Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The bishops will no longer be able to express their reservations
The Italian prelate Nicola Bux for the new Motu Proprio
Consultor to the Congregation for the doctrine of the faith and waiting for a promotion strategy, Msgr Bux, an Italian priest of 63 years is friendly and discreet, but frighteningly conservative and accurate in his argument, being the determined and tireless craftsman not only of moving towards the integrists but of a restoration of traditional Catholicism as a whole. He drafted the 2007 Motu Proprio on the Mass in Latin. In his latest book, released last October in Italy, The Reform of Benedict XVI, prefaced by Vittorio Messori, Msgr Bux said that rebuilding the essence of the "sacred and divine liturgy”, will not be done with the hands of humanity. Otherwise, it "would serve no purpose other than to represent himself and specifially it does not save the man or the world, it does not sanctify it." He is convinced that the Liturgy of Saint Pius V honours to a greater degree the sense of the sacred than that of Pope Paul VI. He criticizes also quite fiercely the reform named after the Montini, a true "decomposition" of the liturgy according to him, and exacerbating what the theologian Louis Bouyer called the "decomposition of Catholicism."
Indeed, Msgr Bux is not confined solely to the liturgical domain. He denounced the opening to the world that defiles the Christian mystery and censures the relaxed life of priests in particular with regard to private life (célibat. ..). He is also against the fundamental deviance according to him of contemporary theology, which uses an "anthropological turn" (which he also denounced, following Cornelio Fabro, in Karl Rahner). He counter-poses a new turning towards the theocentric and Christocentric as symbolized by the celebration back to the East, his back turned to the faithful. It is easy to imagine the content and tone of the Motu Proprio of the near future with such a writer. Cardinal William Levada, Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, who besides health problems is distressed, frustrated and demoralized, no longer has the power to oppose such an ultra-conservative regression. Far from appearing as a defence of the Council, the Motu Proprio will propose a minimalist reading, erasing the new and challenging spirit. In sum, a council "in the spirit of tradition" as Archbishop Lefebvre recognized can be accepted! Is this still the Council whose importance Paul VI proclaimed in 1976 in the face of traditionalist dissent? Nothing is less certain.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Tough! No apologies! Cathcon carries on- as I am sure the esteemed websites above will do. We are in the business of truth and reality- what business is the Diocese of Linz in? I know! Pitta bread supply!
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Wherever possible period features have been retained. So don't be surprised to find a gargoyle or two gazing down on you. Or a stained-glass window in your living room. "
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Monday, June 22, 2009
They have removed statues and replaced them with formless pieces of "modern art".
Examine closely what passes for an altar. Videos here of what it replaced, already ghastly.
Two years earlier with a better view of the ghastly altar, now, horrible to say, replaced with something far worse- pictures to come.
And in with the new!
And don't panic, they are Anglicans!
As is now he- not the model of priesthood, I originally advertised Fr Cutie as.
What a mistake to make! The Anglicans can keep him, the road back would be as painful as the way out was easy.
Even though today is the Feast of St Alban, the above being celebrated on July 9, posted for the sake of those who follow the new callendar. A card from before their canonisation.
Worldwide Twitter Campaign for Vocations:
"The world needs priests. In some dioceses, the situation is critical - almost nobody seems to answer the call to the priesthood anymore. The remedy is given by Jesus himself: “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” (Matthew 9, 37-38).
In this Year Of The Priest, join the world wide Twitter Prayer Relay for future priests. Here is how it works:
1 - Choose a day and pray specifically for future priests (you will find prayers in several languages on this website).
2 - Post a Tweet that you are praying for vocations and invite your Twitter followers to do the same. Use #futurepriests in your Tweet so we can assemble all messages related to the campaign on this website.
The goal is to have several people praying for future priests on each day of the Year of the Priest.
On this website, you will not only meet other people who are praying for vocations, but you will be able to see who you are praying for: we will post interviews with seminarians from all over the world, sharing their experiences and telling us about how they discerned the call to the priesthood."
