Thursday, November 19, 2015

Rome makes new proposal to SSPX

The Holy See has made a new proposal to the Society of St. Pius X. Specifically, it relates to the status of the SSPX. The Fraternity is not canonically recognized and therefore for decades has been in a state of suspension, which leads to different interpretations among canon lawyers and bishops as to whether it is part of the Catholic Church or not.

A sedivacantist website of the United States claimed that an agreement between the SSPX which was founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and Rome was imminent. This was denied to by Father Franz Schmidberger, Rector of the International Seminary of the SSPX in Zaitzkofen in Bavaria.

Father Schmidberger confirmed the proposal, but denies agreement

Father Schmidberger, who was already Superior General of the Priestly Society and German District Superior, however, confirmed that there is a concrete proposal which Rome has submitted to the SSPX. However, there is still much to clarify according to Schmidberger.

The existence of a Roman proposal had been confirmed by the Swiss District Superior of the Brotherhood to their priests, according to Secretum Meum Mihi.

This message was posted by those circles who are close to priests which left the SSPX in 2012 SSPX or have been excluded from this. The reason for this was briefly, was that there was no conflict over the conditions under which a canonical regulation by Rome could be accepted, but a fundamental rejection of any agreement with Rome by a minority in the SSPX.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

German Bishop at Synod for ecclesiastical recognition of same sex relationships

Bishop Bode about his expectations for the family Synod in Rome
"Openly discuss various Positions"
The Osnabrück Bishop Franz-Josef Bode takes part in early October in the World Synod of Bishops in Rome on the subject of the family. In an interview with the Catholic news agency, he commented on his expectations for this meeting.

KNA: Bishop Bode, what do you expect  in terms of atmosphere at the Synod of Bishops?
Bode: There will be a special atmosphere. Because a synod was already held last year in preparation. And because it has first given out surveys among the faithful about the issues at stake. These opinions and directions have evolved. Therefore, this Synod is eagerly awaited. This is also true for myself.

KNA: A major issue will be the divorced and remarried.  You have advocated, under certain conditions to allow those who sufferer this situation back to receiving Holy Communion. Which conditions?
Bode: Marriage is indissoluble according to the will of Jesus. With a sacramental marriage, something is concluded that never dissolves easily. Given the weakness of human life, this relationship can still break and fail. People can come into a new relationship that is mature, but sacramentally not of the same value as the first. The question is whether this new reality, which might better equate to the covenant of God with men than the first, always must lead to the exclusion from confession and communion. We should include the question of what circumstances have led to the breakdown of the marriage. So far, we have treated everyone in the same way, whether someone carries guilt or not. In addition, this is tied to a question of the understanding of the Eucharist. Is it really the only representation of a perfect unity in faith and Church or does it also help for lives that have their wounds? And that people cannot express themselves in confession and obtain forgiveness, I find almost more difficult than the question of Communion.

KNA: A large theme will also be dealing with homosexuals and an ecclesial appreciation of their enduring partnerships.  Can you describe a solution for this?
Bode: The Catechism makes clear that we do not discriminate against these people. As with others who live together before marriage, it is also a matter of recognizing their strengths and not only their weaknesses and shortcomings. Civil unions are not to be equated to marriage. Marriage is the relationship of husband and wife which can produce children for us.   The Church can help the civil unions in discussions and in the positive support and assist them. However, it is not able to give anything which is tantamount to marriage. But with prayer and a private form of blessing, you will be able to accompany their way.

KNA: Where loyalty and reliability are lived, may there be a recognition from the Church?
Bode: A recognition of what is lived there. A sacrament is not. But when I basically have the openness not to demand everything or nothing, then the same is true for homosexuality. Whereby that is dependent of course on cultural and political contexts. Even the last Synod has highlighted the differences in the universal Church. Maybe because you have to go different ways.

KNA: What opportunities do you see for uniform solutions in the Catholic Church around the world?
Bode: The opportunity there is always because we believe working together on the one Christ, because the basis is the Scripture and because we have a tradition of the Church as a whole. That was always the advantage of the Church that it is a community across borders, beyond cultures.  In the basic conception of marriage and family,  there is however unanimity. With regard to homosexual ways of life, you will need to assume a greater diversity in the cultures.

KNA: What will change in  pastoral care after the Synod?
Bode: A synod is not a Council, which adopts resolutions, which are then pastorally implemented. The Synod makes recommendations to the Pope, who authored a directional work from it. In it, he can of course also set new pastoral priorities. In our recommendations we can keep the doors open for pastoral solutions locally. It is conceivable to give the priests their own powers, so that in pastoral work they can find  responsible solutions for the divorced and remarried. There have already been for many years in the dioceses suggestions on how parish priests should deal with the matter. I hope that this can be done in a theologically founded direct manner. We have almost always only in view what dogma tells pastoral work, but rarely what pastoral work tells dogma. Here that's a dialogue, an innermost connection.

KNA: In Rome, conservative and reform-minded bishops meet together. Will they not hold back behind closed doors?
Bode: I hope for a climate in which the different positions can be openly expressed. And not just in the three-minute statement at the beginning of the Synod, but also in small groups with each other. This must be done to retain the factual nature. Elements of prayer, deliberation, of retreat and re-gathering are important to. Above all, it takes time. I do not know how far we go in three weeks.

KNA: How important is the participation of non-clerics?
Bode: We cannot discuss as clerics and men alone, the questions of family.  Yes. It is absolutely necessary that married couples are present. In addition,  a very honest statement of the position comes out of the opinion survey. In addition, the bishops have spoken beforehand with consultants and spouses, especially with women.

KNA: How important is to you as a celibate man's own family?

Bode: I have four older sisters. All four are married and two children. And who now already eight grandchildren. As uncle and great-uncle, I have a good normal family life. Unfortunately, two of my sisters have already passed away, so I also know this situation of severe illness and widowhood. In my circle of friends, I have friends whose marriages have failed and have made new good beginnings. Also, I meet regularly with the six couples of a family circle of the  parish in which I was a parish priest. I am very involved in my family.


Friday, September 11, 2015

Explosive video. "Pope will show whose side he’s on" at the synod

Interviews with Archbishop Lenga, Bishop Schneider and Cardinal Burke.

"If this means that cardinals will be opposed to cardinals, then we simply have to accept the fact that...that that's the situation which we find ourselves. Certainly for my part, I don't look for this kind of conflict, but...if in defending the truth of the faith I end up in a disagreement or a conflict with another cardinal what has to be primary to me is the truth of the faith and to, as a teacher of the faith, as a pastor of souls, to defend that truth." - Cardinal Burke in the interview.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Cardinal Secretary of State- Church needs perpetual reform

The Church always needs reforms in order to be true to itself. So says the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin in an interview with the Flemish weekly Tertio. The Church needs a "constant process of adaptation", because of changing circumstances. That does not mean that the substance of faith is changed. For the language and structures, this adjustment is very suitable. At the same time one must distinguish exactly what is compatible with the Gospel, and what is not.

On intra-ecclesiastical disputes before the next Assembly of the Synod, the Cardinal said that different opinions initially be a sign of vitality. Pope Francis indeed wanted an open discussion as he had clearly called for at the beginning of the last General Assembly of the Synod. In any case, there is unity in the belief that it is a matter of proclaiming happily and bravely the doctrine of marriage based on the words of Jesus.

Tertio conducted the interview on the occasion of the anniversary of the inauguration of Parolin exactly two years ago.

Cathcon: perpetual revolution is a recipe for disaster, constantly eroding the core of the Faith.


Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Hungarian bishop speaks of Muslim "invasion"

Hungarian bishop speaks of "invasion" of Muslim refugees

The Hungarian Bishop Laszlo Kiss-Rigo causes a sensation with his dramatic statements. Muslim refugees in his country were a threat and also arrogant. Francis had no idea of the situation.

