Friday, August 31, 2012

Cardinal Martini dies at age of 85 - Vatican Insider

Of your charity, pray for the repose of  Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini who  "was born in Turin on 15 February 1927. He entered the Company of Jesus in 1944 at the age of 17 and studied Philosophy at the Aloisianum, a Jesuit Institute in the northern Italian city of Gallarate, where he had been living for the past four years. He continued his Theology studies in Chieri (Turin, Italy), where he was ordained priest on 13 July 1952. He graduated with a degree in Theology in 1958 from the Pontifical Gregorian University and after some years teaching in Chieri, he returned to Rome, where he graduated with a degree in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, awarded the grade summa cum laude. In 1978 he was appointed as Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University. That same year, Paul VI invited him to preach the annual retreat in the Vatican and in 1979 John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Milan, consecrating him in person on 6 January 1980. John Paul II also created him cardinal in the 1983 Consistory. In 1986 Martini founded the Schools of social and political sciences. The series of meetings on faith held in 1987, entitled “Cattedra dei non credenti” (Lecture Series for Non Believers) were also significant. In 1997 the late cardinal led the various events for the celebration of the 16th centenary of the death of Saint Ambrose. His Pastoral Letters and Speeches to the City of Milan were hugely resonant, beyond the territorial limits of this vast diocese. These texts often examined the world of politics and non believers. In 2002 he was awarded the Great Gold Medal of the City of Milan.

He took part in numerous Assemblies held by the Synod of Bishops and was President of the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe from 1987 to 1993. In 2002 the Pope accepted his resignation which he presented upon reaching the age limit for cardinals. Martini then moved to the Holy Land where he continued his Biblical studies. In 2008 he returned to Italy to be treated for Parkinson’s. The disease gradually forced him to reduce his number of public appearances."


Vatican newspaper- those against the Council and the new liturgy are outside the Church

The liturgical reform of Vatican II,'' as all the great movements for the renewal from the council is ' a matter of fact, an aquired criterion, part of the history of the Church, and 'Tradition at its best' .Everything that opposes it, it is simply outside the horizon that the Church is given, and cannot therefore be supported as any certain source'

This is what we can read today in L'Osservatore Romano, the newspaper of the Holy See In an article by Pierangelo Chiaramello, the of the Fossano Theological Institute, entitled'' The fully Montinian Reform'', which reconstructs the thought of Pope Paul VI on the liturgical reform. The article comes as the Vatican is still awaiting a response from the Lefebvre traditionalists, related to the Tridentine liturgy in Latin. "The liturgical renewal promoted by Vatican II” - writes Chiaramello - “has certainly found in Paul VI an authentic promoter and interpreter.”

He wanted to give the impetus to the liturgical reform, specify the criteria, to maintain the momentum, make a study of the issues, define the project, to explain to the people of God, to defend it from the unwarranted, capturing every time the key points, and of particular relevance to the life of the Church, urging the people of God, on several occasions, to embrace the fundamental principle: active participation.

For Giovanni Battista Montini, Church and liturgy were 'an indissoluble identity”, as a eminent place for living the Christian experience The liturgical renewal gave an always more authentic face to the liturgy, which gave a more authentic face to the Church.'

Cardinal Martini apparently close to death

The former Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, is apparently close to death. Incumbent Cardinal Angelo Scola called on the faithful to pray for his 85-year-old predecessor. Martini's health had deteriorated significantly, the archdiocese said on Thursday evening in a statement on its website. The Cardinal, one of the most influential figures in the Italian church has suffered from Parkinson's disease for many years. According to Italian media, Martini has since Thursday been violently coughing and wheezing. His doctors needed to sedate him. Meanwhile, his closest relatives have been called to the bedside, among them his sister Maris Martini. Two months ago Martini stopped his weekly guest posts for the daily newspaper "Corriere della Sera". His illness had given him a "clear signal" to withdraw from the worldly affairs and to prepare for eternity, he wrote. The Jesuit and renowned biblical scholar Martini is one of the most popular Italian churchmen. For years, he was one of the key figures in the dialogue between the Church and society. At times, he was also considered a candidate for the papacy. In controversies surrounding the practice and teaching of the Catholic Church, he constantly supported more open positions. Since 1979, Archbishop of Milan, Martini lived alternately after his retirement in 2002 in Jerusalem and Italy, until his illness in 2008 finally forced him to return to his homeland.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Church closing- to become temporary theatre

In Helmond, the Netherlands.

A Vatican II Moment: The Masonic Memorial Mass

Pictures and report here:

"It may sometimes seem to a couple of readers that we enjoy reporting these things: we do not, we find no pleasure in it, it pains our hearts deeply. We actually saw this when it was first posted, and hesitated about mentioning it, but today our friends at Fratres in Unum asked us to make it known around the world, and we could not refuse their request."

I can but error these words at Cathcon.  Horrific.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Highest Duty of the Church

is the preservation of the purity of the depositum fidei- for if that becomes corrupted, only evil follows.

All other drafts - particularly those prepared by the preparatory theological Commission chaired by Cardinal Ottaviani – are judged by Ratzinger to be “too scholarly”. One draft he dismissed particularly vehemently was the text on the preservation of purity of the depositum fidei (“it is lacking to such an extent that it cannot be presented at the Council as it is”). As concerns the text on the “sources” of the divine Revelation, Ratzinger suggested substantial changes to its structure and content. Meanwhile, the drafts concerning Christian moral order, virginity, family and marriage are dismissed with arguments based on pastoral opportunities. According to Ratzinger these texts “overwhelm the reader with their excessive use of words.” The young professor form Bonn University stated that Council documents “should provide answers to more pressing problems and should do so, as far as possible, without judging and condemning, but by using a maternal language, presenting the wealth of the Christian faith and its comforts.”

Friday, August 24, 2012

Bishop presides over Oktoberfest Mass

At 7 minutes onwards. Archbishop Agostino Marchetto later resigned as Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travellers- he has produced a critical study of Vatican II although this event could not be more Vatican II.

Cardinal absolutely insists SSPX must fully accept Council.

Cologne's Cardinal Joachim Meisner insists that the SSPX must fully recognise the Magisterium of the Pope and the Second Vatican Council. This includes the decrees on religious freedom, the relationship with the Jews and the current form of the liturgy, according to a post published on Friday on the Internet platform "" (Cathcon- cannot find the original- suspect Domradio have jumped the gun). A return of the SSPX to the communion of the Catholic Church also presupposes that it was withdrawing its accusations against the pope that he was not orthodox. "Whoever wholly or partly rejects doctrinal statements, cannot be in full communion with the Church ," said Meisner. He points out that the Pope has repeatedly expressed his appreciation for the Jewish faith and the importance of dialogue between Christians and Jews. Pope Benedict XVI during World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne, visited the local synagogue and quoted his predecessor John Paul II: "whoever meets Jesus Christ meets Judaism."

Cathcon- one doctrinal standard for the vast majority of Catholics and another especially strict one for the SSPX. The comments about total acceptance are in direct contradiction to Archbishop Müller (perhaps Cardinal Woelki- will double check on this point).


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Complete diagnosis of all that is wrong with the modern Church and the modern world

The Condemnation of Modernism

Letter of Cardinal Mercier- who the Anglicans and modernist Catholic are prone to say is a precurser of modern ecumenism.  Nothing could be further from the Truth.


