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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Gloria in Excelsis Deo

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Bavarian Shepherds on the road to Bethlehem

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Blessed Christmas!

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Gesegnetes Weihnachtsfest!
Un Natale Benedetto!
Creciun binecuvîntat!
Святого Рождества!
Swentego Bożego Narodzenia!
Благословен Коледа!
Блаженний Різдва!
Beneïda Nadal!
Bendita Navidad!
Požehnal Vánoce!
Blagoslovljen Božić!
Velsignet jul!
Välsignad jul!
Zalig Kerstmis!
Õnnistatud jõule!
Mapalad Christmas!
Bienheureux Noël!
Ευλογημένος Χριστούγεννα!
אשרי חג המולד!
Áldott karácsonyi ünnepeket!
Berbahagialah Natal!
Sasodīts Ziemassvētkus!
Švč Kalėdų!
BEATU Milied!
Um Natal abençoado!
Благословљен Божић!
کریسمس مبارک!
المبارك عيد الميلاد!
Beannachtai na Nollag!

Christmas under Fire

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Please pray for the US and British troops who are on active service.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Cardinal permits burial of Stalinist, blasphemer and pornographer

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The Eponymous Flower: Cardinal Schönborn Allows Communist Burial Service at Vienna Cathedral

This Sunday an Austrian state-artist, Stalinist, blasphemer and pornographer Alfred Hrdlicka was buried in Vienna.The media hungry vienese Cathedral Priest Anton Faber provided a Catholic burial for the blasphemous artist.What followed was a cabaret act where many of Vienna's leftist politicians came to mourn in the presence of unappealing bronze statues where Father Faber in his solemn black cope read the blessing for the unrepentant Communist and blessed him with holy water as his red lacquered casket was lowered into the ground with a hammer and chisel atop it in place of the traditional crucifix; meanwhile a gypsy choir sang Communist songs predicting the victory of the Red Revolution, which had cost the lives of so many Christiains.It should go without saying that canon law forbids the burial of non-Catholics (Hrdlika was Old Catholic) and unrepentant sinners.The following video shows some of his hideous "artworks" which adorn the Barbara Chapel in the St. Stephens Cathedral in which his funeral service was held, where Fr. Faber announced that "we are hopeful of his eternal life". Perhaps he meant something about posterity? We want to be charitable and not take things out of context after all...


Goodbye Bad Bishops

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A very special Christmas greeting to all the bishops especially in the US who have covered up abuse, closed churches and promoted the most outrageous of non-Catholic theology. They all go together, now time for them to go!

Goodbye and Goodnight and Goodriddance

Friday, December 11, 2009

Stealth Bishop Luise of Linz

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The Diocese of Linz thinks there is no rule that prevents Luise Memersheimer of Eferding dressing up as St Nicholas. 

Turkish hypocrisy over minaret ban in Switzerland

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Your answer is requested -
Cathcon translation of the whole section of Frontal 21, the leading German investigative reporting TV programme- this was broadcast last Tuesday.

Dear Turkish Government, as the Swiss do not want any more new minarets, Switzerland is for you a disgraceful country. Rich Turks say that they will take their assets out of Switzerland and the whole of Europe stigmatises you as fascists. But how tolerant are you in reality, Prime Minister against people who believe differently.

What is the situation for Christians in Turkey ? Can Catholics and Protestants build new churches and silenced new church towers . No Protestants and Catholics are completely not recognised as religious communities in Turkey. Only the Greek Orthodox and the Armenians are. Protestants and Catholics have in your country no rights. They cannot buy any property even less inherit it. They cannot erect new buildings. They cannot employ people. They cannot bring any legal cases. The Turkish authorities closed the last priestly seminary almost forty years ago and as there is a lack of new priests, Christian communities are dying epecially in the Turkish regions. The tiny Christian minority is vilified.

Militant nationalists revile Pope and Patriarch as a double headed snake. Senior Christian clerics, Bishop Padovisa have to fight with bureaucratic chicanery and are thus persecuted. An attack was attempted on the Bishop- since then he only leaves his residence only with someone else to accompany him.

Christians, in your country, Mr Erdogan are being menaced and even killed as in April 2007 in Malazia. In an attack on a bible publisher three Christians tortured were over many hours and finally murdered, among them a German. The perpetrators wanted to give a message to the enemies of Islam, according to the police. The criminal trial is still going on.

Dear Prime Minister, how would you react if the same thing happened to Muslims in Germany and Chancellor Merkel asks you to do more against the intolerance directed towards Christians. Instead, Mr Erdogan, you come to Germany and make clear before thousands of German Turks in Cologne. Assimilation as well as adaptation is a crime against humanity. How do you reconcile this with humanity, with the human rights of Christians in Germany.

And more!

Turkish Pro-EU movement is headquartered in a confiscated Christian building.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Cardinal Danneels not to interfere with successor

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Cathcon advises not to believe quite every word that comes from the Cardinal's lips.

But at least he has said that he won't interfere once the man is appointed but you can bet your bottom dollar he wants to interfere in the identity of his successor.

More soon on each of the Belgian bishops.

Bugnini meets his match in Benedict

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Op Ed in New York Times.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Early Christmas present for the Belgian Faithful, as Cardinal resigns.

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Cardinal Godfried Danneels is eclipsed by the beauty of Christmas

Senior figure of the Catholic Church, respected abroad, Belgian Cardinal will leave his post as Archbishop of Malines-Brussels "after Christmas, the celebration of whose mystery has always fascinated him"

The Advent season is about to begin. Mechelen, nice Flemish town between Brussels and Antwerp and historic seat of the Archbishop of the Belgian capital, adorned for Christmas. In one room of Archbishop's palace used as a waiting room, a large old painting representing St. Augustine bishop crosier in his hand, kneeling before the Virgin and Child.

Cardinal Godfried Danneels could take the same pose. Christmas illuminates the life of the archbishop of Malines-Brussels, ever since. "All the important things in my life happened in December," says the Cardinal who was consecrated bishop a mid-December, there are thirty-two years, and expects that his resignation is accepted by the Pope 'By the end of the year, after Christmas. '

But the attraction to the mystery of the incarnation dates from the infancy of Godfried Danneels. "I was really fascinated by the crib. We had a small Crib on a buffet table. We saw Mary, Joseph, shepherds with a small light in front, "He said in his soft voice. Christmas is my birthday. She takes heart. It is one that moves me most, "he says, almost whispering in the quiet of the small library of the palace, where he receives people.

