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Sunday, January 30, 2005

Treasured tabernacle is returned to church

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Theft and desecration of hosts gives thieves bad conscience

Sint-Pietersabdij- St Peter's Abbey, Gent, Belgium

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The Abbey became a barracks after the French Revolution and now is an exhibition centre. The Church is still in use for Masses.

The Church in Europe has over the last five centuries suffered from a series of desecrations all of which have closed and/ or stolen Churches.

Firstly, the Protestant Reformation
Secondly, Josephinism
Thirdly, French Revolution and later Napoleon
Fourthly, the 1901 Law of Associations in France which led to the expulsion of many orders and the closures of monasteries.
Fifthly, Nazism
For instance, Hitler wanted to dynamite this magnificent Pilgrimage Church of Our Lady of Sorrows on Postlingburg in his home town and replace it with a temple dedicated to pagan "gods"
Sixthly, Communism
Seventhly, the enormous secularisation after the Second Vatican Council

Archdiocese will argue assets are parish-specific

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Who owns what? The Bishops make great claims for their collegiality; but what's the betting they are not united on this one.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Thursday, January 27, 2005

St George's Church, Cincinnati

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now used for a dissident presbyterian congregation in favour of gay marriage- among other things- see earlier post in January.

St John Chrysostom studying.

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His Feast is celebrated today. Chrysostom means "golden tongue", a name given to him because of his preaching abilities. His Homilies on Matthew can be used as an antidote to any boring sermon which has failed to preach, let alone communicate the Catholic Faith.
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Patron Saints

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May Saint Botulph, Patron Saint of Boston and St Patrick, Patron Saint of the Archdiocese of Boston, pray for us and the Church in Boston

Grangetown Parish, Priests and Processions

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Our glorious forebears, (priests and laity) in the Catholic Faith

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

St Ann's Church, Manhatten

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Video of final Mass
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Here is a picture of the Church of St Thomas Aquinas Church in Amsterdam as she used to be.
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St Thomas of Aquinas Church, Amsterdam

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The end

St Thomas Aquinas Church, Amsterdam

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What a said fate for a Church dedicated to the Angelic Doctor

St Paul's Church, Fort Wayne

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sold to the English Lutherans (?) but to be demolished in any case (scroll down).

"Once a building is gone, it's gone. We can never get it back."

So great is the charity

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of the Archdiocese of Boston that "the Archbishop decided to extend the closing date to June 2005 in response to the parents' request for additional time to find suitable placements for their children"

Archdiocese of New York

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Money can always be found for state-of-the-art videoconferencing facilities in the Archdiocese of New York. Nice to know where the money they make from real estate sales get spent.

Preservation League of New York State

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Church of St Thomas one of the "Seven to Save".

Today is also the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul.

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"Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?"
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Monday, January 24, 2005

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The Tuesday after Septuagesima is the Feast of Our Lord's Prayer in the Garden
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Carnival Cardinal Lehmann and the devil

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The Diocese of Aachen is almost bankrupt. Their Bishop is trying to evict three remaining nuns from the Aachen Carmel, so he can sell their convent for ready money. But on the evening of the 22 January the Bishop decided it was more important to go to the Aachen Carnival. There he could see a mock up of his ancient Cathedral being given over to the devil and his troupe of dancer and Cardinal Lehmann being made a "Knight against Deadly Seriousness". Here is the Cardinal and the devil. The devil is no laughing matter, the state of the Church is deadly serious. But now we know what are the priorities of the Bishop of Aachen and the Cardinal Archbishop of Mainz

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A dignified Mass in the days before the Council in Aachen Cathedral.
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Our Lady of Aachen, venerated in her Cathedral, pray for us!
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Saturday, January 22, 2005

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Never despair! The Triumph of the Faith from St Joseph's Church in Brussels.

Hospital of Notre Dame a la Rose, Lessines Belgium

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Augustinian nuns were still living here until the 1980s. The initial plan was to level the whole site for a car park. The museum is fascinating but leaves one with a broken heart for what has been and what might have been.

