Monday, March 18, 2013

Priest smashes television on the altar

The parish priest of the village of Villa San Carlo, Valgreghentino (Lecco), Don Enrico Spreafico, during Mass on Sunday put his television on the altar and destroyed it using a mason's hammer. The striking gesture was explained by the desire to make parishioners understand they should never, for any reason, become slaves to technology and in this case television. The initiative took place in the period of Lent, for the faithful to reflect on an issue in the judgment of the priest ever more pressing.

SHOCKING MESSAGE - "It is not the first time I have tried to shock my own parishioners to communicate to them the most important messages - said Don Enrico - so please be understanding." The pastor had asked for the TV to br placed on the altar, he covered with a plastic film to prevent anyone from being hurt by the splinters. Then, with a mason's hammer, Don Enrico smashed the device and after the sermon following the ritual. "I just wanted to make it clear that we should not be slaves of technology, we must not take for good everything that we are shown - says the priest -. The technologies serve and are useful, but should be used with a critical spirit. "


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Pope Francis: installation Liturgy like none we’ve seen!


"The Gospel will be chanted in Greek, not Latin.
Wow. I hear heads exploding. But that’s kind of a primary document language, yes?

Only 6 Cardinals will make the pledge of obedience to the pope, on behalf of all of them.
Okay, well, they’ve already done this privately, so I see the point — why make the mass longer when half a million people have to stand through it. But I hope they make the six most troublesome Cardinals do it. Make them speak the words!

Francis will wear the exact same palium worn by Benedict.
That’s a nice touch, and a tribute to his predecessor.

Patriarchs and major Archbishops of Eastern churches will join Francis in venerating the tomb of St. Peter."

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Cathcon- Cardinal Danneels as the senior Cardinal Priest will read prayers.

Archbishop rejects idea that Pope should call Third Vatican Council

Pope Francis "like a breath of fresh air for Europe from Latin America"

The chairman of the Belgian Bishops Conference, Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard thinks a Third Vatican Council makes little sense. First, it is true, the Second Vatican Council should be implemented (1962-1965), the German Catholic news agency KNA quoted Belgian media reports on Monday.

According to Leonard, Vatican II has in many areas remained a "a processor of words". To come to an ecumenical council should remain a very rare event. Such an event should take place "on average once a century", said the Brussels archbishop.

Pope Francis was in any event as "a fresh breeze from Latin America" ​​for Europe, said Leonard.


Pope- If you want to hear Mass in another language, then go to the Maronite Church

Translation of two comments to my story -Did Pope Francis deliberately try to sabotage the Latin Mass in his own Diocese?

Monsignor Musto, late and great friend of the neighborhood, was a companion in the seminary of Bergoglio. Once, walking and talking in the street, he told me that throughout his priestly career all his companions called him "The Apostate". Of this I bear witness in Faith. As you know, Apostate- even if it is told a joke-is not a good nickname for someone who will be a priest! Greetings

Once, at the exit of a re-opening of St. Michael the Archangel Church, Bergoglio was asked: "Father, why not give more Latin Masses in Buenos Aires"? He thought a moment and replied: "If you want to hear Mass in another language, then go to the Maronite church, where it is recited in Aramaic." Not bad, but it is evidence-apart from their lousy pronunciation of Latin, that the Jesuits want nothing to do with tradition. This is true.

Suggestions SSPX should invite the Pope to their HQ. Would the Pope accept?

Pope Benedict XVI launched talks between the SSPX and the Holy See. A few months after his election he received Bishop Bernard Fellay, the Superior General of the Society at Castel Gandolfo. Despite his patient efforts during an eight-year pontificate the gap was not bridged, as desired and a canonical recognition of the Society not materialize.

On 21st, Benedict XVI, lifted in February, the "ultimatum" of the 22nd February set by the CDF for an answer of the SSPX to the "doctrine Elle preamble" of June 2012 . He left the decision as to how to proceed with the SSPX to his successor.

