Saturday, September 30, 2017

Cardinal Burke slams SSPX

"A few months ago, a kind reader reported that Cardinal Raymond Burke, at the Sacred Liturgy Conference that was held in Medford, OR, in July, had publicly declared that the FSSPX is “in schism” while advising the faithful to neither attend their liturgies nor receive their sacraments.

If true, I understood that this would be important information to share for obvious reasons, but I decided that it was first necessary to obtain irrefutable confirmation as to what was actually said.

Today I received an audio-recording"- the link also gives the full story.

"Expect a mea culpa from the Pope"- interview with Professor Joseph Shaw

Correctio filialis: "Expect a mea culpa of the Pope" - Interview with Prof. Joseph Shaw

Is Pope Francis blind in one eye? Concerned critics of Amoris laetitia receive no answer. They therefore took a spectacular path and presented the Pope with a Correctio filialis. "An action unprecedented in recent history.

The daily Il Giornale speaks of an "action unprecedented in recent history." They published an interview yesterday with Joseph Shaw, one of the initiators of the Correctio filialis. Shaw, a son of the 3rd Baron Craigmyle, is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford.

The Correctio filialis is a Correction against the propagation of heresies which has been directed to Pope Francis by an international group of clerics and laymen. The Pope is accused of promoting at least seven heretical theses in his controversial post-synodal letter, Amoris laetitia. Since the letter, which was handed over to him on August 11, received no reply, the signers went public last Sunday. Since then, fire has broken out on the roof of the church. Il Giornale speaks of an "action unprecedented in recent history" which calls for a mea culpa from Pope Francis.

Il Giornale: How did the idea for this document come about?

Prof. Shaw: It is a text prepared by a group of theologians, academics and priests who are concerned about the presumed consent of Pope Francis to positions of the opening of Amoris laetitia, which clearly contradict ecclesiastical doctrine.

Il Giornale: Who can sign, how many signatures are there and where do they come from?

Prof. Shaw: When the document was handed over to the Pope, there were 40 signatories, theologians and priests. Then the text was published and every day new signatures came. At the moment, there are 146, but it is constantly increasing. The signatures come from 20 countries with a strong presence of the Anglo-Saxon nations and Italy.

Il Giornale: Can a simple believer sign?

Prof. Shaw: For the individual believers who want to support the document, there is the petition on Each signature is given to the Pope individually. Currently, there are already more than 10,600, who have signed and it is hour by hour more and more.

Il Giornale: What do you think about the measure that the Vatican has taken blocking access to your site?

Prof. Shaw: First of all, the initiative is taken seriously. It is regrettable to try to prevent the people who live and work in the Vatican from participating in the discussion. If you want to sign, you will still find a way.

Il Giornale: Is there any contact with the Pope?

Prof. Shaw: We sent the letter to Bergoglio on August 11 but there was no answer.

Il Giornale: What are you asking?

Prof. Shaw: We want the pope publicly to reject the heretical positions contained in Amoris laetitia. The theses concern key questions of the doctrine which are incompatible with the Catholic faith. The document is a contribution to the ongoing discussion on the problem of the communion for the remarried divorced. These are very practical questions, and the bishops and priests must know what decisions to make. Without clear guidelines, they face different and confusing interpretations.

Il Giornale: Why did no cardinal sign the document?

Prof. Shaw: We decided not to involve cardinals. We want it to be an independent initiative and without people who are close to the Pope.

Il Giornale: How do you answer those who accuse you of violating Canon 749, which provides for the Pope's infallibility?

Prof. Shaw: I tell them that in this case it is not the infallibility of the Pope. And I add that Paragraph 3 of this canon states that a doctrine is then to be defined as infallible, if this is manifestly established.


Central Committee for German Catholics wants church blessings for homosexual couples

On Sunday the so-called marriage for all enters into force in Germany. In an interview, the President of the Catholic Committee, ZdK, Thomas Sternberg, asks the church for a signal of appreciation.

The President of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), Thomas Sternberg, calls for a "signal of ecclesiastical appreciation for same-sex couples". The ZdK is committed to blessing love-affairs of homosexuals, he told the "Passauer Neue Presse" (Saturday). "Behind this is the wish that God may help those blessed." Sternberg referred to worship services on Valentine's Day, in which all lovers could be blessed.

Currently, there is no guideline for the blessing of relations of same-sex partners from  the German bishops, the ZdK president continues. There were, however, serious differences from the marriage between husband and wife: "According to the Catholic understanding, marriage is a sacrament and takes place before the priest in the church, not in the court."

Understanding of the ban in the Diocese of Münster

In May 2015, the Catholic Committee had already asked for such blessings with a view to the Bishop's synod on marriage and the family. "Bridges between the doctrine of the Church and marriage and the family and today's lived world of the faithful must be built by (...) a further development of liturgical forms, in particular blessings of same - sex partnerships, new partnerships of divorced persons, and important emphases in family life" said the declaration.

A Catholic priest wanted to give a "blessing for lovers" to the Mayor of Emmerich and his partner. However, Münster's bishop, Felix Genn, fears a likelihood of confusion.

Recently, a case in the Diocese of Münster had caused a stir: Bishop Felix Genn had forbidden a parish priest from giving a "blessing for lovers" to Emmerich's Mayor Peter Hinze (Socialist) and his companion in a Liturgy of the Word. For this specific case, Sternberg expressed understanding. "The blessing threatened to become a nuisance, a spectacle," he said.

