Thursday, January 26, 2006

Church becomes tent city


In the Church of St Boniface, Brussels there is a growing tent city. It is occupied by the "without-papers" demanding their rights. There are hundreds of places to choose to occupy in Belgium but they have chosen to desecrate a Church. We found in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, four people including possibly the priest (difficult to say from the way he was dressed) about to start the "Rosary of the Holy Spirit". The Church is run by the Spiritan Fathers who are reviving this devotion originally approved by Pope Leo XIII.

However, the rest of the Church has been utterly tranformed, starting with the posters outside.

They even have a computer installed on which they were playing card games.

And an open fire. Sorry for the poor quality of the photo. The man was quite aggressive.

The tents run the entire length of the aisle.

Not the first time that this has happened in Brussels. How can you evangelise when most people would be too frightened to enter this Church? The Church authorities don't care.

Tabernacle in the Confessional


The Church of the Holy Trinity, Brussels has in the last few days reopened after a closure of ten years. But be careful when you are passing the row of confessionals as
they have decided to reserve the Blessed Sacrament there.

And instead of a Cross behind the altar, they have a wierd bird-like figure.

The Church was the Church for the Knights of Malta in Belgium before its closure.

Why can Michael Schiavo marry again in a Catholic Church?

"Because he met the requirements for marriage in the Roman Catholic Church."

According to an e-mail, I receive this morning from the Vocations Director of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg. Since when do unrepentant wife killers meet these requirements.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Chapel of Corpus Christi, Toledo University, Brazil


High Altar


Tearful farewell to Crossley church

in Australia

"Yesterday, 91 years of Catholic tradition and four generations of Lanes joined more than 600 past and present parishioners to farewelled the majestic building with one last service."

Cardinal Danneels

hosts evangelisation conference in Brussels or is that a dialogue conference?

Monday, January 23, 2006

Art lover transforms old church

into gallery

The Church closed on economic grounds.

The Church does not need liturgical consultants

with these views! "Your church is your self-portrait. For the last 35 years this church has been your self-portrait,' DeSanctis said. Or better, does not need them period. You come to Church to find God, not to find a self-portrait.

Anglican "bishop"

forgets Easter. He is also missing Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. This is the same "church" that accuses Catholics of emphasising the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross and forgetting the Resurrection. No wonder then anglican churches are emptier than Catholic Churches and practice even less regular.

Sunday, January 22, 2006


Blessed and praised be Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Posted by Picasa

Stealth priestess detected on German television


Closed on "administrative grounds" for the last decade.

High Altar of the Church of the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity, Brussels.

Chapel of the Our Lady of Flanders School, Kortrijk, Belgium


With Churches like these, it is not so surprising that alien images of the Holy Family are to be found. The Christmas Crib in Linz, Austria.

The Holy Family and shop window dummies. They can't see the difference in Linz.
With Churches like these, it is not so surprising that alien images of the Holy Family are to be found. The Christmas Crib in Linz, Austria.

The Holy Family and shop window dummies. They can't see the difference in Linz.

"A Call to [not!] believe


but it doesn't matter how."

The Archdiocesan newspaper today in Brussels. So much for the claims of Catholicism. They don't know or most likely don't care what the Pope has said about the dangers of religious relativism.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

The Carmel in Echt

Netherlands where St Edith Stein was arrested prior to being taken to Auschwitz in Poland, where she was killed with her sister, Rosa shortly after her arrival. She is the saint with no grave.

She was declared the co-patroness of Europe in 1999

The Convent chapel

The Shrine that has been erected to St Edith Stein in Echt Parish Church. On the right, her choir robe. On the left what seems like an altar containing secondary relics in the display case. But mindful of the post-conciliar "requirements" that there should only be one altar in a Church, the top slopes so the shrine becomes more like a display case.

Relics; as well as a book published after the saint's death.

Marists- new and old

Marist Chapel in Australia. Not too different from their dining room.

Three Marist provincials

Task force on Marist identity in Europe - it would help if you dressed as religious.

As you were.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Traditional Seven Sacraments

now "channeling".

Channelling or channeling is the alleged communication of information to or through a physically embodied human being (the channel or medium), from a spirit or other supernatural entity outside the mind (or self) of the channel.

Channelling is part of the belief systems and rituals of many religions, such as shamanism, Candomblé, Voodoo, Kardecism, Umbanda, and more. It is tied up with new age, occult and mediums but that does not seem to worry the Catholic Enquiry Office, part of an Agency of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales who provide the site.

