A later legend refers the foundation of the two churches, the titulus Pudentis (ecclesia Pudentiana) and the titulus Praxedis, to the time of this pope, who is also supposed to have built a baptistry near the former and to have exercised episcopal functions there (Acta SS., IV May, 299 sqq.; cf. de Rossi, "Musaici delle chiese di Roma: S. Pudenziana, S. Prassede"). The story, however, can lay no claim to historical credibility. These two churches came into existence in the fourth century, although it is not impossible that they replaced Christian houses, in which the faithful of Rome assembled for Divine service before the time of Constantine; the legend, however, should not be alleged as proof of this fact. In many later writings (e.g. the "Liber Pontificalis") the "Pastor" or "Shepherd" in the work of Hermas is erroneously accepted as the name of the author, and, since a Roman priest Pastor is assigned an important role in the foundation of these churches, it is quite possible that the writer of the legend was similarly misled, and consequently interwove Pope Pius into his legendary narrative (see PRAXEDES AND PUDENTIANA). Two letters written to Bishop Justus of Vienne (P.L., V, 1125 sq.; Jaffé, "Regesta", I, 2nd ed., pp. 7 sq.), ascribed to Pius, are not authentic. The feast of St. Pius I is celebrated on 11 July.

Spanish dancers


Friday, July 10, 2009

Bishop Williamson allegedly criticises Motu Proprio.

From Radio Vatican German service.

The majority of the Lefebvristes are against an agreement with the Pope. So said Richard Williamson, the controversial bishop of the SSPX. As the Italian daily La Stampa quoted him, the recent motu proprio is a 'poisoned cake ". The declaration of the Pope should be thrown in the bin, according tp Williamson. - On Wednesday, Pope Benedict XVI had prohibited further acts of the SSPX such as the ordinations to the priesthood in Zaitzkofen. In the letter, the Pope united the "Ecclesia Dei" Commission, who is responsible for the SSPX, to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. With the new papal decree Benedict XVI has created the canon law structure for SSPX dialogue with the Vatican. The motu proprio of the Pope is entitled with his Latin words which begin the document "Ecclesiae unitatem "(The Unity of the Church).

Radio Vatican has, apparently got this wrong- remarks taken out of context from this interview

SSPX calls on German Justice Minister to apologise


The SSPX calls on the Federal Minister of Justice Zypries to withdraw her discriminatory statements against the SSPX.

Ms. Brigitte Zypries, Federal Minister of Justice (SPD), defamed the SSPX in a terrible manner. We demand an immediate withdrawal of these allegations.

Because the SSPX plans at the CSD in Stuttgart to hold a vigil for the keeping of God's commandments, its members were described in an aggressive statement from Mrs. Zypries to the Catholic News Service as "religious extremists", who should be dealt with in the same way as the extreme right. Even comparisons with Islamist fundamentalists have been made.

We urge Ms. Zypries to immediately withdraw these allegations.

According to the Basic Law, every person in this country the right to freely express their opinion in speech, writing and image (GG Art 5 para 1). The SSPX possesses this freedom along with any other citizen. We proclaim the commandments of God as contained in Holy Scripture, and one of these is: "Thou shalt not commit adultery." If it is now banned in Germany, to make public God's commandment, then the constitutional foundations of religion (GG Art 4 para 1) have been undermined.

We therefore ask openly: Do confessing Catholics have fewer rights in the country as those who agree with the preceding opinion.

Are the words of Mrs. Zypries not a serious attack on the fundamental rights of a Catholic minority to ensure that their convictions can also be publicly known, along with everyone else’s?

By what right can a minister place Catholic clergy on an equal footing with Islamist fundamentalists?

The preamble of the Basic Law refers to the responsibility of the German people before God. We openly ask: Who is still for the Christian values, which once were held by the founding fathers of the German constitution?

Was not homosexual activity nor in the 60's a criminal offense (Penal Code § 175 / repealed in the 2nd Criminal Law Reform of July 4, 1969)? Does no one in Germany note the unimaginable loss of values?

Those who today in Germany condemn the practice of homosexuality becomes public enemies and are stamped as terror suspects. Ms. Zypries' comments are going in the direction of a dictatorship over opinions.
Pater Andreas Steiner, spokesman for the SSPX in Germany

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Feast of the Holy Martyrs of Gorcum


Putting faces to the names of the martyrs

Feast of the Holy Martyrs of Gorcum


in the Church of St Nicholas, Brussels

martyred 9 July 1572
canonized 29 June 1867
feast day 9 July

The Martyrs
There were nineteen martyrs. Fifteen of them were residents of Gorcum (Gorinchem, a town about fifteen miles east-south-east of Rotterdam). Of the four others, one was from Heinenoord, two from Monster, and the last from Hoornaar, a village near Gorcum.
(The Roman numerals refer to the order of the statuettes of the martyrs on the sides of the reliquary, starting on the side-aisle side, altar end, going clockwise.)

