Saturday, September 30, 2006

Buy yourself a Bishop's mitre

at the bakery in the Pope's home town of Marktl. You can also use it as a bag if you want.

Not forgetting there are also Papal chocs and candles (which come in all sizes and forms)

Savour the tiramisu (literally from Italian, Pick me up) as a Papal gateau.

If you don't want any of these, there is also the Marktl Umbrella, the sweet Episcopal Headgear, the Papal Beer, the Marktl Pilgrims Stick, the model of the house where the Pope was born and last but no means least Papal Wine.

Not for nothing has the German word for marketing = vermarktung been changed to verMARKTLung. The whole operation stands in stark contrast to the piety of much of the merchandise in pilgrimage shrines such as Lourdes.

Armies of statues can wait until after canonisation.

Red alert- new platoon of Stealth Priestesses detected


As Bishop of Linz appoints yet another group to the pseudo-clerical elite of pastoral assistants, calling their job "lay-care of souls". They get paid for this.

A greater sin

than being heretical is to be boring.

The logo at the top sums up exactly where the "event" culture of modern Catholic youthwork that has been extensively covered on this site is heading.

This site, even if it is not an official Catholic site, boasts that it is "German Hardcore Catholicism"

The likes of Stan Fortuna and the Bronx Brothers may not be heretical themselves but they are certainly complicit in this process where heresy is discounted in favour of excitement.

Living Stations of the Cross

encouring Catholic youth to become wierd and gothic.

Or as the Curt Jester has it, Night of the Living Dead.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Since 1997

The Benedictine Monastery of Admont in Austria has been busily building up a modern art collection.

One wonders what prayerful activities have been pushed aside by this collosal waste of time.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Nun in a monster truck

takes the Second Vatican Council's urging to be open to the world, far too far.

Stations of the Cross show in a modern aesthetic


Christ's way of suffering. See "pain is when metal cuts into stone".

and in the local news this has become "14 columns in understanding of the suffering of humanity" Not quite the same thing. So easy as art becomes abstract to drift off into heresy.

Catholic Youth poster from Austria

Full marks for confusing myth and reality. Zero marks for communicating the Catholic Faith.

Padre Pio

Must see photos.

See also video of Padre Pio's Last Mass.

Tips from The Remnant

The allegedly Catholic novelist Graham Greene refused to meet St Pio because he was afraid that his life would have to dramatically change afterwards. Others have been much wiser.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Most scandalous picture ever of a Catholic Mass

countesy of Delerious KEY2LIFE (picture further down)

More Catholic youth work in Austria. Surprised that they don't have a rock band called "Apostasy" - that's certainly the long-term effect of their efforts.

This is the cover of the official Austrian Catholic Youth magazine.

"In love, married, divorced?" is hardly a headline which teaches the virtue of fidelity.

Reading the whole magazine, a deep ambivalence can be found depending on whether you take heros (such as Superman) and Hollywood stars as role models or as an example to avoid.

and within they conflate the reality of Jesus with the modern myth of Superman. "What has Superman learnt from Jesus?" Nothing. Superman does not exist, but God does and is not mocked.Their latest Superman poster here.

This is the latest KEY2LIFE Mass.

As sponsored by Raifaissen Bank (the logo on the tents)

Where many are dressed as if they are members of a strange protestant sect.

The reading of the Epistle, which commands the immediate attention of the priests present.

The most scandalous picture ever taken at any Mass, anywhere in the world.

Last year. Flower power.

And look who's came to visit. Its the Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna. The Logo behind, refering to the tram. "Now there is some nostalgia in the journey."

who actively supports these initiatives.

The Bronx Brothers. Maybe they are Franciscans.
But if so, it is not their job to produce HELL ON EARTH.

See also

for Viennese Masses but also

the Wizard of Oz Mass in America and the Ping Pong Mass for real competition in seeing who can squeeze the most liturgical abuse into one Mass.

