Thursday, March 28, 2013

St Judas, Patron Saint of Modernists

They even set up a shrine to him in Austria, as reported by Cathcon in the story from March 2005, reproduced below. _________ Shrine to Judas in the town of Linz, Austria From the town that brought to the world Adolf Hitler now comes in the Ursuline Church an art installation for Lent, "Requiem for a friend Judas Iskarioth" ( Iscariot ).

The text accompanying the exhibition says that Judas should be made a saint and that he did not commit suicide but was done away with by the other apostles. It claims that the installation shows Judas with a halo. He is the intercessor for all suicides, for all those excluded, excommunicated, mocked, for all witches and apostates!

And, unbelievably, they light candles for Judas.

In contrast, the Gospel teaches:
"Those whom thou gavest me have I kept: and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition: that the scripture may be fulfilled." --Jesus Christ (John 17:12)

" Jesus replied to them, Did I not choose the twelve of you, and behold one of you is a devil" (John 6:70)

The artist of this abomination one Walter Gschwandtner.

The installation is located in the crypt where the Usuline Sisters are buried. In fact, it is the place where their bodies were laid before burial. The exhibition opened in Lent with a Mass (see pictures below). The exhibition is open every Sunday before Mass during Lent, and then will have a special showing on Good Friday, prior to a "Spiritual Concert". This Church no longer has the traditional ceremonies of Good Friday, but are celebrating Judas.

And nothing new under the sun. The Gnostic sect of the Cananites venerated Judas.

I hope any Catholic reading this would wish to protest. Here are the details of the Bishop of the Diocese, with the e-mail at the bottom of the page. Write in any language you choose, he certainly understands English. Please do not be abusive but firm in demanding clarification as to why such an outrage can take place.

The notice outside the Ursuline Church announcing the outrage, which implies that the opening Mass was a requiem for Judas.

The outrage apparently took place under the auspices of the Forum St. Severin for Christian Spirituality, Formation and Art, the Catholic Academic Association of the Diocese of Linz.

Other items on show:

This is the "Shrine" of "St" Judas

This was also exhibited at an earlier exhibition "Mary Annunciate and/or the Soup of the First Betrothal". The artist claims that it represents a lily!. There is nothing pure about this exhibition, either in content or intent.

This is the artist's version of a cross; the leather webbing, he calls "Corpus Christi- the Body of Christ"

This is meant to be the bowl in which Pilate washed his hands, also created by the artist. What is truth? The Church has only an 8 pm Mass on Sunday which attracts all the semi-lapsed Catholics of Linz, often intellectuals. It is not surprising that such intellectuals, who have often betrayed the Catholic faith, either in a small or a large way, should be confortable with such an exhibition dedicated to the ultimate betrayal in world history. Pray for them and all the Diocese of Linz.

More work by the artist (but not on display). No idea what it means. How many hours work?

The Ursuline Sisters left in 1968; their convent now contains a restaurant and the HQ of the Upper Austrian Press Association.

To the left, the Ursuline Church in Linz where Judas is being celebrated on Good Friday. The Church is still open as a Church but the convent has been transfered to secular use. To the right, the Carmelite Church, who still maintain Catholicism in a recognisable form.

And I forgot, the convent also contains the Upper Austrian photo gallery. The restaurant is called PapaJoes

Another part is also the U/hof Theatre which also contains an art gallery.

Requiem dla przyjaciela: Judasza Iskarioty A Polish forum has published the pictures with a commentary in Polish. A visitor to this site suggests that Judas would make a candidate for the "ecumenical caldendar of saints". One would have assumed that even given the debased standards for sanctity set by ecumenical calendars, Judas would be beneath them, but no! A German Lutheran site, the Church Year- Kirchenjahr already has the Wednesday of holy week as his feast day, with liturgical colours and readings. The site is independent but I think well used by Lutheran parishes in Germany.

A previous post highlighted the handing out of bananas by Linz Diocese. Now they resort to Judas to attract people into Church.

Cardinal jokes Pope is prisoner in a museum


Cathcon- Given that the Pope is the Vicar of Christ and he lives in the Vatican, from where he rules the Church, and presides over Mass, not least, in St Peter's Basilica, it is a joke in the poorest of all possible spiritual taste.
It refers back to the time when Pope Pius IX was really a prisoner in the Vatican, which makes the taste of the joke even worse.
Cardinal O'Malley was considered Papabile.

Performance of Earth Goddess Mass to be held in Archdiocese of Toronto


The "Kyrie" from the Mass complete with howling wolfe

From the Newsletter of the Archdiocese of Toronto

Apr 3 & Apr 5

Missa Gaia Earth Mass.Holy Name Catholic Church, 71 Gough Avenue, Toronto. 7:30 p.m.The school’s 140-voice choir, musicians and dancers will perform this joyous rhythmic, contemporary work inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology. It is a musical/spiritual celebration of God’s creation that includes the human voice alongside that of the wolf, whale and loon. An instrumental ensemble featuring present students and alumnae provide an eclectic canvas of traditional, gospel, new age and world music.

