Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Protestants should not delight in Catholic pain

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Protestants should not respond to the recent controversy in the Roman Catholic Church with delight in the troubles of others. This view was put forth by the Württemberg Bishop Frank Otfried July. He reacted to public criticism of the decision by Pope Benedict XV to repeal the excommunication of the bishops of four traditionalist priests of the SSPX. He believes that the decision of the Pope is wrong and "in some ways anti-ecumenical." But the Protestant side should not hastily applaud the critics, he said at the July Meeting of the Protestant Gnadauer Community Association (Association of Regional ecclesiastical communities) in Schwäbisch Gmünd. It is, however painful, if in the public debate at the word "church" only internal conflicts come into mind. In view of withdrawals from the Catholic Church because the Pope’s decision, July said that the membership of the Protestant Church increasingly viewed as being just a club membership. If you do not like the service provision, you go to another club. Other regional ecclesiastical communities are now affected by such an attitude.

Diocese of Linz in open revolt against the Pope

Diözese bekommt den Unmut über die Ernennung Wagners zu spüren

Diocese expresses displeasure over the appointment of Bishop Wagner

WELS / LINZ. Crisis atmosphere in the Diocese of Linz: Numerous people are leaving the church as a result of the recent decisions of the Vatican, the deaneries by a large majority oppose the appointment of Gerhard Wagner as Bishop.

110 departures from the Catholic Church in Linz, four times as many as in the first week of February 2008, 31 in Urfahr and the surrounding area (2008: six), 80 since the beginning of the year in Vöcklabruck, 23 in the region around Wels against four in the same period last year : In recent days, the number of departures from the Church has markedly increased.

"We still have no overview of the numbers. But to link the increased outflow with the upcoming demands to be sent out for the church tax, would be wrong, "diocesan spokesman Ferdinand Kaineder confirmed to the OÖN. Indeed, the diocese has received numerous letters and emails received which give the rationale for leaving the Church "Two issues are at the forefront: the decision of the Pope to reverse the excommunication of the four bishops of the Lefebvre Fraternity and the appointment of Bishop Gerhard Wagner," says Kaineder. These numerous and specifically justified withdrawal statements were unusual. "We need to talk: A church is not the word of the Pope, but parochial life, that works," This is how Kaineder sees the challenge.

Deaneries against Wagner

Also in the Upper Austrian clergy Wagner has few supporters. Yesterday the Conference of Deans voted in Wels on his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop. The result: 31 of the 35 deans present rejected the decision by Pope Benedict XVI and only four stood behind Wagner. The deans are the priestly heads of several parishes and are appointed by the Bishop on a proposal from the Diocesan Pastoral Conference. Archdeacon Franz Wild had to insist after the decision that it should be made public.

In canon law, the decision is not binding. Area Dean Arno Jungreithmayr (guess which one of the three men pictured left with the Protestant Minister of Wels) said however it is a clear signal. Appointments could also be undone.

More soon on how highly regarded Bishop Wagner is by ordinary praying Catholics in contrast to the pseudo-clerical and libero-clerical elite that try to run the Diocese on behalf of the bishop. It must be the only place in the world where the Bishop has to suffer his predecessor's name as well as his own being inserted in the Canon of the Mass- but I am open to be proved wrong on this point.

The Bishop of Linz hit back tonight. Bishop Wagner was criticised for not being available for interviews- he is in Rome to receive the blessing of the Pope.

Legal charges against Bishop Williamson in Argentina

Holocaust Revisionist Put Under Pressure by Church, Courts Europe Deutsche Welle 10.02.2009:

"Legal charges were also leveled against Williamson on Tuesday in Argentina. He is accused of denying the Holocaust, according to evidence brought to Judge Julian Ercolini's attention.

The head of Argentina's National Institute Against Discrimination (INADI), Maria Jose Lubertino, said Williamson would have to correct or confirm his claims and could potentially face other legal charges.