"The great years of horizontality are past"

"I do not know if we realize what we say in declaring" God became man. " God is so great and man, so small. Saint John in the prologue, makes it even more thought provoking, saying "the Word became flesh", " he cites. At 76 years, these words still dazzle the one who is defined as a "man of the Nativity. His episcopal motto -- Apparuit humanitas Dei nostri - Our God has manifested to all men (Titus 3, 4) is also a quote from the Dawn Mass of Christmas Day.

More soon


Cardinal Danneels to go in January!

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Since my heart problems in 1996, I realised that I was dispensable, since I am convinced that I could easily be replaced by another." said Godfried Danneels, who expects that Pope Benedict XVI will "at the end of the year, after Christmas," accept his resignation as Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, in an interview with French newspaper La Croix.

The cardinal also said in the interview "that he will leave his successor alone."

He will not get bored once he has finished being Archbishop . The cardinal wants more time for prayer, studying Scripture, resting, listening to music, walking in nature, sports and giving conferences and preaching to small retreats.

Translated rapidly from De Standaard

The Pope's brother will be pleased- he after all said that Cardinal Danneels was no longer Catholic.

Report from the devastated vineyard of Cardinal Danneels

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The Motu Proprio in Belgium


0. Introduction
This text is a summary of a report on the implementation of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum in Belgium. A full version of the report makes part of the Una Voce-report that was given to the Pope in November 2009. This report was made by a group of people (laity and clergy) from the different Belgian dioceses.

The situation in Belgium is more difficult and spread out due to the lack of an Una Voce organization like in the Netherlands. In general, the bishops have not undertaken action to implement the Motu Proprio.

From a catholic point of view, the Belgian Catholic Church is seriously ill, it could even be described as terminal. Most seminaries are nearly empty (an exception is the seminary of Namur, Mgr. Léonard, although even there : most seminarians come from outside the diocese and from the neo-catechumenal movement). The situation is most dramatic in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium (dioceses of Mechelen-Brussel, Brugge, Gent, Antwerpen and Hasselt). There are only two seminaries left: Brugge and Leuven. The number of people attending Mass is continuously decreasing and their average age is every year higher. In many parishes there is ‘liturgical anarchy’. In some cities, it is even hard to find a valid Novus Ordo Mass.

The sense and the meaning of a sacrament has almost completely disappeared among the faithful. Several relatively young parish priests (age 40-50) are in crisis and about to leave the ministry. For the dioceses of Brugge and Hasselt, we know of dozens of young priests that resigned the past decennia. It is obvious that the reason of this crisis is a crisis of faith and a lack of real catholic teaching in the seminaries. The last years it occurred frequently that (even recently ordained) priests criticised the Church in public media for having strict rules concerning celibacy, ordination of women etc.

1. The Tradional Latin Mass in Belgium
The traditional Roman liturgy is not a hot topic in the Belgian church. In Flanders it is currently completely suppressed. Most faithful and priests do not even know the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. The bishop of Liège once said: “Rome est loin d’ici”. In the ecclesiastical structures in Belgium, there is an ‘ecclesiastical correctness’: information and decisions that come from Rome are concealed. Priests or lay people have to look themselves through the Internet to stay informed about the World Church. Among diocesan staffs in the whole country there is a strong fear of an “old fashioned Catholicism” coming back. Where faithful have the permission for a Traditional Mass, they are asked not to give publicity to it. That is the case for the monthly Mass in Brugge and for the weekly Mass of the Una Cum association in Brussels. This also applies to the priests of the Servi Jesu et Mariae Congregation that assist occasionally father Van Isacker SJ, who has a daily Traditional Latin Mass in the diocese of Hasselt. In the diocese of Liège the Bishop refused to welcome the Regular Canons of the Mother of God (now in Lagrasse, France), who were planning to settle in the Abbey of Val-Dieu. Several Flemish young men are preparing for the priesthood in an Ecclesia Deicongregation. Also many students at the universities of Gent, Antwerp and Leuven are very interested in the Traditional Latin Mass. Recently a Flemish seminarian of the Servi Jesu et Mariae Congregation was ordained priest. Another one is training for the priesthood. However, up to now, the SJM do not have permission from one of the bishops to work in Belgium. For other ‘Ecclesia Dei’- communities, the Flemish part of Belgium and The Netherlands are difficult because of the language.

The priestly Fraternity St. Pius X in Belgium has 5 locations where Holy Mass is celebrated. Since the Motu Proprio, they also celebrate a Holy Mass twice a month in a little village in the diocese of Brugge.

2. Situation in the Dioceses

a. Mechelen-Brussel
In Brussels, since 2002, with permission of Cardinal Danneels, a weekly Traditional Mass is celebrated by Mgr. Gryson. Also the Fraternity of St. Peter celebrates two Holy Masses a month, in the Minimes parish. The Institute of Christ the King has a school and a daily Holy Mass (weekdays). In Brussels, however, there is ‘competition’ with the Fraternity of St. Pius X. They have a magnificent church, a very active ‘parish life’, daily Holy Mass and their own school.

In Bierbeek (near Leuven): there was a weekly Holy Mass for several years, with permission of the Archdiocese. This permission was withdrawn last year after several problems. And now, priests of the fraternity of St. Pius X are celebrating Mass in the Maranatha-chapel.

Since the Motu Proprio, on a private initiative, there was a monthly Traditional Latin Mass in the parish church of Dongelberg, a rural village between Ottignies and Hoegaarden. Some months ago, the initiative was stopped because of a lack of faithful attending Mass.

Occasional Latin Masses:
1 November 2007, a priest of the Servi Jesu et Mariae Congregation celebrated a Holy Mass at the Christus Sacerdos Chapel in Maleizen (+- 400 people attended this Mass, very positive reactions)
11 October 2009, Fr. Verbeken SJM celebrated his First Holy Mass in Mollem (Asse, near Brussels). Also 400 faithful attended Mass. At the Catholic University of Leuven, several students are interested in a weekly of monthly Traditional Latin Mass. However, up to now, Holy Masses are celebrated only occasionally.
b. Brugge
In 2007 some young people founded the Mysterium Fidei association, in order to promote the Traditional Latin Mass. The first year, 3 Masses were celebrated in the Basilica of the Holy Blood in Brugge. Since September 2008 there is a monthly Holy Mass, celebrated by a priest of the Fraternity of St. Peter.

To achieve this, all was done to have a good relation with the responsible persons: the rector of the Basilica and the vicar of the diocese. They were very friendly, but did not want to ‘promote’ the initiative. So it is not possible to advertise it and the Mass has to be celebrated outside of opening times. Every month between 25 and 50 people are attending mass, 1/3 of them are young people (in the ordinary Masses, one will see rarely young people). The Mass is also known by tourists visiting Brugge.

