Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Archbishop Zollitsch "We are all guilty for the financial crisis"

And there was me thinking it was Gordon Brown's tripartite regulation of the City of London and the EU Financial Package that was pushed through when the UK had Presidency of the EU when Gordon Brown was Chancellor.

Cardinal Newman's miracle


Feast of Sts Cyril and Methodius


Feast of Blessed Pope Benedict XI, Domincan


German Justice Minister sees extremist tendencies in SSPX

Federal Justice Minister Zypries compares SSPX with extreme right-wing

Federal Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries has raised the extremist tendencies of the traditionalist SSPX before. "In dealing with such religious extremists, the same things must apply as when dealing with the extreme right," urged Zypries.

Utterances of the SSPX have made it clear that democracy and freedom are not just threatened by Islamic fundamentalists.

The Minister described as unbearable the appeal of the SSPX on the eve of the Christopher Street Day (CSD) in Stuttgart. At the end of July, the SSPX has called people to a vigil in the Baden-Württemberg state capital. At the CSD " wild and obscenely dressed " people parade through the streets "happy in their own perversion."

And further: "How proud we are when we read in a history book that there were courageous Catholics in the Third Reich who said: 'We do not go along with this madness!".Likewise, it is again daring to be Catholic! "
Appeal to the Catholic Church

The printed text of the latest newsletter of the SSPX is an "intolerable insult to the victims of National Socialism and a defamation of homosexuals," said Zypries. She called on the Catholic Church to draw a clear dividing line.

The church should not tolerate under their roof, or even only in their shade, such fanatics who produce such outrages" the Minister said on Monday evening at a book presentation on "Strategies of the extreme right." Politicians of the Green Party had already urged that the SSPX should be monitored by the authorities charged with the defence of the German Constitution.
SSPX reject criticism

The SSPX rejected the criticism in reply. The reference to Nazi injustice was "completely misunderstood". The SSPX had "neither in intention nor in reality wrongly equated the CSD with the Nazi regime," insisted the German District Superior Franz Schmidberger at the weekend.

However, according to Christian moral standards, the norms of the CSD are "immoral". This should be made known to the public according to Schmidberger.
Cathcon sees tendencies to stupidity in Ms Zypries

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Out of the mouths of government ministers and fools.

SSPX developments sooner than expected?

From Golias the "more Tablet than the Tablet" French left-wing Catholic journal.

Lefebvrists: Canonical support for fool's bargain

Before writing a Motu proprio on the Lefebvrists, the Curia are now in the process of thinking about an immediate solution with a view to the final reintegration of the fundamentalists.

According to information, or our informants, Rome would, following the controversy about the ordinations celebrated recently by the SSPX, like to find a compromise solution, even before the completion of theological discussions.

This would clear the ground and initiate things faster. It is quite likely that the Curia had planned, under the good care of Monsignor Mario Marini, secretary of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, now deceased, a document, additional to the lifting of the excommunication of the four holy bishops consecrated by Archbishop Lefebvre, lifting the suspension imposed a divinis on the priests and brothers of the SSPX.    Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior of the Fraternity of Saint Pius X, showed such reluctance (because this form also showed a commitment to respect the authority of local bishops) that Rome then gave up on a similar project of transitional canonical regularisation. Now it is exhumed from oblivion.

The idea is obviously clever, even if from a canon law, and especially theological point of view, it is not without posing formidable problems. Indeed, it puts in a certain fashion, if only precariously, the cart before the horse in assuming things are resolved when they are not.

In the spirit of Pope Benedict and Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, for very short time again in charge of the case, it would be well to take account of multiple oppositions which would become less easy if the SSPX was in canonical good standing (albeit for a time) and not, in the words of Abbé Claude Barthe, in a state of " canonical weightlessness." This initiative would establish Roman legitimacy (and the undeniable validity of SSPX confessions and marriage services) of the sacraments celebrated by priests of the SSPX.

In addition, it is a clear encouragement to reluctant bishops, like those of Germany. This idea could revitalise even in Rome herself very strong opposition, for example from Cardinals Levada (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) and Re (bishops) and Bishop Francesco Coccopalmerio, President of the Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts due to the violation of the law and its spirit that it entails, ultimately not affecting the subject (the SSPX can stick to its position) and would be an expedient, an artifice that is temporary solution and ad hoc on a weak basis. Its only advantage is the benefit of the SSPX because it would be a way to support the Fraternity.

If the Pope were to adopt such a solution, which is possible, it could create an uproar which would be proof of an unbelievable complacency.