On a highway refugees on Monday night journey in the direction of the Hungarian capital Budapest. The police could not hold them back.

While Pope Francis calls Europe's Catholics to greater solidarity with refugees, one of his bishops in Hungary causes a stir with his dramatic statements.

"They are not refugees. This is an invasion, "said Bishop László Kiss-Rigó. "They come here and shout out 'Allah is great'. They want to take control. "

 The bishop of the border town of Szeged, on the border with Serbia and Romania, where tens of thousands of refugees from countries such as Syria have reached the EU, stood behind Prime Minister, Viktor Orban and his hard-line policy on refugees.

"I fully agree with him," said the 60-year-old Bishop Kiss-Rigó. Pope Francis on the other hand, "does not know the situation." The Muslim refugees are a threat to Europe's "universal Christian values." They do not deserve support because they had money. They also left behind garbage and behaved in an "arrogant and cynical" manner.

Hungary is not considered a particularly religious country. Many are proud of the historical role of their country as a European bulwark against attacks from the Orient. Hungary's national holiday commemorates the Christianization of the country more than 1,000 years ago.
Other church leaders want to help

With his statements Kiss-Rigó apparently does not speak for the majority in the Hungarian Catholic Church. The Pope's call to open parishes and Catholic centrrs for refugees, the Church will comply with "with joy and willingness", declared Hungary's Primate Cardinal Peter Erdo and the President of the Hungarian Bishops' Conference, Andras Veres, on Monday, according to the Italian Catholic press agency, SIR.


Inside the mind of a modernist

"A transcript of the Holy Father’s prepared statement, which merits closer attention than one might imagine, is available on the Holy See’s website in Spanish, the language in which it was delivered, and Italian, the text that I parsed for the present discussion.

Revealed within the Pope’s words (or better stated, reconfirmed within his words) are the machinations of a modernist mind; the same that conjured up the idea of appointing a Synod of Bishops to deliberate changes to ancient pastoral practices that can admit of no such thing without undermining the immutable doctrines from which they spring.

In his message to the gathering of theologians, Pope Francis spoke of an allegedly healthy tension between the Universal Church, custodian of the “received tradition,” and the local Church, where the faith is actually lived in “reality.”"

Cardinal Müller with considerable foresight sounded alarm bells about this false dichotomy.

“nothing more than the introduction of subjectivism and arbitrariness, wrapped up in sentimental and smug religious terminology.” 

Full article:

To rig one Synod, Pope Francis, may be regarded as a misfortune. To rig two looks like more than carelessness.

To paraphrase Oscar Wilde....

"A new book, The Rigging of a Vatican Synod?: An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, will shed much light on allegations that the Extraordinary Synod, held in Rome last October, was subject to manipulation. The book has been written by highly respected Vatican journalist Edward Pentin and carries the endorsement of Wilfrid Fox Cardinal Napier, Archbishop of Durban. Cardinal Napier is one of the fifteen members of the permanent council of cardinals and bishops overseeing the Synod of Bishops, he attended the Extraordinary Synod and was a member of the committee that drafted the final relatio synodi of that Synod."

Full story

Rigging of the Synod outcome begins

Clearly very dark forces are going to be at work at the Synod....if they succeed and given the manner of the operation, they deprive its results of all legitimacy.

"However, the adapters have failed to win over the Synod of Bishops to their positions, and this is the reason the General Secretary of the Synod considered changing the rules. Some well-informed people say that the 2015 Synod will be completely different from any other. First of all, a midterm report will not be released. Last year, the midterm report was completely revised by some of the Pope’s closest collaborators prior to its release, and the report resulted in many controversies. Even Cardinal Petr Erdo, the Synod’s General Relator, distanced himself from the report. But its release united the followers of the Church’s doctrine, who stood up against the Synod’s drift. They ultimately achieved an acceptable compromise for the Synod’s Final Report, which was filled with biblical references that had been lacking in the midterm report.

Avoiding the release of a midterm report would mean eliminating any possibility of discussion. The plan is for the Synod to carry out discussions mostly in “small groups” (circuli minores) without a general discussion. In the end, the reports of the small groups would be put in the Pope’s hands, and the Pope would then give a final address. No final report or post-synodal apostolic exhortation is foreseen at the moment, at least according to recent rumors. In this way the adapters hope to convince the Pope to employ vague language so they can eventually exploit his words."

Full article:

Monday, September 07, 2015

Call for Pope to over-rule conservative outcome of October Synod.

Ritually German bishops warn against exaggerated expectations of the Synod.

Finally Catholics may talk about sex. And then they do not know what to say to each other. In a month, the Synod begins in Rome, but it's just strangely silent. The conservative camp is sinking in prayer, so that the teaching should remain unaffected. This group has earned some rest as it has been worn out in a long campaign. Especially their top men Raymond Burke and Vitus Huonder have pounded away for the Catholic marriage and against feminization, effeminacy, and other weaknesses in the connective tissue of society. The liberal camp also was not idle- it has adopted position papers. They all praise the diversity of ways of life, but with vocabulary less than diverse. Roughly speaking, each should feel "valued" and "accepted" in their break-ups in life. Everyone, except perhaps Burke and Huonder.

Francis wanted a debate. What he got so far, was a self-assurance from the combatants. The Conservatives are even stiffer than usual, the Liberals explain the jitters to the reform movement. The Osnabrück Bishop Franz-Josef Hermann Bode, one of the German envoys to Rome, said in an interview with Herder Correspondence: "My great concern is that the synod remains in the camps and there remains in the end only winners and losers." There must be no winners and losers, for which also other brethren in ecclesiastical office pray. Why so scrupulous? Church history is full of victors and vanquished. The infallibility of the Pope was decided at the First Vatican Council of 1870 also because the German bishops were outvoted. Under protest they departed and had to henceforth accept infallibility. Also at the Second Vatican Council, there was for all important documents majorities and minorities. Whosoever was defeated, had to come to terms. Or construct their own church. It is as brutal as this when the Holy Spirit is to be captured by voting results.
Why should it now go easy? Ritually German bishops warn against exaggerated expectations of the Synod. Courage sounds different. In fact, the expectations of the base are rather too low than too high:  Most Catholics are beyond the sex obsession. They look on the Synod as more sex-symbolic: Rome to make a few swings of the hips, loosen the corset easily, that's enough. No details, please. Francis is welcomed by the grass roots, because he does not get on the nerves of  his subjects - like his predecessor – with narratives relating to the crotch.

Because the subject of sexual morality neither at top nor bottom is erotically arousing, the Catholic Church should put the matter behind them as quickly as possible. This includes the clear message: If bishops vote in a Vatican auditorium, it is a mater of defining power. Anyone who really wants to has to organize majorities, coolly and dispassionately. The Conservatives have it easy. They reach  a blocking minority. You do not need to win to triumph. They hope for the weakness of the other.
The liberal camp shuns the power grab. It hides behind the Gospel of Mercy, which Cardinal Walter Kasper has proclaimed That sounds cute, all is well and woe to no-one. But the parable of the Good Father can also be read in a polarizing manner: The most interesting figure is the Prodigal son. He must accept that his brother after whoring around in a foreign country returns home burnt out and receives from his father not a punishment but gets a feast. As the Prodigal asks why he never received a reward, he gets to hear: The proximity to the father was reward enough. Because he must have felt like a loser, but he had to deal with it.

With the keyword mercy, the liberals have the empathic view of the sinner son. They take the Catholics in "irregular" situations, the remarried, homosexuals, the unmarried unchaste.  But mercy belongs also to truth: it is a disgrace for the those faithful to the Magisterium. Before Francis moved into Rome, the Prodigals got one Pope-party after the other, now they should clean the dishes and be grateful. So what? For years, the liberals had let themselves to be brushed up by the Magisterium liberals. Why is this so hard for them, to draft others for dishwashing service? Do they not trust their truth?

