Wednesday, March 06, 2013

What the next Papacy will mean for the SSPX

Early contact with the new Pope
The relationship between Church and the SSPX is one of the points that are open after Benedict's resignation, as ever. If, under the new Pope will reintegration - or the final break be completed?

Benedict XVI wanted no longer to take in his last days in office any serious decision. The possible reconciliation with the breakaway in 1988 of followers of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre is therefore one of the issues that must be addressed by the new Pope.

The SSPX rejects a series of reforms of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). Contentious issues are especially liturgy, ecumenism and religious freedom. The founder of the SSPX, the French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (1905-1991) completed the break with Rome by ordaining of bishops against the wishes of the Pope. In an effort to reach an agreement, Benedict XVI in 2007 allowed again the Tridentine Mass, the sole form up to the Council. In 2009, he lifted the excommunication against the four bishops consecrated by Lefebvre. This was followed by a dialogue between experts from the Vatican and the SSPX - so far not resulting in agreement.

"A Pope, who returns the Faith to her primacy in the Church"
Franz Schmidberger, head of the German district and one of the principal leaders of the SSPX, announced that the SSPX would "make contact at a very early stage with the new Pope, and lay out for him their concerns about the 2,000-year tradition of the Church.

Traditionalists wanted "A Pope, who returns the Faith to her primacy in the Church, give further space to the traditional liturgy which expresses this Faith and seeks out of this Faith renewal in Christ." What this means exactly for the progress of the talks remains to be seen. The only certainty is that the SSPX in the coming weeks looks to Rome, waiting for the white smoke. Perhaps the question of dealing with the traditionalists is a standard by which the Cardinals from their midst will choose their new leader.

On the now finished pontificate, the SSPX looks back with mixed feelings: Schmidberger sees on the one hand "real bright spots." Such measures include the teaching documents, in which the traditional liturgy was upgraded. The remission of the excommunication - publicly linked with the scandal surrounding the Holocaust denier Richard Williamson - for Schmidberger was "an important moment in the truth." If the old liturgy was never actually banned, you could not hunt out of the Church those who wanted to hold on to it. And even choice of Papal name by Joseph Ratzinger, according to the German District Superior showed that after two popes, "who saw themselves as the trustees of the Counciliar Popes John XXIII and Paul VI", Benedict XVI has more in mind the heritage of the Christian West.

Schmidberger criticizes the appointment of Archbishop Müller
But Schmidberger also sees "a lot of suffering," that eventually would have had to press down on a "fine-feeling, educated man" like Benedict XVI. And he laments that Ratzinger had represented "no consistent, stringent line". "Lack of understanding" expresses the District Superior over the appointment of Gerhard Ludwig Müller as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctine of the Faith. Müller had dealt intensively in his previous office as Bishop of Regensburg with the SSPX - and made little secret of his dislike.

But the beatification of Pope John Paul II and interreligious meeting in Assisi had little to do "with the charge of the dictatorship of relativism in the modern world" which Benedict XVI repeatedly formulated. And finally, the resignation, the Schmidberger criticized openly: in the final analysis Ratzinger "did not receive the Petrine ministry from the hands of the Cardinals, the only hold office, but from God himself, whose representative he is on earth."Consequently, only God himself could dismiss him from office by death. Perhaps for this assessment is supported by the concern that the talks with the future Pope could be more problematic than those with the one who has retired.


Cardinal Burke: I am not the progressive candidate, pass it on.


Reform of Curia essential says Curial Archbishop, Cardinal

A reform of the Curia is essential, in the words of Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli. "That's one of the big issues," the President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said on Wednesday the Italian station "Radio 1". "There is no denying that the work of the church headquarters must be overhauled."

Necessary structures should be reformed, so that the Church could respond better to the challenges of the time could. In recent days, several cardinals currently assembled in the Vatican in preparation for the conclave had launched a discussion of Curial reform.

"Vatileaks" is a topic for Cardinals

The "Vatileaks" affair, in the words of Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglio (75) for the current in the Vatican cardinals gathered an important issue. "It is normal for the Cardinals, who had traveled especially, want to know more," the President of the Pontifical Council for Migrants said Wednesday to Radio1. The Italian , who like all the cardinals is under an oath of secrecy, did not give more specific details.

According to him, the future Pope should be especially strong in faith and example. He should be under 80 years old, "and it would be better if he is in good health," said Veglio. One of the major challenges in his view include above all is to witness to and spread the faith and answers to current bioethical issues. Geographical origin and skin color of the future pope play no role, however.


When the Circus came to St Peter's Basilica, Cardinal Veglio celebrated Mass in the Basilica for them. Video shows the congregation arriving in the Square.

They performed at a Papal audience.