And the Church is not a club. If you want a cosy club; play golf.

Church closing plans

-shock faithful

And yet again the odious comparison with a death. Church closure can be avoided, death cannot. It is not inevitable.
"Rev. Jim Higgins, episcopal vicar for the Sarnia deanery, said plans call for transitional teams to assist parishes with 'the grieving and healing process' once Fabbro makes his final decision on reorganization by the end of June. "

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Bernardus Johannes Cardinal Alfrink

Priesthood: Ordained, August 15, 1924. Episcopate: Elected titular archbishop of Tiana and appointed coadjutor of Utrecht, May 28, 1951. Consecrated, July 17, 1951, Utrecht, by Paolo Giobbe, titular archbishop of Tolemaide di Tebaide, nuncio-internuncio in Holland. Apostolic administrator of Utrecht, September 8, 1955. Transferred to metropolitan see of Utrecht, October 31, 1955. Military vicar of Holland, April 16, 1957. Cardinalate: Created cardinal priest, March 28, 1960; received red hat and title of S. Gioacchino, March 31, 1960. President of Episcopal Conference of Holland. Resigned pastoral government of archdiocese, December 6, 1975. Death: December 16, 1987, Nijmegen, Holland. Buried, St. Catharina metropolitan cathedral, Utrecht.

The Dutch hierarchy and the heretical Dutch Catechism
Before the Second Vatican Council, Sunday Mass attendance was more than 80% in the Netherlands. This percentage dropped in 1966 to 64.4%; in 1970 to 47.2%; in 1976 to 31.1%. By 1978, Sunday Mass attendance hit the low level of 27.8% of all registered Catholics of seven years or older. The destruction of the Catholic Faith in the Netherlands falls squarely on the shoulders Dutch bishops.

The Dutch Church following Vatican II has been likened to an “ecclesial laboratory” [you don't under any circumstances experiment with the salvation of souls]which, like a rotten seed, germinated and poisoned the hearts and minds of many of the Catholic faithful. The modernist tactics of disobediently promoting Communion in the hand (and later saying it was out of control so it should therefore be “legalized”), spreading heretical catechisms, and openly disobeying the Holy Father, became a winning recipe for Faith-wreckers throughout the world. As Cardinal Adrianus Simonus has said, “There is no doubt that public criticism of the Magisterium and hierarchy, which became widespread in the whole Church, did start more or less in the Netherlands.”

1965: As early as 1965, the Vatican had taken to task Cardinal Alfrink of the Netherlands for not stopping the abusive practice of Communion in the hand: “Preserve the traditional manner of distributing Holy Communion. The Holy Father … does not consider it opportune that the sacred Particle by distributed in the hand and later consumed in different manners by the faithful and, therefore, he vehemently exhorts [that] the Conference offer the opportune resolutions so that the traditional manner of communicating be restored throughout the world.” (October 12, 1965 letter of the Consilium to Cardinal Alfrink)

1966: On March 1, 1966, the heretical Dutch Catechism received an “Imprimatur” from Cardinal Alfrink, showing that the bishops of the Netherlands approved the catechism and that they shared the beliefs expressed in it. By October 9, 1966, over 400,000 copies of the Dutch Catechism had been printed.

The Vatican intervenes
1967: The Holy See undertook a doctrinal examination of the Dutch Catechism and appointed a combined Dutch and Roman Commission, which met at Gazzada in April 1967. In June 1967, a Commission of Cardinals drew up a list of serious doctrinal errors in the work, with the request that the relevant passages should be amended.
During the summer of 1967, the authors prepared a "corrected version" of the disputed passages, but the Commission of Cardinals found the corrections to be entirely inadequate, and in some cases even worse than the original version.

1968: On February 2, 1968, the Dutch hierarchy published their reply to the Vatican. Their text was prefaced by a Letter to the Faithful, which was a firm defense of the Dutch bishops’ "errors and dangers.” This document has been said to amount to an open declaration of heresy and schism. It appears that Pope Paul VI, in reply to the errors of the Dutch hierarchy, issued his Credo on June 30, 1968.