Papa Francisco so far knocks neither his conservative nor his conservative-liberal sons on his shoulder. A flip side, however, is apparent: remarried were not excommunicated, he said recently. There were marriages, which it is not possible to save. Sticking to the rules does not make of Christianity. If nine out of ten Catholics have no problem with ignoring doctrine, then doctrine has a problem. Francis saw it differently, he might have spared himself the effort of the  unloved linking of marriage and sexual morality.   If the liberal camp from a lot of trembling knees at the end of October does not gain a two-thirds majority, Francis must do something himself. You could almost forget lots of democracy and debate simulation.  Yes: The man is Pope.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Cardinal Sarah attacks Cardinal Marx for heresy.


"Heresy and dangerous schizophrenia". With sharp words, the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Cardinal Robert Sarah, in his interview book expresses his views on current statements by Cardinal Marx. He dares say something which hardly one German bishop would say.

 Despite or even because of the clear words in connection with Marx's views on the admission of remarried divorcees to communion, the interview volume seems to find supporters: Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis, at whose Schloss at Sankt Emmeram the recently released book was presented on Tuesday strongly worked for the German translation. Curial Archbishop Georg Gänswein wrote the foreword. Bishop Gerhard Ludwig M came all the way from Rome to present the book personally.

 A few days ago Alois Glück, Chairman of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), called in view of the Synod of Bishops in Rome, when it comes to matters of marriage and family, for "a fundamental opening of more regional scope". On Tuesday at St. Emmeram were heard quite different tones: Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis had invited an illustrious group of clergy, as the Augsburg affiliated Prelate Wilhelm Imkamp and the Pope's brother Georg Ratzinger, as well as representatives of local prominence for the book launch.

 The Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Robert Sarah, who is regarded as conservative, had published he interview book "God or nothing - a conversation about Faith" earlier this year in French. Now it comes out in German. Hailing originally from Guinea, the Cardinal, who is considered papabile, does not put any restrictions on clear statements in the volume.

See comments earlier this week by Cardinal Müller warning of split as big as the Reformation.

  This time- let not the Rhine flow into the Tiber!

Cardinal Lehmann praises Catholic renewal movementsin the Reformation period

In reference to the Reformation anniversary in 2017, Bishop Karl Lehmann of Mainz has highlighted the Catholic renewal movements of 500 years ago.

At the opening of an exhibition about the social and cultural life in the Middle Rhine in the period around 1500, the Cardinal on Friday in Mainz Cathedral criticised "restrictions" in the representation of the history of the Reformation. "Without denying Martin Luther's originality", also the manifold new reform and renewal movements in addition to the Reformation would have to be respected. Here Lehmann cited "the great importance of German mysticism, the late medieval theology of lived monasticism and the contemporary reform movements".


This is doubtless a coded response to Cardinal Müller. Lehmann, the great reformer- his work is never done.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Woman carries Blessed Sacrament in procession


Mexico 2010. No wonder they find themselves in such a difficult fight with the spirit of the age, when they so often have caved into it...and that goes for the whole Church...

Transsexualsannounce legal action against Mexico's Cardinal

Debate about legal recognition of homosexuals and transsexuals.   In Mexico, a transgender organization has announced a lawsuit against Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera. "Pro Diana" founder, Diana Sanchez Barrios accuses the Archbishop of Mexico City, of discrimination according to the news portal "Proceso" (Wednesday local time) .

Sanchez claimed that Rivera had spoken in the past in a dismissive and insulting manner about homosexuals and transsexuals. The aim of the action is all over the country to achieve legal recognition of homosexuals and transsexuals. Rivera dismissed all allegations. Such verbal attacks as she makes on him were forbidden him by the Catholic faith.


Head of CDF, Cardinal Müller warns of a split as big as the Reformation


The Prefect of the CDF, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, has criticized in Regensburg on Tuesday a "climate of the German claim to leadership for the whole universal Church". At a book presentation, he pointed out the high number of people leaving the church, the deserted confessionals and empty seminars and religious houses in Germany. Often he has been asked from where the establishment of the so-called "German Church" derives the claim to be pacemaker for the universal Church with all the symptoms of a dramatic decline precisely on questions of sexual morality and the Catholic teaching on marriage. Müller warned against drawing from the situation in Europe conclusions about the future of other continents. "We should not promise others so that is also occurs with them as it is with us – so that the de-Christianization would be an unstoppable natural process. No. With faith you can move mountains."

Only a "sustainable new evangelization with all sincerity and apostolic zeal" could counteract the insipid state of Christianity in Germany, said the prefect. Despite talk of dialogue, "an ideological tension" is not to be overlooked. At the expense of the truth and the unity of the Church, a change of practice should be imposed leastways.

Reviewing the Family Synod, he criticized the fixing of the debate on controversial issues. It was "Problem-blind" when the admission of the civilly married, who still lived in a valid marriage Church marriage, to Holy Communion and the recognition of homosexual relations "were declared central themes of a pastoral ministry of the future".

The cardinal said: "By all means, it is attempted- exegetical, historical, history of dogma studies and with reference to psychology and sociology- to deconstruct the Catholic teaching on marriage, which arises from the teaching of Jesus, and put it into perspective, only so that the Church appears compliant with society. Whoever is faithful to the teachings of the Church, will be combated in the press and even more vilified as an opponent of the Pope, as if it were not the case that the Pope and all the bishops in communion with him would be witnessed of revealed truth, which was transferred to them for faithful administration, so they are not lowered by human beings to human proportions."

Cardinal Müller warned emphatically of a split: With regard to the separation of religious doctrine and religious practice, one should "be very vigilant and not forget the lesson of Church history." In Germany in the fateful year of 1517, the sale of indulgences became the occasion of the Protestant Reformation and the unwanted cleavage of Western Christendom. Overlooking the indulgence controversy, he explained, it was not the doctrine of Johann Tetzel on the inheritance of temporal punishment due to sin that was wrong, but "failure to comply with it in practice, and the awakening of a false note". The prefect demanded forcibly honesty in proclamation: The teachers of the faith should not be lulled into a false assuredness of salvation just in order to provoke no offense. "We must not be fooled when it comes to the sacramental nature of marriage, its indissolubility, its openness to the generation of children, and the fundamental complementarity of the two sexes. Pastoral care must have in view eternal salvation. "

The Prefect also rejected notions of a new understanding of revelation in the sense of a "reality of life". In the sense of faith, the people of God experience not a new revelation but in one in which the once and for all enacted salvation-revelation of God is fully preserved in Jesus Christ and orientated to the people of today and tomorrow. The cardinal stated: "It's not about adapting the revelation of the world, but to win the world for God."


Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Belgian priest suggests ‘celebration’ when Catholics die from euthanasia

"A Belgian priest, Fr. Gabriel Ringlet, has suggested that a “celebration” should mark the moment of death for Roman catholics who choose euthanasia.

He also promotes the “spiritual accompaniment” of such Catholics in such glowing terms that they read like support for euthanasia itself. While Fr Ringlet says he does not aim to justify “mercy killing,” his approach is a boon to euthanasia proponents.

His book, written in French, Vous me coucherez nu sur la terre nue (“Put me out naked on the naked ground”), is coming out on Thursday. Its publication by a major French publisher, Albin Michel, rather than a Belgian one, is likely a sign that it will be used in the French “end of life” debate."

Full story
No collar for Ringlet- never....

The Dominicans in Belgium give him a platform- the man interviewing him is a Dominican- Father Philippe Conchinaux!!!

First a Western Mass complete with Confederate Flag- then an Indian Mass


This one on the Danube Island in Vienna in 2008, but it is still going on.


O unhapppy day! In 2013.... and on it goes, the eternal banal refrain of liturgical abuse.

For balance- an Indian Mass!

If feminist nuns ruled the world


The decadent and dying religious life in America.