We know of at least is one priest in the diocese that celebrates a Traditional Latin Mass occasionally in private. There are also some priests interested to learn it, but it’s difficult to find someone that can train them. Besides that, they have to be very cautious because of the reactions of other priests or parish assistants.
c. Gent
In the Gent diocese there is no frequent Traditional Latin Mass (except the weekly Holy Mass celebrated by the FSSPX in the city of Gent).

There is an annual Christmas midnight Mass in Oostakker (near Gent, celebrated by Fr. Van de Kerkhove).At the University of Ghent, there is a catholic student association. Fr. Van de Kerkhove is their chaplain and occasionally celebrates a Traditional Mass for the students. Now, there is an initiative to start with a monthly Traditional Mass for students (talks with the fraternity of St. Peter are going on).

There has also been an initiative by Mysterium Fidei in the Gent diocese. In Zele there was a unique mass to celebrate 1200 years of St Liudger with permission of the local dean and in cooperation with the SJM. There are still talks of turning this into an annual event. We know also at least two priests that celebrate occasionally a Traditional Latin Mass in private.
d. Antwerpen
Since the Motu Proprio, Fr. Vandervoort is celebrating a Traditional Latin Mass every day in the Foyer de Charité (Marthe Robin) in Brasschaat(Antwerpen). Fr. Vandervoort has a bad reputation in the diocese of Antwerpen, because of his strong catholic position. Mgr. Vanden Berghe discharged him. Although he appealed to Rome against this decision, and won his case, he was not rehabilitated in the diocese.

In July, 2008 some catholic families asked for a monthly Traditional Mass. Mgr. de Maere, pastor of the St. James church in the city of Antwerpen, granted their request. Fr. Van de Kerkhove celebrates the monthly Mass. However, the number of faithful attending Mass is not so big (+- 20). In Antwerpen there is also ‘competition’ with a very active FSSPX ‘parish’.

The Servi Jesu et Mariae Congregation has asked the new bishop of Antwerpen, Mgr. Johan Bonny, the permission to start their working in the diocese. The permission was refused.
e. Hasselt
In Niel bij As, there is a daily Traditional Latin Mass, celebrated by Fr. Van Isacker SJ (96 years). Given his age, the future of this chapel is uncertain.
In the Basilica of Kortenbos (St.-Truiden), Fr. Michiels o. praem.celebrates a weekly Mass (since the Motu proprio).
f. Liège
The diocese of Liège is largely French speaking, with a small German speaking population, consisting in just one deanship. Places where the Traditional Mass is celebrated regularly: At the chapel of Bavière, a former hospital chapel: three times a week and on Sunday. In Liège, in the Saint-Sacrement church, at the biggest avenue of the city: every Sunday. At the Saint Lambert Chapel in Verviers: since 35 years, offered every Sunday and on feast days.
In Tancrémont (near Banneux): every Wednesday, every first Friday and first Saturday.
In Herstal, the Fraternity of St. Peter manages a chapel.
We know of a young priest that was appointed as a parish priest recently and has already stated that he wanted to celebrate the extraordinary form in his parishes once a month.
Problems:
In the German speaking area of the diocese, no Traditional Latin Mass is celebrated, except a Sedevacantist mass. No alternative has been offered by the bishop to faithful attached to traditional Mass. In Malmedy, a group faithful asked their parish priest for a Mass according the traditional liturgy. The priest rejected this. The faithful went to the bishop, Mgr.Jousten, – according to the directions of the Motu proprio – who in turn also refused.

At the Shrine of Banneux, in the summer of 2008, there was a question from a pilgrimage group to have the extraordinary form. While all other masses are announced at the entrance of the Sanctuary (even Maronites, Orthodox or Copts can celebrate their liturgy in the Sanctuary, which is also announced everywhere), this was not done for the extraordinary form.
g. Namur
The Benelux provincial house of the Fraternity of St. Peter is based in Namur. Among the Belgian bishops, Mgr. Léonard is most open to the extraordinary form (occasionally he celebrates the Traditional Latin Mass in their chapel and in 2007 he ordained priests for the fraternity of St. Peter in Wigratzbad). Since the motu proprio, however, little has changed in favour of the Traditional Mass. The willingness to admit other traditional congregations, especially the more contemplative ones (e.g. the monks of Le Barroux once asked it), is low. There are no other priests in the diocese celebrating the Traditional Mass. At least three young priests would want to do it, but not risk it because of the ‘intellectual terror’ of their deans.The FSSP has his own chapel (St. Thérèse) in Namur, where Mass is celebrated every Sunday Mass. On weekdays, they celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass in the cathedral of Namur.
At the Shrine of Beauraing, occasionally a Traditional Latin Mass is celebrated.
h. Tournai
In the past, Mgr. Harpigny has celebrated the extraordinary form occasionally. Because of that, there was a huge opposition of his diocese staff members. Two Traditional Masses are permitted in the diocese, but with the interdiction the advertise it.
There is a daily Latin Mass in Havré, offered by a priest of the Institute Christ the King.
In Bramenil, every Sunday and feast day there is a Latin Mass, celebrated by a priest of the Institute.
3. Summary
Since the motu proprio, all initiatives in Belgium come from laity people or individual priests. In general, the bishops do not take initiative to implement the motu proprio. Priests who would like to celebrate in the extraordinary form, are isolated. They don’t know enough faithful that would support it, or they think people are not interested. They are also afraid of the reactions of other clergy. For young priests it’s very difficult to learn the traditional rite.

In Flanders, the Mysterium Fidei group is today the only active laity organization concerned with the extraordinary form. They have succeeded in establishing a monthly mass in the Basilica of the Holy Blood in Brugge, in cooperation with the FSSP. They support also the private initiative of the monthly Mass in the St.
James Church in Antwerpen and other occasional Latin Masses. The bishops, especially in Flanders, are very reluctant towards the extraordinary form, arguing that the faithful are not interested. The Flemish seminaries have a problem in attracting young men to become priests. It is known that seminarians are not introduced to the extraordinary form. Flemish men that went abroad (mostly to The Netherlands) to become a priest, do not receive permission to come back. Also for foreign congregations – even congregations that are not ‘traditionalistic’ at all - it is very difficult to get the permission to start their apostolate in Flanders.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Don't turn our churches into nightclubs, urges Vatican

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The Vatican on Thursday warned Italy's bishops against letting deserted churches be transformed into nightclubs if the decision was taken to sell the places of worship.

Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, the Vatican's new culture commissar, urged "the greatest caution" after announcing that Roman Catholic churches with few worshippers could be sold off.

He gave the example of a church in Hungary which was "transformed into a nightclub and where striptease took place on the altar."

The archbishop, who is president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, said dwindling numbers of worshippers at some churches meant it now made sense to sell, or even destroy, the buildings.

