Saturday, July 21, 2012

Pope's butler finally released but still under house arrest

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The papal chamberlain arrested for stealing Papal secret documents, Paolo Gabriele has been released on Saturday evening from his detention cell at the Vatican, and placed under house arrest in his Vatican apartment. After a final questioninh, the Vatican judge Piero Antonio Bonnet released the accused into a "provisional" Freedom, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said on Saturday, to journalists in Rome. In the next few days, the Vatican court is to decide whether to officially initiate proceedings or to strike the case down.

Paolo Gabriele had acted out of personal, inner motives, to help the Pope, his defence council. Carlo Fusco told reporters. He never received any money or other benefits, and acted alone. Fusco dismissed speculation about a conspiracy or a network within the Vatican,to which Gabrielle belonged.

After Vatileaks, Tradileaks- the state of play of SSPX-Rome negotiations


Internal Letter from the Secretary-General of the SSPX, Father Christian Thouvenot to the superiors of the SSPX dated 17 July. The text.

During the month of May, Mons.Fellay went to Corsica, to confirm some believers in an at most unexpected atmosphere after the local bishop had thought it well to take the task to himself.

He then visited the Superior General of the Priory of Marseille and the School of Brignoles, where he once again dispensed the Sacrament of Confirmation and gave two lectures by our current relations with Rome.
On 9 May, he was with the First Assistant in Rome, earnestly ask from Monsignor Pozzo for the guarantee in the event that the SSPX was canonically erected as a prelature by the Holy See, to be allowed to continue to highlight mistakes and scandals. The discussion stumbled particular on the recognition of the legitimacy of the new rite, that is, about the validity of this liturgical law and thus the legitimacy of celebrating according to the rite of Paul VI.

Finally, the examination of the text presented by Mons. Fellay by an assembly of cardinals had led to substantial demands for modifications (apart from the liturgical question, the recognition "of the Second Vatican Council and the subsequent Magisterium, to be understand in continuity with the previous teaching office," the opposition to our reference to the anti-modernist oath, and the introduction of evidence from the new catechism, etc.). 

These demands were submitted to our Superior General on Wedneday 13 June.

Msgr. Fellay has immediately responded that he could not sign such a declaration. We have thus arrived at the starting point, that is, at the dead end, which is how Msgr. Fellay expressed the matter on 29 June in Ecône. 

In the meantime, the Superior General went to Theresa High School in Schoenberg for confirmations (May 13) to Austria (Salzburg and Vienna) and to the Czech Republic (journey from 16 to 21 May) and at Pentecost on the pilgrimage of Chartres, then at the end of May, to Stuttgart. 

The activities of the First Assistant, Father Niklaus Pfluger The first assistant was at the beginning of the month in the Romagna region of Italy to preach to a youth retreat. After a trip to Rome on 9 May he was in Wang's (Switzerland) for the school party of 13 May.

On 20 May, he celebrated in the presence of the Swiss District Superior a Mass of thanksgiving for the 25 years of our chapel in Goldau in the canton of Schwyz. In late May, he went to Germany, first to Berlin and then to Stuttgart, to travel to southern France - the school of Saint-Joseph Carmes of Montreal de l'Aude, the Priory in Montpellier and Toulouse. He visited the house of Notre-Dame, which is being set up to create within the SSPX a real contemplative life. 

The activities of the Second Assistant, Father Alain-Marc Nely The second assistant was on 6 May in Marseilles and then flew to Kenya, where he inaugurated the new building, especially the Novitiate of the Missionary Sisters of Jesus and Mary. He also preached a retreat to a good group of believers in Kampala, Uganda. After his return on 13th, Father Nely on 17 June visited the new priory in Nancy. He then went to Suresnes to the district headquarters, where he informed the friends and benefactors of the SSPX of the latest developments of our contacts with Rome. 

The activities of the General Economist, Father Emeric Baudot , the General Treasurer, for his part traveled to Canada in May. He made ​​a trip to Winona and then went to Dillwyn, Virginia, the construction site of the future seminary in the United States where the foundations are begun after site work. 