On July 3rd, 1907, the Holy Father prepared a list of errors which, later, were grouped together under the name of Modernism, and condemned.

On the 8th of September following he addressed to the Catholic world an Encyclical of incomparable fulness, vigour, and clearness, in which he sets forth his reasons for condemning Modernism. Thank God! these errors, which have so far invaded France and Italy, attract few followers in Belgium. You have been preserved by the vigilance of your pastors, by an impartial scientific spirit, and by the Christian submission that animates the representatives of higher learning in your country.

Nevertheless, beloved brethren, I consider it a pastoral duty to bring to your knowledge this Pontifical Encyclical, which henceforth will be known in ecclesiastical history by its introductory Latin words: "Pascendi Domini gregis", or, more briefly, "Pascendi."

Since the Holy Father addresses his letter to each Church in particular, that is, to the Bishops, priests, and Catholic laity, it is his intention that each one should individually profit by the Encyclical. The importance of this document, moreover, gives it an historic value: hence, those who are interested in our Mother, the Church, should know, at least in substance, its meaning. It is a well-known fact that scarcely had the Pope spoken, or rather before he had spoken, and from the moment that the telegraphic agents heralded his coming announcement, the unbelieving press began to misrepresent it, and the newspapers and reviews hostile to the Church in our country neither published the text nor the general tenour of the Encyclical with fulness or frankness. But with an eagerness and a harmony of opinion that altogether explain their attitude, they quibbled over the word Modernism in the endeavour to convince their confiding readers that the Pope condemns modern thought, which in their ambiguous language signifies modern science and its methods.

This offensive and false impression of the Pope and his faithful followers has perhaps been shared by some amongst you, hence it is our earnest wish to remove this impression by explaining Modernism, and, in so doing, enlighten you as to the reasons that led to its condemnation by the Supreme Authority of the Church.


Modernism is not the modern expression of science, and consequently its condemnation is not the condemnation of science, of which we are so justly proud, nor the disapproval of its methods, which all Catholic scientists hold, and consider it an honour to teach and to practice.

Modernism consists essentially in affirming that the religious soul must draw from itself, from nothing but itself, the object and motive of its faith. It rejects all revelation imposed upon the conscience, and thus, as a necessary consequence, becomes the negation of the doctrinal authority of the Church established by Jesus Christ, and it denies, moreover, to the divinely constituted hierarchy the right to govern Christian society.

The better to understand the significance of this fundamental error, let us recall the teaching of the Catechism on the constitution and mission of the Catholic Church.

Christ did not represent Himself to the world as the head of a philosophy and uncertain of His teaching! He did not leave a modifiable system of opinions to the discussion of His disciples. On the contrary, strong in His divine wisdom and sovereign power, He pronounced, and imposed upon men the revealed word that assures eternal salvation, and indicated to them the unique way to attain it. He promulgated for them a code of morals, giving them certain helps without which it is impossible to put these precepts into practice. Grace, and the Sacraments which confer it upon us, or restore it to us, when, having sinned, we again find it through repentance, form together these helps, this economy of salvation. He instituted a Church, and as He had only a few years to dwell with us upon earth, He conferred His power upon His Apostles, and after them on their successors, the Pontiffs and Bishops. The Episcopate, in union with the Sovereign Pontiff, has then received and alone posesses the right to officially set forth and comment upon the doctrines revealed by Christ: and it and he alone are empowered to denounce with authority errors that are incompatible with its teachings. The Christian is he who confides in the authority of the Church and sincerely accepts the doctrines that she proposes to his faith. He who repudiates or questions her authority, and in consequence rejects one or more of the truths he is required to believe, excludes himself from the ecclesiastical fold.


The excommunication pronounced by the Pope against wilful Modernists, which adversaries characterise as an act of despotism, is simple and natural, and in it we see only a question of loyalty.

Yes or no, do you believe in the divine authority of the Church? Do you accept outwardly and in the sincerity of your heart what in the name of Christ she commands? Do you consent to obey her? If so, she offers you her Sacraments, and undertakes to conduct you safely into the harbour of salvation. If not, then you deliberately sever the tie that unites you to her, and break the bond consecrated by her grace. Before God and your conscience you no longer belong to her: no longer remain in obstinate hyprocrisy a pretended member of her fold. You cannot honestly pass yourself off as one of her sons, and as she cannot be a party to hypocrisy and sacrilege, she bids you, if you force her to it, to leave her ranks.

Of course she only repudiates you so long as you wish it yourself. The day you deplore having strayed from the fold, and return to recognise loyally her authority, she receives you with clemency, and treats you in the same way as the father of the prodigal son, who welcomed with tenderness his repentant child.

Such, then, is the constitution of the Church.

The Catholic Episcopate, of which the Pope is the head, is the heir of the apostolic college that teaches the Faithful the authentic Christian revelation.

And as the life of the entire organism is centred in the head, which directs its actions and arranges with order all its movements, so the Pope assures unity to the teaching Church; and each time that one of the Faithful, even a Bishop, proclaims contrary doctrine, the Holy Father decides with Supreme Authority, and from that authority there is no appeal.

In fine, the entire question resolves itself into this: whenever a Christian is in doubt, he asks himself these two questions -- What must I believe now? And why must I believe it?

The reply is this: I believe the teaching of the Catholic Bishops who are in accord with the Pope, and I am forced to believe it, because the Episcopate in union with the Pope is the organ that transmits to the Faithful the revealed teaching of Jesus Christ. Let me say in passing that this organ of transmission is no other than tradition, which the believing Christian must loyally accept and follow. Hence the Modernism condemned by the Pope is the negation of the Church's teaching, a simple truth you learnt as a child when preparing for your First Communion.


The generating ideas of the Modernist doctrine first saw light in Protestant Germany. These ideas, however, became forthwith acclimatized in England, and several off-shoots have penetrated into the United States.

The spirit of Modernism has appeared in Catholic countries, where it manifests itself in the writings of certain authors who are forgetful of the traditions of the Church, and have shocked by the enormity of their errors loyal consciences faithful to their baptismal vows. This spirit has breathed over France, Italy has felt its blight, and some Catholics in England and Germany have suffered the infection. Belgium, happily, is one of the Catholic countries that has most successfully resisted its pernicious influence.

You understand, we make a difference between Modernist doctrines and the spirit that animates them. The doctrines disseminated in the philosophical, theological, exegetic and apologetic writings have been admirably systematized in the Encyclical Pascendi; and since it has been your privilege to escape their influence, it is hardly necessary to prove to you how completely these teachings are at variance with faith and sound philosophy.

But I dread even more for your souls the contagion of this spirit of Modernism, which is the outcome of Protestantism.

You know in what Protestantism consists. Luther questioned the right of the Church to teach the Christian world the revelations of Jesus Christ with authority. The Christian, he contends, is self-sufficient in his beliefs; he infers the elements of his faith from the Sacred Scriptures, which each man interprets directly under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. He does not admit the existence in the Church of a hierarchically-constituted authority which transmits faithfully to the world the revealed teaching, or that it has the right to interpret, or to claim to guard this teaching in its integrity.

