Friday, February 13, 2009

The Life of Saint Valentine

from The Golden Legend

Here beginneth the Life of Saint Valentine, and first the interpretation of his name.

Valentine is as much to say as containing valour that is perseverant in great holiness. Valentine is said also as a valiant knight, for he was a right noble knight of God, and the knight is said valiant that fleeth not, and smiteth and defendeth valiantly and overcometh much puissantly. And so Saint Valentine withdrew him not from his martyrdom in fleeing, he smote in destroying the idols, he defended the faith, he overcame in suffering.

Of Saint Valentine the martyr.

Saint Valentine, friend of our Lord and priest of great authority, was at Rome. It happed that Claudius the emperor made him to come tofore him and said to him in demanding: What thing is that which I have heard of thee, Valentine? Why wilt thou not abide in our amity, and worship the idols and renounce the vain opinion of thy creance? Saint Valentine answered him: If thou hadst very knowledge of the grace of Jesu Christ thou shouldest not say this that thou sayest, but shouldest reny the idols and worship very God. Then said to Saint Valentine a prince which was of the council of the emperor: What wilt thou say of our gods and of their holy life? And Saint Valentine answered: I say none other thing of them but that they were men mortal and mechant and full of all ordure and evil. Then said Claudius the emperor: If Jesu Christ be God verily, wherefore sayst thou not the truth? And Saint Valentine said: Certainly Jesu Christ is only very God, and if thou believe in him, verily thy soul shall be saved, thy realm shall multiply, and he shall give to thee alway victory of thine enemies. Then Claudius turned him unto all them that were there, and said to them: Lords, Romans, hear ye how wisely and reasonably this man speaketh? Anon the provost of the city said: The emperor is deceived and betrayed, how may we leave that which we have holden and been accustomed to hold sith our infancy? With these words the emperor turned and changed his courage, and Saint Valentine was delivered in the keeping of the provost.

When Saint Valentine was brought in an house in prison, then he prayed to God, saying: Lord Jesu Christ very God, which art very light, enlumine this house in such wise that they that dwell therein may know thee to be very God. And the provost said: I marvel me that thou sayest that thy God is very light, and nevertheless, if he may make my daughter to hear and see, which long time hath been blind, I shall do all that thou commandest me, and shall believe in thy God. Saint Valentine anon put him in prayers, and by his prayers the daughter of the provost received again her sight, and anon all they of the the house were converted. After, the emperor did do smite off the head of Saint Valentine, the year of our Lord two hundred and eighty. Then let us pray to Saint Valentine that he get us pardon of our sins. Amen.

For all those demanding a full and unreserved acceptance of the Second Vatican Council


Luke 6

41 And why seest thou the mote in thy brother's eye: but the beam that is in thy own eye thou considerest not? 42 Or how canst thou say to thy brother: Brother, let me pull the mote out of thy eye, when thou thyself seest not the beam in thy own eye? Hypocrite, cast first the beam out of thy own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to take out the mote from thy brother's eye. 43 For there is no good tree that bringeth forth evil fruit; nor an evil tree that bringeth forth good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by its fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns; nor from a bramble bush do they gather the grape. 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth that which is evil. For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 

46 And why call you me, Lord, Lord; and do not the things which I say? 47 Every one that cometh to me, and heareth my words, and doth them, I will show you to whom he is like. 48 He is like to a man building a house, who digged deep, and laid the foundation upon a rock. And when a flood came, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and it could not shake it; for it was founded on a rock. 49 But he that heareth, and doth not, is like to a man building his house upon the earth without a foundation: against which the stream beat vehemently, and immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.

A video listing citations, pro temp just in German from the Second Vatican Council.  Cathcon will shortly be providing a list to help the German and Austrian bishops implement these requirements fully and without reserve.

Central Committee of German Catholics call for police checks on SSPX schools

Reactions - Nachrichten: Katholische Laien: Schulen der Piusbrüder prüfen - Deutschland

Leading German organisation for the Catholic laity: Check the schools of the SSPX
The schools of the archconservative SSPX should be closely monitored considered by the Catholic laity organizations closely monitored.

The President of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZDK), Hans Joachim Meyer, said in the SWR television program "2 + Leif" on Monday evening: "If the investigations reveal, that principles are held that are incompatible with the liberal constitutional order then one has to ban them. "According to research for" Report Mainz ", the SSPX receives from the state a nationwide total of 1.1 million euros for its four schools. In the same program the Munich historian, Michael Wolffsohn, called for an end to state subsidies: "Not a cent, not a penny of support."