While the radical left at the political level unimpressed continue their fight against the Church under Pope Francis, the Modernists on the frayed, left side of the Church such as Hans Küng and Leonardo Boff applaud the new Vicar of Christ on earth and give him as much credit as possible. Behind this strikingly flaunted joy is hiden just another way to criticize Pope Benedict XVI and his pontificate. By praising his successor, they disparage their favorite scapegoat Benedict.

Of course, it's also about the unvarnished attempt by praising the new Pope to make their own positions appear in a brilliant light. Leonardo Boff says in a Spiegel interview that the new pope was gay-friendly and in favour of adoption rights for homosexuals. His rejection of gay marriage in Argentina had been obtained only after Roman pressure. It is also a form of wanting to control a Pontificate from the outside. But the reality is different. The opinions of the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires against the introduction of gay marriage are just as authentic as the resulting conflict with the Argentine President Kirchner government. Proof that it is not Boff's representation that corresponds to the truth comes in an internal letter of 22 June 2010 by the then Cardinal Bergoglio to the cloistered convents of Carmelite nuns in Argentina. In this letter, he condemns gay "marriage" in the strongest terms, and asks the nuns to pray intensely to the Argentine senators do not agree to the draft law which was being discussed in Parliament at that time.

So far gone into old age are these modernists. But what about the SSPX?

On the relationship of the newly elected PopeFrancis and the SSPX founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the American priest Father John Zuhlsdorf and the Italian websisite Cantuale Antonianum have given their positions.

A further contribution to the discussion meantime was made by the traditionally orientated website, Cordialiter .

In the contribution Journey of Pope Francis to Econe, it reads:

"In the future we might see a nice surprise in an Apostolic journey of Pope Francis to Econe (Switzerland) to sign a peace agreement in the historic stronghold of Lefebvrists . That would be really a superb and concrete gesture of brotherly love. I do not think it is a non-realizable dream. It is now known that the Archbishop of Buenos Aires used to have warm relations with the SSPX and I believe that if Monsignor Bernard Fellay would invite Pope Francis to Econe, the Pope could even accept the invitation. These days, we have seen that he is a spontaneous person, who cannot be pressed into fixed templates, ready even to make unfamiliar and unpredictable gestures. I think that he would not let the clamor of the progressives intimidate him. Imagine the Pope in the stronghold of the SSPX. That would truly be a historic meeting.

In the meantime, it would be advisable for the SSPX to start friendship with the Patriarch of Moscow. There would be nothing wrong there, if Monsignor Fellay and Patriarch Kirill would meet for dinner to talk amicably about the dramatic spiritual situation in Europe and on other important issues for Christianity. This would not in any way the contradict the teaching content of the doctrinal encyclical Mortalium Animos of the great Pope Pius XI. If Bishop Fellay was photographed while he and the Patriarch of Moscow shook hands and the news spread that the two were friends, this would strengthen the position of the SSPX considerably. The modernists could not attack so hard otherwise they would run the risk of damaging the diplomatic relations with the Orthodox, who are known to have a more friendly and respectful attitude as the SSPX. "


Pope's principal accuser was part of terrorist blackmail network

An Argentine journalist, Horacio Verbitsky, is the main - and perhaps only - accuser of Pope Francis. Verbitsky claims that Pope Bergoglio has been complicit in the regime of Videla. Just a shame that his is a lonely voice and has very little authority. Adolfo Perez Esquivel won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1980, who complained against the abuses of the military dictatorship in Argentina in the seventies, says unequivocally : "If it is true that there were bishops and Catholic Church representatives involved with Argentina dictatorship, it is not the case of the new Pope. There is no link between Bergoglio and the dictatorship that lasted from 1976 to 1983. "

 But who is this Horacio Verbitsky trying to discredit the Pope? A journalist who was part of the Peronist "Montoneros" terrorist organization network who has carried out numerous kidnappings and symbolic executions. They abducted not only people linked to the dictatorship and collaborators but also foreign businessmen, in order to obtain money through blackmail. Verbitsky also took part in armed terrorist actions , during which, he said, "fortunately no one died." Verbitsky said of Pope Francis: "I imagine that his role towards our continent will be similar to that of John Paul II to the Soviet bloc of his time." If his history and charector are the same, it is sincerely be hoped for Argentina and throughout Latin America that Verbitsky's prophecy will come true as soon as possible.


