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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Father Wagner explodes ecclesiastical bomb

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Wagner-Rücktritt "nicht ganz freiwillig" - oesterreich.ORF.at

Wagner's resignation "is not totally voluntary"
His resignation was not totally voluntary, said the Bishop-designate of Linz Maria Gerhard Wagner in an interview with the German newspaper "Tagespost". He had feared to lose the support of Bishop Ludwig Schwarz.

"No longer a further basis"
The interview with the Tagespost was already undertaken on Tuesday evening. Ultimately he could – according to Wagner - "envisage no basis for a fruitful work as a bishop." "The deaneries perhaps I could convince, but what happens when the bishop gets scared?" said the Linz Bishop-designate. The ideas that he would be disinvited from confirmations and turned away from visitations of the parishes, along with "the anxiety and distress" of the diocesan bishop led to the resignation of Wagner are reported by the "Tagespost". Resignation on Sunday The designated Linz Maria Bishop Gerhard Wagner on Sunday asked on Sunday for his nomination to be withdrawn. "Given the fierce criticism, I am in prayer, and after consultation with the diocesan bishop came to the conclusion to ask the Holy Father in Rome to withdraw my nomination as Bishop of Linz, he said on Sunday in a statement published by the Diocese of Linz.

Cathcon comments

1983 Code of Canon Law
Can. 188 A resignation made out of grave fear that is inflicted unjustly or out of malice, substantial error, or simony is invalid by the law itself.

Father Wagner has hung the Bishop of Linz out to dry with the comment highlighted above.
No wonder there has been a deathly silence from the Vatican.

There are now four options for the Vatican

Resignation of Bishop Schwarz, who to obtain his job in the first place gave assurances to the Vatican that he would sort the Diocese out, after the chaos which had ensued from the ueberliberal Schwarz.

Coadjutor for Bishop Schwarz to give him time to redeem himself.

Apostolic Visitation.

Refusal to accept the resignation of Father Wagner from episcopal dignity.

In any of these cases, the liberals of the Diocese of Linz have just run out of road. They will go down shouting and complaining.
It was not pleasing to God to save his people in disputation.
Non in dialectica complacuit Deo salvum facere populum suum.
St Ambrose

Ecclesiastical bomb explodes in Linz

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International arrest warrant for Bishop Williamson possible

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Frankreich: Menschenrechtler verklagen Holocaustleugner News Nachrichten auf ZEIT ONLINE

This follows a case to be brought in the next few days in the French courts by the International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (Licra)

This falls under the jurisdiction of the French authorities , said Licra lawyer Alain Jakubowicz to the daily newspaper "Le Figaro". The testimony of Williamson was available throughout the country. In France, the denial of crimes against humanity since 1990 is punishable as a specific offense. Judges may put Holocaust deniers for up to one year in prison, or they can pay high fines.

O taste and see that the Lord is good!

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Dedicated to the cultured despisers of the Latin Mass.

More soon- exhibition in former church in Brussels

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WYD makes friends with Mammon

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Advertising for the People's Bank (Reiffaisen) on a People's Altar in Mainz prior to WYD in Cologne.

Dissident theologians defeat Bishop of Regensburg

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Theologians do not need to take an oath

In the conflict with three Catholic theology professors who signed a declaration critical of the Pope, the Regensburg Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Mueller has relented: Professors Sabine Demel, Burkhard Porzelt and Heinz-Günter Schöttler no longer need to appear before the bishop to make a profession of Faith and take an oath of loyalty. They do not need to dissociate themselves from the statement madeprotesting against the lifting of the excommunication of the four bishops of the traditionalist SSPX Brotherhood protests and expressed concern that Pope Benedict XVI was giving groups a place in the church who reject the Second Vatican Council. From the perspective of the professors had Müllers the Pope assumed that he wanted to harm the church. On Friday, Bishop Mueller and the leadership of the Catholic theological faculty had crisis talks. In a joint statement as now stated, the professors rejected "an interpretation of the petition, which would imply that the Pope lacked personal and Magisterial integrity "- and in addition, they stressed "their obvious loyalty to the Church's Magisterium". The three professors said that they had stated to Bishop Mueller in a letter that t they "from our theological conviction as well as our loyalty to the Church's Magisterium " remains "fully committed to the contents of this petition". They were "ready to clarify in dialogue with the Bishop of Regensburg our concern for the Church “

"I feel closer to each and every Lutheran than the SSPX priests"- Catholic bishop

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kreuz.net – Die Diözesanbischöfe sind die Schismatiker

A bishop openly admits that he is closer to the Protestants than the church. The withdrawal of the Lefebvre excommunication -leads him to a dialogue - with the Jews.