The title of the Hospital is derived from that of "Rosa Mystica" given to Our Lady in the Litany of Loreto.

The Chapel is next to a long ward, so that it was possible to hear Mass from your sick bed. What a sad contrast with the modern day, when the last years tend to be spent in the company of the television set.
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Old St Martin's Church- Oude St Martinuskerk-Ronse / Renaix in Belgium has been a garage since 1918.
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Our Lady of Presentation School, Boston

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Authorities trying to find excuses for the inexcusable

Thursday, January 20, 2005

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Forgotten the joy of Christmas already, Archbishop O'Malley? St Francis and the first Christmas Crib by Giotto.
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Archdiocese of Boston

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Archdiocese's plan for Brighton school stuns, infuriates parents

If anyone needs any proof of the fundamental infidelity of the Archdiocese not only to the mission of the Catholic Church but to Catholic parents and Catholic children, you need look no further than this scandalous case.

Luke 18:16
"But Jesus, calling them together, said: Suffer children to come to me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God."

Dominican Sisters of the Presentation

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amazingly are still in Mossul- see history of Diocese in previous post.

Please pray the Rosary for them.

Archbishop Basilios Georges Casmoussa

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Interviewin which the Archbishop describes the situation in Iraq.

Here is some history of the Archdiocese of Mossul.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Archdiocese of Boston

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practicising a policy of neglect of Churches to give them an excuse for closure.

"The Lowell Historic Board is even threatening possible legal action against the archdiocese if it continues in its failure to properly maintain the recently closed Merrimack Street church. That's a good idea as it sometimes takes the threat of a lawsuit to spur the Boston Archdiocese into action. "

Diocese of Albany

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Six parishes : "gutted to save money".

This is the return that the laity receive for their generosity.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

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St Peter's Church, Rome

Far worse devastation than even the Reformation- Catholic Church in Nijmegen

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Cathcon thanks a good Catholic from the Netherlands for the text of this post. May God in his mercy deliver us!

Between 1973 and 2002, according to the Building Offices of the Dutch dioceses, 240 Catholic churches were closed down. Some of them were demolished, others sold to project developers, shopkeepers, building societies, businessmen and so on.

The Catholic Church at the Rozengracht in Amsterdam has been converted into a mosque. A Catholic Church in Den Bosch became a restaurant and party centre. Many Churches were converted into appartment buildings.

The Parish Church of Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Dominicus in Haarlem (also known as Spaarnekerk) was demolished, its spire was bought by the owner of a fish and chips shop to use it as the roof of his shop. (To be seen in the part of town called Schalkwijk and if you just can't believe that a Church official would do this –see the picture here). Its beautiful wood carved pulpit went to a antique and curiosity shop; there the pulpit was broken up and sold per panel. The Way of the Cross, beautifully painted on copper plates was sold to an old iron salesman, who melted it down for the copper.

Nijmegen, town without churches and monasteries.
The Church on the Krayenhofflaan in Nijmegen has been converted into a furniture showroom, the devotionalia of this church were sold at a junk market and much went for rubbish collection. (no picture found)

The High Altar, the pews and the statues of saints disappeared from the Church of St. Joseph in Nijmegen. This has now become the Titus Brandsma Memorial Church and pictures can be seen of the Church on this website. A great Carmelite saint but no excuse.

In the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes (and scroll down) the tabernacle is no longer the centre of the Church, but was literally 'put aside'.

In his book Monasteries in North Brabant in Peril (2003) J.W. Heijsteeg tells us that well over 200 monasteries from the 274 of North Brabant are closed and abandoned today. Almost all seminaries were closed and demolished. This book is in Dutch.

The Monastery of the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Sacrament in Nijmegen was abandoned last year. The monastery is a hospice now. The Chapel and Altar, beautifully decorated by the well known artist, Jan Toorop was part of this building. The new owner said he thought the Chapel still "too catholic". The great library and the collection of relics and devotionalia was sold to a second hand shop. Correspondence, photos, utensils, books, missals: it all was thrown in trash containers and transported off to a garbage dump.

