Saturday, September 30, 2017

Cardinal Burke slams SSPX

"A few months ago, a kind reader reported that Cardinal Raymond Burke, at the Sacred Liturgy Conference that was held in Medford, OR, in July, had publicly declared that the FSSPX is “in schism” while advising the faithful to neither attend their liturgies nor receive their sacraments.

If true, I understood that this would be important information to share for obvious reasons, but I decided that it was first necessary to obtain irrefutable confirmation as to what was actually said.

Today I received an audio-recording"- the link also gives the full story.

"Expect a mea culpa from the Pope"- interview with Professor Joseph Shaw

Correctio filialis: "Expect a mea culpa of the Pope" - Interview with Prof. Joseph Shaw

Is Pope Francis blind in one eye? Concerned critics of Amoris laetitia receive no answer. They therefore took a spectacular path and presented the Pope with a Correctio filialis. "An action unprecedented in recent history.

The daily Il Giornale speaks of an "action unprecedented in recent history." They published an interview yesterday with Joseph Shaw, one of the initiators of the Correctio filialis. Shaw, a son of the 3rd Baron Craigmyle, is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford.

The Correctio filialis is a Correction against the propagation of heresies which has been directed to Pope Francis by an international group of clerics and laymen. The Pope is accused of promoting at least seven heretical theses in his controversial post-synodal letter, Amoris laetitia. Since the letter, which was handed over to him on August 11, received no reply, the signers went public last Sunday. Since then, fire has broken out on the roof of the church. Il Giornale speaks of an "action unprecedented in recent history" which calls for a mea culpa from Pope Francis.

Il Giornale: How did the idea for this document come about?

Prof. Shaw: It is a text prepared by a group of theologians, academics and priests who are concerned about the presumed consent of Pope Francis to positions of the opening of Amoris laetitia, which clearly contradict ecclesiastical doctrine.

Il Giornale: Who can sign, how many signatures are there and where do they come from?

Prof. Shaw: When the document was handed over to the Pope, there were 40 signatories, theologians and priests. Then the text was published and every day new signatures came. At the moment, there are 146, but it is constantly increasing. The signatures come from 20 countries with a strong presence of the Anglo-Saxon nations and Italy.

Il Giornale: Can a simple believer sign?

Prof. Shaw: For the individual believers who want to support the document, there is the petition on Each signature is given to the Pope individually. Currently, there are already more than 10,600, who have signed and it is hour by hour more and more.

Il Giornale: What do you think about the measure that the Vatican has taken blocking access to your site?

Prof. Shaw: First of all, the initiative is taken seriously. It is regrettable to try to prevent the people who live and work in the Vatican from participating in the discussion. If you want to sign, you will still find a way.

Il Giornale: Is there any contact with the Pope?

Prof. Shaw: We sent the letter to Bergoglio on August 11 but there was no answer.

Il Giornale: What are you asking?

Prof. Shaw: We want the pope publicly to reject the heretical positions contained in Amoris laetitia. The theses concern key questions of the doctrine which are incompatible with the Catholic faith. The document is a contribution to the ongoing discussion on the problem of the communion for the remarried divorced. These are very practical questions, and the bishops and priests must know what decisions to make. Without clear guidelines, they face different and confusing interpretations.

Il Giornale: Why did no cardinal sign the document?

Prof. Shaw: We decided not to involve cardinals. We want it to be an independent initiative and without people who are close to the Pope.

Il Giornale: How do you answer those who accuse you of violating Canon 749, which provides for the Pope's infallibility?

Prof. Shaw: I tell them that in this case it is not the infallibility of the Pope. And I add that Paragraph 3 of this canon states that a doctrine is then to be defined as infallible, if this is manifestly established.


Central Committee for German Catholics wants church blessings for homosexual couples

On Sunday the so-called marriage for all enters into force in Germany. In an interview, the President of the Catholic Committee, ZdK, Thomas Sternberg, asks the church for a signal of appreciation.

The President of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), Thomas Sternberg, calls for a "signal of ecclesiastical appreciation for same-sex couples". The ZdK is committed to blessing love-affairs of homosexuals, he told the "Passauer Neue Presse" (Saturday). "Behind this is the wish that God may help those blessed." Sternberg referred to worship services on Valentine's Day, in which all lovers could be blessed.

Currently, there is no guideline for the blessing of relations of same-sex partners from  the German bishops, the ZdK president continues. There were, however, serious differences from the marriage between husband and wife: "According to the Catholic understanding, marriage is a sacrament and takes place before the priest in the church, not in the court."

Understanding of the ban in the Diocese of Münster

In May 2015, the Catholic Committee had already asked for such blessings with a view to the Bishop's synod on marriage and the family. "Bridges between the doctrine of the Church and marriage and the family and today's lived world of the faithful must be built by (...) a further development of liturgical forms, in particular blessings of same - sex partnerships, new partnerships of divorced persons, and important emphases in family life" said the declaration.

A Catholic priest wanted to give a "blessing for lovers" to the Mayor of Emmerich and his partner. However, Münster's bishop, Felix Genn, fears a likelihood of confusion.

Recently, a case in the Diocese of Münster had caused a stir: Bishop Felix Genn had forbidden a parish priest from giving a "blessing for lovers" to Emmerich's Mayor Peter Hinze (Socialist) and his companion in a Liturgy of the Word. For this specific case, Sternberg expressed understanding. "The blessing threatened to become a nuisance, a spectacle," he said.

On Thursday, Bishop Stephan Kronenburg emphasized that the bishopric was not about degrading a same-sex partnership. Through media reports, however, the impression arose that a homosexual wedding was celebrated in the church. The bishopric wants to emphasise that there is a difference between the sacrament of marriage and a same-sex partnership. The responsible priest, Stefan Sühling, as well as the Ecumenical Working Group on Homosexuals and Churches (HuK) regretted the decision. In the social networks there were, apart from approval for Genn, mainly critical opinions.