On Thursday, Bishop Stephan Kronenburg emphasized that the bishopric was not about degrading a same-sex partnership. Through media reports, however, the impression arose that a homosexual wedding was celebrated in the church. The bishopric wants to emphasise that there is a difference between the sacrament of marriage and a same-sex partnership. The responsible priest, Stefan Sühling, as well as the Ecumenical Working Group on Homosexuals and Churches (HuK) regretted the decision. In the social networks there were, apart from approval for Genn, mainly critical opinions. 


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Pope to Jesuits: Morality of Amoris Laetitia is Thomist

"In comments made during his recent visit to Colombia, but published for the first time today in the Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica, Pope Francis again responded to critics of his apostolic exhortation on marriage and the family, Amoris Laetitia.

In a question and answer session with 65 Colombian Jesuits in the city of Cartagena de Indias on Sept. 10, the Pope said to understand Amoris Laetitia it is necessary to read it from beginning to end, reflect on it, and read what was said at the synod on the family.

He also insisted the morality of the document is “Thomist, the morality of the great Thomas,” and again directed questions in this regard to Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the Dominican Archbishop of Vienna."

A leading Cambridge Dominican has a very different view, "Change canon law to correct Papal errors".  

Cardinal: no changes expected to Amoris laetitia

The chairman of the German Bishops' Conference (DBK), Cardinal Reinhard Marx, has clearly rejected demands by conservative critics for a correction of "Amoris laetitia". According to Marx, on Thursday, the Pope's letter of 2016, which deals, among other things, with the question of whether newly married divorced persons can be admitted to the communion under certain conditions, is also a word-faithful representation of what the Bishop's synod had decided with a two-thirds majority the Cardinal said at a press conference on the conclusion of the DBK autumn meeting in Fulda.

Germany- increasingly a tale of two cardinals

There could be further debate about this, and he would not mind if critical articles were published. This will not change the decision of the bishops and the Pope. "For me, the matter is clear and decided," emphasised Marx, who had himself participated in the Synod's debates and votes, and in Rome was one of the leaders supporting a "pastoral opening".

The Cardinal declared that he had not yet read the recent thrust of 62 theologians, philosophers, and Catholic priests against alleged heresies in "Amoris laetitia". In the worldwide " Correctio filialis", the critics had asked the Pope to distance themselves from heresies spread as a result of "Amoris laetitia", which had caused confusion among the faithful. In the past few days the theologian and Archbishop Bruno Forte, as well as the influential Curia cardinal Marc Ouellet, had rejected the criticism of the Pope as a factually wrong.

Young people should participate in the survey

On the next world bishop's synod on the subject of youth, which is to be held in October 2018, Cardinal Marx expressed his positive expectations. Youth is the stage of life, in which people make basic decisions about their future lives, said the Archbishop of Munich. This also applies to the development of faith.

That is why it is important that the church is concerned with the question of what young people are doing in an existential way, according to the chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference. Marx praised the preparations made so far for the Synod, which is supposed to meet under the official title "The Young People, Faith and Discernment". He called on the young people to participate in the Vatican's online survey in preparation for the Synod.
Church wants better mission

For the first time at this year's autumn meeting, the Presidents of all Bishops’ Conference committees exchanged view on the form evangelization should take in the future, Marx continued. The bishops would have to think about how the Gospel could be proclaimed in terms of face-to-face changes in the forms of communication and life. According to the Cardinal, the idea of the Papal document "Evangelii nuntiandi" of 1975 was to be continued. The letter described the break between the Gospel and modern culture as the "drama of our era."

Testimony in ecumenism

"Marx was very pleased" with the course of the year "500 years of the Reformation". The "groundwater level of friendship" between the confessions had risen sharply, said the Cardinal. Without friendship, there can be no understanding, he explained.

As to the state of theological differences between Catholics and Protestants, he noted that there were still clearly perceptible differences which, however, did not have to be church-dividing. The differences, even in the social ethics, should not be concealed or plastered over.

It was especially important for him that there was never any anti-Catholic or anti-Protestant polemic, Marx emphasized. As highlights, he described the joint reconciliation service in Hildesheim on 11 March, which also made a great impression on the churches as well as the joint-pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Marx admitted that, despite all the similarities, there were still practical tests. In the words of the Cardinal, two commissions of the conference, namely, those on questions of faith and on ecumenism, are discussing the question of a reciprocal admission to the Eucharist and the Lord's Supper. According to the Cardinal, it is easier to talk about open questions "if one can look into the eyes". The Cardinal said it was wrong to want "to look for a hair in the soup" in view of the entire development.

Civil War in the Church


"The semi-official Vatican outlet Il Sismografo has launched a brutal attack on Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller. Müller had proposed that the Pope creates a group of cardinals in order to engage in a dialogue with his many theological critics.

The Vatican journalist and director of Il Sismografo, Luis Badilla, called this on September 27 a "crazy proposal" adding sarcastically, "We can only pray [for Müller]." The whole article is a nasty personal attack on the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

It can be excluded that the article appeared without Pope Francis' agreement."

Source- the very wonderful

Cardinal: Muslims must adapt their faith to the world of today

Cardinal Reinhard Marx has asked the Muslims to adapt their faith to the world today. And they must renounce terror.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the chairman of the Catholic Bishops' Conference in Germany, has called on the Muslims to "reinterpret their sacred traditions in the light of contemporary life". In this way, Islam would "be further developed and opened up to the principle of civic justice and modern democracy", says Marx on the conclusion of the General Assembly of the Catholic Bishops' Conference on Thursday in Fulda.

