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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Animals also welcome to Church in Austria

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provided they have won an award at the local county show and they come properly dressed, with the correct headgear.

Animals can and should be blessed but outside the Church.

Germany marches off again on the road to hell

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On the German ARD TV channel tonight, there is a "discussion" of euthanasia. Except they carelessly forgot to invite anyone who is opposed.



Someone who is mentally handicapped costs the community 60000 Reichmarks during their lifetime. Comrades of the people, that is also your money.

Of your charity, pray for the repose of the soul of two victims bearing the same surname as my wife, as well as many others who died in Hartheim. One cannot be convinced of how seriously Austrians have confronted their past, when one finds the cafe is called "Lebenswert" "Worthy of Life or Human Value", in contrast to the Lebensunwertes Leben Life unworthy of Life as it was judged by the Nazis.

Horrifyingly, an Albert Gillibrand was a member of the British Eugenics Society in 1932.

If every Mass was a LifeTeen Mass

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It was said by someone that Matt Maher would write the hymnal. Here he can be heard introducing the world to the doctrine of sufficient grace. Sure loud enough for heaven to hear.

How big must a group be for the Latin Mass?

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Translation from the ever-excellent kreuz.net – Wie groß muß die Gruppe sein?

A prerequisite for the request for the old Mass is the existence of a "fixed group of believers." The German Bishops are attempting to use this point against the Motu proprio 'Summorum Pontificum'.

The latest edition of the German theological journal 'Una Voce Correspondence' has published an article with the title "A Canonical Note on " Summorum Pontificum "and its practical implementation".

The author is the Right Revd. Father Wolfgang Rothe, Canon Lawyer and former Subregens of the Seminary of St. Pölten.

The paper deals with the question of how big a group of believers must be to request the old Mass, or whether such a group needs to be of a particular size.

Father Rothe also raises the problem, as to what is to be understood by the phrase "enduring existance" of this group.

Comparisons from the church law

The author notes that the term used "fixed group of believers" is vague. This finds expression in church law in different contexts:

• Canon 545, para 2 speaks of a " certain group of the Christian faithful of the parish [christifidelium coetu] ", for which given special pastoral concerns, a separate parochial vicar can be assigned.

• church rectors may according to Canon 560 of church law be instructed to open their churches to "certain groups of the Christian faithful [christifidelium coetibus], to conduct liturgical celebrations there."

• For a particular group of the Christian faithful [coetus christifidelium] a special chaplain may be appointed, in accordance with Canon 564,.

Father Rothe noted that in the canons cited, as in 'Summorum Pontificum', a group apparently is meant that exists within a parish without a fixed form - "this is neither legally laid down nor can be precisely delineated."

It is dealt with not as an association, but merely as a kind of group with common beliefs or in particular need:

"Their durability is not measured by the total number of their believers consciously belonging nor by the specific, actual composition dependant on the grounds for association, but simply on their actual existence" - says Father Rothe.

Three members

As to the size of this group, Father Rothe says:

"Neither in the Apostolic Letter" Summorum Pontificum "or even in the Codex Iuris Canonici is a minimum number indicated, as of a majority of believers, the group is a quality and the resultant rights take over, where it is pertinent to recur to the general legal principle, which reads: "Tres faciunt collegium" - German: A group consists of (at least) three (people). "

Because this group is neither an association nor any other legally ascertainable grouping, no other conditions can be made of the people involved, before permanent membership of this group is determined.

Of significance is merely that - at least permanently-three people together attend a celebration according to the old Rite.

If that is the case and the subsequent practice is not the opposite, the Papal condition for the use of the 62 Missal has been met:

"Whether it is always the same people or not, is irrelevant to the sustainability of the group."

Criticism of Augsburg implementation rules


Accordingly, Father Rothe criticised the implementing provisions of the Bishop of Augsburg. This demands a minimum number of 25 believers for a celebration of the old Mass.

This would have significantly reduced the opportunities provided by the Motu Proprio.

That is not only unacceptable, but it appears from an examination of Canon 33 para 1 also that the implementing rules-at least as far as the required minimum number is concerned, have no legal force.

They should therefore neither be followed nor should they be cited by any ecclesiastical authority.
Cathcon note
The new "Gospel" of the German Bishops - whenever 25 or more are gathered in my name, we shall check their identity cards to make sure that they are from the parish and that they were here last week!

Translation of St Padre Pio?

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Row over remains of Italy's favourite saint

Justice, now and forever

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Cardinal Lehmann's Mass for the First Sunday of Advent. About 18 minutes in there is a Creed the like of which you will have never heard.



And certainly, no altar frontal exists to such a pattern in the entire world.

Hard Hat Mass

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Catholic youth down a mine, but can you get them into Church?

But it the only way to get heads covered at Mass these days.