Papal initiative to forgive abortion not a first

Priests who hold confessions during the XXVI World Youth Day in Madrid will be granted permission to forgive the sin of abortion and cancel the automatic excommunication that results. The initiative of the Archdiocese of Madrid, headed by Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, and supported by the decree of plenary indulgence for those who participate in one of the celebrations that will be held in Madrid during the mega-gathering that takes place in the Spanish capital from today Sunday.

The goal, according to a statement by the Archdiocese is that believers "can more easily reach the fruits of divine grace, which open the door for them to a new life", and will cover "the faithful who are truly repentant, by imposing a appropriate penance. "

This absolution can be obtained in one of the 200 confessionals installed in Buen Retiro park, in the initiative known as the "Fair of Forgiveness", during which two thousand priests will be involved in a 'marathon' confessional session in seven languages. Pope Benedict XVI will also attend this ceremony on Saturday, August 20 at 9 am. The forgiveness of abortion, according to canon law, is normally reserved for bishops.


Cathcon- I understand that in the UK almost all dioceses provide faculties to priests to absolve the sin of abortion.   Can any of my readers provide feedback on the situation in the rest of the world/ individual countries?

Lutherans in Denmark conduct first transsexual church wedding

The Lutheran Church of Ringsted, west of Copenhagen, has celebrated the first religious marriage of a transsexual pair. The Danish parliament approved in June 2012 a law allowing "marriages" between same sex in the National Lutheran Church. However, until now there had been no "marriage" between transsexuals.

"For us, it is important not that we just get married at City Hall. We also want a religious marriage, and it's nice to have the acceptance of the Church ", Isabell Storm and Cecilie Mundt, both born men, said on public television DR .

The Lutheran pastor, Henrik Fuglsang-Damgaard, said he was "delighted" to celebrate the ceremony and be the first pastor to marry two transsexuals in this Nordic country, where there is no separation between church and the state, because the nation is Lutheran.

"I think they made a good decision, they followed the feelings of their heart and were not afraid to show to God and to men that they are together. I think that God rejoices in heaven ", said the pastor, Fuglsang-Damgaard.

The Lutheran Church is deeply experienced in LGBT advocacy. This Protestant stream has openly has long campaigned for the recognition and acceptance of "marriage" between same sex.

A transsexual pastor was at the same time admitted to this Lutheran church ...


Cathcon: Shows how completely useless modern ecumenism has become- unless the Pope is even comfortable with this.

For the reality behind this sentimentalism, a fascinating article.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Death throws of the Catholic Church in Germany

Catholic Church loses more elderly members

The Catholic Church in Germany has clearly significantly more withdrawals of older church members reported last year than the year before. This is the result of a newspaper survey.

According to the "Rheinische Post"  the screen that appears in Dusseldorf  almost twice as many people aged over 60 left the Church in 2014 compared to the year before. The survey took place in the 27 German dioceses, of which eleven have surveys of departures by age group.

In the Diocese of Essen according to the report, from 764 people aged over 60 left last year compared to 341 in 2013. In the Archdiocese of Hamburg, the number has risen from 330 to 886, it said. In Freiburg  in 2013, 950 senior citizens left the Catholic Church, a year later there were 2,185. The Diocese of Bamberg recorded an increase of 1,470 withdrawals to 2,074, and the diocese of Limburg withdrawals increased from 399 to 537.

The proportion of senior citizens in the withdrawals is however still relatively low: it lies in the various dioceses at about six to eight percent, according to the report. However, in the Diocese of Münster now one in ten are older than 60 years.

The Viennese pastoral theologian Paul Zulehner spoke in view of the development of an "epochal upheaval" in the church. "The institutions do not contribute any more, it counts only as a personal decision", Zulehner told the newspaper. In his estimation,  in the coming years, a sort of "representative, sympathetic churchiness without membership" could arise similar to trade unions.

Even as a whole last year, the two major hurches in Germanyhave lost more members than in previous years, . According to published figures in July, there was in the Catholic Church a decline of 230,000 believers and in the Protestant church of 410,000. In 2014, the Catholic Church lost almost 218,000 people -in the previous year it had been nearly 179,000. The Protestant church in 2014 lost significantly more members than in previous years.

Pope supports European unity

Pope: unity of Europe requires openness to God
Message to 1,400th anniversary celebration of the Irish monk and missionary to Vorarlberg, Columban

Brotherhood and unity in Europe presupposes, in the words of Pope Francis, a culture and society that are "open to God". Today, such a civilization should revive the European continent, he stressed in a message to the anniversary celebration of the Irish monk and missionary to Vorarlberg, Columban (540-615) in the northern Italian Bobbio.

Saint Columba had an image of the church impressed by European ideals and campaigned for a cultural unity of Europe, emphasized the Pope in a message conveyed by the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin . He therefore applies rightly regarded as one of the "fathers of Europe".

Columban, who evangelized in France as well as in the region around Lake Constance in Bregenz, died as abbot in Bobbio in the present province of Piacenza. To contrast him with St Columba (512-97), the missionary in Scotland, he is also known as Columba the Younger.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Leading moral theologian sees no barriers to sacramental homosexual marriage

An interview on the official church website of the German Bishops' Conference.

"Not to break the staff on the backs of others"

The moral theologian, Stephan Goertz about the Church's attitude to homosexuality
"If someone is gay, who the Lord seeks and has good will - who am I to judge him?" Thus Pope Francis spoke two years ago at a press conference on the return flight from his first trip to Latin America. "Who am I to judge him?" in line with this is the title of a new collection of essays on the subject "Homosexuality and the Catholic Church".

In an interview the theologian. Stephan Goertz the Mainz moral theologian explained the motivation for the publication of the comprehensive 400 page volume.

Question: Professor Goertz, why so many religions find homosexuality difficult?

Goertz: religions such as Judaism, Islam or Christianity come from a time that did not yet have available today our human scientific knowledge about human sexuality; that which then applied was unquestionably equated with the divine order: the Earth is the centre of the world, men and women are not equal, all men covet women, all women men. And that affects the sexual morality.

Stephan Goertz (pictured here with the Essen Bishop Overbeck) is a professor of moral theology at the University of Mainz

Question: What was derived from it?

Goertz: The reproduction was considered the primary God-given natural purpose of sexuality. And sexual behavior was not allowed to endanger the social order. In this concept, sexual relations between men or women had no place.

Question: Do you deal in your book specifically with the subject "Homosexuality and the Catholic Church". Does the Church of today not have more important, more urgent issues?

Goertz: You should ask that to those for whom homosexuality still is a problem. It would be irresponsible if the theology would not comment. First, sexuality is something that affects all people. And secondly, we still have to deal with the fact that at the political level in many parts of the world there is discrimination, persecution, with exclusion of homosexuals. It would be an important Christian witness, if the Catholic Church were to act with a resolute anti-discrimination policy.

Question Now, the church has long said yes, that homosexuals should not be discriminated against. But then there are also the traditional and biblical passages, where homosexuality is condemned ...

Goertz: We always have to figure in the concrete historical situation of the authors of biblical texts in our interpretation.

Question: In the book of Leviticus, sexual acts between people of the same sex are called "atrocities" that "are punished by death". That sounds pretty clear.

Goertz: The context here is of that sexuality had to fulfil the primary purpose, to ensure the survival of the people. That's obviously not our situation, and that's especially since the Council no longer our sexual morality. Therefore, one cannot use single quotes taken out of context to answer a moral issue today. That would be a fundamentalist use of biblical texts.

Question: Opposition: Do you not do the exact same thing if you pick out the points that match your view of things?

Goertz: I take a theological stance on the foundation of the Bible. That God has absolutely promised everyone his love that in the people of God natural, social differences are to be overcome, that we should not condemn others. I think that is theologically more important than rules on the "nature" of individual sexual acts.

