Saturday, June 16, 2012

How Popes said the Mass according to their own Rite and that of the East


Protestant church in Germany completely split by homosexuality


The controversy in Saxony on homosexual partnerships in the rectory escalates. The Protestant Lutheran Church of Saxony has suspended the evangelist and songwriter Lutz Scheufler (Waldenburg) on 13 June from office. This was confirmed by the spokesman of the Church, Matthias Oelke (Dresden) at the request of the Evangelical News Agency, idea. Scheufler had declared together with seven other members of the evangelism team of Saxony that they no longer recognised the spiritual direction of the Church of Saxony governing bodies. Moreover, he called for the convocation of a Confessional Synod.

Among the signers of the Declaration includes the well-known evangelist and retired pastor Theo Lehmann (Chemnitz), who regularly had the highest visitor numbers (up to 5000) in his church during DDR times. The basis for the decision was the move of the synod and church leadership to allow in specific individual cases to open clergy houses to homosexual partnerships. As church spokesman Oelke said, Scheufler with an appeal to establish a Confessional Synod had called for division. "This can not be left without adequate response." If a staff member of the Church puts legal principles in question, a "suspension of the least" is required. One must give the person concerned an opportunity to clarify his relationship with the Church, "before further conclusions are drawn under human resources legislation."

Scheufler: I'm staying in the church
as Scheufler opposite idea, told him the Church was prohibited from speaking until further notice, as the region's youth officer, and preaching on behalf of the Church. In the next week, there should be a discussion between him and the State Youth Pastor Tobias Bilz in Dresden, according to Scheufler. He was still not going to leave the church and his home church in Waldenburg. What the consequences would be for the other signatories who are in church service, Scheuflercould not say. “Since everyone has a different boss, these may be of different timings" The Evangelist Andreas Riedel (Vielau near Zwickau) had his preaching permission withdrawn as a reaction to the statement. He can no longer lead services in the Church of Saxony.

Bohl: "disloyalty to the governing bodies"
Bishop Jochen Bohl (Dresden) stated on 11June that the vote of the evangelism team could not otherwise be understood "as a revocation of the communion" because they refuse dialogue. The "disloyalty to the governing bodies" and the "call for splitting the country church," he described as "unprecedented."

The statement was also arrogant, because it did not allow for the different understandings, which Christians have come to in their efforts to understand the Scriptures. According to Bohl, the Synod with their decisions have explicitly taken into account their "responsibility for the unity of the Church."

Ex-Church Council member Bishop Bohl is the schismatic
Scheufler and the Saxony evangelism team received support from the member of the church council and Synod of the Saxon church, Wilfried Gotter (Rossau ). The manager of the Saxony Friends of Israel slams Bohl. “In my view, it is the church causes the schism and not the evangelism team, whose reference point is the validity of the Bible". That an ethical issue had no importance for salvation, as the church leaders say, is "a blatant lie "." For there is a difference if I act in ignorance or whether I knowingly distort the commandments and words of God and pour them into church pronouncements "

He was thankful that the evangelism team had born witness" so clearly to the one hundred percent binding of the word God. “A structural unit such as a regional church may also quietly split". But this was not the end of Christianity in Saxony, according to Gotter, who resigned in 2000 from the Church and now heads a Baptist church.

Cathcon- the idea of a Confessing Synod will raise some very unpleasant memories in the church from Nazi times.  The schismatics in those days when all turned Nazi were, like St Athanasius when all turned Aryan,  in the right. 

An invocation and a prayer against the persecutors of the Church

That thou would vouchsafe to bring low the enemies of Holy Church, we beseech Thee to hear us.

Ut inimicos sanctae Ecclesiae humiliare digneris, te rogamus audi nos.

From the Roman Ritual, Indulgence of 300 days by rescript of the Sacred Palace, Sept 1 1936.

Graciously hear the prayers of Thy Church, we beseech thee O Lord. that her enemies and all heresies be brought to nought, that she may serve Thee in perfect security and freedom. Through Christ Our Lord

Ecclesiae tuae, quaesemus Domine, preces placatus admitte, ut, destructis adversantibus et erroribus universis, secura tibi serviat libertate. Per Christum Dominum nostrum Amen.

Indulgence of three years.  Plenary under the usual conditions when said daily for a month by rescript of the Sacred Palace, March 9 1936.