"Faced with falling number of worshippers, a phenomenon which we are also unfortunately witnessing in the centre of Rome, churches without any artistic value and which need significant work can be sold or destroyed," he told reporters.

Italian bishops' groups would be responsible for deciding whether the sites should be sold, said Ravasi, adding each case would be separately assessed.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Sad farewell to St Patrick's

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from the North West Evening Mail

A SMALL knot of people had gathered around the church font in the warmth of St Patrick’s.

Outside the weather had been horrible as rain had lashed down incessantly, only easing as the long forks of night had enveloped the community.

The font at St Pat’s may have been modified over the years but the symbol of a new beginning is still a main focal point in the church.

Some present had been baptised in St Pat’s, made their first Holy Communion and even married there. All had been faithful to the parish for many years.

Earlier this year it was announced St Pat’s, built in 1933, was going to close – the end of an era for a church that was once the very heart of the Barrow Island Catholic community.

Sadly there was little option – falling congregations and a shortage of priests has eventually led to its demise.

The parish was formed 123 years ago and early worshippers attended a tin-built church.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

O Valiant Hearts

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O valiant hearts who to your glory came
Through dust of conflict and through battle flame;
Tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved,
Your memory hallowed in the land you loved.

Proudly you gathered, rank on rank, to war
As who had heard Gods message from afar;
All you had hoped for, all you had, you gave,
To save mankind—yourselves you scorned to save.

Splendid you passed, the great surrender made;
Into the light that nevermore shall fade;
Deep your contentment in that blest abode,
Who wait the last clear trumpet call of God.

Long years ago, as earth lay dark and still,
Rose a loud cry upon a lonely hill,
While in the frailty of our human clay,
Christ, our Redeemer, passed the self same way.

Still stands His Cross from that dread hour to this,
Like some bright star above the dark abyss;
Still, through the veil, the Victors pitying eyes
Look down to bless our lesser Calvaries.

These were His servants, in His steps they trod,
Following through death the martyred Son of God:
Victor, He rose; victorious too shall rise
They who have drunk His cup of sacrifice.

O risen Lord, O Shepherd of our dead,
Whose cross has bought them and Whose staff has led,
In glorious hope their proud and sorrowing land
Commits her children to Thy gracious hand.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Head of the Protestant Church in Germany- soon to be retired.

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Priest invites all to his own funeral Mass

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Zu wenig Kirchgänger: Pfarrer lädt Schäfchen zu seinem Begräbnis ein

Too few churchgoers: Parish priest invites flock to his own funeral.

In April, an Italian priest in the earthquake-devastated Abruzzi area of Tempera has posted placards, announcing his death and the funeral. Thus the minister wants to move the faithful to attend the show.

"I wanted to shake people out of their sleep. The Catholic community should keep together, until the earthquake-damaged church is restored," said the priest, Giovanni Gatto.

Since fewer and fewer people visited Mass, Father Gatto decided on his unorthodox initiative. "I wanted to attract the attention of the community and warn of the danger that the community breaks up after the earthquake," said the priest, according to Italian media on Tuesday.

More and more priests in Italy have to deal with the problem of empty churches. A Northern Italian priest last year went on hunger strike for three days to protest against his empty church. To bring people closer to the faith, the Roman priest Paolo Lojudice has begun to celebrate Sunday Mass in a large shopping center on the outskirts of the Eternal City.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Complete with chapel- amazing house for sale in South of France

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This dream home desperately in need of Catholic ownership to keep the chapel open and the presbytery in a good state of repair.  email me gillibrand@belgacom.net  or telephone 0032 2503 4200 if you are interested- 552000 euro.  Joint ownership also possible depending on others interested.

The main (oldest and nicest) part of the house is two storey with kitchen, dining room and drawing room on the ground floor and two bedrooms and two bathrooms on the first floor. There are two wings (making a three sided front courtyard). Each wing is made up of three rooms and a bathroom. There are many sets of French doors in the house so that both wings could be made self-contained.




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Is this the new Auxilliary Bishop in Linz?

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Reports have been flying around but there have been firm denials that Father Gmeiner now has been given the poisoned chalice.

Bishop Williamson faces fine of 12000 euros

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More soon.

Cardinal Re's power constrained

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kathweb Nachrichten .:. Katholische Presseagentur Österreich


Vatican City, 17.10.2009 (KAP) Curial Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera and the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke appointed new members of the Congregation for Bishops by the Pope, the Vatican announced on Saturday. Both are thus under the direction of Cardinal Prefect Giovanni Battista Re responsible for the care of over 4,800 bishops, especially as far as personnel decisions are concerned.

Canizares was appointed in December last year from leading the Archdiocese of Toledo, Spain to be head of the Roman Congregation for Divine Worship. The U.S. jurist Burke, formerly Archbishop of Saint Louis, has been from June 2008 Prefect of the Vatican's highest appeals court, the Apostolic Signatura.

Will the Anglicans explode or implode?

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Women clergy could leave Church of England if plans to resrict powers approved -Times Online

If the Church of England was a chemical process, it would be an unstable disequilibrium, whose final outcome, if any was completely unknown except that it can be described as catastrophic.

How many Anglicans are now saying, I sure hope there is religious life out there, because there is none in our church?  Thank you to Python- although language has been cleaned up.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Indictment of Bishop Williamson sought

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Prosecutors seek summary fine

Regensburg, Germany - Richard Williamson, a British-born Catholic fundamentalist clergyman who has claimed the Nazis had no Holocaust gas chambers, may face a summary fine in Germany, a judge disclosed Thursday.

In Germany, denying the Holocaust is a hate crime. If Williamson accepts the fine as a penalty for sedition, he would not have to appear in court.

Johann Ploed, a judge in the city of Regensburg, declined to say what the penalty would be, but said, 'It would likely be a fine.' The prosecutors had applied Wednesday for the fine, but only judges can order it. They needed a week to review the case, he said.

Pope Benedict XVI repealed in January the excommunication of Williamson, who has been consecrated a bishop by his own Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX). Williamson's anti-Holocaust remarks on German soil to a Swedish interviewer became public knowledge soon after.

Speaking late last year, Williamson, 69, alleged that the Nazi gas chambers had never existed, and 'only 200,000 to 300,000 Jews' had been killed by the Nazis. He was speaking at an SSPX seminary near Regensburg.

Williamson has said through his lawyer that he was assured his remarks would not be broadcast in Germany, but only in Sweden, a nation where there is no law against Holocaust denial.

A Munich newspaper, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, said the prosecutors had received a letter from the Swedish television producers in which they denied offering any assurance to Williamson that the interview, conducted in English, would be broadcast in Sweden only.

