Sunday, May 13, 2012

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith considers summoning Cardinal

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Cardinal Schönborn has upset the Vatican.

Making delicate decisions without consultation with senior executives at times upsets the work environment. Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn now has this experience. The debate over a gay parish councillor in Weinviertler Mayrhofen – as the Standard reported – now has reached the Vatican . Specifically, the powerful Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith is now considering delicate processes in the smallest parish in the Archdiocese of Vienna.

The decision of Schönborn not to object to the parish council election despite a gay candidate being elected, is not so easy for the strict guardians of faith in Rome to accept. Der Standard has already been told from within well-informed Vatican circles that the Archbishop of Vienna has already been invited by letter from the CDF to explain himself accordingly. Should this not happen, the guardians of the faith have already decided to summon the Cardinal on his next visit to Rome.

References are made in Rome to applicable Canon Law: same-sex "tendencies" are no longer considered a sin but "homosexual acts" are.  And the gay parish councillor of Mayrhofen lives in a registered partnership. Schönborn obviously does not wish to change his decision - taken after a personal interview with the gay couple. The Congregation wishes at least an assurance that this was a unique event,

The Archbishop's Palace knows nothing about a Vatican rebuke. "About pressure from Rome, or a letter from the Congregation I know nothing. And the Cardinal has not confirmed the election just not objected to it. (Cathcon-  George Orwell would delight in this distinction)  It was an individual decision made on pastoral grounds," clarified Schoenborn's spokesman Michael Prüller at our request.

Catholic bishop visits homosexual and lesbian centre


He comes not as Bishop but as pilgrim to dialogue about the situation of homosexuals and lesbians in the Catholic Church who often feel marginalised and discriminated against. The dialogue was peaceful and directed towards facts. The reason that homosexuals and lesbians don't leave the church is often professional as the Catholic Church is the biggest employee in the region of social work and carers. 

For Bishop Ackermann, the visit was not a problem even though such an encounter does not happen everyday.

"I believe that people were surprised when  I accepted the invitation but this was important to me".

What have you learnt from the discussion?

 "I had indicated that I would not come here just to drink a coffee and to take a breath of air but we had a serious discussion and there are matters that are thought provoking, not least the relationship between   homosexual and lesbian people and the Church. We know that this is not without tension having regard for the situation of the other and listening to each other respectfully, these are, for example, ideas which I take from here, for instance. It is the case that the Catholic Church is strong here in Trier and in the region of Trier- it is important to take real notice and to listen where there are pressure points and  it is possible people feel put on the defensive.

For many of those concerned, it is important to remain in the Church, associated with the hope of step by step removing discrimination and marginalisation. 

 Representative of the centre- I was very happy he came to visit us and that he said that there were matters for the Church to thinkover. This was important. He went as far as his office allowed. The centre is not far from the Cathedral, a stone's throw but the formal distance is still great.

Irish government demanding priests break confessional seal

Priests must break confessional seal: Irish government introduces anticipated bill |

"The Irish Justice Minister has evoked outrage from the Catholic Church by proposing 5-year prison sentences for priests who fail to report sex abuse of minors if they hear about it in the confessional.

Alan Shatter’s mandatory reporting bill, introduced Wednesday, will make it a criminal offence to fail to disclose information to police which would “assist in prosecuting a person who commits a serious offence against a child or vulnerable adult.” The bill confirms fears that the government of Ireland will attempt to force priests to break the seal of the confessional, an idea that caused an uproar when it bruited about the Dail last summer.

A statement from the Vatican last August made it clear that under no circumstances whatever may a priest reveal what he learns in confession, even if a penitent confesses to criminal activity."

Last attempts at sabotage of the SSPX-Rome deal

Die letzten Sabotageversuche? – Wenige Tage vor Entscheidung Benedikts XVI. zur Piusbruderschaft › Katholisches

The scenario is well known. As in the past few months, also sabotage is attempted in the final sprint towards reconciliation between the Holy See and the SSPX. Attempts at sabotage are being made on both sides. An opinion piece published yesterday by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung from Cardinal Kasper is as important as the deliberate release of an internal correspondence between the General Superior of the SSPX, Bishop Bernard Fellay and three other bishops of the Fraternity.

The statements of Cardinal Kasper resemble more like a rearguard action accepting in resignation something which apparently cannot be prevented, but which should send at least some signals to the part of the church which is sceptical or hostile and that he and and probably other senior church leaders disagree with the move.

The leaks from the ranks of the SSPX show there are some intriguers at work that harm both the SSPX and the Catholic Church. It may be assumed that this specific breach of trust comes from that group, who Bishop Fellay in the fall of 2011 sharply criticized when he asked Monsignor Richard Williamson not to let himself be used by them.

The Superior General and his two assistants have been assigned responsibility for reconciliation talks with Rome by the SSPX They have obviously made a decision and also Pope Benedict XVI to whom the answer from Bishop Fellay of 17April was immediately presented.

In the meantime, there are only a few more days until the CDF considers on 17 May the recent proposal by Bishop Fellay on a modified "Doctrinal Preamble" . Then Pope Benedict XVI is widely expected to announce his decision even by the month's end.

Then it will also show who in the SSPX prefers going into schism to reconciliation with Peter, while for the vast majority of the SSPX, the "great task and challenge", as it was called Bishop Fellay is only just beginning. That there are not even a few high church officials who would be not unhappy for Bishop Richard Williamson to be "out there" is well known. Likewise, it is known that Pope Benedict XVI does not think in the categories of ecclesiastical politics

"No doctrinal obstacle for SSPX reconciliation"- member of the Curia

„Keine doktrinellen Hindernisse für Versöhnung“ – Msgr. Arrieta über die Piusbruderschaft › Katholisches:

Monsignor Arrieta on the SSPX

Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, confirmed that there are no doctrinal obstacles to reconciliation with the Society of St. Pius X. "I think we were able to clarify the doctrinal problems, even if it was not easy writing this down on paper. The real problem as it seems to me, is the separation, the distance between humans, which dates back to 1988. "

Monsignor Arrieta, a Spanish Curial bishop belongs to the Opus Dei, stated this on Monday, 7 May in Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium, as reported by the Belgian daily La Libre Belgique . Topics of the presentation by Archbishop Arrieta were among other issues the canonical inclusion of Anglicans into the Catholic Church, who asking for full unity with Rome and the case of the former scandalous bishop of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe.

Monsignor Arrieta is directly involved in the reconciliation talks between the Holy See with the SSPX. He  personally deals with the question of the canonical inclusion and thus concerned the future canonical status of the SSPX.

The Spanish bishop has been since 2008, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts. n February 2012, he ordained members of the Fraternity of St. Peter in Wigratzbad to the Lesser Orders and Sub-diaconate.

Feast of the Dedication of St Mary ad Martyres in Rome

Better known as the Pantheon, the ancient temple to the gods,  was purged by Pope St Boniface IV and consecrated in honour of Our Lady and all Holy Martyrs in the reign of the Emperor Phocas.

The Benedictines keep this Feast as the Commemoration of All Holy Martyrs and other Saints whose relics are conserved in their Churches. The Feast of All Saints became eventually to be celebrated on November 1st.

The story of the building

The Mass of the Ages being celebrated in the oldest Church building