Lenaert Veghel: see below, at end of list)
There were Eleven Franciscans:

Claes Pieck, born in Gorcum on 23 August 1534 of a well-to-do family. He attended school at 's-Hertogenbosch, where he entered the Franciscan Order. He read theology at the Order's own college in Louvain and was ordained priest in about 1558. He then worked as a preacher in Louvain, Brussels and Antwerp before being called to the monastery at Gorcum as Guardian, the Franciscan equivalent of "Father Superior". (Aged 38 at the time of his death)

Jeronymus of Weert, born in about 1522 in Weert (about 15 miles / 23 km south-east of Eindhoven). He was a Franciscan monk who, having served as parish priest in Goirle, spent a year in Jerusalem. In 1566 he was elected assistant ("vicar") to the Guardian of the monastery in Gorcum. (Aged about 50)

Nicasius of Heeze, born in Heeze (a few miles south-east of Eindhoven, in the Campine) in about 1522. Heread theology at the University of Louvain and entered the Franciscan order. As a priest he lived in the Franciscanmonasteries of Leiden (Leyden), Haarlem (where he was the responsible for the tertiaries), and lastly Gorcum. Hewas a father confessor and spiritual guide. (Aged about 50)

Dirk Eem (or Van Embden, or Van Der Eem), born in Amersfoort in about 1499, of noble stock. A Franciscan, he was responsible for the tertiaries of his order in Gorcum. (He was in his seventies)

Willehad the Dane, a Franciscan, born in about 1482 in Holstein. At the time of the Reformation he fled toEngland, from thence to Scotland and lastly to Gorcum in the Netherlands. It is interesting to note that in spite of allhis efforts to avoid capture he still became a martyr and saint at the ripe old age of 90!

Govaert of Melver, (real surname Coart), was born in Melveren in about 1512. A Franciscan, he was theverger of the monastery in Gorcum. (Aged about 60)

Antonius of Weert, born in Weert (cf Jeronymus) in about 1523. Like the other Antonius he was a Franciscan mission preacher. (Aged about 50)

Antonius of Hoornaar, born in Hoornaar about four miles north of Gorcum. He was a Franciscan missionpreacher.
(statuette of St. Nicholas)

Francois De Roye (or Van Rooy), the youngest of the ordained Franciscans. He was born of a well-to-dofamily around 1549 in Brussels, where he studied theology. He was ordained priest in about 1570. (He was in hisearly twenties.) The fact that he was a native of Brussels explains why he has a special place on one of the ends ofthe reliquary/flanked by St Michael, Patron Saint of Brussels, and St.Nicholas, Patron Saint of this church.
(statuette of St. Michael)

Peter of Assche, (surname probably Van Der Slagmolen), born about 1530 in Asse near Brussels. He was aFranciscan brother who took part in the everyday tasks of running the monastery. (Aged about 42)

Cornells of Wijk, born in about 1548 in Wijk near Duurstede. He was a Franciscan brother.(Aged about 24)

One Dominican:
Father Jan or Jan Van Keulea He was, it is thought, from Cologne (Koln) and was the parish priest of thevillage of Hoornaar, about four miles north of Gorcum.

Two Premonstratensians (Norbertines or White Canons):
Jacques Lacops, born in Oudenaarde in about 1541. He was a Norbertine Canon from Middelberg Abbey.In 1566, when over four hundred Roman Catholic churches were ransacked by the sea-beggars, he stoppedpreaching the Roman faith. (Sea-beggars, known as "gueux" in French and "watergueuzen" in Dutch, werefreebooters who had taken to fighting on the side of the Protestant militants.) In 1567 he returned to Catholicismand moved to Marienwaard. In about 1569, he was put in the care of his fellow Norbertine, Adriaan, who was tobecome parish priest of Monster.

Adriaan of Hilvarenbeeck, born in Hilvarenbeek between 1528 and 1532. He was a Norbertine canonf rom the monastery at Witheren near Middelburg (on the coast, mid-way between Ostend and The Hague). In about1560 he became parish priest of Aagtekerke. In 1572 he was nominated parish priest of Monster. He was in hisforties.
One Augustinian:
Jan (Lenaerts) Van Oosterwijk, born in about 1504 in Oosterwijk (now Oisterwijk, a few miles south-westof VHertogenbosch). He was an Augustinian Canon and for many years bursar or steward of the monastery of TeRugge near Brielle. Towards the end of his life he was put in charge of the convent of beguines in Gorcum. He wasnearlv seventv.
Four diocesan priests:

Govaert Van Duynen was born in Gorcum around 1502. Before taking holy orders he studied theology in Paris. He worked for a number of years as parish priest in a town in the north of France, but in about 1544 hesuffered some sort of mental disturbance which reduced him to simple-mindedness. He subsequently took up asmall.benefice in Gorcum. He was in his seventies at the time of his martyrdom.

