Saturday, March 23, 2013

Priest banned from preaching this Easter for views on homosexuality and Islam

Controversial parish: Easter preaching ban

Karl Tropper, pastor of St. Veit / Vogau has reiterated his controversial statements about homosexuality and Islam. The pastor is banned from preaching at Easter on 31st and must retire permanently in August.

The Diocese Graz-Seckau now takes stronger measures after numerous - fruitless - warnings to the parish priest of St. Veit am Vogau, Karl Tropper, because of his"pronouncements" against homosexuals. These have been repeated "particularly on certain important issues such as 'homosexuality' and 'Islam' in an unreasonably simplistic and hate-filled manner, such as in a conversation with the Kleine Zeitung. The Diocese has announced these measures in a press release. Therefore during Easter not Tropper, but Vicar General Henry Schnuderl will be holding services from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday in the Church of St. Veit am Vogau (Leibnitz district).

"Stubbornness that comes with age" The unusually sharp measure was justified: "Such statements prevent a necessarily differentiated discussion on these complex issues.” The diagnosis of stubbornness which comes with age, which excuses the parish priest, is no longer sufficient. It was planned anyway that Tropper (75) at the end of August would retire as parish priest of St. Veit am Vogau", said spokesman Georg Planck. Now there is a ban from preaching the same at Easter: "In order for the coming Holy Week, not to darken the central message of the Passion, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ with conflicts, Vicar General Henry Schnuderl will conduct the liturgical celebrations from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday in the parish of St Veit am Vogau, "said Planck. What happens further remains to be seen.

Tropper had in an interview with the "Kleine Zeitung" on Friday again described homosexuals as "perverts": "If you can no longer say this, you have to go as a parish priest into retirement." The diocese had last Thursday and once again warned the South Styrian priest because he had railed against homosexuals - this time, according to media reports in the journal of his parish church. He talked of others as "homo-deranged".The man of God had often declared his opinion bluntly and was admonished for it.

The Anti-Discrimination Unit of Styria said that "apart from the improper language use of the term 'homos' on the part of the parish priest, statements using irrelevant arguments, discriminatory attitudes and incorrect information" would attract attention according to manager Daniela Grabovac. Legal action was being considered. Regional Integration Minister Bettina Vollath (S) welcomed the "clear message" of the Diocese of Graz-Seckau: "Many Styrian parishes set great merits on peaceful coexistence in our country. I am glad that Bishop Egon Kapellari as assured me yesterday in a personal discussion, taken a stand against incitement and exclusion occusing in our country. "

Previously there had been two complaints against Tropper on suspicion of incitement to the public prosecutor in Graz - one dated April 2012 from the Graz initiative "Pink Purple Panther Women" and in February 2013 from the activist Kurt Zernig. The investigations were not continued because Tropper had not said anything about violence, it is said.

And in another interview
Is it the right way, even in the Churchto proclaim such weird opinions about homosexuality and Islam? KARL TROPPER: Whoever would say otherwise, if I do not? The priest should do all he can. The bishops in Austria and Germany are failures, not to discover what is brewing. In 50 years, Vienna is a Muslim city, the Votivkirche, a large mosque.
Cathcon- the occupation of the Votive Church by asylum seekers from the Middle East has just ended.
The late Cardinal Joos expressed similar views.

Two Popes pray together- video


Pope Francis thanks Pope Benedict for his pontificate and gives him an icon of Our Lady of Humility in honour of Pope Benedict's humility.

“In the state, for example, one day we have the Reagan administration, and the next day the Clinton administration, and whoever comes next always throws out what his predecessor did and said; we always begin again from scratch. That’s not the way it is in the Church.” (Salt of the Earth: The Church at the End of the Millennium- An Interview With Peter Seewald (p. 189))

Widow of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter has died aged 101

Whoever met Franziska Jägerstätter, "went away forever blessed " stressed the Diocesan Bishop Ludwig Schwarz of Linz on Friday evening in his homily at the Requiem for the wife of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter who has died at the age of 101. Bishop Schwarz celebrated in Linz's Mariendom, together with Nuncio Archbishop Peter Stephan Zurbriggen, Episcopal Vicar Maximilian Mittendorfer, Vicar Severin Lederhilger, Rector Ewald Volgger and former Abbot Berthold Heigl of Seitenstetten.

Schwarz recalled in his homily that Franziska Jägerstätter's life had for decades translated the message of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter to the present day. He praised Franziska Jägerstätter as devout woman "who set an example for all of us as followers of Christ" is. "She had a difficult life after the war, and kept always a happy heart. Whoever met her went away forever blessed," said the bishop.

