Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Always fewer Catholics in Austria

Around 23,700 fewer Around 23,700 fewer Catholics in Austria and of the larger groups, only Islam is growing

The number of Catholics sinks again. According to newly released statistics, the number of Catholics amounts to 5.58 million, compared to the previous year with 5.6 million being reported. Only the Diocese of Graz-Seckau is going against the trend where there are 774 more Catholics than previous years.

The press spokesman of the Archdiocese of Vienna Erich Leitenberger stated in connection with the latest data that as well as the official figures a group of "Underground Catholics" must be added. He alluded to here Catholic immigrants that come from mainly Islamic countries where they had been persecuted and thereby must keep secret their religious beliefs.

The number of regular Mass attendees was counted on a specific Sunday in 2008 as 729,879, where given Austrian religio-social surveys another group of about the same size must be added, who only once a month or only at "holy times" such as Christmas and Easter take part in Mass.

Leitenberger said that an interesting phenomenon is the "returners", the figure for which has risen from 4262 in 2007 to 5037 in 2008.

In the meantime the Muslims have become the second biggest credal group- according to an evaluation of the Interior Ministry, there are between 400,000 and 420,000- with a tendency to increase.

Excommunicated female Bishop leads funeral service at monastery and then maybe concelebrates


News from the scandal diocese: Recently an excommunicated imposter Bishop stood in the sanctuary during Mass at a Benedictine monastery. For believers present, the situation gave the impression of a concelebration.

The Austrian monthly newspaper 'The 13th' recently reported on an "ecclesiastical scandal in the monastery of Kremsmünster".

On 28 May, in the Benedictine convent in the Diocese of Linz a young woman was buried who had left the Catholic Church.

On the occasion, the excommunicated Linz resident Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger also put in an appearance.

The excommunicated person- dressed as a bishop – conducted the funeral service in the Kremsmünster cemetery.

The'13th '. wrote that Mrs Lumetzberger "held the funeral and a Benedictine Father from the Monastery of Kremsmünster assisted her.

After the funeral Ms Lumetzberger held a requiem in the Church- wrote of the'13th ': Priests and fathers from the world-famous monastery "concelebrated" with the imposter Bishop who has been excommunicated by the Pope - according to the newspaper.


The Monastery of Kremsmünster published in response to the report a clarification from Father Bernhard Eckerstorfer.

The statement appeared on Wednesday on the St. Pölten news service ''.

The "excommunicated" “Priestess " came as a friend to the funeral.

Ms Lumetzberger had "at the express request of the members of the relatives had come to the public cemetery in Kremsmünster."

The Monastery of Kremsmünster allegedly must respect this desire of the family - says the statement.

The Requiem in the Monastery Church - also at the request of the family – was celebrated by the parish priest of Kremsmünster.

But Ms. Lumetzberger was - dressed as a bishop - " present at this ceremony, as at funerals also often there are non-Catholic public officials present" - writes the Father.

It is inadmissible to speak of a "concelebration" –the monastery played down the presence of the imposter female Bishop in the sanctuary.

Abbot Ambrose of Kremsmünster independent of the funeral on 30 July had stated that Ms Lumetzberger could not receive Communion in Kremsmünster and in the associated parishes of the Monastery.


The Abbot ought to be ashamed of himself, knows much more than he is telling us and is perhaps even sympathetic.

A former member of his monastery, one Rafael Ferdinand Regelsberger “consecrated” the imposter bishop.

He himself was “consecrated” in the chapel in her loft- always helps to have a spare loft when you have a DIY religion. I think I am right in saying he took a wife on leaving the monastery (an old, old story).

Pope condemns rebellious clergy

Extract from Pieni l'animo 1907

4. Take the proper means necessary for the diminution of these quarrelsome souls. Bear well in mind, Venerable Brethren, the Apostle's warning to Timothy: "Do not lay hands hastily upon anyone."[5] In fact, haste in admitting men to Sacred Orders naturally opens the way to a multiplication of people in the sanctuary who do not increase joy. We know that there are cities and dioceses where, far from there being any reason to lament the dearth of clergy, the clergy greatly exceed the needs of the faithful. Venerable Brethren, what reason is there for imposing hands so frequently? In those places where the lack of clergy is no sufficient reason for haste in so important a matter and the clergy are more numerous than the requirements demand, nothing excuses from the most delicate caution and the greatest exactitude in selecting those who are to receive the sacerdotal honor. The eagerness of the aspirants is no excuse for haste. The priesthood that Jesus Christ instituted for the salvation of souls is by no means a human profession or office which anyone desiring it for any reason can say he has a right to receive. Therefore, let the Bishops call young men to sacred orders, not according to the desires or pretexts of the aspirants, but, as the Council of Trent prescribes, according to the needs of the dioceses. In this task they can select only those who are really suitable and dismiss those who have inclinations contrary to the priestly vocation. The most dangerous of these inclinations are a disregard for discipline and that pride of mind which fosters it.

5. In order that young men who display qualities suitable for the sacred ministry may not be lacking, Venerable Brethren, We wish to insist most earnestly on what We have already frequently pointed out. That is to say, you have a very serious obligation before God of guarding and fostering most solicitously the proper conduct of the seminaries. Your priests will be as you have trained them. The letter of December 8, 1902, which Our most prudent Predecessor addressed to you as a testament from his long Pontificate is very important.[6] We desire to add nothing new to it; We shall merely remind you of the rules it lays down. We especially recommend the immediate execution of Our orders, published through the Sacred Congregation of Bishops and Regulars, on the concentration of the seminaries especially for the study of philosophy and theology. In this way the great advantage resulting from the separation of the major and minor seminaries and the no less great advantage of the necessary instruction of the clergy will be secured.