This is the essential point in dispute between Catholicism and Protestantism. The Catholic contends that the faith of the Christian is communicated to the Faithful by an official organ of transmission: the Catholic Episcopate, and that faith is based on the acceptance of the authority of this organ. The Protestant says, on the contrary, that it is exclusively an affair of individual judgment based on the interpretation of the Bible. A Protestant Church is necessarily invisible, since it depends on the assumed agreement of individual consciences as to the meaning of Holy Scripture. Protestantism thus formulated was condemned by the Council of Trent in the sixteenth century, and the man does not exist who would dare to call himself a Protestant and think himself at the same time a Catholic.

But the spirit of Protestantism crept here and there into Catholic centres, and gave birth to conceptions wherein we find a mixture of sincere piety -- the religious instincts of a Catholic soul and the intellectual errors of Protestantism.

Frederick Paulsen, Professor at the Rational Protestant University at Berlin, speaking of the Encyclical Pascendi admits this strange fact. "It seems," he says, "that all the doctrines condemned by the Encyclical are of German origin, and yet there is hardly one theologian in Germany who defends Modernism in his own faculty of Theology."

This is most significant. But traces of the spirit of Protestantism in German University centres date further back than to-day.

When Pius IX called a General Council in 1869, a learned and well-known Catholic Professor at the University in Munich, Döllinger, who later openly fell away, writing à propos of the rôle of Bishops in these Councils, says: "The Bishops must be present at the Council to bear witness to the faith of their respective dioceses; and the definitions that result from the Council must be the expression of collective beliefs."

Here you have, beloved brethren, the accord of the individual conscience substituted for the direction of authority.


The most intelligent observer of the contemporary Modernist movement and the most expressive of its tendency, he who has seized its true significance and who is perhaps the most profoundly imbued with its spirit, is the English priest, Father Tyrrell.

In the numerous writings published by him in the last ten years there is much that is edifying, much for which we are deeply grateful to the author: but often in the spirit which animates these same pages there is the fundamental error of Döllinger, the real principle of Protestantism.

This, however, is not surprising, inasmuch as Father Tyrrell is a convert, and was educated under Protestant influences.

Tyrrell, who was intent only on the interior workings of the conscience, neglectful of dogmatic traditions and ecclesiastical history, zealous above all to hold in the bosom of the Church those of our own contemporaries whom the blustering assertions of unbelievers disconcert (those unbelievers who, sometimes in the name of natural science, sometimes in the name of historical criticism, endeavour to impose philosophic prejudices and hypercritical conjectures as conclusions drawn from science in conflict with our Faith), has, after the lapse of forty years, renewed an attack analogous to that of the apostate Döllinger.

Revelation, he says, is not a doctrinal deposit confided to the guardianship of the teaching Church of which the Faithful will receive the authentic interpretations at various times when an authoritative announcement is required; it is the collective life of religious souls, or, rather, of every person of good will who aspires to an ideal above the material ambitions of the egotist. The Saints of Christianity are the élite of this invisible society, this communion of Saints. While the Religious life follows unswervingly its course in the depths of the Christian conscience, "theological" beliefs work themselves out in the intelligence, express themselves in formulae commanded by the needs of the moment, but less conformed to the living reality of faith according as they are dogmatically defined. The authority of the Roman Catholic Church interprets the interior life of the Faithful, recapitulates the product of the universal conscience, and announces it in the form of a dogma. But the true inner religious life remains the supreme guide in matters of faith and dogma.

Moreover, the force of the intelligence being subject to a thousand fluctuations, the code of belief varies; the dogmas of the Church in turn change their sense, if not necessarily their expression, according to the successive generations to whom she speaks. Nevertheless the Catholic Church remains one, and is faithful to its Founder; for since the time of Christ the same spirit of religion and holiness animates the successive generations of the Christian world, and all meet on the common ground, which in the main is the sentiment of filial piety to Our Father in heaven, love for humanity, and a universal brotherhood.


Such, beloved brethren, is the soul of Modernism.

The leading idea of the system has been greatly influenced by the philosophy of Kant; a Protestant himself and author of a special theory in which the universal certitude of science is opposed to the exclusively personal certitude of religious sentiment. It has been without doubt this infatuation, as general as it is ill-considered, that attracts so many superior minds to apply arbitrarily and a priori to history, and especially to the history of the Holy Scriptures and our dogmatic beliefs, an hypothesis -- the hypothesis of evolution -- which, far from being a general law in the domain of human reasoning, has not been even proved in the limited field of the formation of animal and vegetable species. This idea in itself, which in the beginning inspired many generous champions of the Catholic apologetic school, and which later on plunged them into Modernism, is none other at bottom than Protestant individualism, which substitutes itself for the Catholic conception of a teaching authority established by Jesus Christ, and charged with the mission of informing us what we are obliged to believe under pain of eternal damnation.

This spirit is everywhere in the atmosphere, and for this reason, no doubt, the Pope, specially guided by Divine Providence, addresses to the whole world an Encyclical, the doctrinal tenor of which concerns, it seems, but a fraction of the Catholics of France, England, and Italy.

The doctrines condemned by the Encyclical horrified faithful Christians by their mere announcement. But in the tendencies of Modernism there must be something seductive which seems to attract even honest minds, true to the faith of their baptism. Whence comes, and in what consists the charm that renders Modernism so attractive to youth? We see two principal causes, and these are the two errors I hope to dissipate in the second part of my pastoral letter.


The unbelieving Press loudly proclaims that the Pope, in condemning Modernism, puts himself in opposition to progress, and denies to Catholics the right to advance with the age. Deceived by this falsehood, which certain Catholics have imprudently believed, many right-minded and honest souls, until now faithful to the Church, waver, become discouraged, and imagine without reason that they cannot obey their Christian consciences and at the same time serve the cause of scientific progress.

It seems clearly my duty to reply to these calumnious accusations of a hostile press in an announcement addressed specially to the clergy, extracts from which they can make use of at their own discretion for the benefit of the Faithful. It is imperative, however, to convince men of good will in Belgium that, in being with the Pope against Modernism, they are not less with the times in promoting progress and in honouring Science.

Thanks be to God, the Belgian Catholics have escaped these Modernist heresies. The representatives of philosophical and theological teaching in our University, those in our free branches of studies, and those also in the Seminaries and Religious Congregations, have unanimously and spontaneously given weight to this declaration in a document signed by each one of them, in which they state that the Pope, by his courageous Encyclical, has saved the Faith and protected Science.

And these same signatories, have they not the right to proudly face their accusers, in the name of the Catholic institutions they represent, and to demand of them: What, then, is the science that we have not served, and that we will not serve, as well, if not better, than you? Do our Professors fear to be compared with yours? The pupils we educate, pitted by public competition against yours, do they not always carry off the honours?

The strength of conviction and the sincerity of love is tested by sacrifice. You know, perhaps, the liberality of the unbeliever in behalf of Science. This is true, and I rejoice in the fact, but I ask you without fear to compare it with the lavish generosity of millions of Catholic Belgians for all branches of learning.


The second error -- an error which takes advantage of the spirit of Modernism to infect the youth of our day, and sometimes also to draw away the masses -- is the unconscious confusion of the constitution of the Catholic Church with the political organizations of modern society.

