Sunday, March 29, 2009

Married clergy supported by head of Austrian Conference of Religious Communities

Österreich: "Viri probati"?

Austrian religious communities argue for opening up the priesthood to married men. The requirement of priestly celibacy could certainly be relaxed, ORF quoted on Sunday the chairman of the Conference of the Austrian Religious Communities, Maximilian Fürnsinn. He could imagine that "good men who have a really good intact marriage and which have a family that is stable could be ordained ," said the provost of the Augustinian Monastery of Herzogenburg.

Bishop of Linz ditches Mass in search for unity

in favour of a service of the word and a renewal of baptismal promises.

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Linz Bishop announces a "unity meeting" in the Cathedral of Linz - Currently, new applications for church tax boycott in the Diocese of Linz, above all many from the Parish of Windischgarsten

The Linz Bishop Ludwig Schwarz has invited all to a “meeting for unity” in the Cathedral of Linz. A statement from the Bishop seen by puts it: "After the turbulent times in our diocese, I am concerned for the togetherness and unity of all. I would therefore, while it is still the penitential Easter season place a primary stress on common prayer set for a common path to the future of the diocese. Schwarz has announced for the period after Easter other meetings at the regional level.

Father Joseph Bauer of the Linz Circle of Priests(LPK) is not generally averse to such meetings, even if the meeting cannot remain prayerful. "If the bishop's invitation to prayer, is it good. I will attend to maintain the relationship in faith. Prayer is not however the only track on which reconciliation must be provided." Bauer said in a telephone conversation to

On the "Dean Friedl" affair Bauer recalls that the bishop has set further talks. Whether anything will come out of these Bauer could not predict. "Overall, this is a question which deeply concerns a priest. That one not only lives with this sin but wishes to persist in the sin is shocking." Bauer also announced that the LPK will be considering this case and generally dealing with these matters. It was sure to be a topic in forthcoming talks with the Bishop of Linz.

The movement "Faithful to the Church" was sceptical about the "unity meeting" said their spokesman Gernot Steier on Thursday to "We express our regret that the Bishop does not celebrate the Eucharist which is the ultimate sign of unity but is only using as a Sunday church service “A Celebration of the Word”, which does not fulfil the Sunday obligation . Steier also said that after the "Wagner-resignation" is causing more people in the Diocese of Linz day to boycott paying their church tax, which incidentally, included many from the Parish of Windischgarsten. The "Faithful to the Church" announced a few days ago that the action was to be gradually extended to other Austrian dioceses.

Cathcon- The Bishop spoke today at the service that the Eucharist was the source of unity- so why, why, why no Mass? The many places left empty in the Cathedral shows the extent of the commitment of the Catholics of Linz to the liberty and exaltation of their Holy Mother, the Church. There are even more empty seats between the camera and the first seats actually seen, as this shows only the first two columns of the nave.

World's oldest ever living actor to play the role of God in Everyman

The 105-year-old actor Johannes Heesters cannot stop. In the summer he plays "God" in "Everyman" in Stuttgart.

Johannes Heesters is 105 years old, yet keeps the passion for being on stage.

In the summer, Johannes "Jopie" Heesters will be every evening on the stage in Stuttgart- as God. The 105-year-old takes the role "God the Lord" in Hugo von Hofmannsthal's "Everyman" was announed by the Stuttgart theatre on Friday.

The piece will be put on everyday from 11 June to 24 July daily (except Sundays) in the Old Playhouse. "Everyman" was put on the schedule at short notice, as the stage version of the play "The Lives of Others" was not yet ready.

Cathcon- Heesters, who visited Dachau as a guest of the commandant, but maintains that he did not put a show on, said a few months ago on Dutch TV that Hitler was not such a bad bloke. His much younger wife berated him immediately. This caused uproar in Germany, leading to an apology on prime time TV.

Here at the height of his career- including "Give me in farewell your hand again"

The Decline and Fall of the French Catholic Church

catalogued to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of a televised Mass.

See at 5.30 the disruption of a live televised Mass by traditionalists.

Hello Mary

Over-familiarity with the Queen of Heaven in modern French prayer based on the Hail Mary.
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Catholic youth in need of a recharge

with hip-hop and African dance. Catholic youth work in Belgium, as far as it goes, that is not very far.
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This man is........ a Dominican


Seen explaining the offertory procession on French TV this morning. Sorry about the sad quality, I rushed to get my camera and could only take one shot before he disappeared.


Found now the video of the guy in action- will keep the photo here for posterity as the link to the video will change next week. Maybe it is the same man again talking about something different.

A Dominican that cannot be recognised in the street cannot be part of a mendiant order- St Dominic would not have anything to do with him.

Vatican Press spokesman to resign after Papal visit to the Holy Land

according to Italian press reports