Thursday, November 23, 2017

Catholic Church becomes tennis court

Serve to Paul: Church becomes tennis court
Whether St. Paul enjoyed ball games is not known. The famous scenes from the life of the Prince of the Apostles can be seen in the Church of San Paolo Converso - on the tennis court.

Playing tennis in a former church: this is now possible at San Paolo Converso in Milan. The American artist, Asad Raza converted the Baroque building, which has housed an architect's office since 2014, into a fully functioning tennis court. Where once the worshipers followed the Mass, a red court with net has been constructed The scenery is made up of magnificent frescoes from the life of the Apostle Paul from baptism to martyrdom. Equipment and teachers are provided to the players for free.

The interactive artwork of Raza is titled "Untitled (Plot for Dialogue)". For Raza, the game is a method to "transform excess energy into symbolic, but harmless practices," says the explanation of the artwork. As a result of playing tennis, visitors to the artwork would become more than mere spectators. The sacral building of "the converted Paul" dating back to the 16th century was secularised by Napoleon in 1808 and since then no longer has been used as a church.


From another site

"The goal is to subvert the logic of communication typical of the religious context, replacing a authoritarian one-way message, a recreational and exchange activity. 

Sport, in the imagination of the artist, is a metaphor of the importance of unproductive activities that are out of control of work-centered social logics"

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Cardinal Sarah stands firm against the Pope

Cardinal Sarah does not respond to the Pope's request

No denial in sight

It has never happened before. Francis had publicly corrected the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. In a letter to him the Pope contradicts him and demands a reply. But he is silent.

In a theological debate initiated by him Curial Cardinal Robert Sarah has not responded to a request by Pope Francis for a denial so far. It deals with the question of who has the last word in liturgical translations in the respective national language. According to research by the Catholic News Agency (KNA), Sarah by Tuesday apparently did not respond to a request from the Pope to publicize his response to statements by the Cardinal on the Internet. The cardinal from Guinea leads the Congregation for Divine Worship in the Vatican.

Canon 838 of the canon law specified

Francis had specified in his decree "Magnum Principium" Canon 838 of the canon law. For the translation of liturgical texts, therefore, it is above all the national episcopal conferences that are responsible. They should only confirm these with Rome. So if there is there a concern about the change, no alternative translations should be written.

Sarah, however, sees the final decision still with Congregation for Divine Worship. At least that is the result of a post that Sarah let be published on the French Internet portal, L'Homme Nouveau. Several other portals took over this text or quoted excerpts from it.

Letter to the Cardinal
Francis then addressed a letter to the Cardinal questioning Sarah's authorship, but at the same time urging him to promote the dissemination of "this, my answer" on the relevant websites, as well as to all episcopal conferences and members and advisers of his Dicastery".

As confirmed by L'Homme Nouveau editor-in-chief, Philippe Maxence on request, the text was written by Sarah himself. So far, the Cardinal has also made no denial. Also, no request was made to the editors to publish a reply from the Pope. "If I had received something like that, then I would have published it," says Maxence. The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has not yet commented.


Friday, November 10, 2017

Cardinal wants debate on ordination of married men....and more

Marx for debate on ordination of "viri probati"
Even Pope Francis is already talking about it: Cardinal Reinhard Marx wants a broad debate on the ordination of married men. In this context, then another topic would be on the agenda.

The chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, considers a discussion about new approaches to the priesthood legitimate. So the opportunity to ordain proven married men (viri probati) to priests, should be thoroughly thought out and discussed "over the whole range" of the problem, said Marx on Friday evening in Munich at the autumn assembly of the Regional Committee of Catholics in Bavaria.

In a keynote speech, the Viennese pastoral theologian, Paul Zulehner expressed his conviction that Pope Francis will allow new forms of the priesthood. "We'll live to see it if no one shoots or poisons the pope." At the same time, the theologian called on Catholics to "step on the feet" of their bishops. It is "wrong to subordinate the celebration of the Eucharist to the celibacy of priests".

"No movement" in women's issue
Marx further explained that Pope Francis would talk to advisors about the ordination of married people. But it is not that there is a direct impulse from Rome to tackle the issue now. Therefore, he could "promise nothing" in this regard. The cardinal pointed out that in this context the women's question would come onto the table. But he sees "no movement". He had not heard so far from the Pope's commission of inquiry into female deacons.

At the same time Marx affirmed experiments with new forms of church leadership. These would not only take place in his Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. But such models should not be tried oout without or against the priest. Nor does he think anything of priestless parishes, said the Cardinal. "Eucharists must be celebrated." In addition, no quality reductions should be accepted in ecclesiastical actions. "Where we act, it must be good." Those who only occasionally came into contact with the church expected that.


Cardinal Müller criticizes Papal decision

Pope Francis wants to give the episcopal conferences more authority over liturgical translations. He receives criticism from one of his former closest associates, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller.

Curial Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller opposes greater powers of the Episcopal Conferences in liturgical matters. In a recent interview, he has criticised the Pope's decision to give more freedom to the national episcopal conferences in translating liturgical texts. The liturgy cannot and should not separate, said the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the Passauer Neuen Presse on Thursday. Thus, in the translation, attention must be paid to accuracy and fidelity of the content as well as to the actual implementation within the spirit and culture of the target language. "The last authority in the case of doubt" could therefore not lie with the episcopal conferences, emphasises Müller.

The Cardinal pointed to several experiences that translators relied by the Bishops often diluted the biblical texts on the pretext of better comprehensibility. If the powers of the Episcopal Conferences were now increased, it was to be feared that the unity of the Catholic Church would be destroyed in faith, confession and prayer, Müller said. Muller cites "highly demanding teachings" such as the vicarious atoning death of Jesus, the birth of Jesus from the Virgin Mary, the physical resurrection of Jesus or the gift of his true flesh and blood under the species of bread and wine. In some countries, these and other truths have already broken down into ethical appeals and thus been stripped of their Catholic salvific reality.

The background to the discussion is a dispute between Francis and Cardinal Robert Sarah, head of the Congregation for the Liturgy. Francis wants to strengthen the Episcopal Conferences with the Pope's decree, "Magnum principium" ("The Important Principle"), giving them more responsibility in translating liturgical texts.

Francis does not shake faith
In the same interview Müller defended Pope Francis from heresy charges . "There can only be a question of heresy if a Catholic persistently denies a revealed truth of faith that the Church has made binding," said the Cardinal. For popes and bishops, this would be the case if they presented to the faithful a doctrine with the highest authority which contradicted the Word of God in Scripture, the Apostolic Tradition, and the dogmatic decisions of ecumenical councils so far. This is undoubtedly not the case in the few controversial passages of the Papal letter "Amoris laetitia", stressed Müller.

Francis never wanted to shake the foundations of the Catholic faith or modernise the teaching of Christ as if it were outdated, the Cardinal said. Rather, it is about how to help in a pastoral way people in very difficult marital and often tragic family circumstances. At the end of this, the full reconciliation with God and the Church in the sacrament of penance and then participation in communion could also take place.

When asked about his own future, Müller said that he hopes to continue to serve the church in word and deed as well as witness and prayer with God's help. When asked if he would stay in Rome, he replied, "Man thinks, God is guiding." But a cardinal who is not yet emeritus or who does not lead a bishopric as a local bishop or otherwise exercises an office in the universal church, has a duty of residence in Rome. This is because he belongs to the closest advisory body of the Pope. In July, Francis had not extended term of office of Muller, who had led the Congregation of the Faith for five years.