How Cardinal Veglio celebrates Mass

The Cardinal is a friend of the left-wing St Egidio Community

Pope John XIII receives Queen Elizabeth II


Poignant in the week that the Queen has cancelled a visit to Rome because of a short term hospitalisation. The Queen has no intention of abdicating.

Two Cardinals delay announcement of start of the Conclave

The cardinals gathered in the Vatican preparing for the Papal election have not yet voted on a date for the beginning of the conclave. The Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said Wednesday after the fourth so-called General Congregation. The meeting was attended by a total of 153 cardinals, including 113 of the 115 Cardinal electors.

Four newly arrived contributed Cardinals took their oath The preparation for the Pope at the Vatican cardinals gathered voted yet on a date for the beginning of the conclave. The Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said Wednesday after the fourth so-called General Congregation. The meeting was attended by a total of 153 cardinals, including 113 of the approved 115 for Election.

Four newly arrived contributed Cardinals took their oath on Wednesday morning to observe the electoral law and secrecy. They were Mainz Cardinal Karl Lehmann (76), the Egyptian Antonios Naguib (77), John Tong Hon (73) from Hong Kong and the former Archbishop of Munich, Friedrich Wetter (85). Not yet arrived on Wednesday at noon were the Warsaw Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz (63) and his Vietnamese counterpart, Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man (79). Nycz would arrive in the afternoon, Pham Thursday only.

In eighteen five-minute speechesm the Cardinals discussed on Wednesday morning, according to Lombardi's statement, the situation of the Church in today's world and about the desired new evangelization. In addition, the participants had discussed the relationship of the Vatican Curia with the local churches. Finally, they talked on the profile and characteristics, which the new pope should have.

In the afternoon, the Cardinals gathered for a prayer meeting in the Vatican Basilica. On Thursday again for two conferences are planned, one in the morning and one in the late afternoon.

How Cardinal Lehmann celebrates Mass- on an unspeakable pile of bricks in the fine Cathedral of Mainz.

American cardinals cancel their regular press conference

he American cardinals have suspended their news conferences in Rome before the conclave which were started a few days ago. The meeting scheduled for Wednesday meeting with media representatives was canceled. According to the U.S. Conference of Bishops, the Cardinals were responding to a request of the College of Cardinals, meeting today in Rome to discuss the situation of the Catholic Church and to prepare the election of a pope. The College of Cardinals have therefore highlighted the confidentiality of the discussions.

The Vatican declined to comment on the decision. His spokesman Federico Lombardi noted, however, that no such cardinals from other countries were holding press conferences. He also stressed that the confidentiality of the general congregations was guarantor of the freedom of the voters for the Papal office.

Two American cardinals each time on Monday and Tuesday in the North American College priest held under huge media attention a press conference. They stated here that they were opposed to an early date of the conclave. They would have only then a more thorough picture of the state of the Church and the Roman Curia and have got to know the other cardinals better, was the reasoning. In total there are 19 American cardinals, eleven of them are eligible to vote.


First pictures after abdication show Pope ....wearing a baseball cap.


The Italian gossip magazine "Chi" has published paparazzi photos of Pope Benedict XVI emeritus.

In the Wednesday edition of the magazine, the 85-year-old is seen as he takes a stroll with a white baseball cap and a white jacket over the Papal robe in the garden of the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. Benedict, who relies on a walking stick is accompanied by his private secretary Georg Gänswein. Both appear to be deep in conversation.

On his feet Benedict wears black shoes - he had to leave behind the red after renouncing the Papacy. His pontificate came to an end last Thursday at 8 pm.


One of Rome's leading experts in ecumenism bans SSPX

In the diocese of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg, the SSPX may not use Catholic churches.

The SSPX in the diocese of Lausanne may not use Catholic churches anymore. This was reported on Saturday by "Vatican Radio", citing the Italian newspaper "La stampa". A corresponding decree from Bishop Charles Morerod was already on 20 Signed in January.

Before his appointment as bishop of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg in November 2011, the Dominican priest and theologian was a member of the Commission of the Congregation, which had to lead the talks with the SSPX. With the publication of the Decree, the diocese had according to "La Stampa" indicates that the priests of the Society were suspended in the sense of the Catholic Church "a divinis" and should not exercise their priesthood. Thus the priests of the Society of Saint Pius X are prohibited the benefit of the churches and chapels . The decree regulates the provision of churches and chapels to non-Catholic religions and denominations. Churches should not be made ​​available to non-Christians, Christian denominations such as Protestants, Lutherans, Anglicans and Orthodox on the other hand have their use for pastoral reasons, however.