Wolffsohn, a member of the Jewish religious community in Munich called on the Vatican to prevent the return of the archconservative SSPX. In "2 + Leif", President Meyer of the ZDK said that the attitude of the SSPX "in relation to Jews and other religions" was utterly beyond discussion. Meyer does not believe that the SSPX will agree to the conditions of the Vatican to return to the Catholic Church and recognise the Second Vatican Council (1962 - 1965).

Meyer advised the Pope, " to introduce a collegial advice system into the Vatican." For Wolffsohn, the system of the Pope was tending in this direction: "The slips of the Pope personally are piling up. Because one can only say with Shakespeare: Although it is madness, it has method."
Cathcon: where does it say in Vatican II that the police should be invited to check up on Catholic schools.
Now it has become acceptable to pour insult upon insult against the Holy Father. First it was this attack, to which the accusation of madness is added.

Austrian Church in Turmoil- crisis meeting of the Bishops' Conference

from the APA – Austria Presse Agentur

Special meeting of the Bishops’ Conference convened
Its now official that the mitres are now burning red hot in Austria. As the appointment of the arch-conservative priest Bishop Wagner has kicken up a storm for weeks, Cardinal Schönborn has this Friday at short notice announced a special meeting of the Austrian Bishops' Conference. Wagner, who has already been reminded by his future colleagues that he should be moderate, however, is not invited.

That the topic of the meeting will be the "current situation of the Church in Austria", is official. "The Catholics have a right to insist that we do our best to overcome the crisis," said the Cardinal, who has officially talked about "damage limitation". The current tensions have brought irritation and resignation brought, but this is mainly about the future of the church in Austria, said Schönborn.

Only the diocesan bishops, including the military diocesan have been invited to the special advisory meeting on the crisis, which excludes Wagner as a designated auxiliary Bishop. He will meet his colleagues for the first time in this forum at the spring General Assembly in Innsbruck in March - even before his inauguration . The special meeting will be held on Monday at 10 clock in the Archbishop's Palace in Vienna.

Few bishops on Friday spoke about the crisis meeting . The Diocesan of Styria, Bishop Kapellari expects that a "careful analysis with a sense of proportion." Problems were not to be talked down, "but should be clearly identified," he said.

Wagner must already take criticism from his colleagues, Kapellari let ring out at the conclusion of his visit to Rome. Wagner spent the last few days in Rome, where he apparently was requested to fulfil his new role as pontifex- bridge builder. Previously, interview restrictions had already been placed on him. Wagner had "admittedly not very cleverly argued," said Kapellari.

Cathcon: that’s Episcopal code for “why on earth has a man as Catholic as this been made a Bishop in Austria?”

German Bishops' Conference will dialogue with anyone and anything short of devil worshippers but not with the SSPX.

Radio Vatican report- translated from German

The German Bishops' Conference see no further need for a dialogue with the SSPX who are not recognised by the Vatican. The dialogue with the traditionalists was in the first instance a matter for the Vatican, said Bishops’ Conference spokesman, Matthias Kopp on Friday when questioned. Earlier, the German District Superior of the SSPX, Franz Schmidberger, said in an open letter that he wants to enter into a "substantive dialogue" with the bishops. The theme should not be only the decisions of the Second Vatican Council, but also the religious developments in the years thereafter. Kopp, said that "open letters - such as those from Mr Schmidberger (Cathcon- this Kopp guy reduces Fr Schmidberger to a layman- grossly discourteous) - would generally not be answered by us." The debate over the SSPX however will certainly be an issue in the spring session of the German Bishops' Conference in Hamburg.
The SSPX suggested meeting with one or two serious theologians.  Perhaps no-one serious enough could be found as it is carnival time or perhaps they could not find any theologians.
Either way, another case of double standards that have been adopted by critics of the Pope. 

Central Council of German Jews decides who is a Catholic

Knobloch: Piusbruderschaft gehört nicht in die Katholische Kirche - Nachrichten -

Knobloch: SSPX does not belong in the Catholic Church

Even after the recent condemnation of the Holocaust by the Pope the Central Council of Jews in Germany expect further action against the traditionalist bishops. Now is the time "for actions, not speeches," urged President Charlotte Knobloch. Not only the Holocaust denier Richard Williamson, but the entire SSPX do not belong in the Catholic Church. Williamson was "only a small cog." The SSPX reject the commitment formulated in the conciliar document "Nostra Aetate" to Christian-Jewish dialogue and wished to return Catholics to the Middle Ages, she criticized. Knobloch also said that she does not doubt that the Pope opposes anti-Semitism. It must be supposed that he had not been informed about the utterances of Williamson, she said.

Holocaust Revisionism

The Adversary wants to see holocaust revisionists on both sides of the Catholic and Jewish sides of the fence.

A great comment piece from a great editor of a great newspaper.

Novena of Prayer for Pope Benedict

via The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Some bishops won't be praying this!