Anticlerical struggle of Radical Left continues against Pope Francis

The different groups, camps, communities, countries and religious orders observe with the greatest attention the first steps, gestures and statements of the new Pope. A viewpoint which is divided between joy and sorrow. Joy of discovering signals that correspond to their own ideas, concerns when the opposite is the case. You meet Jesuits who look back with satisfaction at the first brother to the See of Peter and yet others who become grumpy when you want to congratulate them. The Papacy has but begun. It is too early to draw any real conclusions. The Petrine ministry has its own dynamics, the occupier himself only slowly concscious of the burden and infinite grace .

Radical Left: anticlerical struggle continues against Pope Francis
The radical left on the other hand, rushed to immediate judgment immediately and certainly did not hesitate to continue their anti-clerical struggle against Pope Francis. Always with the same slogans, always using the same methods. They swung the heavy club of Nazi sympathies againt Pius XII and involvement with Eastern Bloc intelligence agencies and the Soviet propaganda machine was alleged to discredit John Paul II. Benedict XVI was again beaten by accusations of Nazi sympathies by manipulatively presented photos circulated to suggest an affinity with National Socialism. A closeness that the Catholic family Ratzinger never had.

Gay activists tamper with Wikipedia entry on Pope Francis
Hysterical gay extremists were immediately active against the new Pope, tampering with his entry in the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. In large letters, the blasphemous slogan could be read : "God is gay, God is Gay" (God is gay, God is gay).

Meanwhile, photomontages against Pope Francis were put into circulation, intended to link him to collaboration with the military dictatorship. These were frantic actions of a nervous left-wing activism, which were immediately exposed as a forgery. The enemies of the Church were not, however, detered, redistributing them assiduously and falsely, on Facebook and other sites.

Forgery 1: Jorge Mario Bergoglio gives Communion to the military dictator, Videla.
The first picture was circulated by the U.S. director Michael Moore (who has now apologized for it). It shows an elderly priest giving Holy Communion to the first president of the Argentine dictatorship, General Jorge Rafael Videla. Moore initially claimed indignantly, that the priest in the picture was Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now the Pope. The picture was taken during the military dictatorship (Videla ruled from 1976-1981). In fact, it is the priest Carlos Beron de Astrada, which an existing video of those events confirmed. The events did not take place during the Videla government, but on 30 December 1990 in Pequeña in the Chapel of the Works of Divine Providence of Don Orione and so years after the end of the military dictatorship. After the return to democracy in 1983, Videla was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1990 but pardoned by the Democratic president Carlos Menem. Jorge Mario Bergoglio was then 54 years old and so much younger than the image to be seen who was Don Beron de Astrada, the rector of the Chapel of La Pequeña .

Forgery 2: Jorge Mario Bergoglio walks cheerfully with military dictator Videla
The second photo against Pope Francis put into circulation shows a smiling bishop who goes side by side with an equally smiling Jorge Videla. Also in this case it is alleged that this had been Jorge Mario Bergoglio and the image suggests that the present Pope had maintained excellent contacts with the military junta. This photo actually comes from the period of military dictatorship of Videla, when this general was in fact was President of Argentina. From 1976 to 1981, however, the current Pope Francis was only 39 to 44 years old. The image to be seen is of the prelate a few years older and bald, which Pope Francis is not even now with his now 76 years. Apart from that, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was during the entire time of the various military dictatorships only a simple priest in the Jesuit order. In the picture you can see clearly a bishop (perhaps the then nuncio in the diplomatic service). Jorge Mario Bergoglio was not consecrated bishop until 27 June 1992.