Under the Parliamentary system, each citizen is supposed to have a voice in the direction of public affairs: the revolutionary theories circulated by Rousseau, and adopted in the declaration of the Rights of Man in 1789, have disseminated in the masses a mistaken idea that the directing authority of the country is made up of the collective individual wills of the people; the representatives of power are thus considered delegates, whose exclusive rôle it is to interpret and turn to account the opinions and will of their constituents.

It is this conception of power that Döllinger wished to apply to the Bishops assembled in the Vatican Council. Later on, Father Tyrrell applied it to the Bishops as well as the faithful ecclesiastics or laics of the Christian community, reserving only to the Bishops and even to the supreme authority of the Pope the right to put on record and to proclaim authentically what the dispersed members of the Christian family, nay, even what religious communities have thought, loved, and felt.

This analogy is false: civil society, following a natural law, is born of the union and co-operation of the wills of the members that compose it. But the supernatural society of the Church is essentially positive and external, and must be accepted by its members as it was organized by its divine Founder, and to Christ alone belongs the right to dictate to us His will.

Listen to the Son of God, made Man, giving His Apostles His sovereign and indefeasible instructions: "Go into the whole world and preach the Gospel to every creature." "He that believeth, and, is baptised, shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be condemned." The Evangelist St. Mark, who quotes these words in the last page of his Gospel, concludes as follows: "And the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God. But they going forth preached everywhere; the Lord working withal, and confirming the word with signs that followed." Hence the Bishops continue the apostolic mission, and the Faithful must listen, believe, and obey their teaching under pain of eternal damnation. "If he will not hear the Church," says our Lord, "let him be to thee as the heathen and the publican," that is like unto a man without faith. "Amen, I say to you, whatsoever you shall bind upon earth shall be bound also in heaven, and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth shall be loosed in heaven."


Hold fast, dear Christians, to the cornerstone of your faith. Confide in your Bishop, who himself is supported by the Successor of Peter, the Bishop of Bishops, the immediate representative of the Son of God, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Protect with vigilance the treasure of your faith, without which nothing will profit you for eternity.

Perfect your religious instruction.

It is an astonishing fact that in proportion as the youth grows to manhood, he considers it almost a question of honour to develop his physical forces, to increase the measure of his knowledge, to strengthen his judgment, enrich his experience, to polish his language and refine his style, and better inform himself on the march of events. Man has at heart the perfection of his profession, and is there a lawyer, magistrate, doctor, or merchant who would not blush if forced to admit at forty that for the last twenty years he had added nothing to his store of knowledge?

And is it not a fact that if Catholics of twenty, thirty and forty years of age were interrogated, they would have to confess that since their First Communion they had not studied their religion, and perhaps have even now forgotten what they then learned?

In these troubled times I understand the conquests of unbelief, and I deplore them; but what seems more difficult to explain is that a believing, intelligent man, conscious of the value of that rare gift of Faith, is content to ignore what he believes, why he believes it, and what the solemn vows of baptism pledged him to, towards God and his neighbour.

Every well educated man should have in his library a Catechism, if not to learn by heart, at least to study the text. The one most highly recommended is the Catechism of the Council of Trent, an admirable work in its clearness, precision and method, in which by the order of the Fathers of the Council of Trent, a commission of distinguished theologians was charged to condense the substance of faith and morals and the institutions of Christianity.

To instruct himself in the reasons for his belief the well-informed Catholic should have, beside his Catechism, a manual of the dogmatic teachings of the Church, and the principal Pontifical Encyclicals addressed to our generation, those of Leo XIII, of glorious memory, and the Encyclicals of Pius X.

All Catholics should have in their households, if not the integral text of the Bible, at least the New Testament, that is, the four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. And they should have, moreover, a history of the Church and an apologetical treatise.

But to keep alive and nourish his piety every Christian should possess a Roman Missal, and a treatise on the liturgy that will explain the ceremonies of the Mass and the principal manifestations of religious worship in the Church.

The Imitation of Christ, Bossuet's Meditations on the Gospels, and The Introduction to a Devout Life, by St. Francis of Sales, and, in addition to these, several lives of the Saints that represent to us the practical application of the teaching of the Gospel: these books form together at a very modest outlay the minimum religious library of a Christian family. Every family, however humble, ought to have several books of piety.

I have sometimes glanced at the libraries of friends following liberal careers, and noticed books of science, of literature, and profane history; but how often one searches in vain for any religious literature. Is it then surprising that minds so poorly equipped are easily taken in by an audaciously formulated objection: they are then horrified, and appeal to apologetics for help.

Apologetics have without doubt their place in the Church, and oppose a defence to every attack. When one is ill the physician is called in, but hygiene is more potent than the doctor. Study for choice the statements and proofs of Catholic doctrine, penetrate yourself with its teachings and meditate on them, get to know the history of the Church, and learn her apostolic labours.


Watch and pray! By the integrity of your life, by the purity of your morals, and by the humble confession of your dependence on God and your need of His merciful Providence, banish the interested motives for unbelief, and then will disappear, as mists before the sun, the doubts that rise in the soul and obscure the horizon. And if at times on some special point a doubt should trouble your conscience, have recourse to some enlightened man: the explanation he will give you will be adapted to your mentality and to your peculiar state of soul at that moment; and will be more efficacious than replies indiscriminately addressed to a large crowd of listeners or readers.

None of us, dearly beloved brethren, sufficiently appreciates the gift of Faith. Man is so made that he takes no account of what has definitely become part of his constitution. You have sight, hearing, good lungs, and a sound heart; and do you often thank God for these blessings? Ah! if you were menaced with blindness, loss of hearing, tuberculosis or paralysis, how much greater would be your appreciation of the blessings that you seem on the point of losing, and how spontaneous would be your gratitude when you had recovered your sense of security.

The Protestant nations are sick, and for four centuries the leaven of free interpretation has been working in them: observe with what painful anxiety religious souls are being torn asunder by the thousand and one sects between whose conflicting claims they cannot come to a decision.

And it is just when devout Protestants are attacked by liberalism and tossed about by doubts, and appeal in despair to authority for help, crying: "Save us, O Lord, or we perish!" that the Modernists would do away with the Chief who makes us the envy of our separated brethren, and invite us to renew an experiment that four lamentable centuries proclaim a failure.

No, beloved brethren, we will have nothing to do with such a painful experiment. More closely than ever will we hold to the Vicar of Christ.

"I have a great mystery to preach to you," said Bossuet; "the mystery of the unity of the Church." United within by the Holy Spirit, she has still a common tie in her exterior Communion, and must remain united by a government wherein the authority of Christ is represented. This union guards unity, and under the seal of ecclesiastical government unity of mind is preserved.

The unity of Christian Faith is safe only in the Catholic Church, and the Catholic Church is only stable on the Chair of Peter.

"We will turn then," said St. Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, at the end of the second century, "to the most ancient of the Churches, known to all as the Church founded and constituted at Rome by the two glorious Apostles, Peter and Paul: we will prove that the traditions held by the Apostles, and the Faith they announced to men, have come to us by the regular succession of Bishops: and it will be a subject of confusion for all those who, either from vanity, blindness or bad feeling, take in without discrimination all sorts of opinions that may happen to appeal to them; for such is the superiority of the pre-eminence of the Church of Rome, that all the Churches, that is to say, the Faithful the world over, must be in accord with her, and the Faithful, wherever they may come from, will find intact in her the traditions of the Apostles."