"'Two whole days!' a German friend told me last evening. 'Two whole days the Pope spent with the Austrian bishops this week! He stopped everything and focused only on that! Frankly, I can tell you, he read them the riot act on priestly celibacy, which is much-questioned in Austria. But that he took this amount of time is is unheard of!'"
If we really understood what it meant to be a child of God, we would not be capable of doing evil (…) to be a child of God, oh, the beautiful dignity!
God’s mercy is like an overflowing stream. It sweeps away hearts as it passes.
It is not the sinner who returns to God to ask for forgiveness, it is God who runs after the sinner and makes him return to him.
Let us therefore give this joy to this good Father: let us return to him… and we will be happy.
The good Lord is always ready to receive us. His patience waits for us!
There are those who turn a cold heart to the Eternal Father. Oh, how mistaken they are! The Eternal Father, to disarm his justice, gave his Son an excessively good heart: you cannot give what you do not have…
There are those who say: "I have committed too many sins, the Good Lord cannot forgive me”. This is a gross blasphemy. It is the same as putting a limit on God’s mercy, which has none: it is infinite.
Our errors are grains of sand beside the great mountain of God’s mercy.
When the priest gives the absolution, we should think of only one thing: that the blood of the good Lord is poured out on our soul to wash it, purify it and make it as beautiful as it was after baptism.
The good Lord, in the moment of the absolution, tosses our sins behind his back, that is, he forgets them, erases them: they will never again reappear.
We will no longer speak about the sins which have been forgiven. They have been erased, they no longer exist!
The Eucharist and communion
All the good works put together do not equal the sacrifice of the Mass, because they are the work of men, while the Mass is a work of God.
There is nothing as great as the Eucharist.
Oh my children! What does Our Lord do in the Sacrament of his love? He took his good heart to love us, and extracts from this heart a perspiration of tenderness and mercy to drown the sins of the world.
There he is: the one who loves us so much! Why not love him!
The nourishment of soul and body is the blood of a God. If one thinks about it, one could lose oneself for all eternity in this abyss of love!
Come to communion, come to Jesus, come to live of Him, in order to live for Him.
The good Lord, wanting to give himself to us, in the sacrament of his love, has given us a great and profound longing that only he can satisfy.
Holy Communion produces in the soul something like a rush of air on a fire that begins to extinguish, but where there are still many embers!
When we began, if someone were to ask us: "What do you bring home with you?", we could respond: "I bring heaven".
Do not say that you are not worthy of it. It is true: you are not worthy it, but you need it.
OÖN: Father, what did you do this afternoon?
Wagner: I was visiting.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Despite conciliatory gestures to the Vatican, the arch-conservative SSPX on Saturday will illicitly ordain priests. Bishop Bernard Fellay, the successor of Archbishop Lefebvre explains why.
What is your goal of getting closer: a special way for you in a small niche – or is a fundamental change in the church in your mind?
There are two points of conflict: on one hand your thesis, the deposit of the Faith is generally in danger, and your rejection of specific documents of the Second Vatican Council. Do you want Rome to to take back or modify these documents, or is a "we agree to disagree" possible?
You not only reject certain interpretations, but some Council documents themselves - when it comes to religious freedom and respect for other religions.
Would a papal Nota praevia about these two contentious statements satisfy your requirements?
The other major sticking point between you and Rome is the Tridentine Rite. Due to the Pope’s re-authorization of this Rite, this has at least largely been defused. Is this enough for you already, or would you have expected even more?
Fellay: No, not really. It is about a rapprochement. This can only happen through small steps- for all wounds, and what has happened. In this sense, this gesture of the pope, which we gratefully accept was also meant as a gesture to improve the climate. For our part there is opening, but in no way to displace our work.
Why do you not have the priestly ordinations elsewhere? The sharp reaction of the German bishops was to be expected.
Fellay: At this point, one sees that there will be evil. We can do whatever we will, we are the black sheep in any case. That is my impression. At some point, we say we will not now further retreat. You have to understand.
You therefore do not recognize any repudiation of the Pope in your acts?