Question: The problem is that anyone who wants to talk today about homosexuality and church without foaming at the mouth, is at once caught in the crossfire between right wing blogs or left wing church critics ...
Goertz: In certain circles one has the impression that arguments barely penetrate in fact. The task of theology is to examine the arguments and to ask what today the Christian message demands from us. We must carefully differentiate and boldly approach the issues. And then such a theology will hopefully be perceived accordingly by the bishops.

Question: In the autumn, the topic of the World Synod of Bishops is marriage and the family. What is to be expected in your view as you overlook the treatment of homosexuals in the church? And what would be desirable?
Goertz: To be realistic, perhaps, once again it can be stressed that homosexuals should not be discriminated against and criminalized and that they have their natural place in the church. This is globally considered an important message. Maybe it will finally also leave behind the old condemnations of homosexual acts. I think it is desirable that one searches even more within the Catholic Church for a direct dialogue with homosexuals and does not talk more over their heads away and give precipitate moral judgments. That would be a positive signal.

Question: Then perhaps the question would also be in the room, which is now being discussed already in politics, how far the marriage can be made equal with gay or lesbian partnerships.
Goertz: Different can be designated as separate, yet experience an equal consideration and respect. One might ask theologically whether a binding gay love affair that sees itself as a partnership in faith in the God of Israel and Jesus, possesses a sacramental character. Homosexual partnerships could then find church recognition.

Question: Could that one day also be done by external signs, or by a blessing of homosexual couples?

Goertz: Although I do not expect that this will be already on the synod agenda: I see no problem in principle theologically.

The moral theologian on far left with Cardinal Lehmann.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Bogus monk- dangerous influence on Pope

: "The theme of the 73rd course was: "We charge the image of God for a more human world," which took place on the 19th-23rd August. Bianchi's lecture was "the image of God, of man: Why responsible?" Bianchi said: "The family is a form which is based in community. The natural family does not exist."
Enzo Bianchi although he calls himself "Prior" and is the founder of the "ecumenical" Monastery of Bose, appears in a religious habit, and speaks of "his monks", is in reality neither cleric nor monk, but a layman. In 2014   the Vatican expert Sandro Magister revealed  discussing the religious '68er,  that Bianchi together with Alberto Melloni, the head of the progressive "school of Bologna", held a "secret" ecumenical project, which aims to abolish, or rather, to dissolve the papacy in the name of ecumenism. Alberto Melloni was also Speaker in Assisi."

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Victims demand trial in Rome of cardinal, archbishop and bishops

Victims of abuse in the Church have asked the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith to bring Cardinal Danneels and Archbishop Léonard among others before the special new tribunal which should examine negligent priests.

Pope Francis announced in early June the establishment of a tribunal, under the auspices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The tribunal should interview bishops who would have been remiss in addressing cases of pedophile priests.

An investigation shows that in Belgium several victims wrote to Rome asking for Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard, Cardinal Godfried Danneels, former Bishop of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe and the Bishop of Hasselt, Patrick Hoogmartens to be tried. They wrote a personal letter on this matter to Cardinal Müller, who is the head of the Congregation.

Léonard is internationally one of the few bishops who have been held liable in a case of sexual abuse. But that certainly does not mean that he certainly will have to appear before the tribunal in Rome, said canon lawyers, Rik Torfs and Kurt Martens.

The Vatican spokesman would not confirm whether the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has already received files on the Belgian bishops.


Catholic church in Scotland asks forgiveness

"The Scottish Catholic church has offered a “profound apology” to victims of child abuse and the church’s failure to investigate and punish the culprits, after a damning independent report into its conduct.

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, the official head of the Scottish church, told a congregation in Glasgow on Tuesday that their bishops were “shamed and pained” by the abuse suffered by children and adults over recent decades. “We say sorry. We ask forgiveness.”"

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Postscript Archbishop Tartaglia is not "the official head of the Scottish Church" . Archbishop Tartaglia is president of the Bishops Conference but the head of the Church is Archbishop Cushley of Edinburgh and this because the Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh is the primatial see.

Cardinal calls for rapid deportations

Clear words: The Cologne Cardinal, Rainer Woelki in favour of a rapid and consistent deportation of refugees from safe countries of origin, such as Albania.

"As a rule, Albanians who come to us cannot invoke the right of asylum in the Basic Law", Woelki said on Wednesday to the "Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger".

Return refugees consistently

The 59-year-old who currently is visiting Albania and Kosovo, therefore considers it right to send them back, "moreover consistently, so as not to stir up the hope for every individual, maybe that they as one of hundreds or thousands of newcomers can then just be allowed to stay".

Given a large number of poverty refugees, the right of asylum should be protected from abuse, demanded Woelki. "We cannot overcome the problem of poverty by trying to solve the problem of asylum."

What was needed was an immigration law, "which allows the people from countries such as Albania, legal entry and a perspective on life in Germany," said the Cardinal. The intention of the Federal Government is to declare Albania and Kosovo in future as "safe countries of origin". This would make it difficult for those immigrating from there to claim their fundamental right to asylum in Germany.

Proposals to reduce the allowance for refugees, Woelki called outlandish and spoke of attempts of politics, to conduct the refugee debate " on the backs of those affected".
Specifications in Germany apply for each refugee

The requirements of the Federal Constitutional Court are clear. "They apply to anyone who comes to us", underlined the Archbishop. One also cannot compare salaries and cost of living in a country like Albania with the German level. "Therefore, the idea is absurd, 'Poverty refugees' - a terrible word by the way! – wishing to put them in a worse position than asylum seekers or Hartz IV recipients ".

The Cardinal showed openness for a "national refugee pact" as part of a genuine welcoming culture. "We need to further pull together socially and thereby give ourselves economic challenges. Since all social groups are needed to be involved, why not in a national pact?" said Woelki. The churches would make our contribution.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dominicans suppress their most famous monastery

"The final decision could come at any moment, amid the distraction of the summer. And it will concern the life or death of the most famous Dominican convent in the world, the convent of San Marco in Florence.

What is at stake smacks of the incredible. It is as if the Franciscan friars were to decide to close the convent of Assisi. And yet this is what could happen, at the behest of the order of Saint Dominic itself, if the superior general of the order, Fr. Bruno Cadoré, should put into effect the decision that the chapter of the Dominican province of central Italy, named after Saint Catherine of Siena, made in the autumn of 2013: the decision, that is, to suppress the “house," meaning the convent of San Marco in Florence."

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Cathcon: Pure idiocy.....a complete betrayal of their heritage.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Greek Orthodox representation in Brussels to shut

The Orthodox Church of Greece is imminently to close their EU permanent representation in Brussels. The news agency KNA reports. There have been indications of this step for some time with the deterioration in relations between Athens and Brussels since the beginning of the Greek debt crisis. Now, the church has moved the head of the representation of the Archbishop of Athens to the European Union, Metropolitan Athanasios Chatzopoulos, "immediately" and "until further notice" from Brussels. In the parlance of the Greco-Byzantine church diplomacy this means the imminent closure of the EU Representation of Greece Church, or at least its downgrade to low level.

In Athens, ecclesiastical circles emphasized that the dismissal of Metropolitan Chatzopoulos was not directed against his person. There is nothing to complain about in the administration of the representation. By contrast, the Church of Greece wanted to express their unease about the European attitude in the face of the hardships of the Greek people. In addition, cost savings play a role. The money for the Brussels office would better benefit the poor in Greece.


Cathcon: Met the Metropolitan on a few occasion. Very charming and very good at his job. Oxford educated.

Bishop set to be sued for millions by his former diocese.

