Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Two German political parties attempt to disrupt Good Friday

Kultur und Medien - online: Anti-Stille-Feiertage-Proteste zu Karfreitag: Piraten-Tanz-Demo in Frankfurt verboten, Grüne Jugend protestiert in Wiesbaden

Anti-Day of Rest Protests for Good Friday. Pirate Party Dance Party banned in Frankfurt. Green Party Youth protest in Wiesbaden

The Frankfurt authorities responsible for public order have banned the demonstration of the Pirate Party, which was to take place on Good Friday. During the protest loud music was to be played to "invite people to dance," says the Pirate Party. The spokesman for the Evangelical Church in Hesse and Nassau called the project of the Pirate Party "disrespectful." The Young Greens, who organized in 2011 in the Frankfurt Römerplatz a demonstration and thus disrupted the Good Friday procession of the Croatian community, hace shifted their annual protest to Wiesbaden. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of 4 April 2012, supported the measure of the Frankfurt authorities and commented: To disrupt the special nature of Good Friday and "by noisy events in public to make them unrecognizable, would simply be wrong."

Cathcon- of all the political parties, the Greens are always clashing with the church- probably because of large number of lapsed Catholics in their membership. The Pirate Party who are gaining rapid influence in Germany will never get my vote.

Video showing that the Green Party Youth have no shame and no respect, neither for the church nor for democracy.   See especially around 0.26 the faithful blocked in by the demo, and at 1.46 when the procession starts.

Raids on Cardinal Danneels were illegal claims lawyer

"Huiszoekingen bij kardinaal Danneels waren onwettelijk" -

After the judgment of the Supreme Court, it is now definitely established that the raids on 24 June 2010 which were made on the Archbishop's Palace, and on Cardinal Danneels obtained material illegally says Fernand Keuleneer, lawyer for the Archdiocese and Cardinal, commenting on the judgment.

The raids of June 24, 2010 within the context of Operation Chalice by the judicial inquiry that the investigating magistrate in Brussels, Wim De Troy alleged sexual abuse of children and a possible cover-up on the matters within the Catholic Church. "This judgment finally has confirmed what we have been insisting already since June 25 2010, that the Investigating Court undertook an illegal and arbitrary operation," says Keuleneer. "The searches and seizures of the Adriaenssens Commission in Leuven/Louvain have already been annulled." The Brussels High Court will now again have to decide whether the documents that were seized must be removed from the file. "As repeatedly stated, these documents are useless for investigation", the lawyer continued, "and indeed has be understood for a long time. Basically, however, we find that it cannot be the case that a investigating magistrate can collect anything in an illegal manner. An investigation must be conducted in a legally correct manner. Otherwise we end up in a situation where a robbery, while prohibited, can result in the robber keeping the spoils. That's not good for the rule of law."

Cathcon- seems that Danneels' lawyer has in one sense advanced but also suffered a setback, as the way is now open for the use of the documents obtained in the raid.

New court ruling endangers Cardinal Danneels

Le Quotidien - Belgique/Pédophilie : l'enquête rebondit

A court ruling has revived yesterday the investigation into the pedophile scandal involving the Belgian Church.

The highest court yesterday gave a boost to investigators seeking to determine whether or not the Catholic Church or is not guilty of covering up pedophilia scandals by taking back a decision that had invalidated an important part of the prosecutor's case. In a new twist to this very complex issue, the Court of Cassation quashed the decision of 29 November by the Chamber of Indictment in Brussels, whic had declared null and void seizures made June 24, 2010 at the headquarters of the Church of Belgium, the Archdiocese of Mechelen (north of Brussels), and the home of the former primate of Belgium, Cardinal Godfried Danneels. According to the ruling made last November, all items seized during the searches were being returned to their owners. And all elements of the prosecutors' case based on these articles of evidence should be invalidated. The court ruled that the police operation named "Chalice" was disproportionate. Yesterday, the General Prosecutor of the Supreme Court however held that the decision to invalidate the search was not sufficiently justified, as the Church's lawyers had demanded confirmation of the decision. The Supreme Court has finally rendered null the invalidation procedure, said the office of the highest Belgian court, quoted by the Belga news agency, without specifying what aspects of the judgment had been canceled. The Registry, however, said the Chamber of Indictment, composed of different judges, should decide again. Without the documents seized during the spectacular searches , the investigation of pedophilia in the Belgian Church was reduced to a trickle. In June 2010, Operation Chalice was a sensation and caused outrage in the Vatican. It was triggered after the forced resignation two months ago of the Bishop of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, who admitted to having over a long period of time abused his nephew, a minor in the 1980s.

Cathcon- caveat- Danneels' lawyer is claiming the reverse but seems on an initial read, he is just trying to manoevre in a desperate situation. Of course, whether this affects the long-term outcome depends on the detail of the judgement.

See all here for the background- especially article about Danneels' lawyer going ballistic.

Criticism of sexual abuse inquiry in Dutch Church

Omroep Brabant: Deetman geëmotioneerd door kritiek op onderzoek misbruik in de kerk

Deetman emotional at criticism of research into abuse in the church

Wim Deetman of the inquiry into sexual abuse in the church became nearly emotional following the criticism of his report.

Journalist Joep Dohmen published last month a story about castrations of minors on the authority of the church.
Padua House in Boekel

Boys were in the fifties of the last century, castrated by order of the Roman Catholic Church. After publication, there was criticism of the Deetman Report , because he left out stories of castrations in his report. Deetman said on Wednesday that there was no basis for such criticism.. "I challenge anyone to prove otherwise." Castration was in the fifties in some cases seen as acceptable . It went mostly done to adults and not children. Because the study of Deetman focused on children in the report he had not paid attention to the castrations. According to Deetman, castrations are a medical matter and requires researchers with different expertise and a different research method.

Doubts about integrity
The committee needed more time to think about the work as it made them uncomfortable (Cathcon- best translation here of proverb). Doubts about his integrity makes it difficult to follow the Deetman research. Cathcon - up to this point in time, the Dutch inquiry was the most credible of all the church-supported national inquiries, especially compared to the sheer farce that reigned to the south in Belgium. Was this news just too horrible to release into the public arena?

Catholic Church in Israel to change date of Easter

Katholische Kirche in Israel will Osterdatum verlegen - Aus seelsorglichen Gründen | Thema Karwoche und Ostern -

For pastoral reasons
The Catholic Church in the Holy Land plans in future to celebrate Easter according to the Orthodox calendar. The reason is consideration of the many inter-church families, said the Franciscan Custos Pierbattista Pizzaballa. In ecumenical dialogue, the date of Easter is one of the major hurdles.

The alternative date for Easter in Catholic communities could probably be introduced next year, said Pizzaballa, who is one of the higher leaders of the Catholic church in the Holy Land. Then the Orthodox celebrate Easter on 5 May; the Churches of Western tradition celebrate the feast in 2013 in contrast five weeks earlier on 31st March (Cathcon- last year, they were the same, this year the Orthodox are a week later. The Orthodox are either 0, 1 or 5 weeks ahead (or should that be behind??) depending on the year). The Eastern churches determine the date of Easter according to the old Julian calendar, using a different calculation method.

The Franciscan Custos explained that the deviation from the true Catholic date was considered for pastoral reasons. "Most Christian families in the Holy Land are of mixed denominations," said Pizzaballa. Excluded from the proposed scheme, however, were the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. There the "status quo" of 1852 applies, which minutely specifies the use of sacred sites for the various denominations , and this cannot be changed.
Cathcon note- Ukrainian Catholics also use the Julian calendar, so this move is not without precedent.