Thursday, November 20, 2008

Ecumenical football madness


Cardinal Schönborn and Bishop Storm, the Chair of the Austrian Ecumenical Council at an ecumenical service during the European Football Cup finals.

Will the real Cardinal Schönborn step forward?

as he lambasts the failure of bishops to condemn contraception.

Carnival Knights Mass November 2007


They already have female bishops in Vienna

a pretend St Nicholas trains youngsters for the same role.

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Dominican Rite

Pope's catechism on St Paul

New account of Padre Pio stigmata

Opening of Mozart's Requiem


Feast of Saint Edmund


(St Edmund, far left of the Wilton Diptych)

Here followeth the Life of Saint Edmund, King and martyr.

In the province of England of old time were divers kings, for the land was departed; among whom there was Saint Edmund, king of Norfolk and Suffolk, which took his birth of the noble and ancient lineage of the Saxons, and was from the beginning of his first age a blessed man, soft, virtuous, and full of meekness, and kept truly the very religion of christian faith, and governed his kingdom full well to the pleasure of Almighty God. In his time it happed that two wicked tyrants, that one named Hingvar, and that other Hubba, came out of Denmark and arrived in the country of Northumberland, and robbed and destroyed the country and slew the people without mercy in every place where they came. Then the one of them named Hingvar came into the country where this most christian Saint Edmund reigned, and understood that he was in his flowering age, strong and mighty in battle, and demanded of the people where their king was resident and dwelled, which that was most abiding in a town named then Eglesdon, and now is called Bury. Now the Danes had always custom that they would never fight battle set ne appointed, but ever lie in wait how they might by sleight and deceit prevented, fall on good christian men, and so slay and destroy them, like as thieves lie in await to rob and slay good true men. Wherefore, when he knew where this holy king was, he addressed one of his knights to him for to espy what strength he had, and what people about him. And Hingvar himself followed with all his host to the end that suddenly he should fall upon this king unadvised, and that he might subdue him unto his laws and commandments. Then this said knight came to this holy king Saint Edmund, and made his legation and message in this wise: Our most dread lord by land and by sea, Hingvar, which hath subdued divers countries and lands in this province unto his seigniory by strength of arms, and purposeth with all his ships and army to winter him in these marches, sendeth to thee his commandment that thou incontinent come and make alliance and friendship with him. And that thou depart to him thy paternal treasures and riches in such wise that thou mayst reign under him, or certainly thou shalt die by cruel death. And when the blessed king, Saint Edmund, had heard this message, anon he sighed and called to him one of his bishops and demanded counsel of him, what and how he should answer upon this demand that was asked of him. Which bishop, sore dreading for the king's life, exhorted him by many examples for to consent and agree to this tyrant Hingvar, and the king a while said nothing but remembered him well, and after many devout words at the last, he answered to the messenger in this wise and said: This shalt thou say to thy lord: know thou for truth, that for the love of temporal life, the christian king Edmund shall no subdue him to a paynim duke. Then unnethe was the messenger gone out, but Hingvar met him and bade him use short words and tell him his answer, which message told unto Hingvar, anon the cruel tyrant commanded to slay all the people that were with Saint Edmund and destroy them, but they should hold and keep only the king, whom he knew rebel unto his wicked laws. Then this holy king was taken and bounden, his hands behind him, and is brought tofore the duke, and after many opprobrious words, at the last they led him forth unto a tree which was thereby. To which tree his adversaries bound him, and then shot arrows at him, so thick and many that he was through wounded, and that one arrow smote out another, and always this blessed king ceased not, for all his wounds, to give laud and praising unto Almighty God. Then this wicked tyrant commanded that they should smite off his head, which they so did, he always praying, and saying his orisons to our Lord God.

Then the Danes left the body there Iying, and took the head and bare it into the thick of the wood, and hid it in the thickest place among thorns and briars, to the end that it should not be found of the christian men. But by the purveyance of Almighty God there came a wolf which diligently kept the holy head from devouring of beasts and fowls. And after, when the Danes were departed, the christian men found the body, but they could not find the head, wherefore they sought it in the wood. And as one of them spake to another: Where art thou? Which were in the thick of the wood, and cried: Where art thou? the head answered and said: Here! here! here ! and anon then all they came thither and saw it and also a great wolf sitting and embracing the head between his forelegs, keeping it from all other beasts. And then anon they took the head and brought it unto the body and set it to the place where it was smitten off, and anon they joined together, and then they bare this holy body unto the place where it is now buried. And the wolf followed humbly the body till it was buried, and then he, hurting no body, returned again to the wood. And the blessed body and head be so joined together that there appeareth nothing that it had been smitten off, save as it were a red shining thread in the place of the departing where the head was smitten off. And in that place where he now lieth so buried is a noble monastery made, and therein monks of the order of Saint Benet, which be richly endowed. In which place Almighty God hath showed many miracles for the holy king and martyr.

"Spirit of Assisi" lives!