Presiding judge Ploed said that since Williamson does not live in Germany, any summary fine could be served on his attorney instead.

Williamson's remarks outraged many Catholics and Jews, and led to criticism of the Vatican reconciliation with the SSPX splinter group.

Historical research using population data suggests between 5 million and 6 million European Jews were killed by privation and violence during the Second World War. The Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem estimates it has names of up to 4 million.

They met their deaths in different ways. Hundreds of thousands of Jews were 'exterminated' with gas at Auschwitz death camp.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Ecumenical movement crashes and burns in Germany

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Worst case scenario for ecumenism
Catholics criticise church document

The Catholic Bishops' Conference described the internal German Protestant Church (EKD) paper with the criticism of Archbishop Zollitsch as containing "harsh sentences". The EKD is called upon to clarify the matter.

The paper on the situation of the Catholic Church published by the Internal information service of the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD) has kicked up a powerful dust storm. The publication was like a "total meltdown," it was said in circles that are close to the ecumenical movement, but who however want to remain anonymous. The letter which judges the Catholic Church in an arrogant and derogatory manner, is dangerous to the "ecumenical climate", especially in view of the approaching Ecumenical Church Council in spring 2010 in Munich. The Catholic German Bishops' Conference called on the EKD to clarify the matter.


Upper Consistory Member Thies Gundlach, one of the key leaders in the EKD-management team of the religious affairs office analysed in a six-page internal memorandum in June, the situation of the Catholic Church. In it he wrote, among other things, about the chairman of the Bishops' Conference, the Archbishop of Freiburg Robert Zollitsch, "A guiding and formative power does not emanate from him." or: "Like a punch-drunk fighter, the Catholic Church fluctuates between open gestures and unclear demarcations between ecumenical openings and self-profiling demarcation."

The spokesman for the bishops' conference, Matthias Kopp, commented on only two sentences in the EKD paper, - and they are about church relations and the sensitive field of ecumenism so clearly to demonstrate the anger of Catholics about the letter: "These are harsh sentences "Kopp said "We believe that the Protestant side should clarify this matter as soon as possible and seek to talk."

Protestant ecumenical circles that want to remain anonymous commented with horror on the "explosive power" of Gundlach's letter: "This is not just any paper." Gundlach who is reputed to have ambitions to be a bishop in the EKD counts as one of the chief thinkers of the EKD, as the third most powerful person in the central body of the church and possible successor to Hermann Barth, who heads the office until next year.

The EKD paper raises a shadow over the Second Ecumenical Church Assembly in May 2010,. The organisers had hoped that the confusion which came over the ecumenical movement, especially after the publication of the controversial Pope's letter "Dominus Jesus" in 2000 would be then forgotten. Now, however, that the Protestant side has caused raised eyebrows this will not be easy.

Cathcon
In another part of the document, it says that the only time Archbishop Zollitsch spoke clearly was about the SSPX!!!

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

All over Europe the bells of churches rang out for so great a victory

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Cardinal Meisner refuses permission for FSSP in Cologne

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Only goes to show the road that the traditional movement still has to travel when the most conservative prelate in Germany and the one closest to the Pope does not regard this as a formality.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Case against Bishop Williamson bursts into life

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Ermittlungen gegen Pius-Bischof kommen voran - München - München - Bild.de

Investigations against SSPX Bishop progressing

After months of cliffhanging, the investigation into the controversial Bishop and Holocaust denier Richard Williamson is progressing again. According to the Regensburg Prosecutor's Office on Monday, the case now has before them a declaration of a Swedish television company. A reporter from Sweden interviewed last year, the bishop of the ultra-conservative SSPX. Williamson had forcibly relativised the mass murder of Jews. Because of legal issues, a journalist in Sweden could not so far be questioned. Now, the investigators are examining the new letter.

From Disco Dancing Concelebrating Priests, Good Lord deliver us!

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"Mass" at Plobsheim, France, Pentecost 2009 from Donald Jenkins on Vimeo.


Hat tip of hat tips

Friday, October 02, 2009

The Irish Constitution opens

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In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, from Whom is all authority and to Whom, as our final end, all actions both of men and States must be referred,

We, the people of Éire,

Humbly acknowledging all our obligations to our Divine Lord, Jesus Christ, Who sustained our fathers through centuries of trial,

Gratefully remembering their heroic and unremitting struggle to regain the rightful independence of our Nation,
And seeking to promote the common good, with due observance of Prudence, Justice and Charity, so that the dignity and freedom of the individual may be assured, true social order attained, the unity of our country restored, and concord established with other nations,

Do hereby adopt, enact, and give to ourselves this Constitution.

This is Catholic!

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What was Bishop Fellay doing in Rome on 25 September?

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When he was sited on St Peter's Square.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Not for the first time in history, Catholic Gillibrand advised to stay in exile for own safety!

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"Sir - Out of regard for his safety, I would counsel Christopher Gillibrand (Letters, July 19) to remain in Brussels for a while, for wives all over Britain will not take kindly to his view that they are 'a distraction'.

Throughout my 39 years as a priest in the Church of England, my wife has been a source of 'society, help and comfort' not only for me, but also for the countless people I have served. Indeed, while I retired from the parochial ministry last year, she still visits my former parishioners, because they have become her friends.

Explicit holiness doesn't come into it. Blinkers off, Mr Gillibrand: priests' wives have a caring and loving ministry of their own, which has nothing to do with the Church hierarchy."

At the name of Jesus!

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Pope will not be voting in the German election today

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But he is registered in Pentling near Regensburg. Would love to see the entry in the register.

Papst, Vatikan, Rom?

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Real Lyrics of the Marseilleise

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Penitential Procession that takes place in Veurne, Belgium every July

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There is hope!

Germany is again a missionary land

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1000 years after the conversion of Germany the Head of the Protestant Church in Germany again confesses to acute mission needs. Bishop Wolfgang Huber admits: 'The fear of being considered too religious is great.'

Germany according to the view of the Protestant Church is again a missionary region. The 'dramatic decline' of the church membership in East Germany was balanced by a 'gradual erosion of religiosity in many areas of the old Federal Republic, the Head of the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD), Bishop Wolfgang Huber of Berlin said this Thursday in Kassel. The realization that all this is a great missionary challenge we take on more slowly, that more than 1000 years after the Christianization of our region, a missionary situation has arisen, confronts with insistence the usual religiosity, 'Huber said opening the three-day EKD 'Future Workshop'.