The former Monastery of Piushove, owned by the Congregation of the Little Sisters of St. Joseph of Heerlen was bought in September 2002 by the building society, Talis and the home care institution Habicura. The monastery will be made fit for 32 Alzheimer patients.

The Monastery of Marienbosch (built 1925) at the Groesbeekseweg in Nijmegen was closed last year, inclusive the chapel, complete with interior, pews, statues and so on. This monastery offers room for some 200 Polish workers at present. A property developer stands ready to transform this building into luxury appartments.

The impressive and huge complex of the Nebo Redemptorist Monastery was also sold to a building society a few weeks ago. Some old fathers still live in the South Wing. The North Wing is in use at present by the Hogeschool (Academy) Arnhem-Nijmegen. In 2007, the alterations will begin to rebuild the property into about 90 luxury appartments. The church will remain, although considerable smaller than it is now.

The monastery of St. Vincentius at the Dominicanenstraat has been owned since 1998 by the International Centre of Women and the Buddhist Jewel Heart. There are plans to demolish this huge monastery complex.

The Mansion Maria-Louise at the Eversweg 4 in Nijmegen (a classified monument) was the monastery of the Sisters and Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. Late in 2003, this was offered for sale, inclusive garage and tea dome (!) and Chapel. Fate presently unknown.

The living quarters of the Jesuit Canisius College (scroll down, a small photo also here) of the Berg en Dalseweg, Nijmegen is for sale via a real estate broker. He asks 825,000 euro for the house.

The Assumptionist Monastery at the Louisaweg (Het Heidehuis - The Heather House) is abandoned by the fathers. The library of 40,000 books went for one part to the Instute of Eastern Christianity and for another part to the junk market in Gemert where the books were sold for a price per kilo (like potatoes). The location itself is now a youth reform institution which seems to have connections with the Marists.

The Monastery of Brakkestein, and also here inclusive of the Parish Church, of the Fathers of the Congregation of the Most Holy Sacrament will be demolished and replaced by a number of smaller buildings. Their library ended up on a junk market

Part of the library of the Passionists Monastery of Mater Dolorossa in Mook (about 20 banana boxes full) was sold to a second hand book shop. Most of the library was transported to the garbage dump. It was in this Monastery that the Passionist martyr bishop, Blessed Eugene Bossilikov studied.

Many more pictures of Nijmegen Churches can be found here. Another excellent site is here. If you go through the individual pictures "afgebroken" means demolished.

And this is just one town in the Netherlands. In parish after parish, monastery after monastery and town after town, the same was repeated over and over again.

Churches demolished and no more Catholic education
The vicious circle at its most vicious

In September 2004, the Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen skipped the name 'Catholic' and changed the name into Radboud University. There was no resistance from the part of the clergy (Cardinal Simonis of Utrecht is Chancellor of this university, however. Not even a Cardinal can now be relied on to defend the catholicity of a university).

Some two or three years ago the same happened to the Katholieke Universiteit Brabant at Tilburg. They altered their name into Tilburg University, also without any resistance from the part of the diocesan clergy.

Anyone who tries to tell you how wonderful the years after the Second Vatican Council have been for the Church, get them to read this article. The Council was meant to be a pastoral rather than a dogmatic Council. Something has gone horribly wrong.
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Today is the Feast of the Chair of St Peter

Sunday, January 16, 2005

St. Mary's by the Sea, Diocese of Orange

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The Bishop finds time to ban the Latin Mass amid all the troubles of the Diocese of Orange going against the express wishes of the Pope for a wide and generous permission for the Latin Mass.