"I see no possibility of a rapprochement, because they do not want one."

Norbert Trelle, the Bishop of Hildesheim told the regional newspaper "Braunschweiger Zeitung '.

The church is closer, according to the bishop, to the Society of St. Pius X than the Protestants - but: "I feel closer to each and every Lutheran than the SSPX priests."

The bishop is sad that a "such dispute" – as he describes the media pogrom against SSPX Bishop Richard Williamson - could be triggered:

"I can have no understanding for it - and I'm angry as other bishops are."

Then Msgr. Trelle accused the Pope and the Vatican and finds there "embarrassment":

"How can it be that when there are vacancies in Germany everything is checked for a year - and then there's four bishops, whose background you do not want to know about?" – he underlined.

The Pope, the bishop then protected – for form’s sake - from his critics: "I cannot imagine that he knew and let it go through."

The attitude of the Pope to Judaism was clearly is one of respect and recognition.

The repeal of an excommunication has nothing to do with this issue, underlined Mons. Trelle.

If the current "totally unpleasant story" had a positive aspect, then this is a new conversation with interested people about Judaism:

"What is our relationship to this ancient Judaism, which we really have to maintain?" – says the bishop falling to his knees.

Furthermore, he asserts that the Church is not changing course and won’t return to the time before the Second Vatican Council.

It is for the bishop "completely incomprehensible" that this could be questioned.

Mons. Trelle left unanswered the question as to whether he himself is ready to accept the texts of Vatican II and Catholic tradition.

Cathcon- perhaps the Bishop might care to explain to his Lutheran friends that their ecclesiastical organisation was founded by one of the greatest anti-semites in German history.

Bishop Williamson case leads to change in law in Argentina

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oe1.ORF.at / Genugtuung über Ausweisung von Williamson

Law should be amended
So far, the denial of the Holocaust in Argentina has not been a crime. But that should change now. Whoeever in future denies the Holocaust, the genocide of the Amenians or the existance of state terrorism during Argentina's military dictatorship will face prosecution.

Diocese of Albany marks beginning of Lent with church closures

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On eve of Lent, some final Masses -- Page 1 -- Times Union - Albany NY

Nothing is scheduled but the 162-year-old church's final Mass, and no one here needs a reminder.

As Christians around the globe prepare for Lent — a solemn 40-day period of repentance leading up to Easter when, Scripture says, Jesus rose from the dead — scores of the faithful across the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese are preparing to celebrate one of their most holy days in a church other than their own.

"You see Resurrection at the end of Lent, and I think the problem here is that we don't see resurrection at the end of this," said Michael Schweigert, 60, of Guilderland. His suburban church isn't closing, but he spent the morning photographing St. Bernard's soaring stained glass windows and stations of the cross imported from Europe in the 19th century.

St. Bernard's is one of seven parishes, three in Cohoes alone, slated to officially close Wednesday as part of the 14-county diocese's consolidation plan in response to a shortage of priests and declining church membership in cities.

Wednesday also marks Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

The timing, according to diocesan spokesman Kenneth Goldfarb, is purely coincidental. All seven churches will hold their final services this weekend and remain open until Wednesday only for administrative functions, if at all, Goldfarb said.

Vatican response to Bishop Williamson expulsion

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kathweb Nachrichten .:. Katholische Presseagentur Österreich:

"The Church has nothing to do with this matter (!). The Argentine government has applied its laws," said the secretary of the Apostolic Signatura, Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, in conversation with the "Repubblica". Earlier, the Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi SJ declined to give an official opinion.

Viva il Papa!

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