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Cathcon- Gaia is the Earth Goddess whom modern environmentalists invoke as providing an explanation for the ongoing processes in the biosphere.  This should have no place in Catholic thought and even less worship

Pope begins Easter with liturgical abuse


Cathcon- It is a salutary thing to visit the captives, as the Bible states, but the washing of the feet of the twelve who represent the Twelve Apostles is confined to adult Christian men. One of the two girls whose feet he washed was Muslim. Given the way the action will be viewed in the Middle East, it is hardly prudent.

Post scriptum!

We will see whether it is a particular case as Lombardi suggests or the beginning of a journey. Given his active support for the charismatic movement in his Diocese, one can only be concerned that he could be prepared to ordain women, under a movement of the spirit. For much of the last fifty years, we had the Spirit of Vatican II used to justify all sorts of unacceptable practices, which were never the working of the Holy Spirit.
How can the Pope maintain discipline in the Church if he himself does not conform himself to prevailing ecclesiastical legislation? He has the power to change legislation but it would be advisable to do that first.
More precisely put by a canon lawyer and see also for a discussion of What is Pope Francis really saying?.
And for a further analysis of why this matters. And a very thorough analysis from Vatican Insider.

If you don't like the result of the Conclave, don't blame the Benedictine beer

On Monday, March 11, Br. John and Br. Francis delivered several cases of our beer to the Cardinal electors who are staying at the Domus Sancta Martha. Its Director, Msgr. Battista Ricca, receives the cases of beer, since the cardinals were busy preparing for the start of the conclave.


His sister says Pope will change the Church

Maria Elena Bergoglio: "Jorge is a Pope who will change our Church"

The younger sister of Pope reveals the most intimate family side of His Holiness and tells how his life has changed since he was elected successor to Benedict XVI

"I have no plans at the moment to visit Rome. But I'm going to make the journey, " she said.

Maria Elena Bergoglio (64), the sister of Pope Francisco has lived in a house of exposed brick and with a tile roof in Ituzaingó. For nearly thirty years, "Mariela" - as she is called by her friends and neighbors has lived in the west of Buenos Aires. Housewife and separated from her husband, until a few days, spent her life in tranquility along with her two sons, George (37), architect and Joseph (28), store clerk. However, from Wednesday 13, when the French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran announced to the world the nomination of the new Pope, Mrs Bergoglio's routine changed in an instant. "It was a matter of seconds. Barely had my brother been named and the phone started ringing. And that was throughout the day. I could not sleep much. Today I wanted to take a nap and rest a while, but then the doorbell rang. The first thing I thought was that things were not going to be the same. And I think I was right. It has really changed my life, says " Mariela ", 24 hours after the election of the first Latin American pope.

How do you live now?

'It's a very big stir, but I know that in the course of the day, little by little, I'm going to assimilate the fact that suddenly I have a brother who is Pope. I need to connect with my feelings, with this revolution of emotions that fills me with happiness but which still will not let me sleep.

"It will be hard for my brother being so far from home. He loves Buenos Aires. Sometimes I think that the role of the Pope is very lonely"

What is your brother Jorge Bergoglio like?

Between the two, there is very much a difference in age of twelve years. And although we never played together, he was always a very close brother, very present in spite of the distances and his commitments to the Church. We talk once a week, we wrote letters and we organized to share the odd family lunch at a time when he cooked. Because he loves to make stuffed squid or mushroom risotto, which he learned from a recipe inherited from our Italian grandmother.

What is it that you admire about him?

His big heart and clarity with which he conveys his ideas ideas. That is a quality that I always admired in Jorge: the simplicity with which he shares his thoughts. My brother is a very thoughtful person that inevitably forces you to think.

How do you see his role as Pope?

Knowing him, I feel he will get to produce changes in the Church. Not only because he is a man of integrity, strong character and admirable convictions, but he will have the support of us all through prayer. As long as I remember, I have listened to Jorge asking us to pray for him. So he made his way.

Some time ago you said that he wanted to be the successor of Benedict XVI. Why?

Because I feel, maybe I'm wrong, that the role of the Pope is a very demanding task in which everyday decisions are made in solitude. It will be hard for him being away from Buenos Aires. It will be difficult for everyone. Today I thought, despite the distance, we two follow the same path but from afar.

You have not yet had the chance to talk to your brother. If you could talk to him now, what is the first thing you say?

Nothing. I think I would give him a strong hug and cry with him. In these matters, Jorge is as sensitive as I am.


Pope criticises modern Pelaganism in his Holy Thursday Homily

We need to “go out”, then, in order to experience our own anointing, its power and its redemptive efficacy: to the “outskirts” where there is suffering, bloodshed, blindness that longs for sight, and prisoners in thrall to many evil masters. It is not in soul-searching or constant introspection that we encounter the Lord: self-help courses can be useful in life, but to live by going from one course to another, from one method to another, leads us to become pelagians and to minimize the power of grace, which comes alive and flourishes to the extent that we, in faith, go out and give ourselves and the Gospel to others, giving what little ointment we have to those who have nothing, nothing at all.