'He is obliged to clarify the veracity of his claims,' Lubertino said, according to the AFP news agency. 'We are going to make a formal legal complaint and he may face up to three years in prison.'"

Head of German Bishops Conference does not expect deal with SSPX

net-tribune: Zollitsch erwartet kein Einlenken der Pius-Bruderschaft:

Cathcon for "does not expect" read "does not want"

The chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, Robert Zollitsch, assumes that the controversial SSPX will not accept the terms of the Catholic church . "I hardly see any willingness to give way because they are so set in their ways (Cathcon: of course, the Archbishop is not set in his ways) that they practically would have to concede their positions," said the Archbishop of Freiburg to the "Mannheimer Morgen" (Wednesday edition). Concessions in the talks between the Vatican and SSPX Zollitsch rejected: "Not on doctrine. The truth is neither negotiable nor divisible . "However, one can discuss the way the liturgy is presented," Zollitsch said. "But the unconditional 'yes' to all Councils and the teaching of the popes from Pope John XXIII by Benedict XVI is necessary to stay in harmony with the Church."

Pope making a sect out of the Catholic Church according to Salzburg Archbishop

Kothgasser warnt Kirche vor „Gesundschrumpfen“ in Richtung Sekte

The Salzburg Archbishop Alois Kothgasser warns the Catholic Church against an illness which takes her towards being a sect and makes an unusually strong criticism of the Vatican.

In a written statement to the media on Tuesday Kothgasser urges 'confidence in the local church ". Otherwise, confidence in the "central authority" of the church would also dwindle. Also Kothgasser clearly stated that the SSPX whose excommunication Pope Benedict XVI has lifted does, "not stand on the same ground as the Roman Catholic Church.

Reduction to a sect?
Kothgasser asks the church a "fundamental question": "Should the Catholic Church reduce herself to a cult, which only a few, but law-abiding members practice, or should the Catholic Church of Jesus Christ leave room for diversity, be open and influence society from the inside? "He argues for the latter" It is necessary for the church and necessary for society that the church is turned towards the people and preserves their values. If confidence in the local church is missing, also bs the confidence in the central authority of the Universal Church begins to wane. "

On the repeal by Pope Benedict of the excommunication of SSPX Kothgasser stresses that he understood the concern of the Pope to restore the unity of the church. A reunion with the SSPX could not be expected if the conditions were not clearly formulated. "Those who reject Vatican II, do not stand on the same ground as the Roman Catholic Church," said Kothgasser, and: "Actually, they have excluded themselves(excommunicated)from the Catholic Church."

Criticism of the SSPX
Should the SSPX “stubbornly continue” in their rejection of the Second Vatican Council, this would be from the perspective Kothgassers not a schism, but "heresy". And if the SSPX continue to ordain priest, then it would be "clear that the desire for unity only on the one hand there is real". The Holocaust denial by the SSPX Bishop Richard Williamson Kothgasser condemned sharply: It is not permissible for anyone, neither the intellectual nor moral reasons, to deny the Holocaust. And it can also be tolerated by no-one. "

The appointment of the new Bishop of Linz Gerhard Wagner Maria Kothgasser will still not comment about because he has not previously met him. He is now asking to impart again the Second Vatican Council (which had the opening of the church as its object, NB): "We should remain purely and simply remain close to God and to the people." (Cathcon: and what happens when the people take their leave of God?)

And Kothgasser says about the situation of the Church: "I have in recent weeks prayed intensely the psalms of complaint for individuals and the people of God."

Cathcon: what a remarkable few weeks, when all have been shown in their true colours and even the Archbishop of Salzburg diminishes the office of the Vicar of Christ, an office on which he depends for his office.

Nothing has emptied Catholic Churches more than the (over) enthusiastic implementation of the Second Vatican Council. The laity departed over the decades and now he tries to bolt the doors, not to prevent them coming back but the SSPX.