Cathcon- our present evil times have much similarity with the 1930s when these prayers were originally published.   

Glider Mass


Punch-up between altar girls and their families over who should swing the incense goes to court

Vilshofen: Ministrantinnen prügeln sich ums Weihrauchfass - Bayern - Aktuelles -

Things are not what they used to be

Altar girls fight in front of the sacristy

Vilshofen - charity is actually the great commandment in Christianity. Well yes! But in reality in Vilshofen two altar girls currently show each other anything but love.

Who is allowed to swing the censer? This vexed question has made for a storm of trouble with two altar girls who are between the ages of 19 and 20 years

Oh no, the two fight! What is it all about? The censer used in worship. This is no joke! The fact is that both want to swing the censer - and so there was a real fight. Now a court summons has been issued.

The absurd controversy in the parish community: In fact, one would have expected from the young women (the altar girls are in fact 19 and 20 years old) a little more insight. But Wrong! On a Sunday, there was a physical confrontation about which the whole region is speaking (Cathcon- and now the world).

As said, it was a matter of who would be allowed to swing the censer at the ceremony. The parochial vicar decided: the sister of a parish councillor was successful - because it was her birthday. But: that absolutely did not suite the other female servers whose mother sits on the board of the Kolping Family. Explanation: The families generally don't like each other.

The spurned responded: She took off her altar girls robe, threw it on the floor and left the sacristy angry. After the Mass, they wanted then to resolve the matter - but everything escalated.

First, there was a war of words between the Parish Councillor and female server which had been allowed to swing the incesne. Then there was shoving.  This was followed by a physical altercation in which everyone involved joined in- including the mother of the scorned altar girl. Scuffle in front of the sacristy!

The incident had consequences: In the meantime, the mother resigned the Presidency of the Kolping Family.

But that's not all: she has also filed a complaint against the hostile Parish Councillor and called for her resignation. She is not thinking of doing this - and has herself gone to a lawyer.

And what the priest says to the insane bickering? He wants to avoid in the future whenever possible the use of the censer. "It up to me whether incense is used or not," he told the Passauer Woche.

Only at funerals, will the controversial thurible continue to be used. Here it will be seen to that there will be no more fighting between the young women. One thing is certain: Incense will no longer be used at Mass in Vilshofen- and everyone in the community knows exactly why.

Hat tip

Truth is the first victim in the Syrian civil war


The Hula massacre was a turning point in the Syrian drama. . There was great worldwide outrage when on 25 May, 108 people were killed, among them 49 children. Calls for a military intervention have been raised to end the bloodshed, and the violence in Syria has since escalated steadily. Almost unanimously world opinion, based on an Arab news channel, and the visit of UN observers on the following day, blamed the massacre on the regular army and Schabiha militia which is close to the regime.

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has in the past week put this version into question on the basis of reports from eye witnesses. The paper has reported that the civilians killed were Alawites and Shiites. They were deliberately killed in Taldou, a city in the area of Hula, by armed Sunnis, while heavy fighting was taking place between the army and units of the Free Syrian Army for the control of the place and the streets. This representation is taken up by many media outlets worldwide and by many has been rejected as implausible

Therefore, four questions can be asked: why does global opinion so far believe a different version? Why does the context of the civil war make the doubtful version plausible? Why are the witnesses credible? What other facts support the version?

Firstly, why does global opinion so far believe a different version? Undisputed is the fact that in the first months of the conflict, when the opposition did not yet possess weapons and was defenceless, all atrocities committed were the responsibility of the regime. The assumption is therefore obvious that this would continue. Furthermore, Syrian state media enjoy no credibility. Since the beginning of the conflict, they have used mantra like formulations such as "armed terrorist gangs." Thus, no one believes them, even if this is indeed the case. However, the Arab news channel Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya have become key media, which belong to Qatar and Saudi Arabia, two states actively involved in the conflict. Not without reason, Germans know the phrase "In war, truth dies first."

Secondly, why does the context of the civil war make the doubtful version plausible? In recent months, many weapons have been smuggled into Syria, long ago more medium weaponry, which has been used for resistance. Every day more than 100 people are killed in Syria, equal numbers of both sides. The militias that operate under the banner of the Free Syrian Army control, broadly control the provinces of Homs and Idlib and extend their dominion over other parts of the country. The increasing lawlessness has led to a wave of criminal kidnappings, which also facilitates the settling of outstanding debts Reading through Facebook or talking to Syrians: Everyone knows about the everyday stories of "religious cleansing" - of people being killed just because they are Alawite or Sunni.

