Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Hierarchy has phobia of women bishops says leader of Austrian nuns

Oberösterreichische Nachrichten | OÖN |

"We sisters no longer see ourselves as servants of the clergy"

Superior General Kunigunde Fürst on ecclesiastical reform, and women priests.  She is head of Austria's Council for Women Religious and a Franciscan of Vocklabrueck, which lies in the Diocese of Linz.
Many faithful call for a reform of the Catholic Church, for women to be admitted to ordained ministries, for more tolerance when dealing with divorced and remarried people. How important are these issues?

It's not the primary theme, but the cause of large dissatisfaction. Let us just take the question of the diaconate for women: Why is it not possible for these women to be ordained and commissioned for ministry in the Church? In places where they perform so many services. Why are they excluded? It is the fear of members of the hierarchy, that women get too close to the priesthood, and possibly also to the episcopate

Perhaps they fear giving women too much power in the Church?
This is a fear that is not for the good. If there really are women who are called, then they are not people of power, but those who want to be active in the ministry of Jesus Christ. Diaconate means- I make myself available, I will serve.

Should women be admitted to the priesthood?
I can well imagine it, though not for every woman. Things are changing. We sisters have always been seen as servants of the clergy. We no longer ourselves as servants of the clergy and proclaim it.

Does that mean you make the demands of the Parish Priests' Initiative your own?
I cannot rightly identify with the title “call to disobedience”. Disobedience is an emotive word that has brought the matter into disrepute. But the content is very important. Especially, as the Gospel is a message of grace and not only one of moral rules.

How do you assess the threat of sanctions, for example, by bishops, against the Parish Priests' Initiative?
I think nothing of it. Even by Saint Francis of Assisi, we know that things are addressed and addressed. He called at that time a popular movement to life and asked people to be address each other as familiars, also as far as priests were concerned. The renewal of the Church begins from below- from above, it will not come.

As Superior General, you are boss of 2800 colleagues. What makes a good manager?
She has to have happy employees, and motivate them to participate in the larger whole.

Does she not require performance?
The performance is a consequence. If people know that when all pull together, then they go forward of their own accord. We are all people who makes mistakes. When a manager says: "I do everything right," then it is surely wrong. You must be equally appreciative of all employees.

You have had an impressive career in the Order ......
I have not sought this . When I was elected superior general, my sisters somehow sent the goat to catch a thief. Because I was always very critical. With the motto: "I want to help the sisters to live," I took over the task. I wanted them to come out a little from the narrow circles of thinking and habits and to be open. In this context, our involvement in Kazakhstan was very important because it broadens the horizon.

You want to go to Kazakhstan this autumn to teach at a German school. From the top job at headquarters to assistant in a remote outpost – is this not an extreme step?
It may look like this. But I think I'm flexible enough to make this step. My bigger concern is the Russian language. Although I learned it in school, I now have to brush it up

Head of German Catholics tries to suppress large priests' revolt in his own Archdiocese

177 Priester und Diakone rebellieren gegen den Papst - SPIEGEL ONLINE

They are protesting with their signatures: 177 priests and deacons in a statement call on the Catholic Church to grant re-married divorcees continued access to the Lord's Supper. German Catholics threatened the rebel chief Zollitsch with tough sanctions.

The leader of German Catholics, Robert Zollitsch threatens to crack down on more than 177 priests and deacons of his diocese. His subordinates had not known until a few days ago about a statement of open disobedience. It it rebellious priests ask that Catholics who, after a divorce, marry again, can receive the Sacrament. This is forbidden by canon law, but in reality is, a common practice in many parishes and only one of many demands for reform that the German Pope Benedict XVI has rejected in Rome.

The 177 priests implicate themselves specifically of having acted against the orders from above. Such a statement has so far not existed in Germany of this dimension. Zollitsch and his Vicar-General Fridolin Keck now enjoin the priests to withdraw their signatures.

In the letter to each of the 177 disobedient priests, it says ominously, "I need to explicitly point out to you that our archdiocese cannot approve a general and indiscriminate practice which violates rules of the Catholic Church in an unauthorised manner."

With the signing of the memorandum, the cleric "deliberately flouted the applicable canon law," and it was "inappropriate and unhelpful".

"Ruthless behavior towards Catholics of good will"
On behalf of Archbishop Zollitsch, Vicar-General Keck asks, "I beg you not to sign the document or withdraw a given signature."

The website of the rebel priest has been showing live this afternoon the result of pressure from above . At 4.30 pm, there were 177 signatories, less one who withdrew his signature.

The initiators of the Priests' Memorandum want to defend themselves and accuse the Pope and the Church of a ruthless behaviour against Catholics of good will who are refused perhaps the most important sacrament for believers for the rest of their lives, . Why should I come to church on Sundays? This has long been the question of the victims. "The people in the parishes should know where we stand," agreed the 13 initiators who are committed to continue to provide, despite the pressure communion to re-married divorcees.

A Freiburg priest refers to the case of a Catholic woman who married for the first time about fifty years ago. Even after a year,the relationship broke up and the woman soon found a new man to whom she has now been married for almost five decades, but she may not receive Communion. He gives, however, the Body of Christ, even though illegally, in "good conscience" to such Catholics.

A recurrent problem postponed

A 86-year-old who recently celebrated his diamond jubilee as a priest also signed. For the people and the Church's sake, he maintains a reform is "urgently needed". The unfortunate condition, which cannot be understood by anyone outside the church, no one could any longer maintain. The problem was that the church had "postponed the issue again and again," says another signatory. The backlog of reforms in the Catholic Church is now immense.

