Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Cardinal Hoyos speaks on the Williamson affair

In an interview with El Tiempo, the Cardinal speaks on the reinstatement in the Church of Richard Williamson and reveals that through his mediation Saddam Hussein attempted to seek asylum in Thailand .

Dialogues ' Up front and without fear 'from Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos and Cesar Mauricio Velasquez

Castrillón talked by telephone from Rome (Italy) about the launch today at the El Chico Museum in Bogota, the book 'Up front and without fear - Dialogues with Cardinal Dario Castrillon,' authored by the journalist Cesar Mauricio Velasquez.
The text discusses topics such as politics, poverty and terrorism in light of the Catholic faith and the revelations made to offer Hussein, former Iraqi dictator asylum in Thailand.

The controversy with the bishop

Bishop Castrillón was in charge of talks with the four excommunicated SSPX bishops and his work was criticized for allowing Williamson’s return to the Church without first retracting his words.

The event, in which the Colombian Cardinal was involved generated global outrage at the beginning of February, because the Jewish community refused to accept the papal pardon given to someone who denied the existence of gas chambers during the Nazi regime in Germany.

What was your role in the mediation with SSPX members from whom the excommunications were lifted?

Monsignor Dario Castrillon: I held the talks but that does not mean it was me who was just talking with (Bernard) Fellay (head of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X). I always had around me the whole group which the Holy See needs for each step. When we spoke of excommunication was not a dialogue of Castrillón with Fellay ..., no, no, no. I will not negotiate with anyone. It was the Commission of Cardinals, including Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), because the discussions started when he was not Pope. There was not a single act which was not made as a body.

How did you hear the words of Williamson in denying the Holocaust?

When there was a big reaction from the Jewish world and bishops of the most sensitive areas (Germany, Switzerland and Austria), we heard officially. On February 5, the communication was in our hands. But the SSPX bishops were not excommunicated for reasons of doctrine, but because they had been ordained without permission.

Was there a 'pulled ear' when the Pope's spokesman, Federico Lombardi, said that you had to know what Williamson had said?

He did not say exactly that and if he said somethinglike , it was absurd and stupid, because it was not considering the records of these bishops. The one thing necessary to know is that they were ordained by (Marcel) Lefebvre without permission.

To lift the excommunication was it not necessary that Williamson retracts?

Nobody was going to ask for a retraction because the Holy Father did not know what he had said.

If you had known, would you have requested their withdrawal before lifting the excommunication?

I think not, because it is a historical problem is not moral. In prudence, the Holy Father could have said to wait a moment. I think there was negligence by the spokesman of the Holy See in the statement he gave to 'La Croix', because it does not have to enter judgments about people saying that a cardinal has to know something that he does not need to know. If someone had to know this, it is the cardinal who is responsible for the lives of the bishops, Cardinal Re
Is he aware of what the spokesman said?

Frankly I was not interested. He wrote me a letter of apology. We have been very good friends.

The search for asylum for Saddam Hussein

How is it that the Pope mediated to find asylum for Hussein?
A German gentlemen came to my house in Rome months before the arrest of Hussein. I was told he came in the name of King of Thailand and that he asked that the Vatican should make an offer to Hussein, and asked that I would tell Hussein that the King of Thailand would give safe haven to him and a large group, if I recall some 500. I told the Holy Father of this offer and he told me that this would be through the Nunciature. I said we could call immediately the Prime Minister of Thailand and this was done to verify that it was a real thing. That much I knew.
Why was Thailand willing to do that?
I do not know, nor do I know why - I asked myself that. The purpose was to avoid war, but I do not know how far the mediation of the Church went
Peace in Colombia
What is the Christian response to violence in Colombia?
If there is no recognition of a personal God who has revealed himself, it is very difficult to agree on solutions. When it comes to knowing the mind of God is that He is Lord of life and we must bring into play elements such as: the primacy of charity and mercy, without destroying justice for the common good.
What alternative is there to talking peace with the guerrillas?
Where roads are open for dialogue, and the President has opened them, as well as previous administrations and we know that they have some who occupied important positions in the country who left the guerrillas. Some of them, Antonio Navarro Wolf (now governor of Nariño), I met with a rifle in the bush to protect himself from being shot.
How to talk on faith in God if the guerrillas are atheist?
I do not say very solemnly that the guerrillas are atheist. Many members of the guerrillas are children of Christian homes. Many times I spoke with guerrillas who had a knowledge of the faith. Since faith allowed me to talk about an attitude of respect for life.