Leading Cardinal warns against Church becoming more progressive

Swiss Cardinal Georges Cottier (93) refuses to open up the Church, leading to the adaptation to the modern world. In an interview with the Ticino newspaper "Corriere del Ticino" on Tuesday the former theologian of the Papal Household warned of a more "open" Church, if this means that the Church bows to the "will of the world".

Then the church stands before the decision between "compromise" and "mediocrity". An "openess" could include many requests and concepts that are not all compatible. Theologically, the Church has been "open" on the basis of Her vocation. And this is to the message of Jesus, says the Dominican native of Geneva.

The church is also "Catholic" by was open to all the world. For living in the Vatican cardinal, the church must "missionary" and his stay. Cardinal Cottier, due to the age limit does not participate in the election of the new Pope.


Cathcon- this is not very Vatican II. Cardinal Cottier is a Thomist, but not of the strict observance.

Cardinal in interview- Conclave is like a visit to the dentist- clearly the shorter and more painless the better

He is one of six German cardinals who in the next few days elect the new Pope in Rome. In an interview with Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes (78), says how he responded to the resignation of his friend Pope Benedict XVI and how he sees the conclave.

BILD: Your Eminence, when was your last meeting with Pope Benedict?
Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes: At the farewell to the cardinals in the Clementine Hall, shortly before his departure last Thursday and it was my turn. The Pope asked me spontaneously and easily: How do you do? And I replied: Apart from your resignation - well, Holy Father.

BILD: Did you want to make a joke?
Cordes: The withdrawal of this great Pontiff left not only in me, but in very many believers a painful void.

BILD: Will you meet Pope Benedict again?
Cordes: I've also asked him if I can. And he gave his consent.

BILD: Not long ago you were a guest of Pope Benedict ...
Cordes: In early February I had eaten dinner with the Holy Father and Georg Gänswein in the papal apartment. First, there was pasta. Then roast pork with green beans. And of course, dessert. In the end, the Pope served a very old sherry.

BILD: How did you get the invitation?
Cordes: Gänswein had told the Pope that my new book "Preserving Evidence - mystics witness to God" now had been printed. I had dedicated ot to the Pope. He apparently wanted to read it. Then came the invitation, and I could present the Holy Father with a copy.

BILD: What impression did you have of the Pope? Was he weakened?
Cordes: He was mentally very active. But he did not have the former great vitality, which I knew he had once.

BILD: Did his resignation come as a surprise?
Cordes: It came to me, as for all the other cardinals as well, like a bolt from the blue. We were in shock, when he told us at the meeting.

BILD: Can you remember your first ever meeting with Ratzinger?
Cordes: Probably not in as much detail as Benedict, who has a fantastic memory. It was in 1969 at the seminary in Paderborn. Hans Küng had then built an elaborate house in Tübingen. The money was coming from the sale of his books. I asked Ratzinger whether with books it was ever possible to make money. He said yes, as he himself also wrote books.

BILD: Do you look forward to the conclave and the election of a pope?
Cordes: Yes. It will hopefully be a short conclave and pretty soon. I want to compare the time with the visit to the dentist, as you want get everything over with as quickly as possible. Also, I do not know what exactly to expect. I know about what happens in a conclave from mediocre films. We will see.

BILD: What do you think of the proposal of Cardinal Kasper, that the Pope in governing the Church, should appoint an additional panel of bishops and laymen ?
Cordes: The Pope can create this, if he wants. But there are likely enough committees . Our most important task is the deepening of faith. Benedict has always pointed again to God . The forgetfulness of God is the problem of our time.

BILD: Which candidate would be the best for us Germans?
Cordes: If a candidate engineered his own election, he would have failed me. A pope is not just there for Germany . He's a good pope when he awakens hope and consolation, because he proclains salvation of God for us all- especially for the disenfranchised and oppressed.

BILD: Should the successor continue Benedict's policy of "detachment from the world by the church"?
Cordes: The initial rejection of many was emotional and ill-conceived. In the Freiburg speech great wisdom can be found. It is - well beyond Germany - a weighty push bacj against life without God


 How Cardinal Cordes celebrates Mass- not for the faint of heart.   Cathcon has previously covered the liturgical abuse of the Neo-Catechumenal Way.  Much more painful than a visit to the dentist.

Cardinal: "Vatileaks" is not a central theme of the conclave

More clarity in the "Vatileaks" affair is important according to the viewpoint of the Colombian Cardinal Ruben Salazar Gomez, but this document theft is not the most important issue for the conclave and for the future of the Church. So far there is no fixed list of priorities and criteria for the General Congregation meeting on Monday, the Cardinal told "Corriere della Sera" (Sunday edition). A central concern, however, is the new evangelization, the spread and deepening of faith among cultures, Cardinal Salazar said.

How Cardinal Salazar Gomez celebrates Mass