Monday, February 18, 2008

What does Cardinal Lehmann mean by "guidelines"?

Cathcon translation of Was meint Kardinal Lehmann hier mit „Leitlinien“?

On 14 February, the outgoing chairman of the German Bishops' Conference made statements about the old Mass. Canon law context from the Right Revd Gero P. Weishaupt.

Do German bishops fear the gravitational pull of the old Mass?

In a press release following the Spring Meeting of the German Bishops Conference, Cardinal Karl Lehmann of Mainz, took up a position on among other things, the implementation of the Motu proprio 'Summorum Pontificum'.

The Cardinal sought to clarify: "The guidelines which we adopted at the Fall General Assembly on 26 Adopted in September 2007, have now been put into force by all diocesan bishops and been published in the official journals. "

This message calls into question: Have the bishops now adopted"guidelines" or "general implementing rules"?

What does Cardinal Lehmann mean here with "guidelines"?

As a canon lawyer, I present the following comments:

"Guidelines" are not "general implementation regulations' within the meaning of the decreta generalia exsecutoria (general implementing decrees) of Canon 32 CIC/1983.

Consequently, they cannot have binding force beyond those obligations which are created by the Motu proprio 'Summorum Pontificum' .

Implementation methods will be agreed exclusively by either an instruction following Canon 34, which is not primarily directed to the faithful, but to the church authorities, or by the general execution provisions provided by Canon 32 - but not by "guidelines".

Moreover, only general provisions can affect the implementation of the compliance Motu Propio - see Canon 32.

The term "guideline" is not a canon law term, that is, a category encountered in ecclesiastical law.

Guidelines in the true sense of the word cannot be put in place because they have no legal force, or only act as a regulation – as in the Motu proprio – with a solely executive function.
Rather guidelines are to serve general public understanding and act as an indicator of direction, as Cardinal Lehmann had rightly said following the autumn General Assembly of the German Bishops' Conference in September 2007.

The term "guidelines" used in the preface does not cover the ecclesiastical term "general implementing provisions” of Canon 32.

From the text of the press release, the requisite clarity for the legal security of the faithful of the old Rite is not provided, whether it concerns bishops who have already adopted for their dioceses either "guidelines" or "general implementing rules".

Only the latter would have binding force - but only in so far that they do not contradict the wording and the spirit of the Motu proprio 'Summorum Pontificum'.

The canonical lawgiver in Canon 33 § 1 is unequivocal:
General implementing provisions, even if they are published in directories or otherwise designated documents - as well as in diocesan official journals -" do not to annul laws, and to the extent that its provisions contradict laws, they are devoid of any legal force. "

In individual cases - from diocese to diocese – it should be checked in the official journals whether the relevant diocesan bishop for the diocese, has indeed published "the general implementation regulations' within the meaning of Canon 32 adopt or just" guidelines ", which in relation to the implementation of the Motu Propio 'Summorum Pontificum' are not canonically binding, but only have power to give some direction.

If the decrees in the official Diocesan journals act as general implementing provisions, this would clearly emerge from the title and text.

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Association of Catholic Associations loyal to the Pope - press statement

The newly elected chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Dr Robert Zollitsch has in an interview with Spiegel Online, 16 Feb. 2008 on the emotive issues of today's society expressed his personal opinion.

The Association of Catholic Associations loyal to the Pope negatively judges these critical comments. On the subject of celibacy, Archbishop Zollitsch advocates "no prohibitions against thinking" and believes "the connection between the priesthood and celibacy" to be "not theologically necessary." This position, the new chairman of the Bishops’ Conference opens up no new perspectives, but stokes emotions, which are in no way helpful. He even saids that a "farewell celibacy," is "a revolution, in which a part of the church would not participate". For this he would, however, as chief representative of the German bishops in a special way be responsible.

We believe that his statements on "kindergarten" as outrageous. With his "scolding of colleagues" Archbishop Zollitsch is a worthy successor to his predecessor, Cardinal Lehmann, who had his own ritual of calling his independent brethren back to reason by issuing public corrections of his colleagues. No one doubts the need for child care services for special family situations. First of all, however we would have expected and required that the Chairman of the Bishops’ Conference use clearly for the legitimate interests of families and children.

The Chairman of the Bishops’ Conference should not comment in a party political manner because the parties are as changeable as society itself and follow electoral considerations. The church and its officials should based themselves on ethical principles and judge the party manifestos and positions by these principles. That is exactly what is missing here.

