Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Full text- Papacy-winning speech of Cardinal Bergoglio

Hours before his election, Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis made ​​a strong criticism of the Church and urged his fellow cardinals to wake up and work with the Gospel in the geographical peripheries as well as the existential peripheries pain, sin and ignorance .

Cardinal Jaime Ortega, archbishop of Havana, revealed the contents of a document containing the intervention delivered by his counterpart Jorge Bergoglio, before being elected Pontiff.

Ortega released the text Bergoglio gave him in handwritten form of his presentation made before the conclave in which the cardinals then elected him Pope.

Bergoglio was elected on 13/3 by the Cardinal electors, among whom was Ortega.

"Cardinal Bergoglio made ​​a speech that seemed masterful, insightful, engaging and certain", said Ortega for whom the document expresses the personal view of the present Church of Pope Francis.

The Cuban cardinal revelations only came to light during last Saturday's Mass at the Cathedral of Havana and were reported Tuesday by the magazine Palabra Nueva, mouthpiece of the Archdiocese of Havana, reports the Miami-based Cuban site Martí

The Palabra Nueva site was inaccessible.

According to the document, Bergoglio's paper is based on four highlighted points about the religious institution and could point the way which the new Pope will now take.

On the first point on evangelization, Bergoglio said "the Church take leave of itself and go to the peripheries" but not just in the geographical sense "but also the existential sense, manifested in the mystery of sin, pain, injustice and ignorance , among others, " said Ortega.

The second section characterized the institution as a "self-referential" church and self-centered in a kind of "theological narcissism".

In point three Bergoglio criticized "the worldly Church living in itself, of itself, for itself." According to Ortega, the idea of the Pope is that the institution must find a balance in "the changes and reforms that have to be undertaken".

The point 4 reported by Ortega indicates that the Pope, not knowing that he would be elected, said he expected a top pastor of the Church of Rome "a man who, from the contemplation of Jesus Christ ... helps the Church to emerge from itself to arrive at the existential limits ".

According Palabra Nueva, the Archbishop of Havana asked the the Cardinal Bergoglio asked for a copy of his speech at the General Congregation of cardinals prior to the conclave, to preserve that which "coincided" with his thoughts on the Church.

The then Cardinal Primate of Argentina refused to let hgim have a copy of his words but the next day gave Ortega the written text in his handwriting and authorized its dissemination.

The Palabra Nueva website states that in a subsequent meeting in the Vatican between the Cuban Cardinal and the newly elected Pope Francis he "reaffirmed his authorization for the dissemination of the text, the original of which (...) Ortega judges as a special treasure of the Church and a privileged memory of the current Pope ".

The full text:

Reference was made to the evangelization. It is the reason for the Church.

- "The sweet and comforting joy of evangelizing" (Paul VI). - It is the same Jesus Christ who, from within, drives us. 1.

Evangelizing supposes apostolic zeal. Evangelize implies that the Church should speak candidly, coming out of herself. The Church is called to come out of herself and to go to the peripheries, not only in the geographical sense but also to go to the existential peripheries: those of the mystery of sin, of pain, of injustice, of ignorance and of religious indifference, of thought, of all misery.

2. When the Church does not come out of itself to evangelize, it becomes self-referential and then get sick (cf. the woman hunched over the Gospel). The evils that, over time, occur in t ecclesiastical institutions have roots of referentiality, a sort of theological narcissism. In Revelation Jesus says he is at the door and knocks. Obviously the text refers to hitting from outside the door to enter ... But think of the times when Jesus knocks from within to let himself out. The self-referential Church seeks Jesus Christ within and does not let him out.

