Friday, April 17, 2009
Since you do such an outstanding job reporting on scandals and abuses in Europe, I thought you might be interested to learn of a recent incident here.
The pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst, NY, Fr. Anthony Trapani, last Sunday took the bold and unprecedented step of banning Communion in the Hand after several cases of desecration of Consecrated Hosts were discovered in his parish:
Yesterday, however, in his bulletin, he announced that Communion in the Hand had to be resumed and he cited instructions from Sr. Sheila Browne of the Office of Worship in the Diocese of Rockville Centre (Cathcon- even a Bishop's instructions would not make this practice right, and certainly not instructions from this source).
This same fine priest, a former Navy chaplain, by the way, has undertaken a beautiful restoration of the sanctuary and returned the tabernacle to a central place of honor in his church. He replaced the former main altar with a beautiful Italian marble altar. He has endeavored for months to instruct his parish in the proper respect and reverence for the Blessed Sacrament as can be seen in his previous bulletins.
We are convinced, though we have no proof, that Fr. Trapani probably had permission to ban Communion in the Hand temporarily from Bishop Murphy, since he is a man who has great respect for Church law, but the bishop changed his mind when complaints began rolling in.
God bless for all you do, Cathcon thanks!
Cover of the Cathedral Parish Newsletter, indicative that the Diocese of Linz does not know where it is going if it is going at all. Stop- Diocese under Construction- One way street to the left- No right turn. Diocese divided on path to follow. Beware of laity without driving licenses. Caution Bishop driving in the middle of the road. Unsure of direction to take. No Faith at any time.
They could do with thinking about the original Ten Commandments before anything. How about for instance, "Thou shalt not bear false witness", specifically in the case of Bishop Wagner.
A new courtroom drama from public service broadcaster Avro called the "Advocaat van de Duivel" (the Devil's Advocate) provokes discussion in the Netherlands. Top defence lawyer, Spong plays the “devil’s advocate."
A jury decides on the guilt or innocence of contemporary personalities, Italian newspaper "Corriere della Sera has reported.
The first "hearing" was of terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden, acquitted of the charge of being behind the attacks of 11 September 2001. In the following "legal case" Pope Benedict XVI was received a verdict of guilty.
Reason: With his recent remarks about the use of condoms, the church leader was responsible for the spread of the HIV virus and the death of millions of people.
The courtroom drama started last week. The suspect sits in a virtual dock. Film footage, photographs and media reports are shown as "evidence".
AIDS, anti-semitism and discrimination.
In the second hearing, the top Dutch lawyer Gerard Spong was less fortunate. Three indictments were levied against his "client" Benedict XVI. In addition to his responsibility for the spread of AIDS, the Pope also "legitimises anti-Semitism" - because he did not immediately distance himself from the Holocaust-denier and Lefebvrist Bishop Richard Williamson distances - and finally was also charged with discrimination against women and homosexuals. The indictment was supported with pictures of the Pope in front of a swastika, as well as pictures of concentration camp prisoners and dying Africans.
Spong in his plea of defence stated that the church takes care of AIDS patients and fights against discrimination against them. Also it cannot be agreed that women and gays were discriminated against by the Church, especially as women could be canonised. Furthermore, the most popular hymn was "Ave Maria". The jurors could only be persuaded by the lawyer on one point: the fact was that the Pope was not aware of the views on the Holocaust of Williamson. On the two other points, the verdict of guilty was returned.
Hopes for buyers.
The courtroom drama will be on air until 13 May. In addition to top lawyer Spong, the journalist Aad van den Heuvel and the Belgian theology professor Jean-Pierre Wils participated, the latter having left the Church due to the Williamson affair. The makers of the broadcast from the production company Palm Plus believe in the success of their format and hope to sell the rights to Scandinavia and Britain.
Cathcon: but a small step from TV show trials to real show trials. Some would not even notice the difference.
One moment he is talking about the New Springtime, and in a flash he talks of a terminally cold winter. One thing for sure, the weather is not the Cardinal's fault- or is it?
And on the sidelines, as ever, "We are Church" thinks that the Pope has diminished the meaning of the Church, by holding a hand out to the SSPX. It is We are Church who diminishes the meaning of the Church by identifying themselves with Her but this irony would be lost on them.
Newspaper Report: Letter from the Bishops of Vienna was prepared by Paul Zulehner, the pastoral theologian. Allegedly, three Austrian diocesan bishops refused to sign the letter.
In Austria, there is a new discussion about the pastoral letter published on 16 February 2009 by the Austrian diocesan bishops in the wake of the media-led ecclesiastical discussions. In the letter, among other things: "Believers legitimately expect that the process of candidate search, examining the proposed names and the final decision is undertaken carefully and with pastoral sensitivity. This can ensure that bishops are appointed who are not" against ", but "for" a local church. "
In the latest edition of the magazine "Yes to Life" of HLI (Human Life International) Dietmar Fischer, relying on "very reliable inside sources" reports that the letter of the Austrian Diocesan Bishops was prepared by the pastoral theologian from Vienna, Paul Zulehner and allegedly was not written by the bishops. According to Fischer, only the Graz Bishop, Egon Kapellari contributed a "small passage" and allegedly even three Austrian bishops refused sign the letter.
Cathcon: this is the same man that the bishops are employing at great expense to tell them what is going on in their parish councils. Dereliction of duty on their part, and too much power in the hands of one layman on his part.
The term holy ghost writer was originally applied to Karl Rahner given the enormous role his theology played at the Second Vatican Council- a theology much influenced by the philosophy of the Nazi convert to Protestantism, Heidegger. So keen was Rahner on Heidegger, he rushed to Freibourg to study under him in pre-war Germany, where his sympathies were not wrapped up in any of their later ambivalence.
At the service itself, one does not venerate the Cross by kissing Our Lord's Wounds, but one leaves a flower behind.
To his right, a stealth priestess - the purple glow is the baptismal font (please, I am not joking!)