Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cardinal: "We have troubles in the Catholic Church"

Cardinal Lehmann participated in the election of a pope in Rome. In an ECHO interview he talks about, among other things,  reasons for the lack of priests and what has a mountain climb has to do with ecumenism 

ECHO: Cardinal Lehmann, one of your concerns is to promote ecumenism. Pope Benedict has disappointed many Catholics, because he has rejected categorically shared communion . Do you see a chance to change that now?

Karl Lehmann: The hope must not  be given up under any circumstances. But for us Catholics, the Eucharist is not shared at the beginning. It is the perfect destination. One must not forget that we have achieved a lot. I have experienced in my youth  that Protestant children were beaten up in predominantly Catholic villages because they were Protestant. And vice versa. That's unthinkable today, fortunately.

ECHO: Nevertheless, for many lay people the ecumenical movement is too slow.

Lehmann: For that I have a very great understanding. I like to compare this with a mountain climb. The last 200, 300 meters are very difficult - even if you have already achieved a lot, if you have arrived at this point. We are in this situation with ecumenism.

ECHO: The Catholic Church is suffering from a shortage of priests. Even some priests in the Diocese of Mainz must serve several communities. How do you counteract you?

Lehmann: Only human management of matters cannot help. We can do many things, but we can not produce young people who is willing to place a lifetime at the service at the church. We can still be in the Diocese of Mainz actually quite happy. Compared to other dioceses, we have more priests. But there is also a shortage. On the other hand you have to see, we have the deacons, we have pastoral assistants, we have the parish officials. That is: More than 1000 people.  We have far more people involved pastoral care as we've ever had. The problem is church services in the sense of Eucharistic celebrations.

ECHO: Are possible candidates frightened of celibacy?

Lehmann: Some hope to gain a lot if the celibacy requirement was lifted. I'm not convinced. It's not just the celibacy of priests, which keeps people away. We also have troubles in the church herself ...

ECHO: For example?

Lehmann: for example, the abuse scandals. And, do not forget: If someone wants to become a priest, he has a set path for his life. That's pretty strange for most people today.

ECHO: Not only the priest shortage is a problem. More and more people depart from the Christian churches.

Lehmann: Yes, that's true. But we are not alone. You have this in each political party, in sports clubs. In our pluralistic society, it is no longer so easy to have an authentic version of faith and to live.

ECHO: Cardinal Lehmann, the abuse of children and adolescents by Catholic priests has still not been properly dealt with. Last year, the church stopped  an independent investigation. How will things proceed now?

Lehmann: The story of the investigation so far was unhappy, as there was not enough co-ordination on which facts should be made ​​available, and whether those facts in the case of living persons should  be made ​​public. There are also questions of personal data protection. But we want to clarify further and do that too. We must not only think of the Research Institute in Hanover and to Professor Pfeiffer. We have already had more than ten years' experience with recognized guidelines for handling abuse cases. We have done, for example in schools, prevention work, we have rewarded many victims. Our diocese has agreed to evaluate all records dating back to 1945.

ECHO: At the end of 2012,  Father Hendrick Jolie priest in Darmstadt-Dieburg, made ​​headlines. He was active on the Internet portal which preached hatred of dissenters, homosexuals and against liberal clergy. They have warned him then that's it. If the case does it?

Lehmann: What should I have done more? Priests also have the freedom to express themselves and they have the opportunity to select a course in ecclesiastical politics.

ECHO: But it's the question of how and in what environment.

Lehmann: Father Kolie has apologized. I have as yet no reason to doubt that he has changed. I cannot talk on the one hand of reconciliation and reject on the other hand, the hand that reaches out. I myself have been so treated by over years and decades in a lousy maner. But I have rules about dealing with people. I'll even more "left" priests say things with which I disagree. This freedom must exist within the church.

ECHO: A liberal line ...

Lehmann: .., yes, that is a word ...

ECHO: ... which is often associated with you shortly ...

Lehmann: Yes. If liberal means complying with and granting freedom of expression thatis also fine. But freedom also includes obligation and responsibility, and - what concerns the Church - even obedience.


Properly clothed nuns, singing like Angels, facing God.


Pontificate of Pope Francis to be consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima

On May 13 in Fatima, in celebration of which are invited all the people of God, the pontificate of Pope Francis will be consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima. In response to the request made by the Pope to Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, José Policarpo, to consecrate his pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima, the Portuguese bishops decided that this consecration will be done next May 13. The consecration will be inserted in the program of international pilgrimage of 12 and 13 May,on the 13th, at a time to be announced.

The anniversary international pilgrimage in May marks 96 years since the first apparition of Our Lady to the seers, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta and will be presided over by the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Orani Tempesta.

In his opening speech of 181st Plenary Assembly of the Portuguese Episcopal Conference,José Policarpo Francisco revealed that the Pope had asked him twice, that consecrate his Petrine ministry to Our Lady of Fatima.

At the time of the announcement, José Policarpo said that could accomplish this mandate alone, "in the silence of prayer," but that "it would be indeed good if all the Bishops associated themselves with the accomplishment of this request."

Official source!

Cathcon- hopefully the Pope will also clear up the obscurities surrounding the Third Secret of Fatima and (finally!) consecrate Russia to Our Lady of Fatima.   The Russians could dedicate the West to Our Lady of Vladimir so as not to upset ecumenical relations.

