Monday, August 20, 2012
The guest of the Parish of the Nativity of Our Lady warned Islam can conquer Europe within fifty years - driven by polygamy and large families: the extreme views of theArchbishop of the Syrian Catholic Church also surprised City Dean Father Janssen.
The Mülheim parish of the Nativity of Our Lady had a strenuous guest on Sunday : Archbishop Joseph Flavien Melki, high representative of the Syrian Catholic Church in Lebanon, celebrated a Pontifical Mass in the parish church. Slowly the sermon, little by little translated into German , made it clear: Here is a man who divides the world harshly into Christians and Muslims. Here the vulnerable minority, where an aggressive religion, whose young representives one can best convert, in his opinion.
In Beirut Melki has founded the "Home of Hope", a kind of Christian boarding school, which presently contains 30 children and where they are cared for, including eight from Muslim families, said the Archbishop. With their door collection, Mülheim churchgoers have donated to this project.
Melki undertakes an annual pastoral visit by European countries. He is always Invited and accompanied as his interpreter by a private citizen: Hellmuth Dieken, globally active mural artist and also by representatives of the small Catholic Apostolic Community of theUnited Hearts of Jesus and Mary Dieken lives in Waldbröl, his sister in Speldorf. Thus the contact was made with the Parish of the Nativity of the Our Lady, according to Deacon Martin Bader.
City dean warned fundamentalism.
The Mass was followed by a reception followed in the Catholic meeting hall on hill: Here Melki warned about 30 parishioners about the threat of militant Islam, which - driven by polygamy, large families and financial support from the "Oil States" - within 50 to 100 years threatened to conquer Europe.
City dean, Father Michael Janssen, who admitted afterwards that he had not known how severe the views of the Archbishop were, intervened during the discussion with conciliatory tone: "In Mülheim," said Janssen, "we have a very good inter-religious dialogue."
He specifically mentioned that for the 5th September an art project is planned "Angel of Civilizations" in which Christian, Jewish and Muslim representatives co-operate. He talks a lot with Muslims, according to Janssen, among whom there are moderate and fundamentalist people: "Fundamentalism is the death of every religion, and if we are honest, we Catholics have also fundamentalists."
The Catholic Bishop of Limburg is again faced with financial waste allegations. He has flown first class to India, where he visited social projects, reports Der Spiegel. The diocese justifies the first class travel.
The first class flight of Limburg Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst to India met with incomprehension. "Expensive tickets to the poorest of the poor is not following the way Jesus lived," said Henny Toepfer, the spokeswoman of the reform movement "We Are Church" in the Diocese of Limburg, on Monday.
According to a report by the German news magazine "Der Spiegel", the bishop was flown first class to India on official business. On the return flight, the chief shepherd had indulged in first class seats with his Vicar General Franz Kaspar. Ticket Price and Mileage Upgrade for the round-trip amounted to a value of around 7000 euros per person, according to the magazine. The promotion to the first class was made privately with the help of bonus miles from the Vicar General, "Spiegel" was told by the Diocese.
Diocese: used private air miles
The Diocese of Limburg responded on Sunday to the report and explained that the bishop was unjustly accused of extravagance. The long-haul flights were in accordance with the travel regulations of the German Bishops' Conference and were booked by the Diocese. There were no implications for the Diocesan accounts. The trip was financed by funds from the Episcopal See. Overall, the trip had cost about 8300 euros.
The diocese took the premium tickets so that the nine-hour flight should be used for sleeping. The Bishop would be rested to begin an extensive and strenuous program in India, as he would be returning to his everyday working life in the diocese. Only in the highest class, could the seats be transformed into recliners. "The privately paid upgrade to the highest class of service served only the maintenance of the efficiency of both travelers. This was exclusively a financial burden o the private account of the Vicar General."
Criticism of the handling of church property
The mission of 10 to 14 January has been used for the assessment of five social and charitable projects of the Church in India, according to the diocese. It was a very tight program that usually would have to be extended over more days and "would have cost a lot more," it was claimed.
Catholics in his diocese criticize Tebartz-van Elst because of the way he deals with church property. The criticism has been ignited in particular around the new episcopal residence near to Limburg Cathedral, which costs at least EUR 5.5 million.
The diocese said: The "financing of the entire project" is justifiable. The complex serves the rest of the entire diocese and had already been decided upon about a year before the current bishop entered service. The bishop could have the use of a three-room apartment in the rear of the building.
Strafbefehl gegen Bischof Williamson dauert noch > Kleine Zeitung
The legal decision in the case of the British Holocaust denier Bishop Richard Williamson drags on. A decision on the proposed penalty is not expected before October, said a spokeswoman for the Regensburg District Court on Monday. Firstly, the attorney of Williamson should have time for comment.
German prosecutors had sought again in mid-July against the 72-year-old Bishop of the ultra-conservative SSPX a judgement against promoting racial hatred. In 2008, Williamson had denied in an interview with a Swedish television channel in the SSPX Seminary of Zaitzkofen the Nazi mass murder of millions of Jews and the existence of gas chambers.
The Regensburg District Court sentenced the priest for racial hatred in 2010 to pay a fine of 10,000 euros. In July 2011, the District Court affirmed the decision of Regensburg, but reduced the penalty to 6,500 euros (100 days sets of 65 euros). In February, Nuremberg Higher Regional Court quashed the judgment because of procedural errors. The judge complained that the distribution channels of the interview had not been demonstrated. The prosecution has applied for the new judgement in conformity with the requirements of the Nuremberg Higher Regional Court.