Sunday, March 04, 2007

Cathcon poll following Msgr Perl's Comments

When will the indult be issued?
Week beginning 4 March
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Week beginning 18 March
Week beginning 25 March
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After Easter
Never free polls

See his comments.

The colour of Lent changes from purple to red


As leading Socialist, Franz Müntefering preaches Lent Sermon in a Catholic Church. His daughter has just left the Catholic Church because of the teaching on homosexuality.

Coming next week, Anselm Bilgri, priest and corporate advisor. He is a Benedictine!!!

His Abbey, St Boniface, Munich where he was cellarer for almost twenty years.

He has now branched out on his own (his Abbey and another has shares!) and set up Anselm Bilgri- Centre for Corporate Culture.

The opening of Pope St Gregory the Great's Life of St Benedict
There was a man of venerable life, blessed by grace, and blessed in name, for he was called "Benedictus" or Bennet: who, from his younger years, carried always the mind of an old man; for his age was inferior to his virtue: all vain pleasure he contemned, and though he were in the world, and might freely have enjoyed such commodities as it yieldeth, yet did he nothing esteem it, nor the vanities thereof.

Caution. Dominican artist at work

Pretty colours but please tell what has it to do with Catholicism. He produced a book on the Cross with Cardinal Danneels. The cover tells you all you need to know about the contents, but the contents about the Passion, I have my doubts.

All these colours are just decoration, nothing more. Only rarely does decoration become art.

Not us, governor

"Monsignor William Saunders, speaking on behalf of the Archbishop of Southwark, said: 'The condition of the church is very poor and professional advice indicated it was not viable to build a new structure."

And again, Church closing as a death in the family.

"Obviously there will be a sense of loss".

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz defends Archbishop Nowacki

in the Polish espionage affair.

Translation of original article

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz has defended the Papal Nuntius to Slovakia who came originally from Poland, Archbishop Henryk Nowacki, against espionage allegations. Dzwisz told Vatican Radio, “this man who is making the accusations, accuses all Polish coworkers of the Pope and thus also Pope John Paul II.”

The attacks on church figures in Poland have recently reached an extreme level, which is a blow against all decent human beings . With reference to the wrong information in his own secret service documentation, Dzwiwisz demanded that secret service sources should not be taken at face value. The media had stated that the former director of the Polish Department of the office of the Vatican Secretary of State had co-operated with the secret service in Poland. under the pseudonym ”Henryk “

Chapel of Pope St Pius X, Tilburg, Holland


But I don't think the local Bishop can have any worries that it might be occupied by the Society of St Pius X.

What Pope St Pius X wrote on church music could equally apply to church architecture.
Why was he ignored?

1. Sacred music, being a complementary part of the solemn liturgy, participates in the general scope of the liturgy, which is the glory of God and the sanctification and edification of the faithful. It contributes to the decorum and the splendor of the ecclesiastical ceremonies, and since its principal office is to clothe with suitable melody the liturgical text proposed for the understanding of the faithful, its proper aim is to add greater efficacy to the text, in order that through it the faithful may be the more easily moved to devotion and better disposed for the reception of the fruits of grace belonging to the celebration of the most holy mysteries.

2. Sacred music should consequently possess, in the highest degree, the qualities proper to the liturgy, and in particular sanctity and goodness of form, which will spontaneously produce the final quality of universality.

It must be holy, and must, therefore, exclude all profanity not only in itself, but in the manner in which it is presented by those who execute it.

It must be true art, for otherwise it will be impossible for it to exercise on the minds of those who listen to it that efficacy which the Church aims at obtaining in admitting into her liturgy the art of musical sounds.

But it must, at the same time, be universal in the sense that while every nation is permitted to admit into its ecclesiastical compositions those special forms which may be said to constitute its native music, still these forms must be subordinated in such a manner to the general characteristics of sacred music that nobody of any nation may receive an impression other than good on hearing them.

Stealth priestess spotted in Breda,Holland


More On the indult for the Latin Mass

Looking like good news! I am holding my breath until it appears!

Cathcon understands that there is likely to be a specific letter to the Bishops acompanying the Indult.

Swiss Liturgical Institute cites Pope John Paul II in support of "pro omnibus"

Translation of original article.

Forty years after publishing the Latin Missal, the vernacular Missals are being examined for their translations and, if necessary, will be corrected.

This process which will in all probability take several years. In this context, a letter by Cardinal Arinze is of importance. This letter is addressed to the Chairmen of the National Bishops’ Conferences.

Although the work of the translation will still take a lot of time, at various points, a discussion has arisen specifically on the question of the translation of the pro-multis in the Canon where some faithful are unsure of whether the translation provided so far is accurate or whether a new phrase “for many” or “for the many” is more accurate.

This lack of certainty can easily be rectified because Church law is clear that until the approval of a revised German Missal, which can only be expected in a few years, the translation “for all” in the German Missal is solely valid.

At the present time, it is especially important because the translation “for all” had been confirmed by Pope John Paul II. It is the last official document from the Magisterium on the question of the translation of “pro multis” and therefore of special significance for the newly disputed questions of translation.

On Maundy Thursday, 13th March 2005, a document which was published shortly before his death and therefore has the dignity of his final testimony.

"Hoc est enim corpus meum quod pro vobis tradetur." The body and the blood of Christ are given for the salvation of man, of the whole man and of all men. This salvation is integral and at the same time universal, because no one, unless he freely chooses, is excluded from the saving power of Christ's blood: "qui pro vobis et pro multis effundetur". It is a sacrifice offered for "many'', as the Biblical text says (Mk 14:24; Mt 26:28; cf. Is 53:11-12); this typical Semitic expression refers to the multitude who are saved by Christ, the one Redeemer, yet at the same time it implies the totality of human beings to whom salvation is offered: the Lord's blood is "shed for you and for all", as some translations legitimately make explicit. Christ's flesh is truly given "for the life of the world" (Jn 6:51; cf. 1 Jn 2:2).

In this context, also important is the following fact that at least since 1500, in the Maundy Thursday Mass, in the most important locus for eucharistic theology, the following insertion is prayed which highlights the clear universal horizon of salvific understanding.

The text then provides the translation of the whole context of the insertion of “pro nostra omniumque salute pateretur, hoc est, hodie” into the Holy Thursday Mass.

Cathcon comment

Liturgical rearguard fighting like fury but in the end their moral will break like the Imperial Guard in the closing hours of the Battle of Waterloo.

Catholic school trip to Viennese abortion clinic

Translation of original article.

Archdiocesan Educational Office confirms that school visit to an abortion clinic took place, "once and never again".

Christina Mann, the Director for Education in the Archdiocese of Vienna is trying to limit the damage. What has happened? Pupils of the Catholic Private School of the Archdiocese, Sacre Coeur have visited an abortion clinic in the Maria Hilf area of Vienna on 15 February. Pro-lifers who were standing in front of the clinic discovered this in conversation with a pupil.

“On behalf of the school, I must regrettably confirm that in actual fact this outing to the specified institution has taken place, but in any case it was a one-off visit”, so explained Christine Mann, last Wednesday when Kathnet enquired.

The people responsible for arranging this have obviously not been well enough informed and conversations are in progress. In order to limit the damage, we will also require communications with the parents and the schoolchildren.

Cathcon comments.

No surprise given the lack of leadership of the Archdiocese on this issue.