Friday, March 02, 2007

Independence Day

Wonder where the got the idea for this Church from?

I know!

Inside the Vatican

interview on the Institute of Christ the King

Vatican II reforms of the liturgy

has only just begun.

"Andrew Cameron-Mowat is Dean of Postgraduate Studies and convenor of the MA in Pastoral Liturgy at Heythrop College and a liturgical musician. He describes the ways in which the liturgical reforms of the Council have been received - a renewal programme 'which has only just begun'. He calls for an end to the squabbles which 'are preventing the Church from moving forward into a truly inculturated way of celebrating the liturgy'."

In full at the ever-interesting WDTPRS

A note on the Synod of Würzburg

the German poor relation of the Second Vatican Council and even less successful.

From Suffering from the Church by Heinrich Fries (emphatically not recommended)

The General Synod of West Germany (1971-1975) had as its goal the application and enculturation of the Second Vatican Council in the German Catholic Church in light of the new problems expressed so turbulently at the 1968 Katholikentag (Catholic Day) in Essen. It was only with great effort that Cardinal Döpfner could read out a greeting from the Pope. At that time a plan was formed to prepare and convene a General Synod of all the West German dioceses. The idea of such a Synod was suggested by the Council itself, which had recalled the idea of a universal priesthood and the responsibility of all the faithful in the fulfillment of the mandate transmitted to the Church, and had made people conscious of the unity of the ecclesiastical mission and the participation of all members of the People of God in the Church's mission and in the threefold office of Christ. The Synod of Würzburg, composed of bishops, priests, theologians, members of religious orders, and laity, was an unparalleled center of communication, the experience and exchange of a lively Communio within the People of God, who together sought and discovered solutions through dialogue and reasoning based on faith.
Certainly the Synod also had its ups and downs; there were tensions that sometimes became an endurance test, expressions of a potential plurality in the Church. But the net did not break. The good will and commitment to the Church of all the participants were acknowledged. That created a solid base for community. Even the compromises, which often had to be settled for, were a sign of mutual respect. This is not the place to present the themes and conclusions of this Synod. The "official complete edition" provides this information. Especially impressive is the Synod's basic statement and its declaration, "Our Hope." A Declaration of Faith for This Time. It is in a decisive way the work of Johannes B. Metz and bears his stamp in form and content. The initial draft was not infrequently disputed vehemently, ostensibly because of its one-sidedness, but it was in the end passed by a large majority. It is a text which today is still as moving, fresh and encouraging as it was during the Synod itself.

The president of the General Synod, Julius Cardinal Döpfner, explained at the end of the final plenary assembly in November of 1975, "The Synod is over - the Synod begins. The real task, to fulfill with spirit and life what was deliberated and resolved in Würzburg, still lies before us. I hope the publication of this complete edition will be an aid in enabling the spirit and letter of the Synod's conclusions under the guidance of God's Spirit in the Church to assume a concrete and fruitful form on all levels in the Church of our country. It was this greatness of faith, hope and charity that the General Synod wished to serve. It is by this goal that the entire post-Synod work of practical translation must be inspired."

The General Synod in Würzburg had as its goal the resumption of the Council and its enculturation in Germany. It was sometimes referred to as the "German Council." The closing song of the Synod was not "See a House Full of Glory," but rather "Awake, the Voice Calls Us!"

The Synod has since faded from memory even more than the Council itself. Scarcely any of the great expectations have been fulfilled. In fact, it has come to the point where those who cite the Synod today and draw upon it as an authority and focus of the Catholic Church in Germany arouse suspicion in some circles that they no longer stand upon the firm ground of the Catholic Church of the present day, that they mourn for something which even during its day was regarded with mistrust, not least because in the voting and passing of resolutions the Synod as a whole was acting as the representative of the People of God in the Bundesrepublik.

Add to this that the decisions agreed upon by the Synod were for the most part rejected by Rome, including even the granting of permission to hold a synod every ten years. That was not very encouraging, but until now it has been understood to mean that only diocesan synods may take place, as in the diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart - in which the Würzburg Synod was not only referred to but remained extremely influential in many of the Rottenburg-Stuttgart declarations.

Help me I am a Catholic


get me out of here!

Cardinal sticks knife into the back of Bishop Mixa


Translated from the super-excellent

The Bishop of Augsburg is being knifed in “a brotherly fashion” at the German Bishops’ Conference but he remains steadfast. What he said, he has said and he would say it again.

The Chairman of the Bishops’ Conference, Karl, Cardinal Lehmann admonished the Augsburg Bishop Dr Walter Mixa on his statements on German family policy. The public admonishment was published in the regional newspaper, Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung.

The Cardinal stated his criticism after the meeting of the Permanent Council of the German Bishops’ Conference which had been held in the Holy Land last Thursday.

Cardinal Lehmann considers the drastic choice of words by the Bishop of Augsburg to be wrong.

“Bishop Mixa should have considered more deeply that many parents have no relatives living near them and have to rely on children’s nursery facilities”, criticised Cardinal Lehmann.

He adds, trying to be as wise as Solomon, he added that the Bishop of Augsburg’s criticism uncovered and sharpened the inadequate family policy of the Christian Democrats.

The expression “child bearing machines” will be used again.

Bishop Mixa defends his statements. He spoke to the Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung on Wednesday. He would re-use the term “child bearing machines” again.

He was worried that his concerns would not be taken seriously if they were formulated differently. He sees this term as “a provocative challenge”. Bishop Mixa had warned on the 22nd February that mothers who are encouraged to hand over their child directly after birth would be degraded into “child bearing machines”.

In his latest interview he emphasised that he is solely concerned for the “choice in child nursery care”.

“In order to draw attention to something it is often necessary to use provocative words.” Monsignor Mixa has received an 80 percent approval in his post for his outspoken words on this matter.

Cathcon comments:
Correction to my earlier comment, Bishop Mixa is determined to stand-by his first comments, not least now because of the unhelpful posture of Cardinal Lehmann.

The Cardinal and the Bishop

The Cardinal preaches ecumenism but is incapable of practicising it with his fellow Bishops.

Storm clouds over Rome