Sacred Heart Church, Augusta

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My house shall be called a house of prayer... but you have turned it into yet another "cultural centre". Europe now has an over-supply of cultural centres and not enough culture to go around, not least because of the steady abstraction of Catholic life, art and devotions in the years since the Council. Ironic. And American Catholicism is going the same way.
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"The abstraction of Catholic life, art and devotions in the years since the Second Vatican Council". Quote from the previous post. This is one of the Stations of the Cross in the Beguinage Church in Leuven/ Louvain, Belgium. This is the student chaplaincy Church in the town, but you could be the cleverest student for generations and not be able to figure out which station of the cross this is.
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My house shall be called a house of prayer

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...but you have turned it into a zoo.

Angel Museum

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...was the Church of St. Paul on the River Front, Wisconsin
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St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church in St. Louis

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The Man of the Moment:

"Bill Bialczak, a member of the board at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church in St. Louis, announces that members of the church had voted to retain control of the churches assets in defiance of St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke. "

The Catholic Church must make big savings

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The Church closing madness spreads to Germany.

"St. Hippolytus in Horst, St. Urbanus in Buer and St. Augustinus in Alt-Gelsenkirchen" all in question, others to follow.

"One could re-design theminto concert halls, one could tear them down , one could also leave them standing but purge their interiors."

Parents vow to fight for school after rejection by Archdiocese of Boston

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Keep the laity in the dark as school of Our Lady of Presentation closed for no apparent reason. Archdiocese of Boston up to the same old games.

Dedication of embattled parishioners noted

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...but expressions of admiration count for nothing if Churches are not kept open.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Abandoned by the Church

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The Casa Nova complex of Heilig Landstichting (Holy Land Foundation) near Nijmegen (includes church and retreat centre)

Former Passionist Church of Holy Cross , Mount Adams, Cincinnati

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It seems the Church of the Immaculata is still open and is the centre of a magnificent devotion for Good Friday. However, the Passionist Church of the Holy Cross and Monastery have been closed.

O Crux, ave spes unica! Hail - O Cross, hail our only hope!
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My house shall be called a house of prayer but you have turned it into an exhibition hall for bells. The former Church of St. Paul's in Over the Rhine, Cincinnati

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Treasured Churches of Cincinnati

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St George's Church was closed in 1995 (see post below).

"Many other churches that once served the Catholic community of Cincinnati so well fell victim of declining neighborhoods. Some of these still stand today as secular buildings, such as St. Paul's in Over the Rhine, now home of the Verdin Bell Company, or Holy Cross Church (and Monastery) in Mount Adams, which is now home to a group of radio stations. Others now serve Protestant denomnations or schismatic groups. Many have simply been razed."
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May St George defend the Church from attacks from within and without. St George and St Michael pray for us in the battle for the future of the Church.
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Our Lord institutes the Mass at the Last Supper.
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Desecrated Catholic sanctuary

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Former Franciscan Monastery of Old St George, Cincinnati is now a "Great Good Place for Community and Spiritual Renewal."

"Old St. George is a community center, conference center and spiritual center hosting a wide variety of group and individual events."

The new owners claim to practice "post-denominational ministry" or better put "the religion of the self-satisfied".

The Church is now available for "Monastery Weddings" and as can be seen from the photograph of the former sanctuary, this community centre manages to bring not only the Sacrament of Marriage into disrepute but also the Last Supper and the Mass.

Why did the Church allow this to happen? Who allowed it to happen?


Friday, January 14, 2005

Archdiocese of Boston

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Mistakes from the beginning and we are not at the end- how many more mistakes can one Archdiocese make in the implementation of its church closing madness.

The Great Catholic Sale

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Thousands of items are not pictured but many and more are, all from closed and demolished or abandoned churches. Chalices, vestments, pulpits, whole church interiors, monstrances and so on and so on- including relics despite as early as the fifth century AD, the Theodosian Code stating "Nemo martyrem mercetur" - "No-one shall trade in relics".

Archdiocese of Chicago to close 20 to 30 schools

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More of the vicious cycle of decline.

"Homeschooling Illegal" Declares German School Official

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This is "off-topic" but very important.

