Saturday, January 31, 2015

Pop Priest puts on Gig Mass


Another false Cardinal

The false Cardinal had not come far: The man who had presented himself on Wednesday in Würzburg as the Brazilian Cardinal Odilo Scherer and was unmasked by a member of the Ordinariate, collapsed on Thursday in a train to Nuremberg.

The police inspectors of Neustadt / Aisch reported the 66-year-old had suffered a circulatory collapse in an ICE from Würzburg to Nuremberg, but did not want to be treated. However, the train stopped and the 66-year-old was taken after first aid on Emskirchen train station to the hospital in Neustadt / Aisch.

The patient who told police he was a "cardinal" was even wearing the appropriate ecclesiastical outerwear. Investigation by the police showd he is a pensioner of no fixed address, who has repeatedly represented as a "cardinal" in southern Germany . He was also being investigated by the judiciary for theft.

Now the 66-year-old con man expects further criminal investigation for abuse of titles and job titles. On Friday, he was informed of this by the police while still in the hospital of Neustadt.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

What should be said at a funeral

From the Funeral Sermon on Henry VII.

FORASMUCH as this honourable audience now is here assembled to prosecute the funeral observances and ceremonies about this most noble prince late our king and sovereign, king Henry the seventh. And all be it I know well mine unworthiness and inabilities to this so great a matter, yet for my most bounden duty, and for his gracious favour and singular benefits exhibit unto me in this life, I would now after his death right affectuously some thing say, whereby your charities the rather might have his soul recommended. And to that purpose I will entreat the first psalm of the dirige, which psalm was written of the holy king and prophet king David, comforting him after his great falls and trespasses against Almighty God and read in the church in the funeral obsequies of every Christian person when that he dieth. And specially it may be read in the person of this most noble prince, for in it is comprised all that is to be said in this matter. And in the same order that the secular orators have in their funeral orations most diligently observed, which resteth in three points. First in the commendation of him that dead is. Second in a stirring of the hearers to have compassion upon him. And third in a comforting of them again. Which three be done by order in this same psalm, as by the grace of our Lord it may here after appear. First, as touching his laud and commendation, let no man think that mine intent is for to praise him for any vain transitory things of this life, which by the example of him all kings and princes may learn how sliding, how slippery, how failing they be. All be it he had as much of them as was possible in manner for any king to have, his politic wisdom in governance it was singular, his wit alway quick and ready, his reason pithy and substantial, his memory fresh and holding, his experience notable, his counsels fortunate and taken by wise deliberation, his speech gracious in divers languages, his person goodly and amiable, his natural complexion of the purest mixture, his issue fair and in good number, leagues and confederies he had with all Christian princes, his mighty power was dread every where, not only within his realm but without also, his people were to him in as humble subjection as ever they were to king, his land many a day in peace and tranquillity, his prosperity in battle against his enemies was marvellous, his dealing in time of perils and dangers was cold and sober with great hardiness. If any treason were conspired against him it came out wonderfully, his treasure and richesse incomparable, his buildings most goodly and after the newest cast all of pleasure. But what is all this now as unto him, all be but fumus et umbra. A smoke that soon vanisheth, and a shadow soon passing away. Shall I praise him then for them? Nay, forsooth. The great wise man Solon, when that the king Crœsus had shewed unto him all his glorious state and condition that he was in as touching the things above rehearsed, he would not affirm that he was blessed for all that, but said Expectandus est finis. The end is to be abiden and looked upon, wherein he said full truth, all be it peradventure not as he intended, but verily a truth it is, in the end is all together, a good end and a gracious conclusion of the life maketh all, and therefore Seneca in his epistles saith, Bonam vitæ clausulam impone. In any wise make a good conclusion of thy life, which thing I may confirm by holy letters. In the prophet Ezekiel it is written and spoken by the mouth of God in this manner, Justitia justi non liberabit eum in quacunque die peccaverit et impietas impii non nocebit ei in quacunque die conversus fuerit ab impietate sua. That is to say, if the righteous man have lived never so virtuously, and in the end of his life commit one deadly sin and so depart, all his righteous dealing before shall not defend him from everlasting damnation, and in contrary wise, if the sinful man have lived never so wretchedly in times past, yet in the end of his life if he return from his wickedness unto God, all his wickedness before shall not let him to be saved. Let no sinner presume of this to do amiss or to continue the longer in his sin, for of such presumers scant one among a thousand cometh unto this grace, but the death taketh them or they beware. Let no man also murmur against this, for this is the great treasure of the mercy of Almighty God, and against such murmurs is sufficiently answered in the same place, for what should become of any of us were not this great mercy? Quis potest dicere mundum est cor meum, innocens ego sum a peccato. Who may say (saith Ecclesiasticus) mine heart is clean, I am innocent and guiltless of sin. As who saith, no man may speak this word. When then all men have in their life trespassed against Almighty God, I may well say that he is gracious that maketh a blessed end. And to that purpose Saint John in the Apocalypse saith, Beati mortui qui in domino moriuntur. Blessed are those which have made virtuous end and conclusion of their life in our Lord, which verily I suppose this most noble prince hath done, the proof whereof shall stand in four points. The first is a true turning of his soul from this wretched world unto the love of Almighty God. Second is a fast hope and confidence that he had in prayer. Third a steadfast belief of God and of the sacraments of the church. Fourth in a diligent asking of mercy in the time of mercy, which four points by order be expressed in the first part of this psalm. As to the first, at the beginning of Lent last passed, he called unto him his confessor, a man of singular wisdom, learning, and virtue, by whose assured instruction I speak this that I shall say. This noble prince, after his confession made with all diligence and great repentance, he promised three things, that is to say, a true reformation of all them that were officers and ministers of his laws to the intent that justice, from henceforward, truly and indifferently might be executed in all causes. Another, that the promotions of the church that were of his disposition should, from henceforth, be disposed to able men such as were virtuous and well learned. Third, that as touching the dangers and jeopardies of his laws for things done in times past, he would grant a pardon generally unto all his people, which three things he let not openly to speak to divers as did resort unto him. And many a time unto his secret servants he said that if it pleased God to send him life, they should see him a new changed man. Furthermore, with all humbleness he recognised the singular and many benefits that he had received of Almighty God, and with great repentance and marvellous sorrow accused himself of his unkindness towards Him, specially that he no more fervently had procured the honour of God, and that he had no more diligently performed the will and pleasure of Him, wherein he promised, by the grace of God, an assured amendment. Who may suppose but that this man had verily set his heart and love upon God, or who may think that in his person may not be said, Dilexi, that is to say, I have set my love on my lord God 

