Thursday, May 03, 2012

Praying for our dear departed

Listing all the people to pray for.

In this her month, Our Lady's Feasts throughout the year


The Cross of Christ causes a the Church

Passau: Kirche entfernt Kreuze - Stadt - Medienagentur DENK

Passau – A paradoxical scandal in the Episcopal City of Passau. The church removes an exhibition of 30 crosses from a room on its property. Background for the censorship: Visitors allegedly objected to the brightly colored figures of Christ on grave crosses.

"Transitus / transitions", the exhibition to celebrate the 60th birthday of Passau artist Frederick Brunner was in the Diocesan Museum, the Prince Bishop's residence. In addition to a gallery with abstract paintings, there was a special room, an installation called "death and resurrection." It has been on show since 2004 in many other places.  In the front of a brochure with texts from the Apocalypse, Brunner places 30 simple grave markers. They have already been in use and are partially weathered. On each cross a figure of Christ is found in various, even garish colors: blue, green, red .... The depressed mood of the cemetery, "Cross in the Forest" becomes serene. This was the intention of the artist. "The colorful figures of Christ are meant symbolize happiness, the grief of death is compared to the joy of the resurrection." An interpretation in the best sense of Christian theology. The 60-year-old painter has always been concerned with the symbolism of the cross. His main job is as a school teacher of religion, art, and German.

On the fourth day of the exhibition space with the grave crosses was suddenly empty. Without informing the artist,  Alois Brunner (that they have the same same name is a co-incidence), the head of the artistic matters of the diocese removed the installation. The crosses were placed ​by workers in a storage room. What had happened?

The churchman did not respond to an email from the local magazine Bürgerblick. Their press spokesman Wolfgang Duschl however communicated by telephone: "There have been several complaints about the exhibtion which they found strange and indeed unreasonable."

In response to the media interest, the installation was reduced, and a "less confronting" form re-erected: Twelve crosses showing the Crucified in bright colors were sorted out. The effect has gone.

Brunner experiences censorship as an artist, he announces, and immediately cancels the entire exhibition. "I find it incredible that these things are done behind my back," he is angry, No-one from the church had made taken contact with him. He thinks that the exhibition is in "neutered form."

In order to avoid a public row ( Bürgerblick had in the meantime informed Bavarian Radio), the church finally responds. Vicar General Klaus Metzl decides that the exhibition should be restored to its original form. He takes a theological approach: That cross is a symbol which has always been a scandal.

Brunner is satisfied: "I hope my crosses continue to provoke."

But the crusade against the art can no longer be covered up: crosses removed, for two days the room was empty, a few new items, crosses, two days a "defused" Look, all crosses back. The local magazine has documented the process and in the next edition, which will be released tomorrow, a detailed article will be published about the artist and his crosses, about exhibitions in the locality.

On Thursday evening, the person responsible for art in the diocese, Alois Brunner, issued a statement to the public. He did not give his personal opinion on the installation - he had seen it at the opening reception.

Over the weekend, museum staff received very critical feedback from whole groups of visitors who felt personally disturbed bv the Death and Resurrection exhibition. Of course, we know that the cross of Christ again and again has challenged and provoked people. This is also part of our Christian faith. We paused the , and initially removed the crosses. We should and could have clarified this with the artist Friedrich Brunner both at first and later. We are very sorry gave the meantime. In the meantime there has been personal contact with the artist and all crosses are back. This is completely in the spirit of the motto of the former Passau Bishop Simon Konrad Landersdorfer "Stat crux, dum volvitur orbis". The Cross stands while the earth revolves.

The Messenger: Kuwait introduces death penalty for anti-Islamic blasphemy

full story here.:

"Minister of Justice and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Jamal Ahmad Al-Shihab confirmed Thursday that the government would not reject the anti-blasphemy bill.

In press statements following the National Assembly's session for approving the bill, Al-Shihab said respecting religions and religious symbols does not contradict international conventions. "Freedom of expression does not mean defaming or offending sanctities of nations," Al-Shihab said.

He also noted the bill has not contradicted previous fatwas, religious edicts, of the Fatwa Committee of the Ministry.

Another Cardinal looses control of his Archdiocese- this time not in Austria, but in Ireland.

NewsWires : euronews : the latest international news as video on demand:

"DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s deputy prime minister said on Thursday he thought the head of the Irish Catholic Church should resign after a TV documentary reported the cleric had failed to warn parents their children were being sexually abused by a priest in 1975.

A BBC documentary broadcast on Tuesday said that Cardinal Sean Brady was given the names and addresses of children being abused by notorious paedophile Brendan Smyth during a Church investigation but had failed to act to ensure their safety.

“It is my own personal view that anybody who did not deal with the scale of the abuse that we have seen in this case should not hold a position of authority,” Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore told parliament, when asked about Brady’s response to the BBC programme"

Cathcon- does the Cardinal not realise is that he is becoming a barrier to the re-evangelisation of Ireland?   The Irish are a naturally religious people who have been disastrously led since the Council and repeatedly betrayed into the hands of wolves.