3. - When the Church is self-referential, unwittingly believed to have its own light, no longer the mysterium lunae and leads to the evil that is so serious spiritual worldliness (According to de Lubac, the worst evil that can befall the Church). That live to give glory from one another. The Church, when it is self-referential, without realizing it, believes it has a light of its own; it ceases to be the mysterium lunae (for an explanation of this phrase) and gives rise to this evil that is so serious that of spiritual wordliness (according to De Lubac, the worst evil that can occur to the Church). It lives for the glory to be given to each other Put simply, there are two images of Church: the evangelizing Church taking leave of itself which religiuously hears the Word of God and faithfully proclaims it (Dei Verbum religiose audiens et fidenter proclamans)or the worldly Church living in itself, of itself, for itself. This should shed light on the possible changes and reforms that must be done for the salvation of souls.

4. - Thinking about the next pope: a man who, from the contemplation of Jesus Christ and from worshiping Jesus Christ helps the Church out of itself to the outskirts of the existential, that helps Her to be a fruitful Mother, living "the delightful and comforting joy of evangelizing. "


Pope is thinking of closing the Vatican Bank

After money laundering allegations Pope Francis is thinking, according to an agency report about the matter, to close the famous Istituto per le Opere di Religione (IOR), also known as the Vatican Bank.

During a pre-Conclave meeting of cardinals, the closure of the IOR was proposed due to lack of transparency and anti-money laundering accusations by the EU, said Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications to the news agency KAI. "The Pope as examining these proposals." According to Archbishop Celli, who is considered the most likely candidate for the office of Cardinal Secretary of State, the Pope does not rule out closure of the IOR.

The Istituto per le Opere Tues Religione IOR (German: Institute for Religious Works) was founded in 1942 to manage resources of the religious institutions. The bank, which now employs 112 people has repeatedly made headlines  for alleged financial scandals.

Source Cathcon- Archbishop Celli is a career diplomat- many considered that Cardinal Bertone's appointment to be a mistake, as he was not, and this led to tensions within the Secretariat of State and beyond. Pope Paul VI, himself a career diplomat, elevated in 1965 the Secretariat of State over the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office, as it was then known (becoming the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith- Sacred was dropped as a description for all dicasteries in 1985). A reversal of this decision may perhaps be advisable, as Catholicism is the Faith, not a diplomacy, although perhaps after the present liberation theology loving present Prefect has found other employment. The Vatican Bank when originally established was run by three close relatives of Pope Pius XII- one could not be too careful in wartime Italy.

Opponents of homosexual marriage, children among them, tear gassed by police in Paris


Des débordements en marge de la manifestation... by BFMTV
Homosexual marriage- Opponents of marriage for all experienced their first clashes with police on Sunday, March 24, at the Demonstration for All organized in Paris marching in theory from La Defense to the Arc de Triomphe.

At 16h between "100 and 200 people tried to force a barrier to the Champs-Elysées," said a spokesman for the police department to AFP. In response, the gendarmes were "forced to respond using gas sprays so that they can not access this perimeter prohibited to the organizers of the event", said the spokesman. No injuries which could be deplored, but a few arrests took place.

In the late afternoon, the police have again used tear gas to evacuate the last hundred protesters against gay marriage who had settled on the Champs-Elysées. So at the end of the event thousands of people invaded the Avenue and although forbidden the protesters were forbidden by the police prefecture, about 300 people remained on site around 20:30, "essentially GUD and the extreme right," said Minister of the Interior Manuel Valls.

The Interior Minister said that the organisers had "undoubtedly" lost control of the protest against gay marriage in Paris and pointed to "several handfuls of arrests." "Unquestionably, they lost control of the event sometimes= they were overwhelmed by extremist groups," he added.

Boutin, affected by the gas, demanded the resignation of Valls
Christine Boutin has apparently been hit by tear gas and fainted on the edge of the event, as evidenced by this photo:

Christine Boutin reacted on BFMTV to the excesses at the event. Affected by the tear gas, she confirmed that she fainted. "This is the first time it happens, I do not think I express a particular violence", she told the television channel before asking simply for the resignation of Manuel Valls. "Children have also had been on the receiving end of tear gas," she added, pointing out that even if the event had not the right to go to the Place de l'Etoile and the Champs-Elysées, this was not "a reason to direct teargas at me."

