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Friday, March 30, 2012

Fined for hate speech on the internet

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The operator of an internet forum has pay to pay a fine of 300 euros for hate speech against Jews on his site. The Berlin District Court convicted the 21-year-old Muslim of aiding and abetting incitement of the populace. He had admitted that there were other popular anti-Jewish slogans on his website. In an article on the Islam Forum website the killing of Jews had been called for. Another user had paid respect to the British Bishop Richard Williamson who is regarded as a Holocaust denier. The accused baker's assistant distanced himself from the content. These statements did not correspond to his religion, he told the juvenile court judge. At that time he was not aware of his responsibility for the content of his website. He had not bothered. In a separate criminal proceeding, the uncle of the defendant was charged. The 44-year-old was responsible for the Islamic Forum. The site was taken down after dawn raids in 2009.

German bishops declare war

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D: Bischöfe gegen „kreuz.net“:


The German Bishops' Conference has announced it will fight with vigour "kreuz.net", the internet portal. The German Office for Constitutional Protection has classified the site as anti-constitutional. As the spokesman of the Bishops' Conference, Matthias Kopp, says in an interview with Cologne Cathedral Radio:

"This site has nothing to do with the Catholic Church. Here the concept of Catholic is abused, people are abused, bishops are insulted . This latently anti-Semitic website has no right to exist in my eyes! If now the Office for Constitutional Protection is concerned with it and a few other legal means are being sought, this is a good development. The aim must be that this site will be removed as soon as possible from the net."

The Federal Office for Constitutional Protection rated "kreuz.net" as partly anti-semitic and anti-Muslim. President Heinz Fromm announced in a letter published on Thursday that the site will continue to be "monitored even more intensely." According to Fromm, kreuz.net was distinguished "by homophobic, anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic statements", which partly showed an "extremely aggressive style." Some contributions go beyond the basic right of freedom of expression, potentially providing evidence for work against the fundamental order of a free democracy and exceeding "the bounds of criminality."

(Cathcon - To Volker Becker, a Green member of the German Parliament- in response to a letter from Herr Becker.   On his website "Good, that the Office for Constitutional Protection knows about kreuz.net . The filth of this page from the sympathizers of the SSPX is an insult to every faithful Catholic. The fact that a board member of the so-called citizens' movement PRO Cologne (an anti-mosque building movement in Cologne- who have written a furious rebuttal)  has written on kreuz.net which is  anti-Semitic hate site shows that PRO is not about  being pro-Israel, but has as a programme baiting of minorities. Whether it is a question of hatred of Islam, anti-Semitism or homophobia - PRO Cologne disguises itself, but if you get the scrape away the paint  the brown colour (Germans call Nazis browns after the Brown Shirts of Hitler)  of the NPD (the contemporary far-right grouping) come to the fore."   - The Greens and traditionalist Catholics clash in almost every European country- the suspicion being that this is the way that they deal with their own propensities to intolerance by accusing others of it.)

"Kreuz.net" claims in its publisher's imprint, to be run by Catholics, who are in high office in the service of the Church. It is also stated that information provided anonymously will be accepted and that, as a matter of honour, the anonymity of informants will be protected.

Matthias Kopp said:
"The anonymity shows the cowardice of the publisher that drains their reading matter down onto the site. I hope and expect that no employees in church service support this site, or will even supply it with information. If this were true but that would be a monstrosity, because what "kreuz.net" is doing here has nothing to do with the Catholic Church. They say, "News from the Catholic Church." We have the problem that the term "catholic" is not treated with respect here and the term "catholic" abused."

The Office for Constitutional Protection want to monitor the website intensively, but this is necessarily limited, because the server this page is registered abroad. Does the Catholic Church have any other ways to intervene in the matter?

"We are working on options. I do not want not to comment in more detail. One simply has to examine where the server is located, which is probably a fake. It is obvious where most page views of "kreuz.net" come from - that's not in fact abroad, nor big cities but very specific places in Germany - and perhaps you can learn more about the location of the actual operator."

