Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Results of opinion poll on excommunication

Catholic Church Conservation: Austrian woman intends to celebrate "Easter Mass" and faces excommunication:

  78 (88%)
  10 (11%)

Open letter to Cardinal from Disobedient Clergy in Austria

Der offene Brief im Wortlaut «

Peter Paul Kaspar, Academic Chaplain in Linz, author, musician, executive member of the Parish Priest Initiative helped to formulate the "Call to Disobedience" and now writes an open letter to Cardinal Christoph Schönborn

Dear Cardinal!

We - the executive of the Parish Priest Initiative - have issued at Pentecost 2011 a "Call to Disobedience," because we wanted our urgent demands for reform to be made public. This has succeeded worldwide even being cited in the Holy Thursday homily of the Pope. The decades-long internal proposals and suggestions put forward were so far always put politely in the files. We have risked being provocative, which does indeed work well, but your understanding of ministry as hierarchy has been so much hurt that you have since been persistently demanding the revision of a single word- disobedience . To put it bluntly. This word was the door opener - it has allowed us global discourse. That you request the revision of the headline, instead of discussing the content, says a lot about your understanding of authority: you refer to the obedience that we owe to God, his teaching and to conscience rather to you personally and to your office.

You have also described in no previously known position that a Christian obedience is not merely response to an external command, but "to be paid attention to" - from which comes also the idea- to display one's own, educated and responsible conscience. In this formation of conscience for a Catholic priest, the instruction of the superior bishop plays some, but not the first role: "to obey God rather than men," is the biblical rule. Some of us have in discussions with the competent diocesan bishops - in spite of individual differences of opinion -. come to appreciate openness and trust. We assume that it is similarly possible in your Vienna diocese. Asking your colleagues to recant a single word appears to us an all too simple model to deal with disputes. And for the many priests of the Parish Priest Initiative from other dioceses, you are not responsible as a bishop.

You have asked a gay parish councillor elected by a large majority for an interview, because he lives in a registered partnership with his companion. And you have endorsed the decision of the parish. It is possible that you will be blamed by a Roman canonical court. And you have obviously taken this into account and now want to stand by your "disobedience". The fact that you have exposed to public ridicule the obedient parish priest , however, is a small blemish. However, we consider in your decision is a positive example, of when a bishop in his office obeys his conscience, even though the church or Roman law intends something else. We approve of your "disobedience" as gratifying responsibility- in the literal sense - of a "conscientious" public official.

With this hopefully pleasing insight into your certainly difficult office, may God's blessing be given!

Prof. Peter Paul Kaspar, Chaplain for Academia and Artists of the Diocese of Linz

Cathcon- lest we forget, from the town that brought the world Adolf Hitler, came the church, whose Rector is Father Kaspar, that brought the faithful, the Shrine to Judas.    Cathcon has just returned from anticipated Matins of Holy Thursday in the Orthodox Church which takes two hours to savage Judas in every possible way.   This is the normal attitude of Christians.

Truly is Judas to be numbered with the generation of vipers, who ate manna in the wilderness and then complained about the food. For while the food was in their mouths, they the ungrateful spoke against God.

Catholics also have a normal attitude to those in authority that has been completely upset in the post-conciliar era.

Father Kaspar is specifically referring above to his open dialogue with the Diocesan Bishop, Bishop Schwarz, whose tolerance he enjoys.

RORATE CÆLI: Is there a way of putting "The Way" back into the box?

RORATE CÆLI: Is there a way of putting "The Way" back into the box?:

Excellent article which can be read in conjunction with previous extensive Cathcon coverage of the sins of The Way.

Feast of Pope St Leo the Great

Extract from Sermon 71 (Leo the Great) on Easter

Let God's people then recognize that they are a new creation in Christ, and with all vigilance understand by Whom they have been adopted and Whom they have adopted. Let not the things, which have been made new, return to their ancient instability; and let not him who has put his hand to the plough Luke 9:62 forsake his work, but rather attend to that which he sows than look back to that which he has left behind. Let no one fall back into that from which he has risen, but, even though from bodily weakness he still languishes under certain maladies, let him urgently desire to be healed and raised up. For this is the path of health through imitation of the Resurrection begun in Christ, whereby, notwithstanding the many accidents and falls to which in this slippery life the traveller is liable, his feet may be guided from the quagmire on to solid ground, for, as it is written, the steps of a man are directed by the Lord, and He will delight in his way. When the just man falls he shall not be overthrown, because the Lord will stretch out His hand. These thoughts, dearly-beloved, must be kept in mind not only for the Easter festival, but also for the sanctification of the whole life, and to this our present exercise ought to be directed, that what has delighted the souls of the faithful by the experience of a short observance may pass into a habit and remain unalterably, and if any fault creep in, it may be destroyed by speedy repentance. And because the cure of old-standing diseases is slow and difficult, remedies should be applied early, when the wounds are fresh, so that rising ever anew from all downfalls, we may deserve to attain to the incorruptible Resurrection of our glorified flesh in Christ Jesus our Lord, Who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Ghost for ever and ever. Amen.

Cardinal's lawyer tries to stop incriminating leaks by going to court

Le cardinal Danneels "n'a rien à ajouter" -

Cardinal Godfried Danneels has nothing to add to the answers he gave to the Commission of Inquiry on sexual abuse was his reaction Wednesday, speaking through his lawyer, after the publishing of an article in Het Laatste Nieuws which indicates that he had been notified at least forty times of cases of sexual abuse within the Church committed in recent decades. The lawyer of the Cardinal will file a complaint to determine whether there has been a violation of the confidentiality of investigations, he says in a statement.

The Flemish newspaper article is a "poor dish, badly warmed, not by coincidence published a few days after the judgement of the Court of Cassation last week, in which the illegality of searches and seizures has been finally confirmed," said Fernand Keuleneer.

The lawyer said that he was once again appalled that Het Laatste Nieuws “refers to “sources close to the judiciary”, and that the newspaper provides information on the state of the investigation, and what conclusions or not the justices have already reached"

The cardinal and his council will again complain to the judge "to determine if, once again, there is a question of disinformation and manipulation of the investigation, and a violation of the secrecy of the investigation. "

In an article published Wednesday, the Flemish daily recounted that Cardinal Danneels had been informed at least forty times of cases of sexual abuse within the Church in recent decades, based on letters from the records of Operation Chalice.

Cardinal Danneels knew about 40 cases of sexual abuse

'Belgische kardinaal wist van kindermisbruik' - RTL

The Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels was definitely informed forty times of sexual abuse within the Belgian Catholic Church, according to the Flemish newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, which relies on a correspondence between the cardinal and the victims or their families. These letters have emerged as part of the extensive investigation, named Operation Chalice.

The 78-year-old Danneels has always denied having been aware of child abuse by clergy. From the letters, it appears that the cardinal, in his previous role as archbishop, would pray for the victims. In some cases he gave spiritual advice, but he never went to the justices, the newspaper says.