Jewish pressure for the Pope to lay aside the Cross


Article here.

Ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's May visit to Israel, the rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinovitch, has said that it is not proper to come to the site wearing a cross.
Pope Benedict XVI.

The pope wears a cross in all public appearances and is slated to visit the Western Wall on May 12 after a meeting with Muslim religious leaders at the Dome of the Rock.

After the visit, which will include a meeting with Rabinovitch, the pope is slated to meet with Israel's two chief rabbis, Yona Metzger and Shlomo Amar.

"My position is that it is not fitting to enter the Western Wall area with religious symbols, including a cross," said Rabinovitch in a telephone interview with The Jerusalem Post Monday. "I feel the same way about a Jew putting on a tallit and phylacteries and going into a church."

Rabinovitch is responsible for religious decorum at the site.

The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ, it is in Him that is our salvation, our life and our resurrection.

He treads the wine press alone


Benedictine Abbot Primate- condoms not a solution against AIDS

Afrika: "Kondome sind nicht die Lösung gegen Aids" - Nachrichten Politik - WELT ONLINE

WELT ONLINE: A central problem in the continent is AIDS. What will the Pope say?
Wolf: He is determined to stick to his principles. We should not expect that the Pope now preaches the use of condoms. It also makes no sense. We should not forget that the pill and condoms ultimately serve the machismo of the man and not necessarily strengthen the women's protection.

WELT ONLINE: Critics accuse the church, just looking on while AIDS carries off Africa.
Wolf: That would be almost insulting to the people working on the ground. It is easy to accuse church of inaction and even of do nothing. Well, you might wonder sometimes whether a condom would be the lesser of two evils. But they are not the solution. I see on my travels the big lorries whose drivers don’t care about anything and the women who sell themselves for a bit of money. There is not big on protection, about which I'm totally realistic.

WELT ONLINE: But if the church would allow condoms, it would be perhaps a little help?
Wolf: One can argue over it, which I openly admit to. But please: don’t make this discussion so European! We must not overlook the feeling of honour of the Africans. We always know everything better, from development to AIDS. If we only gave the message- here take condoms and just do it again, that is a devaluation of the people, so people are not helped in the end. Wolf: We need to strengthen women. This is already happening in education. It is a humanisation of sexuality. The woman is often an object who the man buys at a huge wedding for a dowry. Do I help these women, if I suggest condoms so that her husband can freely be unfaithful or young boys have sex with young girls? It helps nothing: it still comes back to abstinence and fidelity. And as far as the pill is concerned: I know of nurses who bring natural methods of contraception to the people. They say to me: Now the man respects once more the woman, because he must give her respect.

WELT ONLINE: Copulating Africans as Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis once said in a talk show?
Wolf: That was a stupid posturing. As if the Europeans do not like to copulate. This is a contempt for Africans. For us, sexuality is a problem as in Africa. It is simply a powerful motive force, say what you want.

WELT ONLINE: What then is the actual recipe?
Wolf: Man talks about the church, as if they are sexually fixated, while there are other matters. One also has to see that. As if free love was the ultimate. That we also need to rethink. Yesterday I was at the airport: What is indulged in on a newspaper stand is actually a contempt of women. And therefore we cannot just say Africans say use a condom then you can have a good romp. We need a culture of sexuality which respects the dignity of woman and man.

