Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Long-term associate of Pope attacks SSPX and calls for new Council

Cathcon note- Professor Dr Wolfgang Beinert is a Jesuit (no surprise there!) has known the Pope for fifty years, is a member of the Ratzinger Schulerkreis and succeeded to his chair in Regensburg. He does not see any objection to the ordination of women.

Given the "reform seizure" in the church emeritus Regensburg theologian Wolfgang Beinert believes "another council to be unavoidable". The current backlog of reforms was frozen by "centuries-old histories and historical constellations" and needed a comprehensive solution Beinert said in an interview with "Kathpress". He acknowledges that the future pope theoretically could use his own authority to bring about a big change, "but every pope is well advised to conform to the consensus of the bishops and so also to clearly express the will of the Church."The word council means nothing else in the final analysis.

The end of the current debates about church reform was according to Beinert therefore not yet in sight. Therefore there is time pressure because the window of opportunity for these reform models especially on the question of the much-needed young priestly vocations is closing.

Nobody wants to be a "vir probatus"

He currently knows a few men who as "viri probati" could take over (married, men of proven qualities) a priestly ministry. "But I know just as sure, their sons would not do that in the next generation - because you can highly praise the 'viri probati' as much as you want - there will be no more." said Beinert (Cathcon- he maintains that, in constrast, to the East, a married priesthood would not produce priests in succeeding generations- a good reason for not accepting it in the West while this sociology prevails).

Regarding the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) Beinert told Kathpress about unfulfilled potential - such as the collegiality of the bishops, in "Solidarity and Compassion" of Christians to non-believers and ecclesial understanding: The council have finally underlined " Communio "- Community – as a structured understanding, the sense of the faith of the faithful (" sensus fidelium ") and turned “against centralism and authoritarianism ". Since the Council, however, in the church a "barricade" mentality and a new fear has prevailed, "you could get too committed to the contemporary." The "aggiornamento" of the council had "not been widely implemented," said Beinert.

Beinert evaluated in this context exceptionally positively the person and role of the late Viennese archbishop, Cardinal Franz König. König was "a conservative man," (Cathcon- speechless about this ludicrous description) in the sense "that he wanted to preserve what is of the nature of faith" - but he was not however conservative in the context of making contemporary the faith and its modern expression. Beinert's conclusion: "I think you can call the Cardinal König undoubtedly one of the most important figures of the 20th century church." (Cathcon- met him once- quite charming- but charming is no guarantee of grace).

Beinert expected no progress in the near future in view of the negotiations between the Vatican and SSPX. Despite more than three years of talks, have shown that the quality of the theological statements of the SSPX are "unsuitable" "to build a solid bridge." (Cathcon- oh, really!)

That the Vatican dialogue proceeds intensively with such a relatively small group is necessary in the struggle for religious unity, Beinert further said. Finally, there is a "formative experience of the Church", namely that "right-wing groups like the SSPX" always were "prone to divisions." He would go so far as to assert that "all heresies in the church came from the right, not one from the left," said Beinert. The left-Catholic wing were neither ultimately community-forming or have had "a church-building power", as this carries the risk of the formation of an Episcopally run parallel church as was the case with the SSPX.

The Regensburg dogmatist was at the invitation of the Vienna "Theology Courses" recently in Vienna, where he lectured on among other matters on the dialogue with the SSPX and the Council.

On the day he abdicated, Pope announced canonisation of 800 martyrs slaughtered for their Faith by Muslim troops


The 800 Martyrs of Otranto to be canonized
Muslim massacre of 1480
On Monday, 11 February in Rome the canonization was announced of 800 Christians took place who suffered martyrdom in the 15th Century in Otranto. The elevation to the altars is to be made in the context of an ordinary consistory of the College of Cardinals which was convened by Pope Benedict XVI.

The canonization concerned Antonio Primaldo and his 800 companions. The Christian inhabitants of the town of Otranto in Apulia, in southern Italy were victims of a bloodbath by Ottoman troops during a raid on 29 July 1480. They killed more than 800 fishermen, craftsmen, farmers, merchants, peasants simply because of their faith.

A Turkish fleet appeared off the coast of Puglia in 1480
On that day in mid-summer in the early hours of the morning, a Turkish fleet appeared of 90 galleys and 66 other vessels. The fleet transported an army of 18,000 soldiers under the command of Gedik Ahmed Pasha, a commander of Sultan Mehmed II the Conqueror, who in 1451 at the age of only 21 years, took over the reign of the Ottoman Empire.

In1453, he was successful at the head of an army of 260,000 soldiers in the conquest of Constantinople and the destruction of the Eastern Roman Empire. The largest church in the "Second Rome" and the entire East, Hagia Sophia was desecrared and turned into a mosque. Since then Mehmed II had pursued the goal of conquering also the first Rome and turning St. Peter's Basilica in Rome into a stable for his horses.