As for the ecumenism, Rome has given clear guidelines. These include, inter alia, the statement that the Protestant church communities cannot claim the status of "church". Because Archbishop Zollitsch states publicly those communities have the status of "church", this undermines the unity of the Catholic Church.

The ZpV wonders who the opinions cited above serve. The new Chairman Zollitsch, has not served the interests of the Catholic Church.

Cathcon- at least, the election of Pope Benedict has put Rome firmly on the right side of this divide, but even a short reading of Church history would tell anyone that this is hardly surprising, and given Her Divine establishment and guarantees of Her constitution

Pseudo-clerical spiritual elites in Linz

An account has been published in the Diocesan newspaper.

Commissioning ceremony for about 100 spiritual companions in Schloss Puchberg

Many of the more than 100 men and women from across Upper Austria, who for years have been making their own way of spirituality but also have undergone in the Diocese (Catholic Educational Institute) training as a spiritual companions, Lenten companions, director of retreats in everyday life, mourning companions, meditation directors or pilgrimage companions gathered on Friday 15 2008 at Schloss Puchberg and experienced an emotional commissioning ceremony.

Pastoral director, Willi Vieböck official called the spiritual companions in his address a "a God experience at first-hand" in reference to the Bishop's Lenten Pastoral Letter and Bishop Dr. Ludwig Schwarz sees in them a as "hopeful tree with a lot of fruit".

Bishop Schwarz blessed the spiritual companions in a commissioning ceremony and presented each and everyone with a gift of an icon of Christ.

The training took place in European monastery of Gut Aich

Father Johannes Pausch, founder of the European monastery of Gut Aich, where the training for the spiritual companions and the meditation companions took place, showed clearly in his speech that one must have an ear for the other. So that one can be firmly grounded and to take one own steps, one needs to be aware of others.

Gabriela Broksch as coordinator of the spiritual network

and Susanne Gross as head of the Office of Spirituality led the program and received as a gift from P. Johannes Pausch a "Crook of an Abbess ."

"Civilisation of plenty"
It was loud and clear that this festival was a gathering of many people, who in their different ways are going in one direction: in our time of "a civilisation of plenty" to be there for other people in their search for meaning in life and strength in borderline situations, in their search for God.

Gay blessings? Simple cynicism in Vienna’s Cathedral

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Cathcon translation of Homo-Segnungen? ein Zynismus.

In the church, it has become customary to bury Catholic doctrine by fabricating reality. Thus sodomy remains only on paper a blatant sin.

Tonight the Vienna Cathedral Parish of St. Stephen – organised under the eyes of the local archbishop, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn - a so-called "God's service for lovers".

According to the daily newspaper 'Die Presse' - as in previous years – gay couples can receive blessings. The newspaper speaks of a blessing that is "controversial within the Church".

In recent years, Cathedral Priest Anton Faber has celebrated the liturgy. This year he was accompanying a group of pilgrims in the Holy Land.

Therefore, the clergy were represented by the Custos of the Vienna Franciscans, Father Gottried Wegleitner represented.

Dompfarrer Faber has in recent years indicated that the blessing services were an "overwhelmingly positive experience" with, as he told the Catholic news agency 'kathpress'.

The yearning of people for love and security, said the Cathedral Parish Priest was a way of searching for God.

According to the website '' couples, lovers and fiancées are invited. Even individuals from whom their "partners" are separated or have yet to be found, can receive the blessing.

This year's preside at the service, Father Wegleitner, said that it meant to proclaim the love of God to people.

The Father spoke about "homo blessings." This formulation the Franciscan feels - without providing an explanation – to be a "cynicism".

In recent years, three-quarters of the couples blessed were married. But he would "not beat up on anyone" -said the Franciscan.

The so-called "blessing services for loving people" on Valentine's Day have spread for several years throughout the German-speaking world.

A similar events will be held in the Cathedral Church of St Martin and numerous parishes in Eisenstadt (Cathcon- a stone's throw from Vienna)

The experience of recent years shows that these blessing services also serve to give an ecclesiastical rubber stamp to homosexual ideology.

In the Diocese of Linz, they gave out bonbons at the notorious Church of the Ursuline, where they have been known to let protestants preach against Catholicism and erect a shrine to Judas.

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