Sunday, November 03, 2013

Archbishop of Canterbury lets the ecumenical cat out of the bag.


"God has given you, and given us all, a great Pope. And he’s a great Pope of surprises… and I think people are inspired and uplifted by what they see in Pope Francis, as I am. I think he’s a wonderful person. Surprises? Yes, I think there’ll be one or two surprises. We’re hoping to produce a few surprises."


Cathcon- the Pope has stated that

"Vatican II, inspired by Pope Paul VI and John [XXIII], decided to look to the future with a modern spirit and to be open to modern culture. The Council Fathers knew that being open to modern culture meant religious ecumenism and dialogue with non-believers. But afterwards very little was done in that direction. I have the humility and ambition to want to do something."

False ecumenism has already done plenty enough damage in the post-concilar church, but we are now living in a world, where the once-allegedly conservative Archbishop of Birmingham thinks Anglicans could be admitted to Catholic communion, despite their almost total rejection and relativisation of the great dogmas of the Church.   What ecumenical advance can be made with a church that is on the verge of nominating female bishops?

The Archbishop has clearly seen which way the wind is blowing in Rome and clearly loves the thought of a Roman promotion more than his Archdiocese.   He has probably got help from the retired Archbishop of Westminster, who in this topsy-turvy world is now a close adviser to the Pope.  See here for the dismal record of the Cardinal.

Chapel as alien form- modernist design in Austria

New chapel in Austria  dedicated to Blessed Engelbert Kolland, who was martyred for refusing to convert to Islam.  The chapel does not show forth the faith he died for. 

"Nobody steps on a Church in my town"


Scene from the classic film, Ghostbusters. Weep for the countless churches that have been closed by the bishops since this glorious film was made.  (The line itself is shortly after 0.40)

Pope displays ultra-modernist Cross

Pope Francis Holds A Cross During A Meeting With Cardinals

Abstracted image, abstract faith.  It is impossible to preach the Cross and Him Crucified and convert anyone using such a Cross.

More recently, the Pope has taken to carrying a new Ferula.

The type of image on the ferula is symptomatic of the Paschal Mystery theology of Odo Casel, which believes that Redemption was not wrought on the Cross but during the whole Pascal Mystery (analogous to the whole canon being consecratory rather than the words of consecration). Pascal Mystery theology itself was derived from his belief, for anti-semitic reasons, that the liturgy does not derive from the Temple sacrifice but from Greek myth. These crosses became popular in the 70s and were approved by Rome providing they had wounds. This one does not- which can so easily lead to a fideism detached from history.

"One would be straying from the straight path were he to wish the altar restored to its primitive table form; were he to want black excluded as a color for the liturgical vestments; were he to forbid the use of sacred images and statues in Churches; were he to order the crucifix so designed that the divine Redeemer's body shows no trace of His cruel sufferings..." 

- Pope Pius XII, Mediator Dei § 62