Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Pope’s Rewrite of Latin Prayer

Draws Criticism From 2 Sides

Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday issued a replacement for a contentious Good Friday prayer in Latin, removing language that many Jewish groups found offensive but still calling for the Jews’ conversion.

However, representatives of Jewish groups as well as traditionalist Catholics quickly condemned the new prayer, though for different reasons. Jewish groups said it was still offensive, and traditionalists said they preferred the version that was replaced."

Jewish regret

at Pope’s ‘missed opportunity’ in rewritten prayer


For high crime and misdemeaners in architectural form, which have been much copied throughout the world, Le Corbusier is found guilty of all charges brought against him.

Foolishly, the Church of St Peter of Firminy has just been completed- they ran out of money in Corbusier's own lifetime. He must have thought that he was designing a missile siloe.

The eldest Daughter of the Church

As France is known, looses her way in Lille Cathedral.
Happy Mass
What's this got to do with a Mass?
The Offertery procession has lost something, when the Priest's Host is balanced on the top of the smaller hosts.
"Altar women" with incense

Wins largest chalice competition and enters Guiness Book of Records.

For comparison, in Namur Cathedral, well before liturgical deform was even thought about.

God Hungry


The title of this "art" installation in the disusesd Church of St Mary Magdalene in Lille, France. My house shall be called a house of prayer and you have turne it into a junk yard.

Cathcon sees Red

Mass in Mons, Belgium

Germany / Italy: Jews are disappointed

Cathcon translation of Juden sind enttäuscht

The new version of the Latin intercession for the Jews in the so-called "extraordinary ritual" has met with irritation. The sentence offensive to Jews was deleted but the substance remains the same, said Roman Chief Rabbi Riccardo di Segni (on the left of the photo), quoted in the Italian daily newspapers. The Vatican has merely made cosmetic corrections. To quote Segni directly: "This is a fundamental obstacle for the dialogue between Jews and Christians, a step back by 45 years" (Il Messaggero). "I am very disappointed." (La Repubblica).

The Cologne Rabbi Netanel Teitelbaum initially agreed but stressed in an interview with Vatican Radio that: "I hope that it is not the intention of the other side to missionize. I hope that I have misunderstood. "

Dialogue can only be achieved if the Jews are accepted in their otherness. But the intercession goes further that the Jews should realise the truth of Christ, says the Rabbi. Teitelbaum, however, will not drive a barb into Jewish-Catholic relations.

"I am sure that the Catholic Church will find a way to explain, and I am sure that they will not violate Jewish feelings. That was certainly not the intention, but now we need a clear line. If the Jews should be taught the Christian Faith, why do you need to dialogue? "

Cologne's rabbi draws his disappointment, but also his hope, not least from the meeting with Pope Benedict during the World Youth Day in Cologne. Teitelbaum had welcomed the Pope here:
I still remember, at that time when Pope Benedict with us, there was in one of the speeches a quotation from the former honorary chairman of our community, which says: Let the Jews be good Jews and you be good Christians. That was a position that everyone should know his religion, but no other religion has the task to teach the other. "

If the Catholic Church returns to thoughts of conversion, this would put the current dialogue in question, added Teitelbaum.

-- The Vatican Secretariat of State had on Tuesday afternoon published the binding new version of the Good Friday intercession for the Roman Missal of 1962. Already in the old version, the words "faithless" (perfidus) or "unbelief" (perfidia) has been deleted. Especially after the Motu proprio in July 2007 and the giving of freedom to celebrate the Old Mass, so called, representatives of Judaism had called for an amendment of that prayer. Following the publication of the Latin prayer text from the Vatican, there are as yet no further comments.

Roman documents- Suggestions rather than strict commands

Reactions – katholische nachrichten
Cathcon translation of Eher Anregungen als Strikte Befehle

A Capuchin provincial has recently openly expressed what meaning Roman decrees and provisions have for the whole Church in deed and truth. entitles the picture -Even Roman bishops treat documents as a product for the waste.

On 1st February, the Swiss Capuchin provincial, Father Ephrem Bucher (63) granted the 'New Luzerner Zeitung' an interview.

The "Neue Luzerner Zeitung belongs to the Ringier publishing house which is very hostile to the Church.

