Thursday, March 14, 2013

President Kirchner heads to Rome

Argentina will be represented at the enthronement of Pope Francis by a delegation led by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, and composed of representatives of Parliament, the Church, the Justice and the trade unions.

Secretary of Public Communications Minister, Alfredo Scoccimarro, explained on Thursday that, along with the president, traveling will be predictably Foreign Minister, Héctor Timerman, the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Julián Domínguez, and the President of the Supreme Court Justice Ricardo Lorenzetti.

The Church of the South American country, will be represented by the Head of the Episcopal Conference of Argentina, Monsignor Jose Maria Arancedo, and the Social Pastoral Agency, Carlos Alberto Acaputo.

The delegation is completed with union leaders Antonio Caló, Omar Viviani and Omar Suarez and the deputy head of the Radical Civic Union (UCR) Ricardo Alfonsin, reported the official news agency Telam.

The enthronement of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new Pope will be held on Tuesday, March 19.


Liturgical beauty already gone from Papal Mass


Modern vestments and the people's altar returns to the Sistine Chapel. The Pope talks about love but truth and beauty are also transcendentals. The three are inseparable.

Pope's hardness of heart towards the Latin Mass

Wow, people who know nothing of the Argentine situation suddenly know a lot. It really is not enough to know what dulce de leche is or that it is the land of the tango to be aware of what goes on in Buenos Aires. And some are spreading disinformation about a diocese they do not even know! Unbelievable. But let us go back to facts not from gringos but from our porteño correspondents who know, live and suffer them.

First, we never said that Summorum had not been applied anywhere in Argentina. Cardinal Bergoglio was not the only Bishop of the whole of Argentina, but the Archbishop of Buenos Aires. Naturally, his powers were limited to the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, which is territorially very small, limited to the area of the Federal Capital itself*** - and, even then, not in the churches of the Military Ordinariate, as in all countries. So what happened there that prompted us to say that the application of Summorum in that archdiocese was "non-existent" and Marcelo González to speak that, "a sworn enemy of the Traditional Mass, he has only allowed imitations of it in the hands of declared enemies of the ancient liturgy"?

Ah, say the Google-searchers whose only experience of Argentina was watching Evita in one of their Broadway trips, he "allowed" a Summorum mass immediately after it went into effect: there it is, in this Clarín report - sent by many readers and posted by many... Well, under Summorum, a bishop does not "allow" or "implement" anything - that was the Ecclesia Dei regimen. Naturally, under Ecclesia Dei, nothing was "allowed" in Buenos Aires, even though Argentina has the largest traditional Catholic community in South America. Anyway, under Summorum, a place was designated by the Archdiocese in the church of San Miguel Arcángel.

Quite a relief, right? As a matter of fact, that was just the beginning of the problems.

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Cathcon- we must hope and pray that the Pope does not pursue these policies globally, as they will shipwreck the Barque of Peter, not just in Europe but beyond.

He can be said to be a Marian Pope, but it will avail nothing if he does not anchor the Church to the Eucharist on the other side as seen in Don Bosco's Dream


Subject of Pope's unfinished doctoral thesis

The young Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio came to Germany in the eighties to work on his thesis. In fact, the Argentine Pope still has old friends.

As a Catholic from Germany these days you're already satisfied with little. Until recently, we were finally Pope - now satisfaction is made up again in that while the newly elected pontiff indeed comes from Argentina, he still has a close relationship to Germany.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio has even lived for a time in Germany. In 1985, the then-Father journeyed from Argentina to study, he did not land on one of the great theological faculties - but at the quietly contemplative philosophy and theology Sankt Georgen Graduate School . 368 students are enrolled in the winter semester 2012/2013.

They are pleased about the choice of Bergoglio as the head of the Catholic Church, it was announced in the morning after the election of a Pope on the website of the private university operated by the Jesuits in Frankfurt. They are particularly connected with Francis, "because when he studied in Germany during the mid-eighties he spent a few months in Sankt Georgen, to consult with individual professors about a possible dissertation topic." It did not then unfortunately come to conclusion. And Bergoglio had not studied fulltime in Sankt Georgen also adds as a spokeswoman.

