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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Cathcon almost back

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Family matters have consumed my time for the last few days, but some dramatic reports coming in the next few days including a new exhibition at the Church in Linz which brought the world the "Shrine to Judas" and also an art exhibition around a Lenten course which propagates the view St Augustine was an anarchist. Also one of the finest new works of art in any Church in the last forty years is to be removed by order of the authorities. Coming soon!

Self-destruction

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of the Archdiocese of New York. This is not redeployment it is destruction.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Diocese of Leeds, UK

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Church to be closed and Mass celebrated in local anglican cathedral. The Blessed Sacrament is also to be reserved in the anglican cathedral or perhaps better to say held captive.

What anglicans believe about the Blessed Sacrament.
taken from their 39 Articles.
Transubstantiation (or the change of the substance of Bread and Wine) in the Supper of the Lord, cannot be proved by Holy Writ; but is repugnant to the plain words of Scripture, overthroweth the nature of a Sacrament, and hath given occasion to many superstitions.

The Body of Christ is given, taken, and eaten, in the Supper, only after an heavenly and spiritual manner. And the mean whereby the Body of Christ is received and eaten in the Supper, is Faith.

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was not by Christ's ordinance reserved, carried about, lifted up, or worshipped.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Rival books re-ignite war of words over Terri Schiavo

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Michael Schiavo seeks healing - when he himself wounded so many people and killed his wife.

"Michael is going to very forcefully tell his side of the story. It was important for him to write a book, it was a healing experience."

What a monster!

Warning: Aliens

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assisting at Mass at a school in Luxembourg


along with aged hippies.


Elsewhere a definite sighting of a stealth priestess in Austria. Some anglican pseudo-priestesses are now calling themselves "mother"; not so long before this happens in some Catholic parishes.



And as the crisis deepens, a priest tries to explain the importance of a wheel to Catholicism. Next time you try to explain Catholicism, hold high the Cross!

Parishes to help chart their future

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or coopting parishes to self-destruct.

Church rectory occupation

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in New Orleans. Diocese claims to be acting in the "name of the people"!

Flock scattered

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by Church closure.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Cathcon

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in distinguished company on this Polish website.

Mysteries of Light

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Below a letter I received from the Director of the Catholic media office in London when I inquired whether indulgences had been formally attached to the new Rosary "Mysteries of Light". In the past, variation in the form and content of an indulgenced prayer would have required proper attachment of indulgences. Not today, rendering it doubtful whether the mysteries of light are indulgenced. "would be" are words of presumption and not the same as "are".



"I am not aware of any such attachment and would have thought it most unlikely, as the Mysteries of Light would be covered by the same conditions as the rest of the Rosary.

For your convenience, though I am sure you know this already, I remind you of the relevant section of the official instruction on Indulgences, issued by the Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary in 1968, which states the following:

"A plenary indulgence is granted, if the Rosary is recited in a church or public oratory or in a family group, a religious community or pious association; a partial indulgence is granted in other circumstances. Now the Rosary is a certain formula of prayer, which is made up of fifteen decades of 'Hail Marys' with an 'Our Father' before each decade, and in which the recitation of each decade is accompanied by pious meditation on a particular mystery of our Redemption. The name 'Rosary,' however, is commonly used in reference to only a third of the fifteen decades. The gaining of the plenary indulgence is regulated by the following norms:

The recitation of a third part only of the Rosary suffices; but the five decades must be recited continuously.
The vocal recitation MUST be accompanied by pious meditation on the mysteries.
In public recitation the mysteries must be announced in the manner customary in the place; for private recitation, however, it suffices if the vocal recitation is accompanied by meditation on the mysteries.”

Monday, March 20, 2006

Health spa monastery (again)

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A picture of their chapel.


Everything around the theme of "Tandem". Wouldn't "Redemption by the Sacrifice of Christ" be a better theme?


Gebetstein- Prayer stone with the monastery logo. Prayer stones are only found in pagan religions, mainly in India. The Cross of Christ is the normal logo of religious orders.


Catholicism stops for tea and in the name of healthy living.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Sisters of the Poor Child Jesus

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The blessings of parents are sought for Perpetual Vows in Indonesia.

Feast of St Joseph

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Go to Joseph and do what he tells you.

Pictures from the latest Austrian youth Mass

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I will add some commentary tomorrow- although the pictures speak loudly of the disastrous approach to the pastoral care of Catholic Youth.

I am checking on the identity of the wearer of this ghastly robe- I can't call it a chasuble.






The Mass took place in the Vatican Council Remembrance Church in Vienna.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

New alien image due in Brussels Cathedral

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Over the next few months a series of art exhibitions will take place in the Cathedral Church of St Gudule in Brussels. The first from February to April is by the most famous Belgian artist, Gustave Machoul whose "faith slips over his works like a creative source" which are "to be discovered like a gift of humanity". Judge for yourself- one of the pictures to be exhibited "Painted in the Faith".