Marx spoke of a "return of many Muslims, which can also be felt with us, to Islamic traditions, which are often combined with traditionalist or Islamic interpretation patterns."

The clarification is therefore remarkable because Marx expressed his opinion in the context of an opinion on "Islamist terror or the struggle of civilizations?". So far, the Catholic Church had largely avoided such advice to the Muslims.

According to a message from the Bishops' Conference, the Cardinal said that there was "a besetting experience that in the Jihadist movement an ideology had won an influence which bases violence (even against those un-involved) on religion ." The Muslim authorities could not "do enough to counteract this perversion of religion".

The Christian churches, according to Marx, on their side "must contradict the "false equation of Islam and Islamic violence, which is common in some parts of the population." Not least the interreligious dialogue "helps to overcome stereotypes and prevent violence". 

Cardinal Secretary of State wants dialogue with critics of the Pope

Parolin for dialogue with critics of the Pope
The discussion about the "Correctio" of the pope continues. While Cardinal Secretary Pietro Parolin wants to go to meet the critics, Cardinal Marc Ouellet defends "Amoris laetitia".

Criticism of the Pope
Cardinal Secretary Pietro Parolin has spoken out for the dialogue with conservative critics of Pope Francis. "It is important to be in dialogue with each other," said Parolin on Thursday at the Vatican, according to the Italian news agency ANSA. If one does not agree in terms of content, one must try to "understand each other", said the "number two" of the Vatican.

Parolin, among other things, referred to the criticism of 62 priests, theologians and laity in "Amoris laetitia", formulated in a letter to the Pope. This demanded a correction of several alleged "heretical" passages. Among the signatories is Bernard Fellay, Superior 

Cardinal Marc Ouellet sees an "alarmist" interpretation of "Amoris laetitia".

The Vatican Prefect for the Bishops' congregation, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, has also spoken about the critics. He accused them of interpreting the document "alarmist". On the occasion of the annual meeting of the Canadian bishops in Cornwall, the Cardinal of the Curia said that the assertion that Francis had broken "with the tradition" and made it easy to admit divorced divorced to the sacraments, did not correspond "to the Pope's text and intention. The former Cardinal of Quebec held that Francis was not concerned with doctrine, but with a different pastoral activity. The "key to interpretation" of the papal document can be found in the eighth chapter. "Amoris laetitia" which must also be understood "in its entirety".

Quellet described the teaching as an attempt to re-introduce the joy of the Gospel to cultures far removed from faith. "This is especially urgent in Canada," added the Cardinal. There is the gap between the official doctrine of the Church and the "lived experience of couples and families". Without pastoral change, the Prefect said in his speech before the 80 bishops, it is impossible "to create a climate of welcome, listening, dialogue and compassionate grace".


Cardinal: Bishops could also enter into dialogue with the German right

The chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, has not categorically ruled out discussions with the newly elected AfD party in the German Parliament, the Bundestag. "When any party represented in the Bundestag who wishes to have a dialogue with us, we will examine with them and clarify how such a conversation can take place. There is no general refusal to talk to any party on the part of the German bishops. This is quite clear to me, "said Marx on Thursday at the conclusion of the four-day autumn meeting of German Bishops' Conference in Fulda.

Frau Merkel in happier days.

Marx made a recommendation to the parties after the Bundestag elections last Sunday: "A verbal disarmament appears urgently necessary." The AfD, which became the third strongest force with 12.6 per cent, had formulated in election battle announcements that it wanted to hunt down Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). In all political confrontations, the respect for the other should take precedence, said Marx. In the struggle for the best solutions to the society, hate and exclusion are not appropriate.

Before political discussions are held by church representatives, however, the parties should first sort themselves out. "I see no urge for hurrying.  Everyone should be in peace with this new parliament, "said Marx.


St Boniface, at your tomb, we pray for Germany, whose Apostle you were and are.

Cardinal: God has also become a "great unknown" in the Church

Cardinal Woelki: Bishops, do not resign yourself!

Fewer and fewer Catholics, fewer and fewer priesthood candidates. The social influence of the church also diminishes. But the Church does not live by numbers and successes, says Cardinal Woelki.

1 Corinthians
[3] For I delivered unto you first of all, which I also received: how that Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures: Tradidi enim vobis in primis quod et accepi : quoniam Christus mortuus est pro peccatis nostris secundum Scripturas :
The Cardinal with his illustrious predecessor, Cardinal Meisner, who was one of the last bulwarks in the German church.

Bishops Annual Plenary Meeting Fulda - 27.09.2017

The Cologne Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki appealed to the German bishops not to become resigned in face of declining numbers and a "clearly diminishing social influence" of the church. The Church does not live by numbers and successes, "but only by "being regarded" by God," said Woelki on Wednesday in Fulda Cathedral. The Church must testify to God by a good word, a good outlook and a helping hand in everyday life, according to the Cardinal of Cologne in a Mass with the German bishops. They have been meeting at Fulda since Monday.

Woelki named Saint Vincent de Paul (1581-1660), whose feastday the Catholic Church commemorates today. Vinzenz, through his simple, inconspicuous activity in everyday life, had made the poor and needy people feel how good and merciful God was. Vincent is considered to be one of the founders of modern ecclesiastical care for the poor.

Woelki: God has also become a "great unknown" in the Church

At the same time, Woelki also diagnosed an increasing religious ignorance within the Church. God had also become a "great unknown" to many Catholics. Altogether the Christian, especially in ecclesiastical form, seems to evaporate today, according to the Cardinal.