Friday, January 23, 2015

St Francis shows the proper attitude to the Pope


Cardinal fights Austrian government to prevent closure of Islamic centre accused of extremism

The Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Schönborn is fighting for the preservation of the King Abdullah Centre, based in Vienna, that is financed by Saudi Arabia,   It is not at all clear what activities they actually undertake. The German-Turkish news service designates this as an "oblique alliance".

 "The Austrian government wants to close the King Abdullah Centre in Vienna as soon as possible. The Centre, founded by an International Treaty between Saudi Arabia, Spain and Austria is supposed to promote inter-religious and intercultural dialogue."

However, Saudi Arabia is mostly known to promote  with a significant amount of money Wahhabism in the world.

"The Saudis reject not only the practice of other religions but also fight currents of Islam that do not meet the national criteria." The Austrian government does not wish to support this missionary activity anymore and wants to close the centre.

However, both Federal President Heinz Fischer and the Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn criticize the actions of the government.

"The 'bridges of dialogue' should not be terminated prematurely Even if Austria stops supporting, the organisation can continue to exist in Vienna, Die Presse reports.

Kathpress quotes the Cardinal: 'Right now bridges are needed between cultures and places of dialogue, especially where developments are most needed, and the relationships are problematic.' "

In this, the leaders of the religions agree: Even if it comes to disputes among themselves; together they are against any restriction on their exercise of power.


Self-Communion in Italy- the modern church does not need priests....


The logical outcome of an excessive emphasis on the priesthood of all believers.

"Astral Body Church" -bodybuilder images projected onto Parisian church


Astral Body Church (pleix) from pleix on Vimeo.

Meaningless modern art where Masses once were said.