One who was here in 1985, is Michael Sievernich. The Honorary Professor of Pastoral Theology remembers well his time with the Argentinian who he had met earlier during a visit to South America. At Sankt Georgen, Sievernich says Bergoglio was interested in the figure of the Catholic theologian Romano Guardini - about him he wanted to write his dissertation. And Saint Georgen was to the right place: In the library of the Frankfurt academy, according to Sievernich was a particularly large literature on the Munich religious philosopher who died in 1968.

"Early on the road"

"At that time I had several meetings with Bergoglio and to know him as a very open-minded people," says Sievernich. "I had just become a professor and talked with him on matters of substance." Does the Pope then actually speak German? "He really does," says Sievernich. "But then we had a chat in Spanish." And not just about theology, adds the professor. "We're both members of the same order," he says. "So there are also personal issues."

Wendelin Köster, the former rector of the seminary, recalls Bergoglio's stay in Sankt Georgen.

Today's college rector told the "Bayerischer Rundfunk" that the future Pope had then lived in one of the rooms of the university. He was also determined to "travel around the area". Francis still retains and cherishes "sympathy for Germany."

His former companion, Sievernich does not know why Father Bergoglio had not completed his dissertation at the University of Frankfurt. The two Jesuits have lost with each other over the years: "It's all water under the bridge now," he says.

Pope saying Mass in Germany

Moscow Patriarch lays down conditions for meeting with the Pope

The foreign minister of the Russian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Hilarion has, after the papal election subdued hopes for an early encounter between Pope Francis  and Moscow Patriarch Kirill I..

"In my opinion, such a meeting is possible, but the time and place mainly depend on how fast we can solve the conflicts dating from the 80s and 90s ," Hilarion said Thursday on the German Catholic news agency KNA, who cited Russian media reports. The problems set back the Orthodox-Catholic dialogue a long way.

The Metropolitan also stressed that the elected Pope, Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio had  "spiritual affection" for the Orthodox Church and declared more than once the desire for closer contact. The Russian Orthodox Church hope that both churches further expand their relationships as "allies".

The Secretary General of the Russian Catholic Bishops' Conference , Igor Kowalewski said, according to the Interfax news agency that it was too early to talk about a visit by the Pope to Russia. The Catholic Church in this vast country is very small and only counts four bishops. A meeting of the Pope and the Patriarch of Moscow will likely be held in a place other than Rome or the Russian capital.

As the main obstacle for an historic first-time meeting of the heads of the Russian Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Church, the Moscow Patriarchate has repeatedly cited the controversy over religious buildings in the Western Ukraine. The Russian Orthodox Church accuses the Greek Catholic Church in communion with Rome, of having seized in the early 1990s after worship was permitted again  hundreds of places of worship. The Uniates reject this, they were only gettibg back the churches, which had been taken from them in 1946 in the forced merger with the Orthodox Church.


Pope never completed his doctorate

The teachers and students of Philosophy and Theology at the Sankt Georgen Graduate School are delighted with the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Bishop of Rome and head of the Catholic Church. The former Provincial of the Jesuit Province of Argentina is connected to our university because, during a study visit to Germany in the mid-1980s, he spent a few months in Sankt Georgen in order to consult with individual professors on a dissertation project. This did not come to a conclusion in Sankt Georgen . We wish the new Pope a happy and blessed reign and are connected with him in prayer.


Cardinal angered over indiscretions demands urgent clean-up of Curia

Cardinal at press conference upset about indiscretions - Pope Francis will "give some strong signs" in the future

An urgent cleanup is needed within the Vatican said Cardinal Christoph Schönborn.