Monday, August 20, 2012

Archbishop warns about the Islamification of Europe


The guest of the Parish of the Nativity of Our Lady warned Islam can conquer Europe within fifty years - driven by polygamy and large families: the extreme views of theArchbishop of the Syrian Catholic Church also surprised City Dean Father Janssen.

The Mülheim parish of the Nativity of Our Lady had a strenuous guest on Sunday : Archbishop Joseph Flavien Melki, high representative of the Syrian Catholic Church in Lebanon, celebrated a Pontifical Mass in the parish church. Slowly the sermon, little by little translated into German , made it clear: Here is a man who divides the world harshly into Christians and Muslims. Here the vulnerable minority, where an aggressive religion, whose young representives one can best convert, in his opinion.

In Beirut Melki has founded the "Home of Hope", a kind of Christian boarding school, which presently contains 30 children and where they are cared for, including eight from Muslim families, said the Archbishop. With their door collection, Mülheim churchgoers have donated to this project.

Melki undertakes an annual pastoral visit by European countries. He is always Invited and accompanied as his interpreter by a private citizen: Hellmuth Dieken, globally active mural artist and also by representatives of the small Catholic Apostolic Community of theUnited Hearts of Jesus and Mary Dieken lives in Waldbröl, his sister in Speldorf. Thus the contact was made with the Parish of the Nativity of the Our Lady, according to Deacon Martin Bader.
City dean warned fundamentalism.

The Mass was followed by a reception followed in the Catholic meeting hall on hill: Here Melki warned about 30 parishioners about the threat of militant Islam, which - driven by polygamy, large families and financial support from the "Oil States" - within 50 to 100 years threatened to conquer Europe.

City dean, Father Michael Janssen, who admitted afterwards that he had not known how severe the views of the Archbishop were, intervened during the discussion with conciliatory tone: "In Mülheim," said Janssen, "we have a very good inter-religious dialogue."

He specifically mentioned that for the 5th September an art project is planned "Angel of Civilizations" in which Christian, Jewish and Muslim representatives co-operate. He talks a lot with Muslims, according to Janssen, among whom there are moderate and fundamentalist people: "Fundamentalism is the death of every religion, and if we are honest, we Catholics have also fundamentalists."

Bishop travels first class to visit the slums of India

The Catholic Bishop of Limburg is again faced with financial waste allegations. He has flown first class to India, where he visited social projects, reports Der Spiegel. The diocese justifies the first class travel.

The first class flight of Limburg Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst to India met with incomprehension. "Expensive tickets to the poorest of the poor is not following the way Jesus lived," said Henny Toepfer, the spokeswoman of the reform movement "We Are Church" in the Diocese of Limburg, on Monday.

According to a report by the German news magazine "Der Spiegel", the bishop was flown first class to India on official business. On the return flight, the chief shepherd had indulged in first class seats with his Vicar General Franz Kaspar. Ticket Price and Mileage Upgrade for the round-trip amounted to a value of around 7000 euros per person, according to the magazine. The promotion to the first class was made privately with the help of bonus miles from the Vicar General, "Spiegel" was told by the Diocese.

Diocese: used private air miles

The Diocese of Limburg responded on Sunday to the report and explained that the bishop was unjustly accused of extravagance. The long-haul flights were in accordance with the travel regulations of the German Bishops' Conference and were booked by the Diocese. There were no implications for the Diocesan accounts. The trip was financed by funds from the Episcopal See. Overall, the trip had cost about 8300 euros.

The diocese took the premium tickets so that the nine-hour flight should be used for sleeping. The Bishop would be rested to begin an extensive and strenuous program in India, as he would be returning to his everyday working life in the diocese. Only in the highest class, could the seats be transformed into recliners. "The privately paid upgrade to the highest class of service served only the maintenance of the efficiency of both travelers. This was exclusively a financial burden o the private account of the Vicar General."

Criticism of the handling of church property

The mission of 10 to 14 January has been used for the assessment of five social and charitable projects of the Church in India, according to the diocese. It was a very tight program that usually would have to be extended over more days and "would have cost a lot more," it was claimed.

Catholics in his diocese criticize Tebartz-van Elst because of the way he deals with church property. The criticism has been ignited in particular around the new episcopal residence near to Limburg Cathedral, which costs at least EUR 5.5 million.

The diocese said: The "financing of the entire project" is justifiable. The complex serves the rest of the entire diocese and had already been decided upon about a year before the current bishop entered service. The bishop could have the use of a three-room apartment in the rear of the building.

Bishop Williamson judgement not before October

Strafbefehl gegen Bischof Williamson dauert noch > Kleine Zeitung

The legal decision in the case of the British Holocaust denier Bishop Richard Williamson drags on. A decision on the proposed penalty is not expected before October, said a spokeswoman for the Regensburg District Court on Monday. Firstly, the attorney of Williamson should have time for comment.

German prosecutors had sought again in mid-July against the 72-year-old Bishop of the ultra-conservative SSPX a judgement against promoting racial hatred. In 2008, Williamson had denied in an interview with a Swedish television channel in the SSPX Seminary of Zaitzkofen the Nazi mass murder of millions of Jews and the existence of gas chambers.

The Regensburg District Court sentenced the priest for racial hatred in 2010 to pay a fine of 10,000 euros. In July 2011, the District Court affirmed the decision of Regensburg, but reduced the penalty to 6,500 euros (100 days sets of 65 euros). In February, Nuremberg Higher Regional Court quashed the judgment because of procedural errors. The judge complained that the distribution channels of the interview had not been demonstrated. The prosecution has applied for the new judgement in conformity with the requirements of the Nuremberg Higher Regional Court.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Pussy Riot now on rampage in Cologne Cathedral- report and video

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The prayer of Punk Pussy Riot in Moscow went around the world. In Cologne Cathedral on Sunday, there was a similar scene to be seen. A colorfully costumed trio stormed the church - Bishop Heiner Koch was very relaxed.

The service in the cathedral on Sunday was in full swing when suddenly three young people stormed to the altar armed with banners . "Having a 20-year-old woman and two men aged 23 and 25 years of wild chanting slogans and held up a banner reading," said a police spokesman. On the banner in pink letters, the slogan, "Free Pussy Riot and all Prisoners" (Freedom for all prisoners and Pussy Riot) was to be read.

The colorfully costumed trio was seized by security in the Cathedral Church. According to police, they offered absolutely no resistance. Outside, they continued with their protest . By his own admission, the three activists wanted to show solidarity with the punk musicians in the band Pussy Riot who have been sentenced to a prison camp.

Bishop will pray for Pussy Riot
Bishop Heiner Koch is said, according to a report from "ZDF", during the protest to have remained quiet at the altar. After the incident, he said, the concerns of these people and the people of Russia should be made the subject of prayers.

The Russian punk band staged in February at the Moscow Church of the Redeemer a punk prayer in which they had asked the Virgin Mary to free Russia from President Vladimir Putin. Three of the women involved have now been sentenced to two years in a penal camp by a Russian court for "hooliganism" .