Father Bucher was also for some time in the headquarters of the Order in Rome.

The very elderly Swiss Capuchin Province - once with over 700 members the largest in the world – still has around 230 members, of whom one-third are brothers.

In the interview, the Capuchin said that his religious order is growing worldwide, but virtually has migrated to the Third World: "The focus is no longer in Europe, but in South America, Africa, India, East Asia and Eastern Europe."

He also explains that the Capuchins are fairly democratically organized and the provinces enjoy great autonomy.

This statement was used by the Interviewing journalist, Andre Stocker, to construct an alleged contrast to the "centralism of the Roman Curia".

Rather junior Curial officials believe that the whole church marches to the beat of their statements" - the Capuchin maintained, and with his statement played directly to the insinuation of the journalist.

Then Father Bucher goes further: "I interpret many Roman decrees that they provide the scale, but not as a strict command, but as a suggestion."

The Roman decrees were "ideals in the mind that reality regards differently."

Ash Wednesday


The Carnival is now over. A Carnival Clown contemplates penance and his eternal fate.

Artistic Ash Wednesday


given over to celebrating modern art in the Dioceses of Germany.

"The (arch-)dioceses also tend to the pastoral needs of artists. Their various activities include the local bishop’s annual meeting with artists known as “Aschermittwoch der Künstler” (Ash Wednesday with Artists).

The Catholic Church continues to support contemporary arts by patronizing and inspiring new projects. It organizes competitions, grants scholarships to young artists and awards several art prizes."

These meetings and liturgies are almost always ecumenical.

What a strange way to begin Lent! Modern art instead of penance. Ecumenism instead of Catholicism. The world rather than the Church.

Here is Cardinal Lehmann meeting the actor who has played Father Brown on German TV at this event in 2005 in Mainz

Which man is the role model for the other?

Real Absence on High Altar

The picture that says a thousand words about the post-Conciliar liturgical reform.

The same Church at an event called a Spiri Night. At least, they use Latin Carpe Diem- Seize the Moment. Forget the Faith!

Training for imams at Catholic University


Cathcon translation of Ausbilding for Imame

It is about as likely as Catholic priesthood candidates going to the Muslim Al-Azhar University in Cairo for courses: the renowned Institut Catholique de Paris beginning this week offers additional training for future imams. The fact that Catholics are involved in the training of Muslim clerics has enraged some Muslims. This is further proof that in France that Muslims are not trusted to regulate their own affairs, says Ali Rahni, a spokesman for the Muslim Association. Even to some Catholics, it seems strange that their university now absorbs Muslim students.

Indeed, the project has nothing to do with theological training, but has a very specific political background. Currently there are approximately 1200 imams in France. The Muslim cleric directs the daily prayers and delivers the Friday sermon. They are elected by the faithful. Most of them have no special training, nearly half do not speak French, and only about one in five has French nationality.

Secular additional training
President Nicolas Sarkozy, when interior minister and whose portfolio included religious communities, was responsible for the better integration of Muslims living in France. Therefore, he pressed for the creation of a Muslim Council (CFCM), comparable with the Central Council of Muslims in Germany. Even a secular country like France needed a contact organisation on the Muslim side.

The French government considered it urgently necessary that Muslim clerics are aware of the religious communities in France. The separation of church and state is defined by law. In concrete terms, this means, for example, that the state levies no church tax, no religious community is financially supported and there is no religious teaching in schools.

Several state universities rejected the idea of an additional training for Muslim community leaders with a reference to the secular tradition. The Catholics could be persuaded - ultimately it is in their interest to create a dialogue with enlightened Muslims and to block the fundamentalist currents in "garage mosques". "It is about the stranger, not to convert him, but to help him to integrate," says Institute Director, Pierre Cahné.

"Religions, secularism, interculturation"
For the first semester, nearly two dozen students enrolled, among them women who work in Muslim associations. Most of them are from North Africa. The six-month course called "religions, secularism, interculturation" and offers a state-approved diploma. On the schedule are courses on the values of the French Republic, the right of religious communities in France, financial administration and rhetoric.

The Mosque of Paris, which provides the future imams with a theological training, is involved with the project. "The goal is to promote the integration of future imams in France ", stressed the head of the mosque, Dalil Boubakeur.