The focus of the debates of the bishops today is the environmental encyclical "Laudato si" by Pope Franziskus from the year 2014.

Acts of the Apostles 17
[22] But Paul standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are too superstitious. Stans autem Paulus in medio Areopagi, ait : Viri Athenienses, per omnia quasi superstitiosiores vos video. 
 [23] For passing by, and seeing your idols, I found an altar also, on which was written: To the unknown God. What therefore you worship, without knowing it, that I preach to you: Praeteriens enim, et videns simulacra vestra, inveni et aram, in qua scriptum erat : Ignoto Deo. Quod ergo ignorantes colitis, hoc ego annuntio vobis.

Cathcon: This gives a whole new meaning about going back to the early church.   All too many have kept on going and reverted to paganism.

Support for more religion, less politics in inter-religious dialogue in Germany

The German Bishops' Conferencing consults on an interreligious dialogue
"Less talking about political, more about religious issues"

"With cleverness and love"

Inter-religious dialogue is a theme of the autumn plenary session of the German Bishops' Conference in 2017.

In the interview, the head of the Bishops Conference Special Office on Islamic-Christian Dialogue, Dr. Timo Güzelmansur, on the relationship between "Church and Islam". You have over 35 years of experience in inter-religious dialogue. What fruits could you harvest?

Dr. Timo Güzelmansur (Managing Director of the Christian-Islamic Meeting and Documentation Centre, Bishops Conference): A lot. Above all, through the documents of the German Bishops' Conference, a discussion of the debate was carried out on issues such as mosque construction. The point is that we are not just talking about fear, but about people who are looking for places to practice their religion.

Another topic is Islamic religious education. The possibility that Muslims would like to pass on their religion adequately to the coming generations. This is not to take place somewhere in the back room, but in the school as equal citizens in this state and by scientifically well-trained persons. These are topics that would not have been achieved without the dialogue efforts of the Catholic Church. With the AfD, a party which is very far right has now moved into the German Parliament. A deeply divided society in Germany can also be identified. Does this make your work more difficult?

Güzelmansur: Definitely. I myself experience when I am speaking, in a parish, in a church, or in an academy, that people there express questions or thoughts that may be close to this party.

This makes it difficult to talk with one another objectively and it creates fears. However, if you listen carefully and follow up, they are generalized judgments that have nothing to do with actual reality. That worries us. You consult the German Bishops' Conferences with your specialist office and exchange information. What does this advice look like?

Güzelmansur: We are involved in different opinion-forming processes, we also pass on our expertise on various topics. I am also involved in the sub-committee "Inter-religious Dialogue". The flow of information and the exchange are also available - also bilaterally with the consultants of the sub-committees. We try to pass on our knowledge and competence to the various bodies. Do you have a desire for inter-religious dialogue for the future?

Güzelmansur: I have the desire that we talk less about political and more about actually religious topics. We are religious people, carry out this dialogue out of deepest religious conviction and also want to understand the religious view of the others.

We want to see where we can work together for this society in a peaceful way so that we can develop our society in the best way possible. My wish is that we can make the good potentials of our religions available to other people and report on them. Can you speak of a friendship created by the interreligious dialogue?

Güzelmansur: Yes. I notice this in many meetings with Muslim dialogue partners. You can always experience this at the Catholics events, on the podium, for example. There is a deep friendship with some Muslim dialogue partners. It is always nice to meet. You can tell, if you embrace, how to greet the other - this is always a nice experience.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Extraordinary statues and images in a Rome church

 Last Supper!

 Holy Family!

 St Sebastian!
St Michael!

I have no idea what they were trying to prove or achieve.

Outrageous decoration of the Holy Stairs- Scala Sancta in Rome

From Wikipedia

The Scala Sancta (English: Holy Stairs, Italian: Scala Santa) are a set of 28 white marble steps that are Roman Catholic relics located in an edifice on extraterritorial property of the Holy See in Rome, Italy proximate to the Archbasilica of St. John in Laterano. Officially, the edifice is titled the Pontifical Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs (Pontificio Santuario della Scala Santa). The Holy Stairs, which long ago were encased in a protective framework of wooden steps, are in an edifice that incorporates part of the old, Papal Lateran Palace. The Holy Stairs lead to the Church of St. Lawrence in Palatio ad Sancta Sanctorum (Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Palatio ad Sancta Sanctorum) or simply the "Sancta Sanctorum" (English: Holy of Holies), which was the personal chapel of the early Popes. According to Roman Catholic tradition, the Holy Stairs are the steps leading up to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem on which Jesus Christ stepped on his way to trial during his Passion. The Stairs reputedly were brought to Rome by St. Helena in the fourth century. For centuries, the Scala Sancta has attracted Christian pilgrims who wish to honor the Passion of Jesus Christ. The Passionists hold the custody.

Outrageously, they allowed Buddhist monks to ritually decorate the stairs.

And on another occasion, when I was visiting, they use the Sanctuary as a platform for the Italian national gas company.

Oddly, the booklet containing the prayers to say on your knees as you ascend the stairs are available only at the top. 

"Anti-Papal manipulation by enemies of the Pope and the Gospel"

The Italian Archbishop Bruno Forte defends Pope Francis against heresy accusations. Those critics who accused the pope of presumed heresies have not understood him at all, said the Archbishop of Chieti who is also a distinguished theologian, according to a report from the Catholic daily newspaper Avvenire on Tuesday.