Cardinal O'Malley blogs

celebrating Mass at Padre Pio Shrine. I think we can all take a fairly educated guess as to what St Pio would have said to church closures in Boston.

St Francis Chapel

closing with the usual lame excuses and vilification of devout Catholics.

"There is no intention to reverse this decision and it is fully expected that any person present in the chapel will conduct themselves with all respect for the Holy Eucharist," said yesterday's statement from diocese spokesman Mark Dupont.

Just who is abusing the Blessed Sacrament with a statement like this?

Hezbollah rocket strike

almost destroyed Carmelite monastery in Haifa.

"The first rocket to strike Haifa landed in Stella Maris, next to an ancient Carmelite convent overlooking the Prophet Elijah's cave."

More from St Brigids

Landmarking the Church
Currently, the ordinance to landmark the church is with the Land Use Committee of the Board of Supervisors. This ordinance will landmark the exterior of the church including the Harry Clarke stained glass windows.

The Land Use Committee will hear the ordinance this Wednesday, September 27. We are hopeful that the ordinance will move out of this Committee and go to the Board of Supervisors for a vote. The owners of the building, the Academy of Art University, oppose the landmarking.

Please attend this meeting and show your support for making St. Brigid Church a City Landmark! It is vital that we have a large presence at this meeting. The hearing begins at 1:00 p.m. in City Hall, Room 263.

A Challenge to our National Register and California Register Listing
The Academy of Art University recently petitioned the State Office of Historic Preservation requesting that St. Brigid Church be removed from the Determined Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places (National Register) and from listing in the California Register of Historical Resources (California Register). St. Brigid was added to these listings in 1995. Parishioners, John Herrera, James Peterson, and Robert Tokarski, helped make this possible. The report was written by Anne Bloomfield. The Committee's friend, Loren Charles, produced a 9 Minute video which helped to illustrate the beauty of the church.

There will be two hearings regarding this petition.

The City Landmark Preservation Advisory Board will hear the petition on Wednesday, October 4 at 12:00 or 12:30 pm, City Hall, Rm 400. Letters of support should be addressed to:

Mark Luellen
San Francisco Planning Department
1660 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 -2414

The State Historical Resources Commission is scheduled to take action on these requests at its regular meeting on Friday, October 27, 2006, to be held in Sacramento, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Please show your support by writing a letter to the Commission. Written comments regarding this matter should be received by the Office of Historic Preservation no later than October 10, 2006. Letters should be addressed to:

Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA
State Historic Preservation Officer
Office of Historic Preservation
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA 94296 -0001

More information on these topics, including letter writing tips.

Please call us at 415-346-1511 or email us at if you can attend the September 27 hearing. This hearing is very important and we would like to have a count of how many people can attend.


Beatriz St. John
Chair Pro Tem

Are the treasures of the temple

Back in the Holy Land?

Dr John Rao's writings

Spectacular collection of wisdom.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Catholic murdered

but not in apparent robbery, as asserted by the IHT.

"L'European Strategic Intelligence & Security Center affirme que les chefs d'unité de la Commission européenne ont vigoureusement appelé leurs collaborateurs à ne pas évoquer la possibilité d'un crime à connotation religieuse. Selon ces mêmes sources, reprises par l'Institut Hayek, les enfants des victimes, qui ont assisté à toute la scène (le diplomate et son épouse auraient été égorgés devant leurs quatre enfants âgés de 4 à 10 ans), ont précisé que l'assassin aurait notamment hurler "Allah Ô Akhbar" en égorgeant leurs parents."

Source Belgigue et Chretiente. The victim was regularly present at conferences of the same organisation. I doubt if he was a friend of Turkey as asserted in their press.

Pray for the repose of the soul of both victims.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Graveyard Church


In the Diocese of Aachen, they have decided to turn the inside of St Josef's Church into a graveyard.

One can choose whether your ashes (promoting the very unfortunate practice of cremation) are to be buried either of these

or this, depending on your financial circumstances. They even provide bank details on the website. To be buried in Church, used to be an enormous priviledge. Now anyone can do it, for a price.

