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Friday, September 28, 2007

Pious readers of Cathcon should sit down immediately

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or they may faint with anger in Buchrain, Switzerland.

This is a Catholic Church.
This is the ugliest Church that I have ever seen.
Has anyone seen worse?


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Ecclesiastical buildings

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sold off:

"The Czech Republic's predominant Catholic Church has been forced to sell properties at vastly reduced prices in an effort to cope with falling attendance, writes Jonathan Luxmoore. 'We simply don't have the money to keep them,' explained Martin Horalek, spokesman for the Prague-based bishops' conference, whose Church saw its membership drop from 41 to 27 per cent of the 10.2 million-strong population between 1991 and 2001. 'Some priests are spending most of the time just maintaining their churches,' Mr Horalek said. The Church had been compelled to offer cut prices to private buyers, since most buildings required extensive investment"

Solemn Joy

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Latin Mass celebrated in Sleepy Hollow

"Joanne Riccoboni, 43, of Brewster attends the Mass regularly with her husband, Gene, and their four children. Like many of the women there, she wore a lace mantilla. She recalled how she felt when she first attended a traditional Latin Mass as an adult. 'Tears just filled my eyes, and I had goose bumps all over,' she said. 'I had been away from Mass for a long time, and it brought me back. I just felt at home again.'"

A Redemptorist priest writes

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Who asks his identity to be withheld.
Once again I write with sadness about a Redemptorist Church with a great history that has lost it's focus. The Parish of St. Alphonsus in St. Louis, MO was one of the greatest of all Redemptorist Parishes in the US. How those holy priests and brothers who labored to build the church and parish dedicated to their founder would feel seeing this video clip I cannot imagine. It saddens me that we have lost the vision of St. Alphonsus and the zeal of St. Clement Hofbauer as exemplified by what takes place in so many of our churches and missions.

From "the Rock," so named because of it's granite walls, countless missionaries went throughout the Midwest preaching parish missions and instilling in people devotion to the Crib, the Cross, the Sacrament, and to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. It was at this church that the "perpetual novena" to Our Lady of Perpetual Help got its start in the United States, spreading throughout the country and the world. From this great heritage I cannot see how such a travesty could occur, but it does over and over again. If only the rule had been kept as given us by our holy founder!

It is tragic the this great monument to St. Alphonsus was struck by lightening and burned, but it is more tragic that it was turned into a dance hall where, rather than worshipping God, people go for a show on Sunday morning. Perhaps it is better that the lightening struck. Unfortunately, when rebuilt, I doubt it will be any better.

If you wish to publish my comments, please do so. But I ask that you withhold my name. It would have serious consequences for me.

May Our Mother of Perpetual Help guide you always


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Having done all they can to restrict access to the Latin Mass

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German Bishops now say in the communique of the Bishops Conference

"In most German dioceses, with permission of the Diocesan Bishop, Tridentine Masses took place on Sundays and weekdays even before the new Motu Proprio. An survey in the last year showed that the need is to a large extent covered."

But importantly following

Therefore the Liturgy Commission has decided in the past year that the framework theme for the years 2006 to 2011 will be a working emphasis on Ars celebrandi (from the Latin = „the art of correctly celebrating “). A multiplicity of measures is to contribute to the strengthening of positive developments and correct problematic tendencies.

So even the German Bishops' Conference can head in the right direction, if it puts it mind to it. At last they recognise, they have a problem.

Archdiocese steps in

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to halt revue at former church

"The St. Louis Archdiocese on Thursday blocked the first public performance of 'Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll' at the Ivory Theatre, saying the edgy musical revue doesn't belong in the former church. St. Louis Circuit Judge Philip D. Heagney issued a temporary restraining order Thursday and scheduled a hearing today to consider making the order permanent. The Carondelet theater was previously the St. Boniface Catholic Church before the church was closed in 2005 and sold to developers. One of the conditions of that sale prohibits shows aimed at 'an adult audience rather than the general public.' The archdiocese took action, in part, after seeing advertisements for the show."

See earlier Cathcon post.