Modern artist fills church with tin cans and skull representing God


The same artist's work "Hungry God"- also in a church.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Wonderful video of Latin Mass in 1960, before the deluge of modernism


Rumours flying around Rome of Vatican III

"This concern for the peripheries is the reason behind the rumor of papal trip to Erbil, Iraq: to meet Christian refugees. The upcoming encyclical on ecology – which the Pope made clear he will strive to complete in March – will certainly be filled with references to a missionary Church. Meanwhile it is also rumored that a first draft for the announcement of a Third Vatican Council is circulating, but no source has confirmed the report. However, other sources acknowledge the possibility of a papal document that would increase the limit of Cardinals voting in a conclave (i.e., Cardinals under the age of 80) from 120 to 140, thus increasing by 20 the limit that Paul VI established."


Cathcon- I said when he was elected that he may well call a Council with the express intention of implementing Vatican II.  Anything which tries to implement a catastrophe will be a catastrophe itself.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Archbishop justifies desecration


Filipino Catholic Church officials came to defense of this, saying the Masses, particularly at Luneta, were “extraordinary” circumstances. In an interview with GMA News, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said: “Under normal circumstances, hindi dapat mangyari ‘yon, pero extraordinary ang situation natin sa Luneta, six million people.” He added: “Sa ganu’ng pagkakataon, kailangan nating tulungan ang isa’t isa na makatanggap ng communion.”

For his part, Fr. Francis Lucas, executive secretary of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Social Communication and Mass Media, echoed this, telling GMA News Online: “For pastoral reasons since people can’t move during communion, mass passing of the host is okay.”

What actually happened

Full story here.

Priest banned from preaching after supporting anti-Islamisation movement

After a speech at a Pegida (the anti-Islamisation movement founded in Germany) demonstration  the Bishop of Münster, Felix Genn has banned a Catholic priest from giving sermons. The priest could not express themselves inside and outside of places of worship in the name of the church, the diocese said on Tuesday.  

The priest from the Lower Rhine had spread stereotypes about Islam in Duisburg on Monday evening. In addition, he had criticized the lighting of the cathedral being turned off during a Pegida rally in Cologne in early January. In the Diocese, the 67-year-old takes almost no services anymore.
The priest  made his statements, for which he was abusing his authority as pastor and priest, "the foundations of right-wing ideologies, for xenophobia and a conflict of religions  have no placein the Roman Catholic Church," said the diocese.

Bishop Genn informed the 67-year-old in writing that he "cannot and will not tolerate"  such talk.
According to the diocese, the priest had criticised the darkening of Cologne Cathedral - a highly acclaimed protest against Pegida - as "very sad" . The light had only been shut down "because people had come together peacefully and taken a stand against the Islamization of Europe in silent protest," the priest was quoted as saying. In Mid-December Bamberg Archbishop Ludwig Schick had said. "Christians must not take part in Pegida" The chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, had subsequently made clear that there were no "ecclesiastical directives" on this matter for Catholics.


Cardinal Schönborn criticises Charlie Hebdo

Schönborn criticizes "vulgar caricatures"
The Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn had criticized the French satirical magazine "Charlie Hebdo", which in the past week has been the victim of a terrorist attack. 

"'Charlie Hebdo' did not hesitate, over many years, in addition to humorous and satirical cartoons of a political nature to present especially Christianity and Islam in contempt-making and vulgar caricatures," Schönborn wrote on Friday in his column in the free newspaper "Heute". 

In the context, the cardinal points to a "sad story of hate-filled cartoons" in Austria in the late 19th century. "I think of the hateful anti-Semitic caricatures," said the cardinal in his weekly "Heute" column. "This poisonous seed has sprouted and has contributed to the mass murder of the Jews. If there had been significant steps against this incitement, perhaps much suffering and terrible guilt would have been avoided." 

"Yardstick" of freedom for speech, the press and religion 

According to the Cardinal, there are limits to the freedom of expression, the press and religion. Namely "where it comes to respect for what to the other is sacred." At the same time, Schönborn designated cartoonists as a "barometer" of freedom of speech, the press and religion, calling those freedoms as "fundamental freedoms in a good and open society".
The attacks in Paris has emphasised again the value of these. Despite his judgment about the cartoons in the satirical magazine, nothing could justify "violence against 'Charlie Hebdo'"


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

45 churches burnt down in Africa

We are far from Charlie
But we are paying the price

The Ancient Faith


O English hearts, what heart can know 
how spent with labours long ago 
was England's Church that bore you? 
The Paths you tread in lane or street,
long since were trodden 
by the feet of saints that went before you. 
When priests like sudden angels came to light 
in distant shires the flame 
that faith's dull embers cherished, 
when Mass and shrift were sought 
for still in silent farm, on lonely hill, 
ere ancient memories perished. R. A. Knox

Friday, January 16, 2015

Maybe the Pope and the Cardinal did not get the memo


But this is what throwing the horns actually means.  The conventional form from the Pope is the Sign of the Cross.  He was put on earth to preach the Cross and Him crucified not to be the darling of the modern media age. 