The signatories to the Pope's "Correction" published last weekend on the Internet were an "absolute minority". They have have not grasped, but misunderstood, Francis's letter on marriage and family in April 2016 ". Their "attack" was "serious": "manipulation, prejudice, an operation against the pope and against the Church". Forte was a special Secretary of Episcopal Synod on Marriage and Family in 2014/2015. In this function, he was also involved in the final document.

According to the theologian, the "Pope's letter" Amoris laetitia "on marriage and the family of April 2016" did not change the doctrine of the Church ". Rather, "it simply answers to a pastoral question", especially concerning the remarried divorced. "It is certain that God's love does not leave these people." How the Church is able to express God's love in the "living conditions of such injured families", is a necessary question and "absolutely legitimate," the Archbishop quotes.
"Positions that leave the faith"

The theologian Giuseppe Lorizio of the Pontifical Lateran University also rejects the "Correction" in "Avvenire". The seven sentences which the authors of the text put under suspicion of heresy "are not in the Papal document"; this kind of citation is "intellectually dishonest". It was not "about defending the Pope." Instead, the attack was ultimately directed "at the Gospel" and "a whole tradition that comes from the Council of Trent, which the signatories obviously do not know." The Council of Trent finally formulated in Chapter 12 of the Decree on Reconciliation that no one could be completely sure of the grace of God. "This means that no one is in a position of security, as far as grace is concerned. In this tradition, the pope writes with "Amoris laetitia". "

"Static, non-dynamic notion of grace"

The authors of the anti-papal document had "an automatic and static idea of grace"; which in reality is "dynamic". On the controversy over the admission of remarried divorced to the communion, Lorizio observes that the Eucharist should be seen "not only as food for those already perfected": "The Eucharist is also the way of our weakness."

The theologian reacts mockingly to a passage of the document which speaks of an "eternal discipline" in the area of the sacraments. "What does it mean forever? The discipline of the Sacraments comes from the Council of Trent. And what about the 1,500 years before that? "That Christians, under the guidance of a bishop or priest, made a path of repentance and distinction was not an invention of Pope Francis:" That has always existed in the tradition of the Church! " The daily newspaper "Avvenire", published by the Italian Episcopal Conference, mentions the document published on the Internet in its headline "Anti-papal manipulation".

The signatories of the document, published in several languages, expressed the view that Francis had "encouraged heretical positions on marriage, morals and the doctrine of the sacraments" in a direct or indirect way. The key to this move is the letter "Amoris laetitia" from 2016. The declaration of 62 laymen and clerics, among them the German writer Martin Mosebach, the former head of the Vatican bank IOR, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi as well as the Superior of the Society of St Pius X, Bernard Fellay who is the only bishop signing.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Systematic desecration of Austrian Cathedrals and Churches and Monasteries

A group called "Electric Church" in St Stephen's Cathedal in Vienna.

In Graz, the Church of Divine Mercy.

In Klosterneuberg Monastery

Karlskirche in Vienna

Among other places....

Tears of St Peter


Ally of Pope hits back at signatories of Correctio Filialis

"You have not understood the Pope at all!" 

The Italian Archbishop Bruno Forte sharply criticises the critics of Pope Francis. The "Correction" published over the weekend testify to ignorance and prejudice. The Italian theologian and Archbishop Bruno Forte defends Pope Francis. The Archbishop of Chieto-Vasto, according to a report from the Italian daily newspaper Avvenire (Tuesday), said that critics who recently accused the Pope of alleged heresies had not understood him at all. The signatories of the Pope's "Correction" published on the Internet during the weekend were an "absolute minority". 

They had not have grasped, but misunderstood, Francis's letter on marriage and family in April 2016 ". Forte was a special Secretary of the Episcopal Synod on Marriage and Family in 2014/2015. In this function, he was also involved in its final declaration. The Papal letter, "Amoris laetitia" on marriage and the family of April 2016 had not changed the doctrine of the Church, according to the theologian. Rather, it answers to a pastoral question in the certainty that God's love does not exclude the divorced. Hiw the Church is able to express God's love in the "living conditions of such injured families" is a necessary question and "absolutely legitimate", the archbishop says 

Whoever loves the Church cannot sign.

Forte sharply criticises the critics: anyone who ignores this concern of "Amoris laetitia" and "at any price positions adopt positions that depart from the Catholic faith," shows a "prejudiced behaviour and have scorned the spirit of the Second Vatican Council whicg the Pope embodies," said the former professor of theology. He who loves the Church and is faithful to the Pope as Peter's successor cannot sign such a document. 

The signatories of the document, published in several languages on the Internet on Sunday, expressed the view that Francis had "encouraged heretical positions on marriage, morals and the doctrine of the sacrament" in a direct or indirect way. A key element of the initiative is the letter "Amoris laetitia" from 2016. The declaration of the laymen and clerics, among them the German writer Martin Mosebach, the former head of the Vatican Bank IOR, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, as well as the Superior of the Society of St Pius X., Bernard Fellay. (CBA) 


Monday, September 25, 2017

Religious leaders react with horror to German election result

Reactions of religious representatives to the Bundestag election

In view of the election results for the AfD at the Bundestag election, representatives of the committees are shocked and see great challenges for the next four years.
Central Committee of Catholics: "Do not give AfD a place at court"

The President of the Central Committee of German Catholics (Zdk), Thomas Sternberg (who is a member of the CDU), spoke of a "bitter evening": "We hoped that they would not get such a high number of votes."

The church should not give the party “a special place at court. It is important that we understand as a church, what has led people to choose such a party in such high numbers, and we have to involve ourselves more intensively, and we will do so with all our strength."