But on the 24 April until June, alien images return with the works of the Romanian artist, Mircea Marosin. Outrageously, he claims this picture to be a painting of Our Lord. The exhibition is called "States of Life"- not I think human life.



A Canadian Jesuit, James Leblond takes over in June with his exhibition "Mysteries". They claim, "Every stroke of the brush is a momentum in the process of incarnation". Not only is this blasphemous but it is a complete mystery what the painting is meant to represent.

Not one of these exhibitions builds up the Catholic Faith; they are rather more likely to destroy the most precious gift that anyone can possess. A gift from God not from humanity.

See previous alien images.

Jesuit devotion to alien images

and Strange aliens join devil in Church

Cardinal Mahony online chat

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with Cathcon!

"Name: Chris Gillibrand
Question: 'What do you think about having more Latin Masses? Why are there so many restrictions on Latin Masses -- a Rite that was used for centuries?'"

Predictions about the answer anyone?

Church to be sold for 4m

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"The historic Jesuit Church of the Sacred Heart in Limerick, which is one of only three remaining Jesuit churches in Ireland".

Only three! What have the Jesuits been doing for the last forty years? You'll here all the usual excuses, especially society is changing, it's inevitable, we can't do anything about it. The fault lies closer to home; Jesuits diverted into trendy social causes, and forgetting their past life as the greatest Catholic army in the fight for the salvation of souls.

Bishop says sorry

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over diocese's £10m debt.

"....the diocese's central administration had been 'eating up' money belonging to parishes and trust funds without permission."

"Much of the money was spent on ambitious projects such as an inter-faith centre in Preston and on staff salaries."

What is the point of living a simple lifestyle if you go and blow the money and more on the failed ideology of inter-religious dialoque?

Lancashire was once the last bastion of Catholicism in England. As a Lancastrian and a Catholic, this makes me really very made.

See also the Bishop's message. He actually believed one of the (if not the) smallest Diocese in the UK to be asset rich.


Much more on the whole sorry tale.


Preston Faith Forum- chronicles of futile effort.

At least this episcopal apology is something that should be apologised for.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Translation of the relics of Pope St Pius X to Rome from Venice.

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The relics were accompanied on the journey by those of St John Bosco.



Pope John XXIII preaching in St Mark's Basilica in Venice at the start of the translation.



Pope John XXIII with the relics of the good and holy exemplary Pope St Pius X. He is accompanied by Msgr Loris Capovilla, now Prelate Emeritus of Loreto and
Titular Archbishop of Mesembria. He reported that Pope John XXIII's last words were "My time on earth has drawn to an end, but Christ lives and the Church continues its work in time and space. Ut unum sint [that they may be one—Jesus' prayer for his disciples, quoted in John 17:21]."



18-25 January 1944 Belgian Leaflet for the International Prayer Week for the reunion of all separated Christians and all non-Christians in the one true Fold of Christ, the Catholic Church.
Prayer intentions
18 January Conversion
19 January Return of the Orthodox
20 January Return of the Anglicans
21 January Return of Lutherans and assorted protestants
22 January All Christians in America
23 January Repentance of bad Catholics and the return of the lapsed
24 January Conversion of Jews and Muslims
25 January Conversion of all pagans

Pastoral funds

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A few sundays ago I stumbled across an appeal for funds in a Church. The Church in Belgium is now paying the pseudo-clericalised elite that run it.

"Notre Eglise Evolue. De plus en plus nombreuses sont ces personnes qui notre Eveque confie une tache pastorale, aussi
bien dans les paroisses que dans des secteurs comme la catechese, l'animation des jeunes ou les visiteurs de malades, de prisons, ...
Our Church is evolving. More and more people have been given a pastoral task by our bishop; not only in the parishes as well as in areas such as catechesis, youth work or visiting the sick, prisoners...

Certains de ces animateurs pastoraux sont benevoles, d'autres doivent etre remuneres, mais tous doivent etre formes. C'est pour couvrir ces frais, qu'est constitue le fonds pour les animateurs pastoraux, et donc la collecte de ces 7 & 8 fevrier."
Some of the pastoral workers are voluntary, others must be paid, but all must be educated. It is to cover these costs that make up the funds for the pastoral workers that a collection will be made....



"That they should have life and have it in abundance".

Archdiocese Says Churches and Schools Face Closing - New York Times

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Mr. Zwilling, the spokesman for the New York archdiocese, emphasized that nothing has been made final yet.

"It's still a process and it's still somewhat fluid, but people are interested in knowing where we stand at this point."

So the usual appalling standards of openess and consultation.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Aachen.

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Church of St Lutgardis, Tongeren, Belgium

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built in 1949 through the devotion of the parish priest, Father Engelbos.



20 years later, just after the Second Vatican Council this Church was also built in Tongeren (Ketsingen). Something had gone very wrong.