As stated before on this blog, this Marian Pope is going to be full of surprises.

Pope Francis will not call Vatican III this Sunday

But if he does, and he is a Pope of surprises, you heard about it here first. What is much more likely is that he will set out his ecumenical vision and give an indication of whether he intends to visit Germany to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

On Sunday, April 14, Pope Francis will take possession of the Papal Basilica of St. Paul's outside the Walls in Rome. The Pope will celebrate Mass at the Basilica together with the Benedictine Monks to whom the Basilica and the adjoining Monastery are entrusted. Benedictine Abbott Edmund Power says the link between St. Ignatius - the founder of the Society of Jesus to which Pope Francis belongs - and the Basilica of St. Paul's Outside the Walls is a strong one. Speaking to Vatican Radio's Linda Bordoni, Abbott Power says the affinities between Benedictines and Jesuits are in fact many... 

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Cathcon- again- St Paul's outside the Walls is known by those of satirical inclination to be St Paul's without the Faith given its ecumenical significance and a few years ago it also almost became St Paul's without the Benedictines.   The article refers to Abbot Franzoni who was  one of the most radical of clerics after Vatican II.   His life has ended in theological disappointment as he believes that Vatican II has not been implemented (note-ultra-dissenting site of the Irish priests who support a radical interpretation of Vatican II)-   unlike this blog as all can see the memorials of Vatican II that are all around.  The Pope will be endangering the Church if he even takes one step in Franzoni's direction, as a Pandora's box of demands would be opened up.

Much more spiritual joy can be found in the writings of a predecessor of Franzoni's the great Benedictine liturgist, Blessed Idelfonso Schuster. He died in 1954- the liturgical reforms after the Council would have broken his heart.

Pope begins dialogue with Bishops

Poope Francis has begun his dialogue with the bishops of the universal Church. On Thursday, he received as the first group, the bishops of Tuscany, who have traveled to their ad limina visit to Rome. All Episcopal Conferences should report to the Pope and the Roman Curia usually every five years in person  in Rome report on the situation in their local churches. These visits are for the Pope an important source of information for assessing the situation in the local churches. The Austrian bishops traveled recently in November 2005 for the ad limina visit to Rome (Cathcon- and started to quarrel beside the grave of St Peter- so much so they were summoned back in 2009). Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI completed in November 2012 after seven and a half years in office, the cycle having received all the Bishops in Rome. The Catholic bishops in China loyal to the Pope were, however, prevented by the authorities from traveling to Rome. The Italian Bishops now begin the new cycle.


Cathcon- the question is whether this will suffice for the new Pope or whether, in his reform of the Curia, he will formalise new structures at the interface of the Papacy and the global episcopate.  These could take the form of maintaining the Synod of Bishops in quasi-permanent session in the form of a secular parliament or appointing a smaller group of senior figures to share the unique burden of his office.

BBC Radio investigation of role of Pope Francis during the Junta to be broadcast tonight

For the past few weeks there's been excitement across the Catholic world over the election of the first Latin American Pope - a man who wants to put the poor at the centre of the Church's teaching. But a series of difficult questions have been raised about Pope Francis's role during Argentina's "Dirty War" and the military dictatorship of the 1970s and early 1980s. In this week's Report journalist and former Dominican monk Mark Dowd travels to Buenos Aires to find out the truth about Pope Francis. Mark speaks to those close to the new Pontiff, his former colleagues, friends and sister about his motivations and character. He talks to key players in the case of two Jesuit priests who were seized and tortured by the dictatorship to find out what Pope Francis really knew and did when they went missing. And he hears from a family whose pregnant relative was kidnapped by agents of the dictatorship. The baby was taken away and relatives appealed to the then Father Bergoglio for help in finding the child. But what happened - and when did Father Bergoglio become aware of the stolen babies scandal?

BBC Radio 4 - The Report, Pope Francis

More details here

 Mark Dowd, the BBC reporter is an openly homosexual, former Dominican monk who has already drawn attention to himself with the claim that half of the recruits to modern seminaries are homosexual. A claim echoed by the rather more conservative author, Michael Rose in his book, Goodbye Good Men.

Vatican denies reports that Pope Benedict is seriously ill

Benedict XVI. reportedly seriously ill. Serious concern about the former Pope in the Vatican: His health said to have deteriorated. He is reported to be seriously ill, and withdraw completely from the public: In the Vatican rumors circulate according to which the health of the retired Pope Benedict XVI has detiorated. A report by the Spanish newspaper El Mundo caused a stir on Wednesday, according to which the state of health of Benedict had deteriorated sharply over the past two weeks.

The newspaper referred to the Spanish-Vatican expect Paloma Gómez Borerro, who had been presenting in Madrid her book about the former Pope. Gómez Borrero believes that the Pope will not reside for much longer in the Mater Ecclesiae convent in the Vatican, which is currently undergoing restoration work. This should be completed in May. According to the journalist, Benedict due to his impaired health will no longer be seen often in public. Reduced health Vatican insiders denied that Benedict's condition had deteriorated dramatically in the past 14 days. However, it is undeniable that he has reduced health. Benedict XVI resigned voluntarily on 28 February. He had made it clear after his tenure that he only wanted to serve the church with his prayers. He gave guarantees of his total devotion and obedience to the new Pope before the election by the Conclave.