Fellay: That would be a wrong interpretation of the deed. This is not a hostile act, I have written to the Pope and asked him, he should consider these ordinations as: not as a rebellion, but as a step of survival in difficult and complex circumstances.
What is Bishop Williamson doing now?
Fellay: He is in London. He prays, he is studying, nothing else.
Is there a foreseeable end to the internal exile?
Fellay: I see none. The whole matter depends on him.
Fellay: If such statements recur, then it would be unbearable.
One Cathcon contact says he knows of at least seven others- Cathcon knows one from personal experience.
"Perhaps nowhere is this more true than within European Catholicism, where new religious currents have become a potent force. Examples include movements such as the Focolare,
the Emmanuel Community,
and the Neocatechumenate Way,
all of which are committed to a re-evangelization of Europe. These movements use charismatic styles of worship and devotion that would seem more at home in an American Pentecostal church, but at the same time they are thoroughly Catholic. Though most of these movements originated in Spain and Italy, they have subsequently spread throughout Europe and across the Catholic world. Their influence over the younger clergy and lay leaders who will shape the church in the next generation is surprisingly strong."
Saturday, June 20, 2009
from the Catholic Encyclopedia
An extraordinary occurrence, mentioned in the oratio of her feast day, took place at her death. Being unable to receive Holy Communion because of constant vomiting, she requested the priest to spread a corporal upon her breast and lay the Host on it. Shortly afterwards the Host disappeared and Juliana expired, and the image of a cross, such as had been on the Host, was found on her breast. Immediately after her death she was honoured as a saint. The Order of Servite Tertiaries was sanctioned by Martin V in 1420. Benedict XIII granted the Servites permission to celebrate the Feast of St. Juliana. Clement XII canonized her in 1737, and extended the celebration of her feast on 19 June to the entire Church. St. Juliana is usually represented in the habit of her order with a Host upon her breast.
The tragic history of Father Friedl
Among flowering trees in the beautiful soft meadow
were the two of us in the sun, your head on my lap.
We were in love and touching
Then loud rustling, and before the two of us, a rabbit appears astonished
The rabbit is amazed and says:
O pardon me!
My name is Bunny, I know nothing!
Is this what happened? I have seen nothing !
Only grass and clover in the winter and much snow.
My name is Bunny, I do not know what to do
Every day when you were free, then we went beyond the meadow
which was then our house.
We dreamed and slept together.
We were alone, only in the tree the wind sang softly:
You can depend on me!
Where we both loved, only straw lies today.
I go my way alone, where are you, tell me where?
I complain to the world and cry out by night:
What have you done? Where is my happiness?
But only an echo comes back:
Cathcon- inspired by Father Friedl knowing nothing, but rather more applicable to the Bishop of Linz who knows less.
The Bugs Bunny Version
To show Christ to people
To learn and to teach how to pray
To increase and to deepen the knowledge of the Faith
To display signs of being Christian
To protect the culture of the Sabbath
To protect and expound life
To support solidarity in Europe and worldwide
Cathcon has two comments,
and where are all the Catholics in Linz when it comes to demonstrating outside Linz General Hospital about the abortions carried out there? Too busy writing to Rome to protest against Fr Wagner and his kind.
The Conciliar Church in the scandal Diocese of Linz is more and more a sad collection of comedic figures which serve to amuse the populace. Yesterday, Bishop Ludwig Schwarz of Linz came up with a sensational announcement.
The collar and tie wearing Linz priest and breaker of celibacy vows, Revd Josef Friedl (65), had decided to abandon his dissolute life and take his priestly obligations seriously again.
The controversial priest had even before the recent trip of some Austrian bishops to the Vatican signed a written declaration. This was also shown to the Pope.
On the same day, Revd Friedl denied the version of the Bishop of Linz on the anticlerical 'Austrian Broadcasting Service’.
Bishop Schwarz fell from every cloud. To the news agency 'kathpress', he displayed amazement that Father Friedl,knew nothing of his return to priestly life.
This is contrary to the results of the personal meeting between himself and the celibacy breaker - asserted Mons. Schwarz. He promised to clarify the situation as quickly as possible.