Guidelines of the German Bishops for the Traditional Latin Mass

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Many thanks to the ever-excellent Kreuz.net

Official document


Cathcon translation of the restricting Guidelines (see rorate-caeli), also for more comments.

Today the German Bishops’ Conference – “Exercising its authority and responsibility for the Liturgy “- published Guidelines on the Motu Proprio `Summorum Pontificum'.

1.
The possibility for the celebration of Mass in the extraordinary form must be carried forward under the leadership of the Bishop by the principle of harmony between the interests and well-being of the Faithful making the request and the orderly care of souls. The permission of the extraordinary form may not reinforce existing tensions or cause new division (see Summorum Pontificum Article 5 § 1).

2
The ordinary form of the celebration of Mass is using the Missale Romanum 1970 (in the version of the Editio typica tertia 2002 and - up to the appearance of the German issue of the 3rd Edition - `the Missal for the Dioceses of the German speaking areas' 2. 1988 Edition). For the extraordinary form of the celebration of Mass, the Missale Romanum 1962 (e.g. Editio juxta typicam Regensburg 1962, with Diocesan propers ) is to be used (see Summorum Pontificum Article 1).

3
The Parish Mass is to be celebrated in the ordinary form. On Sundays, one Mass in the extraordinary form, in addition can 0be celebrated, not however replacing the Mass in the ordinary form (see Summorum Pontificum Article 5 § 2).

4
The request for permission (in accordance with Summorum Pontificum Article 5 § 1) by groups of laymen (see Summorum Pontificum Article 7) can be made to the Parish Priest within a Parish and/or within a Parish organisation or a pastoral unit (Cathcon note- several parishes united together), which is the responsibility of a Parish Priest. If groups, however, consist of members of different Parishes and/or a Parish organisations or pastoral units, the request is to be addressed to the Diocesan bishop.

5
About the kind and size of the groups making the request, nothing is laid down, in order to be able to respond to the local conditions appropriately.

6
The necessary suitability of the priests for the celebration in the extraordinary form of the rite (see SP Article 5 § 4) is covered by the following requirements:

- General suitability, which each priest must possess;

- Acceptance of the whole liturgy of the Church in their ordinary and extraordinary forms (see accompanying letters of Pope Benedict XVI.);

- Familiarity with the extraordinary form of the Rite;

- Understanding of Latin .

The Diocesan Bishops will make, as required, provision available for continuing and further training for the acquisition of the familiarity with the extraordinary form of the Rite and for the acquisition of the necessary understanding of the Latin language.

7
The Parish Priest and/or Rector of a Church is not obliged, even if he possesses the suitability, to celebrate the Missale Romanum 1962. If he believes because of official burdens or for personal reasons that he is unable to meet the wishes of the Faithful, he should turn to the Diocesan bishop. The right of the Faithful in this matter (Summorum Pontificum Article 7) remains unaffected .

8
The Calendar and order of readings of the Missale Romanum 1962 should be used for the celebration of Mass in the extraordinary form 1962. Attention should be given to the already announced extensions after a period of time of the Calender through the Ecclesia Dei Commission..

For the reading of the readings in the vernacular (see Summorum Pontificum Article 6) the Perikopes are to be extracted from the recognised lectionary of the Missal for the Dioceses of the German speaking areas of 1988. Alternatively, the Schott of 1962 (Cathcon note- the almost universal standard of the Missal of 1962) can be used.

9. The German Diocesan Bishops will make no use until further notice of
the right to the establish of Personal parishes for the celebration of the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite (Summorum Pontificum Article 10)

10
As the basis the report envisaged after three years over the experiences with the regulations of the Motu Proprio (see Accompanying Letter of Pope Benedict XVI.) the Parish Priest and/or the Rector, if he gives permission for the Mass celebration in the extraordinary form in his Parish and/or Church must make a report to the Diocesan Bishop.

Parish Priests and Rectors, in whose Parishes and/or Churches Mass celebrations in the extraordinary form take place, must inform the Diocesan Bishops on a continuous basis about any development.