My house shall be called a house of prayer but you have made it into a photo-opportunity


The dignity of the priesthood.....yet it has come to this.  Priests no longer acting in the person of Christ if this is how they treat the Vicar of Christ (and he lets them treat him this way).

The proper altitude of the Pope and the proper attitude towards him.

Jiving altar servers- including stealth mini-priestesses


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

"It is necessary to identity and treat those who are not Charlie".


Cathcon- Yet another example of measures which governments have to take to defend their citizens being instrumentalised for an attack on the liberties of all citizens. Many Catholics cannot in all conscience say "Je suis Charlie Hebdo" because of the vile nature of their anti-Catholic cartoons.

Monday, January 12, 2015

French Jesuit journal publishes anti-Catholic cartoons in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo

"We are Charlie"
How not to be indignant at the murder committed in cold blood? The attack that killed 12 people in the editorial office of Charlie Hebdo fills us with horror. As a result of a newspaper and its options, it is freedom of expression that is subject to terrorism. Unanimous reactions that have arisen, from right and left, among believers as from unbelievers, call out not to give in to fear and to defend a plural society.

We have decided to put online [on our site] a few cartoons of Charlie Hebdo that relate to Catholicism. It is a sign of strength to be able to laugh at some traits of the institution to which we belong, because it is a way of saying that what we value is beyond always transient and imperfect forms. Humour regarding faith is a good antidote to fanaticism and a spirit of seriousness which tends to take everything literally.

We express our solidarity with our murdered brothers , the other victims, their families and friends.

Cathcon: The Jesuits here have an "it's complicated" relationship with the Church like almost all in their order.  Charlie Hebdo comes out of the French tradition of laicity dominated by socialism, which originated in the blood-drenched French Revolution.   This same tradition which committed the odious sin of regicide and gave the Church new martyrs during the Revolution thought nothing of expelling the religious orders from France in 1905.    During the French Revolution itself, malicious cartoons circulating about the King and Queen created the climate for their eventual deaths.

They also campaigned for the banning of the Front National, France's right wing political party.  While the party to which I belong, UKIP rejects outright any deal with the Front National on the grounds that they are too extreme, one can but wonder at the inconsistency.

The Front National comes out of another French tradition, that of Charles Maurras who in the end rejected both monarchy and church in favour of secular solutions.

A most vivid parallel of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons about Catholicism are the anti-Catholic cartoons which the Nazis circulated about the Catholic Church in the 1930s accusing her of systematic child abuse.  In those days the accusation was untrue, only to be made a reality in the post-conciliar church.

That said, satire which exposes an ugliness, proclaims a truth and is done from a love of that which is good has a role.  Without satire creating a climate of opinion, there is every chance that the sexual abuse scandal of the church would have been swept under the carpet.   The cartoons here are removed from this satirical ideal.  While the Vicar of Christ did indeed turn World Youth Day into a carnival the motivations for portraying him like this are darker and deeper.

I have a long history on this blog and elsewhere protesting at blasphemous texts and artworks.   Indeed, I was on Flemish TV outside one particular theatre protesting against a play which implied the Virgin Mary was not. I asked "What will become of Flanders, if Flanders is no longer Catholic?" Asking a similar question this week about France, someone commented that the more accurate question would be, "What will become of France, now that France is no longer Catholic?"  I would not resort to violence to make my point for that is a form of coercion, even worse than state coercion.  St Thomas Aquinas tells us that in the end persuasion is the only path, for the Faith of those that are persuaded will endure, but those who are coerced will revert to their former state.

Our Lady of France and All Martyrs of the Revolution pray for the repose of the souls of those who died!

See also the Hypocrites of Paris