The Best Wedding Chapel

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was a Catholic Church. The new use mocks the dignity of the Catholic Sacrament of Marriage.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Sheffield Buddhist Centre

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... was a Catholic Chapel. Conversion paid for by English Heritage.
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My house shall be called a house of prayer but you have turned it into a ???? Students create their own non-Catholic reality during the "Alternative Night Mass", Christmas 1969, Church of Moses and Aäron of the Franciscan Fathers in Amsterdam. The Church is now a concert hall. Despite what this website says, a Church without Mass, Tabernacle, Priests and Sacraments cannot dispense any Divine grace.



Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Today is the Commemoration of the Baptism of Our Lord.

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Today let us do honour to Christ's baptism and celebrate this feast in holiness. Be cleansed entirely and continue to be cleansed. Nothing gives such pleasure to God as the conversion and salvation of men, for whom his every word and every revelation exist. He wants you to become a living force for all mankind, lights shining in the world. You are to be radiant lights as you stand beside Christ, the great light, bathed in the glory of him who is the light of heaven. You are to enjoy more and more the pure and dazzling light of the Trinity, as now you have received - though not in its fullness - a ray of its splendour, proceeding from the one God, in Christ Jesus our Lord, to whom be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.
St Gregory Nazianzen, Reading for the Second Nocturn of Matins

My house shall be called a house of prayer

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...but you have turned it into the Alpine Playhouse theatre

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

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Whereas the Cross is about Christ suffering for our sins. May the Passion of Christ be always in our hearts.
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The modern Church seems to believe that the Cross is about cheerful group photographs.
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The Great Catholic Church sale

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Real estate dealer in Nebraska has two Catholic churches for sale (scroll down)

Old St. Peter's Church, Oregon

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... now been turned into a wedding parlour, bringing disrepute on the Catholic Sacrament of Marriage.

Ex-church has a new mission

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....as a community centre:

'I think it's wonderful....it helps the neighborhood.' Important, yes, but not anything like as important as saving souls and pastoral care.
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The Great Catholic Sale began in the late 1960s after the Vatican Council. A photograph taken in an antiques shop at the time. A church in the Netherlands was converted into an antique showroom. The business was so successful that the church is now only used for the valuable statues. Their new display place is room after room of religious objects taken from desecrated and "modernised" churches.
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Checkered Church, Carolina Beach

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My house shall be called a house of prayer....but you have turned it into a gift shop.

Catholic Church in Bangalore

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..but even in Mission countries a Church has been converted into a nightclub.

"180 Proof, at 40 St. Mark's Road. This former Catholic church was converted two years ago into a hip nightclub featuring steepled ceilings and oak support beams"

My house shall be called a house of prayer

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... but you have turned it into a nightclub. :

"Mr. Pohl paid $400,000 for a former Catholic church that he turned into Sanctuary, an upscale nightclub that opened nine months ago."

This is a picture of the blasphemously named Sanctuary Club. Please be warned about the offensive nature of the material on their website. There website even proclaims, "Yeah, its a church".

When this sort of desecration occurs, the faithful of the area should get the Diocese to name exactly who authorised this sale and when. Name, shame and send them to the Missions!

Monday, January 10, 2005

Flashback 2002- Historic church named to endangered places list

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The Catholic Church sold for a dollar.

Diocese of Vermont

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Tries different techniques from Boston to sell the same dreadful and mistaken policy of managed decline.

The Great Catholic Church Sale

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Archdiocese of New York eyes a large sell-off of property
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Make sure every single item is accounted for when a Church is closed. Two chasubles found their way to a pop festival in Rotterdam in June 1970.
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Self-governed Polish parish votes to defy archbishop

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Almost 10 million dollars and the Archbishop can give no guarantees that the Church remains open. If St John Neumann had had the chance to meet some of the modern bishops, would he have been so keen to transfer the parochial control to them?

