Sunday, November 27, 2011

2574 days of Vigil!


Shuttered Wellesley church’s parishioners take hope from Vatican decisions - The Boston Globe
: "Wrapped in jackets and scarves, 16 St. James the Great parishioners gathered recently on a chilly Sunday, the 2,574th day of their vigil at the long-shuttered Wellesley church, to celebrate Mass.

They took turns doing readings, sang hymns accompanied by a boom box, and received Communion with wafers consecrated by priests they will not name for fear of getting them in trouble with the Archdiocese of Boston, which closed St. James seven years ago and shut off the heat and water last month, citing safety concerns with the boiler.

As temperatures drop and the archdiocese remains resolute that their occupation has to end soon, St. James parishioners have found hope in the Vatican’s recent decision to reverse the deconsecration of three Springfield churches."

Monday, November 21, 2011

Cardinal sees Europe "tired and without vision"

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The Munich Cardinal, Reinhard Marx has criticized a "spiritual exhaustion" (Cathcon could also be mental exhaustion) of Europe. The Europe of today is "tired, without vision and without a goal," Marx said in Freising. The politicians gave the impression that they were just pushed and pulled about without Europe being re-thought. The soul of Europe is not the financial markets, but Jesus Christ. He also raised a question, as to whether the church has been exhausted. Pope Benedict XVI called the church during his visit to Germany to renewal.

The Cardinal also said, "He wants to tell us. You can start on your path as Christians only, if you yourself remembers the gift that have been give to you. Take care not to confuse the goals with the means."

The European Parliament should add the number of glasses of wine served to this list.

See also Pope supports EU with certain reservations.

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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

German bishop prepares for funeral of ecumenism

Passau: Bischof Müller sieht Zukunft der Ökumene gefährdet - PNP-Interview | Passauer Neue Presse - Politik - Heute in Ihrer Tageszeitung - Heimatzeitung für Niederbayern und Altötting:

The Regensburg Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Mueller has accused representatives of the German Protestant Church of driving "a wedge" into the Catholic Church. In the interview with PNP, the Bishop responsible for the ecumenical movement within the German Bishops' Conference attacked "controversial statements" during the Pope's visit to Germany and put Catholic-Protestant ecumenism as a whole in question.

Muller was particularly critical of the Berlin Protestant bishop Markus Dröge, who had written that Benedict XVI had "no concept of ecumenism". Such statements are "just to be dismissed as totally without basis," said the Regensburg Bishop, stating: "If one continues on this line, this would be the death of ecumenism."

Even at the Synod of the Protestant Church in Germany over the weekend there had been criticism of the Pope's visit. The Regensburg Bishop dismissed remarks that Benedict XVI had made appreciative comments in Erfurt about the reformer Martin Luther privately, but not in his sermon. "That would also have been quite unlutheran" says Müller: "In a sermon interpreting John 17, the content must be about Christ and the unity of the disciples, but not a historical-theological evaluation of Martin Luther." In the preceding discussion, however, "the Pope singled out a point that is also ecumenically fruitful: Luther's radical God-centeredness". Mueller explained that prior to the Pope's visit "a treacherous game with high expectations" was played: "Not only that the Pope should make a dramatic ecumenical step - he should water down Catholic doctrine. '" After the Pope's visit there was now "scattered" attempts from the Protestant side, to place a "bacterium (literally a fungus which eventually splits a tree trunk)" into the Catholic Church "in which places the Pope and bishops against the alleged majority of the Catholic population." Müller: "They want to pull a part of the Catholic faithful onto their own side or alternatively to protestantise the Catholic Church."