Hula, predominantly inhabited by Sunnis, which lies between the Sunni inhabited Homs and the mountains where the Alawites live, is burdened by a long history of sectarian tensions. The massacre took place in Taldou, one of the largest centres of Hula. The names of the 84 civilians killed are known. These are the fathers, mothers and 49 children of the al Sayyid family and two branches of the Abdarrazzaq family. Residents of the city state that dead are Alawites who have converted from Sunni to Shia Islam. A few kilometers away from the border with Lebanon, they were thus suspected as sympathizers of Hezbollah who are odious to Sunnis. Moreover, relatives of the Member of Parliament, Abdalmuti Mashlab, who supports the regime, were among those murdered.

The homes of three families are located in different parts of Taldou. The members of the families were targeted and killed with one exception. No neighbour was also injured. Local knowledge was a prerequisite for these well-planned "executions". The AP news agency quoted the only survivor of the al Sayyid family, an eleven year old Ali, as saying:. "The perpetrators were shaved and had long beards," Fanatical jihadists look like this, not the militia of the Schabiha. He survived only because he had pretended to be dead and smeared himself with the blood of his mother, the boy said.

Sunni insurgents implement a "liquidation" of all minorities
As early as 1 April, the nun, Agnès-Maryam of the Monastery of St Jacob ("Deir Mar Yakub"), which lies south of Homs in the village of Qara described in a long open letterthe climate of violence and fear in the region. She comes to the conclusion that the Sunni insurgents implement a gradual liquidation of all minorities. She describes the expulsion of Christians and Alawites from their homes, which are occupied by the rebels, and the rape of young girls, who the rebels take as "war booty" ; she was an eye witness when the rebels killed in Wadi Sajjeh street with a car bomb a trader who had refused to close his business, and stated to a camera from Al Jazeera that the regime had committed the crime. Finally, she describes how Sunni insurgents in the Khalidijah suberb locked Alawite and Christian hostages in a house, blew it up and then explain that this was an atrocity of the regime.

Why in this context are the Syrian witnesses to be regarded as credible?
Because they belong to any party to the conflict, but are caught in the middle and have no other interest, than to perhaps even stop a further escalation of violence. Of their number, several people have already been killed. Therefore, no one wants to reveal their identity. Assurance that all details have happened exactly as described cannot be given in a period time in which an independent review of all facts on the ground is not possible. Although the massacre took place in Hula took place as described here, no conclusions can be drawn from it for other atrocities. As before in Kosovo, every massacre must be examined individually after this war.

What other facts support this version? The FAZ was not the first who has reported on a new version of the massacre of Hula. Other reports can only can compete with the big key media outlets. The Russian journalist Marat Musin, who works for the small news agency, Anna, had stopped on 25 and 26 May in Hula, was to become a partial witness and has published the statements of other eyewitnesses. Moreover, Martin Janssen, the Dutch Arabist and freelance journalist who lives in Damascus made contact with the Monastery of St Jacob Monastery after the massacre, which has started in the past taking in many victims of the conflict and whose nuns undertake self-sacrificing humanitarian work.

Rebels told UN observers, their version of the massacre
The nuns told him how on that 25th May more than 700 armed rebels, coming from Rastan, had attacked a roadside checkpoint of the army on the way to Taldou and how the corpses of the killed soldiers and civilians were piled up in front of the mosque and how the next day in front of the cameras of rebel-friendly channels told UN observers, their version of the alleged massacre by the Syrian army. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon could only announce on 26 May to the UN Security Council that the exact circumstances are unclear. The UN could confirm, however, "that there has been artillery and mortar attack. There were also other forms of violence, including shots from up close and serious abuses."

The following sequence of events can be reconstructed: After Friday prayers on the 25th May, more than 700 gunmen attacked under the leadership of Abdurrazzaq Tlass and Yahya Yusuf in three groups, who came from Rastan, Kafr Laha and Akraba, attacked three roadside checkpoints of the army around Taldou. The numerically superior rebels and the (mostly also Sunni) soldiers fought bloody battles in which two dozen soldiers, mostly conscripts were killed.  After and during the fighting, the rebels, supported by the residents of Taldou, took the families of Sayyid and Abdarrazzaq. They had refused to join the opposition.