Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Hackers want to make sure Belgian church is silenced

Des hackers veulent « contraindre l’Église belge au silence » |

The Dutch-Belgian Catholic site was still inaccessible on Tuesday morning May 29, due to hacker attacks which it has suffered for over a month.

According to Toon Osaer, director of the company, Halewijn that publishes Kerk & Leven , the site has suffered cyber attacks since April 27 which make access impossible.

"The attacks were carried out simultaneously from multiple computers, so that the full width of the bandwidth (the ability to connect to the server, Ed) is used and the website is no longer accessible, Toon Osaer stated. One of the first steps was to change our DNS settings, but the pirates knew we could not be illusory and they would find us anyway. "

Toon Osaer then claims to have tried to contact the hackers. "I was advised that they want to force the Church into silence. There are therefore a clear ideological connotations for this action, "he says.

Hackers have signed their letter, written in English, "on behalf of TS." However, the use of language reveals that they are not native English speakers.

A complaint has meanwhile been filed with the Federal Belgian Computer Crime Unit.

The Holy War against Cardinal Bertone and the battle for control of the Vatican Bank

Vaticano, la “guerra santa” contro Bertone. Lo Ior e la successione a Ratzinger gli obiettivi del complotto:

What has been made public in recent days in the Vatican - the leakage of confidential documents, the investigation of "informers" and the arrest of the Pope's butler - represents the natural evolution of the ongoing power struggle between loyalists in the Oltretevere (Cathcon- the offices of the Secretariat of State) of Tarcisio Bertone and opponents of the Secretary of State. Repubblica revived the thesis which explains how "the game inside the Vatican, now focuses all around the IOR (The Institute for Works of Religion (Italian: Istituto per le Opere di Religione – IOR), commonly known as the Vatican Bank). It is a confrontation in which the Secretary of State, Tarcisio Bertone fights for his future. An underground battle is occurring completely decisive for the flow of money rushing into the Vatican state coffers, and for the balance of power within the Church. "

The centrality of the IOR in the Vatican power struggle is very interesting, Andrea Tornielli writes in La Stampa . "Father Lombardi said yesterday that there is no link between confidence in the President of the IOR, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi and the occurance of Vatileaks. The banker, chosen by Cardinal Bertone, in September 2009, columnist of 'L'Osservatore Romano' and friend of its director Gian Maria Vian, was dismissed last Thursday by the supervisory council composed of lay members. The next day - writes Tornielli - the commission of cardinals met to ratify the vote of no confidence, but the results of their deliberations have not been made public. Rather, the decision was filtered deliberately by the release of the harsh letter from Carl Anderson - one of the four board members - containing the reasons for the dismissal of Gotti Tedeschi, whose figure is destroyed professionally. "

The banker - says the analyst of La Stamps - is also accused of not providing 'explanations on the distribution of documents' in his possession. The mode of dismissal is unusual in the tradition of the Holy See, and could have strong effects, if and when Gotti Tedeschi breaks his silence. The Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone was, according to the 'informers' the true objective of the operation which was designed to accelerate his retirement. Although objectively, the barrage of Vatileaks disproportionately directs distrust towards a cardinal who will turn 78 years in December.

Tornielli continued, "unless we assume, as some have done, that behind the curial and extra-curial turmoil, there are ambitions ahead of the change in the office of the Secretary of State and in the background, even the succession to the elderly Pontiff, Ratzinger who wanted Bertone beside him, trusts him and does not seem willing to change, despite the same cardinal offering to withdraw. His handling of the Secretary of State has been the target of much criticism. As often happened, however, at the time of the storm, the ecclesiastical institution closes like a clam, to defend its members in clerical vesture. "