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Bitter end for parishes in Boston

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Boston Archdiocese abuses the Feast and the name of the Holy Family to create new parish.

Hiding their misdeeds behind the Holy Family! And one of the great gifts to the Church of the Franciscan Order of which Archbishop O'Malley is a member was the Christmas crib.

Christmas over and the Archdiocese of Boston continues as if nothing had happened.
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Today is the Feast of the Holy Family.
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Flashback April 2004. Closure of St Andrew the Apostle School

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Please pray for the Sisters of the Holy Family on the Feast.

"The sister said preparing for the closure of the school means removing all signs and symbols of St. Andrew's and of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

'Each classroom has a picture of the Holy family, which is something we've tried to instill in the kids, the importance of family,' she said. 'We've had a picture of our mother foundress in every classroom, too, and those have to go now as well. I had a mother say to me just the other day, 'I'm so glad that my children had the opportunity to see sisters in action,' and that's extremely rewarding.'

Stripping the building of references to its history also begs the question of how the school's Polish heritage will be preserved for future generations. Sister Virginia -- who is also of Polish descent -- said those lessons will now have to come through the church and parents."

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Battle for hearts and minds in St Louis

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No trust for the Archbishop at St Stanislaus Kostka. "the proposal for the trust quickly fell apart when board members realized that only Burke and his chosen representatives would dictate the terms of the trust".

Not so long ago, the Archbishop was being called the new St John Fisher because of his attitude to the whitewash of Senator Kerry by the Bishop's Conference. One thing for sure now, he is no St John Fisher.

The Great Boston Church sell off

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...little interest so far in property stolen from future Catholic generations

Archdiocese of Boston

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pushes Haitian Catholics from one closing parish to another

St Stanislaus Kostka

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A priest full of Christian charity, unlike the Archbishop, visits to celebrate Christmas Mass. God forbid that the Archbishop ever controls the financial assets of the Church because he will then close the Church.

Abuse of authority in Archdiocese of St Louis

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as Archbishop threatens parish of St Stanislaus Kostka with excommunication.:

Robert Zabielski, parishioner:
"I'm sticking up for what is right. Pedophiles in this church are transferred from diocese to diocese while good, faithful people are excommunicated."

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

The Adoration of the Three Kings

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The Epiphany is celebrated tomorrow. The Relics of the Three Kings are preserved in Cologne Cathedral- see the picture of their shrine- marked pilgrimage-wahlfahrt. May Saints Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar pray for us! and St Helena also, who brought their relics to Constantinople. Pray that Christendom may be delivered from the decadence found in Namur.
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And here is St Balthasar complete with his own incense burner; seen in a Belgian Parish Church.
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Blasphemy in Belgium. How the Province of Namur portrays the Holy Family as reindeer and the Three Kings as penguins just 100 yards from the Cathedral of Namur.
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The cost of the collegiality of the Belgian bishops. The new inter-diocesan centre being built in the centre of Brussels. Ironically, the Second Vatican Council divided the Belgian Church in two- a French Church and a Flemish Church, no longer united by Latin. The Church competes with the Dutch Church for lack of numbers and piety.
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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Archdiocese of Boston

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Goal of External Review Committee is to make reconfiguration fair Fair, what is fair about the loss of future generations of Catholics?

Boston Herald editorial

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Parishes in need of a time to heal. Boston Herald loosing patience with Archbishop O'Malley, the Franciscan who tries to use the police to solve his problems.

Diamond Creek. Former Catholic Church now "The Abbey Restaurant"

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My house shall be called a house of prayer but you have made into a restaurant.

A Campaign to Save Chicago's Second Oldest Church

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PCI :Public Communications Inc. should be congratulated.

They work for the Church and the laity for free unlike the PR agency representing the Archdiocese of Boston.

And so typical of the modern Jesuit order. Modelled on an army by St Ignatius, they have lost the will to fight in Europe and America.