Cathcon- prior to the Second Vatican Council, the Church expected the state to promote the Catholic Faith in each nation to the exclusion of other creeds. The actions of the Catholic Bishops seem to be rather inconsistent with the Council's Declaration on Religious Freedom. And irony of ironies, the Radio Vatican newsletter reports the Church's support for freedom in Cuba immediately above this article.  kreuz.net have also written  a vigorous response.

Rome excommunicates four bishops in Ukraine- Constantinople deposes two bishops in America

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Four bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church excommunicated


More in Spanish here- detailing some extraordinary career paths 

Former monks of the Basilian Order of St. Josaphat who appointed themselves bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in 2008 have been excommunicated for disobedience

They appointed themselves bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in 2008. After trying to be recognized by the Ukrainian state as a Ukrainian Greek Catholic Orthodox Church, four former monks of the Basilian Order of St. Josaphat, a Ukrainian, Slovak and two Czechs have been excommunicated. Their relations with the Vatican deteriorated four years ago, when, in a letter to Benedict XVI, these "bishops", very critical of the Vatican authorities, denounced "a general drift of the Church." Their grievances? The "heretical views" taught by the faculties of theology, "syncretism with pagan religions," the "presence in the episcopacy and priesthood of homosexuals and pedophiles," especially within the Greek Catholic Church.


Convinced of all this, the four religious, founded "the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Orthodox Church" in 2009, targetting the ulra-Orthodox faithful, disappointed by the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, as cited by Infocatho.be and Apic agency. Before the excommunication, the Vatican had tried to negotiate, hoping to convince them to stop "deceiving the faithful, which has happened in many cases." Rome encouraged them to "repentance" and "return (…) to full communion with the Catholic Church . " But nothing helped. Trying to register with the state of Ukrainian Orthodox Church Ukrainian Greek-Catholic was the error too far.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith accuse them of slandering "the representatives of the Holy See and the local church" and the sin of disobedience. By their conduct, the four former religious "continue to challenge ecclesiastical authority, undermining not only morally and spiritually the Basilian Order of St. Josaphat and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, but also the Apostolic See and the entire Catholic Church " . The Tribunal of the primatial archiepiscopal see of the Ukrainian Church found them guilty of "unlawful usurpation of office, sedition and hatred against certain hierarchs and incitement to disobey."




Not least among them Canon 1058 - The Roman Pontiff is judged by no one

The group seems to have started the mutual anathemas with this excommunication in 2011 by Father Elias, who styles himself Patriarch.


A reminder of the mutual anathemas between Rome and the Ecumenical Patriarch in 1054, when Cardinal Humbert deposited the Bull of Excommunication on the High Altar of Hagia Sophia.   They were lifted in 1965 bringing this protest from the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia.  The text of the lifting of the anathemas here from the Autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

And in other news......

Ecumenical Patriarchate: two deposed bishops
According Orthodoxie.com , who quote a statement issued yesterday by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, two bishops living in the United States, the Metropolitan Bishop, Paisios of Tyana and his auxiliary, Bishop Vincent of Apamea have been deposed: "The reasons given were: appropriation of funds of the Church, immoral conduct and insubordination towards the Holy Synod. The two former hierarchs are now just monks. "

Priest sought money for abuser's legal team

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Victim rights advocates are blasting the pastor of a Boston Catholic church for placing a blurb in a Sunday bulletin asking for donations to support a parish priest suspended last year over child sex abuse allegations.

“It is callous and risky and hurtful to publicly raise funds using church resources for an accused child molester,” said David Clohessy, head of the Chicago-based Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

“If anything, there should be a plea placed in the parish bulletin asking for anyone who may have seen or suspected or suffered his crimes to call police and get help.” Read more here

Fridays- dedicated to the Passion of Christ

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Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

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At the cross her station keeping,
Mary stood in sorrow weeping
When her Son was crucified.