The Cardinal said at a press conference on Thursday afternoon in Rome that Pope Francis will soon succeed in restoring the reputation of the Vatican. Schönborn appeared upset about a few bad apples that had via leaks discredited the entire Vatican. The Archbishop of Vienna spoke literally of a "scandal" that "confidential discussions of the cardinals in the Vatican were printed verbatim in Italian newspapers".

At the same time emphasized the cardinal, that most employees of the Vatican are very loyal and very competent. Also, the Cardinals had, at the meetings and discussions, expressed their loyalty to the Holy See.

Schönborn would not comment about speculation that he could soon be a leader within the Vatican Curia. He would only say that he was looking forward now to return to Vienna and he hoped "eventually to find his grave in the cathedral."

Pope Francis will "give a lot of strong signs" in the future, according to Schönborn. The new Pope will clearly put the "gospel of poverty and simplicity" in the center and thus give more weight to the new evangelization. Through Francis, the view of Europe and the German-speaking countries were expanded to the global church, "just because we feel ourselves too often to be the centre of the world."


We have a Marian Pope

Much is written and what is true about the community life of the priest. But this Marian point is in the center, is the heart that brings together all aspects of the community.

Getting Mary into his home in the depths of his life, the priest-disciple, the image of the beloved disciple, focuses on community life in his person that synthesizes all that is the Church.

Mary harmonises all aspects of community life: the life of the Holy Family in Nazareth and the life of the apostolic community at Pentecost. The Marian seal allows moving from a small community to the larger community of the faithful without loss of intimacy or dispersion into a functionalist reductionism. In Mary everything is personal and communal in a dynamic in which each dimension is enriched by the other. In Mary's praise and service, they feed each other as we see happening in the Visitation. The unique and intimate relationship with her Son does not preclude a relationship of being a common disciple beside the other disciples. All we focus on her and she removes from the centre noise or competition.

In Mary harmonize all aspects of ecclesial soul: she is the daughter, wife, mother and friend. Grandma always young, mature woman always young .

Marianism is the criterion of discernment to evaluate the quality of emotional life, personal and communal, of the trainees. Mary opens all sealed so far to God alone. Maria wife and mother in her small family and in the heart of the Church universal wife and mother.

What would be the " no "that consolidates the Marian character of the community dimension? Obviously, a "no" to Mary out of a Catholic background is difficult for a priest or for someone to explicitly exclude Marian formation to your life. But an emphatically "no" can be expressed to that which makes Mary purely decorative, in some way. A no to all that is separate from her being in the center of priestly formation . The Marian character of the Church is what stresses fruitfully the Petrine character, preventing pharisaic attitudes and hardness of hearts. The Marian dimension gives substance to the spiritual dimension and ensures the pastoral dimension does not lose tenderness


Cardinal Bergoglio was not Cardinal Meisner's candidate


"I would have presented someone different"
The choice of Bergoglio comes a surprise to many. Even Cardinal Joachim Meisner had another candidate. Does the Cardinal applaud the conclave?

Cardinal Joachim Meisner after the conclave
The decision of Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be the new Pope has been, according to Cardinal Joachim Meisner, a surprising choice. At a press conference after the conclave Meisner expressed his skepticism in different variations: "I have had someone different in mind before hand," said Meisner. "About Cardinal Bergoglio, I did not think." He also put it: "I would have presented someone different."

However, it was a good sign that the new pope is very different from what he thought he would be. Choosing Bergoglio was a day-long process and have emerged gradually in the discussion and voting. "I think most people who have emerged from the Conclave, said that we could not have imagined the choice," said Meisner. The Cardinals were after the end of voting, however happy with the choice. Meisner talking like this after the conclave? Has he violated the code of silence?

"The Director has led to another"

"He's been given to us and he is really welcome," said Meisner. The conclave had shown: "The Director has led us to another, we the Cardinals had no role." Meisner alluded to the fact that the election of a Pope revealed the will of God.

It is expected that the new Pope will lead the church with an iron hand and with a strong expression of social teaching

He is also alleged not to have distanced himself enough from the time of the military dictatorship.