"Three years later, the Jesuits announced plans to demolish the cathedral-size building and replace it with a small utilitarian worship center to serve the remaining 300 African-American and Hispanic parishioners"

See also the magnificent history in the pdf link.

"He prayed all night in front of Our Lady of Perpetual Help" (Father Damen's reaction when the Church was earlier threatened by the Great Chicago Fire) (incidentally Our Lady under this title is the Patron also of this blogspot).

"We are going to save the past to preserve the future."

Weeping Madonna

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Whatever the truth of this matter may Our Lady of Grace and of Sorrows pray for us!

My house shall be called a house of prayer

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...but you have turned it into a venue for the South American Presidential Summit

Monday, January 03, 2005

Gorinchem, Netherlands

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A former Catholic Church which was hidden from protestant persecutors is now a Lutheran Church. What a bitter fate! And the Church of the Holy Martyrs of Gorcum was turned into appartments years ago.

The Catholic Church in the Netherlands is a pale shadow of its former self. A failure of each and every modern Bishop in the Netherlands. This is what collegiality with its ersatz national forms of Catholicism brings!

St Columba, Louisville

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Housing planned at church

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Old Catholic Church in Nebraska now serves as a dentist office

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My house shall be called a house of prayer and you know the rest....

The Most Holy Name of Jesus

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is the Feast today. It says an enormous amount about the modern Church that the Feast was removed from the 1969 Missal only to be restored in 2002 as an "optional memoria".

The Epistle reading in the 1962 Missal is Acts 4: 8-12 which ends with:

"Salvation is not to be found elsewhere; this alone of all the names under heaven has been appointed to men as the one by which we must needs be saved".

This has been removed in the modern Missal. Instead, two options are given - either Galatians 4:4-7 or Philippians 2:5-11 . The key part of the second reading is the introit in the 1962 Missal.

Phil 2:10 "so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth"

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Carmel of Maria Koenigin (Our Lady, Queen) in Aachen, Germany

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Article in German. Bishop Mussinghof of Aachen is trying to close the Carmel, which has now only three sisters, thanks to the ban that he himself imposed on recruitment.

Sorry that the article is in German. But I quote a key passage:

"We will fight for our existence. And with all means the available " states a sister. She assumes that the Diocese have specific material interests in the closure of the monastery. "the diocese is speculating on the fact that our monastery reverts into its possession after closure and it can sell the real estate and property."

This sounds a very familiar story. The Bishop is displaying a complete lack of charity towards an order which normally have been the last order left standing in European towns in the years after the Second Vatican Council.

The Bishop also has some odd theological views.

From his sermon at the International Meeting of Prayer for World Peace in Aachen

"When we are praying for peace, we are turning to the one God. We know: God is not Catholic, God is not protestant, God is not Orthodox, God is not even Christian. God is not jewish. God is not muslim, God is not buddhist. God is not the God of one or the other religion. God is the God and Father of every person. He desires all men to be saved. God cares for every person. God loves everyone. God is God for all of us. He is our good father. We are all his creatures, children of this earth."

This may have made the congregation feel good but it is not actually what the Catholic Church teaches.

May Our Lady of Carmel, Protectoress against Error and enduring Strength of Carmel pray for us and the little Carmel of Aachen.

Nearer the end of the ecumenical road

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Blessings vote causes rift with Catholics. Catholics have a choice between mission which saves souls and dialogue which compromises truth. Forgetfulness of Our Lord's commission to preach the Good News has led to the closure of Churches. If you think that the Church is no longer Our Mother and the Ark of Salvation but a bureaucratic machinery, this result is inevitable. God's houses become mere stones.

When the Archdiocese of Boston mades its plans

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to break the parochial system they forgot the elderly. Yet, they will continue to preach about justice.

Parishes on North Side team up

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More news from the Archdiocese of St. Louis

Catholic church expects changes

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Watch out for Church closures in : the Diocese of Shreveport.

Sister Daues (director of "Mission Effectiveness") is not sure what the final solutions will be, but she expects some decisions in late January or early February.