The Church directed the question 'How do I become a Christian?' too often only to people who already were Christian, criticized Huber. They must release themselves from a triple mental captivity. That one is taken prisoner in one's own society: 'For us, approaching overburdened mothers is as difficult as embittered Hartz IV recipients.' This comes from a 'spiritual timidity ': 'The fear of being considered too religious is great.' The third 'mental captivity' is that of a spiritual 'life on tick' through activism: 'We call to the utmost on the forces of both professional and volunteer staff without questioning the necessity and purpose of the activities required.' The process of reform of the Church is therefore also a 'call for more composure.'

'We need values, so that our freedom is not overwhelmed'
Para about meeting itself omitted.

Federal Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) warned the congress that new media like the Internet were threatening to make life superficial life. "The constant availability and speed of communication lead to pressure for immediate response. For a thoughtful, balanced response there is often no more room." Sometimes society "appears to loose proportion". "We need values and orientation, so that the seemingly limitless freedom of our society does not overwhelm us ," Schäuble said. "The answers to these questions of public policy must also be found by the church."

Cathcon: Having been at least partly responsible for the dechristianisation of Germany, the EKD have little room to complain.

Interesting comments how activism is a substitute for real religious life.

"‘Europe will return to the Faith (Cathcon-not the EKD idea of it!), or she will perish. The Faith is Europe. And Europe is the Faith.’  —Hilaire Belloc, _Europe and the Faith_"




Cathcon:

Full mosques, empty churches

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Several redundant churches in Glasgow and other parts of Scotland are slowly being converted into mosques as Christian congregations dwindle while a growing Muslim population demands more places to worship. Colin Randall, foreign correspondent, reports


When the Glasgow Central Mosque, then rivalling the biggest in Europe, opened a quarter of a century ago, it seemed all the needs of Muslim worshippers in Scotland’s largest city would be met at its imposing site on the banks of the Clyde.

But as the city’s Muslim population has swelled to 33,000, with the Pakistanis who have always formed its main component joined by refugees from conflict in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Sudan, demand has continued to grow for space. More than 70 years after organised worship first began, in the homes of Pakistani immigrants, Glasgow has 14 mosques, and some feel it could do with more.



Thursday, September 24, 2009

Move the Church

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What a great solution

Breaking- Cardinal Hoyos accuses Swedish bishop of slander

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He is for many the villain of the piece: Darío Castrillón Hoyos until July, head of the Commission responsible for dialogue with the SSPX.




He is also for many church people the villain of the piece: Darío Castrillón Hoyos, 80 years old, Cardinal from Colombia, until July head of the Pontifical Commission, "Ecclesia Dei" responsible. for the dialogue with the traditionalist SSPX.

He is considered the main perpetrator in the scandal surrounding the SSPX Bishop Richard Williamson, whose excommunication, Pope Benedict XVI. lifted in January. Must not Hoyos have known that Williamson before the act of mercy from the Pope had denied that Jews were murdered in gas chambers in an interview with Swedish television? And that the British cleric had held this view for a long time?

In an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung Hoyos took this position:

SZ: You say that Williamson's interview was not known about. What would the Pope have done if he had known about it?

Hoyos: I would venture no hypotheses about what the pope would have to do. I am referring only to what he knew, as the lifting of the excommunication was made public. At this moment none of us knew the least about Bishop Williamson's statements. None of us! And no one had the duty to know it!

Since 2000, the arch-conservative prelate organised the negotiations with the SSPX. It was not so much about the theology of the traditionalists who reject the important parts of the Second Vatican Council. It was about canonical issues: had the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre committed an act of schism (division of the Church) when he ordained was four of their priests as bishops in 1988? And have the Bishops fallen into unbelief who were excommunicated after the consecration?

SZ: Do you share the positions of the SSPX?
Hoyos: The SSPX think that they are defending the truth about sacred tradition and that they can not be excommunicated for it. This can be understood, even if I do not share this opinion. For it is indisputable that they have broken a fundamental law of the Church.

The answers coming from Rome ran simply as follows: The SSPX violated the church discipline. Their bishops should not be understood as heretics fallen into apostasy - which is why the talks could continue. Hoyos has worked hard to ensure that it should not come to a break between Rome and the SSPX. And he had for this in Joseph Ratzinger, an advocate. Benedict XVI legitimised the traditional Tridentine Mass in 2007 and Hoyos at once celebrated a Mass in the old Rite. Secret negotiations involved the lifting of excommunication. The step decided on a week earlier and notified to the SSPX was made public on 21st.

This would have remained a matter within the church, had not Williamson given in November 2008 during a priestly ordination in the Bavarian Zaitzkofen the infamous interview to a reporter from Sweden. The transmitter waited with the broadcast until January 2009, when the excommunications could not be reversed. For Hoyos evidence that there was an attempt to show up the Pope and himself. But the attitude Williamson had previously been known. This is now suggested also in the statement of the Bishop of Stockholm, who learned at the end of November 2008 the content of the programme and informed the Swedish nuncio, who had in turn informed the Secretariat of State in the Vatican. Probably the note was simply filed, also, because the Secretary of State knew nothing of the imminent lifting of the excommunication,. Cardinal Hoyos calls in the SZ-interview, but the deeper reason why the attitude of Pius brothers played no role: He was concerned only about the canon. And he has no opinion about someone who says that the Jews invented the Holocaust.

SZ: Have you ever asked yourself whether your decisions may have political consequences?

Hoyos: The excommunication of four bishops, is not a political act. It is an act of mercy. It is therefore a pastoral-theological problem, not an interference of the church in the political sphere. So I do not concern myself. My job is not to judge a brother bishop. That is the task of the Congregation for Bishops and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

SZ: But the Catholic Church has an opinion on anti-Semitism and the Holocaust.

Hoyos: The rejection by the Church of the very unjust violence which Jewish people were subjected to is quite clear. Such racial genocide is an immoral crime against humanity.

SZ: Why then did you not stop the lifting of the excommunication of a Holocaust denier?

Hoyos: Williamson was excommunicated because of his illegitimate episcopal ordination, not because of his theories, judgments or statements about the Holocaust. Seeing the matter in the other way is a German mistake!

The Cardinal sees himself as a victim of an intrigue: On this Friday, there is a meeting planned with Bishop Fellay, the SSPX head. This will be disturbed by the matters that have been made public.

Ends- extract only produced online

And extra from the Wiener Zeitung

Fierce disputes among bishops

Former Curia Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos has accused the Catholic Bishop of Stockholm, Anders Arborelius, slander.

This claim that Rome had already been informed at the end of 2008 about the attitude of the traditionalist bishop and Holocaust-denier Richard Williamson, was "a slander," said the 80-year-old in an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

"I regret this very dubious statement, because it is wrong (...) We store all the documents we receive in digital form. Bishop Arborelius should say, how, to who and when he communicated this, and whether it was in writing or orally. "

Bishop Williamson to remain a free man

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Extradition from the UK was "not at all in consideration," confirmed Ruckdäschel (Bavarian prosecutor) on Thursday to the request of the Catholic News Agency (KNA). This would be disproportionate because the expected penalty is too low.