Facing a demand for millions?: Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, then still bishop of Limburg, at the end of 2012 in the chapel of the Episcopal Residence

The Diocese of Limburg presses the former Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst for damages. To this end, the Apostolic Administrator of the diocese appointed by Pope Francis, Bishop Manfred Grothe previously of Paderborn, has made an application to the competent court of the Roman Catholic Church, the Roman Rota. An opening of the proceedings has not yet been decided on according to information given to this newspaper. Because of the scope of that decision, however, it is to be expected that, the dean of the Rota, the Italian canon Pio Vito Pinto will consult with the Congregation of Bishops who are responsible for Tebartz-van-Elst. The former Limburger bishop could soon lose their support.

Tebartz-van Elst, formerly auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of Münster abandoned the office of the Bishop of Limburg after only six years in March 2014. Then as now, he feels like a victim of Church intrigues and media campaigns, although a commission appointed by the Vatican and the German Bishops' Conference has come to the conclusion that the bishop in the financing of a new Episcopal residence on the hill of Limburg Cathedral in conjunction with close associates massively violated the standards set by canon law for asset management.

After the retirement of Bishop Franz Kamphaus in winter 2007, the cathedral chapter had insisted on the construction of a new Episcopal residence, so that the successor had no longer to live in the seminary. The initial cost estimates for the construction of a new Episcopal residence in the immediate vicinity of the cathedral led the Cathedral Chapter in February 2008 to cap "at two million euros, after intensive consultation with our Bishop, the budget for the previously non-existent residence of the Limburg bishop and the requisite restoration of the historic and listed timbered building standing next to it as offices". A little later, however, reserves to the level of EUR 2.5 million were made to absorb cost increases.

Fictitious construction costs for the public

As the Episcopal residence was officially handed over at the end of June 2013, Tebartz-van Elst let it be known that construction costs amounted to 9.85 million euros. However, only the specific decisions of the so-called asset administration council of the Episcopal See were non-existent. The sum itself soon proved to be as fictitious. The staff responsible for the construction employees of whom some are still in office had long since realized that the cost of planning and construction, had exceeded by at least a factor of two if not three the publicly disclosed sum. Over the summer, the web of lies that Tebartz-van Elst had erected around the building collapsed under the pressure of intense media scrutiny. At the beginning September 2013 the former papal nuncio in Germany, Giovanni Cardinal Lajolo prompted a commission headed by Grothe, a financial professional, to review the behaviour of the bishop and his staff.

After several months of investigation, the Commission concluded in February 2014 that Tebartz-van Elst had spent 31.5 million euros on the construction of the Bishop house - and largely illegally. The commercial-law depreciation of the building has been in recent years to an extent of about 3.9 million euros. Not quantified is the damage to the assets of the Episcopal see which grew as a result of the many extravagant and extremely costly works.

Tebartz-van Elst lives in Rome

The Limburg prosecutor refused last year to initiate an investigation for breach of trust against the former bishop. In this case, the prosecutor's office appealed to ecclesiastical self-determination and thus followed the reasoning of a legal opinion that the Limburg bishopric leadership had commissioned at the insistence of Rome. The decision of the Limburg prosecutor is not beyond dispute. The Hessian Attorney General has least one complaint.

Tebartz-van Elst has lived for several months in Rome, with the highest possible retirement salary of the diocese of Limburg and the title of "delegate" within the "Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization". Among his supporters, he can continue to count on the support of the Prefect of the Congregation of the Faith and that of the Congregation for Bishops, the Cardinals Gerhard Ludwig Müller and Marc Ouellet, and the Head of the Papal Household and secretary of Pope Benedict XVI., Archbishop Georg Gänswein. There is conflicting information about the extent to which Pope Francis is familiar with the details of the Tebartz-van Elst case.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hospital chapel into Muslim prayer room

"For years it has served as a place for reflection for the Roman Catholic relatives and friends of sick patients.

So a plan to turn the hospital chapel into a Muslim prayer room has outraged worshippers.

Bosses at North Manchester General say the switch is under consideration because they have to offer facilities for Muslims praying for loved ones."

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Muslims disrupt Catholic procession with insults and threats

"On Sunday morning, a group of young Muslim immigrants interrupted a Catholic procession in honor of the Virgin Mary with verbal insults, shouting, and threats as the group passed in front of the Islamic Cultural Center in Conselice, a small town in lower Romagna.

In predominantly Catholic Italy, the month of May is dedicated to the traditional processions carrying a statue or image of the Madonna, usually accompanied by the singing of hymns and praying of the rosary."

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Is it a ship? Is it a plane? No, its a Church!


A small church for St. Mary which was under the control of pastors of Goa mission existed here. In course of time, in 1903, this church was converted into a school. On important occasions as per the wishes of the people, festivals were conducted and prayers were offered to her. There was a custom among the young maidens to go to the nunnery in the night and sleep there. On one such occasion they saw a bright light surrounding this Selvamatha statue even though nobody lit a candle. Many people of Uvari witnessed this light which was there for over an hour. This incident occurred on 18th September which is celebrated as a festival. People used to keep this statue in a chariot and come around this town to bestow the blessing of Mary to the people of Uvari. Due to sea erosion the old church got damaged. Therefore the people decided to construct a new church for which the foundation stone was laid down by Fr.Thomas in 1970, 25th January and the work was finished on 1974. This church designed as a ship, is called Kappal Matha church after its design. It is beautiful church facing the blue sea. The waves rolling near this church gives us an impression that this ship shaped church is sailing on the sea which is a feast to eyes

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Pope to leave Summer Residence. How long before he also forsakes Rome and the Vatican?

The papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo could soon be transformed into a museum and will be made accessible to the public who will pay an entrance fee. According to the Spanish news site, InfoVaticana Pope Francis has concrete plans in this direction. Shortly after his election as Pope, Francis announced that he did not intend to make use of Castel Gandolfo as a summer resort.

 In fact, the Argentine Pope has spent no night in the castle in the Alban Hills. Only three times has he visited the place. The first time, he visited his retired predecessor, Benedict XVI and the visit on the other two times each on August 15 was for the Solemnity of the Assumption. A festival that was celebrated in the city traditionally in the presence of the reigning Pope, who was at this time has a retreat there. In order not to disappoint the people of Castel Gandolfo too much, Pope Francis comes to this festival at least once a year in the city.

The area of the Castelli Romani in the Alban Hills is valued for its mild climate. Castel Gandolfo, one of those places liess majestically above the steep slope to a crater lake, the Lake Albano, an extinct volcano. Already in ancient Rome, the great families of the Empire built villas here to escape the summer heat of Rome. The villa of the emperor Domitian (81-96) forms the basis of the current Pope's summer palace. Built soon after 1100 by the Gandolfi, a noble family of Lombard descent, hence the name Castrum Gandulphi, it is a castle around which arose the present town.

The castle and land were given to the Holy See in 1596. In 1624, Pope Urban VIII created today's Palais des Papes. In the Lateran Treaty, it is recognized as the Papal Palace and thus an extraterritorial area. Several Popes, including Pope Pius XII and Paul VI have died there.

While Benedict XVI often appreciated the climate and the rest in Castel Gandolfo, Pope Francis has taken little pleasure in the magnificent baroque gardens and since 1936, the seat of the Specula, pleasure in the Vatican Observatory. He is of the opinion that the Vatican is "the last princely palace of Europe" which he wants to leave.

Castle and gardens include an area of 55 hectares. In March 2014, Francis made the gardens open to the public. Now he wants to also now unlock the doors and turn it into a tourist attraction and give the revenue to Vatican finances.

In the Vatican, there are some concerns. Future popes might see it differently to Francis and again might want to use Castel Gandolfo as a summer residence. A recovery would be difficult.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Cardinal blames social media for changing church doctrine

Cardinal Marx: "Social media force us to listen to people"

The Catholic Church in Germany will be more open to social media. "The world of social media is not a threat but a challenge," said the chairman of the German Catholic Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, on Thursday in Hildesheim.

Digital media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube could help to bring people into a community. At the same time, however, the problems of data protection must remain in view.