The task now is to look closely at what the party is doing and to deal with issues such as the Islamic Dialogue or Europe because these could be "damaged by a strong Afd", according to Thomas Sternberg, head of lay Catholics in Germany.

"We are dealing with a party in which leaving the Church was called for and expressions such as the Christian West and Christianity were abused."

Cardinal Reinhard Marx warns against rising nationalism

"Our nation first, we first" – in this way every war began, warns the Munich Archbishop and Cardinal.

We should not allow ourselves to be seduced. Christians must be the forerunners of togetherness, for before God it does not count where one comes from, but who one is.

"With God, there are other laws, and not the law, we first, our nation is greater and stronger and more powerful and we are worthier than others."

Cardinal Reinhard Marx

Protestant Church Council President Heinrich Bedford-Strohm

EKD Council President Heinrich Bedford-Strohm has described the success of the AfD in the German election as a "wake-up call for all", "who are concerned with peaceful and solidarity in a cosmopolitan Germany".

According to Bedford-Strohm, in an initial reaction to the election result of the AfD, the suppression of speakers during election rallies and personally offensive slogans were "frightening expressions of a lack of political culture." That is why all of us now need to work together "to ensure that exclusion and hate-filled voices do not poison life in our country."

The greatest democratic challenge since the foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany

Josef Schuster, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, sees the Federal Republic of Germany facing the greatest democratic challenge since 1949.

"For the first time, a right-wing populist party, with a strong overlap with the right-wing extremist scene, has been elected to the Bundestag on this scale. The other parties are not allowed to play against each other, nor to provoke them."

Josef Schuster, Central Council of the Jews

"I expect our democratic forces to unveil the true face of the AfD and unmask the populist's empty promises," said the President of the Central Council, Schuster.

Charlotte Knobloch: AfD result "is a nightmare"

The former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Charlotte Knobloch, calls the robust performance of the AfD in the German parliamentary elections a "real nightmare".

With the AfD, inter-alia, exclusion, ethnic nationalism, Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism and anti-religious sentiment would have a place in the German Parliament. "The party program and candidate lists show: They are back, the unfaithful obne , who stir up hatred and contempt," said the 84-year-old president of the Munich and Upper Bavarian Jewish Community, who serves as a representative for Holocaust memory in the World Jewish Congress.

World Jewish Congress: result is "abominable"

Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Congress of the World, declared in New York that it was "abominable" that the AfD now had been given an opportunity to tout its “repulsive” program in the German Parliament. He described the party as a "disgraceful, backward-moving movement that would recall the worst of the German past and should be ostracized".

Central Council of Muslims: "We are very unsettled"

The chairman of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, Aiman Mazyek, alleges that the established parties and the media were complicit in the robust performance of the AfD. Many things, "which were heard in the election campaign from the democratic parties, albeit more cleverly and more covertly, were AfD rhetoric, and thus kowtowed to these ideologues," said the Chairman of the Central Council of Muslims.

"We Muslims are very insecure."
Central Council of Muslims in Germany

Gökay Sofuoglu, the President of the Turkish Community in Germany, said:

"We must make it clear that a diverse and open society is not a burden caused by immigration, but rather an opportunity to courageously rethink traditional methods and systems and enable equal opportunities for all people living in Germany."

Cardinals and Bishops in dispute about ecumenism

According to the Cardinal, there is an ethical fundamental difference between Catholics and Protestants. Cardinal Woelki has torpedoed the ecumenical course of Munich's Reinhard Marx.

The biggest surprise of the 2017 Reformation Jubilee is how well the Catholics and Protestants get along with each other 500 years after the division of the church. They celebrate a joint Festival of Christ, leading representatives of both denominations have gone on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, have regretted and condemned the mutual condemnations of the past, and now they are so united.

The Cardinal Reinhard Marx and Heinrich Bedford-Strohm (the Council President of the Protestant Church in Germany), wanted this to be even more: At the end of the year, Protestant Christians from mixed denominational couples on a case by case basis were to be admitted to the Catholic communion, a small step that something is moving in ecumenism. It was clear that Rome was ready to "make progress this year", said Cardinal Walter Kasper, once the "Ecumenical Minister" of the Curia and now one of the favourite theologians of Pope Francis.

Ecumenical table and bed yes, Eucharist no

Catholic-Protestant couples are not allowed to participate in the Lord's Supper. Well, in the Reformation year, there are signals from the Vatican of change coming soon.

But that is not going to happen as there is a discordant note in the harmony of the Reformation year. In this case, it is not coming from the hard-fisted interferers in Rome, but with the fact that the Catholic bishops in Germany cannot agree. They meet from Monday evening for the autumn meeting in Fulda - and on Tuesday, when if the 68 bishops and auxiliary bishops accept their work, a sweeping blow against ecumenism and the admission of Protestants to the Eucharist will appear in the ecclesiastical journal, Herder Correspondenz. The text has been given to the Süddeutsche Zeitung. It author: the Cologne Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, Archbishop of the largest German bishopric - and increasingly the antipode of the bishop's chairman, Marx.

With all the joy of mutual appreciation, one should not hide the problems in ecumenism, writes Woelki. So there is an "increasing disagreement on moral and social ethics," in bioethics, on "marriage for all", in the "assessment of abortion, euthanasia or divorce", so much so that one must “talk of an ethical fundamental difference between both confessions”.