Forgery 3: Marxist terrorist alleges Pope's involvement with the military junta
In addition to the false allegations about the photos with the dictator Videla, immediately after the identity of the new Pope was announced, his involvement in the military dictatorship was claimed. The accusation comes from the former Marxist terrorist Horacio Verbitsky, who has been s accused of killing innocent civilians from ideological hatred. Verbitsky, now a journalist and friend of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who for ideological reasons had a troubled relationship with the previous Archbishop of Buenos Aires, made ​​his claim in this matter without producing any evidence. His allegations he published in 2005 in the book El silencio: de Paulo VI a Bergoglio: las relaciones de la Iglesia secretas con la ESMA . Conversely, however, there are numerous accounts from that time from those persecuted or their relatives, attesting to the activities of Mario Jorge Bergoglios to rescue the "desaparecidos" ( the "missing ones" during the military dictatorship) and achieve their release.

Persecuted testify that Bergoglio saved their lifes
As a key witness, Argentinean Nobel Peace prize winner, Adolfo Perez Esquivel Nobel Peace can surely be cited, as he has made statements to the BBC among others. Pérez Esquivel was even arrested during the military dictatorship for 14 months and tortured. The same applies to Graciela Fernández Meijide . The atheist and advocate of the right to kill unborn children is a member of the Association of Desaparecidos (CONADEP). Although ideologically they are in no way associated with the Church, they also confirmed the activities of Bergoglio on behalf of the then persecuted, including themselves.

Not least two representatives of Marxist liberation theology, Josè Luis Caravais and Alfredo Somoza defend the new Pope against the charge of being involved in the military dictatorship. Both were tracked by the military dictatorship and arrested. Caravais reaffirmed only in these recent days: "Father Bergoglio saved my life." And Somoza: "Jorge Mario Bergoglio and the Jesuits have succeeded, during the dark years of the military junta, to save many people. I am an eye-witness to this. "Source

Strongest supporter of Pope in the Conclave gives interview


Pope Francis will return the Church to its roots in the Gospel, in the struggle for justice and against poverty: This was the impression of the German Cardinal and former Bishop of Rottenburg-Stuttgart, Walter Kasper who in the conclave on Tuesday and Wednesday had co-elected the new Pope. In an interview with our Editor Ludger Moller, Kasper describes the expected future developments to the church.

SZ: Your Eminence, you have emerged the conclave. How do you feel about the new Pope Francis?
Kasper: Cardinal Bergoglio was from the beginning my candidate and I have from the beginning of the Conclave voted for him. He represents a new beginning in the Church, for a humble and fraternal church that is there for people which returns to Her source, the Gospel. His name as Pope, Francis, is a program, which is reminiscent of St. Francis of Assisi, who heard the call of Christ: "Re-build my Church!"

SZ: What developments can we expect?
Kasper: We can expect a new style. The new Pope will forgo pomp and circumstance, he lives plainly and simply and is thus a personal role model. A small example: After the conclave, the Papal limousine was waiting for him. Francis, however, after all the newly elected pope, along with us cardinals, climbed aboard the bus that took us back to the Santa Marta House: "We have come together, we go together." The Papal limousine drove away empty. And in his first speech, he asked the people to first ask for God's blessing for him before he even blessed them.

SZ: What is personally important to the new Pope?
Kasper: He will be a bishop of the poor. He will fight against corruption. He is concerned above all compassion. In the pre-Conclave, I handed him my new book called "Mercy", which has just been published in Spanish. He said to me: "Compassion is the name of our God! Without it we are lost. "

SZ: Francis: What program lies behind this name which the new Pope has given himself?
Kasper: Saint Francis of Assisi lived in an age in which the Church was very powerful. But he wanted to live the Gospel with the poor. He made a significant reform. The Franciscans are called to this day "Friars Minor". And we must understand the choice of name of the new pope: He is concerned with apostolic simplicity, simplicity, poverty. He wants to reach the heart, and he does so with a simple, but impressive language.

SZ: Did the idea of the message of the integrity of creation played a role in the election of the Pope?
Kasper: Of course Francis stands for ecology and preservation of creation. Nobody disputes that these ideas are important. They however did not play a decisive role in the Conclave.

