Monday, November 11, 2013

Papal dislike of piety in altar boy


Cardinal Bergoglio consorts with pagan religion founded by a psychic.


In times of turmoil in the Middle East, Jews and Christians in Argentina held a ceremony showing the world that it´s possible to live in peace. An Argentine cardinal, who almost elected pope, celebrated Hanukkah in a Jewish temple in Buenos Aires, in the presence of leaders from other religions.

A family photo rarely seen. Rabbis, Catholic priests and Afro-Brazilian religious leaders standing side by side in a Jewish Temple, celebrating Hanukkah. Together they prayed for religious freedom and tolerance in the world. Some, chanting in Hebrew. Others, in silence. All asking for peace in their own words.

Leonardo Allegue, Umbanda priest:

"Argentina is a cultural melting pot. Our religion, Umbanda, comes from Africa. But Africans and Jews have a lot in common. Our people were persecuted throughout history."

The guest of honor, of this inter religious ceremony, was none other than Cardinal Jose Maria Bergoglio. The archbishop of Buenos Aires was the second most voted candidate to succeed Pope John Paul II in 2005.

José Maria Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires:

"And God said: Let there be light."

He spoke about the holy light, shining on all mankind alike, and lit a candle.

December is especially festive month in Buenos Aires, as Argentina’s Christians and Jews celebrate both Christmas and Hanukah. It is common to see Christmas trees and giant menorahs in public squares and caravans of smaller menorahs on the capital’s main avenues. No effort is spared when it comes to lightening up the skies.

Dorit Shavit, Israeli Ambassador in Argentina:

"Let us light the candles for peace, pluralism and peace among all people, no matter their religions, their beliefs and their ideologies."

It’s still too early for Santa Klaus to wander around the streets of Buenos Aires, where temperatures at this time of the year can reach 35 degrees centigrade.

But in this square, Barney, the friendly dinosaur, hopped off a city tour bus for children and joined the festivities.

Rabbi Shlomo Levy:

"This is very special like any of the five thousand places where we celebrate Hanukkah in public even in Russia or places like Nepal you could think that they would be ashamed to show they are Jewish. But here again we are proud and all the people very happy."

Nine out of every ten argentines are Catholic, but the country known to be a melting pot of different cultures and religions, had a Moslem president, Carlos Menem, in the nineties. And it´s also the home of the largest Jewish community in Latin America.

Monica Yanakiew, JN1, Buenos Aires


Cathcon: the synagogue which this took place in is well off the mainstream of Judaism- indeed conservative Jews would have nothing to do with it. The Umbanda have taken on elements of Catholicism into a syncretist form and is the last religion which the future Pope should be encouraging in the cultural context.

Yesterday, he called the Jewish people "our big brothers"- in comparison, the much more careful words of Pope John Paul II. “You are our favorite siblings and, in a certain sense, you are our older brothers and sisters.”

Post-Communion tango in front of Cardinal Bergoglio


The tango is at 26.22 following to the end.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Polluters to be excommunicated by Cardinal

"Polluters may not receive holy communion as they do not enjoy God's "grace", the archbishop of Naples, Crescenzio Sepe said on Wednesday.

"Those who pollute are not in the grace of God and can not take communion,'' Sepe told journalists.

His remarks came after cases of the local mafia burying cancer-inducing toxic waste around the city recently made headlines.

"We need to tell the truth to people about what happened. But we also need to stress the positive action that has already been taken. It's time for us all to work together and keep freeing our land of poisons," Sepe said.
He said he had ordered local priests, deacons and lay brothers to be aware of the Church's role in public ethics.

Sepe was speaking on the sidelines of Christian environmentalist group Greenaccord's annual meeting in Castel dell'Ovo, Naples."


Friday, November 08, 2013

Time for a Monty Python film about Islam says German Green leader

The Green Party chairman Cem Özdemir is hoping for a Monty Python film about Islam. At the first "Tolerance Summit Conference" on Thursday in Stuttgart, Özdemir said the Islamic world which in principle is full of humourmust not be pushed into the background by authoritarian interpretation.

In the movie "Life of Brian" by the British comedy troupe Monty Python in 1979, a man who is living at the same time as Jesus is confused against his will with the Messiah and crucified in the end.

In his speech, Özdemir called the Basic Law of the Federal Republic a positive framework for a pluralistic religious society.

Religious freedom should find only there limits where other fundamental rights may be restricted. According to the Green leader, all religions are free to demonstrate peacefully for their goals and aspirations. It is important that there should be no attempt to impose ideas by force.