Provost Norbert Feldhoff already announced at the beginning of the trial in Russia that such a performance would not be well tolerated in the Cologne Cathedral: "The dignity of the Cathedral forces us to take action. Lawsuits for trespassing and disturbance of religious worship have now been taken out against the Cologne activists.

There also took a chain saw to a Cross in Kiev. Caution- half-naked woman.

Cardinal praises people in mutually caring homosexual partnerships


The Berlin Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki has once again made a strong call for respect for people in same-sex partnerships. "Wherever people are there for each other, this deserves recognition," the archbishop saysin an interview to the newspaper "Frankfurter Rundschau" (Monday). At the same time, he referred to Catholic doctrine. This has "clear and unambiguously set down, that homosexual acts 'in themselves are not in order', violate the natural law and therefore in the conviction of our belief cannot be approved." On that, he also makes "no compromise". Further polarization of the issue would be wrong, according to Woelki. "In fact, already my words in Mannheim have immediately called the critics into action," he said, referring to his similarly worded statements at the Mannheim Catholic Congress last May. Particularly on the Internet, there were the "usual polemical attacks" said Woelki.

See also Bishop visits gay and lesbian centre

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Blessed John XXIII leaves Catholic Church!


The first reading comes from the Book of Kings, with an angel nudging an exhausted and distraught Elijah, telling him to get up and leave.

The Rev. Tom Sanford and his congregation have done just that.

Sanford left the Catholic priesthood more than a quarter century ago. But now he's back behind the altar. He's pastor of a new spiritual community, born out of his frustration with what he believes is the philosophical backsliding of the Catholic Church.

Sanford started Blessed John XXIII Ecumenical Church around Easter, and he's starting small. When he walks down the aisle to "We Gather Together," three worshippers stand and sing along.

Yet Sanford and his flock say there's a larger point beyond their small numbers: They have left the Catholic Church to become better Catholics.

Cathcon- the inconsistency would be highlighted if they could only ask themselves the simple question- would Pope John XXIII have actually approved of their actions?

Priestesses "celebrate" the Assumption


The new head of CDF's less than traditional teaching on the Mass


Too much fog in his head
If on the basis of Archbishop Ludwig Gerhard Mueller Dogmatik (Dogmatics), you want to find out what the Holy Mass is, the result will set your head on fire.

Archbishop Ludwig Gerhard Müller- the controversial Prefect of the Congregation - has several times expressed himself on the sacrificial character of Mass.

( But "whether his statements about the sacrifical character of the Mass are in harmony with the teaching of the Church, is arguable to say the least ". The website '' illustrated this on 10 August. 

Where remains the sacrifice? 
Mons.  Müller addresses these questions in his rambling book "Catholic dogma: for the study and practice of theology," between pages 706 and 709.

He closely approaches theories of Father Odo Casel († 1948) which were rejected by Pope Pius XII. († 1958). Grandiloquently, he writes: 

"In the Eucharist the sacrifice of the Cross becomes present, both in its historical uniqueness as well as in its contemporary and no longer lost validity (joining of the dimensions of past, present and future). 

Since the real subject of the Eucharist is the same as the subject of the sacrifice on the Cross, Jesus brings himself to the memory, in the symbolic act established, of his community and communicates his presence. The Eucharist is not a subjective commemoration of the disciples, in which they remember Jesus.

The Eucharist is rather an objectively real memory: Jesus, brought to mind, makes himself present in word and celebration of the meal. Thus, he lets the disciples have a part in his self-abandonment to the Father in the Holy Spirit and in the koinonia / communion (intermediated by the Spirit) with the Father [...] " 

In the final analysis, just a meal 
The internet portal '' makes the following criticism:

According to Mons.  Müller "the Eucharist appears to be actually a meal at which a sacrifice is considered." 

And ". A sacrificial act, there is no such thing as a new sacrifice of Jesus Christ" 

For "" this is a “reversal of Catholic doctrine, according to which the Mass is first a sacrifice, followed by and linked to a meal - the Holy Communion ".

Archbishop Müller's grandiloquent talk of the "objectively real memorial" goes back to Father Casel. He wanted – according to '' – probably escape the condemnation of Trent that the Mass is no "mere memory".

Present instead of making present 
Mons. Mueller writes though: "The Eucharist is nothing more than the sacrifice of the Cross in the mode of his sacramental presence." But he obscures immediately. Because Jesus "through the eucharistic gifts to his Church as the incarnate, crucified and risen Son of the Father in spirit . [...] and thus makes the Church into what it is, the Body of Christ, " 

He does not know tradition 
In his book "The Mass - source of Christian life," Archbishop Mueller does admitedly mention the opinion that the sacramental character of the Mass consists in the separate offering of the body and blood of Christ. 

He dismisses this as a mere conception of individual theologians. It is the explicit teaching of Pius XII. 

It is significant that he does not use one word about the "Encyclical Mediator Dei". 

A thick thicket of blah-blah
Mons. Müller puts his own theory like this on page 125: 

"We therefore see the sacramental sign of Christ's sacrifice and the Church in re-presenting and commemorating proclamation of the saving acts of God (anamnesis).

This takes place under the mandate of Jesus Christ to this in the use of words of the Last Supper, when we in the words about the gifts (Eucharistic Prayer) actually enter into the dialogue of love between Father and Son in the Spirit and receive the benefit of the Eucharistic food, the love of God for us and can respond in their power to the loving God. 

The Mass is a sacrifice in the word of Christ, which is the Word of God to us and takes our response to God whilst he connects inseparably word and answer in his person." 

The Mass seems to be essentially according to '' where the victim Christ is conceived and that because of the presence of Christ and the proclamation of his death is existent . On page 196 he writes that the "realisation of the sacrifice on the Cross […] through the Word occurs in a special way in the Eucharistic Prayer". 

Another structure 
The portal '' summarizes the differences between the Catholic Mass and the Eucharist of the modernists. In the Mass, there is the structure. Oblatio (presentation) - Immolatio (sacramental slaughter) - consummatio (communion) 

In the celebration of the Eucharist, the following structure is revealed: "Blessing of the food" - "commemorative Thanksgiving" - "breaking of bread and eating."

Beneficial clarity
Compared to the theological fog spread by the Archbishop, the words of Pope Pius XII in 'Mediator Dei are of soothing clarity: 

"Now it cannot be over-emphasized that the eucharistic sacrifice of its very nature is the unbloody immolation of the divine Victim, which is made manifest in a mystical manner by the separation of the sacred species and by their oblation to the eternal Father. "

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Homosexual groups produce video parody of Cardinal's prayer

The video shows a young man, reading before a crucifix and - in a way extremely affected way - the prayer of the Archbishop of Paris, accompanied by subtitles sometimes very outrageous that have nothing to do with the text original, but reflect for Act-Up "the deep and sincere words of the Catholic Church ".

Questioned by AFP on the deliberately outrageous message, an official of Act-Up believes that " even if the prayer of the episcopate is polite, it remains that the allusions legitimize the completely homophobic campaign of Civitas and Lefebvrists ".

The Civitas Institute, close to the Catholic fundamentalists, and that claims 1,200 members, launched in June " a lobbying campaign "against gay marriage" that will crescendo , "according to its President Alain Escada, with the debate in the Assembly National on the adoption of a law to that effect.