But Pope Benedict XVI only recently has wiped out any hope that the Church may rethink the exclusion of divorced and re-married to Communion. The denial was "a great suffering of the present church," but the church, however, had no panaceas.

Father Konrad Irslinger from Freiburg does not find the threatening tone of the letter surprising. "Every priest is man enough to decide what the hour is." He knows priests who have decided explicitly to sign only after reading the letter from Zollitsch and Keck.

Church welcomes Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence- video and report

Christopher Oldenburg: Kirche setzt sich für Toleranz ein -

Members of all denominations were invited to the service. Mayor Gerd Schwandner read from the Gospel.

A service, which was characterized by tolerance: True to the psalm, "God, I thank thee, that I am fearfully and wonderfully made" members of all denominations and any sexual orientation were invited on Sunday to the Lamberti Church. Together they celebrated an enjoyable worship which is part of the supporting program for the Christopher Street Day Parade (CSD) on the following Saturday.

With a rainbow flag - a symbol of lesbian and gay movement – six participants entered the Lamberti church and placed it in front of the altar. To the opening accompaniment of the Lesbian Choir "Otherwise and always inclined" more rainbow flags and two banners with AIDS logo were unfurled from the gallery.
"Tolerance is a Christian virtue. For this reason, in the context of the Church, we are called to be tolerant" said Pastor Ralph Henning, in his sermon. In particular, the Germans are good at categorising people. If you are out as a trans-or homosexual, this is done fearing the responses of society. Hennings stressed in his homily, therefore, the need for trans and homosexual people to be given more respect as a minority by their fellow men and women.

The intercessory prayer was said by "Sister Lea of the Order of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence." In it, she prayed, inter alia, for those homosexuals who are prosecuted for their sexual orientation, or even where under the death penalty. "Unfortunately, discrimination, especially in church circles, still remains. Therefore, it is beautiful and important that we celebrate for the first time such a service in Oldenburg and thus give it an extra dimension. "

The participants of the service found it particularly atmospheric. After musical contributions from the Lesbian Choir and the "Sugar Sweet Swing" trio who sang the song "Ain't no mountain high enough", there was prolonged applause from the audience. "Oldenburg serves as a role model in the north. We hope in the near future to end the legal discrimination against homosexual persons", said "Sister Leah."

The program for the 18th CSD parade on Saturday continues until 15th June. On Wednesday from 7 pm in the PFL a discussion on "Oldenburg -? An island of gay happiness" will take place. From 7.30 pm on Friday the "Night of Mini-Arts" can be seen as part of the culture seminar. The CSD-demonstration takes place in the city centre on 16th June starting at 12 clock on the railway station road. The demonstrators demand more rights for gays and lesbians.

Dominican monks dance like Lady Gaga


 From the Rule of St Augustine, followed by the Dominican Order 

 Avoid singularity in dress, and strive to please others by your conduct and not by your clothes. Whenever you go out, walk together; when you reach the place where you are going, remain together. Let there be nothing to offend the eyes of anyone, whether in your gait, your posture, your dress, or your movements, but let everything about you be in keeping with the holiness of your state.

Pope Benedict's liturgical reform stalled- time for a new Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship


The current incumbent started running crowned with laurels in advance of the race - and has in the four years of his activities established a disappointing record.

With the Motu Proprio 'Summorum Pontificum', of 7 uly 2007 Pope Benedict XVI founded a new liturgical reform movement. This holds many faithful, priests and seminarians in its spell. In the same year, he chose a native of Genoa, Monsignor Guido Marini as his master of ceremonies. At the same time he sent the Bugnini-schooled, liturgy destroyer, Archbishop Piero Marini , whom he inherited from his predecessor, into the desert. 

Zero initiatives 
In December 2008, Antonio Cardinal Cañizares Llovera (66) of Toledo was appointed prefect of the liturgy congregation. He had made a name in Spain as a theologian and catechist .  But after almost four years after his appointment of Cardinal, the balance is very meager. No impulse to revitalize the tradition. No curb of excessive liturgical abuses.

Nothing. The Cardinal seems to rest assured, that the concerns of the traditionalists have been moved to the CDF and are considered directly by the Pope. 

A new Liturgy Prefect  is needed

The result: The renewal of the liturgy - a central theme of the current pontificate - does not move forward. This is the reason that the desire increases in the circle of papal master of ceremonies as well as among the liturgical consultants that the orthodox Cardinal Cañizares should be moved. A move to the Congregation for Education would be possible if the present incumbent, Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski (72) would resign soon.  Another possibility would be to Mission Congregation if Fernando Cardinal Filoni (66) was to be appointed the next Secretary of State. Cardinal Cañizares could also be a candidate for the new appointment to the now meaningless post at the CDF. 

Maybe he would make a difference

The natural candidate for the succession as Liturgy Prefect is the US born prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, Cardinal Raymond Burke (63). He is a canonist. In the past, he has founded and encouraged traditional communities.  Cardinal Burke has written books on the decay of the liturgy and celebrated regularly in the Roman Rite.

 As Bishop of La Crosse in Wisconsin and as Archbishop of Saint Louis in the US State of Louisiana, he helped his dioceses achieve new heights. He encouraged the rediscovery and cleaning of the liturgy as a true evangelization, prayer, concern for vocations, the seminaries and was uncompromising in his fight against the abortion ideology and the gay delusion. 

de facto Cardinal Burke has occupied the position which Cardinal Cañizares has left empty. And, for many he is the only member of the College of Cardinals, who would continue the concerns of the pontificate of Benedict XVI as the next Pope.