Members of the Jägerstätter family and the parish of St. Radegund and faithful from all parts of the Diocese of Linz came to the Requiem. From the political world, Governor Josef Pühringer attended the church service. The sacristans of Upper Austria was well-represented with many members in the congregation, as Franziska Jägerstätter for 30 years held the office of sacristan in St. Radegund. (Cathcon- she took over this role from her husband in 1944)

Jägerstätter died on 16 March shortly after her 100th Birthday in St. Radegund. The funeral at which Cardinal Christoph Schönborn and the Innsbruck Bishop Manfred Scheuer are expected, takes place on Saturday afternoon in St. Radegund.


Cathcon- I echo the words of the Bishop, as I myself had the privilege of meeting this remarkable woman and went away blessed.

The whole story here Blessed Franz's life here. A Franciscan tertiary who stood up publicly to military dictatorship and paid with his life.

Cardinal Lehmann could not be happier with the election of the new Pope

His turbulent days are him behind: Cardinal Karl Lehmann, Bishop of Mainz. As one of six German representatives in the conclave he elected the new pope. Now he speaks to hr-iNFO "Conversation"- (Cathcon- when podcast available will extract any other key points)

First the resignation of the old pope, then the meeting at the Vatican for the election of the new head of the Catholic Church, including the surprising decision of Pope Francis, the first Pope from Latin America. Cardinal Karl Lehmann has just had some exciting day. Now he's back in Mainz, and answers the questions of hr-church editor Klaus Hofmeister and hr-iNFO-editor Oliver Günther. How did Cardinal Lehmann personally experience the past two weeks regarding the election of a pope? And what actually happens behind the scenes of a Conclave? Different rules apply here compared to politics: There is no official nomination of candidates, and campaign speeches are not provided. So how to find the right candidate? And how to organize majorities? But he looks not only back, but forward. What does Cardinal Lehmann expect from the new Pope, who he obviously thinks is a good choice? Finally he said shortly after the election of Pope Francis: "I am very happy, very happy."

Source Cardinal Kasper shares his joy.

Extraordinary business of Cardinal Bertone

An aura of mystery surrounds the controversial figure of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the centre of a little-known story.

Some twenty years ago the Salesian order received a large inheritance which produced a legal dispute, resolved through the mediation of some lawyers and experts. Except that, after the event these mediators presented invoices for more even than the total inheritance, producing in evidence a signed contract.

In effect the judicial authorities put the Salesians in the wrong with the consequent real risk of seizure of all their goods and outright closure (Cathcon- presumably just in Italy). But how did the Salesians get into a mess like this?

Here would be the hand of Tarcisio Bertone, SDB happened at the time to be Archbishop of Genoa, as he was the one who signed the suicidal agreement.

Bertone was forced to write a very embarrassed letter to the magistrate , claiming they have been duped by people who had abused his naivety.

A Salesian naive? But the business sense of the Salesians is proverbial and it is difficult to imagine the Vatican Secretary of State as poor and cowardly.

What is most disturbing is the coincidence in time between the '"agreement" that would lead to the seizing of the Salesian assets and the approaching end of the pontificate of John Paul II and the entry of Bertone into the circles that matter.

Cathcon- more to be expected on the business dealings of Cardinal Bertone

Attacking the Pope


Pope Francis suggested married priests could be possible

“In those Churches, the priests can be married, but the bishops have to be celibate. They are very good priests. Sometimes I joke with them and tell them that they have wives at home, but they did not realize they also got a mother-in-law as part of the bargain.”

The pontiff-to-be noted that in Western Catholicism, some organizations are pushing for more discussion about the issue of celibacy.

“For now, the discipline of celibacy stands firm. Some say, with a certain pragmatism, that we are losing manpower. If, hypothetically, Western Catholicism were to review the issue of celibacy, I think it would do so for cultural reasons (as in the East), not so much as a universal option.”

He said he remained in favor of maintaining celibacy “for the moment,” adding, “It is a matter of discipline, not of faith. It can change. Personally, it never crossed my mind to marry. But there are cases.”

Full story

Witness says that Pope wanted compromise on homosexual unions

But others who observed the bishops’ private annual assembly in 2010 said that the cardinal was earnestly hoping for compromise on the issue.

“Bergoglio’s thinking was very clearly demonstrated both with what he said and in the message of his pastoral work,” said Roxana Alfieri, a social worker in the communications department of the bishops’ central office here.