The General Chapter , the General Chapter was held from 9-14 July in Ecône. He was preceded retreat for priests, which were preached by Father Alain Lorans, the former director of the seminary.  This chapter began with an reference to the reading of the rules of this chapter, the review of the drafts and the case of Mons. Williamson, who was due to canon 2331 § § 1 and 2 (nc. 1373) suspended from his duties as a chapter member. 

Here are the final declarations , which the chapter has adopted before its ending and the visit to the grave of our beloved founder. This declaration will also be published on 'DICI', the official communication organ of the General House . Also, the initial conditions were defined better for a possible normalization of our relations with the official church

Conditions sine qua non- those which the SSPX enjoins and those which are sought from the Roman authorities, before seeking for a canonical recognition: 

1. The freedom, the sound doctrine of the constant Magisterium of the Church and the unchanging truth of the divine tradition to preserve, share and teach and the freedom to accuse and even to correct the promoters of the errors or the innovations of modernism, liberalism, and Vatican II and its aftermath. 

2.The exclusive use of the Liturgy of 1962. The retention of the sacramental practice that we currently maintain (including: orders, confirmation, marriage).

3. The commitment of at least one bishop. 

Desirable conditions 

1. A separate ecclesiastical court of the first instance; 

2. Exemption of the houses of the SSPX from  the diocesan bishops

3.The Pontifical Commission for the tradition of Rome, which depends directly from the Pope, with the majority of the members and the president in favour of tradition. 

The proceedings of the Chapter will be published in 'Cor Unum' which comes out at the end of this month of July. They say serious a duty is the preservation of natural, professional, and entrusted secrecy which is to be observed in righteousness. May this Circular, which is reserved for the superiors and to inform the members of the Fraternity of Saint Pius X, be preserved in our society internally and not to be disseminated on the Internet in particular, in forums and other blogs. 


Msgr. Fellay asked me to add the following considerations: The General House is aware of the difficulties and aware of the- often exaggerated unhappiness- that may have been caused by some ambiguities that Rome has been clarified only recently, especially by the response of the CDF of 13 June. Msgr. Fellay Rome is however obliged to thank Rome that it has finally explained their position clearly. This allows henceforth the problems to be addressed more easily. Desiring to unite our forces from now on, one wishes to stop the rash judging of others, as if one can mock each other with impunity.

Embarrassment for new head of CDF

As university with which he is closely associated through his interest in liberation theology, the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, ordered to remove "Catholic" and "Pontifical" from title.

The Holy See, by a decree of the Secretary of State, has decided to remove the right of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru to use the words “Pontifical” and “Catholic” in its title. The University, founded in 1917 and canonically erected by a decree of the Holy See in 1942, has amended its statutes several times since 1967 in a way which has severely injured the interests of the Church. Since 1990, the University has repeatedly been urged by the Holy See to conform its statutes to the Apostolic Constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae. It has not lived up to that legal duty. Following a canonical visitation in December 2011, and a meeting by the Secretary of State with the Rector in February 2012, another attempt was begun at dialogue in adapting the Statutes in accordance with Church law. Recently, the Rector sent two letters to the Secretary of State, in which he expressed his inability to implement the requirements, conditioning the change of the statutes to the renunciation of the right of the archdiocese to participate in the administration of the University. The participation of the Archdiocese of Lima in the administration of the University has been repeatedly confirmed by the judgments of civil courts in Peru. Given the attitude of the University, together with other facts, the Holy See was obliged to adopt this measure, while reaffirming the duty of the University to submit to canonical legislation. The Holy See will continue to monitor the situation of the University, hoping that in the near future, the competent academic authorities will reconsider their position, in order to reverse this measure. The renewal requested by the Holy See will make the University more capable of responding to the task of bringing the message of Christ to man, society and culture, according to the mission of the Church in the world.

See Cathcon's Vatican and Liberation theologians do battle for the soul of Catholic university

Here the PUCP honours Archbishop Mueller's friend, Gustavo Gutiérrez.  Secretum Mihi points out that the head of the CDF has an honorary doctorate from PUCP.  "Pope Benedict XVI congratulated me when he knew I would be named Doctor Honoris Causa of the Catholic University" is the title of an article that he wrote for the PUCP Magazine in 2008.