In the meantime, the battle for the succession at the IOR of Gotti Tedeschi comes to life . According to a report in the Republica, the name of the former governor of the Bundesbank Hans Tietmayer has been lined up. "He is 81 years old - says the Roman daily – but when he was young he undertook theological studies and is also German. This will be the name liked best by the Pope and his secretary, Monsignor Georg Gaenwein. Pay attention also to Hermann Schmitz, who since last week took over as interim president of the Institute. Then there is the American Carl Anderson, and three Italian names which all respect: the Turin notary, Antonio Maria Marocco, president of ABI, Giuseppe Mussari, and the managing director of Apsa, which is responsible for the heritage of the Apostolic See, Paul Mennini. "

Muslim groups demand Hagia Sophia be made a mosque on the anniversary of conquest

Istanbul: Neuer Streit um Hagia Sophia am Eroberungs-Jahrestag - Nachrichten Newsticker - News2 (AFP - Newsticker) - WELT ONLINE

Muslim groups call for conversion into mosque

To mark the anniversary of the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in the 15th Century, Muslim groups have called for Turkey to open Hagia Sophia in Istanbul for worship again as a mosque . Several dozen Muslims performed their morning prayers on Tuesday pointedly before the closed gate of the cathedral in the center of Istanbul, as news channel CNN-Turk reported. They told the station that they were seeking a repeal of the ban on prayer in the building which was erected in 537.

Cathcon- seem to remember reading a report of Friday prayers having actually taken place inside the building.

Lamentation for the Fall of Constantinope on this day 1453

The preceding weeks had passed full of omens. A lunar eclipse; an inexplicable darkness; and a strange light playing about the towers of the great cathedral of the Hagia Sophia (later a mosque, now a museum):  The priests muttered prayers and crossed themselves and said the Holy Spirit was departing the city. Constantine Palaiologus, the last of the Caesars, grim with the afflatus of 1,500 years, removes the imperial purple so as to be indistinguishable from any other soldier before joining his troops in battle and is presumed killed defending the city walls. To the Sultan's terms of surrender he had responded: 

"To abandon the city to you is beyond my authority or anyone else's who lives in it, for all of us, after taking the mutual decision, shall die out of free will without sparing our lives." One legend says the emperor was turned to marble by an angel and secreted within a cave beneath the Golden Gate, where he sleeps to this day, sword in hand, until Christian Europe needs him again. In reality he was most likely cut to pieces by Ottoman swords and buried in a mass grave. With him died the Byzantine Empire (that is, the Eastern Roman Empire) and the last echo of the classical world ("Homer and Plato have died a second death", a contemporary chronicler lamented). The Modern Era is traditionally reckoned from this date.
In two parts

O God, the heathen have come into your inheritance, they have defiled your holy temple, O Lord. They have given the dead bodies of your servants to the beasts of the earth. They have shed their blood like water round about Jerusalem and there was no one to bury them. We have become a reproach to our neighbors, subjected to scorn and derision from those around us. How long, O Lord? Again how long, O Lord? Will you be angry forever? How long shall your jealousy burn as fire? Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not know you, and on kingdoms which have not called upon your name. Do not remember our old sins, but quickly help us, and have mercy on us.

Apparently the choir dress of the Great Church- rhe cantors (psaltes) wore wide-brimmed hats (skiadion) or tall "bullet" hats (skaranikon) and dressed in special cloaks (kamision and phelonion) girded with a belt (sfiktourion). This cantors' costume tradition was lost after the Fall of Constantinople in 1453 leaving the cantor dressed only with a black robe (rason) of the Eastern Church.

1400- the year the Emperor visited England to seek the help of the King

Only defeat of the Turks by the Mongol Chief Timur at the Battle of Angora in 1402 prevented an earlier showdown in Constantinople, prior to her eventual fall in 1453. In 1399, the Emperor, Manuel II. Palseologus was so desperate that he set out on a European tour to seek help. Having first visited Paris, he landed in Britain on 11 December, as is recorded in the Chronicle of Adam of Usk- 