“He didn’t want the church to take a position of condemning people but rather of respect for their rights like any vulnerable person,” said Ms. Alfieri, who sat in on the bishops’ 2010 meeting.

Full story

Cardinal who predicted in December that Pope would not resign


Pope Francis brings liberation theology with him to Rome

With Pope Francis, the "poetic prose of the liberation theologians with more than 30 years delay has arrived in Rome through the main entrance ". This was written by the editor of the German Catholic news agency KNA, Ludwig Ring-Eifel, on Thursday on the website of the Cologne Diocesan transmitter "domradio". He refers to the amazing parallels between the views of the Pope and Leonardo Boff.

Francis had changed within a week the externals and also the working environment. "Hugs, warmth and laughter have come to St Peter's Square and the Papal Basilica. And the new Bishop of Rome races through the awe inspiring halls and corridors of the Vatican in  his threadbare black street shoes with dynamic steps making things seem suddenly very different," said Ring-Eifel .

In his first major sermon at the inauguration Mass on Tuesday, the new Pope had shown that he would not only change style and appearance, but also the content, writes the journalist. The Pope spoke "not formulaic ecclesiastical prose like some cardinals and which observers contemptuously call 'Vatispeak'". But even "dogmatic formulas and lecture-like essays on the theology of the Fathers" were not subjects for Francis (Cathcon-!!).

"Instead," - according to Ring-Eifel - "He speaks quite specifically, without falling into the merely political." The statements could be readily fit into two Twitter messages, they are "easy to understand, but not empty slogans."

There was also something else new to the content. Francis say things like: "The feeling of mind, the pastoral care requiring goodness, demanding living with tenderness," and he went further that tenderness is "not about the virtue of the weak" , but the ability "to he really open to others, to love. "

"Such phrases have been heard on the matter before," says KNA's chief editor: "They are concepts and images of liberation theology in Latin America."

Ring-Eifel pointed to a book by "the liberation theologian Leonardo Boff who was first sponsored by Joseph Ratzinger and later reprimanded". The title of the book by Boff reads "Tenderness and Strength - Francis of Assisi, seen through the eyes of the poor".

"The poetic prose of the liberation theologians with more than 30 years delay has arrived in Rome through the main entrance.   Of course, it is not the violent and totalitarian version of this theology, as applied in Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Colombia, where many people lost their lives . It is the quiet, humane version which is first about the inner transformation of the individual, analyzed Ring-Eifel.

He remembers that as in the early days of the Franciscan movement so there were in the liberation theology of the 20th century, there were two wings  - the soft-version and the hardline. The former has now "placed an Argentine Jesuit to Rome on the Chair of Peter."


Cathcon- if this interpretation is correct, the Head of the CDF will feel safer in his job, but Cardinal Cipriani will be less than delighted.

Pope St Gregory the Great entertained the poor

Saint Gregory admonished his rectors that the papal patrimonies were the goods of the poor, that the thing most to be sought after was not gold, but eternal justice, and that the treasure of the Church was not to be used for selfish ends. By his boundless charities and the extraordinary burden put upon them, he finally emptied his treasury. But this he thought was only as it should be. Every day, he fed at his own table twelve poor pilgrims, whom he insisted on serving himself. We are told that one day when he entered the dining room he saw not twelve men, but thirteen. He inquired of his steward why there was an extra guest, but the astonished steward maintained that they had only the usual number.

“I am sure I see thirteen!” the Pope insisted.

As the meal progressed, Saint Gregory noticed that the countenance of one of his guests kept changing from time to time. Now he would find himself looking into the face of a handsome young man, and again his gaze would fix itself on the same face become suddenly old and venerable. When he could stand the mystery no longer, Pope Gregory drew the strange man aside.

“What is your name?” he asked him.

“Do you not remember,” his guest replied, “the merchant who came to you one day at Saint Andrew’s Monastery and told you that he had lost all his possessions in a shipwreck, and whom you gave twelve pieces of money and the silver dish which was your treasured remembrance of your beloved mother? I am the merchant to whom you gave your mother’s dish. Rather, I am the angel whom God sent to you to prove your charity. Now, do not fear,” he added, seeing Saint Gregory’s trembling amazement, “it is for the alms of that silver dish that God has given you the Chair of Saint Peter. And behold, God has sent me to be your guardian as long as you remain in this world. Whatever you ask will be granted you through me.”

Cathcon- attempts by the modern media to say the Pope is renewing the Papacy through poverty are rather unconvincing.

Since Pope Gregory, the proper titles of the Pope are Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province.
Every Pope is obliged to keep a balance between all of these roles in whatever age they live.