In favor of opening the right of marriage and adoption to homosexual couples, Francois Hollande, the French President announced during his campaign that legislation would be adopted " no later than spring 2013 "if elected.

To explain the nature of the prayer of August 15, devoted especially to the social crisis but also to the defense of family values, the Conference of Bishops of France stated that it was hostile to gay marriage and adoption of children by homosexual couples and called for a debate on the issues within society, while condemning homophobia.

Act-Up, when asked about the risk of confusion between the Episcopate and Lefebvrists hostile to the Second Vatican Council, notes that " prayer is publshed in the context of homophobia and violent caricatures of Civitas and thereby similarly, the bishops chose to make a campaign against homosexuality."


Caution- the offensive video in question

Cardinal's prayer for the Assumption accused of homophobia

On the occasion of the Feast of the Assumption, Wednesday, August 15, Cardinal André Vingt-three proposes a universal prayer that causes controversy because of its political and societal dimensions. Returning to the question of marriage and adoption in homosexual couples, in fact, the cardinal called to pray for "those who are newly elected, that their sense of the common good of society outweighs specific interests".

This position of the Catholic Church is not shared by all its representatives. Like the parish priest of St. Merri in Paris, some believe that the Mass of August 15 is diverted from its true function. "Why this initiative now while it is not in the the news. How do you think Christians will receive it? It uses them to send a message beyond the church. Is the Mass on August 15 the place to make propaganda vis-à-vis politicians? ", questioned on Tuesday Jacques Mérienne , pastor of St. Merri, on France Inter (audio-in French).

"Same sex couples exist"

André Vingt-Trois wants a prayer that "the legitimate expectations of families of support from society are not disappointed", and "that children cease to be objects of the desires and conflicts of adults that they can benefit in full from the love of a father and a mother. "

A call that the pastor of Saint Merri does not support: "This will exacerbate conflicts. Same sex couples exist. They will not be invented by this law. And at the same time, it's a tiny minority, some tens of thousands of people in sixty million people. One gives a sign to society. What does that mean? It is a false debate that is based on a latent homophobia that is no longer that of our contemporaries. (...) There is in this reaction of the episcopate a huge deficit of thinking and listening," laments Jacques Mérienne.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Video report on new abuse allegation against Belgian bishop


He took the victim out for the day to the beach which is where the abuse is alleged to have taken place. The Sisters who had a share in the running of the home deny all knowledge, and then say their spokesperson says that there will be no further comment.

B.M.V. Assumptionis Definitio Dogmatica declarata est a viva voce Pii XII P.M. Ex Cathedra Romae


Church moves to distance itself from former Bishop of Bruges

The Church "expressly distances" herself from the behavior of the former Bishop of Bruges Roger Vangheluwe and other perpetrators of sexual abuse, said Paul Quirynen, lawyer of the Belgian bishops, Tuesday morning on Radio 1 (TRV) after a new complaint was filed against Roger Vangheluwe by a former resident of a foster home.

The new complaint is "shocking information", according to Paul Quirynen. The Church  according to him distances herself from the behavior of abusers and choses "the side of the weak and the victims." It also demonstrated its willingness to heal the wounds of victims, both emotionally and financially. Renaat Landuyt, a socialist MP who sits on the Commission to monitor sexual abuse in the Belgian Parliament, acknowledged that "what is happening today revives pain in many lives ". "As far as I am concerned, the statute of limitations should be eliminated completely because of the nature of the facts," he said. He did not rule out that more recent events would be revealed.


Did Cardinal know of new abuse allegation against Belgian Bishop?

The federal prosecutor confirmed Monday that a complaint with a civil action was brought against Roger Vangheluwe July 18, the former bishop of Bruges.

The complaint originated from a former resident of Huize Godtschalck in Loker (Heuvelland), in the Westhoek. Previously orphanage, it is now a welcome centre for children experiencing learning difficulties.

The man in question has spent much of his youth in this institution. The complaint was filed on July 18 by his lawyers, Tine Verbeke and Walter Van Steenbrugge. "The complainant has been sexually abused, physically and emotionally in the years following his eighth birthday by the former Bishop Roger Vangheluwe in the foster home Huize Godtschalck in Loker, all taking place when he spent his holidays in Oostduinkerke with other children of the institution. "

The complaint is not directed solely against Mr. Vangheluwe but also against X, that is to say people who have been guilty of negligence to a minor in distress, and against the competent authority which has avoided investigating the facts: the Catholic Church.

Cathcon- is X, Cardinal Danneels, who is widely suspected of being negligent in other cases? The big question is when did the Cardinal know about this case, and what did he do about it, when he did.  More details below by clicking on the links for the Cardinal and his friend the Bishop.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Vatileaks- two charged

The Vatican judiciary has indicted the butler of the Pope who is guilty of aggravated theft of confidential papers of the Pope in the judgment of the trial magistrate Piero Antonio Bonnet.  He is indicted for complicity in aggravated theft, and abetting breach of confidentiality.

A second person, Claudio Sciarpelletti, employee of the Secretariat of State, who works as an information processor was arrested briefly on May 25. His role, the Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, noted is "marginal." The hearing will take place after September 20. It remains to be confirmed that Gabriel is a source of Maria Gianluigi Nuzzi, author of His Holiness , and that he is the hooded man interviewed by Door to Door (a tv programme), as anticipated by the Corriere della Sera on August 5 last year.

In the house of the butler, Vatican documents have been found along with a check for 100 thousand euros for the Pope, a nugget of gold and a precious copy of the Aeneid, which dates from the sixteenth century. In addition, a dossier of 37 other documents were found in his lodging at Castel Gandolfo. The check is made ​​payable to "Santidad Pope Benedicto XVI," and is dated March 26, 2012, from dall'Universitad Catolica San Antonio de Guadalupe. the supposed golden nugget, was given to His Holiness by Mr. Guido del Castillo, Director dell'Aru of Lima (Peru); the 16th century copy of the Aeneid is a translation of Annibal Caro printed in Venice in 1581, a gift to His Holiness from the "Families of Pomezia.

The arrest of the programmer Sciarpelletti dates back to May 25. The man remained in custody for one night only. He was released the next morning. But he is not thought to be an accomplice to the butler: The butler had more inside information claimed the spokesman Federico Lombardi Santa Sitting. "He likely risks one to six years because of the accusation," Father Lombardi said.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Bishop develops Catholic teaching on homosexuality

Weihbischof Jaschke warnt vor Aufweichung der Ehe - Homosexuellen gerecht werden | Nachrichten -

Bishop Jaschke warns against watering down of the marriage
Homosexuals done justice
Hamburg Bishop Hans-Jochen Jaschke speaka out for equality of homosexual couples in society. There should be no discrimination against homosexuals. "On the other hand, one cannot make everything equal," said Jaschke in a interview. Marriage is something quite special. How do you feel about the push of the Parliamentarians towards tax equality for gay marriage?

Auxiliary Bishop Jaschke: I'm not a tax expert and I absolutely cannot talk about such matters. I can see that it is right that we debate the issue. Homosexual couples have the right to appropriate treatment and equality in our society, but the course must be carefully considered and well balanced. I am no friend of gay marriage, no, no way. Marriage must remain something quite special. Marriage is the union between man and woman, and sexuality in its original form also needs to be the social interaction of male and female genders and the kids need to belong to this context. But we must do justice to homosexual couples . I support this being well thought out and discussed, will look like, but I am not at home in the subject so that I can not judge. The Minister for Family Affairs welcomes the proposal and speaks of "conservative values", as well as that homosexual men and women in long term partnerships can take over responsibility for each other.

