Monday, February 18, 2013

Fast canonisation of Pope John Paul II hopes former Papal secretary

Despite the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the upcoming election of a successor, the Archbishop of Lviv, Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki,hopes that later this year John Paul II will be canonised, "I do not believe that the resignation will have influence on the process of canonisation," said Mokrzycki to the Polish news agency PAP in an interview published on Monday. "The test of the credibility of a miracle of healing should not take too long. If the miracle is approved soon, the canonization could still happen this autumn." Mokrzycki before his appointment as Archbishop in western Ukrainian Lviv worked with John Paul II and Benedict XVI as a secretary.


SSPX given deadline by Head of CDF to submit by this Friday

Archbishop Müller, as prefect of the CDF signed the letter on the 8th January containing an ultimatum of 22 February

Rome (KAP) The "Society of St. Pius X"(SSPX), according to unofficial information, have been given only until Saturday for reconciliation with Rome. The most recent demand for a reply to the Vatican's offer set a deadline of the 22nd February, the Italian Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli wrote in his blog (Monday). If the SSPX gave their approval a personal prelature for the SSPX could be erected on the same date.

The Catholic Church celebrates on the 22nd  February the "Chair of Peter". It commemorates the adoption of the Roman bishopric by the Apostle Peter and to his appointment to the office of leadership. Pope Benedict XVI who has very much driven forward agreement with the traditionalist Society who is separated from Rome, leaves office on 28 February.

Up to now it was known that the CDF had again urged the Superior General of the SSPX, Bernard Fellay to give a response at the beginning of a response. However Tornielli writes, citing French observers, including that the letter signed by Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller acting as prefect dated 8th January contains an ultimatum date of 22nd February.

If by then, no binding position of the SSPX arrives, Rome could possibly try to persuade individual members of the SSPX to return to communion with the Pope, according to Tornielli referring to French media.

The SSPX was created in 1969 in rejection of the reforms of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). Contentious issues are especially liturgy, ecumenism and religious freedom. The founder of the SSPX, the French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (1905-1991) made the break with Rome by conducting the ordination of bishops in 1988 which was not allowed by Rome.

In an effort to reach agreement, Benedict XVI in 2007 re-permitted the sole form of Mass prior to the Council. In 2009, he lifted the excommunication against the four bishops consecrated by Lefebvre.
This was followed by one and a half years of dialogue between experts from the Vatican and the SSPX.

In September 2011 the Vatican put to the SSPX a "preamble" for signature that includes a commitment to the full magisterium. After an answer from Fellay in April 2012 and a debate in the Vatican Fellay received the request to clarify open questions.


Lord now lettest Thou Thy Vicar depart in peace


Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine, secundum verbum tuum in pace: Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum: Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel. 

Now Thou dost dismiss Thy servant, O Lord, according to Thy word in peace; Because my eyes have seen Thy salvation, Which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples: A light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel.

The Feast of the Chair of St Peter falls on 22nd February
The Chair will fall vacant on 28th February at 8 pm CET,
which is the Feast of the Translation of St Augustine, 
whose thought has shaped the Papacy of Pope Benedict.

Fight outside meeting of German Catholic Bishops

Fight about criticism of the church, man slightly injured.

A man was slightly injured on Saturday in a clash in Trier. He had previously taken offense at an art event that was taking place on the occasion of the Episcopal Conference.

The reason for the confrontation was apparently an art event that was taking place on the occasion of the Spring Assembly of the German Bishops' Conference, currently being held in Trier. Several people, including two men dressed as bishops pushed a pram through the pedestrian zone,to which were attached posters, which made criticism of the Catholic Church. According to our investigations, a passer-by took offense at the art event and snatched a poster one of the artists. Then a tussle developed in the course of which the 59-year-old passer-by was slightly injured.

The incident occurred around 17.30 clock in Trier's Brotstraße. Trier The Police Inspectorate has started an investigation.


German Bishops inclined to approve morning-after pill

Archbishop Zollitsch believes "morning after" pill to be potentially legitimate
The German Catholic bishops come together today as scheduled for their spring plenary meeting in Trier. The focus is on women in the church. Dealing with rape victims at Catholic hospitals is even being discussed.

The chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, considers it possible that the "morning after pill" can be legitimately used in rape cases. But only if they actually prevent fertilization. In an interview with the Bayerischer Rundfunk, Zollitsch said it would also be discussed by the bishops in Trier. As a legitimate contraceptive pill, the Church will still not allow it. After a woman who had been allegedly raped was turned away by two Catholic hospitals in Cologne, Cardinal Joachim Meisner had announced a new position on the "morning after" pill.

"Clearly it will be discussed by the bishops that if is the case that the morning-after pill can be used to prevent fertilization after a rape, then that is a way."

Successor to Pope Benedict
The program for the four-day spring plenary meeting was violently thrown into turmoil by the resignation announcement of the Pope. This had not been expected by the German bishops . Zollitsch in Trier wants to assess the nearly eight-year pontificate of Benedict XVI. He assumes that in March a much younger candidate will be elected. "Most likely, the new Pope will be under seventy. Anyway younger than the present Pope" According to Zollitsch, many tasks await the new Pope. For example, he must find an answer to the question, how a world church could raise their profilein the sense of a new evangelization worldwide.