The emperor of the Greeks, seeking to get aid against the Saracens, visited the king of England in London, on the day of Saint Thomas the Apostle (21st December), being well received by him, and abiding with him, at very great cost, for two months, being also comforted at his departure with very great gifts. This emperor always walked with his men, dressed alike and in one colour, namely white, in long robes cut like tabards ; he finding fault with the many fashions and distinctions in dress of the English , wherein he said that fickleness and changeable temper was betokened. No razor touched head or beard of his chaplains. These Greeks were most devout in their church services, which were joined in as well by soldiers as by priests, for they chanted them without distinction in their native tongue. I thought within myself, what a grievous thing it was that this great Christian prince from the farther east should perforce be driven by unbelievers to visit the distant islands of the west, to seek aid against them. My God! What dost thou, ancient glory of Rome? Shorn is the greatness of thine empire this day ; and truly may the words of Jeremy be spoken unto thee: "Princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary " (2 Lament, i. 1.) Who would ever believe that thou shouldst sink to such, depth of misery, that, although once seated on the throne of majesty thou didst lord it over all the world, now thou hast no power to bring succour to the Christian faith? 

The king kept Christmas with the emperor at Eltham.

The Gates of Hell shall not prevail against the Church

At this time of scandal, a list of saints whose intercession might well be sort for the overcoming of the same and the consequent liberty and exaltation of our Holy Mother, the Church.

Police officers
Michael the Archangel

Patrons of Jailers 
Adrian of Nicomedia

Patrons of lawyers
Catherine of Alexandria
Ivo of Kermartin
Mark the Evangelist
Raymond of Penyafort
Thomas More

Patrons of canon lawyers
Ivo of Kermarin
Raymond of Penyafort
Robert Bellarmine

Patrons of prisoners
Beatrice da Silva
Charles of Blois
Daniel of Padua
Dominic of Silos
Ferdinand III of Castille
Jacinta Marto
Joan of Arc
Joseph Cafasso
Leonard of Noblac
Louis IX
Mark the Evanglist
Maximillian Kolbe
Medard of Noyon
Nicholas of Myra
Niño de Atocha
Vincent de Paul
Walter of Pontnoise

Patrons of the Unjustly Accused
Dominic de Guzman
Dominic Savio
Elizabeth of Hungary
Elizabeth of Portugal
Gerard Majella
Helen of Skofde
Margaret of Antioch
Margaret of Cortona
Philip Howard
Raymond Nonnatus

Saints, blesseds and venerables who were Cardinals 
Blessed Andrea Carlo Ferrari
Blessed Henry of Albano
Blessed John Henry Newman
Blessed Nicholas Albergati
Pope Blessed John XXIII
Pope Blessed Urban II
Pope Saint Callistus II
Pope Saint Leo III
Pope Saint Pius X
Pope Venerable Pius XII
Saint Bernardo degli Uberti
Saint Joseph Mary Tomasi
Venerable Cesare Baronio

Patron Protector of the Church

Matthew 18
[13] And Jesus came into the quarters of Caesarea Philippi: and he asked his disciples, saying: Whom do men say that the Son of man is?
[14] But they said: Some John the Baptist, and other some Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
[15] Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am?
[16] Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God.
[17] And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven.
[18] And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 
[19] And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.
[20] Then he commanded his disciples, that they should tell no one that he was Jesus the Christ.

[13] venit autem Iesus in partes Caesareae Philippi et interrogabat discipulos suos dicens quem dicunt homines esse Filium hominis
[14] at illi dixerunt alii Iohannem Baptistam alii autem Heliam alii vero Hieremiam aut unum ex prophetis
[15] dicit illis vos autem quem me esse dicitis
[16] respondens Simon Petrus dixit tu es Christus Filius Dei vivi
[17] respondens autem Iesus dixit ei beatus es Simon Bar Iona quia caro et sanguis non revelavit tibi sed Pater meus qui in caelis est
[18] et ego dico tibi quia tu es Petrus et super hanc petram aedificabo ecclesiam meam et portae inferi non praevalebunt adversum eam
[19] et tibi dabo claves regni caelorum et quodcumque ligaveris super terram erit ligatum in caelis et quodcumque solveris super terram erit solutum in caelis
[20] tunc praecepit discipulis suis ut nemini dicerent quia ipse esset Iesus Christus