Francis is an educated man who also speaks German, Meisner said. "He will surprise us all." He was curious to see what positive things Francis will contribute to the Catholic Church.

With Cardinal Bergoglio from Argentina, for the first time a Latin American has been elected Pope. Never before also was a Jesuit church leader.


Cathcon had some ideas on who Cardinal Meisner's candidate might be.  This may indicate that Pope Benedict may not be too happy about the way things have turned out-  but he did promote then Cardinal Bergoglio.

Bergoglio had no links with the dictatorship

The human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Argentine Adolfo Perez Esquivel , said that Jorge Bergoglio , new Pope Francis , "had no links with the dictatorship" which some critics accuse him of. Speaking to BBC News, Perez Esquivel said that "there were bishops who were accomplices of the dictatorship, but in the case of Bergoglio no". "There is nothinhg to link him to the dictatorship" , he added "Bergoglio was questioned because it is said he did not do enough to get out of jail two priests, as he was the Superior of the Jesuits. But I know personally that many bishops called on the military junta for the release of prisoners and priests and these requests were granted " said Perez Esquivel. Bergoglio association with the dictatorship was related to the testimony of María Elena Funes, a catechist who was detained at the ESMA , following the arrest and subsequent disappearance of two Jesuit priests.


Rabbi Bergoglio

More on this here soon!

Pope Francis believes in the agressive use of military force

In a mass in Buenos Aires last year to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1982 invasion by Argentine forces, Jorge Mario Bergoglio – the then still cardinal – described Britain as 'usurpers' for ruling the Falkland Islands.

He told veterans: "We come to pray for those who have fallen, sons of the country who went out to defend their mother country, to reclaim that which is theirs and was usurped from them."

Three years earlier, Cardinal Borgoglio had told the families of Argentine soldiers killed in the conflict before they travelled to the military cemetery on the islands: "Go and kiss this land which is ours, and seem to us far away."

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Cathcon-  in 2008, he also said on the Falklands.

"The wound is still open, the healing is not yet finished".

The matter was settled by British troops a long time ago.  The Cardinal was himself complicit in keeping the wound open.  Unlike Benedict, who had no real option to oppose war service, he had the choice in this instance. 99.8 percent of Falkland Islanders disagree with Pope Francis-  if he maintains his position, he does not really believe in democracy.

Anglican Ordinariate unnecessary according to Pope Francis

Greg Venables, former Anglican Archbishop of the Southern Cone and based in Argentina, offers a look at what Bergoglio "is really like." He writes:

[Bergoglio] is much more of a Christian, Christ centered and Spirit filled, than a mere churchman. He believes the Bible as it is written.

I have been with him on many occasions and he always makes me sit next to him and invariably makes me take part and often do what he as Cardinal should have done. He is consistently humble and wise, outstandingly gifted yet a common man. He is no fool and speaks out very quietly yet clearly when necessary.

He called me to have breakfast with him one morning and told me very clearly that the Ordinariate [creating by the Catholic Church to accommodate alienated Anglicans] was quite unnecessary and that the church needs us as Anglicans.

I consider this to be an inspired appointment not because he is a close and personal friend but because of who he is In Christ. Pray for him.


Cathcon-  the Cardinals have chosen the anti-Ratzinger Pope.   The hermeneutic of continuity in theory and practice is dead.

This is not an attitude that St Francis would have taken on any reading of St Francis.

New Pope in line up with Protestant Ministers at Charismatic Rally


Father Cantalamessa, Capuchin and Preacher of the Papal Household also in evidence. He was for twelve years a member of the Catholic Delegation for the dialogue with the Pentecostal Churches. Cathcon suspects he is the Franciscan connection.

 It is an old, old story- if you want to be charismatic, you will go and find the real thing. The Church dressing up in these clothes will convince no-one and is no way to combat the Protestant inroads into the South American faithful.