Andries Wouters, born in about 1542. He was the parish priest of Heinenoord (about nine miles west ofDordrecht). His lifestyle was, apparently, far from exemplary. (Aged about 30)

Nicolaas Janssen, born in 1532 and nicknamed "Poppel" after his native village, which is not far fromWeelde, near Antwerp. He studied at the University of Louvain between 1553 and 1558 (probably reading liberalarts and theology). Ordained as a diocesan priest, he was sent to Gorcum in 1558 to help Lenaert Veghel. He was 30in 1572.
(statuette of St. Francis Van Outers)
( " The Blessed Virgin Mary)
" St.Boniface of Brussels, 1181-1260: relics at the Abbaye de la Cambre, Brussels)
Lenaert Veghel or Vechel, born in 1527 at 's-Hertogenbosch. Between 1543 and 1556 he read liberal artsand theology at the University of Louvain. He was ordained a diocesan priest, and in 1556 was nominated parishpriest of Gorcum. He was a sensitive, anxious man. On 8th July 1572 he should have been taking a higher degree intheology...... At the time of his death he was 45.
Their Trials
(Above the statuettes, on the roof of the reliquary, are six scenes depicting the main events of the martyrdom. They start on the main nave side of the reliquary, altar end, and go anti-clockwise.)
On the night of 26th/27th June 1572, the town of Gorcum (Gorinchem) was besieged by the sea-beggars. They had thirteen boats and about one hundred and fifty men. They took prisoner the three diocesan priests, the Augustinian Canon and the eleven Franciscans who had sought refuge in the Blue Tower. Poppel Janssen was hanged by the neck from the church door with a Franciscan cincture (waist-cord), then Jet down alive. The Guardian of the Franciscans was also strung up, but the rope broke and he was brought round with a candle-flame (1st scene).

For eight days they were mocked and ill-treated, then on Sunday 6th July they were taken by boat to Brielle (2nd scene) where they were thrown into the thieves dungeon with Jan Van Keulen (parish priest of Hoomaar), to join another diocesan priest (Andries Wouters) and two premonstratensians already held captive there.

On Tuesday 8th July the prisoners appeared before Count Lumey van der Marck. The Franciscan Guardian and Lenaert Veghel, (the Parish Priest of Gorcum), upheld the authority of the Pope, whilst the two White Canons defended the Eucharist (3rd scene).

On 9th July 1572, at one o'clock in the morning, they were hanged for their adherence to the authority of the Pope and their faith in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist (4th scene).

The Gorcum Martyrs were beatified by Pope Clement X on 14th November 1675 (5th scene) and canonized by Pope Pius IX on 29th June 1867 (6th scene).
Their Feast is celebrated each year on 9th July, the day of their martyrdom.
History of their Relics and the Reliquary
The bodies of the martyrs - who had met with their deaths in a peat barn just outside the town of Brielle -were disposed of with a minimum of effort. The Gueux dug ditches underneath the beams from which the martyrs had been hanged, so that when the victims were cut down, they fell straight into these makeshift graves. It was only in 1615 that some Catholics dared to dig up the bones and take them to the Belgian provinces, which were considered a safer resting place. For a short period the relics were kept in the collegiate church of St. Gudula/Gudule (now the Cathedral Church of St.Michael and St.Gudula), Brussels, but on 18th June 1618 they were solemnly transferred to the convent of the "Re"collets" (Grey Friars), a branch of the Franciscan Order. This convent stood opposite.our church, but it was closed in 1796 by order of the French occupying forces, then demolished, and the Butter Market was built on the site. Less than a hundred years later it too was demolished (in about 1868) to make way for the new boulevard and the Stock Exchange (Bourse). The relics were put in the care of our church, St.Nicholas-by-the-Bourse, and are preserved in a gilded reliquary dating from 1870, the work of HoIIner, a native of Kempen am Rhein in Germany. On the wall facing the reliquary is a painting which depicts the martyrs' last supper

Passionist seminarians- oh dear!


Austrian female "bishop" with two German colleagues

Seem to think they can just keep on consecrating Bishops. Four new ones here in the US.

Hate to disappoint but this is not the future for the Catholic Church.

Feast of Our Lady of Holy Hope, Patroness of this blog


And of the Passionist Order!

"Individual salvation - great Western heresy"


According to the head of the Anglicans in the US- or at least some part of the divided, disolving body.

Must be the time of year, women "bishops" on both sides of the Atlantic going off the rails simultaneously.

Feast of St John Cardinal Fisher and St Thomas More

The finest and most learned of all Englishmen.