"What is more important is the way the police handled the demonstrators is unacceptable because they were calm people. The fact that they say there is 300,000 people, the fact the government discussed a 'handle' ....

Today, I say that the government has a responsibility for this, "she raged, before asking, for " those responsible for France " to ask for the resignation of the Prefect of Police and the Interior Minister, who had made irresponsible statements. "

The event was originally scheduled to proceed for nearly 5 km between Defence and the Arc de Triomphe, Place de l'Etoile.
"It is unacceptable to send gas against children," Cope demand "accounts"
Following the firing of tear gas, one did not have to wait for the reactions . The vice-president of the UMP Laurent Wauquiez, present in the procession, said on BFMTV that "the police department has done everything to try to put a spoke in the wheel" by prohibiting the event from going down the Champs -Elysée.

From March 14, the Prefecture put forward the possibility that public order might be disturbed at this place busy with traffic of the capital, near "sensitive sites" such as the Elysée, and particularly popular with tourists.

Laurent Wauquiez goes even further: "It is unacceptable to use tear gas against children. Did you have they were thugs, violent people?" he asked on camera. "This is a reflection of the violence with which the government has dealt with this movement, the police department must be punished," he claimed.

The president of the UMP Jean-Francois Cope, who attended the event, called "François Hollande to be held accoutable " after "having used force against" families who were victims of tear gas fired by police.

"I want to express my indignation on learning, it seems, that tear gas was directed against families who were present with their children and a number were gassed," he said to the AFP by telephone from the Place de l'Etoile.

"I've seen them. I passed them in the procession and ask François Hollande to be held accountable to the French for the actions that have occurred and led to the use of tear gas against families with children" he added. "I came to this event to be in the midst of the French and with them to oppose this law," he further said.

One response to "aggressive" protesters
Laurent Nunez, director of the office of the Prefect of Police of Paris, stated that this use of gas at points was necessary "given the aggressive behavior of some protesters."
Our special envoy Geoffrey Clavel was able to gather a testimony of the victims. There had been "a splash of tear gas," to push back a few people. The cloud could then have reached some children located not far from here. Some protesters said they only "shook the police barriers" , while other witnesses say they "tried using force."

A journalist of LCI confirmed after viewing the images, some protesters tried to force the actual barrier.


Catastrophic emptying of seminaries

Number of seminarians in training (USA) - these figures are an example for Europe
Jesuit3559(1965)389(2000)= Decrease89.1%
Franciscan2251(1965)60(2000)= Decrease97.3%
Benedictine1541(1965)109(2000)= Decrease92.9%
Redemptorist1128(1965)24(2000)= Decrease97.9%
Dominican343(1965)38(2000)= Decrease88.9%
Passionists574(1965)5(2000)= Decrease99.1%
Augustinian483(1965)14(2000)= Decrease97.1%
Capuchin440(1965)39(2000)= Decrease91.1%
Source: Index of Leading Catholic Indicators, The Church Since Vatican II,
Kenneth C. Jones, 2003

Cathcon-  if the new Papacy means fresh denial of the catastrophe after the Council, no progress will be made and we will all be left watching and praying.

SSPX replies to yesterday's renewed demand by CDF head for Vatican II acceptance

Vatican City (KNA / The Vatican is expecting in the words of Curial Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller the SSPX to give an unconditional recognition of the Church's teachings.

Every Pope must insist on acceptance of all councils, including the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), the prefect of the CDF, said on Monday to the Catholic News Agency (KNA).