Cathcon suggests that the Bishop should refrain from visiting Germany!

Dark issues in the Vatican

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Interesting blog post on last night's TV programme.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Latest Swedish TV programme about Bishop Williamson

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Video here.

24:12 English interview (brief!) with Father Paul Morgan who tells them to go away.

Incredible- the German Public Prosecutor gives them an interview.

Glorious Dominican Church now a library

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The architects are proud of their handywork.

Letter from Father Lombardi, press spokeman to the Vatican, to Swedish TV

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Dear Mr Fegan,
the only thing I can say is that I did not have any knowledge about your interview with Bishop Williamson before It was broadcasted. After that I was informed about it by journalists and Swedish colleagues of Vatican Radio.
Card. Castrillon said me no word about it before the interview was broadcasted.
I did not know that an information was sent about Williamson to the Vatican, and I do not know who has received it and red it. No one said me any word about it.
The Pope has said that he was not informed as he approuved the lifting of the excommunications. I am sure that the Pope tells the truth.
As I informed my Superiors about your interview with Williamson, I saw that the decision about the lifting of the excommunications was already done.
Therefore the only thing I could do, was to distinguish strongly between the sense and the intention of the decision of lifting the excommunication by the Pope, and the absolute inacceptability of the negationism of Williamson as his personal position which was not connected in any manner with the origin of the excommunication. This is what I have repeated many times in those sad days.
I hope that this answer is clear.
Thank you for your attention. Best regards.
F.Lombardi 


Published on the Swedish TV website

Interview with Bishop Williamson no secret to Vatican ????

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Uppdrag granskning reveals that the Vatican was, in fact, aware of the now world-famous interview with Holocaust denier Bishop Richard Williamson when the decision to lift the excommunication was made - despite prior statements to the contrary.
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The interview with then-excommunicated Bishop Richard Williamson, a member of the Catholic traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (the SSPX), aired on Swedish TV in the investigative journalism program Uppdrag granskning in January 2009, sparked off the most serious crisis between Jews and Catholics seen in recent times.

In the interview, Bishop Williamson denied that the Holocaust had taken place. "I believe there were no gas chambers," is one of many statements on the subject.
Only three days later, the Pope's and the Vatican's decision to lift the 20-year-long excommunication of the bishop was announced, sending shock waves throughout the world.

Israel reacted by demanding that all diplomatic ties with the Vatican be severed, congressmen in the US sent letters of protest to the Pope, and ministers in several European countries openly criticized the Vatican's pardon.

The Vatican has maintained that they had no knowledge of the interview with Richard Williamson when the decision to lift the excommunication was made.

Uppdrag granskning is now able to reveal that the Vatican was, in fact, aware of Williamson's statements well before the decision was made, and that one of the Pope's closest associates, Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos had been informed.

The information was included in an internal report written by the Catholic Diocese of Stockholm, Sweden, as early as November 2008, not long after Uppdrag granskning had interviewed Williamson in Germany. The report includes remarks made by Richard Williamson expressing his view that the Holocaust never took place, and that statements to that effect are a criminal offense in Germany.

The Catholic Diocese of Stockholm asserts that this report was passed on to the Vatican's emissary in Stockholm. According to Bishop Anders Arborelius of the Swedish Catholic Church,
"He (the Papal representative) was very troubled and he attempted to send the report on to Rome."

The Papal representative has declined to be interviewed, but has confirmed that he immediately passed the report on. In addition to this, he also contacted a number of officials at the Vatican - including Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos, who, along with the Pope, has denied all knowledge of the TV interview.

For eight years, Cardinal Hoyos was the Pope?s closest associate in the negotiations with the SSPX. The cardinal is presently 8o years old and is now retired.

The Vatican continues to maintain that the Pope had no knowledge of the events. In an e-mail sent to Uppdrag granskning, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi ensures us that he is: "certain the Pope is telling the truth."

Te Deum- the Pope is to visit England.

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Spectacularly good news from The Times. 


St Anselm of Canterbury - Pope at the the General Audience

Bishop Williamson dragged into Berlusconi scandal

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 in the ongoing dispute between Radio Vatican and Il Giornale.

"The case of Williamson again threatens to explode." says the Italian newspaper Il Giornale. " This Wednesday evening, Swedish television wants to again take up the dispute over the traditionalist Bishop Richard Williamson, who denies the Holocaust. Thus the TV journalists are planning to attack the Pope directly: Before he lifted the excommunication against Williamson, he knew quite contrary to his statements of Williamson's Holocaust denial.

The SVT said, according to Il Giornale, that the Bishop of Stockholm had informed the Papal Nuncio in good time about Williamson's scandalous remarks.

Also an important Curial Cardinal knew before the decision of the Pope to lift the excommunication that part of the picture was that Williamson denied the Holocaust.

The Swedish television had already recorded the crucial interview with Williamson, but only shortly before the decision published in the Vatican, and now the channel appears to attack Benedikt himself.

The newspaper "Il Giornale , who reports on the matter, moreove, belongs to the family of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and has in recent weeks by campaigning against a well-known Catholic journalist (" the Boffo case ") against the President of the Italian Parliament ("the Fini Case ") made comments of a rather inglorious nature.

In a letter to the bishops of 10 March Pope Benedict had made clear that he had learned of the denial of the Holocaust by Williamson after his decision to lift his excommunication.

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And the Il Giornale article- mostly taken from Rorate Caeli.  Its all in the headline, "The Pope lied".

The civil war at the heart of Italian society. into which the Williamson affair has now been thrown.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Bishop Williamson affair- new TV programme

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To be released this Wednesday.

Featuring enemies of the Holy Father, inside and outside the Church.

Background here.

And more here.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

One of the anti-Wagner ringleaders is standing for election.as Regional Governor

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Dr Josef Pühringer, who has just published a book claiming that a new round of reform is needed in the Catholic Church. You can guess how popular that makes him with Cathcon.

If you have a vote in Upper Austria, use it!

If you search for Catholic Church Conservation on Ask Jeeves

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The first result is "God's True Church". However, I think this outfit paid for the result - they are a protestant sect.

There is one true fold of the Redeemer and She is the Catholic Church.

Investment banker turned nun, but never left the world behind.

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but never left the world behind

Video here.

Thanks to a tip from Facebook- keep them coming!

As high as Lutherans can go

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Fascinating. The question is- what do they think they are doing?