The public taken for stupid
A few minutes after publishing the release of the Bishop of Linz, the paleo-liberal spokesman of the Diocese of Linz, Ferdinand Kaineder, on Friday evening,issued a further "statement".
It should be seen as a "misunderstanding" - Kaineder declared.
Fr Friedl spent the last two weeks spent in the Holy Land. Upon his return, he immediately held a funeral (Cathcon- whose ? - the Diocese ?).
Bishop Schwarz and Hw. Friedl could no longer speak about the results of recent meetings with the Pope.
"Hence, Fr Friedl in very short phone discussions responded each time with: 'I know nothing' or 'I know nothing about a letter (from Rome) '."
The cleric had so far received no news, that the statement which he delivered to his bishop had been considered and taken seriously in Rome.
However, 'Austrian Broadcasting Corporation' wrote on Friday before the opinions of the priest were known, that it "had the impression" that he did not wish to part from his concubine of 25 years standing.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Cathcon cannot believe for one moment that the Eucharist at which the Donner Kebab bread was used was in any way valid.
NB Not an SSPX production but by someone who is closely associated.
Special forms need permission.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn
Archbishop of Vienna, Chairman of the Austrian Bishops' Conference
Archbishop Alois Kothgasser
Archbishop of Salzburg
Bishop Egon Kapellari
Bishop of Graz-Seckau, Vice Chairman of the Austrian Bishops' Conference
Bishop Ludwig Schwarz Bishop of Linz
Also present was:
Archbishop Peter Stephan Zurbriggen
Apostolic Nuncio to Austria
From the side of the Roman Curia:
Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re
Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops
Cardinal William Joseph Levada
Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Cardinal Claudio Hummes
Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy
Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski
Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education
Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko
President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity
Caution: could be a diversionary tactic- it may be that Bishop Schwarz will no longer be the bishop by then!
Bishop Fellay counters that the Society of St. Pius X already delayed subdiaconate ordinations in Regensburg earlier this year, and that he believes that the Vatican now "has no basic problems" with the upcoming priestly ordinations.
"We cannot just now say, 'stop breathing,'" he argues in defense of the society's continued administration of the sacraments. "We need to breathe. And, definitely, if the Pope was so good to take away the excommunications, that mean he doesn’t want us now to die."
The society is planning to proceed with the ordinations, despite Bishop Fellay’s concern that new excommunications could "jeopardize everything" and derail the society’s discussions with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Central to those talks will be the society's unambiguous condemnations of the Second Vatican Council, particularly in reference to the council’s affirmations of religious liberty, ecumenism and the separation of Church and state.
The threat of excommunication used against the SSPX devalues its use against people who really are in need of excommunication.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Kath.net reports tonight that the notorious Corpus Christi procession in Linz has been a cause of irritation in Rome. In some parts of the curia, irritation is probably an understatement.
Church as family- and what a happy family it is not in Linz.
One of the speakers Dr Vandana Shiva is an eco-feminist which is another name for
Among the sponsors of the seminar is something called KOO the Coordination Office of the Austrian Bishops Conference for Development and Mission/ Just Improvement in Climate Campaign (what a mouthful but that is their title!).
The seminar has a whole list of questions to be answered. The best of them- are you yourself in a crisis?
Really what a diocese!
They talk about justice when it comes to climate change and did no justice to Father Wagner. They promote tree huggers instead of the veneration of the Cross of Christ, our and their only hope. They want to develop the rest of the world when the Diocese is falling apart in front of their noses. This diocese without new leadership is not a sustainable business and the bishop long overdue for a change in lifestyle. They could certainly do with chopping down a few less trees for the overblown bureaucracy needed to serve the pseudo-clericalised lay elite of the Diocese.
21st century Linz- the Ars Electronica Centre
Having failed to unite church and state in the Anglican manner, the Diocese of Linz tries to unite church and technology.
There will be Corpus Christi processions in the traditional manner, long after all the glowing glass panes of the Ars Electronic Centre have been shattered and the whole building crumbled to dust.
All too late to save their ecclesiastical careers in Rome.
Apostolic visitation now!