Cardinal opposes Vatican over church teaching on marriage

Dealing with divorced and remarried: Cardinal Marx lays into the Vatican

Cardinal Marx : " We are going to see that the issue is completely discussed"

Should the Catholic Church allow divorced and remarried to be re-admitted to communion? No, says Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican. The Munich Cardinal Marx does not want to accept this.

Freising - The Bavarian bishops want a broad debate on the way that divorced and remarried people are treated by the Catholic Church. They distance themselves thereby from the Prefect of the Vatican congregation, the former Bishop of Regensburg Gerhard Ludwig Müller .

The discussions on this topic should not be narrowed solely to the teaching of the Church, said Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich at the end of the autumn meeting of the Bavarian bishops in Freising, "The Prefect of the Congregation cannot end the discussion . "

People who get divorced after a church wedding and marry again are, up to the present time, not equal members of the Catholic Church. They are excluded from church offices, they may not receive the Sacraments. Such is the teaching, even if some priests already behave differently.

"Make the voices of the grassroots audible "

Archbishop Müller still does not want to admit to communion divorced Catholics who have remarried, as before, whereas Marx says, "We are going to see that the issue is completely discussed". The response to a questionnaire sent by Pope St. Francis on the situation of marriage and the family was "an ambitious task." The general aim was to make the voices of the grassroots audible " .

The background of Marx's statements is a global opinion survey by the Vatican. State of the Church wants to find out the views of Catholic communities on sensitive issues, such as dealing with divorce and homosexuality. The document is planned by Pope Francis Special Synod of Bishops on the Family prepare in October 2014.

The Archbishop of Freiburg and Head of the German Bishops' Conference, Robert Zollitsch had repeatedly shown himself open to a new path. "They belong to the Church," he said at the end of the Autumn Plenary Assembly of the Bishops' Conference on remarried Catholics. The general aim was " to examine the entire range of ecclesiastical solutions."

The Pastoral Office of the Archdiocese of Freiburg issued in October “Recommendations for the Pastoral Care to support people who are separated, divorced and after civil remarriage”. To support people who are separated, divorced and after civil remarriage. If the marriage should have failed, it is important, "to be close to those and to support them who (deliberately) have not entered into any new partnership," it states in the text. Thus remarried have the way opened to them which was previously barred to them.

Cathcon- the whole relevant passage
In particular, it is necessary to respect and to support in a pastoral
manner the spiritual decision to participate in varied ways in the
life of the Church and consciously to refrain from receiving the

As a result of a responsibly-taken conscientious decision, in the
specific situation, the possibility can be given to receive the
sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion, Confirmation, of reconciliation
and anointing of the sick, inasmuch as the required specific
disposition of faith is existent. The parish and consequently the
Church as a whole are lived as a community in which reconciliation
with past life history is possible and put specifically into practice.
This is experienced as positive and strengthening not only by those
affected, but also helps the whole community, to experience the
merciful action of Jesus Christ at first-hand.

Marx calls for restraint in the case Tebartz van Elst

The Munich Cardinal also spoke about the affair of the Limburg Bishop Franz -Peter Tebartz van Elst - and called for restraint. "I would hope that some now will just keep their mouth shut," Marx said .
He left open whether he was referring to the Chairman of the Regional Committee of Catholics in Bavaria. Albert Schmid recently defended Tebartz van Elst and thus incurred the displeasure of lay organizations.

Marx argued for waiting for the resolution of allegations. Marx regretted the increased numbers leaving the church in connection with the affair. The Bishop of Limburg has come under criticism because of his leadership style and the dramatic increase in costs for the new bishop's residence. Currently Bishop Tebartz van Elst is taking a break in the Lower Bavarian Benedictine monastery of Metten.


Cold, heartless and faithless church


A technical marvel but a religious catastrophe..... especially given they have churches such as the Assam Kirche.

Tango rhythms Mass in Rome


Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Vatican denies female cardinals on the horizon

The Vatican has denied speculation that at the Consistory next 22 February, a woman could be elevated to the cardinalate. Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi dismissed reports in the international press with regard to this matter:

"This is an absurdity," he commented on the issue, according to agency APIC.

The British newspaper "The Sunday Times" had suggested in its Sunday edition that the Irish theologian Linda Hogan was a possible candidate for the Cardinal office. Canon law (Canon 351) requires that to be chosen a cardinal, the person must be at least a priest, and on elevation must be made a bishop, if not already a bishop.

The occasion of speculation about female cardinals was Pope Francis' remarks about women in the church: the Pope had shown himself open to women in leadership positions within the Catholic Church. He had not spoken about anything relating to the cardinalate in this context. On the other hand, the Pope rejected the idea of female priests: This question has already been conclusively dealt with under Pope John Paul II, according to Francis.