"Social media force us to come down from the throne to listen to people and to be interactive", the Archbishop of Munich said at the end of the four-day Spring Plenary Assembly of Bishops. This could only be welcome for Christians, and therefore, the Catholic church wants to participate. "It's about telling personal stories, to take the other seriously and to share experiences with each other, rather than communicate a message only from the top down."

The "digital revolution" is irreversible, Cardinal Marx stressed: "We will not experience any return from the digital world, but an exponential growth there." The digital and the real world are no longer separate spheres, but belong together and are intertwined. What does not exist in the digital world, is practically non-existent.

The Bishops' Conference meeting in Hildesheim had dealt extensively with the topic of social media at a study day. The 66 members of the Episcopal Conference from 27 German dioceses met in Hildesheim starting on Monday. They had chosen the venue because the diocese of Hildesheim this year celebrates its 1,200th anniversary.


Cathcon: the Pope is the Vicar of Christ, he has the plenitude of power in this world- power within the Church derives from him not the laity- especially not the laity in national churches who inevitably come to dominate episcopal conferences.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

German bishops proclaim their revolution- they are not just a subsidiary of Rome

The German Bishops Conference addressed itself to a long process of talks about marriage and family by giving plenty of room for the local church. The chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx (Munich-Freising) underlined in the context of the Family Synod in autumn the efforts of the bishops for "new approaches" and to "help ensure that doors are opened". In the universal Church, there is "a certain expectation" of Germany. He hoped that some issues would be addressed before the Synod, Marx told journalists n Hildesheim on Tuesday. 

The Archbishop of Munich and Freising assumes after the Synod that a Commission would be further concerned with the relevant issues. Theological questions about marriage and family as well as on sexual morality could not be answered in a mere three weeks. "My hope is that then this results in a further discussion." The Synod must find a text that "would lead to further progress" in the discussion and also find a common position on fundamental issues. As far as teaching is concerned, one remains in communion with the Church, in individual issues of pastoral care, "the Synod cannot prescribe in detail of what we have to do in Germany". Therefore, the bishops wanted to publish their own pastoral letter on marriage and family after the Synod. The office of the bishops is not to wait for permits. "We are not just a subsidiary of Rome. Each Episcopal Conference is responsible for the pastoral care in their culture, and has to proclaim the Gospel as their very own office. We cannot wait until a synod state something, as we have here to undertake in this place marriage and family ministry. " 

The reality of life is according to the German bishops an important factor for the teaching of the Church: "We learn indeed in the teaching of life", underlined Cardinal Marx. The Osnabrück Bishop Franz-Josef Bode described the Synod in this context as "historically important". In his view, the participants discuss not only marriage and family relations, but the possibility of a paradigm shift: 

The basic question is whether not only Scripture and Tradition are sources of theological knowledge are, "but also the reality of human being and the world". The chairman of the Pastoral Commission of the German Bishops' Conference recalled in this context the "dialogical structure" of reality, which is mentioned in the Pastoral Constitution of the Second Vatican Council, "Gaudium et Spes" and he cited the conciliar document: "There is nothing genuinely human that is not echoed in their hearts (those of the disciples- ed comment) is echoed ". Bode concluded: "Not only the Christian message must find resonance in the people, but people need to strike a chord with us." Bode said, it is important that there are intra-theological reasons that the sacrament is not only a representation of unity but also a means of unity and could contribute to healing. 

Cardinal Marx announced a paper of the bishops to the synod, which should be released in the coming weeks. On Tuesday morning, the pastors discussed in detail at the Spring General Assembly the Lineamenta for the Extraordinary Synod.

When asked whether the Episcopal Conference will also take initiatives in order to bring back to the consciousness of the faithful the sacrament of confession, Cardinal Marx answered that confession and reconciliation are "key issues". In what form the Bishops' Conference would wish to revive the practice of confession, remains open.

Pastoral practice and dogma are mutually reinforcing 

The locally elected officials who will represent the German bishops during the Family Synod in autumn were presented to journalists at midday on Tuesday afternoon: In addition to Cardinal Marx, the Chairman of the Marriage and Family Commission take Bishop Heiner Koch (Dresden-Meissen) and the chairman of the Pastoral Commission Franz-Josef Bode to part in the deliberations. As deputies, the young Bishop Karl-Heinz Wiesemann (Speyer) and the deputy chairman of the Family Commission, the Auxiliary Bishop of Münster, Wilfried Theising were selected.

The Bishop responsible for family matters, Koch emphasized the need to "enter theologically into the depth" of the Sacraments. He hoped "that it is not only the issues hotly debated in Germany" but the transmission of the faith in the family or the subject of assisted suicide will come into view. Bishop Bode expressed concern that truth and life should not fall apart. Pastoral care and dogmatic truth should benefit from each other. He hoped that in view of the divorced and remarried some matters will resolved prior to the Synod. On the question of what theologians were heading in the right direction in the eyes of the bishops, Bishop Bode cited the Freiburg moral theologian, Eberhard Eberhard Schockenhoff. 

This year's Spring Plenary Assembly of the German bishops in Hildesheim had begun with a sober picture of the situation of faith in Germany. The apostolic nuncio in Berlin, Archbishop Nikola Eteroviæ, pointed out in his address the dramatic decline in the number of believers in East Germany. It made him concerned that in the first two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall that nowhere in the former Eastern Bloc had the number of Christians had declined so much as in the former GDR. Eteroviæ cited a study by the University of Münster, according to which the number of believers in God between 1990 and 2008 had more than halved. Meanwhile only fourteen percent of East Germans believed in God, according to Eteroviæ. In other countries of the former Eastern Bloc, however, the number of professing Christians increased in the same period or only slightly decreased. 

 Cardinal Reinhard Marx had highlighted the need for discussion about faith in his homily at the opening Mass on Monday. The Faith and the Church's life always come new to the debate and should always be re-tried, the Archbishop of Munich said and made a comparison to newborns who need to learn a new language.  Source

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cardinal thinks Catholics need to change the way they think about faith.

German Catholics need "courage for new thinking". This was supported by the chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx. Faith could not be forced and bequeathed readily from generation to generation, the Cardinal of Munich said on Monday at the opening Mass of the Spring Plenary Assembly of the German bishops in Hildesheim. "We cannot just continue with what has always been. We have to start from scratch and learn anew what faith means in this day and age. "
In context of the globalization, the Archbishop of Munich sees the Christian as well equipped. With her message of God's image every man and her connection between faith and reason, the Christian faith in an increasingly diverse world can bring people together. Just as the Catholic Church as the universal Church could interconnect diversity and unity.

 Some 65 bishops from all over Germany take part at the Spring Assembly in Hildesheim until Thursday, questions about family, marriage and sexuality as well as dealing with foreigners and refugees being on the agenda.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Archbishop speaks out


RORATE EXCLUSIVE: Open letter by Archbishop on the crisis in the Church

Full text also on their site.  (they say it can be posted or linked to , so I am given the devastating contents)

'It is difficult to believe that Pope Benedict XVI freely renounced his ministry as successor of Peter.'

'I am forced to resort to this public means of expression because I fear that any other method would be greeted by a brick wall of silence and disregard.'

'... increasingly evident that the Vatican through the Secretariat of State has taken the course of political correctness.'