Woelki causes disruption by stating that the Protestant church presents itself as a "confession of freedom" - against the Catholic Church, which then appears to be unfree and backward, and confronts the Protestants. Luther had preached the absolute obedience to God, "not the freedom of autonomous self-determination." He, Woelki, doubted "in the face of the many divisions of Protestantism" that " a confessional unit can be based on Luther's sola scriptura (alone from Scripture) " -the Pope and Magisterium is necessary for this unity.

Visiting Boniface

From 16 to 21 October 1867, German Catholic bishops met for a "confidential discussion about the most important questions of the time" - in Fulda at the tomb of St. Boniface, the "Apostle of the Germans". The place and the assembly were signs. The bishops wanted to demonstrate self-consciousness against the Prussian-Protestant supremacy. The first meeting has become a tradition: For the past 150 years, Germany's bishops have been meeting for the autumn assembly in Fulda.
And why should not the Protestants agree with Catholics on the definition of the priesthood, the bishop's office? At present a mutual invitation to the Eucharist and the Lord's Supper is dishonest. According to the Cardinal, Martin Luther would not "invite the Catholics to the communion of the Lord's Supper" unless there was a common confession.

The contribution is thus gaining in importance because here not an individual ecumenically-frustrated person writes about his wrath from the soul (within the Archbishopric of Cologne, it is said that Woelki limits his ecumenical commitment to the necessary). The Cardinal in Cologne summarizes what those bishops think, that the harmony to the Reformation year goes too far, but they do not dare to formulate this too sharply: you cannot water down the positive headlines because of your own faith. Seven of the 27 diocesan bishops are against the invitation of selected Protestants to Communion, it is said. Now that Woelki has so openly made himself the spokesman for this minority, it should be over with the ecumenical sign: the statute.


Saturday, September 23, 2017

New Bishop of Innsbruck- made in the Pope's image

This is the new Bishop of Innsbruck, Hermann Glettler  The Pope rejected the Terna and made his own choice.

(showing enormous respect for the decoration of his baroque church)

Here he is putting the finishing touches to one of his works of art, "Wounded Light". in Vienna's Votivkirche.

Pictures can only be seen by following the link as they are copyright.

The statue is decorated with mini-torchlights.

Meaningless modernism.

It is meant to say something (what?) about the theology of the body.

Cathcon despairs.

Kath,net reports.

The new bishop of the diocese of Innsbruck is likely to be conformed: Pope Francis has appointed the Episcopal Vicar of the Diocese of Graz-Seckau, Hermann Glettler (52), according to the information provided by the Tiroler Tageszeitung (Friday). The decision would be approved by the Council of Ministers next week, they said. There is no official confirmation of this either from the Diocese of Innsbruck or the diocese of Graz-Seckau.

Hermann Glettler was born in 1965 in Übelbach (district Graz area). He is parish priest in Graz and Episcopal Vicar for Caritas and Evangelism. He became well-known. for his commitment to the socially weak as well as for being an "artist priest".

Glettler would be the first fifth bishop at the head of the diocese, which was set up  in 1964. Since the move of Bishop Manfred Scheuer to Linz at the beginning of the year 2016, the Diocese had been  led in the interim by Jakob Bürgler as a diocesan administrator.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Cardinal Müller believes he could return to the Curia

Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller in discussion in Mannheim: He wished, however, that in the case of teaching documents clear theological preparations take place.

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Pope Francis had a completely different understanding of theology from his predecessor Pope Benedict. This was explained by Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller last week at a panel discussion in Mannheim, as the "Wochenblatt" reported. This "current style" of the Pope "must one somehow also respect and accept". He wishes, however, that clear theological preparations take place for teaching documents.

Müller considers a return to the Curia in Rome possible. In the discussion initiated by Princess Gloria of Thurn and Taxis, Archbishop Georg Gänswein was also present. The Archbishop was shaken by the dismissal of Cardinal Miiller. He told the "Wochenblatt" : "I do not want to comment on a papal decision. But when I heard of it, as it concerned a personal friend, I was very much affected. "


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hustings speech delivered in 2015- for the record


First and foremost a Happy Easter to one and all. It is a great pleasure to be here invited by a community motivated by the last words of the psalms, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord”. We now look forward to the happy Pentecost when there will be mutual understanding and charity in all languages.

A few words of philosophy to start before we get to the practical. I take my inspiration from the great French philosopher, Jacques Maritain, fierce opponent of anti-semitism and proponent of democratic values, when the world was drifting into totalitarianism. He talked about the primacy of the spiritual, in the widest, most generous and ecumenical sense. His second focus was on the intrinsic dignity of the human person, of whatever creed or race. This is a key motivation of my personal outlook.

And finally he revived the idea of the common good, which has roots deep in history, but has been so much lost with the growth of the state, as the cure all to all problems, in modern times.

I had a profound sense of the primacy of the spiritual when I wrote a blog article for one of the national newspapers comparing Muslim and Christian rhythms of prayer on my return from 3 months in Kuwait two years ago.

The common good demands a wide and generous tolerance and mutual respect. A free conscience is the first representative of Jesus Christ, as the 19th century theologian, Cardinal Newman said.

I am quite clear that Judaeo-Christian values have to be respected within our own society.

Now turning to the practical. The Churches are magnificent in direct and unmediated charity, a role much underestimated. It is the parable of the good Samaritan made real and as St Paul says, If I speak human or angelic languages but do not have charity, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal. That said, Churches are no substitute for state action, but are very effective in working alongside the state.