"Anyone who does not recognize them, is not a Catholic," said Müller. If the SSPX wants to return to the union with the Church, the signing of the doctrinal preamble presented by the CDF was a prerequisite.
Archbishop Mueller has asked for this some time ago. On 21 July 2012, he told the Süddeutsche Zeitung that the statements of the Council on freedom of religion, Judaism and human rights had "dogmatic implications" ( reported )

So here again is a brief overview of what the SSPX does not accept of the conciliar attitude.
1) The SSPX recognizes human rights. But it holds: The Church can not rely on the human rights, as they were historically too late in appearance. The Church has maintained the human rights in the form of the 10 Commandments for 2000 years, and when one factors in the time of the divine election of Israel, then for more than 3000 years.

If people would stick to the 10 Commandments, there would be no violence against any people on earth. In addition, the 10 commandments are far more comprehensive, because they involve not only the rights of the people (4th to 10th Commandment), but also the rights of God.

Historically educated people also know that human rights were set up deliberately by the freethinkers of the Enlightenment in opposition to the precepts of the Church. Whoever more accurately viewed the course of history needs to admit that the first human rights of the modern age have been formulated by the Church. The Dominican monk Bartholome de Las Casas uses in 1552 for the first time the word "human rights" in a letter to the Indies Council in defense of the Peruvian natives when dealing with the issue of slavery. He speaks of the principles of the rights of the people and is therefore also historically the actual founder of human rights practice.

Brief exposure: The SSPX recognizes human rights, but wants more: As in the preamble of the German Constitution, she wants "responsibility before God," and thus the commandments of God for an increasingly materialistic and hedonistic society.

Second The SSPX wants real religious freedom. True religious freedom is that no one should, also in a Catholic country, be prevented from his personal choice of faith.

This teaching was not invented by the Council, as many think, but was formulated 750 years ago by Thomas Aquinas in the High Middle Ages. But this refers back already to 1000 years of Christianity, for he quotes Augustine, who articulated true religious freedom for the first time in a simple phrase: "Credere nonnisi volens" - "The act of faith is simply impossible unless it is voluntary" (St. Augustine , In Io tr 26 super 6.44).
SSPX notes, however: The Council is promotes something called "freedom of religion" which is in clear contradiction to constitutional protection in Germany.

German Interior Minister Friedrich is currently active against the Salafists in Germany. The Salafists could nevertheless rely easily on the ill-defined religious freedom of Vatican II: It says "Nor, on the other hand, is he to be restrained from acting in accordance with his conscience, especially in matters religious."(Dignitatis Humanae). The Salafist is convinced in conscience that he complies with the rules of his religion, which commands him in Surah 9:5: "Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters ( wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.)" (Cathcon- I add the whole verse- SSPX just uses the quote outside the brackets)

- The problem remains unresolved by the addition of the council "within due limits" as for the violent Muslim everything allowed Sharia is "within due limits".. Summary: The SSPX is for true religious freedom: There is no compulsion in the personal choice of faith, not even in a Catholic state. However, it is against government indifference which puts violent beliefs on the same level with Christianity.

Third On the question of the position of the SSPX on Judaism, please read: "What is the position of the SSPX on Judaism? " Incidentally, there is a widespread misconception that the Church had announced at the council a separate path to salvation for the Jewish people. The passage of Nostra Aetate speaks clearly of the fact that Jesus' own people would have to recognize him as the Savior:

Nostra Aetate 4
Indeed, the Church believes that by His cross Christ, Our Peace, reconciled Jews and Gentiles. making both one in Himself....
As Holy Scripture testifies, Jerusalem did not recognize the time of her visitation, nor did the Jews in large number, accept the Gospel; indeed not a few opposed its spreading.....
In company with the Prophets and the same Apostle, the Church awaits that day, known to God alone, on which all peoples will address the Lord in a single voice and "serve him shoulder to shoulder" (Soph. 3:9).

Fourth- the SSPX advocates respectful dialogue and dialogue with other religions and philosophies. But what the Council declared as "ecumenism" is basically a form of self-sacrifice of the Catholic Church: All religions of the world have a kind of effectiveness for salvation. In the spirit of free thinkers all worldviews are considered as equal paths for mankind. For every human being has a right to their particular form of religiosity - depending on their culture, their country, their way of life.