On October 15, 1968, the Vatican issued the Declaration of the Commission of Cardinals on the ‘New Catechism’ (‘De Nieuwe Katechismus’), which stated, “the book itself dares to come to the conclusion, not without violation of the Catholic faith, that the faithful are permitted not to believe in the virginal conception of Jesus in its both spiritual and corporeal reality, but only in its certain symbolic signification.” Doctrinal errors in the Dutch Catechism were in ten major areas: (1) God the Creator, (2) the Fall of man in Adam, (3) the conception of Jesus by the Blessed Virgin Mary, (4) the satisfaction made by Christ, (5) the Sacrifice of the Cross and the Sacrifice of the Mass, (6) the Eucharistic Presence and the Eucharistic change, (7) the infallibility of the Church, (8) the hierarchical priesthood and the power of teaching and ruling in the Church, (9) various points concerning dogmatic theology, and (10) certain points of moral theology. Despite the Vatican interventions, in July 1968 the Dutch Catechism appeared in French translation; in 1969, in Italian translation. The Dutch Catechism was even adopted as a manual of theology in numerous seminaries.

Bishop Juan Rodolfo Laise, who banned Communion in the hand in his Diocese of San Luis, Argentina, had this to say about the Dutch Catechism:

“… we must remember the case of Nieuwe Katechismus (New Catechism) which was published in Holland in 1966 (a country where, already in 1965, Communion was given in the hand without complying with the express prohibitions of Rome). This Catechism, made by request of the Dutch Episcopate, was presented to the faithful by means of a “Collective Pastoral” of the same. Soon afterwards, the Holy See demanded the correction of 14 main points and 45 minor ones. A first attempt of arriving at a new formulation of those points so they would not endanger the integrity of the faith resulted in a failure, since the three theologians who were appointed by the Dutch Episcopate did not accept the suggestions of their representative colleagues of the Holy See. Paul VI then appointed a Commission of six Cardinals that was to solve the issue. This Commission then appointed a mixed commission formed by two theologians named by the Cardinal Commission and two named by the Dutch Episcopate. But one of the latter refused to cooperate before he attended any meeting. That commission elaborated a text that mended the ambiguities and omissions of the Catechism. Those corrections, in spite of having been rejected up front by the writers of the original text, were obligatorially incorporated into the new editions of the Dutch Catechism. The Cardinal Commission, on its part, wrote up a Declaration that was published in the A.A.S. 60 (1968), pp. 685-691 (Ench. Vat., 668-684). The following year (1969), the Catechetical Institute of Nijmegen, responsible for the writing of the Catechism, published the White Book on the Dutch Catechism, on whose cover is found the following explanatory phrase: “Why the corrections made by Rome on the Catechism are unacceptable.” (Communion in the Hand: Documents and History, Bishop Juan Rodolfo Laise, p. 41)
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I have copy of the Dutch Catechism that I keep on my library shelves. I will never lend it to anyone, as much of its contents are entirely repugnant to the Catholic Faith. I read it about once a year. Too unpleasant for further words.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Augustinian Church in Antwerp, Belgium

becomes music centre. This is a report of the opening this month. It is now called Amuz (Antwerp Music). This is their advertising.

"He sees again music in the Church". Nothing else to do but weep.
This Augustinian Church in Utrecht, Netherlands however is thriving. The nearby St Monica's Church bearing the patronage of St Augustine's mother was not so lucky. It was closed on 25 June 1972 after a Pontifical Mass celebrated by Cardinal Alfrink

The St Martin's Church in the same town became appartments.

St Martin's Church in Groningen, Netherlands was destroyed in 1982.
Make way for the bulldozers.

The Pottery at Old St. Pius


- and Catholicism has been replaced by an art that lacks grace and beauty.

Vatican rejects

appeals of 10 closed parishes in Boston

Mount Saint Mary's Church in Leeds

yet another betrayal. More background information here.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Traditional Catholic priesthood


A Chinese priest from 1830

This man is also a Catholic priest, but decadent (and that is being kind).

We need priests who are not a "Catholic act" but who "act Catholic".

Catholic group requests Church

where all Masses are in Latin

"Although the plan would allow Diocese of Buffalo to save a church from closing, the issue is not without controversy". How could the closure even by in question?

Not so happy New Year

in Aachen, whatever their Archdiocesan newspaper says. A Carmel is closed as only two nuns remain. And the building can be put up for sale. The Archdiocese has already made €2.1 million in land and building sales and stands to make €20 million by 2008.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Married Cardinal

coming soon?

Catholic Data and Catholic Statistics

Interesting numbers from 1965 onwards. The real crisis can be seen when the pre-Vatican II Council projections for growth are put against these figures.

Strange stain on glass.

This stained glass window was installed in St Joseph's Church, Oostrozebeke, Belgium in 1980. It owes more to Picasso than Catholicism. Is it any wonder modern people do not understand the Faith anymore? This was meant to be the age of the laity.