Mehmed II took aim at Rome after the conquest of Constantinople
In June 1480, he directed his work of conquest against the real Rome after the conquest of the island of Rhodes with the stubborn and heroic resistance of the Knights of St. John (now Malta) had failed The Turkish fleet sailed westwards and targeted Otranto on the southern Adriatic. The southeastern city of Italy with about 6,000 inhabitants at that time was an important port between East and West.

During the attack, the population had to abandon their city and took refuge in the fortified castle, where they simply found only 400 soldiers, who were left to their own devices with the people.

Turkish massacre cost 17,000 lives: men executed, women and children enslaved
After a fifteen day siege the Turkish attackers on 11 August succeeded through concentrated artillery fire to breach the defensive wall, through which they could enter the castle. Gedik Ahmed Pasha ordered the killing of all the male inhabitants over 15 years, while women and children were enslaved. Some of the inhabitants managed to take refuge before the massacre with the clergy in the city's cathedral. There the Turks met Archbishop Stefano Pendinelli with the Cross in his hand raised towards them who asked the attackers to spare the lives of the people in the house of God, and accept Christ as their Saviour. He was killed in a particularly brutal manner, his head cut off, and this was carried on a spear as a trophy through the streets of the city. The commander of the Castle team was sawn in two while still alive.

Archbishop beheaded - 800 Christians found refuge in cathedral
Gedik Ahmed Pasha demanded the at least 800 Christians in the cathedral to convert to Islam, for which he gave them a night to think. On 12 August, all refused, among them the elderly tailor Antonio Pezzulla called Primaldo. He gave Gedik Ahmed Pasha the response of the trapped: "All of us who believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God and our Savior, are ready to die a thousand times for him."

The Turkish warlord then gave orders to put all in chains. The cathedral was converted into a stable. On 14 August he had all the prisoners taken to a hill outside the city.

The 800 rejected conversion to Islam and were beheaded.
The craftsman Antonio Primaldo who had supported the others in these difficult times was to be executed first. Immediately prior to the beheading he called to the others, they should not lose heart, he had just the heaven which awaited them. Then the executioner of the Pasha decapitated him. As the tradition says, he remained miraculously standing after his beheading. His headless body stood still, until the last one of Otranto's Christians had been executed.

The chronicles give details of one of the Muslim executioners, named Bersabei who was converted by the boldness with which the Christians went to their deaths for their faith. He pleaded loudly for Christ and was also beheaded. Overall, in the city and the surrounding area, 17,000 people were killed by the Turks.

Thirteen months later, Alfonso of Aragon managed to free Otranto. On 13 October 1481, a mass grave was found of the 800 who had been beheaded. Their bodies were not decomposed and were transferred to the cathedral. From 1485, some of the martyrs were brought to other churches. Some are in the Church of Santa Caterina a Formiello of Naples kept under the altar of the Madonna of the Rosary, which commemorates the victorious Battle of Lepanto, when the Turks were defeated by the Christians.

1771 beatified - recognized in 2007 as martyrs for the faith
The canonical beatification process was initiated in 1539 and completed in 1771. Pope Clement XIV acknowledged the 800 martyrs as blessed and allowed her veneration in Otranto. Since then, they have been the patron saints of the city and the Archdiocese.

A few years ago, the Archdiocese of Otranto requested the resumption of canonization process . On 6 July 2007, Pope Benedict XVI gave the canonical recognition of their martyrdom, as they were killed in odium fidei- in hatred of the faith. On 20 December 2012, the Pope recognised a miraculous healing of a nun, Francesca Levote at the intercession of the Blessed Antonio Primaldo and companions and signed the decree for the canonization.


Will it be a round-trip for Cardinal Schönborn as he leaves for Rome?

Schönborn: Great confidence in proper Papal election
Vienna's archbishop departed on Tuesday afternoon to Rome - "The great task of the next Pope will be what Benedict XVI has repeatedly emphasized so clearly- to put God at the centre."

with a prayer at the Archbishop's palace in Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn on Tuesday afternoon said goodbye to his staff before he left for Rome. He had great faith, the Cardinal said, "God is with us", and the cardinals in the conclave would choose the right man to be the next pope. God had already chosen the next Pope, the cardinals task is simply, to discover who this is. To do this requires the prayer of the whole Church, according to Schönborn.