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Perhaps the Pope does not realises that Pope Benedict criticised Vatican II for being in part Pelagian.

The pastoral constitution Gaudium et Spes in final form was primarily the work of French theologians. The German group did not control the text. At the time of the council Ratzinger already noted many difficulties, beginning with the problem of language. In opting for the language of modernity the text inevitably places itself outside the world of the Bible, so that as a result the biblical citations come to be little more than ornamental. Because of its stated preference for dialogue, the constitution makes faith appear not as an urgent demand for total commitment but as a conversational search into obscure matters. Christ is mentioned only at the end of each section, almost as an afterthought.

Instead of replacing dogmatic utterances with dialogue, Ratzinger contends, it would have been better to use the language of proclamation, appealing to the intrinsic authority of God's truth. The constitution, drawing on the thought of Teilhard de Chardin, links Christian hope too closely to the modern idea of progress. Material progress is ambivalent because it can lead to degradation as well as to true humanization. The Cross teaches us that the world is not redeemed by technological advances but by sacrificial love. In the section on unification, Gaudium et Spes approaches the world too much from the viewpoint of function and utility rather than that of contemplation and wonder.

Ratzinger's commentary on the first chapter of Gaudium et Spes contains still other provocative comments. The treatment of conscience in article 16, in his view, raises many unsolved questions about how conscience can err and about the right to follow an erroneous conscience. The treatment of free will in article 17 is in his judgment “downright Pelagian.” It leaves aside, he complains, the whole complex of problems that Luther handled under the term “servum arbitrium,” although Luther's position does not itself do justice to the New Testament.


Cathcon- if Pope Benedict criticises Vatican II, why are the SSPX and others not allowed to?

Full Matins of Holy Thursday in Latin


Last Supper from the Passion of Christ


Canon lawyer believes leading supporter of Pope in Conclave violated the oath of secrecy

While the conclave assistants’ oath of secrecy set out in UDG 48 binds both in conscience and under penalty of law (Canon 1399 per UDG 48, excommunication per UDG 58), a cardinal elector’s oath (UDG 53) gravely binds only in conscience, not under penalty of law; electors who violate the oath they took in public (nb: before Extra omnes is called, per UDG 52) are accountable to God for their deed.*

Enforcing conclave secrecy is very difficult, and there is always a tendency to up the penalties when enforcement of a law is problematic. But, considering the range of information that could be leaked, I think that excommunication, a one-size-fits-all sanction, is too severe. Interdict seems more reasonable, as does a just penalty under Canon 1399.

Catholic journalists should have no part in tempting an elector to break his oath. That would be to act as an occasion of sin in another. Repeating or reporting on information, however, alleged to have been leaked is not, in my opinion, a violation of law.

* (A) Cdl. Kasper, unprompted, stated “Cardinal Bergoglio was from the beginning my candidate and I have from the beginning of the Conclave voted for him.” This seems to me a direct violation of the terms of conclave secrecy. 

(B) Cdl. Mahony stated “when the first blank ballot was given to us, and when it was time to write down a name, something powerful—and strange—happened. I picked up my pen to write, and I began. However, my hand was being moved by some greater spiritual force. The name on the ballot just happened. I had not yet narrowed my thinking down to one name; but it was done for me.” This very odd comment does not, in my opinion, violate the terms of conclave secrecy, but it shows poor judgment

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See also Cardinal Kasper plots Anti-Ratzinger Pope

Cardinal Kasper's Progressive Pope

"With John Paul II, we had a pope who became a saint with Francis, we have a saint who was elected Pope."

Francis Mania!

It is signed Antonio Gaspari, editorial coordinator of the agency Zenit. Note that the most important thing is not that it is boldly advanced, but what is carefully implied: there was a pope between John Paul II and Francis.

Belgicatho's orientation is that of a more traditional blog. So it is with surprise (and certain Belgian activists had to choke- including also CathCon - lived in Belgium for 10 years) that they were seen to be reproducing and boasting about an "excellent" interview with Cardinal Danneels, gravedigger of the Belgian Church, the carrier of the flame of the progressive Cardinal Martini. Belgicatho noticed that after the election of Francis: "Unquestionably, Cardinal Danneels is much happier in the aftermath of the election of Benedict XVI."

In his first Angelus, Francis mentioned the name of Cardinal Kasper, for no other reason than to show his proximity to the straying ecumenical theologian. Cardinal Kasper voted for him and openly violated his oath of confidentiality, "Cardinal Bergoglio was my early candidate and from the beginning of the conclave I voted for him. He represents a new beginning for the Church, a Church that is humble and fraternal, there for people and which returns to its source: the Gospel. "

I also cite the classic, which I have not yet mentioned: Francis is "the best choice" for the worst theologian possible: Hans Küng.


Cathcon- after the Council, never were the Popes so holy and the Churches so empty.  It is the first time in history that a Pope has been canonised before election.....

See also Cardinal Kasper plots Anti-Ratzinger Pope

Cardinal Kasper's Progressive Pope