SZ: Where does the new Pope stand theologically? Is he conservative? Or more liberal?
Kasper: Theologically, he is on the line of John Paul II and Benedict XVI. But he will proclaim this teaching in a different style and make the original content of the Gospel shine forth.

SZ: You have spoken out early for Cardinal Bergoglio. On what basis did you do this?
Kasper: The new Pope and I have known eachother for many years. I have been at least three times to Buenos Aires, where we met. We spoke Italian to each other. Only now I have learned that he has studied in Germany and speaks German. Immediately after the election of a pope, when we cardinals promised him loyalty, he spoke to me in German. By the way we lived during the conclave on the same corridor, he had his own room diagonally across from my room.

SZ: In Germany there are high expectations of the Pope. Keywords are celibacy, ordination of women, participation of the laity. What should can the Germans expect from Pope Francis?
Kasper: He will listen to the desires expressed in Germany with assured attention. But I doubt that he can fulfill all these requirements. At the center, are probably more the concerns of the southern hemisphere, where existential questions matter such as justice, fundamental human rights, war and peace.

SZ: The conclave was soon over. Many observers had expected a lot more ballots!
Kasper: I myself was also surprised to find that we have agreed so quickly. At the beginning of the Conclave the votes scatter, then they pile up. More and more candidates drop out. That was the case in 2005 when Benedict XVI. was elected, as it was now.

SZ: Were there any reservations about electing a Pope who does not come from Europe?
Kasper: No, quite the contrary. Two-thirds, if not three quarters of Catholics now live in the southern hemisphere. There the Church is growing, while ours shows clear signs of fatigue. Those are powerful arguments. Therefore it is appropriate to choose a Pope from Latin America, where nearly half of all Catholics live. The time of Eurocentrism in the Church is over.

SZ: You, too, have called for a new beginning before the conclave in the Vatican. How strongly is this desire shared by the other cardinals?
Kasper: There is a very large desire for Curial reform among the cardinals , almost unanimous. The crises of recent years have cost us a lot of confidence. Even if what has been discussed and written about is not all true, the talk itself is enough to destroy trust.

SZ: Can Pope Francis establish this trust again?
Kasper: He is very assertive, has a strong will. It was important for us the Cardinals that the new pope can govern and create order, even if not everything will be possible from today until tomorrow.

SZ: A new beginning without new staff is not conceivable. What do you expect here?
Kasper: Francis is certain to appoint a new Secretary of State Cardinal and also make new appointments to some other important posts in the Curia. Equally important is a change in mentality. Even for that, time is needed. But a new beginning there will be.

Source See Cardinal Kasper is plotting an anti-Ratzinger Pope

Cardinal Napier apologizes for his comments on sexual abuse


  1. I apologise to Victims of Child Abuse offended by misstatement of what was & still is my concern about all abused including abused abuser.
  2. Therefore Paedophilia must be treated. What must be punished is the Crime of Sexual Abuse of Children.
  3. I believe as every dictionary consulted confirms Paedophilia is a medical condition. What is a crime is the sexual abuse of children.
  4. My response: Such abuser should receive treatment to make good the damage done to him? In prison or out of it, that's for experts to decide.
  5. Do the Church & society not have to consider the damage he suffered when deciding what to do? Or does the abused abuser lose all his rights?
  6. My concern: How can society deal justly, fairly & equitably with the abused, who has suffered incalculable damage, then goes on to abuse?
  7. It's the supreme irony. Because I raised the issue of the abused abuser, I stand accused of insensitivity to the sufferings of the abused.
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Baseless smears against Pope being used by "anti-clerical left-wing elements" to attack the Church

"The Vatican on Friday jumped to the defense of the Catholic Church's new leader, Pope Francis, to counter critics who say he didn't speak out enough during the Dirty War that divided his home country, Argentina, from 1976 to 1983. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said the accusations against the pope — the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio — are baseless smears being used by "anti-clerical left-wing elements" to attack the church. "There has never been a credible, concrete accusation against him," Lombardi said. What, exactly, do the pope's critics claim he did — or didn't do?"

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