Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Bishop tells anyone who criticises Pope to stay away from church events


Pope-critical journalists create "confusion" among the faithful, finds the bishop of Modena. Therefore he does not want to see them at church events. And this also applies to other people.

In Modena, Italy, the bishop called on the faithful not to invite papal-critical journalists to churches and other Catholic institutions. When "seers, charismatics, journalists and intellectuals, who are in a subtle or open contradiction to the official church, and especially to Pope Francis," appear in church buildings, this creates "confusion" among the faithful, writes Archbishop Erio Castellucci in the current edition of his diocesan newspaper.

Freely expression of opinions is not in question, "but not on the stage of Catholic sites," Castellucci continued. The concrete reason for this statement remained unclear. The Italian daily "Il Resto del Carlino" speculated on Tuesday, possibly mystics, who were invited by local prayer groups.


Monday, October 23, 2017

Cardinal Müller thinks Pope surrounds himself with spies and informers.

Last Saturday, Pope Francis received the community of the Pontifical Brazilian College of St Pius
In his address to the seminarians and priests, Pope Francis also spoke of the Roman Curia, and of the "message" of the Mother of God to the Curia staff:

"What the priestly fraternity is most destroyed by is gossip. Gossip is a "terrorist act," because you are throwing a bomb with the talk, destroying the other while you are quite calm. Therefore, it is necessary to protect priestly fraternity. Please, no gossip. It would be very good to have a sign at the entrance: 'No gossip'. Here (in the Apostolic Palace) is the image of Our Lady of Silence, in the elevator of the first floor; the Mother of God says, 'No gossip.' This is the message to the Curia. Observe it likewise. "

The reality practiced by the Pope does not seem to agree with his request ("message"), according to Cardinal Gerhard Müller.

Concerning spies, informers and denunciators

On 20 October, the first day of the meeting "Leader or Follower?" organized by the Iniziativa Subalpina Foundation took place in Stresa on Lake Maggiore . Massimo Franco, a journalist of the Corriere della Sera , conducted a conversation with Cardinal Gerhard Müller, who, on 30 June, was dismissed by Pope Francis as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Faith without being told why

Massimo Franco first referred to the statements of Cardinal Müller that the reigning Pope had reached the Chair of St Peter on a wave of "scandals."

Franco then quoted the Cardinal's statements, which he made in an interview published by Edward Pentin at the beginning of October in the National Catholic Register. Cardinal Müller expressed clear reservations about the people surrounding Pope Francis. Francis receives his information about what is happening in the Congregations and offices of the Curia, not from the Prefects and responsible directors, but from spies and informers.

Massimo Franco: In this interview, you also said that the Pope is surrounded by some spies who report directly to the Holy Father every criticism, even the smallest, which is opposed to him, and that provokes a rather harsh reaction from the pope, that many are dismissed because of these anonymous actions. Do you see this as a strong threat to the Papacy?

Cardinal Gerhard Müller: I did not want to speak publicly about such things. In our case, however, there were three good members of our Congregation, persons with full authority in Church law and a good spiritual life as priests. I was really astonished, for the very fact that the Pope was interfering in such matters. The state president, who looks after the employees in any ministry.

Someone had gone to the Pope and has spoken badly about these people without concrete arguments. He had not spoken to me as the responsible person. I asked him what accusations and evidence there were, but he gave me no answer. The people could not imagine why it was rumoured that they would had done something, otherwise they would not have been sent away. That's why, in my position as the person responsible, I felt compelled to defend the good reputation of these three people.

Massimo Franco: Your defence, as it seems to me, did not help.

Cardinal Gerhard Müller: No, in the end, it did not help at all.

Massimo Franco: Because the Pope was determined to dismiss them?

Cardinal Gerhard Müller: Right, to dismiss them.

Massimo Franco: But What I wanted to understand is that today there are many of these people around the Pope who, as you say, slander. What is your impression?

Cardinal Gerhard Müller: I have only the examples and hear from other dicasteries that the Prefect, although the chief person responsible, is not the Pope's interlocutor, but there are other ways behind the scenes. That does not seem good to me. I think everyone has his rank and responsibility and that should not be circumvented.

Massimo Franco: You say that the Pope does not get to know about the activities in the Congregations via the Prefects, but via people who seem to enjoy his confidence but who, according to your opinion, are not the appropriate channels for the Pope to receive information. Is that correct?

Cardinal Gerhard Müller: That is how it happened in my Cngregation.

Massimo Franco: That is how it happened in your congregation. So, you have felt a bit passed over? You felt betrayed?

Cardinal Gerhard Müller: Yes.


Francis, the polariser is beyond ideology, neither "right" nor "left"


Pope Francis polarized, also unintentionally. Some conservative Catholics criticize him, others start a solidarity initiative. According to the Jesuit Antonio Spadaro, Francis is not associated with any political direction.

"His approach has always been spiritual and never ideological," said the Jesuit Antonio Spadaro in Rome on Saturday evening at the presentation of his interview book with the Pope, which has just been published in Italy. It is impossible to pull Francis into a direction like "right" or "left".

Pope refused an ideologization

The Pope had emphasized that he had never been "right". He thus referred to allegations of a proximity to the Argentine military dictatorship (1976-1983) during his time as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, according to Spadaro. Likewise, Francis had said that he had never been a communist, according to the head of the Jesuit magazine Civilta Cattolica. (Cathcon: well that is a relief)

This, too, shows that the head of the church is miles apart from any ideological approach. "The Pope refuses an ideologization of Christianity, that is, a transformation of Christianity into a religious ideology," says Spadaro.