St Bernard protects the Abbey of Bornem

There are still a few monks there- but the main buildings are to be converted into flats.
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Cardinal Medina- a homosexual cannot raise his children

Terra - Cardenal Medina: Un homosexual “no está capacitad - Actualidad:

Cardinal Medina: A homosexual "is not able to raise their children"

The cleric said that the moral relativism in the field has gained ground in our country, and that is why they are allowing things that previously were not accepted. He believes that children cannot be happy seeing their father living against God's law. (

SANTIAGO, March 12 .- Cardinal Jorge Medina criticised the decision of a judge to give a gay father custody of his two sons, 10 and 17 years, which means that he is not fit to educate them, acting openly against Holy Scripture, which rejects the practice of homosexuality.

"St. Paul says that those who practice homosexuality will not see the kingdom of God, therefore, I think that a person under these conditions is not able to form values in others, even their children," said Council .

Citing the case of CPW, a man of 35 years who obtained from the mother custody of her children and now lives with someone of the same sex, the priest pointed out that it is difficult to believe that "a bad example of that nature" does not influence children.

"If they are Christians and deny that homosexual cohabitation creates a situation which is favorable and if the children end up accepting it, it means they agree with something that goes against the morals," he stressed.

He added that the religious relativism in moral matters has gained ground in our country, and that is why they are allowing things that previously were not accepted. "There are many things that are unacceptable and that no one questions they anymore. I think the judge acted in the wrong way and I do not think that a child can be happy watching his father living against God's law, " he argued.

"In Chile we have the habit of trying to fix everything with laws, the problem is that above human laws there is the law of God, natural law and morality ... And when the laws of man and people want to evade them, they always find a way to get around them,, "he said.

The prelate also spoke of the loyalty to the couple. "Today adultery is accepted within marriage and it is very understandable that people who do not have a deep moral basis and who are removed from the Christian faith think in that way, to my way of thinking is wrong and not compatible with Catholic faith "he said.

Cardinal Medina said that the Church has always had a very clear difference between the homosexual tendency which in his opinion is not a sin and the practice of homosexuality that it considered a sin. "When the trend passes to sodomite or homosexual activity, there is an area that we do not accept," he explained.

Feast of St Patrick


Tea at Trianon: The Lorica of Saint Patrick

I arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the
Trinity, through belief in the Threeness, through confession
of the Oneness of the Creator of creation.

I arise today through the strength of Christ with His Baptism,
through the strength of His Crucifixion with His Burial
through the strength of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
through the strength of His descent for the Judgment of Doom.

I arise today through the strength of the love of Cherubim
in obedience of Angels, in the service of the Archangels,
in hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
in prayers of Patriarchs, in predictions of Prophets,
in preachings of Apostles, in faiths of Confessors,
in innocence of Holy Virgins, in deeds of righteous men.

I arise today, through the strength of Heaven:
light of Sun, brilliance of Moon, splendour of Fire,
speed of Lightning, swiftness of Wind, depth of Sea,
stability of Earth, firmness of Rock.

I arise today, through God's strength to pilot me:
God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me, God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me, God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect me,
God's host to secure me:
against snares of devils, against temptations of vices,
against inclinations of nature, against everyone who
shall wish me ill, afar and anear, alone and in a crowd.
I summon today all these powers between me (and these evils):
against every cruel and merciless power that may oppose
my body and my soul,
against incantations of false prophets,
against black laws of heathenry,
against false laws of heretics, against craft of idolatry,
against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
against every knowledge that endangers man's body and soul.
Christ to protect me today
against poison, against burning, against drowning,
against wounding, so that there may come abundance of reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right,
Christ on my left, Christ in breadth, Christ in length,
Christ in height, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the
Trinity, through belief in the Threeness, through confession of the
Oneness of the Creator of creation.
Salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of Christ. May Thy Salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.

Pray for the peace of Ireland!