Yesterday, I visited the food bank at St Peter’s Church in Pwllheli. What a magnificent work I found. I listened to stories of the unrelenting nature of the social service reform. How a woman was forced back to work who was literally on her death bed. What a catastrophe has overtaken us that we find this in any way acceptable. Of course, the welfare system should be simplified and streamlined, as is ukip policy. The present reforms however have found it far easier to target the weakest, most vulnerable and most honest rather than take on those who are gaming the system.

I oppose the bedroom tax- it operates unfairly, penalising those who cannot find alternative accommodation and takes insufficient account of the needs of families and the disabled.

It is only reasonable that child benefit should be paid to children resident in the UK. Benefits need to be capped- and also child benefits should be limited to the first two children. Getting reform of the benefit system right is a matter of pure justice.

I also spent yesterday visiting local businesses- for it is economic transformation and revival that will build up social cohesion and rescue many for poverty. And to the greatest degree possible these should be sustainable jobs within the just operating of the labour market. My father was a trade union leader and December his work on unfair dismissal cases always peaked. He had one man on his doorstep in floods of tears as he had been dismissed on December 18. There has to be more solidarity within society and this means solidarity not just between people but between generations.

The bonds of trust and charity within the community have been slowly eroded since the ending of World War II, whose 70th Anniversary we celebrate on the day after the election on May 7th. For the good of society, on that day, we should begin to repair them again. This is not a party matter it is a matter for all parties.

Many thanks to Tywyn Baptists for organising such a splendid event.

Cardinal in court accused of cover-up


Cardinal in court for not reporting crime

The French priest, Bernard Preynat was said to have attacked at least 70 children in the 1980s. Ten of the victims claimed that Cardinal Philippe Barbarin knew about it at the time.

Lyon’s Cardinal Philippe Barbarin has been heard by the court on Tuesday for not reporting sexual assaults. However, he did not appear personally but was represented by his lawyer. The main hearing will take place from 4 April 2018, as the court reported on Tuesday; the verdict is to be announced on 6 April. The complainants are ten victims of a paedophile priest and former scout master from the second half of the 80s. They accuse Barbarin of not having followed up the accusations against the priest,Bernard Preynat, in 2007. Overall, he could have assaulted around 70 children.

The newspaper "Le Figaro" reported in the evening further details of the "very technical" preliminary hearings. Five other representatives of the Archdiocese of Lyon, as well as the new Spanish prefect of the Vatican Confederation of the Congregations, Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, are therefore invited to make statements. The newspaper reports that Ladaria, in his former post, in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, had communicated to Barbarin in writing "to take the necessary disciplinary steps and at the same time to avoid a public scandal". Now the accusation of "complicity" is also being made against him, according to the newspaper, since he had not expressly requested the Cardinal to intervene with the civil authorities.

In 2016, other proceedings against Barbarin were suspended. Already in 2016, the Court had ruled against Barbarin for not reporting sexual assaults of another paedophile priest. At that time, the prosecutor's office stopped the proceedings after a few months; there was no evidence of a criminal offense on his part. In the middle of August, the Cardinal had admitted mistakes in dealing with sexual abuse reports when interviewed by the newspaper "Le Monde". According to the French Prime Minister, his action in 2007 was "not appropriate" to the seriousness of the incidents. Today, the priest concerned is no longer allowed to continue working, says Barbarin. The Cardinal described his own conduct at that time as a mistake, especially with respect to the victims. At the same time, he emphasized that he had "absolutely covered nothing up". This word is "inadmissible" in the context.

Barbarin said that the priest in question had claimed that in 2007 that nothing had happened since 1991. He had checked this and left the priest in office. "Some say that this is not possible because misbehavers invariably follow a repeating pattern," the primate said. In fact, however, nothing has so far been placed on the record. (CBA)


Cathedral defends decision to allow Hellboy filming

"Church officials have defended their decision to allow the latest Hellboy movie to be filmed inside Wells Cathedral.
The film involves a comic book superhero with a back story including Nazism and the occult.
Some worshippers have criticised the decision to allow the 900-year-old building to host the filming.
However, officials said the film was a classic story of good versus evil."

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Wells Cathedral was Catholic until the reformation.  They should give it back.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cardinal preaches on "Bodyguard"

Can you imagine that Rainer Maria Cardinal Woelki walks around the cathedral happily and whistles the Whitney Houston († 2012) hit "I will always love you"?

The song he himself could sing as a bishop, said Woelki on Sunday in the Domradio. And it all depends completely on the Hollywood movie "Bodyguard".

"The story is encouraging"
In this Houston plays not only the leading role, even the song is the title song of the movie, whose story Cardinal Woelki finds "encouraging". People wanted a safe world without class and race differences, in which "the successful pop singer falls in love with the poor lifeguard," said the Cardinal. It is hard to say "just a nice word to the daft neighbours or the co-worker at the workplace. Not to mention living together with people of different origins, culture or religion. "

Everyone has a bodyguard

On the other hand, stories such as "Bodyguard" give courage to overcome one's own narrow limits and to be "there and everywhere for each other." He is convinced that every human being has such a bodyguard - formerly called a Guardian Angel "And if true, infinite love comes then, then happiness is perfect," said Woelki. "This happens - thank God - not just in the film."

"My bodyguard is called Jesus Christ"

And his personal guardian angel? "My bodyguard is Jesus Christ!"

The Cardinal knows that the musical has seen more than 500,000 spectators in the Musical Dome and has now moved to Stuttgart, but he was not in the "Blue Tent". However, the film also suffices for his insights.


Cathcon: The tragic Whitney Houston was no friend of the Catholic Church calling Catholicism "just a trip" in an interview with Playboy.

Rock around the clock religious