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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Theologian: half of all the words of Jesus translated incorrectly

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Have half of Jesus' words in the Bible been translated incorrectly or even deliberately falsified? This view is taken by theologian Franz Alt. Margot Käßmann also speaks in the Lord's Prayer debate.

In the debate about the formulation of the Lord's Prayer initiated by Pope Francis, the theologian Franz Alt spoke of a "spiritual revolution".

"What the Pope has said now is nothing less than a spiritual revolution," Alt told Bild am Sonntag. He was convinced that "half of Jesus' words, as they are in our Bibles, are incorrectly translated or even deliberate forgeries." It helps to clarify how the New Testament came to be. And, "The Bible is a human word about the experience of God," Alt said.

With a statement on the Lord's Prayer Pope Francis had caused in some cases substantial discussions in Europe. The last request - "do not lead us into temptation" - is "not a good translation," said Francis recently in an interview with Italian TV2000. Not God, but Satan leads to temptation.

The debate was ignited by a new translation in France. Since the first Sunday of Advent, the French Catholics pray: "Let us not enter the temptation." The German version of 1971 was developed jointly by Catholics and Protestants.

Herr Alt with the Dalai Lama


Käßmann on the Protestant attitude

Also in "Bild am Sonntag", the Protestant theologian Margot Käßmann affirmed the attitude of her church. "I am in favour of leaving the Lord's Prayer as it is," writes Käßmann in the newspaper. "It really goes back to Jesus himself." She said, "When we start discussing changes, there are countless commissions, proposals, arguments." She called for "the one common prayer of Christendom to work".

Last week, the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD) declared on Facebook: "By the way, the new Luther Bible 2017 states (and we will stick to it): 'And do not lead us into temptation.'"


Cathcon: The Greek and Latin are quite clear, "Lead us not into temptation".  It is not possible to second guess a version before the Greek.   To seek any other translation is to imply the Church could and has deceived for centuries.  It also clearly puts anything known about Jesus at an almost complete discount.  Different people then would also have different views on what is genuine and what is not.



Thursday, November 23, 2017

Catholic Church becomes tennis court

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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.

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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

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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.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

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

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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.

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