The great task of the next pope will be what also Benedict XV has repeatedly emphasized so clearly - to put God at the centre. It is necessary "to refer to the human desire for God," said Schonborn. Because: "Where God is neglected, humanity comes to be diminished." The Archbishop of Vienna, recalled in his short speech in the Chapel of St Andrew in the Archbishop's palace in this connection the Soviet poet and writer Andrei Sinyavsky, who had just written this down during his imprisonment in an inhuman Soviet prison camp: "Enough talk of the people, we must speak of God . "

The liturgical celebration ended with a double blessing- one from the Archbishop for the employees and one of them gave the appointed blessing prayer for the departing Cardinal Christoph Schönborn


“Even sinners can vote for the Pope”

Interview with Bishop Scicluna, Prosecutor in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

It is their right to take part in the Conclave. God will fill their mouths with words that come from a humiliated and wounded heart.” The papacy that has done the most to combat the scandal of sex-abuse in the Church, adopting Joseph Ratzinger’s “zero tolerance” rule, will give those cardinals tainted by cover-up accusations the “green light” for participation in the Conclave. “Knowledge is not only given to saints but to sinners too,” Maltese bishop, Charles Scicluna, (who has been prosecutor of the in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith tribunal for ten years) explained.

I sit right for the four cardinals who have been dragged into the paedophilia scandal to vote for the next Pope?
“We are all sinners; God will make their presence in the Conclave work for the good of the Church. We should avoid pointing the finger. Even the members of the first college of apostles did not all deserve to be canonised; there are treasures to be found in clay vessels. Human fragility becomes a spectacle for the world. We cannot hand out permits. Who is worthy? In the liturgy we constantly proclaim our unworthiness. Every day in the Church we bear fitness to a holiness we would like to take part in. The curtain of silence that often covered abuse cases has finally been removed. The only guiding principle that can remedy the moral downfall of the clergy is the fact that truth sets humans free.”

Why did these cardinals keep silent about paedophile priests?
“For fear of a scandal breaking out. What they didn’t realise was that they needed to look at the abuse from the exact opposite angle. The real scandal was not reporting the abuse. Perceptions changed: silence became a scandal. We have Ratzinger to thank for this. So we should let them take part in the Conclave. As Psalm 51, the Miserere, says: “Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness. In your compassion blot out my offense. O wash me more and more from my guilt and cleanse me from my sin. My offenses truly I know them.” Their right to participate is linked to the need to show respect for their conscience, whilst their duty to be there involves them taking on their responsibilities. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."

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Cathcon- should they really have a hand in determining the next Pope- all liberals of varying shades, almost needless to say.

Episcopate cleansed by Pope Benedict

Throughout his eight-year papacy, Pope Benedict XVI has “carried out a cleansing of the episcopate,” said the apostolic nuncio to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tadjikistan.

“This Pope has removed two or three bishops per month throughout the world because either the accounts in their dioceses were a mess or their discipline was a disaster,” said Archbishop Miguel Maury Buendia during a Feb. 20 address at the University of San Pablo in Madrid.

“The nuncio went to these bishops and said, ‘The Holy Father is asking you for the good of the Church to resign from your post.’”

Nearly all of these bishops, when approached by the Pope’s representative, were aware of the “disaster” and accepted the request to resign, he added.

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It was not the media who hijacked the Second Vatican Council

Theory of the Hijacked Council interesting response to the Pope's comments on the Council saying the media hijacked the Council.

The whole speech to the clergy of the Diocese of Rome

To quote the great litany of the article
It was not the media who asked for a Council to open up the Church to the modern world, but Pope John XXIII.

It was not the media who rejected the prepared schemata drafted the Preparatory Commission, but the Council Fathers.

It was not the media who cut the power to Cardinal Ottaviani's microphone when he protested, but the Council Fathers.

It was not the media who drove the progressive agenda of the Council, but the Council advisors, the periti, such as Hans Kung and Karl Rahner.

It was not the media who appointed the periti, but the Bishops, and in some cases (Kung), the pope himself.
It was not the media who were enamored with the teachings of such dissenting theologians as Rahner, Kung and de Chardin, but the Bishops and theologians of the Church.

It was not the media who failed to put an end to the Council even after it was evident from Session 1 that it had gotten out of control, but Pope Paul VI. (Cathcon- St Padre Pio told a representative of the Vatican to get the thing over quickly).

It was not the media who drafted documents that Benedict XVI himself describes as "dense " and "weak", but the Council Fathers (see here).

It was not the media who promulgated a document that Benedict XVI said was "too naturalistic and unhistorical, took insufficient notice of sin and its consequences, and was too optimistic about human progress", but the Council Fathers.

It was not the media who drafted an intentionally ambiguous document on the inspiration and inerrancy of the Holy Scriptures, which dissident theologians have been able to twist to deny the Bible's authority, but the Council itself.

It was not the media who called for a new Mass despite the fact that the Council never called for a New Mass, but the Church itself acting under a Commission of Bishops established by the Pope.

It was not the media who entrusted the creation of this New Mass to a man commonly believed to be a Freemason (Msgr Bugnini), but Pope Paul VI.