Interview book by Antonio Spadaro

Spadaro, who, like Francis, belongs to the Jesuit Order, is editor of the interview book "Adesso fate le vostre domande" ("Please ask your questions").


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Luther not really a heretic - Reformation was a work of the Holy Spirit

Galantino's Luther-praise

On 19 October, Bishop Nunzio Galantino, the general secretary of the Italian Bishops' Conference, visited personally by Pope Francis himself in his former bishopric and appointed by him, declared at a Reformation meeting at the Pontifical Lateran University:

"The Reformation initiated by Martin Luther 500 years ago was a work of the Holy Spirit."
At the same time he absolved Luther from all the blame for the division of Latin Christendom:

"Luther himself did not consider himself the author of the Reformation when he wrote:" While I have slept, God has reformed the church."

Probably the most brazen portrayal of the events since Luther's own.

A section on the Pope's praise of Wesley


In the edition published today, the Roman Jesuit paper, La Civiltà Cattolica (issue 4016) deals with the question whether Martin Luther was "really" a heretic. Author of the essay "Martin Luther, 500 years after" is the Jesuit Giancarlo Pani.

Pani showed himself as a Jesuit "street corner lawyer" (Roberto de Mattei) when, shortly before the beginning of the first Bishop's Synod on the Family, he promised recognition of divorce and second. Officially the agenda was, of course, "admission of remarried divorced to the sacraments". Pani claimed that the church had already known divorce and second in history ("Venetian Second"). The message to the Synodal fathers? Cardinal Kasper does not demand anything new. On October 7, 2014, historian Roberto de Mattei rebutted the story of the "Venetian Second".

More to follow!


Professor sacked for signing Correctio Filialis

Stift Heiligenkreuz: Professor dismissed because he asked Pope for the affirmation of the church teaching.

Cardinal Burke, Professor Stark and a monk of Heiligenkreuz....

"New cleansing of the critics of Amoris laetitia: Professor dismissed. [...]

The dismissal of Professor Stark is not to be read as a reaction of the progressive hierarchy to the criticism of a conservative lecturer, but rather as a struggle between the neo-conservative faction, which proves to be ultramontane and over-zealous to obey the Pope everywhere and the traditional world , which does not hesitate to correct even the actions and omissions of a pope if they are contrary to the Gospel and Tradition. The case of Professor Stark adds to the dismissal of Professor Josef Seifert from the Institute of Philosophy of the Archdiocese of Granada, which was decided by local bishop Francisco Javier Martinez. In this case, too, the offence was: lack of enthusiasm for Amoris laetitia. "

On October 19, 2017, Il Foglio commented on the dismissal of Professor Thomas Heinrich Stark, a signatory of the Correctio filialis against the spread of heresies, who taught at the Philosophical and Theological College of Benedict XVI. of the Cistercian monastery of Heiligenkreuz in Austria. Rector, Father Karl Wallner and Major Chancellor Abbot Maximilian Heim, on 15 October, dissociated themselves in a public statement from the Correctio and a "Guest professor". The name of Prof. Stark was not mentioned. On 18 October the students of the university were informed by the board of the Institute of Philosophy, that Prof. Stark's examinations were being invigilated by Prof. P. Marian Gruber. The distancing and dismissal of Prof. Stark was justified by the fact that cum Petro et sub Petro has been regarded as a special characteristic "since their foundation in 1802".

The late Cardinal Carlo Caffarra said ten months ago:

"Only a blind man can deny that with Amoris laetitia the greatest confusion rules in the church."


Pope is said to have criticized Cardinal Schönborn over Islam

On the subject of "Islamization", there is no contradiction between Pope Francis and Cardinal Christoph Schönborn: The spokesman of the Archdiocese of Vienna, Michael Prüller, pointed out on Saturday. The occasion for the statement was the publication of the news magazine, "profil" which, in its forthcoming issue (Monday), quotes Pope Francis as saying: "I have a different approach to Islamization from your Cardinal." This the Pope had recently said, according to "profil", to a "small group of Catholics from Austria". "It seems to me that there is a misunderstanding. What the Pope said at a private audience about Islamization coincides with Cardinal Schönborn's view," commented Schönborn’s spokesman Prüller.

According to “profil” the Pope said that he did not believe in "misunderstood tolerance", but his greatest concern was not the spread of Islam itself but the "indifferent attitude" of Catholics to their own faith. "Cardinal Schönborn could also have said this," said the dry commentary of Prüller. Either the Pope was given a distorted picture of the attitude of the Austrian bishops or the Pope had been grossly misunderstood, Prüller surmised further. "After all the, in reality, the content of the positions of the Pope and Cardinal are consistent which does not very cause great upset".

In this context, Prüller referred to the missionary spirit, which is a priority for the Cardinal. In interviews a year ago, Cardinal Schönborn said: "Europe's Christian heritage is in danger because Europeans have squandered it, and it has nothing to do with Islam or even the refugees, and it is clear that many Islamists like our weakness but they are not responsible for our weakness. We Europeans ourselves are ... The chance for a Christian renewal of Europe lies with us: when we look to Christ, spread his Gospel and deal with our fellow men, even the stranger, as if they are in our heart - in love and responsibility. " And: "We do not need to arm ourselves against other religions in Europe, but we need again a lively Christendom.

Cathcon: The Archdiocese of Vienna spinning faster than Peter Mandelson