"It's a joy to celebrate with the Revd Father Gustavo Gutiérrez Merino, OP, Professor Emeritus, Department of Theology PUCP, the recognition of our university in the award of the Medal of Honor named after Father Jorge Dintilhac, SS.CC. The Dintilhac Medal is a distinction for people who are noted for their Christian values, civic or human, as well as for those who have made ​​a significant contribution to the country. Father Gutierrez is the most recognized Peruvian theologian. His work calls for an interdisciplinary analysis of social reality in Latin America as well as poverty and social injustice in the world. It is a key reference in the debate on the relationship between theology and the humanities and contemporary society in Peru. "

Father Gutiérrez wants to dialogue with communists- ironic indeed that his error should be called liberation theology as he shares their contempt of liberty and private property.

This is where it all ends- not receiving medals among refined academics.

Protestantism dying even faster than Catholicism in Luther's homeland

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In Germany, the Protestant church is shrinking faster than the Catholic. Overall, only about 60 percent of Germans are church members.

In Germany, the Protestant church is shrinking faster than the Catholic. This is apparent from a comparison of the numbers in the statistical booklet produced on 20 July by the EKD Church Office in Hanover and those in the previous edition. The new figures are based on a survey of 2010. Of the almost 81.8 million inhabitants, 61.4 percent are members of churches and free churches. The rest belong belong to other religions or no religion. The Christian population has declined by 0.6 percent within a year. The largest denomination is Roman Catholic with nearly 24.7 million members - a drop of 0.6 percent.

30 percent of the population is Catholic. The number of members of the Protestant churches has declined by 1.2 percent to 23.9 million, which represent 29.2 percent of all residents. Unchanged are the almost 1.3 million people (1.6 percent of the population) in Orthodox churches. Membership in the Evangelical Free Churches dropped by 0.6 percent to just over 330,000. They represent 0.4 percent of the population. About 33,000 residents belong to the other churches, which represent 0.04 percent of the population. The church affiliation is very different in East and West. In the old Federal Republic, 70 percent of the people belong to churches, on the territory of the former East Germany it is only 25 percent.

Cathcon- first 20 years of Nazism and then forty five years of Communism has decimated religion in the East. This is what happens when error is given rights. Atheistic parents do not pass religion to their children- occasionally the children revolt and go and find it for themselves. It is all the more depressing that now there is a head of the CDF who sympathises with liberation theology. Any German knows where Communism leads. He has no excuse for being a fellow-traveler.

The Catholic figures in Germany have been in linear decline since 1944- in contrast to other countries where Catholicism was in linear ascent before the Council followed by a symetrical linear descent after the Council. At the present rate, the Catholic Church in Germany will not exist in about twenty-five years time.

Archbishop Müller of the CDF responds to SSPX

Archbishop Müller tells SSPX that the Second Vatican Council is binding

 Statements of the Council on freedom of religion, Judaism and human rights were "dogmatic implications". Theologians often deal with secondary issues. For Küng: "As Hans Küng is infallible, must agree well"

The head of the Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller has said that the Second Vatican Council is mandatory for a possible agreement with the ultra-conservative SSPX. The statements of the Council on freedom of religion, Judaism and human rights had "dogmatic implications," he said to the"Sueddeutsche Zeitung" (Saturday). "They cannot be rejected, without compromising the Catholic faith."

The attitude of Rome towards the traditionalists is obvious. "We have to wait and see what comes from the official declaration of the SSPX" said the archbishop. He rejected representations of the SSPX, according io which Pope Benedict XVI would very much like unity with them but the CDF was against it. It had "nothing to do with reality."

The faculties of theology and theologians are engaged in the opinion of Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, often with secondary issues. Their main task is, however, the great debate with atheist and with secular values, said the new Archbishop.

As an example, Mueller cited Medical Ethics. "In Germany there are professors who can say significant things and make a contribution to ethics committees." Such theologians Müller in his own words would like to support. The archbishop called on faculties in dialogue with other sciences to go more on the offensive. "Many university presidents are happy that they have theological faculties." Issues such as the diaconate of women on the other hand would not be resolved by the faculties, said the former Munich dogmatist. "These are doctrinal questions . "On the criticism of the Tübingen theologian Hans Kung about his appointment Müller said this:"Since Hans Küng is infallible, this would have to be true". "Kung had spoken of a" disastrous misappointment. "