Rorate Caeli has obtained an exclusive copy of the English version of a rare open letter from an Archbishop on the crisis of the Church. 
The letter, written by His Excellency Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, hopefully will serve as a much-needed wake-up call to Catholics who have buried their heads in the sand for far too long.
Let us pray more of his brother bishops will have the faith -- and the backbone -- to stand up and be heard before there's nothing left to defend. 
Reflections on some current problems of the crisis of the Catholic Church
I had the experience of living with priests who were in Stalinist prisons and camps and who nevertheless remained faithful to the Church. During the time of persecution they fulfilled with love their priestly duty in preaching Catholic doctrine thereby leading a dignified life in the imitation of Christ, their heavenly Master.
I completed my priestly studies in an underground Seminary in the Soviet Union. I was ordained a priest secretly during the night by a pious bishop who himself suffered for the sake of the faith. In the first year of my priesthood I had the experience of being expelled from Tadzhikistan by the KGB.
Subsequently, during my thirty-year stay in Kazakhstan, I served 10 years as priest, caring for faithful people in 81 localities. Then I served 20 years as bishop, initially as bishop of five states in Central Asia with a total area of around four million square kilometers.
In my ministry as a bishop I had contact with Pope Saint John Paul II, with many bishops, priests and faithful in different countries and under different circumstances. I was member of some assemblies of the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican which covered themes such as “Asia” and “The Eucharist”.
This experience as well as others give me the basis to express my opinion on the current crisis of the Catholic Church. These are my convictions and they are dictated by my love of the Church and by the desire for her authentic renewal in Christ. I am forced to resort to this public means of expression because I fear that any other method would be greeted by a brick wall of silence and disregard. 
I am aware of possible reactions to my open letter. But at the same time the voice of my conscience will not allow me to remain silent, while the work of God is being slandered. Jesus Christ founded the Catholic Church and showed us in word and deed how one should fulfill the will of God. The apostles to whom He bestowed authority in the Church, fulfilled with zeal the duty entrusted to them, suffering for the sake of the truth which had to be preached, since they “obeyed God rather than men”.

Unfortunately in our days it is increasingly evident that the Vatican through the Secretariat of State has taken the course of political correctness. Some Nuncios have become propagators of liberalism and modernism. They have acquired expertise in the principle “sub secreto Pontificio”, by which one manipulates and silences the mouths of the bishops. And that what the Nuncio tells them appears as it would be almost certainly the wish of the Pope. With such methods one separates the bishops from one another to the effect that the bishops of a country can no longer speak with one voice in the spirit of Christ and His Church in defending faith and morals. This means that, in order not to fall into disfavour with the Nuncio some bishops accept their recommendations, which are sometimes based on nothing other than on their own words. Instead of zealously spreading the faith, courageously preaching the doctrine of Christ, standing firm in the defense of truth and of morals, the meetings of the Bishops’ Conferences often deal with issues which are foreign to the nature of the duties of the successors of the apostles.
One can observe at all levels of the Church an obvious decrease of the “sacrum”. The “spirit of the world” feeds the shepherds. The sinners give the Church the instructions for how she has to serve them. In their embarrassment the Pastors are silent on the current problems and abandon the sheep while they are feeding themselves. The world is tempted by the devil and opposes the doctrine of Christ. Nevertheless the Pastors are obliged to teach the whole truth about God and men “in season and out”.
However, during the reign of the last holy Popes one could observe in the Church the greatest disorder concerning the purity of the doctrine and the sacredness of the liturgy, in which Jesus Christ is not paid the visible honour which he is due. In not a few Bishop’s Conferences the best bishops are “persona non grata”. Where are apologists of our days, who would announce to men in a clear and comprehensible manner the threat of the risk of loss of faith and salvation?
In our days the voice of the majority of the bishops rather resembles the silence of the lambs in the face of furious wolves, the faithful are left like defenseless sheep. Christ was recognized by men as one who spoke and worked, as one, who had power and this power He bestowed upon His apostles. In today’s world the bishops must liberate themselves from all worldly bonds and – after they have done penance – convert to Christ so that strengthened by the Holy Spirit they may announce Christ as the one and only Saviour. Ultimately one must give account to God for all that was done and for all what wasn't done.
In my opinion the weak voice of many bishops is a consequence of the fact, that in the process of the appointment of new bishops the candidates are insufficiently examined with regard to their doubtless steadfastness and fearlessness in the defense of the faith, with regard to their fidelity to the centuries-old traditions of the Church and their personal piety. In the issue of the appointment of new bishops and even cardinals it is becoming increasingly apparent that sometimes preference is given to those who share a particular ideology or to some groupings which are alien to the Church and which have commissioned the appointment of a particular candidate. Furthermore it appears that sometimes consideration is given also to the favour of the mass media which usually makes a mockery of holy candidates painting a negative picture of them, whereas the candidates who in a lesser degree own the spirit of Christ are praised as open and modern. On the other side the candidates who excel in apostolic zeal, have courage in proclaiming the doctrine of Christ and show love for all that is holy and sacred, are deliberately eliminated.
A Nuncio once told me: “It’s a pity that the Pope [John Paul II] does not participate personally in the appointment of the bishops. The Pope tried to change something in the Roman Curia, however he has not succeeded. He becomes older and things resume their usual former course”.
At the beginning of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI, I wrote a letter to him in which I begged him to appoint holy bishops. I reported to him the story of a German layman who in the face of the degradation of the Church in his country after the Second Vatican Council, remained faithful to Christ and gathered young people for adoration and prayer. This man had been close to death and when he learned about the election of the new Pope he said: “When Pope Benedict will use his pontificate solely for the purpose to appoint worthy, good and faithful bishops, he will have fulfilled his task”.
Unfortunately, it is obvious that, Pope Benedict XVI has often not succeeded in this issue. It is difficult to believe that Pope Benedict XVI freely renounced his ministry as successor of Peter. Pope Benedict XVI was the head of the Church, his entourage however has barely translated his teachings into life, bypassed them often in silence or has rather obstructed his initiatives for an authentic reform of the Church, of the liturgy, of the manner to administer Holy Communion. In view of a great secrecy in the Vatican for many bishops it was realistically impossible to help the Pope in his duty as head and governor of the whole Church.
It will not be superfluous to remind my brothers in the episcopacy of an affirmation made by an Italian masonic lodge from the year 1820: “Our work is a work of a hundred years. Let us leave the elder people and let us go to the youth. The seminarians will become priests with our liberal ideas. We shall not flatter ourselves with false hopes. We will not make the Pope a Freemason. However liberal bishops, who will work in the entourage of the Pope, will propose to him in the task of governing the Church such thoughts and ideas which are advantageous for us and the Pope will implement them into life”. This intention of the Freemasons is being implemented more and more openly, not only thanks to the declared enemies of the Church but with the connivance of false witnesses who occupy some high hierarchical office in the Church. It is not without reason that Blessed Paul VI said: “The spirit of Satan penetrated through a crack inside the Church”. I think that this crack has become in our days quite wide and the devil uses all forces in order to subvert the Church of Christ. To avoid this, it is necessary to return to the precise and clear proclamation of the Gospel on all levels of ecclesiastical ministry, for the Church possesses all power and grace which Christ gave to her: “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go therefore, and teach all nations. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and I am with you always unto the end of the world” (Mt 28, 18-20), “the truth will set you free” (John 8, 32) and “let your word be Yes, yes; No, no: for whatsoever is more than these comes of evil” (Mt 5, 37). The Church cannot adapt herself to the spirit of this world, but must transform the world to the spirit of Christ.
It is obvious that in the Vatican there is a tendency to give in more and more to the noise of the mass media. It is not infrequent that in the name of an incomprehensible quiet and calm the best sons and servants are sacrificed in order to appease the mass media. The enemies of the Church however don’t hand over their faithful servants even when their actions are evidently bad. 
When we wish to remain faithful to Christ in word and deed, He Himself will find the means to transform the hearts and souls of men and the world as well will be changed at the appropriate time.
In times of the crisis of the Church God has often used for her true renewal the sacrifices, the tears and the prayers of those children and servants of the Church who in the eyes of the world and of the ecclesiastical bureaucracy were considered insignificant or were persecuted and marginalized because of their fidelity to Christ. I believe that in our difficult time this law of Christ is being realized and that the Church will renew herself thanks to the faithful inner renewal of each of us.
January 1st  2015, Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God 
+ Jan Pawel Lenga