This position directly contravenes the First commandment of God: "Hear, O Israel, I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt have no other gods before me." (Ex 20:3) It directly contravenes the Gospel: "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved who does not believe will be condemned." (Mark 16:16) and "No one comes to the Father except through me" ( Jn 14.6)

Thus the predecessor of the current Pope, Leo XIII had exactly 111 years ago still the courage to proclaim in public the claim of the Church to be the true religion and the salvation of humanity while now in Rome non- Christian worldviews are shared- rather they should worship the true God :

"Do you want to bring peoples shattered by the fall back to true and full salvation, they must return to the bosom of the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic church. Because the Church alone is the bearer of all Christendom, a very spiritual and perfect society, which is the Mystical Body of Christ and whose visible head is the Bishop of Rome, the successor of the Apostles. She, as the completer of his work and as the dispenser of the salvation entrusted to them, presents the Redeemer of the human race and spreads the Gospel over the earth, and defend it with their blood, and in reliance upon the most sacred promises and the everlasting divine assistance that they will be free from all error in order that the doctrine of Christ will be preserved to the end of times unadulterated. " (Encyclical Annum ingressi sumus , 1902)

The important question is what does Archbishop Müller's calling for an "unconditional recognition of the Church's teaching" mean?

If the recognition of the Catholic Church as the only true religion endowed by God, and the essential belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of all (!) People is meant, then the SSPX will follow with joy the wishes of the Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.

But so if the free-thinking religion of all religions is meant - in which all regardless of their personal religious beliefs - are saved, then the SSPX will be proud with all the Popes in history, especially with Pope Pius XI. to confess:

".....for the union of Christians can only be promoted by promoting the return to the one true Church of Christ of those who are separated from it, for in the past they have unhappily left it. To the one true Church of Christ, we say, which is visible to all, and which is to remain, according to the will of its Author, exactly the same as He instituted it. During the lapse of centuries, the mystical Spouse of Christ has never been contaminated, nor can she ever in the future be contaminated, as Cyprian bears witness: "The Bride of Christ cannot be made false to her Spouse: she is incorrupt and modest. " ( Mortalium Animos , Pius XI, 1928.)

These words of Pope Pius XI one can truly quote Archbishop Müller: "Anyone who does not recognize them is not a Catholic."


Cathcon- so far no sign of a fresh approach by the head of the CDF.

First canonisation by Pope Francis- 800 martyrs murdered by Muslim soldiers

When Pope Benedict XVI on 11 February before the cardinals gathered in ordinary consistory announced his resignation in Latin, another statement was missed completely. In the same context, he announced three canonisation and fixed the 12 May as the date  for the solemn act which will be the first canonization of his successor Pope Francis.

The first relates to canonization Antonio Primaldo and 800 companions , who suffered martyrdom together in 1480  in the southern Italian city of Otranto at the hands of Muslim troops after they refused to deny Jesus and convert to Islam.

The second canonization is of Mother Laura Montoya Upegui from Colombia. Mother Laura (1874-1949) is the founder (1914) of the Congregation of the Missionaries of Mary Immaculate and St. Catherine of Siena. The Order has branches in many countries in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Italy and Angola. Mother Laura is now recognized as the first saint of Colombia after she was beatified in 2004 by Pope John Paul II.

Maria Guadalupe Garcia Zavala (1878-1963) is also raised to the altars on May 12. The Mexican nun is known as Mother Lupita. In 1901 she founded the Congregation of the Servants of Saint Margaret Mary and the Poor. (SSMMP). The Order has some 150 sisters and is active  in Mexico, Peru, Greece, Iceland and Italy in ministry to the poor. Mother Lupita was beatified in 2004 by Pope John Paul II.


Cathcon story about Pope Benedict's announcement

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