This is how they expect the interior layout of the Church to develop.

A stream of water will run through the centre of the Church.

If you have any doubts, you can visit the Church on the (Ultra-Ecumenical) Night of Open Churches on 29th September. They will be an opening Mass at 17.00 on All Saints, and a Latin Requiem on All Souls.

What more significant symbol could there be for the death of the European Church, when instead of Masses and the Faithful, the Church is filled with the dead. The only good side of this is that the Bishop of Aachen (who once said that God is not Catholic) has promised that redundant Churches will not be turned into mosques in his Diocese. But he did give one Church to the radical protestant Vineyard Group which preaches anything but Catholicism week by week.

The Church quite recently has been used for advertising.

The Parish of Corpus Christi is now the Parish of Corpus Christi and St Josephs. However, someone, even the devil himself, must have thought it a good joke to call this disturbingly desolate and empty Church, Corpus Christi.
As one German writer has put it, when statues are removed and altars are no longer used, evil spirits perch. At very least, another form of death but this one far worse, as it is a spiritual one.

Summing it all up. An alien image of Christ in St Gregory's Church, Aachen

Feast of the Holy Name of Mary

Tell me by what name art thou called? Genesis 32:29
Because he hath so magnified thy Name this day, that thy praise shall not depart out of the mouth of men who shall be mindful of the power of the Lord for ever. Judith 13:25

The Feast commemorates all the privileges given to Mary by God and all the graces we have received through her intercession and mediation. On this day in 1683, the Turks were defeated at Vienna and Europe saved.

The great Polish military leader, Jan Sobieski saved the day.

The Capuchin Father, Blesed Marco D'Aviano celebrated Mass for the troops just before battle, leading them in repeated cries of 'Jesus! Mary!' During the fighting, he brandished a crucifix at the Turks, shouting, 'Behold the Cross of the Lord: Flee, enemy bands!'

Without this victory, it is unlikely that any European would have a homeland worthy of the name today.

Once Catholic Flanders


where now the Flemish Government boasts of the invaluable contribution to Harry Potter movies.

The Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913 "Flanders may, indeed, be considered the bulwark of Catholicism in Belgium. The Socialists are well aware of this fact, but the Catholics realize it just as clearly, and their defence is equal to the enemy's attack. Every Flemish community has its parochial schools; the Catholic press is equal to its task; and the "Volk" of Ghent has been organized to counteract the evil influence of the Socialist "Voruit"."

Glory of Carmel

Forty-eight wooden panels in the Carmel of Ghent, Belgium. To go to next group, click at the bottom of the page.

The family that prays together, stays together II

The Pope calls for families to say prayers together.

Monday, September 11, 2006

The family that prays together, stays together

One of an enormous collection of Catholic holy cards I purchased yesterday.

Just had the pleasure today of seeing on German TV a Franciscan respond to a protestant minister who accused the Pope of conducting too Catholic an occasion during his pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Altötting in Bavaria. He said that he had bent over backwards for the protestants, visting schools and "churches" but they were divided, their services cold and you could believe anything and nothing. Apart from that they were good people. When protestants convert and pray in the Catholic sense, they will find the unity they crave.

I am visiting the Pope's birthplace of Marktl next week that has now given rise to a new word in German, vermarktlung (vermarktung =marketing) given the commercial exploitation of all things Papal. See earlier post on this issue. Let's see if the Pope's visit changes anything.

The Pope will arrive in about an hour in Marktl. Overnight, two pots of blue paint were thrown against the Pope's childhood home, but the Bavarians have worked at top speed to remove any effects.

Our Lady, Patroness of Bavaria, pray for us!

Our Lord lives in a teepee tabernacle


In St Joseph's Church, Montana. It is an obscure reference also to the tent of the presence which was the travelling tabernacle used by the Jewish people prior to the construction of the Temple.