Churches become DreamRooms

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in the Diocese of Aachen in their desparation. Have they totally forgotten the Gospel? Jesus told no-one to dream-on. But this is the Diocese of the Bishop of Aachen who once said "God is not Catholic". I don't think he will be able to persuade St Peter at the gate of heaven of this nonsense.


The same Church, Wednesday night. Not one man, young or old could be found in the whole Diocese of Aachen to serve Mass (there were quite a few in the congregation). The priest referred four times to "dear assembled congregation" (behind which is the protestant idea that the worthiness or otherwise of the congregation determines whether Christ is present) and with great show gave Communion in both kinds to the server before the congregation even moved, to prove that he thought that she should be ordained. A week previous we attended Compline- lead by two layman and a laywoman- one of the laymen read the Gospel from the altar during Compline (?) and everyone remained seated. Aachen was once renowned as a fortress of Catholicism in Germany and earlier as the seat of the Holy Roman Empire.

Washing day is here

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in the (former) Jesuit Church Art Gallery- Kunsthalle Jesuitenkirche

How one closes a Church

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the last visitors will be the bulldozers.

Auxilliary Bishop Grave "We are giving up the Church...but we are not giving up our Faith." Complacent evangelist: how many people wil never come into contact with the Catholic Faith when this Church has been closed.

Spanish devotions

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very comprehensive site which sadly does not distinguish the indulgenced prayers and includes the "Mysteries of Light" which do not appear to have been properly indulgenced when they were promulgated. Any evidence either way for the latter would be gratefully received.

Calling all students

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to fightback for the Faith.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Lost the Plot

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The Priest in charge of youth work in Vienna.


Being a little crazy is not good,


but much worse, he clearly has no veneration for the Sacrifice of the Mass.


To such a man has the Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna entrusted the pastoral care of young people.

Heiliggeist- Holy Ghost

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the oldest hospital Church in Europe now a restaurant and beer garden. Weep!

Christ the King

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outside Mechelen Cathedral. A symbol for the ruination of the Belgium Church. This piece of ground is now tidied up but the Belgium Church remains a devastated vineyard.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Strange blue light

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emitted from altar. Some Catholics now share the "religion of personal feeling" with the protestants. The lights, dance, action of modern religion often blocks grace.

And where's that in the Bible?

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People made cold winters warm.

Hotel Aquino

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The Catholic Conference Centre!

House of Lords

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banishes Blessed Claude de La Columbiere from England.

"'Upon Report made from the Lords Committees appointed to examine Persons for the Discovery of the horrid Design against His Majesty's Person and Government, That, upon the Examinations of Olivier Du Fiquet and Francis Verdier, taken upon Oath, it appeareth That La Colombiere (a Jesuit, and Preacher to the Dutchess), now Prisoner in The King's Bench, hath held frequent and long Communications with Mr. Coleman, and hath great Correspondence with Father Le Cheese, and with Cardinal Bouillon; and that he hath endeavoured to pervert the said Olivier Du Fiquet and Francis Verdier, and others, to the Popish Religion, using Arguments of a dangerous Nature for that Purpose, and hath in his Chamber received many Abjurations of Persons as well French as English; and that he hath secretly sent Priests into Virginia, of whom Maccarty an Irish Priest was One: All which Matters being of dangerous Consequence, and in Opposition to the Peace and Government of this Kingdom; it is thereupon ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, That the Lords with White Staves do attend His Majesty, humbly to desire Him from this House, That His Majesty will be pleased to give Order, that the said La Colombiere may be banished out of this Kingdom, and all other His Majesty's Territories and Dominions wheresoever.'"

Berlin Church of Mary, Queen of the World to close.

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Bhuddists show an interest.

122 Churches to close in the Ruhr Area in Germany

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Full report from last year including video.

Food and culinary centre

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The former Royal Benedictine Abbey of the Forest near Brussels, which was established for widows of crusaders to pursue the religious life, destroyed by fire in 1764, never revived because of the French Revolution, now a location for sculptural metaphors.


Like Mickey Mouse. A metaphor but not in the sense that the artist intends.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

2nd Cathcon Caption Competition

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The new Bishop of Linz and friends.

Closing date midnight, last day of March. A biography of a saint will be given as a prize.

1st Cathcon Caption Competition

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The winner is DCS over on Angelqueen.

"I think it was a mistake to invite the Anglican bishops. While I like their feathered miters, I can't help but think their vestments are a little revealing. Let's look stoic and pretend we don't notice."

Judge's (my) decision is final! The Michael Davies book on the Rising in the Vendee in France to the victor.
Published by The Remnant

My apologies for the lateness of the annoucement. A terrible week.

Slow vandalisation.

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The Church of St Arnulf in Trier until 1954.


Until 1972


Today.


The decorators forgot to take their ladder away. Parish Festival 2004.
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Modern Catholics doing Carnival in a parish in Germany.

The X-Fest

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or what passes for pastoral care of youth in Austria.


Devotion to Our Lady


Competing with the rock band


A Dominican.


Leads prayers.


But not for very long- don't want to interrupt the party spirit of Vatican II.