PS
Now heard it all, the Head of the Lutherans in Austria says that no-one should venerate saints, because Martin Luther was no saint, being a vile anti-semite who welcomed violence against peasants.

EU votes not to protect children

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Young Europeans, and especially the Irish, are concerned that a resolution voted on Thursday September 17th by the European Parliament against a Lithuanian law which deals with family matters compromises principles of subsidiarity already enshrined in EU law and especially in the new protocol to the Lisbon Treaty. This resolution should keep the discussion interesting as the Irish people vote on the Lisbon Treaty for a second time on October 2nd. 

The World Youth Alliance participated in the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg - France, this week and focused on a resolution against Lithuania’s new law on the dissemination of public information to minors. Lithuania’s current law prohibits the dissemination of information to minors that may be detrimental to their development, a law that is necessary to protect the rights of the child.
The law attempts to fulfill Lithuania’s obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a binding treaty to which Lithuania is a signatory. Indeed, Article 17 of the Convention states that State Parties are encouraged to develop "appropriate guidelines for the protection of the child from information and material injurious to his or her well-being." WYA representatives actively participated in discussions with Members of Parliament, emphasizing that the Lithuanian law did not violate international human rights or EU law, and reiterating the principle of subsidiarity, which protects the rights of nation states to legislate on family and cultural matters directly. The WYA played a key role in providing information to MEPs, even though the resolution was ultimately passed with 349 votes in favor and 218 opposed.

The European Parliament’s attempt to ignore the Convention on the Rights of the Child touched on issues of subsidiarity and the division of competencies between the EU and Member States. The recent addition of a protocol to the Lisbon Treaty, which stated that Ireland’s Constitution, containing a position on family matters and protection of life from conception, would not be threatened by any of the EU institutions’ decisions, should now be questioned for its effectiveness and integrity. 


World Youth
Alliance is a global coalition of young people committed to promoting the dignity of the person and building solidarity among youth from developed and developing nations. WYA train young people to work at regional and international levels to impact policy and culture. WYA represent 1million members through its 5 regional offices in Africa (Nairobi), Asia-Pacific (Manila), Europe (Brussels), Latin-America (Mexico) and North-America (New York). In Europe, WYA gather more than 3.000 individual members and 40 youth-organizations.


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European Parliament resolution on the Lithuanian Law on the Protection of Minors against the Detrimental Effects of Public Information  RC-B7-0026/2009
The names of the MEPs who voted for the monitoring of the Lithuanian law by the European Institutions can be found on the PV of the vote p. 18 to 21..


Copied directly from an email received.

October is going to be a great month for true ecumenism

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SSPX and Orthodox meetings in the same month. Great is the providence of Our Lord.

Oktoberfest Mass in the Hippodrome- coming soon

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This is a picture from last years event.

Friday, September 18, 2009

What game is Vienna's Cardinal playing?

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The suspicion is confirmed that Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna is working for the goal that Catholic groups - not only those involved in the protection of life – should be silenced at the crucial moment.

On Thursday 3 September, the video web site 'gloria.tv' reported of intrigues against pro-lifers by the Archdiocese of Vienna.

It is all about a large demonstration against the scandal of honoring a notorious child- slaughterhouse by the Socialist mayor of Vienna. This took place on the same day.

According to 'gloria.tv' a secretary of the Archbishop of Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schönborn complained in advance to the organizers of the rally:

"There was even the threat given their involvement in the demonstration to remove financial donations " - says 'gloria.tv' in its news program.

Denial denied
On Thursday afternoon 'gloria.tv' published a denial from the archbishop's secretary:

"The Archdiocese of Vienna was not plotting against pro-lifers who say the matter seriously.. In a conversation between a secretary to the archbishop of Vienna and a co-organizer of the demonstration there were no threats "- says the read out statement.

But on the same day the denial was overtaken by the reality. On Thursday evening, the Bishop of Salzburg, Msgr. Andreas Laun, made known that Cardinal Schönborn had forbidden him on the telephone to participate in the pro- life demonstration.

The bishop provided at the same time the evidence confirming that Cardinal Schönborn has intrigued against the demonstration.

Even more intrigue
On Friday - the day after the demonstration - 'gloria.tv' published in a special report further concerning background.

The website reported that a secretary of the archbishop and the spokesperson of the Archdiocese of Vienna had tried the day before to put pressure on a Vienna-based worker for the video site.

The archbishop's secretary contacted gloria.tv by telephone and claimed that the rally by the pro-lifers outside the town hall could hurt a planned meeting between the Cardinal and the mayor of Vienna.

The secretary also said that a group participating in the demonstration was not threatened with financial implications, however, but it was pointed to the organization that they were financially supported by the Cardinal of Vienna for many years.

Threats of the Cardinal’s spokesperson
The spokesperson of the Archdiocese of Vienna made contact by telephone, according to the special report by 'gloria.tv'. He described the broadcast dated Thursday, as "lies" and tried to intimidate the video website by threatening with a lawyer.

Further according to the report the press spokesman in the telephone call was explicitly against the demonstrations in front of Vienna City Hall.

The video portal 'gloria.tv' was not persuaded by denial of the Cardinal which played with words: In the special broadcast was stated:

"Does the phrase" The archdiocese does not intrigue against pro-lifers who are serious about the matter, "that the archdiocese intrigued against pro-lifers that do not take this matter seriously?

“ If yes: What is the opinion of the Archdiocese about these pro-lifers, and why? "

The video portal also commented that the archbishop's spokesman referring to the economic benefits of the Cardinal did not want it to be understood as a threat:

"But as anything else, how should such a statement in the given context to be regarded?

What happened on Thursday in Vienna and in the archdiocese of Vienna, leaves open many questions. “ Too many. "

More bullying of the Archdiocese of Vienna?
In a readers commentary on 'gloria.tv' 'Socrates' tells readers about further intrigues of the archdiocese.

He explains that even the neo-conservative religious order of the Vienna Calasantine Fathers amd the Cathedral Curate Francis Schlegl had announced in advance their presence at the demonstration.

But then neither of them appeared: "Why?" - Asks 'Socrates'.

The chaplais of the Catholic University of Vienna, Father Joseph Claveria from Communion and Liberation has in a circular very cautiously written against the demo (certainly he was sharper in private conversation) "- says' Socrates' and quotes from the letter:

"The rally announced in front of City Hall for Thursday, 3 September, seems to us to be clearly not friendly.

What we hold as the supreme principle as Christians – which applies to all initiatives –is whether we can meet other people and live with them a common search and give them, if possible, give what is our precious treasure: Christ himself

When we see a chance to do something like that, then we are there. When we don’t see this interest so clearly, then we have concerns. "