Cardinal Dziwisz: The "Spirit of Assisi" lives in Cyprus The interreligious encounter that took place on the island of Cyprus carries on the "spirit of Assisi" promoted by John Paul II, said Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, for decades the personal secretary of Pope Karol Wojtyla. The interreligious encounter that took place on the island of Cyprus carries on the "spirit of Assisi" promoted by John Paul II, said Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, for decades the personal secretary of Pope Karol Wojtyla.

During the inaugural ceremony of the International Congress "The Civilization of Peace: Faiths and Cultures in Dialogue" the Cardinal recalled that John Paul II was convinced that the religious dimension should once again assume an important role and for this reason, on one day of 1986 the Pope confided: "A prayer of all religions for peace, that's what we need! A great clamor to God for peace".

From this, he explained, came the choice of Assisi, the city of St. Francis, "as the ideal place for believers of various religions to invoke God" which then occurred on October 27, 1986. Since he did not want Assisi to be "an isolated event", Pope Wojtyla encouraged the experience to continue, and since then it has been carried on by the Community of Sant'Egidio.

The Polish cardinal explained that the "spirit of Assisi" is that of peace:

"Faith must unite us, especially to protect great values, and above all, peace and friendship between men and between nations. Faith in one God must never lead to conflicts and wars. This was the aim of the prayer in Assisi and this is also the aim of this encounter."

Worshippers of Self at a retreat in Assisi in 2007

Dancing Franciscans in Assisi

Cathcon sees no need to be repentant


as Archdiocese of Vienna issues press releases.

Some people have taken serious offense in the Holy Mass for young people which was celebrated by the Viennese Cardinal Christoph Schönborn on the 16th of November in Wolfsthal, a village close to the Austrian-Slovakian border.

In contrast to the presumption, due to the in many ways amateurish und unrealistic recorded broadcasting by Gloria TV, it must be clearly stated that in this celebration in no way any kind of liturgical specifications have been violated.

The Eucharistic bread was unleavened and its shape strictly followed the shape which has been used in the Middle East since the 1st century. The “flat cake” is similar to that form used in Mossul in these days – this is the metropolis located at river Tigris where Christians still testify the truth of Jesus with their own blood.

Werner Pirkner, the spiritual councilor for the Holy Mass in Wolfsthal, and Stephan Bazalka, coordinator of the Catholic Youth, paid highest attention to the fact that when breaking the bread no tiny little piece of bread ever touched the floor.

Those who have dared, tempted by a fragmentary news coverage, to bring forward accusations against the archbishop of Vienna, may contemplate, repent and ask God for his forgiveness. Let us pray all together for the Holy Church!

As it happens, a group of Iraqi Christians are going to be coming around to our flat in the next few days, so I should be able to give the Archdiocese of Vienna a reality check when we get their responses to the video!

I suspect that they will feel insulted by the attempt to use their plight to defend the liturgically indefensible.

The reference to the use of leavened bread by Iraqi Christians derives from the interest of the Cardinal in reunion with the Orthodox Churches generally, who use leavened bread for their Eucharists. However, showing this video to the erstwhile Orthodox ecumenical partners of the Cardinal could set back ecumenism for years.

Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev on Orthodox Worship as a School of Theology

To quote

"One can add that after the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council, services in some Catholic churches have become little different from Protestant ones. They often share the same lack of wholeness and the same alternation of incoherent, unrelated prayers and hymns.

The liturgical texts used in many non-Orthodox churches, except for the Eucharistic prayers and certain ancient hymns still in use, are often characterized by a low level of theological content: as a rule they contain much “piety” that often borders on the sentimental, and very little theology."

The Bishop lives in Vienna, so he has every chance to see the "show" live. Somehow, I don't think he would be seen dead there.

But in the words of the Russ Conway song

There's a man who sells balloons
Pretty coloured toy balloons
He'll be coming round your way
So watch for him today

There's a fairy tale he tells
With each toy balloon he sells
Of a pretty magic world
For every boy and girl

He has red ones, and white ones, and blue ones and green
He's got the prettiest balloons you've ever seen
He's got big ones and small ones and some in between
To suit every little child's dream

It's a wondrous sight to see
For the children laugh with glee
When he lets them all go free
He's pretty toy balloons
Balloons, balloons, balloons

La-la-la-la Lah-la-lah, La-la-la-la Lah-la-lah
La-la-la-la Lah-la-lah, La-la-la La-la Lah

La-la-la-la Lah-la-lah, La-la-la-la Lah-la-lah
La-la-la-la Lah-la-lah, La-la-la La-la Lah
Balloons, balloons, balloons
Flying up so high
Go way up in the sky (fade)

Selling balloons, light shows, rock and pop, not the fullness of the Catholic Faith.

I hope a sociologist is studying the youth work of the Archdiocese of Vienna, so that the world will be able to see the reality of this work- it will lead inevitably to lapsation. Why go to Church for a light show when so many other people do it so much better?

See a Dutch report, "Cardinal in Action"