Monday, November 04, 2013

Feminist friend of Nancy Pelosi suggested as first female cardinal.


"She’s married and a feminist to boot, but Irish theologian Linda Hogan is being touted as a candidate to become the first female “prince” of the Catholic Church.

Hogan, 49, has become the subject of widespread speculation that Pope Francis will someday choose her to break the Holy See’s stained-glass ceiling.

The reformist Argentinian Pope, considered liberal on social issues, has made one of his top goals boosting the role of women in the Church, saying it needs to develop “a truly deep theology of women.”"

Full story

A tabernacle Jim, but not as we know it.


The tabernacle of the Marylake Augustinians, near Ontario.    It looks more like a piece of scenery from Star Trek which was never even used for filming.

Weighs two and a half tons.  It is made of travertine marble and was sculpted by Mr. Earl Neiman
who also fashioned the celebrants chair and lectern in the same material. His wife, Maria, executed the bronze crucifix,  candleholders and sanctuary lamp, as well as the terra-cotta stations of the cross.

The church itself looks rather more like Starfleet Command than a church.

Update- when I wrote the above comment, I had not actually checked what Starfleet Command looked like.  Many a true word spoken in jest.

The worst liturgical abuse of all time.


Sunday, November 03, 2013

Archbishop of Canterbury lets the ecumenical cat out of the bag.


"God has given you, and given us all, a great Pope. And he’s a great Pope of surprises… and I think people are inspired and uplifted by what they see in Pope Francis, as I am. I think he’s a wonderful person. Surprises? Yes, I think there’ll be one or two surprises. We’re hoping to produce a few surprises."


Cathcon- the Pope has stated that

"Vatican II, inspired by Pope Paul VI and John [XXIII], decided to look to the future with a modern spirit and to be open to modern culture. The Council Fathers knew that being open to modern culture meant religious ecumenism and dialogue with non-believers. But afterwards very little was done in that direction. I have the humility and ambition to want to do something."

False ecumenism has already done plenty enough damage in the post-concilar church, but we are now living in a world, where the once-allegedly conservative Archbishop of Birmingham thinks Anglicans could be admitted to Catholic communion, despite their almost total rejection and relativisation of the great dogmas of the Church.   What ecumenical advance can be made with a church that is on the verge of nominating female bishops?

The Archbishop has clearly seen which way the wind is blowing in Rome and clearly loves the thought of a Roman promotion more than his Archdiocese.   He has probably got help from the retired Archbishop of Westminster, who in this topsy-turvy world is now a close adviser to the Pope.  See here for the dismal record of the Cardinal.

Chapel as alien form- modernist design in Austria

New chapel in Austria  dedicated to Blessed Engelbert Kolland, who was martyred for refusing to convert to Islam.  The chapel does not show forth the faith he died for. 

"Nobody steps on a Church in my town"


Scene from the classic film, Ghostbusters. Weep for the countless churches that have been closed by the bishops since this glorious film was made.  (The line itself is shortly after 0.40)

Pope displays ultra-modernist Cross

Pope Francis Holds A Cross During A Meeting With Cardinals

Abstracted image, abstract faith.  It is impossible to preach the Cross and Him Crucified and convert anyone using such a Cross.

More recently, the Pope has taken to carrying a new Ferula.

The type of image on the ferula is symptomatic of the Paschal Mystery theology of Odo Casel, which believes that Redemption was not wrought on the Cross but during the whole Pascal Mystery (analogous to the whole canon being consecratory rather than the words of consecration). Pascal Mystery theology itself was derived from his belief, for anti-semitic reasons, that the liturgy does not derive from the Temple sacrifice but from Greek myth. These crosses became popular in the 70s and were approved by Rome providing they had wounds. This one does not- which can so easily lead to a fideism detached from history.

"One would be straying from the straight path were he to wish the altar restored to its primitive table form; were he to want black excluded as a color for the liturgical vestments; were he to forbid the use of sacred images and statues in Churches; were he to order the crucifix so designed that the divine Redeemer's body shows no trace of His cruel sufferings..." 

- Pope Pius XII, Mediator Dei § 62

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Feast of All Souls

The Faithful who during the period of eight days from the Commemoration of All Souls inclusive, visit a cemetery in a spirit of piety and devotion and pray, even mentally, for the dead, may gain A Plenary Indulgence under the usual conditions, on each day of the octave, applicable only to the dead. Those who may such a visit, and pray for the Holy Souls, on any in the year, may gain An Indulgence of 7 years, applicable only to the departed.