6. Let the seminaries be jealously guarded in order that a proper atmosphere will be maintained. Let them always be destined exclusively for preparing youths, not for civil careers, but for the noble vocation of being ministers of Christ. Let philosophy, theology, and the related sciences, especially Sacred Scripture, be studied along the lines of pontifical directives: according to the teaching of Saint Thomas which Our venerable Predecessor so often recommended, and We Ourselves recommended in the Apostolic Letter of January 23, 1904.[7] Therefore, let the Bishops exercise the most prudent vigilance towards the professors' teachings. Let them recall those who run after certain dangerous novelties to their sense of duty. If they do not profit from these warnings, let them be removed-- cost what it may--from their teaching position. Young clerics are forbidden to frequent the universities unless the Bishops think there are very good reasons and necessary precautions have been taken. Seminarians are absolutely forbidden to take part in external activities. Accordingly. We forbid them to read newspapers and periodicals, excepting, in the case of the latter, those with solid principles and which the Bishop deems suitable for their study. Let discipline continue to be fostered with renewed vigor and vigilance. Finally, in every seminary there must be a spiritual director. He is to be a man of extraordinary prudence and experienced in the ways of Christian perfection. With untiring zeal he must train the young men in solid piety, the primary foundation of the spiritual life. Venerable Brethren, if these rules are conscientiously and religiously followed they will be your sure guarantee of seeing a clergy growing up around you which will be your joy and your crown.

7. If these instructions are not observed, the problem of insubordination and independence which We now lament will be even more aggravated by some of the younger clergy and cause even more harm. This is especially so since those who are subject to this reprobate spirit are not lacking, and, abusing the sacred office of preaching, they are its outspoken promoters and apostles, to the detriment and scandal of the faithful.

Le Concorde Hotel - former seminary


Seminary reform is all too late for this venue.

New Vatican document due on priestly training

The Vatican is preparing a guideline document on priestly training. The succinct and clear text will appear before the end of the International Year of the Priest in June, said the French curial bishop Jean-Louis Brugues in an interview with the Vatican newspaper, "L´Osservatore Romano“. It will make clear the roll of the priest in church and society and will be produced by the Congregation for Education, of which Brugues is the Secretary

The goal of formation must be to transmit to candidates the joy of priestly office and to strengthen them. For this a optimal formation should be provided which not only presents specialist subjucts but also Christian culture. The social position and tasks of priests in specific countries are different said Brugues. In Africa, Latin America, or in Korea the priest has a very strong social position, very different from the more secularised states. An example would be Italy, according to Brugues, where the church is deeply rooted in the people and very noticeable in society and politics. His confgregation is responsible for 1200 Catholic universities, 2700 seminaries and 250000 Catholic schools. The schools are the best way to introduce the Christian message in the culture of a country as well as the society and to be influential.

Source Radio Vatican

Communist mayor offers church for sale on ebay

Controversy over God's house in France escalates

Furniture, cars, a Ferris wheel. Everything possible is auctioned on ebay. Why not have a church? A French mayor has placed a house of God in the online shop, because it is in his are there are three churches but no priest anymore.

In the southern French department of Pyrenees Ariege the dispute escalates over the future of one of the three Catholic churches and chapels in the area of Massat. The communist mayor has now put the parish church up for sale on ebay, as French newspapers reported. This followed several municipal decisions seeking to desecrate the chapel and change its function into a cultural centre.

Dispute with the diocese
The competent diocese has rejected this requirement. Also, the prefect of the department rejected the proposal. The municipality argues that in Massat there are three churches, including the second largest in the department, but no more priests. The cost for the upkeep of churches takes up more than one fifth of the municipal budget. The diocese, on the other hand, has warned against a dam being burst if the church is converted. All the experts of the diocese are of the opinion that it should be kept in use.

Cathcon: the French municipality owns French churches, not the Church herself. Often it has been the communist mayors who have been most sympathetic to traditional Catholics. The "mainstream" church would prefer a disco or night club rather than a Latin Mass.

Counter-reformation seminaries praised by Pope


Pope Benedict XVI wants new attention to be given to training for the priesthood. This was part of his statement this Wednesday in Castelgandolfo at the General Audience. The seminaries were the starting point for new evangelization. The Catholic Church finds itself in a similar situation to that at the Council of Trent (in session above), said the Pope.

"The Council of Trent adopted standards for seminaries as the contemporary crisis was caused by poor priestly training. There were candidates for the priesthood who often did not have a mature intellectual and spiritual vision. They were in their hearts and in their soul not ready for this service is not ready. However, the standards were only after a certain time applied in France and Germany ... Also at the present time, we must devote our attention to priestly training to ensure that the future priests are witnesses to the mercy of God, their entire lives being devoted Christ. "


Vatican calls time on progressive nuns

ABC video report.

They dance to "When the saints go marching in"- they ain't no saints in the progressive wing of the church.

Utterly remarkable and wonderful interview

with the Maestro Perpetuo of the Sistine Chapel.