You, Bishop, in the "Hamburg Pride Magazine" have recently similarly expressed admiration for love and fidelity in same-sex relationships Do you see this as still consistent with Catholic morality and ethics?

Bishop Jaschke: Yes, our church has said in the Catechism of the Universal Church very clearly that there shall be no discrimination against homosexuals, but on the other hand, one can not make everything the same. Marriage is something quite unique, a way of life between men and women. Society would be ill-advised if they would equalize that. On the other hand, if gay couples come together in love, in faith, in readiness for one another, then that must also be appropriately legally recognized and we have to discuss how that would look. In detail, I cannot and I absolutely do not wish to judge. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that one should respect gay people. In Canon 2358 article it says: Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. . Simultaneously, however, they are called in the next article to this, to live a chaste life (Art. 2359). Can one still support that at all in the contemporary age?

Bishop Jaschke : Well, that's obviously a question for everyone. Every person is from a Christian perspective called to live responsibly and when it comes to sexuality, then we have to deal with our sexual equipment properly, whether we are heterosexual or homosexual. This includes abstinence. But I cannot say to every homosexual: You have to attain in any case this goal of abstinence. He must see how he can live, how he can conform to Christian responsibility. I think it is definitely better if a man lives in a solid, stable relationship in responsibility for others, as when he let his sex drive run like a vagabond, but they are complex and very personal questions that every individual will also have to decide. You reject the right of adoption for registered partnerships since a same-sex relationship remains barren. That is the nature of things, but people have not chosen themselves their orientation.  Does this reduce the nature and purpose of marriage to the procreation of offspring?

Bishop Jaschke: No, but it is one of them. So we can not equalize marriage and gay partnerships. To sexuality belongs also fertility and 95 percent of mankind since time immemorial experience it like this and that also does us a good thing. Exceptions will surely be given that also homosexual partners can be recommended for adoption or it can be made possible, but usually it is not acceptable under any circumstances. Interview by Tobias Fricke

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Monday, August 06, 2012

Inclusive Catholicism now includes giving Communion to dogs.

Dissidents preach a new breed of Catholicism:

"FATHER Greg Reynolds wants his church of dissident Catholics to welcome all - ''every man and his dog'', one might say, risking the non-inclusive language he deplores - but even he was taken aback when that was put to the test during Mass yesterday.

A first-time visitor arrived late at the Inclusive Catholics service in South Yarra with a large and well-trained German shepherd. When the consecrated bread and wine were passed around, the visitor took some bread and fed it to his dog.

Apart from one stifled gasp, those present showed admirable presence of mind - but the dog was not offered the cup!"

Sunday, August 05, 2012

St Martins Church becomes Martini Bar


The Martini Bar was in fact a protestant church and all of the other examples except one are of such churches being transformed or lent for secular use. The final example is of the Three Kings Church in Cologne which was Catholic- now converted into flats and their architect lives in one of them.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Pope has finished his latest book


Pope Benedict XVI has completed the third volume of his book "Jesus of Nazareth". The work, entitled "Infancy Narratives" will now translated from the original German into different languages ​​to come out at the same time, the Vatican announced on Thursday. Publication date was not mentioned. For careful translations, however, one must reckon on a "reasonable period", the Vatican communique said. Originally there was talk, the book could be in the bookshops at the end of the year, possibly already in September.

The first volume of the "Joseph Ratzinger / Pope Benedict XVI." published trilogy was about the time from Jesus' baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration, which was released April 2007. Volume Two on the Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection was released in March 2011.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Rumour most gorgeous: Gänswein to become bishop

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Benedict XVI has the final word on the important personnel decision in Regensburg. Nevertheless, there is intense speculation not only in church circles. Papal secretary "Don Giorgio" is not the only favorite.

Archbishop Müller has the succession question in mind

REGENSBURG. Who will be the new Bishop of Regensburg? Who takes up the space deserted following Gerhard Ludwig Müller's appointment as prefect of the Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith? The guessing game is in progress. "I would also like to know," confessed merrily recently the chairman of the Bavarian bishops' conference in Munich, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, on the sidelines of a reception in Schleissheim Castle .

He would not be a tame bishop

Only the Pope knows what will happen next. Nevertheless, there is vigorous speculation.

Rumour most gorgeous: Papal Secretary George Gänswein who Benedict XVI reportedly wishes to get out of the firing line in the Vatileaks affair will move to Regensburg. It's not the first time that a church leader removes a man out from his restricted surroundings to a new position. John Paul II appointed his secretary to be the Cardinal of Krakow.

 If the worst happens: Gänswein would not be a tame bishop. Charm and good looks meet in "Don Giorgio" with a sharp intellect and eloquence.

Often discussed is also the Augsburg bishop Anton Losinger (above right) - a man who enjoys great respect among many. In 2010 he was discussed as a successor to Bishop Walter Mixa of Augsburg (On the Mixa Scandal). Losinger is considered to be gracious in his dealings. As a member of the German Ethics Council, he has become a talking point nationwide.
Also appreciated far beyond church circles,: Monsignor Lorenz Wolf (above- talking to Archbishop Müller), head of the Catholic Official Representation in Bavaria. He sits at the official interface of the church with politics, speaking to government, parliament, municipal associations, economic and trade unions. "A good man," it is said of him.

A tip is Rudolph Voderholzer (on left below talking to the Nuntius), professor of theology in Trier, which is already rooted in Regensburg as director of the Pope Benedict Institute. 

A service which he provides voluntarily by the way. In the rooms of the seminary at Bismarckplatz, he is devoted to the publication of the collected writings of the head of the Catholic Church - in close collaboration with Archbishop Müller.

Only an outside chance should be given to the director of the Maria Vesperbild shrine, William Imkamp. He has close contacts with Princess Gloria - but is thought in Rome to be a little discredited. During the Pope's visit in Germany in 2011, he stayed away from the Mass in Berlin. Instead, he presented with the aristocrat in a trendy club, the "Diary of a Princess", which was written by Gloria's daughter Elizabeth.

Diocese maintains a low profile

The diocese does not comment on the name. "It would be totally inappropriate in any way, if we would speculate," says spokesman Clemens Neck. The personnel decision is on the agenda of the Vatican after the summer break. In the Regensburg ordinariate, they have done their homework and sent a list of three names to Rome. Who is the preferred candidate remains a secret. A list of course is no guarantee of success. Nowhere is reserved, for example, Müller was never on a list before he was appointed to Regensburg.

The prefect of the CDF is the way with the decision on his successor in the game. From him the "nihil obstat" is a kind of ecclesiastical declaration of no objection to the candidate. The Bavarian State Government has a small say - they could lodge a veto on reasonable grounds.

Until the appointment often many months elapse. But there are signs that things could go fast in Regensburg. It is not only the preparations for the 2014 Catholic Congress which play a role, the interim leadership of diocesan administrator Wilhelm Gegenfurtner should not be lengthened.