But at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on John d'Or Prairie, Alberta, Canada, the Sisters of St Cretienne had a whole church built as a teepee, thinking this would impress the locals. This is yet another failed attempt at interculturation, building respect but no conversions. There used to be 16 sisters working in the area in the not too distant past, there are now 2.

And two more examples at an unidentified parish somewhere out West!

First the Church is discoved playing cowboys and then at being Indians. I know St Paul suggested being all things to all men but this is taking matters a bit too far.

As well as my previous report, pictures from two Cow-herders Masses in Brazil.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Defend Holy Days!

in the United Kingdom. English bishops have no backbone. What would happen to them in really dark days, when the devil is abroad?

Suppressed parish’s assets

must go to receiving church, not Diocese says Vatican. Well that's ruined the long-term strategies of many American dioceses!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Former abortion clinic in Williamsville

turned into the chapel of a Catholic radio station.

13th Century Chapel

to be converted into offices by Prince Charles. He is clearly not content with being the Head of the "church" that stole the property from the Catholic Church in the first place.

St Thomas of Canterbury, Exeter, UK


Going, going, gone with planning permission to turn into residential use.

Church destroyed

in China and another to follow.

“Our people sacrificed themselves, even saving on food, to be able to build this church. But now the government ignores the blood and sweat of these poor people and is destroying everything. All this is completely ridiculous and we feel pained and indignant!”

Where are all the human rights and peace and justice activists when you need them?

All Saints of China, pray for us!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Hell is here

Another minor seminary, this time of the Salvatorians. Another case of when the seminarians moved out, the devil moved in.

It served for a short time as John Fitzgerald Kennedy School. My wife remembers being told by the Salesian nuns to pray for the beatification of this well known moralist in 1963, just to prove how strange the world had become around the time of the Second Vatican Council.

Islamic school

The seminary was a ballet school before it was a Muslim school, who, if nothing else, were diseminating error on the person of Christ, who is believed to be a minor prophet by Muslims. Who retained ownership and what restraints the Diocesan authorities attempted to put on future ownership is unclear. What is clear is that if a traditional Catholic group, nay even a slightly conservative Catholic group had tried to purchase this property, they would not have even got a foot in the door.

I will return to the subject of the virtues of Junior Seminary (of which, St Joseph's was an example) at a later date, not least since the alternative presented by the contemporary Church is permanent deacons, however worthy, nearing their retirement age or older, attempting and failing to do the job of priests.

One can only cry for the vocations that have been missed by the closure of these institutions across the Catholic world. There is a famours book in German called "The Wounding" about the baleful life of Catholic seminaries in the post-Vatican II world in the late 1960s and early 1970s and about the psychological damage that they did both to future priests and to those who could no longer stand the pressure and ran away.

St Joseph's Seminary was a casualty not just of the post-conciliar world, but of the plans that were being made by modernisers well before the Council, not least in liturgical matters as has been illuminated here and countless other blogs.

More information on St Michael's Orphanage here and the chapel here. Pugin designed the whole building complex.

Mark Cross in old pictures.

Even in Italy

The sad history of Santa Maria della Pace in Viterbo

Monday, September 04, 2006

Symbol of freedom for Irish Catholicism

Now has become a furniture warehouse.

Carmelite Church

handed over to Archdiocese of Louisville

More here from the Diocese.

And on the other side of the Atlantic, the Carmelite Church in Dublin before the deluge.

Our Lady of Vilnius, New York


Threatened with closure. Many will have survived the Communist and Nazi years, only to have the Diocese close their Church in America. It is a direct attack on ordinary Catholics by the Diocesan elites.

The Hill of Crosses in Vilnius

Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn, pray for us!

A massive resistance to Rome

was called for by Deacon Golatz in the Diocese of Linz. That won't however stop him being ordained a priest.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Feast of Pope St Pius X


Seen here in a procession when he was Patriarch of Venice.

And here in prayer

In the Vatican

His holy death.

At the moment of his beatification on 3rd June 1951, his body
was uncovered.

Pope St Pius X and all holy Popes, pray for us!