While she waited in her anguish,
Seeing Christ in torment languish,
Bitter sorrow pierced her heart.
With what pain and desolation,
With what noble resignation,
Mary watched her dying Son.

Ever-patient in her yearning
Though her tear-filled eyes were burning,
Mary gazed upon her Son.

Who, that sorrow contemplating,
On that passion meditating,
Would not share the Virgin's grief?

Christ she saw, for our salvation,
Scourged with cruel acclamation,
Bruised and beaten by the rod.

Christ she saw with life-blood failing,
All her anguish unavailing,
Saw him breathe his very last.

Mary, fount of love's devotion,
Let me share with true emotion
All the sorrow you endured.

Virgin, ever interceding,
Hear me in my fervent pleading:
 Fire me with your love of Christ.

 Mother, may this prayer be granted:
That Christ's love may be implanted
In the depths of my poor soul.

At the cross, your sorrow sharing,
All your grief and torment bearing,
 Let me stand and mourn with you.

 Fairest maid of all creation,
 Queen of hope and consolation,
 Let me feel your grief sublime.

 Virgin, in your love befriend me,
 At the Judgment Day defend me.
 Help me by your constant prayer.

 Saviour, when my life shall leave me,
Through your mother's prayers receive me
With the fruits of victory.

Virgin of all virgins blest!
Listen to my fond request:
Let me share your grief divine

Let me, to my latest breath,
 In my body bear the death
 Of your dying Son divine.

 Wounded with His every wound,
 Steep my soul till it has swooned
 In His very Blood away.

 Be to me, O Virgin, nigh,
 Lest in flames I burn and die, \
In His awe-full judgment day.

 Saviour, when my life shall leave me,
Through your mother's prayers receive me
With the fruits of victory.

While my body here decays
 May my soul your goodness praise,
 Safe in heaven eternally. Amen Alleluia. .

Stabat Mater dolorósa
Juxta Crucem lacrimósa,
Dum pendébat Filius.

Cujus ánimam geméntem,
Contristátam et doléntem,
Pertransivit gladius.

O quam tristis et afflicta
Fuit illa benedicta
Mater Unigéniti!

Quae maerébat, et dolébat,
Pia Mater, dum vidébat
Nati poenas inclyti.

Quis est homo, qui non fleret,
Matrem Christi si vidéret
In tanto supplicio?

Quis non posset contristári,
Christi Matrem contemplári
Doléntem cum Filio?

Pro peccátis suae gentis
Vidit Jesum in torméntis,
Et flagéllis súbditum.

Vidit suum dulcem natum
Moriéndo desolátum,
Dum emisit spíritum.

Eja mater, fons amóris,
Me sentíre vim dolóris
Fac, ut tecum lúgeam.

Fac, ut árdeat cor meum
In amándo Christum Deum,
Ut sibi compláceam.

Sancta Mater, istud agas
Crucifixi fige plagas
Cordi meo válide.

Tui nati vulneráti,
Tam dignáti pro me pati,
Poenas mecum dívide.

Fac me tecum pie flere,
Crucifixo condolére,
Donec ego víxero.

Juxta Crucem tecum stare,
Et me tibi sociáre
In planctu desídero.

Virgo vírginum praeclára,
Mihi jam non sis amára:
Fac me tecum plángere.

Fac, ut portem Christi mortem,
Passiónis fac consórtem,
Et plagas recólere.

Fac me plagis vulnerári,
Fac me Cruce inebriári,
Et cruó re Fílii.

Flammis ne urar succénsus,
Per te, Virgo, sim defénsus
In die judícii.

Christe, cum sit hinc exíre
Da per Matrem me veníre
Ad palmam victóriae.

Quando corpus moriétur,
Fac, ut ánimae donétur
Paradísi glória. Amen. Allelúja.