It was not the media who, in the words of Benedict XVI, "introduced a breach into the history of the liturgy whose consequences could only be tragic" with the promulgation of the Novus Ordo Mass, but Pope Paul VI (Milestones, pg. 146-149).

It was not the media who illegally suppressed celebrating Mass according to the 1962 Mass despite the fact that it was "never abrogated" (SP Art. 1), but the Bishops of the Church, most of them also Council Fathers.

It was not the media who promulgated heretical catechisms after the Council with modernist interpretations of the faith, but regional councils of Catholic bishops.

It was not the media who forced the Church to abandon Latin despite the fact that the Council did not call for this, but Bishops.

It was not the media who compelled the pope to give up the papal coronation and tiara and substitute them for an "inauguration", suggesting a democratic Church, but the pope himself.

It was not the media who instituted practices like communion in the hand, altar girls, extraordinary ministers and rock music during Mass, but liturgical experts working for the Church, appointed and supported by Bishops, whose abuses were later authorized by the papacy itself.

It was not the media who insisted on destroying and dismantling historic churches, but parish committees working in conjunction with parish priests with the support of the local bishops, who insisted on such measures as appropriate for the modern Church.

It was not the media who insisted on harsh disciplinary measures against priests and bishops who wished to maintain Catholic Tradition while simultaneously failing to sufficiently discipline dissenting theologians, Catholic colleges that fomented modernism and radical feminism, and whole dioceses mired in liberation theology, but the papacy itself.

It was not the media who screened orthodox aspirants to the priesthood out of the seminaries while encouraging the ordination of homosexuals, but the diocesan bureaucracies.

It was not the media who turned these diocesan bureaucracies over to lay people and dissenting religious, but the Bishops themselves, who voluntarily abdicated their responsibility based on an erroneous understanding of Vatican II's call for greater lay participation.

It was not the media who insisted that Catholic universities hand over control from religious orders to lay persons, but the Bishops and religious orders themselves, as in the case of Notre Dame where this was done in the name of Vatican II.

It was not the media who promised to starve the Catholic Church into accepting married priests by intentionally turning away seminarians, but liberal Catholic bishops, like Kenneth Untener of Saginaw, MI. (1980-2004), who did in fact make such a statement.

It was not the media who confused the faithful about the Church's teaching on issues such as abortion and homosexuality, but dissenting priests and bishops who preached error or refused to correct error when it was preached.

It was not the media who moved tabernacles from their position of centrality and banished them to broom closets, but Catholic priests acting with the tacit or explicit approval of Catholic Bishops.

It was not the media who turned many liturgies throughout the 80's, 90's and even today into horrendous displays of egotism, sacrilege and blasphemy, but Catholic priests operating either with the blessing of their Bishops or without their active opposition.

It was not the media who wrote banal, faith-destroying pop music for our liturgies, but Catholic musicians, many of them priests.

It was not the media who taught that the Church's missionary mandate no longer applies to the Orthodox, but a conference of Catholic bishops at Balamand.

It is not the media who are undermining the Church's missionary mandate by teaching that conversion to the Faith is no longer necessary for salvation, but Catholic missionary orders and organizations who openly teach such things and do so in the name of the Second Vatican Council.

It was not the media who confused the Catholic faithful by kissing the Koran, praying in synagogues and mosques, and attending reprehensible pagan ceremonies, but Pope John Paul II.

It was not the media who taught the Catholic faithful indifferentism by gathering leaders of all the worlds religions to pray for worldly concerns, but Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI at the Assisi meetings.
It was not the media who have failed to "clean up corruption in the Curia", but the popes.

It is not the media who have failed to address the growing "homoheresy" and "Lavender Mafia" within the Church, but the popes.

It was not the media who systematically covered up homosexual abuse within the Church hierarchy, but the Catholic bishops.

It is not the media who fosters these continuing misunderstandings of the Second Vatican Council, but the Catholic Bishops and the Pope who collectively and individually have failed to offer authoritative guidelines for understanding the Council and allow such things as listed above to go on year after year.

Finally, it was not the media who appointed all of the liberal, progressive and modernizing Bishops and Cardinals who have done such things, but the Popes themselves. Cathcon- ironically the most out-of-date document of the Council is the second document issued on the Media of Social Communications, Inter Mirifica

Cardinal- next Pope must 'clean house'


Time for Cardinal's accusers to come out of the shadows

A friend of Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s yesterday challenged the priests who accused him to have the courage to identify themselves.

Writer Peter Jennings, who has known O’Brien for more than 40 years, said: “I believe these priests should have the courage to come out and say exactly who they are.”

He also questioned why the priests made their claims through a senior figure in the diocese rather than directly to nuncio Antonio Mennini, the Vatican’s “open and accessible” ambassador to Britain.

Jennings added: “I would challenge these four men also to be more specific in their allegations.

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